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Expanded PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) is necessarily a polymer made up of 100% virgin PTFE and expanded refers to the mechanical state of the material. PTFE material has some excellent properties such as chemical inertness, UV resistance, thermal resistance and others that make it highly versatile polymer material for applications in a demanding environment. But it is relatively weak in mechanical strength. Expanded PTFE is nothing but the improvised version of PTFE that has excellent mechanical strength without any changes in the base properties of parent PTFE.
Expanded PTFE has superior mechanical performance along with no changes in the base PTFE properties. This makes the adoption of ePTFE strong in applications involving both mechanical performance and chemical resistance. For Example, applications such as gasket exposed to the harsh environment in a dynamically operated bolted flange connections, ePTFE offer various advantages such as enhanced tightness, sealing of damaged flange surfaces, resistance to cold flow & creep, temperature resistance, and durability. Moreover, expanded PTFE is biocompatible which is playing a pivotal role in the medical & healthcare industry for applications such as diagnostics, drug delivery, and others.
Key Market Driver -
Superior performance of ePTFE in demanding environment drives the market growth.
Key Market Restraint -
Implementation of Stringent regulations on Fluoropolymers.
However, stringent environmental regulations on fluoropolymers hinder market growth. The irradiation of PTFE generates toxic components such as PFAS (inclusive of PFOA and PFOS), which are suspected carcinogens. Regulation limiting the amount of PFAS materials is being implemented around the world which is anticipated to hamper the market growth over the forecast period.
On the basis of form, the expanded PTFE market is segmented into fibers, sheet, tube, tape, membrane, and others. Based on the end-use industry, the expanded PTFE market is classified into oil & gas, chemical, electrical & electronics, transportation, medical and others.
From a geographical standpoint, the market is categorized into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East and Africa.
The global expanded PTFE market is fairly fragmented with a number of key players operating in the market. Some of the prominent manufacturers in the global expanded PTFE market include- W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc., Polyfluoro Ltd., Dimer Group, Donaldson Company, Inc., Zeus Industrial Products, Inc., Rogers Corporation, Markel Corporation, Shanghai lanle plastics Co., ltd., Sanghvi Techno Products, Philips Scientific Inc., Yeu Ming Tai (YMT) Chemical Industrial Co., Ltd., Teadit Group, INC., Trinity Technology Group, and others.
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On a geographical basis, the expanded PTFE market is segmented into North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Middle East & Africa. Asia-Pacific dominates the expanded PTFE market on the back of China, Japan, and South Korea. Developing countries such as India, Taiwan, and China are expected to create lucrative growth opportunities over the foreseeable period. North America accounts for the second-largest share in the global market on the back of developed countries in western Europe. However, major growth opportunities reside in eastern European countries. The implementation of REACH regulation on PFAS materials from July 4, 2020, is expected to hinder market growth over the short-term forecast. Middle East & Africa is a relatively small market. The oil & gas industry in the region drives the demand for ePTFE. Political instability arising due to constant conflicts such as Yemen Crisis, Libyan Crises, Iran-US conflict, is likely to hamper the market growth over the forecast period. The demand in Latin America region is mostly driven by Brazil and Mexico. Emerging economies such as Chile are expected to create healthy growth opportunities in the region. Political and economic uncertainties in countries such as Venezuela is expected to confine the market expansion in the region.
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