World Fluorochemicals Forecasts for 2011 & 2016

Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra India (PressExposure) July 09, 2007 -- Bharat Book Bureau, a leading market information distributor has put forth a report 'World Fluorochemicals Forecasts for 2011 & 2016' ([]) Rising income levels and advancing manufacturing sectors are directing most of these gains to industrializing countries, whose fluorochemical markets are also benefitting from a less restrictive regulatory environment. More aggressive regulations are restraining fluorochemical consumption in developed countries, particularly in combination with slower manufacturing growth and higher market penetration of fluorochemical-using consumer goods.

Fluorocarbons growing amidst turbulence

International agreements such as the Kyoto and Montreal Protocols, in conjunction with national government regulations, are generating much flux in the fluorocarbon market. Although the ongoing phase-out for ozone depleting CFCs is nearly complete in most markets, the consumption of less damaging HCFCs continues to expand. Mirroring the historical trend in CFCs, HCFC demand has migrated from developed to developing countries, where rising income levels are supporting strong increases in consumer markets. HFC demand continues to expand strongly worldwide, although heightened concerns over climate change and competition from nonfluorinated alternatives will dampen gains in Western Europe.

Higher value products gaining prominence

Outside of the volatile fluorocarbon market, growth prospects for fluorochemicals are being led by higher value products such as fluoropolymers and specialty fluorine gases. The continued advancement of manufacturing, both technologically and geographically, is generating widespread industry demand for the high performance capabilities of these fluorochemicals, particularly in the electronics and motor vehicle sectors. More modest gains will arise in commodity inorganic fluorochemicals, with much of the growth pursuing the expansion of aluminum smelting into developing markets.

Industry structure

The fluorochemical industry has sizeable barriers to entry, including economies of scale needed for the profitable production of high volume products, steep research and development costs and evolving environmental regulations. As a result, much of the global supply is concentrated among a handful of major integrated companies. However, a large number of smaller players are also involved, either through the sale of high value specialty and niche products or by supplying commodity products to regional markets.

Study coverage

Details on these and other findings are contained in World Fluorochemicals, a new Freedonia study available for $5500. Historical data plus forecasts for 2011 and 2016 are presented in volume terms by product and market for 6 regions and 20 countries. The study profiles 14 global industry participants and assesses their market shares. In addition, overviews are provided for 42 other firms involved in the fluorochemical industry.

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