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Demand grows for wood-plastic composites (WPC) and plastic lumber in the USA.
2012-03-09 15:49:04

 

Demand for wood-plastic composites (WPC) and plastic lumber is expected to see healthy growth in the USA due to continued consumer acceptance of these products as replacements for natural wood and other traditional materials, according to Freedonia Groupresearchers. Decking makes up 40% of the overall US demand; moulding and trim account for 29%; fencing makes up 10%; while landscaping and other outdoor products make up 11%, reports Freedonia in its US Industry Study Wood-Plastic Composite & Plastic Lumber, published in July 2009. The report expects an overall increase in USA demand of 9.2% annually through 2013, with decking and fencing making above-average gains and WPC outpacing plastic lumber.

Material supplier PolyOne Corp, headquartered in Ohio, USA, plans new product introductions at the K 2010 trade show that include Smartbatch™ WPC for natural fibre composites. The patent-pending colorant and additives system was developed to expand the performance attributes and applicability of natural fibre composites. The technology can be used with wood fibre and many natural post-consumer recycled fibres such as rice hulls, cardboard and other cellulosic materials.


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