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The Current Situation And Development Of Fluoropolymer In The International Market
- Jul 20, 2018 -

      The rate of growth in mature markets will be relatively slow, but according to a recent report by Frost Sullivan, a well-known growth consulting firm in the United States, due to the excellent physical and chemical properties of fluoropolymers themselves and the continued development of downstream applications, The fluoropolymer market in the United States, which has entered a mature stage, is still optimistic. 

      The U.S. fluoropolymer market is expected to have sales of $2.082 billion and production of more than 200 million pounds by 2013. Strong demand in several major downstream markets has driven the growth of the U.S. fluoropolymer market. Fluoropolymer is widely used in coating materials or insulating materials. The steady growth of American cable market in recent years has led to the growth of fluoropolymer market. FEP and PVDF are the most widely used in cable industry. As one of the main materials in optical cable manufacturing, PVDF has great market growth potential. 

      In addition, as one of the major downstream markets, the semiconductor industry in the United States has continued to grow in recent years. The demand for fluoropolymer is also growing.

      PTFE.Fluorine rubber and PVDF are the most widely used materials in semiconductor industry. It also promotes the application of fluoropolymer in this field. In addition, some emerging industries, such as lithium batteries, fuel cells, The booming development of biofuel has also become a new growth point in the fluoropolymer market in the United States. At the same time, fluoropolymers, such as ETFEE, PVF, PCTFE and ECTFE, have been used more and more in some new downstream areas. These areas mainly include solar energy and pharmaceutical packaging and other industries. The continued expansion of demand for these fluoropolymers is bound to drive the development of the entire U.S. fluoropolymer market, which now faces challenges from many sources. First, market growth is slowing. In America, the supply of PTFE occupies the first place in fluoropolymers, but with the development of more than 60 years, the production process has been perfect and the downstream market tends to be saturated, so the market growth rate has slowed down. The decline in car sales, triggered by high oil prices, has also affected the development of the U.S. fluoropolymer market, especially PTFE and fluorine rubber. 

       However, demand for high-performance fluoropolymer materials remains strong in the automotive market, so improving product performance will be an important strategy for the automotive sector in the future. As a large number of relatively cheap Chinese products enter the U.S. home market, price competition in the U.S. fluoropolymer market has increased significantly. This is particularly true in the PTFE market, where some local suppliers have had to cut prices to protect their customers. Third, safety and environmental performance have been questioned. In 2006, Dupont later announced that it would launch a safe fluorinated product without PFOA in 2015 after the EPA issued a new law arguing that PFOA could trigger major diseases such as cancer. In addition, due to the presence of fluorine atoms, fluoropolymers have a very stable molecular structure and are non-biodegradable chemicals, which raises concerns among environmentalists that fluoropolymer may lead to environmental problems.

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