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Low Profile Additives (LPA) Market Size, Market Share,


Application Analysis, Regional Outlook, Growth, Trends,
Competitive Scenario And Forecasts, 2012 To 2020

Industry Insights
Low profile additives (LPA) are increasingly used for improving surface finish and avoiding shrinkage
during formulating polyester and glass composites. High volumetric shrinkage during unsaturated
polyester resin polymerization results in fiber prominence, poor surface appearance, molded parts
warpage and internal voids and cracks, which is expected to augment LPA demand in polymerization.
Growing application scope on account of reduced maintenance cost, lighter weight coupled with
increasing demand for sheet molding, bulk molding, pultrusion and resin transfer molding (RTM)
products in construction and automotive industry is expected to boost LPA market growth.
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Automotive manufacturers have shown keen interest in increasing fuel efficiency and decreasing carbon
footprints of vehicles through weight reduction. Infrastructural development and industrialization in
emerging markets of Asia Pacific and Middle East is expected to positively impact the LPA market.
Growing automobile industry in Asia Pacific is expected to further boost market growth over the next six
years. Limited application scope is expected to act as a major restraint for market growth in near future.
Product Insights
Polyvinyl acetate (PVAc) was largest consumed product exceeding 40% of global market volume in 2013.
PVAc is increasingly used for resin thickening in SMCs owing to polar characteristics. PVAc has high
compatibility with unsaturated polyester resin as compared to other products such as polystyrene (PS)
and high density polyethylene (HDPE). Growing demand for PMMA in automotive production owing to
properties similar to PVAc is expected to boost market growth over the forecast period. Easy product
availability and low cost of PS and HDPE as compared to PVAc and PMMA are expected to augment
market growth.
Application Insights
SMC/BMC emerged as the largest application segment exceeding 60% of global market volume in 2013.
Growing demand for SMC and BMC in automotive and construction industry is expected to positively
impact the LPA market over the next six years. Growing fiberglass demand in construction industry is
expected to boost unsaturated polyester resins demand which will in turn fuel SMC/BMC growth
resulting in increased LPA demand. Growing pultruded and RTM plastics use in construction industry
owing to superior properties is expected to propel LPA demand.
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Regional Insights
Asia Pacific was largest regional market for LPA on account of growing sheet and bulk molding
compounds demand in construction and automotive industry. China is one of the largest automobile
manufacturers due to favorable government initiatives to promote investments and availability of low
cost labor, which is expected to augment LPA demand in Asia Pacific. Growing automobile production in
Malaysia and Indonesia is expected to further augment market growth in Asia Pacific.
North America is expected to follow Asia Pacific over the forecast period on account of growing
automobile production and increased construction activities in Mexico. Germany is the largest

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manufacturer of reinforced fiberglass, which is expected to have significant impact on LPA market
growth in Europe. Government initiatives to promote infrastructural development in MENA region
coupled with growing construction industry in emerging markets including Brazil and South Africa are
expected to contribute to the market growth over the forecast period.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Executive Summary
1.1 Low Profile Additives Industry Summary & Critical Success Factors (CSFs)
Chapter 2 Low Profile Additives Industry Outlook
2.1 Market Segmentation
2.2 Market Size and Growth Prospects
2.3 Low Profile Additives Value Chain Analysis
2.4 Low Profile Additives Market Dynamics
2.5 Key Opportunities Prioritized
2.6 Industry Analysis - Porter's
2.7 Low Profile Additives - PESTEL Analysis
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Chapter 3 Low Profile Additives Product Outlook
3.1 Polyvinyl Acetate (PVAc)
3.2 Polymethyl Methacrylate (PMMA)
3.3 Polystyrene (PS)
3.4 High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
Chapter 4 Low Profile Additives Application Outlook
4.1 Sheet and Bulk Molding Compounds
4.2 Pultrusion
4.3 Resin Transfer Molding
Chapter 5 Low Profile Additives Regional Outlook
5.1 North America
5.2 Europe
5.3 Asia Pacific

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5.4 RoW
Chapter 6 Competitive landscape
6.1 Ashland Inc
6.2 CCP Composites
6.3 Reichhold Chemicals Inc
6.4 Arkema
6.5 Wacker AG
6.6 Cray Valley Hydrocarbon Specialty Chemicals (HSC)
6.7 Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc
6.8 Polyone Corporation
Chapter 7 Methodology & Scope
7.1 Research Methodology
7.2 Research Scope & Assumptions
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