Particulate fillers play a major role in all types of polymers; thermoplastics, rubbers and thermosets, and this report looks at all three of these materials and their applications. The European fillers market, including carbon black is estimated at over 5 million tonnes with a value of 2.3 billion Euros. Filler surface modifiers are also essential to the use of fillers, and they are worth another 100 million Euros. The fillers and modifiers business is directly dependent on the fortunes of the polymer industry and of the world economy, with their largest applications in construction, wire and cable and automotives, especially tyres. In addition many materials used as fillers are used in much greater quantities in other industries and applications. The report has been written to provide decision makers with an understanding of this complex industry.
Many specialists within one of the specialised fillers areas, or the other business areas, need from time to time to look at filler opportunities that are outside of their own expertise. This report provides an overview of the fillers and surface modifiers businesses and markets for such people. It should have particular relevance for companies seeking new outlets for materials, where their traditional markets are mature or declining. In addition it will be of value to businesses requiring new uses for surplus or waste materials from other industries.
Executive Summary and Conclusions
Background to the Fillers and Modifiers Businesses
Important Characteristics of Fillers
Filler Surface Chemistry and Modification
Principal Filler Types
Supply and Demand Issues, Threats and Opportunities
Filler and Modifier Companies
Abbreviations and Acronyms
Useful Further Reading