Composites - A Profile of the World-wide Reinforced Plastics Industry, Markets & Suppliers to 2005


  • T. Starr

Following the success of the second (1995) edition, this report takes a fresh perspective on the industry, reviewing changes and developments in industry structure, corporate strategies, market condition, technology and application trends.

This profile is fully revised with market data with new forecasts to the year 2005. New and emerging technologies and applications are examined.

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For senior marketing management, technical management, business analysts, business development manager, industry analysts and consultants.


Book information

  • Published: November 1999
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-1-85617-354-4

Table of Contents

1 - Assessment

1.1 The world composites industry
Current status
Summary: global market in 1998
Summary: forecast global market in 2005
African continent
Latin America
Middle East
North America Free Trade Association (NAFTA) region

1.2 Status of the composites industry
Opportunitites, challenges and threats
Mergers and acquisitions, 1996-1999
New products and services
Thermoset versus thermoplastic matrix
•Glass mat thermoplastics (GMT)
•Long fibre thermoplastics (LFT)
Supply chains
Factors influencing pricing
The recycling issue
The environmental issue

1.3 Raw materials
Reinforcements - current status and trends
•Acramid fibre
•Carbon fibre
•Glass fibre
•High performance reinforcements
Matrices - status and trends
•Acrylic - urethanes
•Bismaleimide and cyanate esters
•Unsaturated polyester
•Vinyl esters, Bisphenol 'A' and expoxide
Ancillaries - current status and trends
•In-mould coatings
•Low pressure moulding compounds (LPMC)
•Sheet moulding compounds (SMC)

1.4 The fabrication processes used by the composites industry
Contact and spray, open moulding
Resin transfer moulding

1.5 The markets and applications of the composites industry
Fabrication techniques in automotive applications
Mass transit
Builidng and construction
Civil engineering and infrastructure

1.6 Major industry particpants
Manufacturers and suppliers
Trade and authoritative bodies

2 - Directory

2.1 Listing by classification

2.2 Contact listings

2.3 Internet address book

3 - Reference

3.1 Composites industry - historical highlights

3.2 Composites codes and standards

3.3 Terminology
Matrix and related
Mechanical and physical properties
Production techniques and materials

3.4 References

3.5 Acknowledgements

3.6 Tables acknowledgements

3.7 List of tables