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US Plastic Film Market

NEW YORK, Jan. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue:

US Plastic Film Market

US demand to rise 1.9% annually through 2016

US demand for plastic film is expected to grow 1.9 percent annually to 16 billion pounds in 2016, with a market value of $19 billion. Expansion of the market will be fostered by an acceleration in economic growth and an increase in consumer spending, which will drive demand for film used in diverse applications such as retail sales, manufacturing, and construction.

Advances will also be helped by an increase in the use of film in packaging, where it offers advantages in cost, performance, and source reduction over other packaging materials. The versatility of plastic film increasingly allows for the downgauging of packaging, reducing the amount of material needed and lowering production and shipping costs, while maintaining desired characteristics.

Although this expands the presence of plastic film in the market, it also reduces the volume of film needed, limiting growth.

LLDPE will remain most widely used plastic film

Linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) will remain the most widely used film, representing almost 50 percent of demand in 2016. Demand for LLDPE film is forecast to register strong advances through 2016. Due to its relatively low cost and versatility, LLDPE will see gains in diverse markets such as packaging for snack foods and produce, medical and pharmaceutical products, and stretch and shrink wraps. Conventional low density polyethylene (LDPE) will grow at a slower pace as it is supplanted by better performing LLDPE in many applications.

High density polyethylene (HDPE) is expected to grow at an above average pace through 2016. Although constrained by slow growth in applications such as retail bags, HDPE film will exhibit gains in packaging for snack foods, baked goods, and grain mill products.

Demand for polypropylene film will also be above average through the forecast period, with packaging for snack foods, baked goods, and grain mill products the leading applications. Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) film demand will remain essentially unchanged, with increases in packaging demand for snack foods, dairy products, and frozen food offset by the continued decline in demand for photographic and magnetic film.

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) film demand is expected to grow at a below average rate through 2016, primarily due to packaging for medical products and shrink wrap applications. Degradable plastic film will experience the fastest growth at more than 10 percent per annum through 2016, driven by efforts to develop more sustainable and environmentally friendly products.

Nonfood packaging to be fastest growing market

Plastic film demand in nonfood packaging is forecast to grow at the fastest rate of all film markets, driven by packaging for medical products and pharmaceuticals needed to care for an aging population. Solid growth is also expected for food packaging with the fastest gains in weight saving pouches for beverages, packaging for frozen foods and confections, and packages designed to extend the shelf life of produce and dairy. Nonpackaging applications will expand at a slightly below average rate, limited by slow growth in trash bags and other applications such as disposable diapers. Growth in secondary packaging will also be below average, constrained by efforts to reduce or eliminate the use of plastic retail bags.

Study coverage

This upcoming Freedonia industry study, Plastic Film, is available for $5100. It presents historical demand data for 2001, 2006 and 2011, plus forecasts for 2016 and 2021 by plastic film resin and market. The study also considers market environment factors, assesses industry structure, evaluates company market share, and profiles 37 competitors in the US industry.





General 4

Macroeconomic Environment 4

Demographic Trends 8

Consumer Income & Spending Trends 12

Retail Sales Outlook 15

Manufacturing Outlook 18

Building Construction Outlook 21

Plastic Resin Industry Outlook 24

Packaging Industry Overview 28

Performance 30

Aesthetics 32

Technological Developments 33

Regulatory & Environmental Considerations 36

Pricing Trends 39

Historical Market Trends 41

International Activity & Foreign Trade 44


General 46

Linear Low Density Polyethylene 48

Food Packaging 51

Nonfood Packaging 55

Secondary Packaging 58

Nonpackaging 60

High Density Polyethylene 63

Food Packaging 66

Nonfood Packaging 68

Secondary Packaging 69

Nonpackaging 71

Low Density Polyethylene 72

Food Packaging 75

Nonfood Packaging 78

Secondary Packaging 81

Nonpackaging 83

Polypropylene 86

Food Packaging 89

Nonfood Packaging 93

Secondary Packaging 95

Polyvinyl Chloride 96

Food Packaging 99

Nonfood Packaging 101

Secondary Packaging 102

Polyethylene Terephthalate 104

Food Packaging 107

Nonfood & Secondary Packaging 110

Nonpackaging 112

Other Plastic Films 114

Polystyrene 115

Nylon 117

Polyvinylidene Chloride 120

Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol 123

Degradable Plastics 125

Cellulosics 129

Cellophane 131

All Other 133



General 139

Food Industry Outlook 142

Consumer Preferences 145

Distribution Trends 147

Snacks 149

Snack Food Outlook 149

Plastic Film Demand 151

Meat, Poultry, & Seafood 155

Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Outlook 156

Plastic Film Demand 158

Baked Goods 162

Baked Goods Outlook 162

Plastic Film Demand 163

Produce 166

Produce Outlook 167

Plastic Film Demand 168

Grain Mill Products 172

Grain Mill Products Outlook 172

Plastic Film Demand 173

Confections 175

Confections Outlook 176

Plastic Film Demand 177

Frozen Foods 180

Frozen Foods Outlook 180

Plastic Film Demand 182

Dairy Products 185

Dairy Products Outlook 186

Plastic Film Demand 188

Beverages 191

Beverages Outlook 192

Plastic Film Demand 194

Other Foods 196


General 199

Drugs & Medical Products 201

Medical Products Outlook 202

Plastic Film Demand 204

Shipping Sacks 208

Rack & Counter 210

Textile & Paper Products 213

Textile & Paper Products Outlook 213

Plastic Film Demand 216

Other Nonfood Packaging 219


General 221

Retail Bags 222

Stretch Wrap 225

Industrial Liners 229

Shrink Wrap 232

Garment Bags 236

Other Secondary Packaging 237


General 239

Trash Bags 240

Nonwoven Disposables 244

Household Foodwraps & Bags 247

Agricultural Film 249

Construction & Industrial Film 252

Other Nonpackaging Film 253


General 256

Market Share 259

Mergers & Acquisitions 264

Marketing Strategies 269

Channels of Distribution 270

Research & Development 271

Competitive Strategies 273

Cooperative Agreements 274

Company Profiles 277

AEP Industries Incorporated 278

Amcor Limited 282

AmTopp, see Inteplast Group

Applied Extrusion Technologies, see Taghleef Industries

Bemis Company Incorporated 284

Berry Plastics Corporation 289

Carestream Health, see Onex

Cereplast Incorporated 293

Clopay Plastic Products, see Griffon

Clorox Company 294

Curwood, see Bemis

Dow Chemical Company 296

DuPont (EI) de Nemours 299

Eastman Chemical Company 303

Eastman Kodak Company 306

Evonik Industries AG 308

Exxon Mobil Corporation 309

FlexSol Packaging, see Sigma Plastics Group

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation 312

Glad Products, see Clorox

Griffon Corporation 314

Hilex Poly Company LLC 315

Honeywell International Incorporated 317

Hood Companies 319

Innovia Films Limited 321

Integrated Bagging Systems, see Inteplast Group

Inteplast Group Limited 323

Intertape Polymer Group Incorporated 326

ISO Poly Films, see Sigma Plastics Group

Klöckner Pentaplast Group 328

Kuraray Company Limited 331

MACtac, see Bemis

McNeely Plastic Products, see Sigma Plastics Group

Mercury Plastics, see Sigma Plastics Group

Milprint, see Bemis

Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation 333

MonoSol, see Kuraray

Noltex, see Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings

Omega Plastics, see Sigma Plastics Group

OMNOVA Solutions Incorporated 335

Onex Corporation 336

Pactiv, see Reynolds Group Holdings

Perfecseal, see Bemis

Performance Packaging, see Sigma Plastics Group

Pinnacle Films, see Inteplast Group

Pitt Plastics, see Inteplast Group

Poly Plastic Products of North Carolina, see Sigma

Plastics Group

Pregis Corporation 338

Presto Products, see Reynolds Group Holdings

Printpack Incorporated 340

Republic Bag, see Sigma Plastics Group

Reynolds Group Holdings Limited 342

SABIC Innovative Plastics, see Saudi Basic Industries

Santa Fe Packaging, see Sigma Plastics Group

Saudi Basic Industries Corporation 345

Sealed Air Corporation 348

Shield Pack, see Bemis

Sigma Plastics Group 352

Solutia, see Eastman Chemical

Spartech Corporation 357

Taghleef Industries LLC 359

3M Company 361

Toray Industries Incorporated 365

Tredegar Corporation 367

Webster Industries, see AEP Industries

Western Plastics Limited 369

World-Pak, see Inteplast Group



Summary Table 3


1 Macroeconomic Indicators 7

2 Population & Households 11

3 Personal Consumption Expenditures 14

4 Retail Sales 18

5 Manufacturers' Shipments 21

6 Building Construction Expenditures 24

7 Plastic Resin Supply & Demand 27

8 Packaging Shipments by Material 30

9 Plastic Film Pricing 41

10 Plastic Film Market, 2001-2011 43


1 Plastic Film Demand by Resin 47

2 Linear Low Density Polyethylene Film Demand by Market 50

3 Linear Low Density Polyethylene Food Packaging Film

Demand by Application 54

4 Linear Low Density Polyethylene Nonfood Packaging Film

Demand by Application 57

5 Linear Low Density Polyethylene Secondary Packaging Film

Demand by Application 60

6 Linear Low Density Polyethylene Nonpackaging Film

Demand by Application 63

7 High Density Polyethylene Film Demand by Market 65

8 High Density Polyethylene Food Packaging Film Demand

by Application 67

9 High Density Polyethylene Nonfood Packaging Film Demand

by Application 69

10 High Density Polyethylene Secondary Packaging Film

Demand by Application 71

11 High Density Polyethylene Nonpackaging Film Demand

by Application 72

12 Low Density Polyethylene Film Demand by Market 74

13 Low Density Polyethylene Food Packaging Film Demand

by Application 78

14 Low Density Polyethylene Nonfood Packaging Film Demand

by Application 81

15 Low Density Polyethylene Secondary Packaging Film

Demand by Application 83

16 Low Density Polyethylene Nonpackaging Film Demand

by Application 85

17 Polypropylene Film Demand by Type & Market 88

18 Polypropylene Food Packaging Film Demand by Application 92

19 Polypropylene Nonfood Packaging Film Demand

by Application 95

20 Polypropylene Secondary Packaging Film Demand 96

21 Polyvinyl Chloride Film Demand by Market 98

22 Polyvinyl Chloride Food Packaging Film Demand

by Application 100

23 Polyvinyl Chloride Nonfood Packaging Film Demand

by Application 102

24 Polyvinyl Chloride Secondary Packaging Film Demand

by Application 104

25 Polyethylene Terephthalate Film Demand by Market 106

26 Polyethylene Terephthalate Food Packaging Film Demand

by Application 110

27 Polyethylene Terephthalate Nonfood & Secondary Packaging

Film Demand by Application 112

28 Polyethylene Terephthalate Nonpackaging Film Demand

by Application 114

29 Other Plastic Film Demand by Resin 115

30 Polystyrene Film Demand by Market 117

31 Nylon Film Resin Demand by Market 120

32 Polyvinylidene Chloride Film Demand by Market 122

33 Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol Film Demand by Market 125

34 Degradable Plastic Resin Film Demand by Market 129

35 Cellulosics Film Demand by Market 130

36 Cellophane Film Demand by Market 132

37 All Other Plastic Film Demand by Market 134


1 Plastic Film Demand by Market 137


1 Food Packaging Film Demand by Application 141

2 Food & Beverage Product Shipments 145

3 Snack Food Shipments 151

4 Snack Food Film Demand by Resin 155

5 Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Consumption 158

6 Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Film Demand by Resin 161

7 Baked Goods Shipments 163

8 Baked Goods Film Demand by Resin 166

9 Fresh Produce Consumption 168

10 Produce Film Demand by Resin 171

11 Grain Mill Product Shipments 173

12 Grain Mill Product Film Demand by Resin 175

13 Confections Shipments 177

14 Confections Film Demand by Resin 179

15 Frozen Food Shipments 182

16 Frozen Food Film Demand by Resin 185

17 Dairy Products Shipments 188

18 Dairy Product Film Demand by Resin 191

19 Beverage Shipments 194

20 Beverage Film Demand by Resin 196

21 Other Foods Film Demand by Resin 198


1 Nonfood Packaging Film Demand by Application 200

2 Drug & Medical Product Shipments 204

3 Drugs & Medical Product Film Demand by Resin 207

4 Shipping Sack Film Demand by Resin 210

5 Rack & Counter Film Demand by Resin 212

6 Textile & Paper Products Shipments 215

7 Textile & Paper Film Demand by Resin 218

8 Other Nonfood Packaging Film Demand by Resin 220


1 Secondary Packaging Film Demand by Application 222

2 Retail Bag Film Demand by Resin 225

3 Stretch Wrap Film Demand by Resin 229

4 Industrial Liner Film Demand by Resin 231

5 Shrink Wrap Film Demand by Resin 235

6 Garment Bag Film Demand by Resin 237

7 Other Secondary Packaging Film Demand 238


1 Nonpackaging Film Demand by Application 240

2 Trash Bag Film Demand by Resin 244

3 Nonwoven Disposable Film Demand by Resin 247

4 Household Foodwraps & Bags Film Demand by Resin 249

5 Agricultural Film Demand by Resin 251

6 Construction & Industrial Film Demand by Resin 253

7 Other Nonpackaging Film Demand by Market & Resin 255


1 Plastic Film Sales by Company, 2011 258

2 Selected Acquisitions & Divestitures 267

3 Selected Cooperative Agreements 276



1 Plastic Resin Demand, 2011 28

2 Plastic Film Market, 2001-2011 44


1 Plastic Film Demand by Resin, 2011 48

2 Linear Low Density Polyethylene Film Demand

by Market, 2011 51

3 High Density Polyethylene Film Demand by Market, 2011 66

4 Low Density Polyethylene Film Demand by Market, 2011 75

5 Polypropylene Film Demand by Market, 2011 89

6 PVC Film Demand by Market, 2011 99

7 PET Film Demand by Market, 2011 107


1 Plastic Film Demand by Market, 2011 138


1 Food Packaging Film Demand by Application, 2011 142


1 Nonfood Packaging Film Demand by Application, 2011 201


1 US Plastic Film Market Share, 2011 260

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