Immune, Blood and Metabolic Disorders are Key Applications of Cord Blood Stem Cells in Future Driving the Market to Reach $64 Billion by 2022

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Industry Experts, Inc. published an updated 2018 version of its global market report on Cord Blood Stem Cells. As per this new report entitled “Cord Blood Stem Cells – A Global Market Overview“, Cancer remains the largest application market, reaching a projected US$21.4 billion by 2022 from an estimated US$8.1 billion in 2017 for the period 2017-2022 closely followed by Blood Disorders.

The Cord Blood Stem Cells collection process is straight-forward, non-invasive and is painless for both mother and child. Once stored, the treatment can be availed at any point of time. These cells are potent than adult stem cells and are not exposed to environmental pollutants, chemicals and other viruses. Cord Blood Stem Cells are flawless match for child, siblings and other family members.

The study analyzes the market for Cord Blood Stem Cells technologies including Stem Cell Transplant, Cord Blood Banking, Blood Transfusion, Cell Based Genetics and Xenotransplant while key application areas comprise Cancer, Blood disorders, Metabolic Disorders, Immune Disorders, Osteopetrosis and Others. Global Cord Blood Stem Cells market is expected to witness a robust CAGR of about 25% during the 2017-2022 analysis period and projected to reach US$63.8 billion by 2022 from an estimated US$20.9 billion in 2017.

The market for Cord Blood Stem Cells is segmented into four major global regions namely, North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Rest of World in terms of value in USD for 2014-2022 analysis period. The regional markets further analyzed for 15 more independent countries across North America – the United States, Canada and Mexico; Europe – the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Russia and Switzerland; Asia-Pacific – India, China, Japan, Australia South Korea and Singapore.

This 302 page global market report includes 176 charts (includes a data table and graphical representation for each chart), supported with meaningful and easy to understand graphical presentation, of market numbers. The report profiles 45 key global players and 64 major players across North America – 30; Europe – 11; Asia-Pacific – 20; and Rest of World – 3. The study also provides the listing of the companies engaged in cord blood stem cells. The global list of companies covers the address, contact numbers and the website addresses of 412 companies.

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Asia-Pacific Leads Medical Nutrition Market Growth with 8.5% CAGR through to 2022 reaching $52 Billion Globally

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Industry Experts, Inc. introduced an updated 2018 version of its global market report on Medical Nutrition. As per this updated version of the report entitled “Medical Nutrition– A Global Market Overview“, Asia-Pacific projected to be the fastest growing market with a CAGR of 8.5% during the 2017-2022 period, enabling the region to reach US$13.4 billion by 2022.

Medical Nutrition is a therapeutic composition developed to satisfy the nutritional requirements of patients that have specific medical conditions in a manner that supports their physical upkeep, treatment procedure, and symptom management.

Medical Nutrition product segments analyzed in this study include Infant, Enteral and Parenteral while sub-types of Enteral medical nutrition comprise Standardized, Elemental/Semi-Elemental and Specialized. Infant Nutrition accounts for the largest share in the global Medical Nutrition market, with an estimated 2017 share of 45.5% that is equivalent to US$17 billion, followed by Enteral Nutrition with 37.4% (US$14 billion) in the same year.

The report reviews, analyses and projects the medical nutrition market for the global and regional markets including North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America and Rest of World for the analysis period from 2014 to 2022. These markets analyzed in terms of market value in US$. These regional markets further analyzed for 14 independent countries across North America– the United States, Canada and Mexico; Europe– Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Spain; Asia-Pacific –Japan, China, India and South Korea; South America– Brazil and Argentina.

This 382 page report includes 164 charts (includes a data table and graphical representation for each chart), supported with meaningful and easy to understand graphical presentation, of market numbers. The statistical tables represent the data for the global market in terms of value in US$ by geographic region and product segment/sub-type. This study profiles 26 key global players spanned across North America– 16; Europe– 8 and Asia-Pacific– 2. The report also provides the listing of the companies engaged in the manufacturing and supply of medical nutritional products. The global list of companies covers addresses, contact numbers and the website addresses of 666 companies.

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Animal Feed Drives the Global Synthetic Vitamin E Demand to Reach 119k Metric Tons by 2024

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Industry Experts, Inc. published a new 2018 version of its global market report on Synthetic Vitamin E. The new version of the report entitled “Synthetic Vitamin E – A Global Market Overview” reveals that Animal feed is the largest application area with a volume share of about 83%, translating into 87 thousand metric tons, and a value share of 65.2% equating to US$843 million in 2017.

Synthetic vitamin E constitutes the major ingredient employed in the global animal feed sector, with the market for this key additive continuing to expand in direct proportion to demand for livestock that is more evident in the developing economies of Asia, Africa and Latin America. Brazil, China and other Asian and African regions. Vitamin E plant closures, such as those of BASF in Germany and others in China, have tightened the supply of vitamin E since the last quarter of 2017. As a consequence of this, the supply of vitamin E will constrict in the first half of 2018 and cause considerable price hikes. Being a major consumer of vitamin E will adversely affect the animal feed industry, since spikes in prices are likely to increase costs of livestock feed supplements. Already, feed manufacturers and formulators are seeking out alternative ways, such as reducing vitamin E levels in feed or replacing with other ingredients, to alleviate the situation. Industry experts suggesting a challenging outlook for the global vitamin E market till at least the second half of 2018, which would gradually ease off after that.


Synthetic vitamin E end-use applications covered in this report include animal feed, dietary supplements, food & beverages and cosmetics. Global consumption of synthetic vitamin E, in terms of volume stood at 104.6 thousand metric tons valued at US$1.3 billion in 2017, is further expected to maintain a volume CAGR of 1.8% between 2017 and 2024 to reach a projected 119 thousand metric tons in 2024.

The report reviews, analyses and projects the synthetic vitamin E market for global and the regional markets including North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America and Rest of World for the period from 2014 to 2024, in terms of volume in metric tons and value in USD. The regional markets further analyzed for 14 independent countries across North America – The United States, Canada and Mexico; Europe – Germany, France, Italy, Spain, The United Kingdom and The Netherlands; Asia-Pacific – China, India and Japan; and South America – Brazil and Argentina.

This 188 page global market study on synthetic vitamin E includes 140 charts (includes a data table and graphical representation for each chart), supported with meaningful and easy to understand graphical presentation, of market numbers. The statistical tables represent the data for the global synthetic vitamin E market value in metric tons and value in US$ by geographic region and end-use application. This study profiles 7 key global players and 14 major players across Europe – 3; Asia-Pacific – 10 and Rest of World – 1. The report also provides the listing of the companies engaged in the manufacturing and supply of synthetic vitamin E as well as major players in vitamin E end-use industries such as human nutrition, animal nutrition and personal care. The global list of companies covers addresses, contact numbers and the website addresses of 109 companies.

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Global Demand for Natural Source Vitamin E is Forecast to Register a CAGR of 4.7% through to 2024 to Reach $1.03 Billion

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Industry Experts, Inc. unveiled a new 2018 version of its global market report on Natural Vitamin E. The new version of the report entitled “Natural Source Vitamin E (Tocopherols and Tocotrienols) – A Global Market Overview” reveals that Asia-Pacific emerged the largest market for Natural Vitamin E and also projected the fastest growing market through to 2024 with a CAGR of 6.7%.

The market for nutraceutical products is poised to witness an impressive growth over the coming period primarily owing to consumer awareness regarding improved health and the increase in aging population across the globe. Dietary supplements enriched with natural vitamin E are finding wider acceptance among consumers for improving energy and endurance and reducing muscle damage after exercising. Also, a few alpha tocopherol-containing health supplements have been found to decrease the risk of bone fracture for the geriatric population, in addition to improving overall muscular strength. This is another factor that is likely to impact natural vitamin E market growth in a positive manner.

Natural Source Vitamin E products analyzed in this study include Tocopherols and Tocotrienols. The end use application markets covered in the report comprise Animal Feed, Dietary Supplements, Food & Beverages, Cosmetics & Personal Care and Others (pharmaceuticals, medical and infant nutrition).

Dietary Supplements constitutes the largest application for natural vitamin E globally, volume consumption of which is slated to compound annually at 4.2% over 2017-2024 in reaching a projected 10.9 thousand metric tons by 2024 from an estimated 8.2 thousand metric tons in 2017.

The report reviews, analyses and projects the natural source vitamin E market for global and the regional markets including North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America and Rest of World. These regional markets further analyzed for 14 independent countries across North America – The United States, Canada and Mexico; Europe – Germany, France, Italy, Spain, The United Kingdom and The Netherlands; Asia-Pacific – China, India and Japan; and South America – Brazil and Argentina.

This 400 page global Natural Vitamin E market report includes 277 charts (includes a data table and graphical representation for each chart), supported with meaningful and easy to understand graphical presentation, of market numbers. The statistical tables represent the data for the global market value in metric tons and value in US$ by geographic region, the product segment and application area. This study profiles 21 key global players and 47 major players across North America – 7; Europe – 7; Asia-Pacific – 32 and South America – 1. The report also provides the listing of the companies engaged in the manufacturing and supply of natural vitamin E as well as major players in the vitamin E end-use industries such as human nutrition, animal nutrition and personal care. The global list of companies covers addresses, contact numbers and the website addresses of 193 companies.

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Agriculture Drives Demand Growth for Superabsorbent Polymers by 5.8% through to 2022, Global Market to Reach $10 billion

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Industry Experts, Inc. published a global market report on Superabsorbent polymers (SAPs). The new report entitled ” Superabsorbent Polymers – A Global Market Overview” reveals that the Asia–Pacific accounts for the largest share in terms of both consumption and market value. The market for this region is estimated at US$2.5 billion in 2017, translating to 772 thousand tons. The region is also expected the fastest growing market with 6.4% and 6.1% respectively for value and volume between the period 2017 and 2022.

Superabsorbent polymers (SAPs) or hydrogels constitute loosely cross-linked, three-dimensional networks of flexible polymer chains containing dissociated, ionic functional groups. Principally, they are materials capable of absorbing fluids more than 15 times their own dry weight, either under load or without load, such as water, electrolyte solution, synthetic urine, brines, and biological fluids, such as urine sweat and blood. Growing population across the world, be it children or adults, has increased the demand for personal hygiene products, such as baby diapers and feminine hygiene and adult incontinence solutions. These factors, too, will play a contributory role in sustaining demand growth for SAPs.

Sodium Polyacrylate forms the largest segment in the global market accounting for an estimated US$5.8 billion. Among SAPs key applications, Baby Diapers constitute the largest application estimated share of 75% in the same year.


The report analyzes the market for SAPs polymer types including Polyacrylamide Copolymer, Sodium Polyacrylate and Others. The study also explores the global market for key applications of SAPs comprising Adult Incontinence Products, Agriculture & Horticulture, Baby Diapers, Feminine Hygiene Products and Others for the analysis period 2014-2022 in the global markets comprising North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America and Rest of World.

The market for Superabsorbent Polymers is segmented into five major global regions namely, North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America and Rest of World. The regional markets further analyzed for 11 independent countries across North America – the United States, Canada and Mexico; Europe – France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain and the United Kingdom; Asia-Pacific – Australia, China, India, Japan and South Korea; South America – Argentina and Brazil. The market is analyzed in all of these major regions by key county, polymer type and application area in terms of volumes in Tons and value in USD.

This 484 page global Superabsorbent Polymers market report includes 407 charts (includes a data table and graphical representation for each chart), supported with meaningful and easy to understand graphical presentation, of market numbers. The report profiles 17 key global players and 35 major players across North America – 1; Europe – 4; and Asia-Pacific – 30. The study also provides the listing of the companies operating in the SAPs industry. The global list of companies covers the address, contact numbers and the website addresses of 116 companies.

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Owing to Numerous Emerging Applications, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Market is Projected to Grow by a Robust 7.5% Reaching $5 Billion by 2022

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Industry Experts, Inc. unveiled the global market report on Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR). The new report entitled “Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) – A Global Market Overview” reveals that Asia–Pacific is expected to the fastest growing market with a CAGR of 9.2% during the period 2017-2022 while North America is the largest market for PCR with 2017 market is estimated at US$3.5 billion.

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) is a technology that has opened up new vistas for advances in life sciences research and molecular diagnostics due to its attributes, such as detection and quantification of DNA and RNA genetic materials. Advanced PCR techniques, such as digital PCR are employed by researchers in quantifying and analyzing rare alleles and point mutations. The existing crop of market participants is focusing on developing PCR systems offering improved capabilities, such as an extensive menu of tests and higher sensitivity and specificity.

Global demand for PCR in Clinical Diagnostics Labs & Hospitals, among end use sectors, is slated to record the fastest CAGR of 8.6% and reach a projected US$3.5 billion by 2022. By Applications area, Life Sciences lead the global market for PCR, which is estimated at US$3.9 billion (45% share) in 2017 and is projected to reach US$5.5 billion by 2022 to reflect the slowest 2017–2022 CAGR of 7.3%.

The report analyzes the market for PCR product segments including Instruments, Reagents & Consumables and Software & Services while key application areas comprise Clinical Diagnostics, Life Sciences and Others. The study also explores the global market for major end use sectors of PCR including Academic & Research Institutes, Clinical Diagnostics Labs & Hospitals, Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Sectors and Others in terms of value in USD for 2014-2022 analysis period in the global markets comprising North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Rest of World.

The market for Polymerase Chain Reaction is segmented into four major global regions namely, North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Rest of World. The regional markets further analyzed for 11 more independent countries across North America – the United States, Canada and Mexico; Europe – France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom; Asia-Pacific – China, India, Japan and South Korea. The market is analyzed in all of these major regions by key county, PCR product segment, application area and end-use sector in terms of value in US$.

This 344 page global PCR market report includes 216 charts (includes a data table and graphical representation for each chart), supported with meaningful and easy to understand graphical presentation, of market numbers. The report profiles 14 key global players and 33 major players across North America – 19; Europe – 10; Asia-Pacific – 3; and Rest of World – 1. The study also provides the listing of the companies operating in the PCR industry. The global list of companies covers the address, contact numbers and the website addresses of 161 companies.

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Asia-Pacific Dominates Feed Amino Acids as Largest and Fastest Growing Market Worldwide with 2.8 Million Metric Tons, translating to $5.5 Billion by 2022

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Industry Experts, Inc. appended a new market research report “Feed Amino Acids – A Global Market Overview” to their amino acids report series. Asia-Pacific is the world’s largest volume market for feed amino acids, estimated at 1.8 million metric tons (40.7% share) in 2017, which is also likely to record the fastest 2017-2022 CAGR of 8.5% in reaching a projected 2.8 million metric tons by 2022.

Animal feed industry is the largest consumer of amino acids globally. Amino acids such as L-lysine, methionine, L-threonine, L-tryptophan and L-valine improve the nutritional quality of animal feeds by supplying essential amino acids that may be in low abundance in crude protein. In the field of compound feed production for livestock, feed amino acids are considered as indispensable ingredients which optimize the balance of amino acids in feed formulas, thus meeting objectives of performance, cost reduction and reduction of nitrogen excretion in to the environment.

Consumption of Feed Amino Acids worldwide is slated to register a CAGR of 6.8% during the 2017-2022 period. Increasing pressure on the livestock sector to meet the growing demand for animal protein worldwide is driving growth of amino acids in compound animal feed production. The recent past has been witnessing a growing demand for animal protein globally for livestock, dairy and fish. This trend has been more apparent in the developing economies such as Asia-Pacific, as against the developed regions that have continued to be relatively stable. For addressing the increasing global demand for animal protein, it is imperative that the efficiency of converting proteins from feed to meat is improved, which is where amino acids come into play.

Global volume consumption of Feed Grade Amino Acids is estimated at 4.5 million metric tons in 2017 and is projected to reach 6.2 million metric tons by 2022 at a CAGR of 6.8% between the two years. Poultry feed constitutes the largest consumer of feed amino acids globally with 2017 market share of 43.4%, volume consumption of which is slated to compound annually at 7.6% over 2017-2022 in reaching a projected 2.8 million metric tons by 2022 from an estimated 1.9 million metric tons in 2017.

This global report analyzes feed grade amino acids comprising L-Lysine, Methionine, L-Threonine, L-Tryptophan, L-Valine and Glycine. The study also analyzes the animal feed types, in which feed grade amino acids are widely used, including Swine Feed, Poultry Feed, Ruminants Feed, Aqua Feed and Other Animal Feed. The global markets for the above-mentioned feed amino acids types and feed types are analyzed in terms of volume in metric tons and value in USD for 2012-2022 analysis period.

This 313 page global feed amino acids market report includes 320 charts (includes a data table and graphical representation for each chart), supported with meaningful and easy to understand graphical presentation, of market numbers. This report profiles 15 key global players and 61 major players across North America – 10; Europe – 10; Asia-Pacific – 39 and South America – 2. The research also provides the listing of the companies engaged in manufacturing and supply of feed grade amino acids. The global list of companies covers the address, contact numbers and the website addresses of 227 companies.

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Diversity in Applications Propelling Global Market for Biosensors to Grow Consistently to Reach $25.9 Billion by 2022

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Industry Experts released the 2017 version of its global market report on Biosensors. The new report entitled “Biosensors – A Global Market Overview” reveals that the Security & Biodefense is projected the fastest growing Biosensors application area with a CAGR of 10.8% over the same period 2017-2022.

Biosensors have penetrated fields as diverse as medical, environmental, food processing and biodefense, with each of these areas showing impressive growth. Also, an unabated increase in chronic and lifestyle-related diseases has compelled individuals to adopt biosensors in order that their health status can remain under constant monitoring. Biosensors lend themselves to be customized for monitoring a number of biomarkers that is highly useful in monitoring and detecting several diseases. Growing accuracy of biosensors is further expected to expand the scope of applications, leading to an increase in potential demand for them.

Global Biosensors market is expected to record a robust CAGR of about 9% during the 2017-2022 analysis period and is projected to touch US$25.9 billion by 2022 from an estimated US$16.9 billion in 2017. Electrochemical estimated the largest global Biosensors market by technology with 2017 market stood at US$12 billion while Optical segment is expected the fastest growing biosensor market worldwide with a CAGR of 10.5% over the same period.

The study analyzes the Biosensors Technology Areas including Electrochemical, Optical, Thermal and Piezoelectric. This report also explores the global market for Biosensors Application Areas comprising Home Healthcare, Point of Care Testing, Environmental Monitoring, Research Laboratories, Process Industry and Security & Biodefense in terms of value in USD for 2014-2022 analysis period in the global markets comprising North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America and Rest of World.

The global market for Biosensors is segmented into five major regions namely, North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America and Rest of World. The regional markets further analyzed for 16 independent countries across North America – The United States, Canada and Mexico; Europe –Germany, France, Italy and the United Kingdom; Asia-Pacific – China, Japan and India; South America – Brazil and Argentina. The market is analyzed in all of these major regions by key countries, technology area and by key applications in terms of USD.

This 280 page global Biosensors market report includes 171 charts (includes a data table and graphical representation for each chart), supported with meaningful and easy to understand graphical presentation, of market numbers. The report profiles 24 key global players and 65 major players across North America – 47; Europe – 14 and Asia-Pacific – 4. The study also provides the listing of the companies operating in Biosensors industry. The global list of companies covers the address, contact numbers and the website addresses of 184 companies.

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Burgeoning Opportunities in Animal Feed Leads Demand Growth for Amino Acids to Reach 11 Million Metric Tons by 2022

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Industry Experts added the new market research report “Amino Acids – A Global Market Overview” to their Food & Beverages segment. The report reveals that the Global volume consumption of Amino Acids is estimated at 8.5 million metric tons in 2017 and is projected to reach 11 million metric tons by 2022 at a CAGR of 5.3% between the two years.

Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins and play an important role as intermediates in metabolism. The 20 core amino acids that are found within proteins include essential amino acids (arginine, histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine) and non-essential amino acids (alanine, asparagine, aspartic acid, cysteine, glutamic acid, glutamine, glycine, proline, serine and tyrosine). These 20 core amino acids are commercially available on the market today and are used in wide range of applications including food & beverages, animal feed, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and cosmetics among others.

Worldwide demand for Amino Acids is expected to maintain a marginally faster market value CAGR, compared to volumes growth, of 5.6% over 2017-2022 and reach a projected US$25.6 billion by 2022 from an estimated US$19.5 billion in 2017. Animal Feed constitutes the largest, as also the fastest, growing application for Amino Acids globally, consumption value of which is slated to compound annually at 6.9% over 2017-2022 in reaching a projected US$10.4 billion by 2022.

The global report analyzes 17 amino acids comprising L-Glutamic acid/MSG, L-Lysine, Methionine, L-Threonine, L-Tryptophan, Glycine, L-Phenylalanine, L-Aspartic acid, L-Glutamine, L-Cysteine, L-Arginine, L-Alanine, L-Proline, L-Valine, L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine and L-Tyrosine. The study also analyzes the key end-use applications of amino acids including Animal Feed, Food & Beverages, Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare, Nutraceuticals, Cosmetics & Personal Care and Others. The global markets for the above-mentioned amino acid types and end-use applications are analyzed in terms of volume in metric tons and value in USD for 2012-2022 analysis period.A special focus is provided on specialty amino acids market for each region/country.

The global market for amino acids is segmented into five regions namely, North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America and Rest of World. The regional markets further analyzed for 18 independent countries across North America – United States, Canada and Mexico; Europe – France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Spain and United Kingdom; Asia-Pacific – China, India, Indonesia, Japan and South Korea; South America – Brazil and Argentina. The market is analyzed in these major regions by key countries, by amino acid types and by major end-use applications in terms of both volume and value.

This 420 page global amino acids market study includes 437 charts (includes a data table and graphical representation for each chart), supported with meaningful and easy to understand graphical presentation, of market numbers. This report profiles 19 key global players and 95 major players across North America – 13; Europe – 14; Asia-Pacific – 66 and South America – 2. The research also provides the listing of the companies engaged in manufacturing and supply of amino acids. The global list of companies covers the address, contact numbers and the website addresses of 227 companies.

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Huge Opportunities down the Road for High Performance Plastics in 3D Printing

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The proliferation of 3D printing technologies has grown to such an extent in recent times that they have encompassed applications in a diverse range of industries comprising automotive, aerospace, high tech and medical products, to name a few. Organizations have taken to adopting these technologies because of the prototyping opportunities they offer, with their long-term goals including enhancing new product development and reducing time-to-market. Equity research analysts have forecast the market for 3D printing at about US$21 billion by 2020 primarily being fueled by advancements in technology. These include an increasing capability of 3D printers in processing huge volumes of data and growth in the variety of materials ideal for 3D printing. Plastic material suppliers have also played a significant part in supporting the market for 3D printing through capacity expansions, new product development and entering into strategic alliances.

The market for high-performance plastics (HPPs) is set to get bolstered by materials for 3D printing. With the progression of 3D printing from prototyping to manufacturing, the growth in metals and high-performance polymers is slated to outpace al other categories of materials, with HPP feedstocks for 3D printing likely to reach a value of several hundred million dollars. HPPs are lightweight materials that are strong and resilient enough to function as alternatives to advanced metal, ceramic and other composite parts that have been used traditionally. In particularly, the fused deposition modelling (FDM) and fused filament fabrication (FFF) segments of 3D printing offer an enormous potential for high growth of the market for high-performance plastics. These high-quality plastics have now become ubiquitous across a broad range of industries, prominent among which are the aerospace, automotive and medical sectors.

Aerospace Market among the Pioneers in Using 3D Printing for Series Production with HPPs

High-performance plastics, such as polyetherimide (PEI) and polyetherketone (PEEK) have penetrated the 3D printing materials in the fields of aerospace, medical and automotive. Polyetherimide (PEI) (ULTEM from SABIC) is currently the material of choice in aerospace applications. Stratasys Ltd is a leading 3D printer manufacturer using FDM technology. The company has collaborated with Airbus for developing 3D printing process and technologies for producing aircraft components using SABIC’s ULTEM polyetherimide (PEI) resins. Recently, in July 2017, Airbus has selected Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, a subsidiary of Stratasys Ltd., to produce 3D printed polymer parts for use on A350 XWB aircraft. Stratasys Direct Manufacturing will now mass produce non-structural parts, such as brackets and other parts used for system installation using Stratasys FDM production 3D Printers and ULTEM™ 9085 PEI resin from SABIC.

Polyetherimide/Polycarbonate (PEI/PC) polymer blends have made their debut in the International Space Stations’ in-space manufacturing operations recently. Made In Space, Inc., has produced an object from blends of PEI/PC at their additive manufacturing facility (AMF) on the International Space Station (ISS). Founded in 2010, Made In Space, Inc. is the in-space manufacturing company engaged in developing state-of-the-art, gravity-independent production of parts for space station using 3D printing/additive manufacturing technology. Additive manufacturing in the commercial aerospace industry employs the blends of this aerospace-grade polymer ULTEM 9085 and ULTEM 1010 (PEI/PC). Use of PEI/PC blends for printing parts in space with AMF would enable the company to potentially deliver cost effective and efficient in-space manufacturing solutions. PEI/PC blends with nearly three-fold the tensile strength of ABS, a high strength-to-weight ratio, and low off-gassing properties has been employed in space on external hardware and satellites.

While PEI is at the forefront among materials used in aerospace 3D printing sector, PEEK is gradually paving its way into this sector. In early 2017, European Space Agency (ESA) started officially testing 3D printed polyetheretherketone (PEEK) CubeSats and has future intentions of flying these 3D printed miniature satellites incorporated with internal electrical lines. For this project, ESA worked together with PIEP, a Portuguese polymer engineering firm and developed a printable PEEK that is electrically conductive with the addition of specific nano-fillers to the materials. By the end of the decade, the first PEEK printed structural part would fly on the Meteosat Third Generation series of weather satellites. Also to be noted is the point that GE Global Research has started exploring ways for 3D printing PEEK for aerospace and other applications with reduced production costs using Roboze One+400 3D printer. Addition of this new printer to the desktop line up would enable GE Global Research to evaluate innovative designs with extreme complexity enabled by 3D printing in areas already using high- performance polymers.

PEEK in 3D Printing for Medical Implants

Polyetherketone (PEEK) based implants, produced using traditional manufacturing technologies, have been widely used in the medical field. Now, PEEK is also penetrating into 3D printing of medical implants. Apium Additive Technologies GmbH, based in Germany, has collaborated with the Center for Dental and Craniofacial Sciences of Charité Berlin to determine the printing performance with PEEK compounds in dental applications. Apium is in the process of fabricating different structures using 3D printer initially to test their tensile strength in comparison to extruded samples, which will be followed by single crown frameworks being manufactured and compared in respect to their quality. Apart from this collaboration, Apium is also endeavouring to develop filaments for medical applications as implant material using Evonik’s high-performance polymer VESTAKEEP® PEEK. Apium will test how this material can be processed with FFF technology to be used as a material for 3D printed implants.

Researchers at the International PEEK Meeting held in April 2017 planned to develop highly customized 3D printed medical and dental implants using polyetheretherketone (PEEK), and a PEEK-compatible FDM 3D printer. The additive manufacturing of medical-grade PEEK revolutionizes the ease, speed and accuracy required for implant production. In addition, the researchers highlighted the use of PEEK composites, such as carbon reinforced PEEK with high fatigue strength and a good elastic modulus for making these devices more robust and the potential of PEEK composite plates for fracture fixation.

3D Printing of Fully Fluorinated Polymers

Leading global fluoropolymer company 3M Dyneon has now commenced using a 3D laboratory printer to expedite the company’s research aimed at the additive manufacturing of fluoropolymer components. Dyneon would employ a new patent-pending technology and use 3D printing for processing fully fluorinated polymers, such as polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). The stereolithography-based process has been developed by 3M Advanced Materials and allows the printing of fully fluorinated polymers, which is achieved by using a binding agent and the requisite additives, such as fillers that are employed in traditional production for the initial formation of a hydro-gel.

From Plastics to Filaments: Supply Strategies from High-Performance Plastic Producers

Building on their experience in the 3D printing market gained through the supply of high-performance plastics, companies have now shifted focus towards supplying the end product itself, viz., high performance polymer filaments used in 3D printing. These high-performance filaments have become mainstay materials for FDM and FFF applications in the 3D printing industry. SABIC has recently introduced a new line of high performance filament grades for FDM 3D printing. The new filaments encompass ULTEM™AM9085F high performance PEI filament made from ULTEM™ 9085 resin, CYCOLAC™ AMMG94F general purpose ABS filament produced using CYCOLAC™ MG94 resin and LEXAN™ AM1110F general-purpose PC filament based on LEXAN™ HF1110 resin. Another leading polymer producer, DuPont Performance Materials (DPM) released three new high-performance filaments for 3D printing, which are based on Hytrel thermoplastic elastomer, Zytel PA high heat resistant polyamide and Surlyn ethylene copolymer, each of which provide individual functionalities. Instead of just offering high-performance plastics, manufacturers are aiming to make an important contribution to the growth and success of the additive manufacturing (3D printing) industry and penetrating further into the 3D printing value chain.

Partnerships and Acquisitions Take Center Stage as 3D Printing Market Thrives on New Applications and Material Innovation

Companies producing high-performance polymers are not only focusing on material developments, but also on partnerships and acquisitions to grab opportunities in the 3D printing industry. Among them, BASF is aggressively venturing in to 3D printing industry through partnerships and acquisitions. In mid-2017, the chemical conglomerate established a new business unit ‘BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH’ at the site of InnovationLab GmbH in Heidelberg, Germany to concentrate on pursuing business opportunities in the field of 3D printing. The new company will develop customized 3D printing materials, system solutions, components and services to meet the ever-changing demand of customers in industries such as automotive, aerospace and consumer goods. BASF 3D Printing Solutions also acquired Innofil3D, a filament producer based in Emmen, The Netherlands. This acquisition further reinforces the 3D business of BASF and enables the company to move ahead in 3D printing value chain, offering the filaments needed in the next processing level for 3D printing in addition to plastic granulate.

BASF has also entered into an alliance with Hewlett Packard (HP) in the recent past for offering new 3D printing materials to customers through the HP Multi Jet Fusion Open Platform. Using this open platform approach, a customer can select a material supplier, such as BASF, for direct engagement in developing materials for specific 3D production applications. BASF is keen that ideas generated from this exchange are integrated for expediting the development a range of innovative materials for enhanced 3D printing products. Apart from BASF, Evonik is also participating in the open development platform for new 3D printing materials that was created by HP Inc. in the USA. Evonik expects that this participation will result in a further wave of development for additive production technologies.

BASF has also partnered with Essentium to develop technologies to provide robust and strong 3D printing functional parts for use in mass production using fused filament fabrication (FFF) technology. To overcome the traditional interlayer weakness of 3D printed parts, BASF contributes with its range of polymer solutions to the partnership, whereas Essentium provides its FlashFuse™ electric welding technology, which enhances layer to layer adhesion of 3D printed parts. Through this partnership, BASF aims to create strong 3D functional parts and make this technology available for wide range of industrial customers.