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MIXED FORTUNES FOR THE WORLD’S COMPOUNDERS

AMI, Bristol, 29th April 2011 – The effects of the global recession on the thermoplastics compounding industry around the world is documented in a series of reports just published by plastics industry consultants, Applied Market Information Ltd. (AMI). While the industry continues to surge ahead in Asia and Latin America, the European market has been through a period of shrinking demand that has seen compounders reorganise their operations.

 

A 5% drop in the number of compounders listed in AMI’s guide to the thermoplastics compounding industry in Europe illustrates some of the effects of the recession on compounders in Europe. With the market having shrunk by 1 million tonnes between 2006 and 2009 it is perhaps surprising that the decline in numbers was not even greater. According to AMI production of compounds recovered in 2010 and amounted to nearly 7.6 million tonnes.

 

During the 2009 downturn compounders were more interested in minimising credit risk than seeking to preserve volumes or gain market share. In general terms this means that compounders responded to the recession by seeking to maintain or grow margins rather than chasing volume. That the industry did not see more bankruptcies or fire sales  is testament to their success in achieving this.

 

Asia presents a different picture in terms of how the global recession affected the industry. In the previous edition of AMI’s guide to the thermoplastic compounding industry in Asia published just before the downturn, 841 sites were listed. For the new edition just out, nearly 25% more compounding sites (over 1,000) are listed. While market growth in Asia stuttered as the financial crisis hit in 2008, the industry continued to expand through 2009, albeit modestly but grew very strongly during 2010.  Output of compounds is believed to have been close to 11 million tonnes for 2010.

 

Compounding demand has also been growing strongly in Latin America, which is the latest world region to get the AMI treatment with a brand new report just out: AMI’s guide to the thermoplastics compounding industry in South America. This shows that demand in 2010 grew by nearly 7% for the 100 plus companies listed.  However, the size of the industry is much smaller compared to Europe and Asia at just over 1.2 million tonnes of production for 2010.

 

AMI’s analysis shows that the structure of compound production also varies by region. In Asia colour compounds are more widely used while masterbatch accounts for a much smaller share of production. PVC compounds share a similar standing in all markets while engineering polymer compounds are more significant in the Asian and European markets.


 

PUBLICATION DETAILS:

 

 

Title

AMI’s guide to the thermoplastic compounding industry in Europe

Edition

11th

Date:

2011

No. of pages:

187

Format:

A4 paperback

Price:

€255.00   £215.00   $330.00

 

 

Title

AMI’s guide to the thermoplastic compounding industry in Asia

Edition

3rd

Date:

2010

No. of pages:

195

Format:

A4 paperback

Price:

€515.00   £430.00   $670.00

 

 

Title

AMI’s guide to the thermoplastic compounding industry in South America

Edition

1st

Date:

2010

No. of pages:

68

Format:

A4 paperback

Price:

€295.00   £245.00   $385.00

 

 

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