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U.S. Rigid Bulk Packaging Market

  • October 2014
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US demand to reach $7.3 billion in 2018

US demand for rigid bulk packaging is projected to reach $7.3 billion in 2018.
Growth will represent an improvement from the performance of the 2008-2013 period as manufacturing output and construction activity recover from postrecession troughs. Additionally, gains will be driven by expanded use of larger, higher value containers that are more cost effective than smaller containers with shorter service lives.

RIBCs to see fastest gains

The fastest gains are expected for rigid intermediate bulk containers (RIBCs) and material handling containers. In addition to an improved outlook for production activity, gains for these containers will be boosted by cost benefits over smaller or single-trip containers arising from factors such as greater reusability, and storage and handling efficiency. While RIBCs and material handling containers have higher initial costs than shorter life containers, their longer service lives and handling efficiencies can offer long term cost benefits to large scale users, especially in closed-loop distribution systems.

Plastic drums will also post above average gains based on cost and performance advantages over steel drums as well as enhanced corrosion resistance and barrier properties. Preventing faster gains will be competition from RIBCs as well as the entrenched position of steel and fibre drums in certain applications. RIBCs possess cost and space efficiency advantages over plastic drums in packaging large volumes.
Drums, the leading rigid bulk packaging segment in value terms in 2013, will face continued inroads by larger capacity containers. Nonetheless, drums will remain
widely used due to their relatively low cost and reusability, along with a good safety profile in the transport of hazardous materials. Drums are also favored by smaller volume users and those not able to accommodate RIBCs.

Chemicals, pharmaceuticals to be fastest growing market

The fastest market advances are expected in chemical and pharmaceutical uses. Growth will be fueled by a recovery in the manufacturing sector, which will fortify heightened demand for chemicals used in a wide range of manufactured goods. All major chemical segments will post improved performances from the 2008-2013 period, with pharmaceuticals expected to enjoy the fastest advances.Gains in the plastic, rubber, and fiber market will also accelerate, boosted by a rebound in demand for materials used in large volume markets such as construction and motor vehicles. Increased requirements for these basic materials will result in greater demand for packaging used with bulk quantities of chemicals, plastics, rubber, and fiber. In the food and beverage market, rigid bulk packaging opportunities will be helped by population gains, improved consumer spending growth, a recovery in the broader economy, and favorable prospects for value added food types. Growth in the agricultural
and horticultural market will reflect a recovery in the housing market, leading to heightened demand for horticultural consumables.

Durable goods markets will register a significant improvement, fueled by a marked acceleration in durable goods output, with healthy gains anticipated for products used in construction. Continued efforts to improve manufacturing efficiency via the implementation of just-intime manufacturing and closed-loop distribution systems will also favorably impact demand.

Study coverage

This upcoming industry study, Rigid Bulk Packaging, presents historical demand data (2003, 2008, 2013) plus forecasts for 2018 and 2023 by material, product and market. The study also considers market environment factors, evaluates company market share and profiles more than 30 US industry players.

Table Of Contents

U.S. Rigid Bulk Packaging Market
INTRODUCTION x

I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1

II. MARKET ENVIRONMENT 4
General 4
Macroeconomic Outlook 5
Demographic Trends 9
Manufacturing Outlook 13
Packaging Trends 17
Paper 19
Plastic 20
Metal 21
Glass and Wood 22
Competitive Bulk Packaging 23
Historical Market Trends 24
Pricing Trends 28
Environmental Issues 33
Regulatory Considerations 37
Transport and Handling 38
Other Regulations 41
Foreign Trade 42
International Activity 43

III. MATERIALS 46
General 46
Plastic 50
Steel 56
Paperboard and Wood Panels 60

IV. PRODUCTS 64
General 64
Drums 67
Steel Drums 70
Liners and Coating Technologies 73
Reconditioning and Recycling 75
Markets 77
Producers 80
Fibre Drums 81
Recycling 84
Markets 85
Producers 88
Plastic Drums 89
Reconditioning and Recycling 92
Markets 93
Producers 97
Pails 99
Plastic Pails 100
Markets 103
Producers 106
Steel Pails 107
Markets 110
Producers 113
Bulk Boxes 114
Markets 117
Producers 120
Material Handling Containers 122
Plastic Material Handling Containers 126
Totes 126
Crates 128
Steel Material Handling Containers 130
Markets 133
Producers 136
Rigid Intermediate Bulk Containers 139
Plastic Body RIBCs 143
Plastic RIBC Producers 145
Metal Body RIBCs 149
Metal Body RIBC Producers 151
Other RIBCs 152
Producers of Other RIBCs 155
Markets 156

V. MARKETS 161
General 161
Nondurable Goods 164
Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals 166
Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industry Outlook 167
Rigid Bulk Packaging Demand by Type 170
Drums 173
Pails 175
RIBCs and Other 176
Rigid Bulk Packaging Demand by Chemical Type 177
Industrial Chemicals 180
Paint and Coatings 184
Pharmaceuticals 186
Detergents and Cleaners 189
Agricultural Chemicals 191
Other Chemicals 194
Food and Beverages 197
Food and Beverage Industry Outlook 198
Rigid Bulk Packaging Demand 201
Plastic, Rubber, and Fiber 207
Plastic, Rubber, and Fiber Outlook 208
Rigid Bulk Packaging Demand 211
Petroleum and Lubricants 213
Petroleum and Lubricant Outlook 214
Rigid Bulk Packaging Demand 216
Agricultural and Horticultural Products 219
Agricultural and Horticultural Industry Outlook 220
Rigid Bulk Packaging Demand 223
Durable Goods 226
Durable Goods Outlook 227
Rigid Bulk Packaging Demand 230
Other Markets 234

VI. INDUSTRY STRUCTURE 237
General 237
Industry Composition 238
Market Share 241
Acquisitions and Divestitures 246
Competitive Strategies 249
Manufacturing and Development 252
Marketing 254
Distribution 257
Cooperative Agreements 258
Company Profiles 261
Akro-Mils, see Myers Industries
Berenfield Containers Incorporated 262
Berry Plastics Group Incorporated 263
Boise, see Packaging of America
Bonar Plastics, see Snyder Industries
Buckhorn, see Myers Industries
BWAY Corporation 265
California Fiber Drum, see MAUSER
Chem-Tainer Industries Incorporated 268
Cleveland Steel Container Corporation 271
Fujimori Kogyo Company Limited 273
General Steel Drum, see Myers Container
Georgia-Pacific, see Koch Industries
Greif Incorporated 276
Hedwin, see Fujimori Kogyo
Hoover Container Solutions Incorporated 280
IBC North America Incorporated 283
International Paper Company 285
IPL Incorporated 287
KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation 289
KLW Plastics Incorporated 290
Koch Industries Incorporated 291
Letica Corporation 293
Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging, see KapStone
Paper and Packaging
Macro Plastics Incorporated 294
MAUSER AG 296
Menasha Corporation 300
Molded Fiber Glass Companies 303
Monoflo International Incorporated 304
Myers Container LLC 305
Myers Industries Incorporated 307
Nashville Wire Products Manufacturing Company 311
National Container Group, see MAUSER
North American Container Corporation 312
North Coast Container Corporation 314
Norton Packaging Incorporated 315
ORBIS, see Menasha
Packaging Corporation of America 316
Pipeline Packaging, see Cleveland Steel Container
Rehrig Pacific Company 319
Rock-Tenn Company 321
Ropak Packaging, see BWAY
Scepter, see Myers Industries
Schoeller Allibert Limited 323
SCHÃœTZ GmbH and Company KGaA 325
Sharpsville Container Corporation 328
Snyder Industries Incorporated 329
Sonoco Products Company 333
Tote Systems Liquid Division, see Hoover Container Solutions
Weidenhammer Packungen, see Sonoco Products
Additional Companies in the Rigid Bulk Packaging Industry 337

LIST OF TABLES

SECTION I -- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Summary Table 3

SECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT
1 Macroeconomic Indicators 9
2 Population and Households 13
3 Manufacturers' Shipments 16
4 Packaging Supply and Demand 19
5 Rigid Bulk Packaging Market, 2003-2013 27
6 Rigid Bulk Packaging Prices 33
7 Foreign Trade in Rigid Bulk Packaging 43

SECTION III -- MATERIALS
1 Raw Material Use in Rigid Bulk Packaging 49
2 Plastic Use in Rigid Bulk Packaging by Product 55
3 Steel Use in Rigid Bulk Packaging by Product 59
4 Paperboard and Wood Panel Use in Rigid Bulk Packaging by Product 63

SECTION IV -- PRODUCTS
1 Rigid Bulk Packaging Demand by Type 66
2 Drum Shipments by Type 69
3 Steel Drum Shipments by Type 73
4 Steel Drum Demand by Market 79
5 Fibre Drum Shipments 84
6 Fibre Drum Demand by Market 87
7 Plastic Drum Shipments 91
8 Plastic Drum Demand by Market 96
9 Pail Shipments by Type 100
10 Plastic Pail Shipments by Type 103
11 Plastic Pail Demand by Market 105
12 Steel Pail Shipments by Type 110
13 Steel Pail Demand by Market 112
14 Bulk Box Shipments 117
15 Bulk Box Demand by Market 119
16 Material Handling Container Shipments by Type 125
17 Plastic Tote Shipments 128
18 Plastic Crate Shipments 130
19 Steel Material Handling Container Shipments 132
20 Material Handling Container Demand by Market 135
21 Rigid Intermediate Bulk Container Shipments by Type 142
22 Plastic Body RIBC Shipments 145
23 Metal Body RIBC Shipments 151
24 Other RIBC Shipments by Type 155
25 Rigid Intermediate Bulk Container Demand by Market 159

SECTION V -- MARKETS
1 Rigid Bulk Packaging Demand by Market 163
2 Nondurable Goods Market for Rigid Bulk Packaging 166
3 Chemical and Pharmaceutical Product Shipments 170
4 Chemical and Pharmaceutical Market for Rigid Bulk Packaging
by Type 172
5 Chemical and Pharmaceutical Market for Rigid Bulk Packaging
by Chemical 179
6 Industrial Chemical Market for Rigid Bulk Packaging 183
7 Paint and Coatings Market for Rigid Bulk Packaging 186
8 Pharmaceutical Market for Rigid Bulk Packaging 189
9 Detergent and Cleaner Market for Rigid Bulk Packaging 191
10 Agricultural Chemical Market for Rigid Bulk Packaging 194
11 Other Chemical Markets for Rigid Bulk Packaging 197
12 Food and Beverage Shipments 201
13 Food and Beverage Market for Rigid Bulk Packaging 203
14 Plastic, Rubber, and Fiber Shipments 211
15 Plastic, Rubber, and Fiber Market for Rigid Bulk Packaging 213
16 Petroleum and Lubricant Product Supply and Demand 216
17 Petroleum and Lubricant Market for Rigid Bulk Packaging 219
18 Agricultural and Horticultural Indicators 223
19 Agricultural and Horticultural Market for Rigid Bulk Packaging 226
20 Durable Goods Shipments 230
21 Durable Goods Market for Rigid Bulk Packaging 233
22 Other Markets for Rigid Bulk Packaging 236

SECTION VI -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
1 US Rigid Bulk Packaging Sales by Company, 2013 240
2 Selected Acquisitions and Divestitures 248
3 Selected Cooperative Agreements 260

LIST OF CHARTS

SECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT
1 Rigid Bulk Packaging Market, 2003-2013 28

SECTION III -- MATERIALS
1 Raw Material Use in Rigid Bulk Packaging, 2003-2023 50
2 Plastic Use in Rigid Bulk Packaging by Product, 2013 56
3 Steel Use in Rigid Bulk Packaging by Product, 2013 60

SECTION IV -- PRODUCTS
1 Rigid Bulk Packaging Demand by Type, 2013 67
2 Steel Drum Demand by Market, 2013 80
3 Fibre Drum Demand by Market, 2013 88
4 Plastic Drum Demand by Market, 2013 97
5 Plastic Pail Demand by Market, 2013 106
6 Steel Pail Demand by Market, 2013 113
7 Bulk Box Demand by Market, 2013 120
8 Material Handling Container Demand by Market, 2013 136
9 Rigid Intermediate Bulk Container Demand by Market, 2013 160

SECTION V -- MARKETS
1 Rigid Bulk Packaging Demand by Market, 2013 164
2 Chemical and Pharmaceutical Market for Rigid Bulk Packaging by Type, 2013 173
3 Chemical and Pharmaceutical Market for Rigid Bulk Packaging by Chemical, 2013 180

SECTION VI -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
1 US Rigid Bulk Packaging Market Share, 2013 243

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