Cleveland, Ohio - Demand for cast polymers in the US is forecast to increase 6.3 percent per year to 251 million square feet in 2016. In most applications, cast polymers offer performance advantages such as minimal maintenance requirements and resistance to stains, impact, moisture, and other damage caused by wear and tear. Further advances will be restrained by competition from other surfacing options, including granite and laminates. These and other trends are presented in Solid Surface & Other Cast Polymers, a new study from The Freedonia Group, Inc., a Cleveland-based industry market research firm.

The market for cast polymers underwent a significant transformation over the past decade with engineered stone rising from a niche product to controlling over a quarter of sales. Demand for engineered stone grew rapidly from a small base during the 2001-2006 period due to its significant performance advantages over competitive products. Engineered stone continued to gain market share during the downturn, buoyed by sales to higher-end customers who were less impacted by the weak economy. While growth will continue to be above average, increases in demand will decelerate, tempered by the material’s high price, limiting further market penetration.

Demand for gel-coated composites will rebound strongly through 2016 from the significant losses during the previous five years. Gel-coated composites registered the biggest declines during this time due to their heavy use in new construction. Going forward, gel-coated composites will benefit from the recovery in new housing construction, as well as design trends featuring a greater number of and more elaborate bathrooms in homes since gel-coated composites are primarily installed in bathrooms.

Countertop applications will account for more than 85 percent of cast polymer demand in 2016. The new housing segment will provide the most rapid gains, as housing completions rebound and builders looking to make homes more marketable increasingly offer cast polymer countertops as an upgrade option over laminates or tile. Nevertheless, the residential remodeling segment will continue to account for the majority of cast polymer countertop demand as homeowners are more willing to invest in higher value cast polymer materials at that stage.

                                                                                                                                               

US SOLID SURFACE & OTHER CAST POLYMER DEMAND

(million square feet)

 

% Annual Growth

Item     

2006

2011

2016

2006-

2011

2011-

2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cast Polymer Demand

215.3

184.5

251.0

-3.0

6.3

Solid Surface

100.7

80.8

101.0

-4.3

4.6

Gel-Coated Composites

78.3

54.4

77.0

-7.0

7.2

Engineered Stone

36.2

49.3

73.0

6.4

8.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 © 2012 by The Freedonia Group, Inc.

Solid Surface & Other Cast Polymers (published 04/2012, 318 pages) is available for $5100 from The Freedonia Group, Inc., 767 Beta Drive, Cleveland, OH 44143-2326. For further details, please contact Corinne Gangloff by phone 440.684.9600, fax 440.646.0484 or e-mail pr@freedoniagroup.com. Information may also be obtained through www.freedoniagroup.com.

Source: The Freedonia Group Inc.

 

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