US Plastic Film Market, Freedonia

  • January 2015
  • -
  • Freedonia
  • -
  • 411 pages

US demand to rise 1.5% annually through 2018

US demand for plastic film is expected to grow 1.5 percent per year through 2018 to 16.4 billion pounds, resulting in sales of $26.2 billion. Acceleration in manufacturing output and disposable income bode well for plastic film sales in a wide range of markets. Expected price stabilization from increased plastic resin supply will improve the cost-competitiveness of plastic film, allowing it to replace paper and other materials in multiple applications. Increased penetration of pouches, which provide convenience and functionality in new markets, will also boost demand for plastic film. However, environmental concerns will hinder plastic film growth in some applications, particularly plastic retail bags.

LLDPE to continue gaining share from LDPE

LLDPE (linear low-density polyethylene) is the largest volume film resin, comprising nearly half of resin usage in 2013, and is expected to maintain solid growth through 2018. LLDPE’s high strength source reduction capabilities have helped spur gains in multiple markets, including pouches for food products and pharmaceutical packaging.
Demand for LDPE (low-density polyethylene) is expected to grow more slowly, continuing to be replaced by LLDPE in some functions and having reached market maturity in many of its primary markets. Above average growth is forecast for poly-propylene film, driven by its usage in packaging for the increasingly popular fresh produce market and its growth in snack food packaging. HDPE (high-density polyethylene) film is expected to exhibit minimal growth in demand through 2018, with growing opposition to single use plastic bags offsetting gains in food packaging.
PET (polyethylene terephthalate) film demand will grow modestly through 2018, with healthy gains in food packaging applications replacing demand from the declining magnetic tape and photographic film markets. Below average growth is expected for PVC (polyvinyl chloride), hampered by continued declines in nonfood applications including pharmaceutical and medical products. Degradable plastic resins will experience the highest growth rate of all film types, due to increasing affordability and adoption by packaging converters.

Food, nonfood packaging to be fastest growing markets

The market exhibiting the greatest growth in film demand is food packaging, driven by the expanding popularity of pouches for a variety of food items, as well as the rise of active and intelligent packaging for food. Nonfood packaging will also see above average growth stemming from strong demand for pharmaceutical and medical packaging. Below average growth is forecast for nonpackaging film due to the maturity of trash bags and the decrease in photographic and magnetic film, offset partially by robust advances for construction film. Secondary packaging will see the slowest gains, restrained by declines in garment bags and retail bags, although stretch film demand will benefit from a rebound in production activity.

Study coverage

This upcoming industry study, Plastic Film presents historical demand data (2003, 2008 and 2013) plus forecasts for 2018 and 2023 by plastic film resin and market. The study also considers market environment factors, evaluates company market share and profiles 40 industry players, such as Bemis, AEP and Novolex.

Table Of Contents

US Plastic Film Market, Freedonia
INTRODUCTION xiii
I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1
II. MARKET ENVIRONMENT 4
General 4
Macroeconomic Indicators 4
Demographic Trends 9
Consumer Income and Spending Trends 13
Retail Sales Outlook 16
Manufacturing Outlook 20
Building Construction Outlook 24
Plastic Resin Industry Outlook 26
Packaging Industry Overview 30
Performance 33
Aesthetics 34
Technological Developments 35
Regulatory and Environmental Considerations 38
Waste Disposal 39
Restrictions and Recycling 40
Pricing Trends 43
Historical Market Trends 45
International Activity and Foreign Trade 48
III. RESINS 50
General 50
Linear Low Density Polyethylene 52
Food Packaging 55
Nonfood Packaging 59
Secondary Packaging 63
Nonpackaging 65
High Density Polyethylene 68
Food Packaging 71
Nonfood Packaging 73
Secondary Packaging 74
Nonpackaging 76
Low Density Polyethylene 77
Food Packaging 80
Nonfood Packaging 83
Secondary Packaging 86
Nonpackaging 88
Polypropylene 91
Food Packaging 95
Nonfood Packaging 99
Secondary Packaging 102
Polyvinyl Chloride 103
Food Packaging 106
Nonfood Packaging 108
Secondary Packaging 109
Polyethylene Terephthalate 111
Food Packaging 114
Nonfood and Secondary Packaging 117
Nonpackaging 119
Other Plastic Films 121
Polystyrene 122
Nylon 124
Polyvinylidene Chloride 127
Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol 130
Degradable Plastics 133
All Other 137
IV. MARKET OVERVIEW 140
V. FOOD PACKAGING 144
General 144
Food Industry Outlook 147
Consumer Preferences 150
Distribution Trends 152
Snacks 154
Snack Food Outlook 154
Plastic Film Demand 156
Meat, Poultry, and Seafood 161
Meat, Poultry, and Seafood Outlook 162
Plastic Film Demand 164
Baked Goods 168
Baked Goods Outlook 169
Plastic Film Demand 170
Produce 173
Produce Outlook 174
Plastic Film Demand 176
Pet Food 179
Pet Food Outlook 180
Plastic Film Demand 182
Grain Mill Products 185
Grain Mill Products Outlook 185
Plastic Film Demand 186
Confections 188
Confections Outlook 189
Plastic Film Demand 190
Frozen Foods 193
Frozen Foods Outlook 194
Plastic Film Demand 196
Dairy Products 199
Dairy Products Outlook 200
Plastic Film Demand 202
Beverages 205
Beverages Outlook 206
Plastic Film Demand 208
Other Foods 210
VI. NONFOOD PACKAGING 213
General 213
Pharmaceuticals and Medical Products 215
Pharmaceutical and Medical Products Outlook 216
Plastic Film Demand 218
Shipping Sacks 222
Rack and Counter 224
Textile and Paper Products 227
Textile and Paper Products Outlook 228
Plastic Film Demand 231
Other Nonfood Packaging 234
VII. SECONDARY PACKAGING 237
General 237
Retail Bags 239
Stretch Wrap 243
Industrial Liners 246
Shrink Wrap 249
Garment Bags 253
Other Secondary Packaging 255
VIII. NONPACKAGING 256
General 256
Trash Bags 258
Nonwoven Disposables 262
Household Foodwraps and Bags 265
Agricultural Film 267
Construction and Industrial Film 270
Other Nonpackaging Film 271
IX. INDUSTRY STRUCTURE 274
General 274
Market Share 277
Mergers and Acquisitions 282
Marketing Strategies 285
Channels of Distribution 286
Research and Development 287
Competitive Strategies 289
Cooperative Agreements 290
Company Profiles 293
Aargus Plastics, see Sigma Plastics Group
Accutech Films, see Novolex
AEP Industries Incorporated 294
Allied Plastics Holdings, see Sigma Plastics Group
Amcor Limited 297
AmTopp, see Inteplast Group
Bemis Company Incorporated 300
Berry Plastics Group Incorporated 303
Beta Plastics, see Sigma Plastics Group
Carestream Health, see Onex
Clopay Plastic Products, see Griffon
Clorox Company 307
Clysar LLC 309
Coastal Films of Florida, see Sigma Plastics Group
Derprosa, see Taghleef Industries
Direct Plastics, see Novolex
Dow Chemical Company 311
DuPont (EI) de Nemours 314
Eastman Chemical Company 319
Eastman Kodak Company 322
Evonik Industries AG 325
Exxon Mobil Corporation 327
FantaPak International, see Inteplast Group
FLEXcon Company Incorporated 328
FlexSol Packaging, see Sigma Plastics Group
Fortune Plastics, see Novolex
FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation 330
Glad Products, see Clorox
Griffon Corporation 333
Hilex Poly, see Novolex
Honeywell International Incorporated 335
Hood Companies 337
Innovia Films Limited 339
Integra Plastics, see Raven Industries
Integrated Bagging Systems, see Inteplast Group
Inteplast Group Limited 342
Intertape Polymer Group Incorporated 347
ISO Poly Films, see Sigma Plastics Group
Jindal Poly Films Limited 350
Klöckner Pentaplast Group 352
Kuraray Company Limited 355
LoneStar Plastics, see Inteplast Group
MACtac 357
McNeely Plastic Products, see Sigma Plastics Group
Mercury Plastics, see Sigma Plastics Group
Minigrip, see Inteplast Group
Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation 359
MonoSol, see Kuraray
Next Generation Films Incorporated 362
Niaflex, see Inteplast Group
Noltex, see Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings
Novolex 364
Omega Plastics, see Sigma Plastics Group
OMNOVA Solutions Incorporated 368
Onex Corporation 369
Pactiv, see Reynolds Group Holdings
Perfecseal, see Bemis
Performance Packaging, see Sigma Plastics Group
Pitt Plastics, see Inteplast Group
Poly Plastic Products, see Sigma Plastics Group
PolyOne Corporation 372
Presto Products, see Reynolds Group Holdings
Printpack Incorporated 374
Raven Industries Incorporated 376
Republic Bag, see Sigma Plastics Group
Reynolds Group Holdings Limited 378
SABIC Innovative Plastics US, see Saudi Basic Industries
Salerno Packaging, see Inteplast Group
Santa Fe Packaging, see Sigma Plastics Group
Saudi Basic Industries Corporation 382
Sealed Air Corporation 386
Sigma Plastics Group 390
Solutia, see Eastman Chemical
Southeastern Plastics, see Sigma Plastics Group
Spartech, see PolyOne
Taghleef Industries LLC 396
3M Company 398
Toray Industries Incorporated 403
Trans Western Polymers, see Reynolds Group Holdings
Tredegar Corporation 405
Treofan Germany GmbH and Company KG 408
Trinity Plastics, see Inteplast Group
Western Plastics Limited 410
World-Pak, see Inteplast Group

LIST OF TABLES

SECTION I -- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Summary Table 3
SECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT
1 Macroeconomic Indicators 9
2 Population and Households 13
3 Personal Consumption Expenditures 16
4 Retail Sales 20
5 Manufacturers' Shipments 23
6 Building Construction Expenditures 26
7 Plastic Resin Supply and Demand 29
8 Packaging Supply and Demand 33
9 Plastic Film Pricing 45
10 Plastic Film Market, 2003-2013 47
SECTION III -- RESINS
1 Plastic Film Demand by Resin 51
2 Linear Low Density Polyethylene Film Demand by Market 54
3 Linear Low Density Polyethylene Food Packaging Film
Demand by Application 59
4 Linear Low Density Polyethylene Nonfood Packaging Film
Demand by Application 62
5 Linear Low Density Polyethylene Secondary Packaging Film
Demand by Application 65
6 Linear Low Density Polyethylene Nonpackaging Film
Demand by Application 68
7 High Density Polyethylene Film Demand by Market 70
8 High Density Polyethylene Food Packaging Film
Demand by Application 72
9 High Density Polyethylene Nonfood Packaging Film
Demand by Application 74
10 High Density Polyethylene Secondary Packaging Film
Demand by Application 76
11 High Density Polyethylene Nonpackaging Film
Demand by Application 77
12 Low Density Polyethylene Film Demand by Market 79
13 Low Density Polyethylene Food Packaging Film
Demand by Application 83
14 Low Density Polyethylene Nonfood Packaging Film
Demand by Application 86
15 Low Density Polyethylene Secondary Packaging Film
Demand by Application 88
16 Low Density Polyethylene Nonpackaging Film
Demand by Application 91
17 Polypropylene Film Demand by Type and Market 94
18 Polypropylene Food Packaging Film Demand by Application 99
19 Polypropylene Nonfood Packaging Film
Demand by Application 102
20 Polypropylene Secondary Packaging Film
Demand by Application 103
21 Polyvinyl Chloride Film Demand by Market 105
22 Polyvinyl Chloride Food Packaging Film Demand
by Application 107
23 Polyvinyl Chloride Nonfood Packaging Film Demand
by Application 109
24 Polyvinyl Chloride Secondary Packaging Film Demand
by Application 111
25 Polyethylene Terephthalate Film Demand by Market 113
26 Polyethylene Terephthalate Food Packaging Film
Demand by Application 117
27 Polyethylene Terephthalate Nonfood and Secondary Film
Demand by Application 119
28 Polyethylene Terephthalate Nonpackaging Film
Demand by Application 121
29 Other Plastic Film Demand by Resin 122
30 Polystyrene Film Demand by Market 124
31 Nylon Film Resin Demand by Market 127
32 Polyvinylidene Chloride Film Demand by Market 130
33 Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol Film Demand by Market 133
34 Degradable Plastics Film Demand by Market 137
35 All Other Plastic Film Demand by Market 139
SECTION IV -- MARKET OVERVIEW
1 Plastic Film Demand by Market 142
SECTION V -- FOOD PACKAGING
1 Food Packaging Film Demand by Application 146
2 Food and Beverage Shipments 150
3 Snack Food Shipments 156
4 Snack Food Film Demand by Resin 161
5 Meat, Poultry, and Seafood Consumption 164
6 Meat, Poultry, and Seafood Film Demand by Resin 168
7 Baked Goods Shipments 170
8 Baked Goods Film Demand by Resin 173
9 Fresh Produce Consumption 176
10 Produce Film Demand by Resin 179
11 Pet Food Shipments 182
12 Pet Food Film Demand by Resin 184
13 Grain Mill Product Shipments 186
14 Grain Mill Product Film Demand by Resin 188
15 Confection Shipments 190
16 Confection Film Demand by Resin 193
17 Frozen Food Shipments 196
18 Frozen Food Film Demand by Resin 199
19 Dairy Product Shipments 202
20 Dairy Product Film Demand by Resin 205
21 Beverage Shipments 208
22 Beverage Film Demand by Resin 210
23 Other Food Packaging Film Demand by Resin 212
SECTION VI -- NONFOOD PACKAGING
1 Nonfood Packaging Film Demand by Application 214
2 Pharmaceutical and Medical Product Shipments 218
3 Pharmaceutical and Medical Product Film Demand by Resin 221
4 Shipping Sack Film Demand by Resin 224
5 Rack and Counter Film Demand by Resin 227
6 Textile and Paper Products Shipments 231
7 Textile and Paper Film Demand by Resin 234
8 Other Nonfood Packaging Film Demand by Resin 236
SECTION VII -- SECONDARY PACKAGING
1 Secondary Packaging Film Demand by Application 238
2 Retail Bag Film Demand by Resin 242
3 Stretch Wrap Film Demand by Resin 246
4 Industrial Liner Film Demand by Resin 249
5 Shrink Wrap Film Demand by Resin 253
6 Garment Bag Film Demand by Resin 254
7 Other Secondary Packaging Film Demand 255
SECTION VIII -- NONPACKAGING
1 Nonpackaging Film Demand by Application 257
2 Trash Bag Film Demand by Resin 262
3 Nonwoven Disposable Film Demand by Resin 265
4 Household Foodwrap and Bag Film Demand by Resin 267
5 Agricultural Film Demand by Resin 269
6 Construction and Industrial Film Demand by Resin 271
7 Other Nonpackaging Film Demand by Market and Resin 273
SECTION IX -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
1 US Plastic Film Sales by Company, 2013 276
2 Selected Acquisitions and Divestitures 283
3 Selected Cooperative Agreements 292

LIST OF CHARTS

SECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT
1 Plastic Resin Demand, 2013 30
2 Plastic Film Market, 2003-2013 48
SECTION III -- RESINS
1 Plastic Film Demand by Resin, 2013 52
2 Linear Low Density Polyethylene Film Demand
by Market, 2013 55
3 High Density Polyethylene Film Demand by Market, 2013 71
4 Low Density Polyethylene Film Demand by Market, 2013 80
5 Polypropylene Film Demand by Market, 2013 95
6 PVC Film Demand by Market, 2013 106
7 PET Film Demand by Market, 2013 114
SECTION IV -- MARKET OVERVIEW
1 Plastic Film Demand by Market, 2013 143
SECTION V -- FOOD PACKAGING
1 Food Packaging Film Demand by Application, 2013 147
SECTION VI -- NONFOOD PACKAGING
1 Nonfood Packaging Film Demand by Application, 2013 215
SECTION VII -- SECONDARY PACKAGING
1 Secondary Packaging Film Demand By Application, 2013 239
SECTION VIII -- NONPACKAGING
1 Nonpackaging Film Demand by Application, 2013 258
SECTION IX -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
1 US Plastic Film Market Share, 2013 278

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