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Research and Markets: Opportunities In The Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene Market 2015: The Continuing Evolution

March 27, 2015
By Business Wire News


Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of the “Opportunities In The Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene:The Continuing Evolution” report to their offering.

UHMW-PE is a polyolefin resin closely related to high density polyethylene (HDPE) that can be classed as a specialty engineering plastic. It is an indispensable product in world markets having an incomparable combination of abrasion resistance, surface lubricity and impact strength, combined with the excellent chemical properties of HDPE. It competes primarily with polyacetal, nylon, PTFE and, in fiber form, with polyaramid, but it also has many markets that are uniquely its own.

This study is designed to support strategic decision-making in companies that both produce and use UHMW-PE, and similar companies considering entry into the industry.

For companies that produce HDPE, UHMW-PE becomes a potential avenue to the creation of new niche markets that will contribute to improved overall profitability, thus escaping the inexorable trend toward commoditization of HDPE. There are several challenges in supply of UHMW-PE, however, including the creation and servicing of UHMW-PE markets, product design, and the match to market needs.

For UHMW-PE processors and end-users, evolving changes in the industry present new opportunities as well as potential threats. Global markets for high modulus fibers and porous membranes in particular are changing the industry structure. UHMW-PE fiber, one of the three so- called super-fibers, is in increasing demand for safety and high performance green applications, while UHMW-PE porous membranes are the preferred substrates for battery separators, including large format batteries for electric vehicles and energy storage in renewable energy systems & smart grids. These new demand sectors will have a significant impact on global UHMW-PE supply and demand, and therefore perhaps also on pricing and availability.

This report analyses the global UHMW-PE industry with the objectives of defining new business opportunities for new and existing suppliers, converters and end-users.

It covers both technological and market aspects, with particular emphasis on fibers and porous membranes, the two large new markets that are reviving global growth, and including:

– Global demand and market outlook by application sector and processing technique

– Global supply by producer and plant, including producer profiles & apparent strategies

– Production technology and production economics, including reviews of recent patent literature

– Review of developments in product and application technologies, including emerging technologies

– Industry structure and distribution channels

– Key factors for success in supply of UHMW-PE

Key Topics Covered:

1. Executive Summary

1.1. Industry Outlook

1.2. Competitive Environment & Strategic Initiatives

1.3. Developments In Technology

1.4. Opportunity Forecast & Profit Potential

1.5. Key Factors For Success

2. Technology Analysis

2.1. Uhmw-Pe Definition And Distinguishing Characteristics

2.2. Uhmw-Pe Cost Structure & Manufacturing Technology

2.3. Processing Of Uhmw-Pe & Developments In Conversion Technology

3. Market Analysis

3.1. Introduction

3.2. High Modulus Fibers

3.3. Uhmw-Pe Based Battery Separators & Porous Membranes

3.4. Medical Markets For Uhmw-Pe

3.5. Uhmw-Pe Piping

3.6. Uhmw-Pe Demand Summary

3.7. Global Supply/Demand & Key Players

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