Global Synthetic Resins Category - Procurement Market Intelligence Report

This procurement report offers key insights on the best practices for supplier selection and the strategies for category management.

  • Published: Nov 2017
  • Pages: 90
  • SKU: IRCMSTR14603
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Key Features of Report


Supply Market Insights
Procurement Best Practices
Cost Saving Opportunities
Pricing Models
Negotiation Strategies
Category Risk Analysis
Key Supplier Analysis
Supplier Capability Matrix


Synthetic Resins - Category Spend Analysis


According to analysts at SpendEdge, the increasing demand from the composites industry for thermoset resins is a key growth driver for the synthetic resins industry. Some of the common thermosetting polymers are epoxy resins, polyester resins, vinyl esters, and polyurethane. Thermoset resins are vital ingredients in the composites industry, especially in composites used in the manufacture of components for industrial sectors such as aerospace, automotive, and electronics. High mechanical strength, corrosion resistance, and lightweight are some favorable characteristics that thermoset resins exhibit. Following are some thermoset resins that find significant use in industrial applications as listed below:

  • The vinyl ester segment, which accounts for a significant share of the thermoset market, is used in the manufacture of corrosion-resistant products such as fiberglass tanks as vinyl esters are less likely to get damaged due to hydrolysis
  • Epoxy resin, another widely-used thermoset resin, offers properties such as thermal stability, enhanced adhesion, solvent resistance, and high compatibility with chemicals present in applications such as solvents. Based on these properties, it is used in several applications such as paints and coatings, adhesives, and fiberglass reinforcement
  • Phenolic resins emit less smoke during accidental fires and have less toxic content compared with other thermoset resins. Hence, they are used in the manufacture of aircraft walls as well as in applications that require flame retardant properties along with properties mentioned above

Another factor for the growth of this market is the high demand from the packaging sector for synthetics resins due to favorable properties, including lightweight and ability to act as an excellent barrier, which allows for their usage in applications such as barrier packaging, shrink wraps, and pharmaceutical packaging. Additionally, the growing innovation in product formulations will serve as an impetus for the market growth. This is because buyers continuously demand new and enhanced product formulations that can improve the quality of their end-products.  

Synthetic Resins - Procurement Best Practices


One of the procurement best practices for buyers is to use digitization techniques to manage resin procurement effectively. Buyers and suppliers should collaborate in digitizing procurement processes of buyers, as it can increase visibility across the value chain. Suppliers also benefit from streamlining of process flows, reduction in the documentation, and enhancement in transactional efficiency.

The shift to digital systems will help buyers benefit in several ways, including:

  • Access to tools that track market changes and their impact on supply chains
  • Optimizes supplier management and strategic sourcing
  • Access to entire gamut of procurement data to achieve supply chain excellence
  • Facilitates the use of interactive modeling for making accurate and timely supply chain decisions

Synthetic Resins - Procurement Challenges


According to this procurement research report, one of the key procurement challenges faced by buyers is the challenges in managing synthetic resin prices. The global synthetic resins market exhibits significant volatility in resin pricing. Some factors that affect the high volatility in pricing are capacity adjustments by major suppliers, operating rates of various plants, changes in import/export laws, geopolitical events, and inventory adjustments.

Buyers sometimes lack significant market knowledge on evolving trends, which can result in them ending up increasing their procurement costs. This can enhance the cost of their end-products or reduce their profit margins.

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  • TAKEAWAY 01 | Market Overview
  • TAKEAWAY 02 | Demand and Supply Snapshot
  • TAKEAWAY 03 | Key Market Dynamics
  • TAKEAWAY 04 | Supply Market Highlights
  • TAKEAWAY 05 | Pricing Insights
  • TAKEAWAY 06 | Procurement Insights


  • Category Definition
  • Research Methodology


  • Category Spend Analysis
  • Category Maturity by Regions
  • Demand-Supply Shifts
  • Regional Demand-Supply Snapshot
  • Market Developments
  • Regional Impact of Trends
  • Key Category Growth Drivers and Corresponding Regional Impacts
  • Major Category Growth Constraints and Corresponding Regional Impacts
  • Key Current Technological Innovations
  • Major Regulatory Frameworks
  • Strategic Sustainability Practices
  • Porter’s Five Forces
  • PESTLE Analysis


  • Supplier Operational Capability Matrix
  • Other Prominent Suppliers by Region: Operational Capability Matrix
  • Supplier Functional Capability Matrix
  • Other Prominent Suppliers by Region: Functional Capability Matrix
  • Key Clients/Partners
  • Supplier Cost Breakup
  • Supplier Positioning Matrix


  • Pricing Models Snapshot
  • Pricing Models – Pros and Cons
  • Indicative Pricing


  • Major Category Requirements
  • Major Procurement Pain Points
  • Category Sourcing Evolution Matrix
  • Procurement Best Practices
  • Cost-saving Opportunities
  • Supplier Selection Criteria
  • Category Negotiation Strategies
  • SLA Terms
  • Supplier Evaluation Criteria
  • Category Risk Analysis


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  • Glossary
  • Key Notes
  • About Us

Research Framework

SpendEdge presents a detailed picture of the market by way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources. The analysts have presented the various facets of the market with a particular focus on identifying the key category influencers. The data thus presented is comprehensive, reliable, and the result of extensive research, both primary and secondary.


Primary research

  • Procurement heads
  • Category managers
  • Sourcing consortium professionals
  • Industry experts and thought leaders
  • Procurement managers
  • Category heads of suppliers
  • Client account heads/managers
  • Client and industry consultants

Secondary research

  • Industry journals and reports
  • Periodicals and new articles
  • Category webinars
  • Internal categiry playbooks
  • Industry and government websites on regulations and compliance
  • Internal databases
  • Industry blogs/thought leader briefings



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