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US Wood-Plastic Composite & Plastic Lumber Market

  • May 2016
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  • Freedonia
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  • 329 pages

Natural appearance drives growth in composite lumber

Demand for wood-plastic composite (WPC) and plastic lumber will be spurred by increasing consumer interest in more aesthetically pleasing materials. Such products as capstock-coated WPC decking and cellular polyvinyl chloride (PVC) molding and trim and windows and doors are exhibiting greater usage because of their ability to recreate the grains and textures of natural wood lumber, while offering users longer lifespans and minimal maintenance needs. Capstock-coated products now dominate decking demand in the WPC segment, while cellular PVC products will take market share from traditional plastic lumber products across a wide range of applications.

Decking remains leading application

According to Wood-Plastic Composite & Plastic Lumber, a new study from The Freedonia Group, decking will remain the leading application for WPC and plastic lumber going forward. Not only will homeowners continue to install decks to create outdoor entertainment and recreation areas, but they will increasingly add such features as outdoor kitchens, firepits, and hot tubs to their decks. Decks will be larger in size and will require more railings and other components to create the benches, tables, privacy lattices, and other related features.

New application spurs gains

The newest application for WPC and plastic lumber is backing material for luxury vinyl tile (LVT) flooring. Such materials as USFloors’ CORETEC WPC backing enhance comfort underfoot and add durability to LVT without sacrificing other performance properties, such as ease of installation. As more LVT floors are installed in homes and commercial structures, specifiers will opt for those products with WPC and plastic lumber backings, further spurring gains.

Manufacturers seek new applications

Freedonia Group states, a key development in the industry is the effort of manufacturers who formerly concentrated on decking to offer other WPC and plastic lumber products. Such items as fencing and landscaping products can be marketed as complementary items used to create outdoor showpieces ideal for entertaining guests or areas for family leisure and recreational activities. Other producers offer exterior trim, stressing its ability to enhance the look and value of a home.

Study coverage

Wood-Plastic Composite & Plastic Lumber analyzes the US market for wood-plastic composite (WPC) and plastic lumber. It presents historical demand data (2005, 2010 and 2015) plus forecasts (2020 and 2025) by material, product (decking, fencing, molding and trim, flooring, windows and doors, landscaping and outdoor products, other), market (residential buildings, nonresidential buildings, nonbuilding construction, agricultural) and region of the US. In addition, the study considers key market environment factors, assesses the industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles US industry players.

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Table Of Contents

US Wood-Plastic Composite and Plastic Lumber Market
INTRODUCTION xiii


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY


MARKET ENVIRONMENT


General


Macroeconomic Outlook


Demographic Trends


Consumer Trends


Consumer Spending


Consumer Financing


Construction Expenditures


Building Construction


Residential Buildings


Housing Completions


Housing Stock


Improvement and Repairs


Nonresidential Buildings


New


Nonresidential Building Stock


Improvement and Repairs


Nonbuilding Construction


Construction Expenditures


Nonbuilding Construction Stock


Historical Market Trends


Pricing


Environmental and Other Issues


Recycling


Timber Harvesting Regulations


CCA-Treated Lumber Replacement


Regulations and Standards


Building Codes


Materials Standards


Foreign Trade and World Market


MATERIALS


General


WPC Lumber


Cellulosic Material


Plastic Resins


Additives and Modifiers


Plastic Lumber


PVC


Other Resins


Additives and Modifiers


APPLICATIONS


General


Key Drivers of WPC and Plastic Lumber Demand


Decking


Decking Outlook


WPC and Plastic Lumber Decking


WPC Lumber Decking


Demand by Function


Demand by Surface Treatment


Demand by Market


Demand by Material Type


Market Share


Plastic Decking


Demand by Function


Demand by Market


Demand by Material Type


Demand by Vinyl Formulation


Market Share


Molding and Trim


Molding and Trim Outlook


WPC and Plastic Molding and Trim Demand


WPC Molding and Trim


Plastic Lumber Molding and Trim


Market Share


Fencing


Fencing Outlook


WPC and Plastic Fencing Demand


Demand by Material


Demand by Market


Market Share


Landscaping and Outdoor Products


Landscaping and Outdoor Products Outlook


WPC and Plastic Landscaping and Outdoor Products Demand


Demand by Material


Demand by Market


Market Leaders


Windows and Doors


Windows and Doors Outlook


WPC and Plastic Windows and Doors Demand


Demand by Material


Demand by Market


Market Share


Other Applications


Demand by Material


Demand by Market


Suppliers


MARKETS


General


Residential Buildings


New


Demand by Material


Demand by Application


Improvements and Repairs


Demand by Material


Demand by Application


Demand by Housing Type


Nonresidential Buildings


New


Demand by Material


Demand by Application


Improvements and Repairs


Demand by Material


Demand by Application


Nonbuilding Construction


New


Demand by Material


Demand by Application


Improvements and Repairs


Demand by Material


Demand by Application


Agricultural


REGIONS


General


Regional Demographic and Economic Trends


Population Patterns


Economic Outlook


Construction


Housing Trends


Regional WPC and Plastic Lumber Demand


Northeast


Midwest


South


West


INDUSTRY STRUCTURE


General


Market Share


Manufacturing


Extrusion


Injection Molding


Production Developments


Product Development


Marketing


Distribution


Mergers and Acquisitions


Cooperative Agreements


Marketing and Distribution Agreements


Other Agreements


Company Profiles


ACT Composite Timbers Incorporated


ActiveYards, see Les Entreprises Barrette


Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies


Advanced Products LLC


Alside, see Associated Materials


Andersen Corporation


Arbors Direct, see HBandG Building Products


Armadillo Deck, see Master Mark Plastics


Associated Materials LLC


Atrium Corporation


AVCON, see Advanced Products


Avon Plastics, see Master Mark Plastics


Axiall Corporation


Axion International Holdings Incorporated


AZEK Building Products, see CPG International


Barrette Outdoor Living, see Les Entreprises Barrette


Bedford Technology LLC


Berger Building Products, see Euramax Holdings


Best Plus Lumber US, see Triumvirate Environmental


Bright Idea Shops LLC


Cascades Incorporated


CPG International LLC


Crane Group Company


Endura Products Incorporated


ENERGI Fenestration Solutions


Envirolastech Incorporated


Eovations, see Universal Forest Products


Euramax Holdings Incorporated


Exterior Portfolio, see Axiall


Fiberon LLC


Fortune Brands Home and Security Incorporated


Fypon, see Fortune Brands Home and Security


Genova Products Incorporated


Gentek Building Products, see Associated Materials


Gracious Living Corporation


Green Bay Decking LLC


HBandG Building Products Incorporated


Headwaters Incorporated


Integrity Composites LLC


Inteplast Group Limited


LB Plastics Incorporated


Les Entreprises Barrette Incorporated


Master Mark Plastics


Mikron Industries, see Quanex Building Products


N.E.W. Plastics Corporation


Ply Gem Holdings Incorporated


Produits Re-Plast, see Cascades


Quanex Building Products Corporation


Railing Dynamics, see Les Entreprises Barrette


Renew Plastics, see N.E.W. Plastics


Renewal by Andersen, see Andersen


Revere Building Products, see Associated Materials


Rhino Deck, see Master Mark Plastics


Royal Building Products, see Axiall


Saint-Gobain


Strandex Corporation


TAMKO Building Products Incorporated


Tapco International, see Headwaters


Thermal Windows and Doors LLC


TimberTech, see CPG International


Trex Company Incorporated


Triumvirate Environmental Incorporated


Turnkey Millwork, see HBandG Building Products


Universal Forest Products Incorporated


USFloors Incorporated


VEKA AG


Vycom, see CPG International


Westech Building Products, see Westlake Chemical


Westlake Chemical Corporation


World-Pak, see Inteplast Group


Xpanse, see Les Entreprises Barrette




List of Tables


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY


Summary Table


MARKET ENVIRONMENT


Macroeconomic Indicators


Population and Households


Personal Consumption Expenditures


Consumer Financing Environment, 2005-2015


Construction Expenditures


Building Construction Expenditures


Residential Building Construction Expenditures


New Housing Indicators


Housing Stock by Type


Residential Improvement and Repair Expenditures


Nonresidential Building Construction Expenditures


Nonresidential Building Stock


Nonresidential Building Improvement and Repair Expenditures


Nonbuilding Construction Expenditures


Nonbuilding Construction Stock


WPC and Plastic Lumber Market, 2005-2015


MATERIALS


WPC and Plastic Lumber Materials Demand


WPC Lumber Materials Demand


Plastic Lumber Materials Demand


APPLICATIONS


WPC and Plastic Lumber Demand by Application and Material


Decking Demand


Decking Demand for WPC and Plastic Lumber


WPC Decking Demand by Function


WPC Decking Demand by Surface Treatment


WPC Decking Demand by Market


WPC Decking Demand by Material


Plastic Decking Demand by Function


Plastic Decking Demand by Market


Plastic Decking Demand by Material


PVC Decking Demand by Resin Type


Molding and Trim Demand


Molding and Trim Demand for WPC and Plastic Lumber


Molding and Trim Demand for WPC Lumber by Market


Molding and Trim Demand for Plastic Lumber by Market


Fencing Demand


Fencing Demand for WPC and Plastic Lumber by Material


Fencing Demand for WPC and Plastic Lumber by Market


Landscaping and Outdoor Products Demand


Landscaping and Outdoor Products Demand for WPC and Plastic Lumber


WPC and Plastic Lumber Landscaping Products Demand by Material


WPC and Plastic Lumber Landscaping Products Demand by Market


Windows and Doors Demand


Windows and Doors Demand for WPC and Plastic Lumber by Material


Windows and Doors Demand for WPC and Plastic Lumber by Market


Other Applications Demand for WPC and Plastic Lumber by Product


Other Applications Demand for WPC and Plastic Lumber by Material


Other Applications Demand for WPC and Plastic Lumber by Market


MARKETS


WPC and Plastic Lumber Demand by Market


Residential Buildings Demand for WPC and Plastic Lumber by Material and Market


New Residential Demand for WPC and Plastic Lumber by Material


New Residential Demand for WPC and Plastic Lumber by Application


Residential Improvement and Repair Deman for WPC and Plastic Lumber by Material


Residential Improvement and Repair Demand for WPC and Plastic Lumber by Application


Residential WPC and Plastic Lumber Demand by Housing Type


Nonresidential Buildings Demand for WPC and Plastic Lumber by Material and Market


New Nonresidential Demand for WPC and Plastic Lumber by Material


New Nonresidential Demand for WPC and Plastic Lumber by Application


Nonresidential Improvement and Repair Demand for WPC and Plastic Lumber by Material


Nonresidential Improvement and Repair Demand for WPC and Plastic Lumber by Application


Nonbuilding Construction Demand for WPC and Plastic Lumber by Material and Market


New Nonbuilding Construction Demand for WPC and Plastic Lumber by Material


New Nonbuilding Construction Demand for WPC and Plastic Lumber by Application


Nonbuilding Improvement and Repair Demand for WPC and Plastic Lumber by Material


Nonbuilding Improvement and Repair Demand for WPC and Plastic Lumber by Application


Agricultural WPC and Plastic Lumber Demand by Material


REGIONS


Population by Region


Gross Domestic Product by Region


Construction Expenditures by Region


Regional Housing Indicators


WPC and Plastic Lumber Demand by Region


Northeast: WPC and Plastic Lumber Demand by Subregion and Application


Midwest: WPC and Plastic Lumber Demand by Subregion and Application


South: WPC and Plastic Lumber Demand by Subregion and Application


West: WPC and Plastic Lumber Demand by Subregion and Application


INDUSTRY STRUCTURE


WPC and Plastic Lumber Sales for Selected Companies, 2015


Selected Acquisitions and Divestitures


Selected Marketing and Distribution Agreements


Selected Cooperative Agreements




List of Charts


SECTION I -- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
MARKET ENVIRONMENT


Year of Construction of Housing Stock, 2015


WPC and Plastic Lumber Market, 2006-2015


World WPC and Plastic Lumber Demand by Region, 2015


MATERIALS


Advantages and Disadvantages of Cellulose


Wood Fiber Contents of WPC Materials by Application


Characteristics of Plastic Resins Used in WPC


PVC Plastic Lumber: Advantages and Disadvantages


Characteristics of Other Resins Used in Plastic Lumber


APPLICATIONS


WPC and Plastic Lumber Demand by Application, 2015


Key Drivers of Decking Demand by Material Type


Key Characteristics of WPC Decking


Market Penetration of Capstock-Coated WPC Decking in Value Terms, 2010-2025


WPC Lumber Decking Market Share, 2015


Characteristics of Plastic Decking by Material Type


Share of Cellular PVC Decking in Value Terms


Plastic Decking Market Share, 2015


Types of Molding and Trim by Product Category


Characteristics of Nonwood Molding and Trim Materials


Characteristics of Plastic Lumber Molding and Trim by Resin Type


WPC and Plastic Lumber Molding and Trim Market Share, 2015


Key Drivers of Fencing Demand by Material Type


Plastic Lumber Fencing: Advantages and Disadvantages


WPC Lumber Fencing: Advantages and Disadvantages


WPC and Plastic Lumber Fencing Market Share, 2015


Characteristics of Windows and Doors Materials by Type


Characteristics of WPC and Cellular PVC Windows and Doors


WPC and Plastic Lumber Windows and Doors Market Share 2015


MARKETS


WPC and Plastic Lumber Products: Key Drivers of Demand by Market


Key Drivers of WPC and Plastic Lumber Demand by Housing Type


REGIONS


WPC and Plastic Lumber Demand by Region, 2015


INDUSTRY STRUCTURE


WPC and Plastic Lumber Market Share, 2015


Advantages and Disadvantages of Extrusion Processing in WPC and Plastic Lumber Production


Advantages and Disadvantages of Injection Molding in WPC and Plastic Lumber Production

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