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Global PVA films market: North America the largest consumer
Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVA) Films Market: Global Trends & Forecasts 2011-2016 - a new market research report on 2014-03-14 23:31:01
Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) film is widely used for packaging and production of polarizer film. Polyvinyl alcohol films is a water soluble biodegradable film and facilitates water soluble small dose packaging of detergents, water treatment chemicals, agrochemicals, and dyes. Those small water soluble doses provides ease-of-use and avoid human contact from the inside material. Apart from packaging applications, the Polyvinyl alcohol films is also used for laundry bags and embroidery applications where the film is used as water soluble film.

Polarizer is another major application of Polyvinyl alcohol films where the film facilitates polarization property. Polarizer film is made using PVA and TAC films as raw material and is an essential component in liquid crystal display (LCD) panel.

For water soluble applications, in the past few years polyvinyl alcohol films has been gaining attention globally due to its salient features such as water solubility and ease-of-use in applications such as detergents and agrochemical packaging. Therefore, there is an influx of players vying for a share in this market. The global PVA films market is studied by key applications and geography.

Asia-Pacific is the largest producer and North America is the largest consumer of Polyvinyl alcohol films for water soluble applications. In 2011, estimated production share of Asia-Pacific was 60% while consumption share of North America was 34%. From growth perspective, Asia-Pacific is the most essential market since the region has highest growth rate of PVA film consumption for next five years. Majority of Polyvinyl alcohol films is consumed for detergent and agrochemical packaging. For detergent packaging, North America is the largest market while for agrochemical packaging Asia Pacific has the largest consumption share. The other water soluble applications with significant consumption are water treatment chemical packaging, embroidery, and laundry bags. This report identifies Polyvinyl alcohol films consumption for water soluble applications in all major geographies viz. North America, South America, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, and Asia-Pacific. The market size is estimated in both volume (metric tons) and value ($Million) and regions have been further segmented into major nations, identified based on their consumption share.

In case of polarizer application, the polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) film is used to manufacture polarizer film which is used in LCD panels, lenses and optical filters etc. LCD panels holds 95% consumption share of global polarizer production. The market of Polyvinyl alcohol films, which is used for LCD panel based polarizer film, is monopolized by Japan-based two manufacturers viz. Kuraray Co. Ltd. and Nippon Gohsei. Both companies have their production plants in Japan and thus Japan is the only producer of Polyvinyl alcohol films for polarizer. Since all the polarizer manufacturers have their manufacturing facilities either in South Korea, Japan, Taiwan or Japan, those are the only markets consume PVA film in polarizer application. Worldwide demand of PVA film for polarizer is estimated to be 225 million square meters in 2011.

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