1 INTRODUCTION 15
1.1 OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY 15
1.2 MARKET DEFINITION 15
1.3 STUDY SCOPE 16
1.3.1 MARKETS COVERED 16
1.3.2 YEARS CONSIDERED FOR THE STUDY 17
1.4 CURRENCY 17
1.5 PACKAGE SIZE 17
1.6 LIMITATIONS 17
1.7 STAKEHOLDERS 18

2 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY 19
2.1 RESEARCH DATA 19
2.1.1 SECONDARY DATA 20
2.1.1.1 Key data from secondary sources 20
2.1.2 PRIMARY DATA 21
2.1.2.1 Key data from primary sources 21
2.1.2.2 Key industry insights 22
2.1.2.3 Break down of primaries 22
2.2 MARKET SIZE ESTIMATION 23
2.3 MARKET BREAKDOWN AND DATA TRIANGULATION 25
2.4 ASSUMPTIONS 26
2.5 LIMITATIONS 26

3 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 27

4 PREMIUM INSIGHTS 31
4.1 ATTRACTIVE MARKET OPPORTUNITIES IN WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITES MARKET 31
4.2 WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITES MARKET, BY APPLICATION 31
4.3 WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITES MARKET 32
4.4 WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITES MARKET ATTRACTIVENESS 33
4.5 WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITES MARKET, BY APPLICATION 33
4.6 WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITES MARKET: EMERGING NATIONS VS. DEVELOPED NATIONS 34
4.7 LIFE CYCLE ANALYSIS, BY REGION 34

5 MARKET OVERVIEW 35
5.1 INTRODUCTION 36
5.2 EVOLUTION 36
5.3 MARKET SEGMENTATION 37
5.4 MARKET DYNAMICS 38
5.4.1 DRIVERS 39
5.4.1.1 Increasing demand from building & construction application 39
5.4.1.2 Ban on the use of toxins copper, chromium, and arsenic toxins 39
5.4.1.3 Growing demand for recyclable materials in automobile industry 40
5.4.2 RESTRAINTS 40
5.4.2.1 Rising cost of raw materials 40
5.4.2.2 Rigidity issues and impact under heavy load 40
5.4.3 OPPORTUNITIES 40
5.4.3.1 Emerging markets 40
5.4.3.2 Easy processing of wood-plastic composites 40
5.4.3.3 High usage of recyclable raw materials 40
5.4.4 CHALLENGES 41
5.4.4.1 Reducing the weight of wood-plastic composites products 41
5.4.4.2 Lawsuits filed against wood-plastic composites companies 41
5.5 BURNING ISSUES 41
5.5.1 LIFE-CYCLE IMPROVEMENT 41

6 INDUSTRY TRENDS 42
6.1 INTRODUCTION 42
6.2 VALUE-CHAIN ANALYSIS 42
6.2.1 KEY INFLUENCERS 43
6.3 INDUSTRY TRENDS 44
6.4 PORTER’S FIVE FORCES 45
6.4.1 THREAT OF NEW ENTRANTS 45
6.4.2 THREAT FROM SUBSTITUTES 46
6.4.3 BARGAINING POWER OF SUPPLIERS 46
6.4.4 BARGAINING POWER OF BUYERS 47
6.4.5 INTENSITY OF COMPETITIVE RIVALRY 47

7 WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITES MARKET, BY TYPE 49
7.1 INTRODUCTION 50
7.2 POLYETHYLENE 51
7.3 POLYVINYLCHLORIDE 52
7.4 POLYPROPYLENE 55
7.5 OTHERS 56

8 WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITES MARKET, BY APPLICATION 59
8.1 INTRODUCTION 60
8.2 BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTS 61
8.2.1 DECKING 61
8.2.2 MOLDING & SIDING 61
8.2.3 FENCING 61
8.3 AUTOMOTIVE COMPONENTS 63
8.4 INDUSTRIAL & CONSUMER GOODS 64
8.5 OTHERS 66

9 REGIONAL ANALYSIS 68
9.1 INTRODUCTION 69
9.2 RUSSIA, INDIA, & CHINA: EMERGING MARKETS FOR WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITES 70
9.3 NORTH AMERICA 71
9.3.1 U.S. 73
9.3.2 CANADA 75
9.4 EUROPE 77
9.4.1 U.K. 80
9.4.2 GERMANY 81
9.4.3 FRANCE 83
9.4.4 SCANDINAVIA 85
9.4.5 REST OF EUROPE 87
9.5 ASIA 88
9.5.1 CHINA 90
9.5.2 INDIA 92
9.5.3 JAPAN 94
9.5.4 REST OF ASIA 95
9.6 ROW 97
9.6.1 BRAZIL 98
9.6.2 RUSSIA 100
9.6.3 AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND 101

10 COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE 104
10.1 OVERVIEW 104
10.2 PARTNERSHIPS, AGREEMENTS, AND COLLABORATIONS: ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR GROWTH STRATEGIES 104
10.3 MAXIMUM DEVELOPMENTS IN 2013 106
10.4 COMPETITIVE SITUATION AND TRENDS 106
10.4.1 PARTNERSHIPS, AGREEMENTS, AND COLLABORATIONS 106
10.4.2 NEW PRODUCT LAUNCHES 109
10.4.3 EXPANSIONS 111
10.4.4 MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS 113
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11 COMPANY PROFILES 114
(Overview, Financials, Products & Services, Strategy, and Developments)*
11.1 INTRODUCTION 114
11.2 TREX COMPANY, INC. 115
11.3 ADVANCED ENVIRONMENTAL RECYCLING TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (AERT) 119
11.4 UNIVERSAL FOREST PRODUCTS, INC. 122
11.5 AXION INTERNATIONAL, INC. 125
11.6 FIBERON, LLC 127
11.7 TIMBERTECH 130
11.8 TAMKO BUILDING PRODUCTS, INC. 132
11.9 BEOLOGIC N.V. 134
11.10 CERTAINTEED 135
11.11 FKUR KUNSTSTOFF GMBH 136
11.12 JOSEF EHRLER GMBH & CO. KG 137
11.13 POLYMERA, INC. 138
11.14 POLYPLANK AB 139
11.15 OTHER KEY PLAYERS 140
*Details on overview, financials, product & services, strategy, and developments might not be captured in case of unlisted company

12 APPENDIX 141
12.1 INDUSTRY EXPERTS 141
12.2 DISCUSSION GUIDE 141
12.3 KNOWLEDGE STORE: MARKETSANDMARKETS’ SUBSCRIPTION PORTAL 144
12.4 INTRODUCING RT: REAL TIME MARKET INTELLIGENCE 146
12.5 AVAILABLE CUSTOMIZATIONS 147
12.6 RELATED REPORTS 148