Smart polymers are high-performance polymers that change their properties according to even a slight change in the environment that they are acting in. Such materials can be sensitive to factors such as temperature, humidity, pH, the wavelength or intensity of light or an electrical or magnetic field. They can respond in various ways, like altering color or transparency, becoming conductive or permeable to water or changing shape (shape memory polymers).
Interest in smart polymers is steadily gaining momentum, especially in the fields of controlled and self-regulated drug delivery. Smart polymers are becoming progressively relevant in the field of protein and peptide delivery, as researchers are learning ways to take advantage of their interesting properties and control them. Each type of delivery system has a specific advantage, in particular, to the sustained protein delivery. Certain important properties that affect the drug release and mechanical strength of the polymeric delivery system include hydrophobic/hydrophilic balance, polymer chain length, molecular weight, polymer structure, and architecture, among others. Biodegradability and biocompatibility are the two most important characteristics of polymers that have to be considered for their in vivo application.
The market is driven by factors such as rising application of shape memory polymer in the automotive industry and growing usage of smart polymers as substitutes for traditional polymers in various applications. However, this market faces certain drawbacks, such as premium pricing of the technology that is used to manufacture smart polymers and a dearth of usage in the emerging economies. The aforementioned factors act as a roadblock to the growth of the market. Furthermore, the consistently increasing applications of smart polymers are expected to offer numerous opportunities to the growth of global smart polymers market.
The global smart polymers market is segmented by type and application. By type, the market is segmented into physical stimuli-responsive (thermo-responsive polymers, photo-responsive polymers, shape memory polymers, and electroactive & magnetically-responsive polymers), chemical stimuli-responsive (pH-responsive polymers), biological stimuli-responsive (enzymes-responsive polymers), self-healing polymers, and others. By application, the smart polymers market is segmented into bio-separation, biocatalyst, drug delivery, tissue engineering, medical devices, packaging, textile, optical data storage, automotive, etc.
Geographically, the global smart polymers market is segmented into North America (the US, Canada, Mexico, and Rest of North America), Europe (France, Germany, Italy, the UK, Russia, the Nordic Countries, The Netherlands, Spain, and Rest of Europe), Asia-Pacific (China, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia & New Zealand, ASEAN Countries, and Rest of Asia-Pacific), South America (Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, and Rest of South America), and the Middle-East & Africa (Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Qatar, UAE, and Rest of the Middle-East & Africa).
Global Smart Polymers Market, By Type, 2015
Opportunities and Market Players
Increasing usage of smart polymers in automotive, healthcare, packaging, radioactive waste, molecular gates & switches, glucose sensing, and other applications are expected to offer numerous opportunities for the growth of global smart polymers market.
Some of the major companies and vendors in the market include:
Market analysis for the global smart polymers market, with region specific assessments and competition analysis on a global and regional scale.
Market definition along with the identification of factors instrumental in changing the market scenario and prospective opportunities.
Extensively researched competitive landscape section with profiles of major companies along with their market share.
Identification and analysis of the macro and micro factors that affect the global Smart Polymers market on both global and regional scales.
A comprehensive list of key market players along with the analysis of their current strategic interests and key financial information.
Insights on the major countries/regions where this industry is growing and also identify the regions that are still untapped.
1.2 Research Methodology
2. Executive Summary
3. Engineering Plastics Market
3.2 Industry Value Chain Analysis
3.3 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Model
3.3.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
3.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers
3.3.3 Threat of New Entrants
3.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products
3.3.5 Degree of Competetion
4. Market Dynamics
4.1.1 Application of Shape Memory Polymer in Automotive Industry
4.1.2 Increasing Demand for Smart Polymers as Substitutes
4.2.1 Premium Pricing
4.2.2 Dearth of Usage in Emerging Economies
4.3.1 Increasing Usage of Smart Polymers in Various Applications
5. Market analysis and segmentation
5.1 By Type
5.1.1 Physical Stimuli-Responsive
220.127.116.11 Thermo-Responsive Polymers
18.104.22.168 Photo-Responsive Polymers
22.214.171.124 Shape Memory Polymers
126.96.36.199 Electroactive & Magnetically-Responsive Polymers
5.1.2 Chemical Stimuli-Responsive
188.8.131.52 pH-Responsive Polymers
5.1.3 Biological Stimuli-Responsive
184.108.40.206 Enzymes-Responsive Polymers
5.1.4 Self-Healing Polymers
5.2 By Application
5.2.3 Drug Delivery
5.2.4 Tissue Engineering
5.2.5 Medical Devices
5.2.8 Optical Data Storage
6. Upstream Raw Materials Analysis
7. Down Stream Market Analysis
8. Manufacturing Process Analysis
9. Regional Market Analysis (Market size, growth and forecast)
9.1.4 South Korea
9.1.6 Australia & New Zealand
9.1.7 ASEAN Countries
9.1.8 Rest of APAC
9.2.6 The Nordic countries
9.2.8 The Netherlands
9.2.9 Rest of Europe
9.3 North America
9.3.4 Rest of Nrth Am
9.4 South America
9.4.5 Rest of South America
9.5 Middle-East and Africa
9.5.2 South Africa
9.5.3 Saudi Arabia
9.5.5 Rest of MEA
10. Competitive Landscape
10.1 Mergers & Acquisitions
10.2 Joint Ventures Collaborations and Agreements
10.3 Market Shares Analysis
10.4 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players
11. Company Profiles
11.1 Autonomic Materials
11.2 Akzo Nobel
11.3 Covestro AG
11.5 High Impact Technology
11.6 Huntsman International LLC
11.7 MacDermid Autotype Ltd.
11.8 Natureworks LLC
11.9 Nissan Chemical Industries Ltd.
11.11 The Dow Chemical Company