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Rigid Transparent Plastics: Global Markets Outside North America

  • September 2016
  • 177 pages
  • BCC Research
Report ID: 1941931


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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.

- 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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