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Polybenzimidazole Fiber Market By Type (Filament, Staple Fiber and Chopped), By Application (Aerospace and Defense, Chemical, Medical, Automobiles, Textiles and Others) - Market Growth, Future Prospects and Competitive Analysis, 2017 – 2025

Published: Dec 2017 | Report Code: 58903-12-17

Polybenzimidazole (PBI) fiber is defined as the synthetic textile fiber which possess high chemical resistance and is inflammable in air. PBI fiber does not exhibit any melting point and therefore does not drip when exposed to flame and even at temperatures of 560˚C. In the textile industry PBI fiber is witnessing strong demand as they retain their strength without infringement even when exposed to extreme higher temperatures. In any case, under outrageous conditions, the fiber emanates little smoke. Additionally, the better thermal stability of polybenzimidazole enhances its demand in high-performance protective apparel such as protective gloves, firefighter’s gear, welders’ apparel, astronaut space suits, and aircraft wall fabrics. Therefore, industry players such as Celanese Corporation in collaboration with NASA have designed PBI textiles for its utilization in space suits and vehicles. Currently, polybenzimidazole fibers are also witnessing its application in membrane of fuel cells. In civil engineering, 100% pure or blended PBI fibers are deployed for applications such as plastic reinforcements.

The market is witnessing significant growth owing to its surging demand for the production of light weight and enhanced demand for safety and security. Moreover, the attractive textile and tactile performance exhibited by these fibers in comparison with other synthetic fiber also surges the market growth. However, high costs associated with the production of PBI fibers deter market to an extent.

Polybenzimidazole Fiber Market

On the basis of type, the market is categorized into PBI filament and PBI staple fiber. On the basis of application, the market is further categorized into aerospace and defense, chemical, medical, automobiles, textiles and others (Industrial uses and energy). Polybenzimidazole Fiber market is further categorized on the basis of geography as North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America (LATAM) and Middle East & Africa (MEA). In 2016, North America, dominated the market growth and is expected to maintain its dominance during the forecasted period due to massive demand for PBI fibers from end-use industries such as automotive and aerospace. Additionally, the high liquid oxygen index along with its high chemical resistance and moisture regain properties make PBI an ideal fiber for fire blocking purposes such as safety and flame retardant fabrics. However, Asia-Pacific is projected to grow at a rapid pace as this region being the largest consumers of high performance fibers owing to rising end-user base in this region. Furthermore, growing inclination of leading manufacturers from U.S. and Europe over Asia-Pacific region in order to expand their business is another factor bolstering the market growth.

Some of the key players operating in the market include Atkins & Pearce, Bally Ribbon Mills (BRM), TenCate Protective Fabrics, PBI Performance Products, Dupont, Celanese Corporation and other notable players.  

Chapter 1. Preface
1.1. Report Scope and Description
1.1.1. Purpose of the Report
1.1.2. Target Audience
1.1.3. USP and Key Offering
1.2. Research Scope
1.3. Research Methodology
1.3.1. Phase I-Secondary Research
1.3.2. Phase II-Primary Research
1.3.3. Phase II-Expert Panel Review
1.3.4. Top Down & Bottom Up Approach
1.3.5. Assumptions
1.4. Market Segmentation

Chapter 2. Executive Summary
2.1. Global Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market Portraiture
2.1.1. Global Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, by Application, 2016
2.1.2. Global Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, by Type, 2016
2.1.3. Global Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, by Geography, 2016

Chapter 3. Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market: Market Dynamics and Future Outlook
3.1. Market Overview
3.2. Drivers
3.3. Challenges
3.4. Opportunities
3.5. Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
3.6. Attractive Investment Proposition, by Geography

Chapter 4. Global Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, by Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
4.1. Overview
4.2. Attractive Investment Proposition: Global Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, by Application
4.3. Aerospace and Defense
4.4. Chemical
4.5. Medical
4.6. Automobiles
4.7. Textiles
4.8. Others (Industrial Applications and Energy)

Chapter 5. Global Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, by Type, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
5.1. Overview
5.1.1. Attractive Investment Proposition: Global Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, by Type
5.2. Filament
5.3. Staple Fiber
5.4. Chopped

Chapter 6. Global Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, by Geography, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
6.1. Overview
6.2. North America Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market Analysis, 2015 – 2025
6.2.1. North America Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, by Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
6.2.2. North America Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, by Type, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
6.2.3. North America Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, by Country, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
6.2.3.1. U.S.
6.2.3.2. Canada
6.3. Europe Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market Analysis, 2015 – 2025
6.3.1. Europe Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, by Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
6.3.2. Europe Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, by Type, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
6.3.3. Europe Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, by Country, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
6.3.3.1. U.K.
6.3.3.2. Germany
6.3.3.3. Spain
6.3.3.4. France
6.3.3.5. Rest of Europe
6.4. Asia Pacific Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market Analysis, 2015 – 2025
6.4.1. Asia Pacific Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, by Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
6.4.2. Asia Pacific Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, by Type, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
6.4.3. Asia Pacific Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, by Country, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
6.4.3.1. Japan
6.4.3.2. China
6.4.3.3. India
6.4.3.4. Rest of APAC
6.5. Latin America Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market Analysis, 2015 – 2025
6.5.1. Latin America Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, by Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
6.5.2. Latin America Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, by Type, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
6.5.3. Latin America Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, by Country, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
6.5.3.1. Brazil
6.5.3.2. Mexico
6.5.3.3. Rest of Latin America
6.6. Middle East & Africa (MEA) Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market Analysis, 2015 – 2025
6.6.1. MEA Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, by Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
6.6.2. MEA Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, by Type, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
6.6.3. MEA Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, by Region, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
6.6.3.1. GCC
6.6.3.2. Rest of MEA

Chapter 7. Company Profiles
7.1. Atkins & Pearce
7.1.1. Business Description
7.1.2. Financial Information (Subject to data availability)
7.1.3. Product Portfolio
7.1.4. Key Developments
7.2. Bally Ribbon Mills (BRM)
7.2.1. Business Description
7.2.2. Financial Information (Subject to data availability)
7.2.3. Product Portfolio
7.2.4. Key Developments
7.3. TenCate Protective Fabrics
7.3.1. Business Description
7.3.2. Financial Information (Subject to data availability)
7.3.3. Product Portfolio
7.3.4. Key Developments
7.4. PBI Performance Products
7.4.1. Business Description
7.4.2. Financial Information (Subject to data availability)
7.4.3. Product Portfolio
7.4.4. Key Developments
7.5. Dupont
7.5.1. Business Description
7.5.2. Financial Information (Subject to data availability)
7.5.3. Product Portfolio
7.5.4. Key Developments
7.6. Celanese Corporation
7.6.1. Business Description
7.6.2. Financial Information (Subject to data availability)
7.6.3. Product Portfolio
7.6.4. Key Developments
7.7. Other Notable Players

List of Tables

TABLE 1 Global Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, by Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 2 Global Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, by Type, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 3 Global Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, by Geography, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 4 North America Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, by Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 5 North America Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, by Geography, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 6 North America Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, by Country, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 7 Europe Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, by Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 8 Europe Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, by Geography, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 9 Europe Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, by Country, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 10 Asia-Pacific Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, by Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 11 Asia-Pacific Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, by Geography, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 12 Asia-Pacific Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, by Country, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 13 Latin America Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, by Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 14 Latin America Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, by Geography, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 15 Latin America Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, by Country, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 16 Middle East and Africa Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, by Application, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 17 Middle East and Africa Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, by Geography, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 18 Middle East and Africa Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, by Region, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 19 Atkins & Pearce: Company Snapshot (Business Description; Financial Information; Product Portfolio; News Coverage)
TABLE 20 Bally Ribbon Mills (BRM): Company Snapshot (Business Description; Financial Information; Product Portfolio; News Coverage)
TABLE 21 TenCate Protective Fabrics: Company Snapshot (Business Description; Financial Information; Product Portfolio; News Coverage)
TABLE 22 PBI Performance Products: Company Snapshot (Business Description; Financial Information; Product Portfolio; News Coverage)
TABLE 23 Dupont: Company Snapshot (Business Description; Financial Information; Product Portfolio; News Coverage)
TABLE 24 Celanese Corporation: Company Snapshot (Business Description; Financial Information; Product Portfolio; News Coverage)

List of Figures

FIG. 1 Polybenzimidazole Fibers: Market Segmentation
FIG. 2 Global Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market by Application, 2016 (US$ Mn),
FIG. 3 Global Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, by Type, 2016 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 4 Global Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, by Geography, 2016 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 5 Attractive Investment Proposition, by Geography
FIG. 6 Market Competition Landscape, by Key Players, 2016
FIG. 7 Global Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market Share, by Application, 2016 (Value %)
FIG. 8 Global Polybenzimidazole Fibers in Aerospace and Defense Market, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 9 Global Polybenzimidazole Fibers in Chemical Market, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 10 Global Polybenzimidazole Fibers in Medical Market, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 11 Global Polybenzimidazole Fibers in Automobiles Market, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 12 Global Polybenzimidazole Fibers in Textiles Market, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 13 Global Polybenzimidazole Fibers in Others Market, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 14 Global Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market Share, by Type, 2016 vs. 2025 (Value %)
FIG. 15 Global Polybenzimidazole Filament Market, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 16 Global Polybenzimidazole Staple Fiber Market, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 17 Global Polybenzimidazole Chopped Fibers Market, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 18 Global Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, by Geography, 2016 (Value %)
FIG. 19 U.S. Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 20 Canada Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 21 Mexico Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 22 U.K. Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 23 Germany Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 24 Spain Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 25 France Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, 2015-2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 26 UK Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, 2015-2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 27 Rest of Europe Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 28 Japan Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 29 China Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 30 India Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 31 Rest of Asia Pacific Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 32 Brazil Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 33 Rest of Latin America Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 34 GCC Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)
FIG. 35 Rest of Middle East and Africa Polybenzimidazole Fibers Market, 2015 – 2025 (US$ Mn)

On the basis of its type, the global Polybenzimidazole fiber market is categorized into following segments:

  • Filament
  • Staple Fiber
  • Chopped

Polybenzimidazole Fiber Market

Polybenzimidazole filaments exhibit major potential for market growth during the forecast period. PBI filaments are continuous long filaments which are also extruded continuously into bundles. PBI filaments are used in the formation of protective apparels such as astronauts’ suits and firefighters gear. The thermal stability, flame retardancy, and moisture regaining characteristics of PBI eases it’s processing on conventional staple fiber textile equipment. Developing textile manufacturing industry is also surging the market demand. The high tenacity and modulus of PBI filaments is also increasing its other industrial applications such as in conveyor belts, hot gas filtration media and aircraft fragments.

Staple fibers holds the nominal share during the forecast period. Staple fiber are long filaments cut into definite lengths and are majorly spun into yarn. Developed in 1990’s these fibers are being used in automotive braking systems and in seat layers of aircraft for blocking fire expansion. Consumers are widely adopting garments made of staple fibers owing to its delicacy and light weightness. The availability of sustainable fire retarding apparels in multiple stylish designs, bright colors, along with attractive prints is also driving the market demand.

On the basis of its applications, the global Polybenzimidazole fiber market is categorized into following segments:

  • Aerospace and Defense
  • Chemical
  • Medical
  • Automobiles
  • Textiles
  • Others (Industrial Uses and Energy)

Polybenzimidazole Fiber Market

In 2016, aerospace and defense application dominated the market and is projected to maintain its dominance during the forecast period. This is majorly due to the superior non-flammability characteristics exhibited by polybenzimidazole fiber which enhances its application in the form of fire resistant coating in aircrafts. Currently, PBI fibers are witnessing demand in drogue parachutes of military aircrafts as they handle short term mechanical stress and also provide protection against heat shields. There is a recent trend of transforming PBI into films so as to enhance its tensile strength, machinable insulation features that are heavily demanded amongst aerospace and defense industry. Additionally, these fibers exhibit better adhesion in the form of films when casted from solution onto glass plates. This feature has resulted in stimulating the use of PBI fibers in glass composites, laminates and wound structures.

Textile industry is projected to grow at a rapid pace during the forecast period. PBI fibers are heavily utilized as an alternative to asbestos in fabrics requiring high temperature resistance. Applications of PBI fibers include sock hoods, race car driver uniforms and flight suits. Recently, during Apollo program NASA in association with Celanese Corporation initiated the use of PBI fiber in cabin crew clothing and sleeping bags. These fibers are being used as an alternative to cotton fibers which has also aided in effectively eliminate the tedious job of coating cotton with flame retardant products. This acts as the significant factor for the development of PBI multifilament yarns to be used in multiple space missions.

Based on geographical distribution, the global polybenzimidazole fiber market is segmented into following categories:-

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • Spain
    • France
    • UK
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • Japan
    • China
    • India
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa
    • GCC
    • Rest of Middle East & Africa

Polybenzimidazole Fiber Market

North America dominated the market in 2016 and is expected to maintain its dominance in the years to come. This growth is mainly attributed to presence of established aerospace and automotive sectors in this region. Huge demand of polybenzimidazole fiber from defense and military sector is another major factor for market growth in this region. Development of wind energy sector coupled with rapid emergence of solar power worldwide opens up lucrative opportunities for market growth. This is majorly due to growing use of PBI fiber in solar cells and wind blades. Growing demand of PBI fibers in manufacturing wind turbines has also contributed to the market growth. On the other hand, Asia-Pacific is projected to be the fastest growing market owing to rising demand for high performance fiber from aerospace, textiles, electronics industry and automotive industries. Surging demand for high performance fibers in countries such as Japan, Singapore, China, Indonesia and India among Asia-Pacific region exhibit a prominent factor for the market growth. In order to meet this growing demand for PBI fibers, multiple industry players from the U.S. and Europe are turning their attention towards the Asia-Pacific region to expand their businesses.

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