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End-Market Use Drives Performance Polymer Demand

10:34 PM MST | November 23, 2008 | Lindsey Bewley

Demand for high-performance polymers (HPP) is growing steadily at a time when manufacturers of basic plastics are struggling with rising raw material costs, says a recent report by Principia Partners (Exton, PA). Consumption of HPPs is expected to grow 6.1%/year, to $8.2 billion by 2012, driven by newly developed polymers and new end-market uses, Principia says. Europe and North America are the largest consumers of HPPs, accounting for $1.9 billion and $1.8 billion of annual demand, respectively, Principia says. “High-performance polymers continue to...

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