Stricter regulations on the use of chemicals in building materials, such as the phasing out of CCA-treated lumber for residential decking and the desire for ‘green’ building materials have contributed to greater acceptance of WPCs by builders and homeowners especially in the decking application.
According to current market projections, worldwide WPC production will rise from 2.43 million tons in 2012 to 3.83 million tons in 2015. North-America is today the world’s leading producer with 1.1 million tons ahead of China, which produces some 900,000 tons (estimate), and Europe, which produces 260,000 tons. It is expected that European production will particularly grow by around 10% per year, reaching 350,000 tons in 2015 [Source: Press release, Fifth German WPC Conference, 10-11 December 2013].
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