Global Thermoplastic Elastomers Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth and Forecast 2012 - 2018

According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research " Thermoplastic Elastomers (SBCs, TPOs, TPUs, TPVs & COPEs) Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth and Forecast 2012 - 2018 ," the global thermoplastic elastomers demand was 3,480.4 kilo tons in 2011 and is expected to reach 4,879.7 kilo tons by 2018, growing at a CAGR of 5.0% from 2012 to 2018. In terms of revenues, the market was valued at USD 9.9 billion in 2011 and is expected to reach USD 15.3 billion by 2018, growing at a CAGR of 6.4% from 2012 to 2018.

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Thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) market is primarily driven by the growing demand for light weight and high performance materials from the automobile industry across the world. Shift towards replacing PVC with thermoplastic elastomers from major end use industries is also expected to drive TPE demand over the next five years. However, the volatile nature of raw material prices and the regulatory issues due to growing environmental concerns are expected to hinder the market growth.

This study provides a comprehensive view of the thermoplastic elastomers industry, by segmenting and analyzing key thermoplastic elastomers, namely styrenic block copolymers (SBC), thermoplastic polyolefins (TPO), thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPV) and copolyester elastomers (COPE). Each of these segments has been analyzed and market data has been provided for the period from 2010 to 2018, both in terms of volumes (kilo tons) and revenue (USD million). The demand for each of the TPE product mentioned above is analyzed on the basis of application and geography (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Rest of the World). The report also analyzes which of the above mentioned types of TPE holds the potential of becoming an attractive market by using the market attractiveness analysis tool.  

This report analyzes and estimates the global demand for thermoplastic elastomers in terms of volumes (kilo tons) and revenues (USD million) from 2010 to 2018. The report analyzes various factors which are driving and restraining the global demand along with analyzing the impact of these factors over the forecasted period. The report also includes value chain analysis for better understanding of the supply chain of TPEs right from the raw material manufacturer to the end user. The report also analyzes the market using Porter’s five forces analysis. 

Styrenic block copolymers (SBCs) made up the largest segment of TPE products, accounting for close to 48% of total TPEs consumed in 2011. SBCs are mostly used for paving, roofing and in the footwear industry for high quality shoes. However, SBC demand is expected to remain stagnant over the next five years, as the market nears maturity. Thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPVs) is expected to be the fastest growing TPE product with an estimated CAGR of 6.6% from 2012 to 2018.

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Asia Pacific has emerged as the leading consumer of thermoplastic elastomers and accounted for over 40% of the global demand in 2011. TPE consumption in the region is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.4% from 2012 to 2018. The growth of automotive industries mainly in China and India is propelling the growth of TPEs market in the region. In terms of consumption, Europe is the third largest market; however demand in the region is expected to remain stagnant owing to economic issues and general slowdown in key application industries such as automotive and construction.

Key participants in the TPE industry include Sinopec, Bayer, BASF, Kraton, Huntsman Corporation, Dow Chemical Company, LCY Chemical, Dynasol, Nippon, Yantai Wanhua, TSRC, LG Chemicals, Dushanzi and so on. This study provides a detailed competitive landscape with company share analysis and detailed profiles of the companies mentioned above.  

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Smart Card Technology Market - Global Industry Analysis, Market Size, Share, Growth, Trends, And Forecast, 2012 - 2018

Smart cards market can be classified based on the basis of the interface into contact smart cards, contactless smart cards, and hybrid smart cards. Based on its components, there are two types - memory smart cards and microprocessors. Smart cards have a wide area of application such as in transportation, telecommunication, for making government IDs, in the financial sector and in paid TV services. In addition to these, geographically the market is divided into North America, EMEA, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the world.

The global smart card market was valued at USD 4.5 billion in 2011 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.7%. The market is expected to reach USD 7.9 billion by 2018. The telecommunication sector is the largest revenue generator for the smart card market, contributing about 50% of the revenue. Geographically, EMEA is the largest revenue generator for the smart cards market on account of technology competence and demand for secured transactions.

The major driver for the smart card market is its application in the financial sector with the increased global demand for credit cards. Also, rising cases of fraudulent transactions have reduced the use of the magnetic strip for encoding data. The explosive growth in the cell phone market, especially in India and China, has resulted in tremendous growth in the smart card market. The widened 3G penetration has also enhanced the demand for these cards.
smartcards--small plastic cards with silicon chips implanted in them--are hard to miss. They are used for making calls on a pay phone or boarding a subway. One smartcard can do the work of several magnetic-stripe conventional cards.

In the mid-1990s, many analysts predicted that Americans would also be using smartcards by now, but the U.S. rollout has been slower than expected. One notable exception is American Express Blue card. In the U.S., smartcards have made their biggest penetration, so far, inside wireless phones, TV set-top boxes and security access cards. 

Worldwide microprocessor card shipments grew by 45%, to 628 million units, while memory card shipments reached 1.1 billion, according to market research firm Gartner Dataquest. The global market is expected to get a huge boost, as China--where smartcards are already commonly used for public telephones--wants to issue 1.26 billion smart identification cards to every one of its citizens over the next five years. 

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The two biggest card suppliers are Gemplus a French-owned company based in Luxembourg, and Schlumberger who together control two-thirds of the market. Last month, Gemplus blamed the slowdown in mobile phone shipments for a $6.5 million loss during its first fiscal quarter ended March 31. On June 6, it warned that it expects a second-quarter operating loss of 10 million to 15 million euros ($8.5 million to $12.8 million).

Earnings are now more correlated to worldwide handset sales than management may have expected, notes a recent report by David Readerman, analyst with Thomas Weisel Partners in San Francisco. Shares of Gemplus are off more than 60% from their 52-week high. On the bright side, Gemplus has recently landed contracts to sell smartcards to Fleet Credit Card Services, First USA and Visa.

Semiconductor manufacturers also have a stake in smartcards. For example, German chipmaker Infineon the former semiconductors unit of Siemens, reported $418 million in sales of smartcard-related chips, according to a market study published by Gartner Dataquest. This study also pegged smartcard-related revenue for Europe's STMicroelectronics at $365 million.

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Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Software Market - Global Forecast, Market Share, Size, Growth And Industry Analysis, 2012 - 2018

Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software is a business tool that allows you to connect with your target audience more effectively to improve operating efficiency. CRM software segment is expected to show a substantial growth in all software application markets with an increasing deployment of software solutions such as Software-as-a-Service, online channels, customer service applications, customer loyalty management, and others.

After a slow growth rate in the first half of 2011, the CRM software market recovered steadily and observed an upward growth in 2012. Despite the maturity of the market, the demand for CRM application software solutions is forecasted to follow this upward trajectory for the period of 2012 -2018. Due to new technology adoption and new local players, Asia-Pacific will represent the fastest growing market by region with a double digit growth throughout the forecast period. However, developed markets are expected to see slower growth due to market saturation.

Increasing competition among various industries will force players to invest a significant amount of capital in customer retention activities which will drive the growth of this market. Emerging technologies like cloud computing reduce the deployment cost which will also boost the demand for cloud based services. In this interconnected world of e-commerce, CRM software will play the role of a key differentiator for different industry players.

Evolution in Software as a Service (SaaS) technology will spur the demand for cloud based CRM software solutions. Different application areas for CRM software include marketing, sales for automation, social media, Vendor Relationship Management (VRM) and others. Based on geographies, the global market for CRM software is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-pacific and the Rest of the World (RoW).

The market is dominated by top three players namely, SAP AG, which is the market leader and accounts for 20% of the global market share followed by SalesForce.Com and Oracle. Some other key players in this industry include Microsoft, Amdocs, Adobe, SAS Institute, IBM and others.

This report is a complete study of current trends in the market, industry growth drivers, and restraints. It provides market projections for the coming years. It includes analysis of recent developments in technology, Porter’s five force model analysis and detailed profiles of top industry players. The report also includes a review of micro and macro factors essential for the existing market players and new entrants along with detailed value chain analysis. 

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Mobile Wallet Market - Global Forecast, Market Share, Size, Growth and Industry Analysis, 2012 - 2018

A mobile wallet is an e-account used to store and transfer money through a cell phone which is also known as mobile payment or mobile money transfer. With an increasing adoption of money transfer through handheld devices, the mobile wallet market is expected to double by 2013 compared to 2011. Financial service providers will take this opportunity to improve their services and satisfy transaction needs.

The mobile payment is a promising market and is predicted to increase to 1.2 billion users and USD 2 trillion in value transaction by 2018. Europe and North America with large numbers of mobile users is dominating the current market. However, Asia-Pacific represents the fastest growing market with rapidly growing smartphone markets in emerging economies such as India and China. In terms of applications, SMS-based services are leading the market. 

Innovation in web based applications will play an important role in spurring the growth of the mobile wallet market in the short and medium term. Market collaboration between industry players such as IT industries, financial services and telecom service providers will further drive the growth of this market. In emerging countries due to increasing deployment of wireless technology, Near Field Communication (NFC) technology will play a major role in the market development. However, stringent regulations and growing security concerns for online transactions will inhibit the growth of the mobile wallet market globally. 

Five different types of Mobile Wallets in the marketplace, it makes sense to first ground ourselves in what we mean by this term. After all, in the past year this term has grown wildly in popularity, and is used to describe a whole host of different concepts. We think that, at its core, a Mobile Wallet is any application that enables individuals to store their credit/debit cards and banking information on their mobile device, and use that device to make retail purchases or other online payments. Mobile wallets are also known as virtual wallets or digital wallets, and there are various providers all competing for widespread market acceptance, among them traditional credit card processors, online payment solutions, brick-and-mortar retailers, and even telephone network carriers. Typically, Mobile Wallet solutions facilitate in-store payments only or BOTH in-store AND online transactions. While the approaches of the providers vary, their end goals are all the same: to make brick-and-mortar retail payments as easy as holding up your mobile device at the Point of Sale (POS) in stores, eliminating the need for customers to carry their physical wallets, while capturing user behavior and customer information that can be used to drive future sales.      

For retailers and consumer products companies, Mobile Wallets provide a compelling opportunity to market to customers directly. Each consumer is unique, with individualistic shopping habits and expectations. Mobile Wallets enable merchants and brands to provide real time customized and targeted marketing to their customers through mobile devices. While this is great news for the retail industry, there is a wide array of Mobile Wallet solutions in the marketplace, with no clear market leader. As each of those solutions use different approaches to solve the problem and provide different feature sets, retailers and their vendors need to weight these factors carefully when deciding which approach to adopt.

The Payment Industry and the Mobile Wallet Landscape

According to the Nilson Report, last year $6.7 trillion was channeled through credit card networks such as Visa, MasterCard, and American Express ($15 trillion when including debit cards/pre-paid cards). Competing firms and industries want to take a slice of this huge market via the mobile revolution by transforming the way consumers make payments – from plastic cards to mobile devices. However, due to complicated regulations and specialized payment and anti-fraud systems, it is not easy for scrappy start-ups or new market entrants to provide valid mobile purchasing options without help from the veterans in the payment industry (see figure 1 below for an overview of the relationship network surrounding the Mobile Wallet).

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