Phenolic Resin Composite Market – Introduction
Owing to the extensive use of phenolic resin composites in application requirements of corrosion-resistance and low-smoke toxicity in several industries, the phenolic resin composite market is expected to witness a steady growth outlook in the coming years. Prominent end-users of the phenolic resin composite include automotive, construction, electrical & electronics, aerospace & defense and mass transit among others.
The very first synthetic plastic which became commercially available was phenolic resins. With their superior physical properties, phenolic-based composites are extensively used in industrial and architectural applications wherein qualities such as water, heat and corrosion resistance is highly critical.
Phenolic resin composites find extensive application as bonding adhesives in the manufacturing of composite wood panels that are used in external building applications such as walls and roofs. As the use of wood is increasing in the construction industry, demand for phenolic resin composites is likely to grow in the coming years.
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Phenolic Resin Composite Market – Notable Developments
- In February 2019, Siemens PLM Software and Teesside University have initiated collaboration wherein the university is using the Siemens’ Fibersim teaching tool to deliver instruction in composite engineering.
- In March 2018, Hexion Inc. collaborated with Kangde Composites Co. Ltd. with an aim to produce high-volume automotive carbon fiber and advanced mass production of composites.
- Hexion showcased the company’s epoxy and phenolic resin systems to increase composite fire safety at JEC World 2018.
- SONGWON, a leading provider of specialty chemicals launched a new antioxidant SONGNOX 5057 to add value to the range of company’s stabilizers and adhesives in November 2018.
- In July 2018, BASF announced the expansion of its global production capacity for phenolic antioxidant – Irganox® 1010 by 40% and the opening of new production capacities in Kaisten, Switzerland and Jurong, Singapore.
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Phenolic Resin Composite Market Dynamics
Phenolic Resin Composite Manufacturers Leverage Digital Manufacturing Processes
As the demand for phenolic resin composites continues to rise, manufacturers seek improved production methods to achieve enhanced capabilities. Integration of digital manufacturing approach in the production of composites has significantly addressed the challenges faced by manufacturers in structural designing and mass production of composites. Integration of automation and digitalization in the manufacturing has aided in cutting down the overall cost of composite components. In a bid to meet with the growing demand for phenolic resin composites, manufacturers are engaged in leveraging smart manufacturing processing for advanced phenolic resin composite production.
Aerospace and Mass Transit Industries Present Lucrative Opportunities for Phenolic Resin Composite Market
Phenolic resin composites provide superior physical properties of water, fire and heat resistance as well as emission control of smoke and toxic gas. Manufacturing of aircraft and mass transit vehicles involves a heavy application of phenolic resin composites for higher operational output.
In aircraft, phenolic resins are used as a matrix material for primary and secondary fiber-reinforced composite (FRC) structures, in a hardware component, sealants, adhesives for bonding, electric circuit boards and radomes. While composites contribute to a bulk of the interior weight of any aircraft, advanced phenolic composite resins fulfill all the performance criteria and enhance processing efficiencies, thereby allowing manufacturers to retain a competitive edge with a good price point.
Low-cost Alternatives to Challenge Phenolic Resin Composite Adoption
Phenolic resin composites find traditional application in aircraft manufacturing and other end-use applications owing to its high fire-resistance and non-electric conductance. Very first phenolic composites like prepregs and molding compounds were heavily utilized in aircraft despite their high cost owing to the need for high specification requirements.
Researchers have developed resins that are functionally equivalent to phenolic resin composites and are available at low-cost. For instance, new benzoxazine resins provide superior laminate quality and surface finish. Also, these alternative resins are compliant with safety and health regulatory standards required in the aerospace interiors.
Increasing cost pressure in the phenolic resin composite end-use industries has led manufacturers to demand better alternative offerings that meet the performance criteria while complying with regulatory standards.
Phenolic Resin Composite Market – Regional Outlook
Countries in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region are the highest end-users of phenolic resin composites, in particular, China and India, owing to significant demand generation from the construction and furniture industries. Rapid urbanization and improving standards of living are contributing to the development of end-user industries, thereby driving the phenolic resin composite market.
North America is a prominent end-user of phenolic resin composite, wherein a bulk of consumption is garnered from the United States. EMEA region is witnessing an increased use of phenolic resins, thereby presenting lucrative opportunities for the market in the coming years.
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