Business Up and Thriving, for Manufacturers of Liquid Crystal Polymers
Despite plastics constitute the most aggravating environmental concerns worldwide, people continue to use massive amounts of plastics in their routine life, thereby, pushing profit margins for plastics manufacturers. Much to the chagrin of happenings and activists, an increasingly stringent and restrictive regulatory environment apparently has had put a sizeable dent in the plastic industry's growth so far. It is changing now, with behemoths in the plastics industry starting to adapt and disrupt diverse manufacturing processes across diverse industries, such as electrical & electronics, automotive, and consumer goods, sports & leisure.
Global plastic production reaching a whopping volume of ~390 Mn Tons in 2018, with APEJ accounting for ~50 of the overall production, which was primarily maintained by wide range of applications of thermoplastics across various verticals. The bulk adoption of high engineering plastic for applications across electrical and electronics industry in particular, and automotive sector, and potential lucrativeness in the medical applications are highly likely to grow further in the years to come.
While highly priced and low-volume polymer high-performance thermoplastics (HPTPs) continue to garner considerable traction for use in specialized applications that require a combination of extraordinary properties, their adoption is likely to remain bullish in near future. Moreover, HPTPs are also garnering limelight as a potential replacement for metal parts, as industries shift their focus towards various forms of plastics as light-weighting materials for diverse applications.
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Liquid Crystal Polymer - A Promising Stand-in for Industries
Materials with versatile profile continue to garner substantial traction, as an increased number of industries have placed their focus on leveraging the multifaceted options, while they aim to suffice the rapidly changing consumer demand for quality-driven products. Thermotropic liquid crystal polymers (LCP), for instance, belong to the super engineering plastics class, and are witnessing adoption for a broad-spectrum of applications in the proliferating electrical & electronics industry. Liquid crystal polymers exhibit unique properties of high flowability for extrusion molding, resistance to heat, and low dielectric constant, which continue to make them an ideal option for manufacturing wide range of products.
Electrical & Electronics Industry – The Prime Growth Vertical
The electrical & electronics industry continues to expand at a steady pace, specifically in Asia-Pacific region, led by China, which is the largest manufacturer of electronic devices and components globally. Growing presence of a large number of manufacturers and high production capacity of electronic devices in China continue to uplift the opportunities for market players in this region. Demand for liquid crystal polymers is increasing by leaps and bounds with correspondence to the growth of electrical & electronics industry with concentrated applications for LCP.
Liquid crystal polymers are widely leveraged for a variety of surface-mount technology, such as connectors — for example, small-outline, dual inline memory modules for laptop and computers as well as flexible printed circuits (FPCs) for tablets and smartphones. While providing excellent flow to fill multifaceted geometries in short cycle times, outstanding thermal and chemical resistance, and unique mechanical properties, LCPs achieve UL* 94 V-0 flame retardance without requiring flame retardant additives, and the scrap can be recycled for future use.
Staggering Demand for Miniaturization – A Compelling Trend
The rapidly growing demand for smaller and thinner electrical components that can withstand higher temperatures and wear has been solidifying the areas of growth for liquid crystal polymer manufacturers. Most of the liquid crystal polymer demand from the electrical & electronics industry is addressed for the production of various types of connectors, electronics components, miniaturized components for smartphones, such as card slots. Liquid crystal polymer offers high flow abilities and faster cycle times in thinner wall application required for the connectors. Growing use of liquid crystal polymer to manufacture connectors that demand high heat resistance has been creating a stream of opportunities for the growth of the market.
LCP – Material of Choice for Fine-pitch Electrical Connectors?
Liquid crystal polymer continues to witness adoption for an unprecedented number of applications, with a new grade of LCP exhibiting desired compatibility that is required to suffice the perquisites of fine-pitch electrical connectors. Sumitomo Chemical, for instance has developed two novel SumikaSuper liquid crystal polymer grades that are specifically designed to suffice the demanding requirements of fine-pitch connector, thereby, assisting liquid crystal polymers gain stronger ground. The novel SumikaSuper LCP grades for fine-pitch connectors provides exceptional process ability and low war page in extremely- thin wall sections to precisely mold the thin, small, light interconnects and through holes. Additionally, the use of liquid crystal polymer in semiconductor packaging is relatively new area of application, however manufactures are exploring the potential adoption opportunities in this arena to secure long-term gains.
Upcoming technologies, such as 5G, foster the need for high heat resistant materials to be used in laptops, smartphones, communication technology devices and other electronic devices. As various grades of liquid crystal polymers meet these prerequisites, 5G communication is anticipated to emerge as a hotbed of opportunities for liquid crystal polymer manufacturers.
The Plastic Industry is 5G Ready
The 5G revolution is not only changing the smartphone industry, but also presents a lucrative opportunity for the plastic industry, with the highly likely rocket-growing shipment of smartphones and building of novel antenna infrastructure. While the 5G communication getting close and close in the real life, and is becoming the hottest topic in the network industry, LCPs are being look upon at a large scale as a novel material with an optimistic outlook for mobile phone antenna. Several companies in the liquid crystal polymers are leveraging the potential of this trend, while shifting their focus towards exploring the opportunistic value of LCPs in the set to thrive 5G communication revolution.
What Is Forestalling the Market Growth?
While the market for liquid crystal polymer continues to witness heavy flow of applications, thereby opportunities, stakeholders are still struggling to maintain gains in line with the growing emergence of potential substitutes and role of organic polymers in narrowing down their prospects. Though the lucrativeness of 5G is promising manifold growth opportunities for companies, polyimide resin could substitute liquid crystal polymers in smartphone antenna application. Additionally, high cost of liquid crystal polymers as compared to natural graphite has been hindering the growth of liquid crystal polymers market.
What Does it Mean for Market Participants?
The global liquid crystal polymer market is moderately consolidated with leading players, including Celanese Corporation, Polyplastics Co Ltd, Toray Industries, Sumitomo Chemicals, and Solvay S.A. collectively holding sizeable shares. The market frontrunners are constantly leveraging novel materials and exploring potential applications of liquid crystal polymers to maintain their standpoint. New product development and customized application-based offerings have emerged as a key strategy of market players to gain an extra edge in the market, which is heading towards intensifying competition.
Several companies are investing in R&D to eliminate the risk factor associated with prevailing substitutes in the market. In light of the growing lucrativeness of Asia Pacific, a number of companies have shifted their focus towards the region to squeeze higher gains. For instance, in January 2019, Celanese Corporation acquired the Indian firm, Next Polymers Ltd., which is operational in engineered plastics compounding, such as liquid crystal polymers to expand its market presence in Asia-Pacific region. In February 2019, the company purchased leading India polymer manufacturer- OmniPlastics to extend geographical reach, increase product portfolio, and appeal to a wider pool of customers.
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Fact.MR offers 10-year forecast for the liquid crystal polymer market between 2019 and 2029. The main objective of the report on liquid crystal polymer market is to offer insights on the trends in the global market in terms of value and volume. The study provides market dynamics that are expected to influence the current environment and future status of the liquid crystal polymer market over the forecast period. The primary objective of this report is to offer updates on trends, drivers, restraints, value forecasts and opportunities for manufacturers and other key stakeholders operating in the liquid crystal polymer market.
A section of the report discusses how the overall competition in the liquid crystal polymer market is progressively increasing. It also discusses various factors shaping internal and external competition in the liquid crystal polymer market. The liquid crystal polymer market is consolidated with a handful of market players accounting for the lion’s share. Moreover, increasing demand for liquid crystal polymer for electrical & electronics components, especially miniaturized components, has pushed the focus of market players on developing new grades of LCP that can withstand high temperature with superior stability.
The report provides detailed market share analysis of liquid crystal polymer on the basis of key manufacturers. A section of the report highlights overall country-wise liquid crystal polymer market. It provides a market outlook for 2019–2029 and sets the forecast within the context of the report. The report sheds light on key developments and activities executed by prominent manufacturers operating in the liquid crystal polymer market.
Key Segments Covered in Liquid Crystal Polymer Market Report:
On the basis of form, the liquid crystal polymer market can be segmented into:
- Resin & Compounds
On the basis of applications, the liquid crystal polymer market can be segmented into:
- Electrical & Electronics
- Flexible Circuits
- Printed circuit board
- Lamp Holders
- Electronic Components
- Ignition & Transmission Components
- Aerospace & Defense
- Consumer Goods, Sports & Leisure
- Measuring Instruments
On the basis of region, the liquid crystal polymer market can be segmented into:
- North America
- Latin America
- East Asia
- South Asia & Oceania
- Middle East & Africa (MEA)
A detailed analysis of liquid crystal polymer market has been provided for each market segment, in terms of volume (tons) and value (US $ Mn) analysis for liquid crystal polymer market.
The report starts with the market overview and provides market definition and analysis about drivers, restraints, opportunities, supply chain analysis, key buying factors and key trends in the liquid crystal polymer market. The next section includes global market analysis, analysis by form, application, and region level analysis for liquid crystal polymer. All the above sections evaluate the market for liquid crystal polymer on the basis of various factors affecting the market and covers the present scenario and future prospects. For market data analysis, the report considers 2018 as the base year, with liquid crystal polymer market numbers estimated for 2019 and forecast made for 2019–2029.
It is imperative to note that in an ever-fluctuating global economy, we not only conduct forecasts in terms of CAGR but also analyze the same on the basis of key parameters, such as the year-on-year (Y-o-Y) growth to understand the predictability of the market and to identify the right opportunities for market players.
Another key feature of liquid crystal polymer market report is the analysis of all the key segments in terms of absolute dollar. This is usually overlooked while forecasting the market. However, absolute dollar opportunity is critical in assessing the level of opportunity that a provider can look to achieve, as well as in identifying potential resources, from a sales and delivery perspective in the liquid crystal polymer.
The report, titled “Liquid Crystal Polymer Market” focuses on providing information regarding the volume and value of market from a global perspective. The research on liquid crystal polymer market was initiated through secondary research on the product, using both top-down and bottom-up approaches, right down to the country and segmental level. The application industries’ market trends and growth projections were taken into consideration to arrive at the total liquid crystal polymer market. In addition to the above secondary research, primary research was also carried out across synthetic liquid crystal polymer manufacturers and natural zeolite processing companies.
Furthermore, the yearly revenue generated from liquid crystal polymer manufacturing companies from each capacity were obtained from both primary and secondary sources and then benchmarked at the regional level. Fluctuations in annual prices over the forecast period is based on the historic market trends and expected percentage change in the upcoming years on the basis of investment, which is done on the parent market and related industry. Any decline or increase in price in the upcoming years varies as per the region.
The liquid crystal polymer market value, thus, deduced was once again cross verified and validated from the supply side. Fact.MR’s proprietary regression analysis forecast model has been adopted to generate the market estimation for the forecast years and takes into account the effects of macroeconomic factors impacting the overall liquid crystal polymer market and was further validated by the primary respondents belonging to different levels across the entire value chain of liquid crystal polymer market, such as manufacturers, distributors and end users.
Liquid Crystal Polymer Market Participants
In the final section of the liquid crystal polymer report, a competitive landscape has been included to provide report audiences with a dashboard view. Detailed profiles of liquid crystal polymer manufacturers have also been included within the scope of the report to evaluate their long- and short-term strategies, key offerings and recent developments in the liquid crystal polymer.
Key players operating in the global market for liquid crystal polymer, includes Celanese Corporation, Polyplastics Co Ltd., Sumitomo Chemicals, Solvay S.A., Toray Industries and others.
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