• Lightweight composite materials are preferred by automotive designers and researchers as these materials can be easily molded to any shape and size, and are the fastest growing product type. Growing enforcement by government for environmental regulations, increasing number of passenger vehicles, technological advances and change in material used for manufacturing drive the global market for automotive light weight materials. The North American market held the largest share in 2015, but Asia-Pacific is anticipated to be the fastest growing market. Production volume for passenger car and LCV segment in APAC accounts for over 50% share of the global production. The lightweight composites include products, such as metal matrix composites, polymer matrix composite (glass fiber composites, carbon fiber composites, and natural fiber composites), and ceramic matrix composites. To know about the factors that will affect the market size, drivers, challenges, and trends, read Emergence of eco-friendly vehiclesto drive global automotive lightweight materials market

  • Waterproofing membranes are used in designing and installing bathrooms, kitchens and laundries. Key raw materials used for product manufacturing are polypropylene and bitumen. Polymer waterproofing membrane market may witness highest gains at over 7%, with PVC, thermoplastic polyolefins, polyurethane and EPDM that offer water resistance, full surface adhesion, water vapor permeable and flexibility. To know more about the regions that are driving growth, the materials with growing application, factors that propel and challenge growth, trends, opportunities, etc, read Positive outlook towards durable materials in construction to drive global waterproofing membranes market

  • Increase in penetration of construction composites, long life and low maintenance requirement, rapid urbanization and economic boom in the emerging countries are key factors responsible for the growth of the construction composites market. The construction composites market, by resin type is segmented into polyester, vinyl ester, polyethylene, polypropylene and other resins. Polypropylene is expected to grow faster during the forecast period, on account of various properties. To gain an insight into this market, learn about the factors impacting growth, industry trends, future opportunities and threats, read Driven by Polypropylene, global construction composites market to grow to US$6.65 bln by 2021

  • Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP), a high performance engineering plastic and offers outstanding mechanical properties at high temperatures, excellent chemical resistance, inherent flame retardancy and good weatherability. LCP molecules remain well-ordered even in the melt and slide past each other easily under shear. Due to their excellent flow properties, LCPs can be injection molded into thin-wall components and have outstanding strength at extreme temperatures. With these unique properties, LCP products have proven successful in a variety of applications, including sockets, bobbins, switches, connectors, chip carriers, dental tools, surgical instruments, pumps, meters and valve liners. Electrical & electronic components sector is the largest end-user market, followed by automotive and industrial sectors, among others. Read more in Miniturization of electrical components and auto industry to drive global liquid crystal polymer market to see CAGR of over 8%

  • Amid innovation in packaging techniques, beverage makers experiment with their packaging, enhancing functionality and sustainability. Glass, plastic, metal, and paperboard are the most common used packaging materials. Plastic bottles are being increasingly used to replace glass bottles on account of weight reduction, speed in transportation and reduced packaging costs. To know more about the segments of the beverage packaging market, estimated market size in terms of value and volume, factors that drive growth, restraining factors, and challenges faced, read Beverage packaging market shifting to plastics, to be driven by novel packaging solutions