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Rigid Transparent Plastics

  • February 2015
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  • BCC Research
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  • 215 pages

REPORT HIGHLIGHTS

The North American market for rigid transparent plastics reached nearly $4.0 billion in 2014 and is expected to reach $4.1 billion in 2015. This market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.5% to nearly $4.9 billion for the period 2015-2020.

This report provides:

An overview of the global market for rigid transparent plastics.
Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2014, estimates for 2015, and projections of CAGRs through 2020.
Coverage of new developments in clear plastics, their expanded usage in existing and new applications, and competition between polymers exhibiting optical clarity.
Information on major applications for rigid transparent plastics, in addition to medical, electronic, and automotive markets, which include: building/construction (glazing, lighting lenses, signs/displays), housewares, appliances, toys, optical lenses, and aircraft transparencies.

SCOPE OF THE REPORT

Use of the terms transparent and clear is subjective. Most definitions of the terms express the clarity of plastics to the percentage of light transmission as defined by American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) test D-1003. Light transmission percentages above 85 are generally accepted as transparent although many suppliers claim clear grades with percentages of 80 or lower, making the distinction between transparent and translucent hazy. When referring to plastics and resins, the terms transparent and clear are used synonymously in this report.
Clear rigid plastics are commercially available in many forms including injection-molded, extruded, blow-molded and thermoformed. Many clear extruded products are converted to clear films. The uses for these films are varied and include commodity, specialty, coextruded, food and medical packaging. Packaging markets such as healthcare and food are not addressed in this report. Blow-molded clear plastics are hollow and most are converted to bottles or containers. Thermoformed plastics are similar to injection-molded plastics but are generally thinner and require less equipment and capital outlay.

This report covers rigid, clear, non-packaging plastic products, which include injection-molded, non-film extrusion, and some thermoformed (including cast sheet) plastics. Flexible and hollow thin plastics including films are not covered in this report. The clear resins covered in this report are: acrylics, polycarbonates, polystyrenes, styrene block copolymers (SBCs), styrene acrylonitrile (SAN), acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), polysulfones, thermoplastic polyesters (almost exclusively polyethylene terephthalate (PET)), polypropylene, acrylic-styrene copolymers (SMMAs), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), nylon, cellulosic resins, cyclic olefin copolymers (COCs) and allyl diglycol carbonate (ADC) (for optical applications).

Major applications of these rigid transparent plastics include: medical, electronic, automotive, building and construction (glazing, lighting lenses, signs and displays), housewares, appliances, toys, optical lenses and aircraft transparencies.

The geographic scope of this report is the North American market.

Table Of Contents

Rigid Transparent Plastics

Chapter- 1: Introduction - Complimentary 3

STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
REASONS FOR COMPLETING THE REPORT
SCOPE OF THE REPORT
METHODOLOGY
INTENDED AUDIENCE
ANALYST'S CREDENTIALS
RELATED BCC RESEARCH REPORTS
BCC RESEARCH WEBSITE
DISCLAIMER

Chapter- 2: SUMMARY 2

Table Summary : NORTH AMERICAN RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY RESIN TYPE, THROUGH 2020
Figure Summary : NORTH AMERICAN RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY RESIN TYPE, 2014-2020

Chapter- 3: OVERVIEW OF THE GLASS INDUSTRY 4

BACKGROUND OF THE GLASS INDUSTRY
TYPES OF FLAT GLASS

Chapter- 4: EVOLUTION OF TRANSPARENT PLASTICS 76

BACKGROUND OF TRANSPARENT PLASTICS
IMPORTANT EARLY DEVELOPMENTS
CURRENT PLASTICS CHOICES
PROBLEMS WITH PLASTICS
TECHNOLOGY
RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS
POLYCARBONATES
ACRYLICS
STYRENIC RESINS
STYRENE COPOLYMERS
ACRYLONITRILE BUTADIENE STYRENE
CELLULOSICS
POLYVINYL CHLORIDE
THERMOPLASTIC POLYESTERS (POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE)
POLYSULFONES
ALLYL DIGLYCOL CARBONATE
OTHER TRANSPARENT PLASTICS
TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET SUMMARY

Chapter- 5: APPLICATIONS FOR RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS 108

OVERVIEW
ELECTRONICS APPLICATIONS
BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION APPLICATIONS
MEDICAL APPLICATIONS
AUTOMOTIVE
HOUSEWARES
APPLIANCES
TOYS
OPTICAL LENSES
AIRCRAFT TRANSPARENCIES
SOLAR APPLICATIONS
OTHER APPLICATIONS
SUMMARY OF TRANSPARENT PLASTIC APPLICATIONS

Chapter- 6: COMPETITION AMONG SELECTED TRANSPARENT PLASTICS 4

OVERVIEW
APPLICATIONS
POLYSTYRENE AND ABS
SMMA RESINS
SUMMARY OF COMPETITION BY APPLICATION

Chapter- 7: MAJOR PRODUCERS AND SUPPLIERS OF RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS 3

MAJOR PRODUCERS AND PRODUCTS

Chapter- 8: STANDARDS, TESTS AND REGULATIONS 3

PROPERTIES AND TEST METHODS
OPTICAL TESTS
TRANSPARENT PLASTICS CODE APPROVALS
SELECTED ASTM CODES FOR RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS
OTHER CODE APPROVALS

Chapter- 9: COMPANY PROFILES 10

ARKEMA INC.
BASF
BAYER MATERIAL SCIENCES
CHEVRON PHILLIPS CHEMICAL
EASTMAN CHEMICAL
EMS GRIVORY
EVONIK INDUSTRIES AG
INEOS ABS
LUCITE INTERNATIONAL
PLASKOLITE INC.
PPG INDUSTRIES INC.
SABIC INNOVATIVE PLASTICS
SHEFFIELD PLASTICS
SPARTECH INC.
STYROLUTION AMERICA LLC
STYRON LLC

Chapter- 10: APPENDIX 2

ACRONYMS

List of Tables

Summary Table : NORTH AMERICAN RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY RESIN TYPE, THROUGH 2020
Table 1 : OPTICAL QUALITIES OF RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS
Table 2 : SENSITIVITY TO UV RADIATION AMONG SELECTED TRANSPARENT PLASTICS
Table 3 : HEAT RESISTANCE LEVELS OF SELECTED TRANSPARENT PLASTICS
Table 4 : IMPACT RESISTANCE VALUES OF SELECTED TRANSPARENT PLASTICS
Table 5 : TRANSPARENT GRADE PERCENTAGES OF MAJOR PLASTICS
Table 6 : KEY POLYCARBONATES PRODUCTS AND PRODUCERS
Table 7 : RIGID TRANSPARENT POLYCARBONATE MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020
Table 8 : RIGID TRANSPARENT POLYCARBONATE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION MARKET, THROUGH 2020
Table 9 : RIGID TRANSPARENT ACRYLICS MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020
Table 10 : RIGID TRANSPARENT ACRYLICS BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION MARKET, THROUGH 2020
Table 11 : FABRICATION METHODS AND USES FOR POLYSTYRENE
Table 12 : RIGID TRANSPARENT POLYSTYRENE MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020
Table 13 : RIGID TRANSPARENT POLYSTYRENE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION MARKET BY PRODUCT, THROUGH 2020
Table 14 : MAJOR SBC PRODUCTS BY POLYMER PROCESS
Table 15 : RIGID TRANSPARENT SBC MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020
Table 16 : RIGID TRANSPARENT SAN MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020
Table 17 : RIGID TRANSPARENT SAN BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION MARKET BY PRODUCT, THROUGH 2020
Table 18 : RIGID TRANSPARENT SMMA MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020
Table 19 : ABS RIGID TRANSPARENT MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020
Table 20 : RIGID TRANSPARENT CELLULOSICS PLASTIC MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020
Table 21 : RIGID PVC APPLICATIONS
Table 22 : LEADING GLOBAL PVC PRODUCERS
Table 23 : PVC RIGID TRANSPARENT MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020
Table 24 : THERMOPLASTIC POLYESTER RIGID TRANSPARENT MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020
Table 25 : GLOBAL CAPACITY FOR POLYSULFONE POLYMER PRODUCTION
Table 26 : POLYSULFONE RIGID TRANSPARENT MARKET BY APPLICATION*, THROUGH 2020
Table 27 : U.S. MARKET SHARES OF LEADING POLYPROPYLENE PRODUCERS
Table 28 : KEY GLOBAL NYLON RESIN PRODUCERS
Table 29 : RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020
Table 30 : ELECTRONICS RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020
Table 31 : U.S. HOUSING STARTS FOR SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES, 2005-2014
Table 32 : BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTIC MARKET BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020
Table 33 : BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020
Table 34 : SELECTED PROPERTIES OF PLASTIC SHEET FOR OUTDOOR APPLICATIONS
Table 35 : GLAZING RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020
Table 36 : LIGHTING LENS RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020
Table 37 : PLUMBING FIXTURES RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020
Table 38 : SIGNS AND DISPLAYS RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020
Table 39 : SELECTED RESIN USAGE BY TYPE OF MEDICAL DEVICE
Table 40 : RADIATION RESISTANCE OF KEY MEDICAL PLASTICS
Table 41 : MATERIAL PROPERTY CRITERIA FOR DISPOSABLE MEDICAL KITS
Table 42 : RESIN PROPERTY CRITERIA FOR TRAYS
Table 43 : MEDICAL RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020
Table 44 : HISTORICAL U.S. AUTOMOTIVE ASSEMBLIES, 2011-2014
Table 45 : HYBRID AUTOMOTIVE SALES IN THE U.S.
Table 46 : RESIN USAGE IN AUTOMOTIVE LENSES
Table 47 : RESINS USED FOR SPECIFIC INTERIOR AUTOMOTIVE PARTS
Table 48 : AUTOMOTIVE RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020
Table 49 : HOUSEWARES RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020
Table 50 : ESTIMATES OF METAL VERSUS PLASTICS USAGE IN HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES, BY WEIGHT
Table 51 : SELECTED MAJOR APPLICATIONS FOR POLYMERS IN SELECTED APPLIANCES
Table 52 : APPLIANCE RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020
Table 53 : RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTIC TOY MARKET BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020
Table 54 : OPTICAL PERFORMANCE PROPERTIES OF SELECTED RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS
Table 55 : SELECTED CONTACT LENS MATERIALS
Table 56 : SELECTED KEY CONTACT LENS PRODUCERS AND THEIR PRODUCTS
Table 57 : MIL-SPEC MIL-PRF-31013
Table 58 : OPTICAL LENS TRANSPARENT PLASTIC MARKET BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020
Table 59 : REGULATIONS FOR PLEXIGLAS GS 245
Table 60 : REGISTRATIONS FOR PLEXIGLAS GS 249
Table 61 : AIRCRAFT RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020
Table 62 : OTHER RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020
Table 63 : RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020
Table 64 : COMPETITIVE TRANSPARENT PLASTICS SCENARIO, BY APPLICATION
Table 65 : MAJOR RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTIC SUPPLIERS AND TRADE NAMED PRODUCTS

List of Figures

Summary Figure : NORTH AMERICAN RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY RESIN TYPE, 2014-2020

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