In recent years, dicyclopentadiene (DCPD) market has witnessed significant growth owing to the product’s deployment as a key raw material in the manufacturing of specialty resins that find applications across numerous sectors. The construction, automotive, and electronics sectors have also largely adopted methods that involve DCPD in the process, thereby propelling dicyclopentadiene market expansion. Indeed, DCPD finds usage in the production of high quality resins that find significant application in the manufacturing of specialty electronics, lenses, optical disks and high-quality films. It goes without saying that the expansion of specialty resins industry will positively affect the growth of dicyclopentadiene market.
Dicyclopentadiene market has found a novel and profitable growth avenue through the use of highly purified DCPD in the construction industry. Polydicyclopentadiene finds wide applications in not only the construction industry but also in the manufacturing of agricultural and construction equipment, body panels for trucks and buses, chlor-alkali industry, waste container industry and more. This widespread spectrum can be attributed to the product’s high impact, temperature, and corrosion resistant properties. Combined with R-RIM, reinforced DCPD has enabled new concepts for construction designs and benefitted designers and engineers with improved dimensional stability and increased rigidity. Reinforced dicyclopentadiene industry has thus witnessed significant propulsion and is expected to continue its exponential performance with increased profitability over 2017-2024.
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peaking of R-RIM or reinforced reaction injection molding, it is essential to mention that this process has majorly contributed to the expansion of dicyclopentadiene industry. DCPD reaction injection molding enables the widespread application of DCPD in the automotive industry, as RIM-DCPD is capable of creating large and complex automotive parts quickly and efficiently. Incidentally, DCPD has a number of advantages over traditional material like steel and even thermoplastic polymers. Featuring exceptional weight to strength ratio, DCPD parts are virtually unbreakable, owing to which they have come to be used in body panels, bumpers, spoilers and fenders.
Speaking along similar lines, DCPD light weight makes it environmentally beneficial and fuel efficient, heavily expanding its scope in the automotive domain. With automakers struggling to abide by stringent regulations to bring down automobile emission, DCPD naturally emerges as the product of choice to be used in automobile production. Besides being fuel efficient, DCPD has been found to be cost efficient as well as its molds can be used to create complex designs.
Based on application, the dicyclopentadiene market is segmented into unsaturated polyester resin, hydrocarbon resins, EPDM elastomers, COC & COP and poly-DCPD. The other minor applications include pesticides, flame retardants, etc. In terms of revenue, hydrocarbon resins will likely generate more than USD 190 million in 2024. This is all due to wide acceptance of the product as an ingredient to manufacture the non-woven products in various end-use industries owing to the excellent mechanical and physical properties.
Europe and North America’s dicyclopentadiene market will be the notable markets with over 40% of the overall industry in coming years. Asia Pacific will account for over USD 400 million growing with the significant CAGR by 2024. Substantial UPR production in China and Japan, low labor cost coupled with mature automotive and other manufacturing units in this region will promote the Asia Pacific dicyclopentadiene industry growth over the forecast timeframe which in turn will fuel the global DCPD market growth. Positive demand from end-user industries will bolster the industry growth in North America and in terms of revenue the region will account for more than USD 200 million in future.
The major producers in the dicyclopentadiene market includes NOVA Chemicals, The Dow Chemical, LyondellBasell, Cymetech, Chevron Phillips, Braskem, Zibo Luhua Hongjin, China Petrochemical, Texmark, Shell Chemicals, Maruzen Petrochemical, Nanjing Yuangang, etc.