Polyvinyl butyral (PVB) is a colorless, clear, amorphous thermoplastic obtained by condensation reaction of butyraldehyde and polyvinyl alcohol. Polyvinyl butyral (PVB) interlayer is a thin film of uniform thickness that has been processed and extruded from PVB resin mixed with additives and plasticizer. By far PVB is the most widely used and specified interlayer for an extensive range of applications in automotive and construction. This is mainly because it is a compliant and cost effective product.
A rapid growth in the automotive, construction and photovoltaic market across the Europe is major driving factor behind the market growth. For instance, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers Association, during 2019, European passenger car market recorded modest growth. New car sales remained more than 18 million units, with a global market share of 24.2%. Thus, increasing production and sales of passenger cars across the region and surged use of PVB interlayers in automotive vehicles is propelling the growth of the market.
The exclusive COVID 19 impact analysis report by Axiom MRC provides a 360 degree analysis of micro and macro-economic factors on the PVB interlayers market. In addition, complete analysis of changes on PVB interlayers market expenditure, economic and international policies on supply and demand side. The report also studies the impact of pandemic on Europe economies, international trade, business investments, GDP and marketing strategies of key players present in the market. COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted end use industries such as automotive, construction and photovoltaic industries. This is owing to the shutdown of various Europe automotive manufacturing facilities and shortage of labor force and raw materials during early pandemic period.
The study analyses Europe PVB interlayers market based on type, end use industry and country.
Two major types such as standard PVB interlayers and structural PVB interlayers are analyzed in the Europe PVB interlayers market. The standard PVB interlayers segment dominated the market in 2020 and is expected to maintain its dominance during the forecast period. However, structural PVB interlayers segment is expected to witness rapid growth in the coming years. Structural PVB interlayer provide strong resistance to delamination in open edge exposed applications and is compatible with low emissivity, most visibly reflective, and ceramic frit coatings. These, interlayers can be used with all glass types and works well with heat-strengthened and annealed glass to offer reduced optical distortion.
Major end use industries of the Europe PVB interlayers market are automotive, construction and photovoltaic. The automotive end use industry is expected to dominate the market during the estimated period. On the other side, photovoltaic and constructions segments are likely to improve the PVB interlayers market in the coming years. Growing market for global building and construction industry across the globe, surged demand for laminated glass in residential as well as commercial building applications and increased demand from developing economies is impelling the growth of the market.
Country wise, the study is comprised of the key countries of such as the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, and rest of Europe. The Germany likely to dominate the Europe PVB interlayers market during the estimated time frame. Rapid growth in the country’s automotive industry and rising use of PVB interlayers in automotive application is expanding the market growth. For instance, Germany is recognized the world over for its exceptional automotive sector and superiority in engineering. From Americas to the Asia, German cars represent highly cherished values of innovation, safety, reliability, and design. Germany is by some distance Europe’s leading production and sales market.
The major key players of market include Eastman Chemical Company, Kuraray, Sekisui Chemicals, Everlam, Genau Manufacturing Company, KB PVB, Chang Chun Group, Dulite Co.Limited, Huakai Plastic Co., Ltd, Willing Lamiglass Materials, Jiangsu Darui Hengte Technology and Tiantai Kanglai Co., Limited among others.
March 2021: Eastman Chemical Company announced it is making an investment to expand and upgrade its extrusion capabilities for production of interlayers product lines at its Springfield, Massachusetts, manufacturing facility. The investment will strengthen the company’s supply capability to respond to global and regional demand for Saflex polyvinyl butyral (PVB) products in the architectural and automotive markets.
November 2020: EVERLAM announced the launch of EVERLAM CLEARVIEW, a new generation of PVB film with optical quality and superior clarity. It combines the essential properties that make the status of EVERLAM PVB films and a novel formulation with improved properties of significantly reduced yellowness index for improved haze and better clarity and optical quality.
November 2020: Eastman Chemical announced the partnership with Seen, a Swiss architectural-surfaces specialist, to market a line of bird-safe interlayers for laminated architectural glass. The partnership fits in with the company’s current business in polyvinyl butyral (PVB) interlayers for automotive and architectural safety glass.
December 2017: EVERLAM has announced the launch of EVERLAM SUPER TOUGH, its new stiff PVB solution and a key addition to its portfolio of quality products and services.
The study analyses Europe PVB interlayers market based on type, end use industry, and country. Two major types such as standard PVB interlayers and structural PVB interlayers are analyzed in the Europe PVB interlayers market. The standard PVB interlayers segment is likely to dominate the market over the forecast period. Increased adoption of standard PVB interlayers in glass industry owing to its several benefits is attributed to the market growth. Major end use industries of the Europe PVB interlayers market are automotive, construction and photovoltaic. The automotive segment is likely to register fastest growth in years to come owing to the growing adoption of PVB interlayers by this industry. Country wise, the study is comprised of the key countries such as the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, and rest of Europe.
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