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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

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Polybenzimidazole (PBI) fiber is a synthetic textile fiber with high chemical resistance and inflammability in the air. Air fiber does not exhibit any melting point and therefore does not drip when exposed to me and even at temperatures of 560˚C. In the textile industry, PBI fibers are witnessing strong demand as they retain their strength without infringement, even when exposed to extremely high temperatures. In any case, under outrageous conditions, the fiber emits 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 their use in space suits and vehicles. Currently, polybenzimidazole fibers are also witnessing their application in the membranes of fuel cells. In civil engineering, 100% pure or blended PBI fibers are deployed for applications such as plastic reinforcements.

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

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, chemicals, medical, automobiles, textiles, and others (industrial uses and energy). The polybenzimidazole fiber market is further categorized on the basis of geography as North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America (LATAM), and the Middle East and Africa (MEA). Due to massive demand for PBI fibers from end-use industries such as automotive and aerospace, North America dominated market growth in 2016 and is expected to maintain its dominance during the forecasted period. Furthermore, due to its high liquid oxygen index, chemical resistance, and moisture regain properties, PBI is an ideal fiber for fire-blocking applications such as safety and flame retardant fabrics. However, Asia-Pacific is projected to grow at a rapid pace, as this region is the largest consumer of high-performance fibers owing to the rising end-user base in this region. Furthermore, the growing inclination of leading manufacturers from the U.S. and Europe to enter the Asia-Pacific region in order to expand their businesses 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.

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

  • Filament
  • Staple Fiber
  • Chopped

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

During the forecast period, staple fibers have a nominal share. Staple fibers are long filaments cut into definite lengths and are mostly spun into yarn. These fibers, which were developed in the 1990s, are used to prevent fire expansion in automotive braking systems and aircraft seat layers. Consumers are widely adopting garments made of staple fibers owing to their delicacy and lightness. The availability of sustainable fire retardant apparel in a variety of fashionable designs, vibrant colors, and eye-catching prints is also driving market demand.

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

  • Aerospace and Defense
  • Chemical
  • Medical
  • Automobiles
  • Textiles
  • Others (industrial uses and energy)

In 2016, aerospace and defense applications dominated the market and were projected to maintain their dominance during the forecast period. This is due in large part to the superior non-flammability characteristics exhibited by polybenzimidazole fiber, which enhance its application in the form of a fire-resistant coating on aircraft. Currently, PBI fibers are in demand in the drogue parachutes of military aircraft 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 and provide machinable insulation features that are heavily demanded among the aerospace and defense industries. Additionally, these fibers exhibit better adhesion in the form of films when cast from solutions onto glass plates. This feature has resulted in stimulating the use of PBI fibers in glass composites, laminates, and wound structures.

The 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 the 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 helped to effectively eliminate the tedious job of coating cotton with flame-retardant products. This acts as a significant factor in 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 the following categories:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • U.K.
    • Russia
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia-Pacific
    • India
    • China
    • Japan
    • Rest of Asia-Pacific
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East and Africa
    • GCC Countries
    • South Africa
    • Rest of Middle East and Africa

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 the presence of established aerospace and automotive sectors in this region. The huge demand for polybenzimidazole fiber from the defense and military sectors is another major factor for market growth in this region. The development of the wind energy sector, coupled with the rapid emergence of solar power worldwide, opens up lucrative opportunities for market growth.

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This is largely due to the increased use of PBI fiber in solar cells and wind turbine blades. Growing demand for PBI fibers in manufacturing wind turbines has also contributed to the market’s growth. On the other hand, Asia-Pacific is projected to be the fastest-growing market owing to rising demand for high-performance fiber from the aerospace, textile, electronics, and automotive industries. Rising demand for high-performance fibers in Asia-Pacific countries such as Japan, Singapore, China, Indonesia, and India is a major factor driving 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.

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 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)

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)

Frequently Asked Question

What is the size of Polybenzimidazole Fiber Market?

The market for Polybenzimidazole Fiber Market is expected to reach USD$ XX Bn in 2025.

What is the Polybenzimidazole Fiber Market CAGR?

The Polybenzimidazole Fiber Market is expected to see significant CAGR growth over the coming years, at 7.2%.

What is the Forecast period considered for Polybenzimidazole Fiber Market?

The report is forecasted from 2017 -2025.

What is the base year considered for Polybenzimidazole Fiber Market?

The base year of this report is 2016.

Who are the major players in this market?

Atkins & Pearce, Bally Ribbon Mills (BRM), TenCate Protective Fabrics, PBI Performance Products, Dupont. are some of the major players in the global market.

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