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US Plastic Foams Market

  • June 2016
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  • 331 pages

Plastic foam competes with fiberglass

The volatile market for building and construction affects demand for foam insulation, flooring, appliances and furnishings. Regulations encouraging higher energy efficiency and consumer demand for better sound insulation will maintain plastic foam as a strong competitor to fiberglass insulation. Consumer interest in green construction techniques, better interior air quality, and the media interest shown to topics like the “tiny house movement” will drive demand for affordable, high performance insulation. Consumer demand for luxury feel and noise reduction will fuel increases for foam used in flooring.

Fuel efficiency mandates spur demand

The motor vehicle market will respond to fuel efficiency mandates by using foams that are both structural and insulating for the production of lighter vehicles. Sales for foams used in appliances, furnishings, and other durable goods are expected to rise driven by the superior qualities of comfort and insulation delivered by plastic foam.

Waste-based regulations threaten growth

Plastic Foams projects that demand for plastic foams in packaging markets will remain significant but to slow going forward based on regulations and municipal mandates aimed at reducing landfill waste. Waste-based regulations will drive down the use of foam in disposable packaging, at least until newer grades of recyclable and biodegradable foams have proven themselves in the market. This loss will be compensated in part by increasing demand for protective packaging for durable goods.

New products being developed

There are general industry trends that predict expanding production capacity for polyurethane foams, developing renewably sourced foam raw materials, and consolidating foam production. Innovations currently in commercialization include biodegradable foams for packaging, the use of new chemical blowing agents that do not deplete ozone, and use of biofoams based on mushrooms.

Suppliers use technology to meet demand

Expansion of the foamed plastics market will be fostered by rising construction expenditures, consumer spending, and durable goods output. To meet the projected demand, foam suppliers will leverage technical advances in foam processing and renewable bio-based raw materials to provide the market with new foams that are higher performing and more environmentally sustainable than existing products.

Study coverage

Plastic Foams presents historical demand data (2005, 2010 and 2015) plus forecasts (2020 and 2025) by market (construction, packaging, household products, motor vehicles, other) for polyurethane foams (flexible and rigid), polystyrene foams (extruded and expanded), as well as other plastic foams. The study also considers key market environment factors, details the industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles US industry competitors.

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Table Of Contents

US Plastic Foams Market
INTRODUCTION


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY


MARKET ENVIRONMENT


General


Macroeconomic Environment


Consumer Income and Spending


Demographic Trends


Construction Outlook


Manufacturing Outlook


Plastic Resin Outlook


Plastic Foam Characteristics


Competitive Materials


Environmental and Regulatory Considerations


Materials-Based Regulations


Energy-Based Regulations


Blowing Agents


Recycling


International Activity


MARKETS


General


Packaging


Plastic Foams Demand by Resin and Application


Foodservice and Consumer Disposables


Foodservice Disposables Market Outlook


Plastic Foam Foodservice and Consumer Disposables


Drinking Cups


Dinnerware


Clamshells


Lunch Trays


Other Foodservice and Consumer Disposables


Protective Packaging


Protective Packaging Market Outlook


Plastic Foam Protective Packaging


Containers


Food Container Market Outlook


Plastic Foam Containers


Meat, Seafood, and Poultry Trays


Insulated Shipping Containers


Egg Cartons


Construction


Plastic Foams Demand by Resin and Application


Insulation


Construction Insulation Market Outlook


Plastic Foam Insulation


Flooring and Carpet Backing


Carpet and Rug Market Outlook


Plastic Foam in Flooring and Carpet Backing


Other Construction


Household Products


Plastic Foams Demand by Resin and Application


Bedding


Bedding Industry Outlook


Plastic Foams in Bedding


Furniture


Furniture Industry Outlook


Plastic Foams in Furniture


Appliances


Major Appliance Industry Outlook


Plastic Foams in Appliances


Other Household Products


Motor Vehicles


Motor Vehicle Outlook


Plastic Foams in Motor Vehicles


Other Markets


PRODUCTS


General


Pricing Trends


POLYURETHANE FOAMS


General


Flexible Polyurethane Foams


Household Products


Bedding


Furniture


Textiles


Motor Vehicles


Flooring Underlay


Packaging


Other Markets


Rigid Polyurethane Foams


Construction


Demand by Segment


Demand by Type


Household Products


Appliances


Other Household Products


Packaging


Motor Vehicles


Other Markets


Producers


POLYSTYRENE FOAMS


General


Extruded Polystyrene Foams


Packaging


Dinnerware


Clamshells


Meat, Seafood, and Poultry Trays


Egg Cartons


Lunch Trays


Construction


Other Markets


Expanded Polystyrene Foams


Packaging


Drinking Cups


Molded Foam Protective Packaging


Insulated Shipping Containers


Loose-Fill


Other


Construction


Other Markets


Producers


OTHER PLASTIC FOAMS


General


High Density Polyethylene Foams


Polypropylene Foams


Vinyl Foams


Engineering Plastic Foams


Low Density Polyethylene Foams


Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene Foams


Biodegradable Plastic Foams


All Other Plastic Foams


INDUSTRY STRUCTURE


General


Market Share


Mergers and Acquisitions


Marketing and Distribution


Research and Development


Competitive Strategies


Cooperative Agreements


Company Profiles


ACH Foam Technologies LLC


American Excelsior Company


Arkema SA


Armacell International SA


Atlas Roofing, see Hood Companies


BASF SE


Berkshire Hathaway Incorporated


Bridgestone Corporation


Carlisle Companies Incorporated


Carpenter Company


CertainTeed, see Saint-Gobain


Chemours Company


Covestro AG


Crest Foam Industries, see INOAC


Dart Container Corporation


Dolco Packaging, see Tekni-Plex


Dow Chemical Company


DuPont (EI) de Nemours


Erasables Products, see UFP Technologies


Evonik Industries AG


Firestone Building Products, see Bridgestone


Free-Flow Packaging International Incorporated


FXI Incorporated


Hood Companies


Hunter Panels, see Carlisle Companies


Huntsman Corporation


Industrial Thermo Polymers, see Armacell International


Innocor Incorporated


INOAC Corporation


Insulfoam, see Carlisle Companies


Johns Manville, see Berkshire Hathaway


Johnson Controls Incorporated


New WinCup Holdings Incorporated


Noël Group LLC


Nomaco, see Noël Group


Nomacorc, see Noël Group


Novipax LLC


Owens Corning


Pactiv, see Reynolds Group Holdings


Pak-Lite Incorporated


Pregis Corporation


RAPAC, see Ring Companies


Reynolds Group Holdings Limited


Ring Companies


Rmax Incorporated


Rogers Foam Corporation


Rubicon, see Huntsman


Saint-Gobain


Schweiter Technologies AG


Sealed Air Corporation


Sekisui Chemical Company Limited


Solvay SA


Sonoco Products Company


StarchTech Incorporated


Storopack Hans Reichenecker GmbH


Technoelastomeri, see Huntsman


Tekni-Plex Incorporated


3A Composites International, see Schweiter Technologies


3M Company


UFP Technologies Incorporated


Other Companies Mentioned in Study




List of Tables


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY


Summary Table


MARKET ENVIRONMENT


Macroeconomic Indicators


Personal Consumption Expenditures


Population and Households


Construction Expenditures


Manufacturers' Shipments


Plastic Resin Supply and Demand


MARKETS


Plastic Foams Demand by Market


Packaging Market for Plastic Foams by Resin and Application


Foodservice Disposables Demand by Type


Foodservice and Consumer Disposables Marke for Plastic Foams


Protective Packaging Demand by Material


Protective Packaging Market for Plastic Foam by Resin and Type


Food Container Demand by Type


Container Market for Plastic Foams


Construction Market for Plastic Foams by Resin and Application


Construction Insulation Demand by Type


Construction Insulation Market for Plastic Foams


Carpet and Rug Supply and Demand


Flooring and Carpet Backing Market for Plastic Foams


Other Construction Markets for Plastic Foams


Household Product Market for Plastic Foams by Resin and Application


Mattress and Sleep System Shipments


Bedding Market for Plastic Foams


Furniture Shipments


Furniture Market for Plastic Foams


Major Appliance Shipments


Appliance Market for Plastic Foams


Other Household Product Markets for Plastic Foams


Motor Vehicle Production


Motor Vehicle Market for Plastic Foams by Resin


Other Markets for Plastic Foams


PRODUCTS


Plastics Foams Demand by Resin


Selected Plastic Foams Pricing


POLYURETHANE FOAMS


Polyurethane Foams Demand by Type and Market


Flexible Polyurethane Foams Demand by Market


Household Product Market for Flexible Polyurethane Foams


Motor Vehicle Market for Flexible Polyurethane Foams


Flooring Underlay Market for Flexible Polyurethane Foams


Packaging Market for Flexible Polyurethane foams


Other Markets for Flexible Polyurethane Foams


Rigid Polyurethane Foams Demand by Market


Construction Market for Rigid Polyurethane Foams


Household Product Market for Rigid Polyurethane Foams


Packaging Market for Rigid Polyurethane Foams


Motor Vehicle Market for Rigid Polyurethane Foams


Other Markets for Rigid Polyurethane Foams


POLYSTYRENE FOAMS


Polystyrene Foams Demand by Processing Method and Market


Extruded Polystyrene Foams Demand by Market


Packaging Market for Extruded Polystyrene Foams


Construction Market for Extruded Polystyrene Foams


Other Markets for Extruded Polystyrene Foams


Expanded Polystyrene Foams Demand by Market


Expanded Polystyrene Foams in Packaging


Construction Market for Expanded Polystyrene Foams


Other Markets for Expanded Polystyrene Foams


OTHER PLASTIC FOAMS


OTHER PLASTIC FOAMS DEMAND BY RESIN


High Density Polyethylene Foams Demand by Market


Polypropylene Foams Demand by Market


Vinyl Foams Demand by Market


Engineering Plastic Foams Demand by Market


Low Density Polyethylene Foams Demand by Market


Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene Foams Demand by Market


Biodegradable Plastic Foams Demand by Market


All Other Plastic Foams Demand by Market


INDUSTRY STRUCTURE


US Plastic Foam Sales by Company, 2015


Selected Acquisitions and Divestitures


Selected Cooperative Agreements




List of Charts


SECTION I -- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
SECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT
MARKETS


Plastic Foams Demand by Market, 2015


Packaging Market for Plastic Foams by Application, 2015


Protective Packaging Market for Plastic Foams by Resin, 2015


Construction Market for Plastic Foam by Application, 2015


Household Product Market for Plastic Foams by Application, 2015


SECTION III -- PRODUCTS
POLYURETHANE FOAMS


Flexible Polyurethane Foams Demand by Market, 2015


Rigid Polyurethane Foams Demand by Market, 2015


POLYSTYRENE FOAMS


Polystyrene Foams Demand by Processing Method, 2015


Extruded Polystyrene Foams Demand by Market, 2015


Expanded Polystyrene Foams Demand by Market, 2015


OTHER PLASTIC FOAMS


Other Plastic Foams Demand by Resin, 2015


INDUSTRY STRUCTURE


US Plastic Foams Market Share, 2015

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