US solvents demand will continue to rebound from its recessionary lows, rising 1.5 percent per year in volume terms through 2016 to 10.9 billion pounds. Growth in consumer oriented markets and regulations aimed at solvent volatility and toxicity will favor “green” solvents such as butanediol derivatives, terpenes, and alcohols. The construction market will grow the fastest.
High Performance Composites
US demand for polymer materials containing advanced fiber reinforcements is forecast to rise almost 15 percent per year to $10.2 billion in 2016.
US demand for specialty fuel additives will grow 4.8 percent yearly to $1.6 billion in 2016. Cold flow improvers will lead gains due to the mandated use of more biodiesel, while deposit control agents will remain the most common type. Gasoline will remain the largest application. Blenders and terminals will continue as the largest market.