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This BCC Research report provides the recent advances and trends in manufacturing, applications, technologies, and global and regional markets for rigid transparent plastics. Forecast trends and sales in these markets are included through 2021.

Use this report to:
- Gain information about the major types of rigid transparent plastics and their future demand.
- Analyze the recent advances and trends in manufacturing, applications and technologies of the rigid transparent plastic industry.
- Gain insight into the structural dynamics of the rigid transparent plastic industry.
- Gain information about the international targets and regulations related to rigid transparent plastic industry.

Highlights
- The global market for rigid transparent plastics will grow from $16.5 billion in 2016 to nearly $21.4 billion by 2021 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.3% for the period of 2016-2021.
- The polycarbonate (PC) market is the largest segment of rigid transparent plastic industry and will grow from $6.3 billion in 2016 to $8.7 billion by 2021, with a CAGR of 6.6%.
- The poly-methyl methacrylate (PMMA) market is expected to increase from $2.5 billion in 2016 to $3.1 billion by 2021, with a CAGR of 4.4%.

This chapter provides a general introduction for this report, describing the study goals and objectives, reasons for doing the study, intended audience, scope, methodology, information sources and analyst credentials, and related reports published by BCC Research.

STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
The goal of this study is to help readers form a comprehensive understanding of the recent advances and trends in manufacturing, applications, technologies, and global and regional markets for rigid transparent plastics. In this report, rigid transparent plastics refer to rigid plastics with light transmission percentage of more than 80%.

Four objectives are met in this report. First, major types of rigid transparent plastics and the future demand for these are described. Second, main technologies of rigid transparent plastics manufacturing are discussed. Third, commercial applications in which rigid transparent plastics are used are discussed. Last, present consumption and future demand for rigid transparent plastics are divided into five world regions: China, Asia, Europe, South America and the rest of the world (ROW). The first four regions will be evaluated and analyzed. The ROW segment is very small; to simplify the analysis, this report doesn’t include the ROW market. In this report, China refers to Mainland China and does not include Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau; Asia does not include Mainland China, but covers Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and other Asian countries.

This report does not cover the North American rigid transparent plastics market, which is described in the separate report Rigid Transparent Plastics (code PLS003J) by Melvin Schlechter. However, North American manufacturers are addressed if they supply the above five regions.

Trends in technology are analyzed and the impact of governmental regulations and international agreements is ascertained. Patents involving rigid transparent are discussed. The structural dynamics of the rigid transparent plastic industry are outlined, along with profiles of key manufacturers in the United States, China, Japan, Korea, India, Brazil, France, Germany, Taiwan, and other countries or regions.

This report reviews global markets for rigid transparent plastics and forecasts trends and sales in these markets through 2021. Important manufacturers, technologies and factors influencing demand are discussed. The rigid transparent plastics market is closely related to the production and supply of raw materials such as ethylene, phenol and methyl methacrylate (MMA); therefore, raw material production and supplies are briefly described. BCC Research’s goal in conducting this study was to determine the current status of the rigid transparent plastics industry and to assess its growth potential over the five-year period from 2016 to 2021. The primary objective is to present a comprehensive analysis of the current rigid transparent plastics market and project its future direction.

REASONS FOR DOING THE STUDY
There are three main reasons for doing this study:
Resins manufacturers
1. need to understand the trends of the market and technologies to plan their investment, production, and research and development (R&D) for the next five years and longer.
2. Plastic molders need to understand the trends of technologies and markets of rigid transparent plastics.
3. The manufacturers of automobiles, medical devices, electronics, housewares, architectural materials and appliances need to understand trends in technologies and performance of rigid transparent plastics.

SCOPE OF REPORT
The report forecasts the size of the market in current U.S. dollars for rigid transparent plastics, in value terms for each material and/or in volume terms from 2016 through 2021. The North American market is not included in this study; a separate report covers that market.

In this report, rigid transparent plastics include polycarbonate (PC), polypropylene (PP), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polystyrene (PS), acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), poly-methyl methacrylate (PMMA), styrene block copolymers (SBC), styrene methylmethacrylate (SMMA), cellulosic, polyamide (PA) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET). The ABS sector will cover the technologies and production of styrene acrylonitrile (SAN), also known as acrylonitrile styrene (AS). Forecasts are classified by product type, technology type, application and geographical region. The report also describes raw materials supplies and important players in the rigid transparent plastics industry.

INTENDED AUDIENCE
The intended audience of this report includes rigid transparent plastics (PC, PVC, PS, ABS, PMMA, PP, etc.) manufacturers and suppliers. Oil companies, chemical producers and plastic molders in various industries may also have an interest in this report.

METHODOLOGY
Estimates of current market demand are made for 2016 and projected over the next five years. Projections are made in terms of constant U.S. dollars (2016). Growth is presented in terms of compound annual growth rate (CAGR). Prices are measured at the manufacturer level.

INFORMATION SOURCES
Information sources for this report include experts, executives, professors and officials in rigid transparent plastics companies, other plastics companies, petrochemical companies, oil companies, industrial associations, universities, trade organizations and governmental departments. They include Sinopec, Saudi Basic Industry Corporation (SABIC), The Dow Chemical Co., Chi Mei, INEOS, BASF, Chevron Phillips Chemicals, China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), ExxonMobil, Hanwha Chemical Corporation, Reliance Industries, Tsinghua University, the Ministry of Commerce of China, China Plastics Processing Industry Association (CPPIA) and the National Bureau of Statistics of China (NBS China). Information sources for the study also include online research, patent literature, technical journals, trade magazines, governmental data, and conference papers from China, Japan, Korea and the U.S.

ANALYST'S CREDENTIALS
Jason Chen has been an analyst and consultant for the polymer, composite, fiber, textile and energy industries for 15 years. He is a researcher, writer and editor for the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA), China Textile Academy (CTA), International Fiber Journal, Filtration News, Platts Emission Daily, Vision Systems Design, Pesticide and Toxic Chemical News, China Chemical Fibers and MobileTex. He has authored more than 30 books in the U.K. and U.S., including many BCC Research reports. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in civil engineering as well as chemicals and composites. Currently, he is the chief scientist of a filtration company endeavoring to reduce China's air and water pollution.

Table Of Contents

Rigid Transparent Plastics: Global Markets Outside North America
CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION 2
STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES 2
REASONS FOR DOING THE STUDY 3
SCOPE OF REPORT 3
INTENDED AUDIENCE 3
METHODOLOGY 3
INFORMATION SOURCES 4
ANALYST'S CREDENTIALS 4
RELATED BCC RESEARCH REPORTS 4
BCC RESEARCH WEBSITE 4
DISCLAIMER 5
CHAPTER 2 SUMMARY 7
SUMMARY TABLE GLOBAL RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTIC MARKET VALUE*, BY PRODUCT SEGMENT, THROUGH 2021 ($ MILLIONS) 7
SUMMARY FIGURE GLOBAL RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTIC MARKET VALUE*, BY PRODUCT SEGMENT, 2015-2021 ($ MILLIONS) 7
LARGEST AND FASTEST-GROWING MARKETS 9
LARGEST RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKETS 9
FASTEST-GROWING RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKETS 9
SIGNIFICANT TRENDS 10
CHAPTER 3 OVERVIEW 12
DEFINITION OF THE INDUSTRY 12
FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS 12
INTERNATIONAL TARGETS AND REGULATIONS 13
CARBON DIOXIDE EMISSION REDUCTION TARGETS 13
GLOBAL TARIFFS 14
CHINA'S 13TH FIVE YEAR PLAN 14
REACH 14
EN 71 15
CHAPTER 4 GLOBAL RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTIC MARKET BY PRODUCT 17
TABLE 1 GLOBAL RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET VALUE*, BY PRODUCT,
THROUGH 2021 ($ MILLIONS) 17
GLOBAL MARKET IN VOLUME TERMS AND PRICE 18
PRICE ASSUMPTION AND FORECASTS 18
TABLE 2 GLOBAL RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS PRICES BY PRODUCT, THROUGH
2021 ($/METRIC TON) 18
GLOBAL MARKET IN VOLUME TERMS 19
TABLE 3 GLOBAL RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET VOLUME*, BY PRODUCT,
THROUGH 2021 (THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 19
GLOBAL MARKET FOR RIGID TRANSPARENT POLYCARBONATE (PC) PLASTICS 20
HISTORY 20
GROWTH DRIVERS AND INHIBITORS 20
Growth Drivers 20
Growth Inhibitors 21
GLOBAL PC MARKET BY SUBPRODUCT 21
TABLE 4 GLOBAL PC MARKET VALUE, BY SUBPRODUCT, THROUGH 2021 ($
MILLIONS) 21
TABLE 5 GLOBAL PC PLASTICS MARKET VOLUME, BY SUBPRODUCT, THROUGH
2021 (THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 22
Injection Molded PC 23
Extruded PC 23
Blow Molded PC 23
Others 23
GLOBAL MARKET FOR RIGID TRANSPARENT POLY VINYL CHLORIDE (PVC)
PLASTICS 24
HISTORY 24
GROWTH DRIVERS AND INHIBITORS 24
Growth Drivers 25
Growth Inhibitors 25
GLOBAL PVC MARKET BY SUBPRODUCT 25
TABLE 6 GLOBAL RIGID TRANSPARENT PVC MARKET VALUE, BY SUBPRODUCT,
THROUGH 2021 ($ MILLIONS) 26
TABLE 7 GLOBAL PVC MARKET VOLUME, BY SUBPRODUCT, THROUGH 2021
(THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 26
Rigid Transparent PVC Sheets 27
Others 27
GLOBAL MARKET FOR RIGID TRANSPARENT POLYSTYRENE (PS) PLASTICS 28
HISTORY 28
GROWTH DRIVERS AND INHIBITORS 28
Growth Drivers 29
Growth Inhibitors 29
GLOBAL RIGID TRANSPARENT PS PLASTIC MARKET BY SUBPRODUCT 30
TABLE 8 GLOBAL RIGID TRANSPARENT PS MARKET VALUE, BY SUBPRODUCT,
THROUGH 2021 ($ MILLIONS) 30
TABLE 9 GLOBAL RIGID TRANSPARENT PS MARKET VOLUME, BY SUBPRODUCT,
THROUGH 2021 (THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 30
Electronics 31
Packaging 31
Other PS Plastics 31
GLOBAL MARKET FOR RIGID TRANSPARENT ACRYLONITRILE BUTADIENE
STYRENE (ABS) AND STYRENE ACRYLONITRILE (SAN) PLASTICS 31
HISTORY 32
GROWTH DRIVERS AND INHIBITORS 32
Growth Drivers 32
Growth Inhibitors 33
GLOBAL ABS MARKET BY SUBPRODUCT 33
TABLE 10 GLOBAL RIGID TRANSPARENT ABS AND SAN MARKET VALUE, BY
SUBPRODUCT, THROUGH 2021 ($ MILLIONS) 34
TABLE 11 GLOBAL RIGID TRANSPARENT ABS AND SAN MARKET VOLUME, BY
SUBPRODUCT, THROUGH 2021 (THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 34
Medical Plastics 35
Automotive Plastics 35
Architectural Plastics 35
Others 35
GLOBAL MARKET FOR RIGID TRANSPARENT POLY-METHYL METHACRYLATE
(PMMA) PLASTICS 35
HISTORY 36
GROWTH DRIVERS AND INHIBITORS 36
Growth Drivers 36
Growth Inhibitors 37
GLOBAL PMMA MARKET BY SUBPRODUCT 37
TABLE 12 GLOBAL PMMA MARKET VALUE, BY SUBPRODUCT, THROUGH 2021 ($
MILLIONS) 37
TABLE 13 GLOBAL PMMA MARKET VOLUME, BY SUBPRODUCT, THROUGH 2021
(THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 38
PMMA Cast Sheets 38
PMMA Extruded Sheets 38
PMMA Plastics from Granular Resins 39
GLOBAL RIGID TRANSPARENT POLYPROPYLENE (PP) PLASTIC MARKET 39
HISTORY 39
GROWTH DRIVERS AND INHIBITORS 39
Growth Drivers 40
Growth Inhibitors 40
GLOBAL PP MARKET BY SUBPRODUCT 40
TABLE 14 GLOBAL PP MARKET VALUE, BY SUBPRODUCT, THROUGH 2021 ($
MILLIONS) 41
TABLE 15 GLOBAL PP MARKET VOLUME, BY SUBPRODUCT, THROUGH 2021
(THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 41
Injection Molded Rigid Transparent PP 42
Extruded PP 42
Blow Molded PP 42
PP for Other Applications 43
GLOBAL MARKET FOR OTHER RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTIC 43
HISTORY 43
GROWTH DRIVERS AND INHIBITORS 43
Growth Drivers 43
Growth Inhibitors 44
GLOBAL MARKET BY SUBPRODUCT 44
TABLE 16 GLOBAL OTHER RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTIC MARKETS VALUE, BY
SUBPRODUCT, THROUGH 2021 ($ MILLIONS) 44
TABLE 17 GLOBAL OTHER RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTIC MARKET VOLUME, BY
SUBPRODUCT, THROUGH 2021 (THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 45
Styrene-butadiene Multiblock Thermoplastic Copolymers (SBC) 45
Cellulosic 45
PET 45
CHAPTER 5 GLOBAL RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTIC MARKET BY APPLICATION 48
TABLE 18 GLOBAL RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET VOLUME, BY
APPLICATION, THROUGH 2021 (THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 48
ELECTRONIC AND ELECTRICAL RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY
PRODUCT 48
TABLE 19 GLOBAL ELECTRONIC RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET VOLUME,
BY PRODUCT, THROUGH 2021 (THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 49
PS 49
PC 49
PMMA 50
ABS/SAN 50
ARCHITECTURAL RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY PRODUCT 50
TABLE 20 GLOBAL ARCHITECTURAL RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET
VOLUME BY PRODUCT, THROUGH 2021 (THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 50
PMMA 50
PC 51
PS 51
ABS/SAN 51
PACKAGING RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY PRODUCT 51
TABLE 21 GLOBAL PACKAGING RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET VOLUME,
BY PRODUCT, THROUGH 2021 (THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 51
PS 52
PVC 52
PP 52
MEDICAL RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTIC MARKET BY PRODUCT 52
TABLE 22 GLOBAL MEDICAL RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET VOLUME, BY
PRODUCT, THROUGH 2021 (THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 52
ABS/SAN 53
PS 53
PVC 53
PP 53
OTHERS 53
AUTOMOTIVE RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTIC MARKET BY PRODUCT 53
TABLE 23 GLOBAL AUTOMOTIVE RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET VOLUME,
BY PRODUCT, THROUGH 2021 (THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 54
PC 54
PMMA 54
ABS/SAN 54
CHAPTER 6 RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTIC MARKET BY PROCESSING TECHNOLOGIES 56
TABLE 24 GLOBAL RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET VOLUME, BY
TECHNOLOGY TYPE, THROUGH 2021 (THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 56
INJECTION MOLDING RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY PRODUCT 56
TABLE 25 GLOBAL RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTIC INJECTION MOLDING MARKET
VOLUME, BY PRODUCT, THROUGH 2021 (THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 57
PC 57
PS 57
ABS/SAN 57
PMMA 58
PP 58
PVC 58
EXTRUSION RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTIC MARKET BY PRODUCT 58
TABLE 26 GLOBAL EXTRUSION RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET VOLUME,
BY PRODUCT, THROUGH 2021 (THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 58
BLOW MOLDING RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTIC MARKET BY PRODUCT 59
TABLE 27 GLOBAL BLOW MOLDING RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET
VOLUME, BY PRODUCT, THROUGH 2021 (THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 59
CHAPTER 7 MANUFACTURING PROCESSES AND TECHNOLOGIES 61
MANUFACTURING METHODS 61
PC MANUFACTURING METHODS 61
Resin 61
Solution Phosgene Method 61
Interfacial Polycondensation Phosgene Method 61
Transesterified Melt Polycondensation Method 61
Non-phosgene Transesterified Melt Polycondensation Methods 62
Upgrading and Modification 62
Plastic Processing 62
PVC MANUFACTURING METHODS 62
Resin 62
Calcium Carbide PVC Manufacturing Flow 63
FIGURE 1 CALCIUM CARBIDE PVC MANUFACTURING FLOW 63
Ethylene PVC Manufacturing Flow 63
FIGURE 2 ETHYLENE PVC MANUFACTURING FLOW 63
Upgrading and Modification 63
Plastic Processing 64
PS MANUFACTURING METHODS 64
Resin 64
PS Manufacturing Flow 64
FIGURE 3 PS MANUFACTURING FLOW CHART 64
Upgrading and Modification 64
Plastic Processing 65
ABS MANUFACTURING METHODS 65
Resin 65
ABS Hybrid Emulsion/Mass Method Manufacturing 65
FIGURE 4 ABS HYBRID EMULSION/MASS MANUFACTURING FLOW 65
ABS Continuous Mass Polymerization Manufacturing 66
FIGURE 5 ABS CONTINUOUS MASS POLYMERIZATION MANUFACTURING FLOW 66
Upgrading and Modification 66
Plastic Processing 66
PMMA MANUFACTURING METHODS 66
Resin 67
PMMA Mass Polymerization Method Manufacturing 67
FIGURE 6 PMMA MASS POLYMERIZATION MANUFACTURING FLOW 67
PMMA Suspension Polymerization Method Manufacturing 67
FIGURE 7 PMMA SUSPENSION POLYMERIZATION MANUFACTURING FLOW 67
Upgrading and Modification 68
Plastic Processing 68
PROCESS ECONOMICS 68
PROCESS ECONOMICS FOR PVC RESINS 68
TABLE 28 PROCESS ECONOMICS COMPARISON FOR PVC RESINS, 2016 ($ PER
METRIC TON) 68
Process Economics of the Calcium Carbide Method 69
Process Economics of the Ethylene Method 69
PROCESS ECONOMICS OF ABS RESINS 69
TABLE 29 PROCESS ECONOMICS COMPARISON FOR ABS RESINS, 2016 ($ PER
METRIC TON) 69
PERFORMANCE COMPARISON 70
PERFORMANCE COMPARISON OF PS, PMMA, IPMMA AND SAN 70
TABLE 30 PERFORMANCE COMPARISONS FOR PS, PMMA, IPMMA AND SAN ($ PER
METRIC TON) 70
U.S. PATENT ANALYSIS 71
PATENTS BY PRODUCT 71
TABLE 31 NUMBER OF RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTIC PATENT BY PLASTIC AND
RESIN TYPE, 2010-2015 (NUMBER OF PATENTS) 71
PATENTS BY YEAR 72
TABLE 32 NUMBER OF RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTIC PATENT BY YEAR, 2010-2015
(NUMBER OF PATENTS) 72
CHAPTER 8 INDUSTRY STRUCTURE AND COMPETITIVE ANALYSIS BY PRODUCTS 74
GLOBAL RIGID TRANSPARENT POLYCARBONATE (PC) RESIN AND PLASTIC
INDUSTRY 74
MARKET PLAYERS AND INDUSTRY LEADERS 74
STRATEGIES FOR STAYING COMPETITIVE AND SUCCESSFUL 75
NEW ENTRANTS 75
GLOBAL PVC RESIN AND PLASTIC INDUSTRY 76
MARKET PLAYERS AND INDUSTRY LEADERS 76
STRATEGIES FOR STAYING COMPETITIVE AND SUCCESSFUL 77
NEW ENTRANTS 78
GLOBAL PS RESIN AND PLASTIC INDUSTRY 78
MARKET PLAYERS AND INDUSTRY LEADERS 78
STRATEGIES FOR STAYING COMPETITIVE AND SUCCESSFUL 79
NEW ENTRANTS 80
GLOBAL ACRYLONITRILE BUTADIENE STYRENE (ABS) RESIN AND PLASTIC
INDUSTRY 80
MARKET PLAYERS 80
STRATEGIES FOR STAYING COMPETITIVE AND SUCCESSFUL 81
NEW ENTRANTS 81
GLOBAL POLY-METHYL METHACRYLATE (PMMA) RESIN AND PLASTIC INDUSTRY 82
MARKET PLAYERS AND INDUSTRY LEADERS 82
STRATEGIES FOR STAYING COMPETITIVE AND SUCCESSFUL 82
NEW ENTRANTS 83
CHAPTER 9 CHINESE RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTIC MARKET AND INDUSTRY 85
TABLE 33 CHINESE RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET VALUE, BY PRODUCT,
THROUGH 2021 ($ MILLIONS) 86
CHINESE MARKET IN VOLUME TERMS AND PRICE 87
PRICE ASSUMPTION AND FORECASTS 87
TABLE 34 CHINESE RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS PRICES, BY PRODUCT,
THROUGH 2021 ($/METRIC TON) 87
CHINESE RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET IN VOLUME TERMS 88
TABLE 35 CHINESE RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET VOLUME, BY PRODUCT,
THROUGH 2021 (THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 88
CHINESE MARKET FOR RIGID TRANSPARENT POLYCARBONATE (PC) PLASTICS 88
GROWTH DRIVERS AND INHIBITORS 89
Growth Drivers 89
Growth Inhibitors 89
CHINESE PC MARKET BY SUBPRODUCT 89
TABLE 36 CHINESE PC MARKET VOLUME, BY SUBPRODUCT, THROUGH 2021
(THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 90
Injection Molded PC 91
Extruded PC 91
Blow Molded PC 91
Others 91
CHINESE MARKET FOR RIGID TRANSPARENT POLY VINYL CHLORIDE (PVC) 91
GROWTH DRIVERS AND INHIBITORS 92
Growth Drivers 92
Growth Inhibitors 92
CHINESE RIGID TRANSPARENT PVC MARKET BY SUBPRODUCT 93
TABLE 37 CHINESE RIGID TRANSPARENT PVC MARKET VOLUME, BY SUBPRODUCT,
THROUGH 2021 (THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 93
Rigid Transparent PVC Sheets 93
Others 94
CHINESE MARKET FOR RIGID TRANSPARENT POLYSTYRENE (PS) PLASTICS 94
GROWTH DRIVERS AND INHIBITORS 94
Growth Drivers 94
Growth Inhibitors 95
CHINESE PS MARKET BY SUBPRODUCT 95
TABLE 38 CHINESE RIGID TRANSPARENT PS MARKET VOLUME, BY SUBPRODUCT,
THROUGH 2021 (THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 95
Electronics 96
Package 96
Other PS Plastics 96
CHINESE MARKET FOR RIGID TRANSPARENT ACRYLONITRILE BUTADIENE
STYRENE (ABS) AND STYRENE ACRYLONITRILE (SAN) PLASTICS MARKET 96
GROWTH DRIVERS AND INHIBITORS 97
Growth Drivers 97
Growth Inhibitors 97
CHINESE ABS AND SAN MARKET BY SUBPRODUCT 97
TABLE 39 CHINESE RIGID TRANSPARENT ABS AND SAN MARKET VOLUME, BY
SUBPRODUCT, THROUGH 2021 (THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 98
Medical Plastics 98
Automotive Plastics 99
Architectural Plastics 99
Others 99
CHINESE MARKET FOR RIGID TRANSPARENT PMMA PLASTICS 99
GROWTH DRIVERS AND INHIBITORS 100
Growth Drivers 100
Growth Inhibitors 100
CHINESE PMMA MARKET BY SUBPRODUCT 100
TABLE 40 CHINESE PMMA MARKET VOLUME, BY SUBPRODUCT, THROUGH 2021
(THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 101
PMMA Cast Sheets 101
PMMA Extruded Sheets 101
PMMA Plastics from Granular Resin 102
CHINESE RIGID TRANSPARENT POLYPROPYLENE (PP) PLASTIC MARKET 102
GROWTH DRIVERS AND INHIBITORS 102
Growth Drivers 102
Growth Inhibitors 103
CHINESE PP MARKET BY SUBPRODUCT 103
TABLE 41 CHINESE RIGID TRANSPARENT PP MARKET VOLUME, BY SUBPRODUCT,
THROUGH 2021 (THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 103
Injection Molded Rigid Transparent PP 104
Extruded PP 104
Blow Molded PP 104
PP for Other Applications 104
CHINESE MARKET FOR OTHER RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS 105
GROWTH DRIVERS AND INHIBITORS 105
Growth Drivers 105
Growth Inhibitors 105
CHINESE MARKET FOR OTHER RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTIC BY
SUBPRODUCT 105
TABLE 42 CHINESE OTHER RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTIC MARKET VOLUME, BY
SUBPRODUCT, THROUGH 2021 (THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 106
SBCs 106
Cellulosic 106
PET 106
CHAPTER 10 EUROPEAN RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTIC MARKET AND INDUSTRY 108
TABLE 43 EUROPEAN RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET VALUE, BY PRODUCT,
THROUGH 2021 ($ MILLIONS) 108
EUROPEAN MARKET IN VOLUME TERMS AND PRICE 109
PRICE ASSUMPTION AND FORECASTS 109
TABLE 44 EUROPEAN RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS PRICES, BY PRODUCT,
THROUGH 2021 ($/METRIC TON) 109
EUROPEAN MARKET IN VOLUME TERMS 110
TABLE 45 EUROPEAN RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET VOLUME, BY
PRODUCT, THROUGH 2021 (THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 110
EUROPEAN MARKET FOR RIGID TRANSPARENT PC 111
GROWTH DRIVERS AND INHIBITORS 111
Growth Drivers 111
Growth Inhibitors 111
EUROPEAN PC MARKET BY SUBPRODUCT 112
TABLE 46 EUROPEAN PC MARKET VOLUME, BY SUBPRODUCT, THROUGH 2021
(THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 112
Injection Molded PC 113
Extruded PC 113
Blow Molded PC 113
Others 113
EUROPEAN MARKET FOR RIGID TRANSPARENT PVC 113
GROWTH DRIVERS AND INHIBITORS 114
Growth Drivers 114
Growth Inhibitors 114
EUROPEAN RIGID TRANSPARENT PVC MARKET BY SUBPRODUCT 114
TABLE 47 EUROPEAN RIGID TRANSPARENT PVC MARKET VOLUME, BY
SUBPRODUCT, THROUGH 2021 (THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 115
Rigid Transparent PVC Sheets 115
Others 115
EUROPEAN MARKET FOR RIGID TRANSPARENT PS 115
GROWTH DRIVERS AND INHIBITORS 116
Growth Drivers 116
Growth Inhibitors 116
EUROPEAN PS MARKET BY SUBPRODUCT 117
TABLE 48 EUROPEAN RIGID TRANSPARENT PS MARKET VOLUME, BY SUBPRODUCT,
THROUGH 2021 (THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 117
Electronics 117
Packaging 117
Other PS Plastics 118
EUROPEAN MARKET FOR RIGID TRANSPARENT ABS 118
GROWTH DRIVERS AND INHIBITORS 118
Growth Drivers 118
Growth Inhibitors 119
EUROPEAN ABS AND SAN MARKET BY SUBPRODUCT 119
TABLE 49 EUROPEAN RIGID TRANSPARENT ABS AND SAN MARKET VOLUME, BY
SUBPRODUCT, THROUGH 2021 (THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 119
Medical Plastics 120
Automotive Plastics 120
Architectural Plastics 120
Others 120
EUROPEAN MARKET FOR RIGID TRANSPARENT PMMA 121
GROWTH DRIVERS AND INHIBITORS 121
Growth Drivers 121
Growth Inhibitors 121
EUROPEAN PMMA MARKET BY SUBPRODUCT 121
TABLE 50 EUROPEAN PMMA MARKET VOLUME, BY SUBPRODUCT, THROUGH 2021
(THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 122
PMMA Cast Sheets 122
PMMA Extruded Sheets 122
PMMA Plastics from Granular Resins 122
EUROPEAN MARKET FOR RIGID TRANSPARENT PP 123
GROWTH DRIVERS AND INHIBITORS 123
Growth Drivers 123
Growth Inhibitors 123
EUROPEAN PP MARKET BY SUBPRODUCT 124
TABLE 51 EUROPEAN RIGID TRANSPARENT PP MARKET VOLUME, BY SUBPRODUCT,
THROUGH 2021 (THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 124
Injection Molded Rigid Transparent PP 125
Extruded PP 125
Blow Molded PP 125
PP for Other Applications 125
EUROPEAN MARKET FOR OTHER RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS 125
GROWTH DRIVERS AND INHIBITORS 125
Growth Drivers 126
Growth Inhibitors 126
EUROPEAN MARKET FOR OTHER RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS BY
SUBPRODUCT 126
TABLE 52 EUROPEAN OTHER RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET VOLUME, BY
SUBPRODUCT, THROUGH 2021 (THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 126
SBC 127
Cellulosic 127
PET 127
CHAPTER 11 ASIAN RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTIC MARKET AND INDUSTRY 129
TABLE 53 ASIAN RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET VALUE, BY PRODUCT,
THROUGH 2021 ($ MILLIONS) 129
ASIAN MARKET IN VOLUME TERMS AND PRICE 130
PRICE ASSUMPTION AND FORECASTS 130
TABLE 54 ASIAN RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTIC PRICES, BY PRODUCT, THROUGH
2021 ($/METRIC TON) 130
ASIAN MARKET IN VOLUME TERMS 131
TABLE 55 ASIAN RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET VOLUME, BY PRODUCT,
THROUGH 2021 (THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 131
ASIAN MARKET FOR RIGID TRANSPARENT PC 132
GROWTH DRIVERS AND INHIBITORS 132
Growth Drivers 132
Growth Inhibitors 133
ASIAN PC MARKET BY SUBPRODUCT 133
TABLE 56 ASIAN PC MARKET VOLUME, BY SUBPRODUCT, THROUGH 2021
(THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 133
Injection Molded PC 134
Extruded PC 134
Blow Molded PC 134
Others 134
ASIAN MARKET FOR RIGID TRANSPARENT PVC 134
GROWTH DRIVERS AND INHIBITORS 135
Growth Drivers 135
Growth Inhibitors 135
ASIAN RIGID TRANSPARENT PVC MARKET BY SUBPRODUCT 135
TABLE 57 ASIAN RIGID TRANSPARENT PVC MARKET VOLUME, BY SUBPRODUCT,
THROUGH 2021 (THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 136
Rigid Transparent PVC Sheets 136
Others 136
ASIAN MARKET FOR RIGID TRANSPARENT POLYSTYRENE (PS) MARKET 137
GROWTH DRIVERS AND INHIBITORS 137
Growth Drivers 137
Growth Inhibitors 137
ASIAN PS MARKET BY SUBPRODUCT 138
TABLE 58 ASIAN RIGID TRANSPARENT PS MARKET VOLUME, BY SUBPRODUCT,
THROUGH 2021 (THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 138
Electronics 139
Packaging 139
Other PS Plastics 139
ASIAN MARKET FOR RIGID TRANSPARENT ABS AND SAN 139
GROWTH DRIVERS AND INHIBITORS 140
Growth Drivers 140
Growth Inhibitors 140
ASIAN ABS AND SAN MARKET BY SUBPRODUCT 140
TABLE 59 ASIAN RIGID TRANSPARENT ABS AND SAN MARKET VOLUME, BY
SUBPRODUCT, THROUGH 2021 (THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 141
Medical ABS/SAN Plastics 141
Automotive ABS/SAN Plastics 141
Architectural ABS/SAN Plastics 142
Others 142
ASIAN MARKET FOR RIGID TRANSPARENT PMMA 142
GROWTH DRIVERS AND INHIBITORS 142
Growth Drivers 142
Growth Inhibitors 143
ASIAN PMMA MARKET BY SUBPRODUCT 143
TABLE 60 ASIAN PMMA MARKET VOLUME, BY SUBPRODUCT, THROUGH 2021
(THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 143
PMMA Cast Sheets 144
PMMA Extruded Sheets 144
PMMA Plastics from Granular Resin 144
ASIAN MARKET FOR RIGID TRANSPARENT PP 144
GROWTH DRIVERS AND INHIBITORS 144
Growth Drivers 145
Growth Inhibitors 145
ASIAN PP MARKET BY SUBPRODUCT 145
TABLE 61 ASIAN RIGID TRANSPARENT PP MARKET VOLUME, BY SUBPRODUCT,
THROUGH 2021 (THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 146
Injection Molded Rigid Transparent PP 146
Extruded PP 146
Blow Molded PP 146
PP for Other Applications 147
ASIAN MARKET FOR OTHER RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS 147
GROWTH DRIVERS AND INHIBITORS 147
Growth Drivers 147
Growth Inhibitors 147
ASIAN MARKET FOR OTHER RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS BY
SUBPRODUCT 148
TABLE 62 ASIAN OTHER RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET VOLUME, BY
SUBPRODUCT, THROUGH 2021 (THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 148
SBC 148
Cellulosic 148
PET 148
CHAPTER 12 SOUTH AMERICAN RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET AND
INDUSTRY 151
TABLE 63 SOUTH AMERICAN RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET VALUE, BY
PRODUCT, THROUGH 2021 ($ MILLIONS) 151
SOUTH AMERICAN MARKET IN VOLUME TERMS AND PRICE 152
PRICE ASSUMPTION AND FORECASTS 152
TABLE 64 SOUTH AMERICAN RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTIC PRICES, BY PRODUCT,
THROUGH 2021 ($/METRIC TON) 152
SOUTH AMERICAN RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTIC MARKET IN VOLUME
TERMS 153
TABLE 65 SOUTH AMERICAN RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET VOLUME, BY
PRODUCT, THROUGH 2021 (THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 153
SOUTH AMERICAN MARKET FOR RIGID TRANSPARENT PC 154
GROWTH DRIVERS AND INHIBITORS 154
Growth Drivers 154
Growth Inhibitors 154
SOUTH AMERICAN PC MARKET BY SUBPRODUCT 155
TABLE 66 SOUTH AMERICAN PC MARKET VOLUME, BY SUBPRODUCT, THROUGH
2021 (THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 155
Injection Molded PC 155
Extruded PC 156
Blow Molded PC 156
Others 156
SOUTH AMERICAN MARKET FOR RIGID TRANSPARENT PVC 156
GROWTH DRIVERS AND INHIBITORS 156
Growth Drivers 157
Growth Inhibitors 157
SOUTH AMERICAN TRANSPARENT PVC MARKET BY SUBPRODUCT 157
TABLE 67 SOUTH AMERICAN RIGID TRANSPARENT PVC MARKET VOLUME, BY
SUBPRODUCT, THROUGH 2021 (THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 157
Rigid Transparent PVC Sheets 158
Others 158
SOUTH AMERICAN MARKET FOR RIGID TRANSPARENT PS 158
GROWTH DRIVERS AND INHIBITORS 158
Growth Drivers 159
Growth Inhibitors 159
SOUTH AMERICAN PS MARKET BY SUBPRODUCT 159
TABLE 68 SOUTH AMERICAN RIGID TRANSPARENT PS MARKET VOLUME, BY
SUBPRODUCT, THROUGH 2021 (THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 160
Electronics 160
Packaging 160
Other PS Plastics 160
SOUTH AMERICAN MARKET FOR RIGID TRANSPARENT ABS 160
GROWTH DRIVERS AND INHIBITORS 161
Growth Drivers 161
Growth Inhibitors 161
SOUTH AMERICAN ABS AND SAN MARKET BY SUBPRODUCT 162
TABLE 69 SOUTH AMERICAN RIGID TRANSPARENT ABS AND SAN MARKET VOLUME,
BY SUBPRODUCT, THROUGH 2021 (THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 162
Medical Plastics 162
Automotive Plastics 163
Architectural Plastics 163
Others 163
SOUTH AMERICAN MARKET FOR RIGID TRANSPARENT PMMA 163
GROWTH DRIVERS AND INHIBITORS 163
Growth Drivers 163
Growth Inhibitors 164
SOUTH AMERICAN PMMA MARKET BY SUBPRODUCT 164
TABLE 70 SOUTH AMERICAN PMMA MARKET VOLUME, BY SUBPRODUCT, THROUGH
2021 (THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 164
PMMA Cast Sheets 165
PMMA Extruded Sheets 165
PMMA Plastics from Granular Resin 165
SOUTH AMERICAN MARKET FOR RIGID TRANSPARENT PP 165
GROWTH DRIVERS AND INHIBITORS 165
Growth Drivers 166
Growth Inhibitors 166
SOUTH AMERICAN PP MARKET BY SUBPRODUCT 166
TABLE 71 SOUTH AMERICAN RIGID TRANSPARENT PP MARKET VOLUME, BY
SUBPRODUCT, THROUGH 2021 (THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 166
Injection Molded Rigid Transparent PP 167
Extruded PP 167
Blow Molded PP 168
PP for Other Applications 168
SOUTH AMERICAN MARKET FOR OTHER RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTIC 168
GROWTH DRIVERS AND INHIBITORS 168
Growth Drivers 168
Growth Inhibitors 168
SOUTH AMERICAN MARKET FOR OTHER RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS BY
SUBPRODUCT 169
TABLE 72 SOUTH AMERICAN OTHER RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET
VOLUME, BY SUBPRODUCT, THROUGH 2021 (THOUSAND METRIC TONS) 169
SBC 169
Cellulosic 169
PET 170
CHAPTER 13 COMPANY PROFILES 172
BRASKEM 172
CHEVRON PHILLIPS CHEMICAL CO. 172
CHI MEI CORPORATION 173
CHINA NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION (CNPC) 173
DOW CHEMICAL CO. 174
EASTMAN CHEMICAL 174
EXXONMOBIL CHEMICAL CO. 175
FORMOSA PLASTICS GROUP 175
HANWHA CHEMICAL CORPORATION 175
INEOS CHLORVINYLS LTD. 176
LG CHEM LTD. 176
LYONDELLBASELL INDUSTRIES 177
RELIANCE INDUSTRIES LTD. (RIL) 178
SHIN-ETSU CHEMICAL CO., LTD. 178
SINOPEC GROUP 179
STYROLUTION GROUP GMBH 180
TOTAL PETROCHEMICALS 181
TOYO STYRENE CO LTD 181
XINJIANG TIANYE (GROUP) CO., LTD. 182
XINJIANG ZHONGTAI CHEMICAL (GROUP) CO., LTD. 182
CHAPTER 14 APPENDIX I 184
PATENTS 184
POLYCARBONATE RESIN, PRODUCTION METHOD THEREFORE, AND
OPTICAL MOLDED BODY 184
TRANSPARENT PLASTIC COMPOSITE 184
LIGHT-CONDUCTING COMPONENT FOR CONSTRUCTIONS AND BUILDINGS
AND ALSO PRODUCTION PROCESS THEREFORE 184
PROCESSES FOR PRODUCING POLYCARBONATE AND MOLDED
POLYCARBONATE ARTICLES 185
CAST ACRYLIC PLATES WITH ENHANCED SHOCKPROOFNESS 185
CUBE-CORNER TYPE SELF-REFLECTION SHEET HAVING IMPROVED TENSILE
STRENGTH 185
HEAT-INSULATING TRANSPARENT PVC SHEET 185
TRANSPARENT ABS RESIN COMPOSITION HAVING EXCELLENT IMPACT
STRENGTH AND FLOWABILITY 186
ACTIVE CONTACT LENS 186
METHOD OF MANUFACTURING HEAT-RESISTANT MOULD ARTICLES MADE
OF POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE POLYESTERS 186
CHAPTER 15 APPENDIX II 188
REGULATIONS AND TARGETS 188
CHAPTER 16 APPENDIX III 190
GLOSSARY 190
CHAPTER 17 APPENDIX IV 193
BIBLIOGRAPHY 193

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