Worldwide Short Fiber Thermoplastic Composites Competitive Analysis and Leadership Study 2008, December 2008

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Worldwide Short Fiber Thermoplastic Composites Competitive Analysis and Leadership Study 2008, December 2008
Background

Short fiber reinforced thermoplastic composites (SFTs) are one of the most dynamic and moderately growing materials in the plastics industry today. Although the materials have been around for several decades, advances in materials and technology and increased acceptance in the Asian automotive & electrical/electronics market have been the major driving forces for their rapid growth. SFT competes with a wide range of materials, including long fiber reinforced engineering plastic, glass mat thermoplastic (GMT), sheet molding compound/ bulk molding compound (SMC/BMC), D-LFT and metals. This broad competitive arena will result in new applications and markets fueling continued growth.

In the SFT market, Lucintel sees that those companies which are more aligned with the automotive and electrical/electronics markets will gain more market share in the future. The critical success factor for SFT producers will increasingly be not only about developing SFT products at low cost; in addition, Lucintel believes the most successful companies will be those that can develop application-specific, customer-focused solutions and have the ability to help their customers achieve long-term business objectives, such as increasing performance or lowering costs.

The world's leading SFT producers are also closely monitoring competitive activities in an attempt to navigate the landscape more adeptly and to capture as much share as possible. In virtually every respect, these producers are seeking to establish a tangible competitive advantage in the marketplace through the implementation of innovative strategies and creative product development capabilities.

Lucintel's Leadership Quadrant considers a variety of critical factors – from management effectiveness to product range to market strength to financial strength – and then ranks each firm accordingly on the grid for quick comparison. This report answers following key questions:
  • What are the market shares of SFT suppliers in automotive, electrical/electronics and consumer goods market?
  • Who are the market leaders in various regions and what are their market shares?
  • Which companies are more aligned with market opportunities and which companies have more ability to gain market share?
  • What are the key differentiators for major SFT suppliers?
  • Which company has the widest product range and how the product mapping looks among various players?
  • Which companies will gain market share and who will lose market shares in future?
Features of This New Report

The dynamics of the SFT industry extends beyond routine macro-economic elements of supply and demand. It is the relationship between buyer's needs and seller's capabilities as well as the macroeconomic forces at work that affect the market. It is how well and how efficiently the sellers meet the needs of the buyers that determine long-term success.

In Lucintel's newest competitive research study on the world's leading SFT producers, “Worldwide SFT Competitive Analysis and Leadership Study 2008”, we thoroughly profile the following six companies with detailed competitive assessments of the following organizations:
  • SABIC Innovative Plastics
  • DuPont
  • BASF
  • Lanxess
  • Rhodia
  • DSM
The detailed analysis of each company offers a critical view into key strategic areas, including:
  • SFT producer target markets
  • Key differentiators, strengths, competitors
  • Product line overview, positioning, and mapping
  • Market position in global SFT business
  • Revenue breakdown by market segments and regions
  • Global manufacturing operations
  • Innovation and market leadership
  • Marketing, sales, and organizational capabilities
  • Management commitment and track record
  • Financial strength
Collected from a series of primary vendor interviews and secondary sources, Lucintel (formerly E-Composites) also provides its own scorecard for determining which of these companies is better aligned with future market opportunities and which has the ability to gain additional market share.

Using its proprietary research methodology, Lucintel developed a comparative analysis named the Lucintel Leadership Quadrant which identifies leaders and challengers in the SFT industry. Leadership closely examined and rated each SFT maker on two primary criteria as shown below:
  1. Alignment with market opportunity
  2. Ability to gain market share
1 COMPETITIVE AND LEADERSHIP ANALYSIS

1.1 Introduction
1.2 Research Methodology
1.3 SFT Definitions
1.4 Competitive Analysis
  1.4.1 Product Mapping: Breadth of Product Offerings
  1.4.2 Industry Leaders in terms of Global Market Share
  1.4.3 Industry Leaders in Various Market Segments
  1.4.4 Industry Leaders in Various Regions
  1.4.5 Production Capacity vs. Global Demand for SFT
1.5 Leadership Quadrant Analysis
  1.5.1 Leaders Quadrant (Top Right)
  1.5.2 Challengers Quadrant (Bottom Right)
  1.5.3 Visionaries (Top Left)
  1.5.4 Niche Players (Lower Left)
1.6 Essential Guidance

2 BASF PROFILE

2.1 Company Overview
  2.1.1 BASF Company Description and Business Segments
2.2 SFT Business Overview
  2.2.1 SFT Business Segment
  2.2.2 Key Differentiators and Strengths
2.3 Products and Product Positioning
  2.3.1 SFT Product Line Overview
  2.3.2 Product positioning in market segments
2.4 Markets and Market Positioning
  2.4.1 Market Position in the Global SFT Business
  2.4.2 Revenue Breakdown by Market Segments
  2.4.3 Revenue Breakdown by Regions
2.5 Production
  2.5.1 BASF Global Manufacturing Operations
2.6 Innovation and Market Leadership
2.7 Financial Strength

3 DUPONT PROFILE

3.1 Company Overview
  3.1.1 DUPONT Company Description and Business Segments
3.2 Business Overview
  3.2.1 SFT Business Segment
  3.2.2 Key Differentiators and Strengths
3.3 Products and Product Positioning
  3.3.1 Product Line Overview and Mapping
  3.3.2 Product Positioning in Market Segments
3.4 Markets and Market Positioning
  3.4.1 Market Position in Global Business
  3.4.2 Revenue Breakdown by Market Segments
  3.4.3 Revenue Breakdown by Regions
3.5 Innovation and Market Leadership
3.6 Marketing, Sales, and Organizational Capabilities
3.7 Financial Strength

4 SABIC INNOVATIVE PLASTICS PROFILE

4.1 Company Overview
  4.1.1 SABIC Company Description and Business Segments
  4.1.2 SABIC Company Statistics
4.2 Business Overview
  4.2.1 SFT Business Segment
  4.2.2 Key Differentiators and Strengths
4.3 Products and Product Positioning
  4.3.1 SFT Product Line Overview
  4.3.2 Product Positioning in Market Segments
4.4 Markets and Market Positioning
  4.4.1 Market Position in Global SFT Business
  4.4.2 Revenue Breakdown by Market Segments
  4.4.3 Revenue Breakdown by Regions
4.5 Production
  4.5.1 SABIC IP Global Manufacturing Operations
4.6 Innovation and Market Leadership
4.7 Financial Strength

5 DSM PROFILE

5.1 Company Overview
  5.1.1 DSM Company Description and Business Segments
5.2 SFT Business Overview
  5.2.1 SFT Business Segment
  5.2.2 Key Differentiators and Strengths
5.3 Products and Product Positioning
  5.3.1 SFT Product Line Overview
  5.3.2 Product Positioning in Market Segments
5.4 Markets and Market Positioning
  5.4.1 Market Position in the Global SFT Business
  5.4.2 Revenue Breakdown by Market Segments
  5.4.3 Revenue Breakdown by Regions
5.5 Production
  5.5.1 DSM Global Manufacturing Operations
5.6 Innovation and Market Leadership
5.7 Financial Strength

6 RHODIA PROFILE

6.1 Company Overview
  6.1.1 Rhodia Company Description and Business Segments
6.2 SFT Business Overview
  6.2.1 SFT Business Segment
  6.2.2 Key Differentiators and Strengths
6.3 Products and Product Positioning
  6.3.1 SFT Product Line Overview
  6.3.2 Product Positioning in Market Segments
6.4 Markets and Market Positioning
  6.4.1 Market Position in the Global SFT Business
  6.4.2 Revenue Breakdown by Market Segments
  6.4.3 Revenue Breakdown by Regions
6.5 Production
  6.5.1 Rhodia Global Manufacturing Operations
6.6 Innovation and Market Leadership
6.7 Financial Strength

7 LANXESS PROFILE

7.1 Company Overview
  7.1.1 LANXESS Company Description and Business Segments
  7.1.2 LANXESS Company Statistics
7.2 SFT Business Overview
  7.2.1 SFT Business Segment
  7.2.2 Key Differentiators and Strengths
7.3 Products and Product Positioning
  7.3.1 SFT Product Line Overview
  7.3.2 Product Positioning in Market Segments
7.4 Markets and Market Positioning
  7.4.1 Market Position in the Global SFT Business
  7.4.2 Revenue Breakdown by Market Segments
  7.4.3 Revenue Breakdown by Regions
7.5 Production
  7.5.1 LANXESS Global Manufacturing Operations
7.6 Innovation and Market Leadership
7.7 Financial Strength

LIST OF FIGURES

Chapter 1
Fig. 1.1: Industry-wide SFT Product Map based on fiber type.
Fig. 1.2: Industry-wide SFT Product Map based on resin type.
Fig. 1.3: Industry-wide SFT Product Map based on market segments.
Fig. 1.4: SFT manufacturers' Global market shares in 2007.
Fig. 1.5: SFT manufacturers' market share in global Transportation market in 2007.
Fig. 1.6: SFT manufacturers' market share in global electrical/electronics market in 2007
Fig. 1.7: SFT manufacturers' market share in global consumer goods market in 2007.
Fig. 1.8: SFT manufacturers' market share in North America in 2007.
Fig. 1.9: SFT manufacturers' market share in Europe in 2007.
Fig. 1.10: SFT manufacturers' market share in Asia and other in 2007.
Fig. 1.11: Relative positions of each SFT manufacturer in four quadrants.

Chapter 2
Fig. 2.1: BASF SFT product line by type of resin and reinforcement.
Fig. 2.2: BASF SFT Revenue by base resin.
Fig. 2.3: BASF SFT Revenue by base fiber.
Fig. 2.4: BASF SFT product line offering by market segment.
Fig. 2.5: BASF 2007 SFT revenue by market segment.
Fig. 2.6: BASF 2007 SFT market share by market segment.
Fig. 2.7: BASF SFT product line offering by region.
Fig. 2.8: BASF 2007 SFT revenue by region.
Fig. 2.9: BASF 2007 SFT market share by region.
Fig. 2.10: BASF SFT Production Plants.

Chapter 3
Fig. 3.1: DuPont SFT product line by type of resin and reinforcement.
Fig. 3.2: DuPont SFT Revenue by base resin.
Fig. 3.3: DuPont SFT Revenue by base fiber.
Fig. 3.4: DuPont SFT product line offering by market segment.
Fig. 3.5: DuPont 2007 SFT revenue by market segment.
Fig. 3.6: DuPont 2007 SFT market share by market segment.
Fig. 3.7: DuPont SFT product line offering by region.
Fig. 3.8: DuPont 2007 SFT revenue by region.
Fig. 3.9: DuPont 2007 SFT market share by region.
Fig. 3.10: DuPont SFT Production Plants.

Chapter 4
Fig. 4.1: SABIC IP SFT product line by type of resin and reinforcement.
Fig. 4.2: SABIC IP SFT Revenue by base resin.
Fig. 4.3: SABIC IP SFT Revenue by base fiber.
Fig. 4.4: SABIC IP SFT product line offering by market segment.
Fig. 4.5: SABIC IP 2007 SFT revenue by market segment.
Fig. 4.6: SABIC IP 2007 SFT market share by market segment.
Fig. 4.7: SABIC IP SFT product line offering by region.
Fig. 4.8: SABIC IP 2007 SFT revenue by region.
Fig. 4.9: SABIC IP 2007 SFT market share by region.
Fig. 4.10: SABIC IP SFT Production Plants.

Chapter 5
Fig. 5.1: DSM SFT product line by type of resin and reinforcement.
Fig. 5.2: DSM SFT Revenue by base resin.
Fig. 5.3: DSM SFT Revenue by base fiber.
Fig. 5.4: DSM SFT product line offering by market segment.
Fig. 5.5: DSM 2007 SFT revenue by market segment.
Fig. 5.6: DSM 2007 SFT market share by market segment.
Fig. 5.7: DSM SFT product line offering by region.
Fig. 5.8: DSM 2007 SFT revenue by region.
Fig. 5.9: DSM 2007 SFT market share by region.
Fig. 5.10: DSM SFT Production Plants.

Chapter 6
Fig. 6.1: RHODIA SFT product line by type of resin and reinforcement.
Fig. 6.2: RHODIA SFT Revenue by base resin.
Fig. 6.3: RHODIA SFT product line offering by market segment.
Fig. 6.4: RHODIA 2007 SFT revenue by market segment.
Fig. 6.5: RHODIA 2007 SFT market share by market segment.
Fig. 6.6: RHODIA SFT product line offering by region.
Fig. 6.7: RHODIA 2007 SFT revenue by region.
Fig. 6.8: RHODIA 2007 SFT market share by region.
Fig. 6.9: RHODIA SFT Production Plants.

Chapter 7
Fig. 7.1: LANXESS SFT product line by type of resin and reinforcement.
Fig. 7.2: LANXESS SFT Revenue by base resin.
Fig. 7.3: LANXESS SFT Revenue by base fiber.
Fig. 7.4: LANXESS SFT product line offering by market segment.
Fig. 7.5: LANXESS 2007 SFT revenue by market segment.
Fig. 7.6: LANXESS 2007 SFT market share by market segment.
Fig. 7.7: LANXESS SFT product line offering by region.
Fig. 7.8: LANXESS 2007 SFT revenue by region.
Fig. 7.9: LANXESS 2007 SFT market share by region.
Fig. 7.10: LANXESS SFT Production Plants.

LIST OF TABLES

Chapter 1
Table 1.1 List of High Temperature Thermoplastic Polymers
Table 1.2: List of Medium Engineering Thermoplastic Polymers
Table 1.3: Property example of PA based SFT (30% fiber)
Table 1.4: Ranking of suppliers based on SFT revenue
Table 1.5: Ranking of leaders in Transportation, Electrical/Electronics, and Consumer
Table 1.6: Ranking of leaders in North America, Europe and Asia.
Table 1.7 SFT Leaders’ Manufacturing Sites
Table 1.8: Major parameters for Lucintel’s leadership quadrant analysis

Chapter 2
Table 2.1: BASF Revenues and Operating Income Trends

Chapter 3
Table 3.1: DUPONT Revenues and Operating Income Trends

Chapter 4
Table 4.1: SABIC IP Revenues and Operating Income Trends

Chapter 5
Table 5.1: DSM Revenues and Operating Income Trends

Chapter 6
Table 6.1: RHODIA Revenues and Operating Income Trends

Chapter 7
Table 7.1: LANXESS Revenues and Operating Income Trends

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