Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is probably one of the most fascinating, most versatile, and oldest thermoplastic polymers. Products made of PVC accompany us through life, from toys to drinking water pipes. One of the most outstanding characteristics of PVC is its enormous longevity with an almost unchanged functionality. Without additives PVC would not be a particularly useful substance, but its compatibility with a wide range of additives allows manufacturers to soften it, color it and make it more processable or longer lasting which results in a broad range of potential applications from car underbody seals and flexible roof membranes to pipes and window profiles. The PVC additives market has been segmented by category, application and geography exclusively. The key application segments include pipes and fittings, window profiles, rigid and semi-rigid films, flexible PVC, wire & cables, medical appliances, consumer goods and coatings & flooring.
Processing Aids & Impact Modifiers
Certain applications require higher impact strength than PVC would demonstrate normally. Acrylic, chlorinated polyethylene (CPE), methacrylate-butadiene-styrene (MBS), and acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) polymers are normally used to modify impact strength of PVC. These polymers provide a shock absorber when the PVC is heated to a high enough melt temperature. All impact modifiers reduce the weathering, chemical resistance, tensile strength and stress rupture of PVC compounds. If these properties are desired, the lowest possible level needed to achieve the desired impact should be used.
Acrylic processing aids enhance the extrusion or injection molding performance of polymer compounds by promoting fusion, improving melt strength, eliminating surface defects and decreasing plate out. Process aids also improve metal release and surface finish properties in extrusion or calendering. Vinyl compounds require less stearate, oxidized polyethylene, or paraffin wax with process aids. Engineering resins like polycarbonate and its alloys gain better phase stability and easier processing with Plastistrength process aids.
The demand for PVC additives is growing at a faster pace across the globe. The PVC additives market is estimated to show strong growth owing to increased usage of PVC additives in the various applications such as pipes and fittings, window profiles, rigid and semi-rigid films, flexible PVC, wire & cables, medical appliances, consumer goods and coatings & flooring. A detailed qualitative analysis of the factors responsible for driving and restraining growth of the PVC additives market and future opportunities are covered in the report.
APAC is the largest market for PVC additives in terms of both revenue and volume in 2016. It accounted for xx% of the PVC additives market where China is the leading market within APAC. Due to more emphasis on construction and infrastructure segment, APAC witnesses strong growth rate with xx.x% CAGR during forecast period. North America and Europe are matured markets for PVC Additives and are expected to grow at slower rate compared to APAC. The study forecasts that PVC additives market will increase at a CAGR of x.x% during the forecast period 2016 and 2021, to attain an anticipated value of $xx.x billion by the end of the forecast period.
PMC group acquired Dow’s polymer stabilizer and lubricant business. The business includes global organotin and heavy-metal free organic polymer additives, polymer lubricants and multi-component package product lines sold under brand names including ADVASTAB™, ADVALUBE™, ADVAWAX™ and ADVAPAK™
Baerlocher established a PVC additives manufacturing unit in Turkey which started its production from 2015
Artek recently acquired 100% ownership of Galata Chemicals, both of which are involved in the manufacturing of PVC additives
Yuntinic resources, is set to unveil methyl tin heat stabilizer technology and heat additives for the PVC market