SYS-CON MEDIA Authors: Doug Masi, Mat Mathews, PR.com Newswire, David Smith, Tim Crawford

News Feed Item

The Plastics Compounding Market

LONDON, Sept. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportbuyer.com has added a new market research report:

The Plastics Compounding Market

https://www.reportbuyer.com/product/148899/The-Plastics-Compounding-Market.html

BACKGROUND

This report is an update by a different author of one published in September 2009. The new researcher and writer is a Ph.D. chemical engineer who has written many BCC Research reports on plastics markets.
The term "plastics" in this report refers to thermoplastic organic polymers that are also commonly called resins. The majority of the plastics discussed and covered in this study are large-volume commodity resins produced from petrochemical feedstocks; they include familiar resins and resin families such as polyethylenes, polypropylene, polyvinyl chloride and others including thermoplastic polyesterers. We also include in this study some more specialty engineering resins such as nylons and polycarbonate. For completeness, we also include an introduction to some newer biopolymers, made from biological instead of petrochemical feedstocks.

The subject of this study is plastics compounding. What is compounding? As plastic resins leave the chemical polymerization reactor in which they are formed, they are "neat" polymers; that is, they are essentially pure compounds consisting only of the molecules of the polymer produced. Some of these resins, like PVC, are almost impossible to process as neat polymers; additional chemicals and other materials must be added to make them commercially useful. For other resins like HDPE that can be satisfactorily processed in neat form, in virtually all cases an additive or some additives are added, such as colorants to add color to the formed product like an HDPE white milk or colored motor oil bottle.

This process of adding other materials is defined as compounding, or the creation of a compound, a mixture. The additives that are added to neat polymers include colorants, stabilizers, flame retardants, impact modifiers, plasticizers and dozens of others, including a lot of important fillers and reinforcements.

Plastic compounding is a big business that is done by three different kinds of companies. These companies are usually grouped either as resin producers, plastics processors (that is, firms that process and shape resins and compounds by injection or blow molding, thermoforming and extruding) and independent compounders. Some companies do more than one of these activities.

SCOPE OF THE REPORT

This report covers the compounding of major thermoplastic resins. The high-volume commodity resins include high-density polyethylene (HDPE), low-density polyethylene (LDPE), linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE), polypropylene (PP), polystyrene (PS), polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and thermoplastic polyesters (primarily PET). Engineering thermoplastics (ETPs) covered include PBT, nylons (polyamides), polycarbonates, ABS and some real specialties such as polyacetals and polysulfones. This report also includes an introduction to thermoplastic elastomers and some bio compounds, plastics that are made from plants instead of hydrocarbons.

The plastics compounding market is segmented by each of the above resins and by each of the three plastics compounding groups. Applications and markets by volume in pounds are estimated for the years 2012, 2013 and five-year forecast to 2018. Major resin producers, key plastics processors and independent compounders are identified. We discuss the activities, product lines and other information for the major independent compounders.

Our market estimates are mostly for markets for the United States or North America. Other features in this report include the following.
• Review of key plastics additives used in plastics compounding.
• Important information on major fillers/reinforcements.
• Developments in carbon fiber and carbon nanotubes for reinforcement of thermoplastics.
• Advances in natural fiber reinforcements.
• Regulatory and environmental developments shaping compounds, ranging from phthalate plasticizers to halogenated flame retardants.
• Key suppliers of plastics additives and fillers/reinforcements.
• Notes of some recent advances in plastics compounding and machinery.

INTENDED AUDIENCE

Because of the size and diversity of plastic compounding materials, products, and markets, this report should be of interest to a wide group of organizations and individuals. These are people who are involved in the development, design, manufacture, sale, and use of the materials used, as well as the industry itself; also politicians of all stripes and the general public. BCC Research believes that this report will be of value to technical and business personnel in the following areas, among others:
• Marketing and management personnel in companies which produce, market, and sell all types of plastic compounding materials, as well as those involved in installing equipment and parts, components, maintenance materials, and chemicals for cleaning and other uses.
• Companies that supply, or want to supply, equipment and services to plastic compounding materials and equipment supply companies.
• Financial institutions that supply money for such facilities and systems, including banks, merchant bankers, venture capitalists, and others.
• Personnel in end-user companies, communities, and industries that purchase and use plastics and plastics compounds. This includes some huge industries such as the automotive and healthcare industries.
• Personnel in government and standards-writing organizations. Local, state, and federal officials are all involved in writing and enforcing standards to ensure and protect public health and safety and the environment. Since compounded plastics are used in a wide variety of products, many of them consumer goods, the public must be assured that these products are made and used in a proper and safe manner.

REASONS FOR DOING THE STUDY

Plastics compounding is a big business (or group of businesses) that is of interest to a wide group of organizations and individuals involved in the design, development, manufacture, sale, and use of plastics and plastics compounds and products made from them.

BCC Research has updated this study to provide a new and comprehensive reference for those involved in and interested in plastics and plastics compounds. We have sorted through, organized and condensed information from a number of sources and reference materials to compile this report. We have tried to cover the overall market and in doing so have included several critical issues that will shape plastics compounding for the next five years such as bio compounds, carbon fiber, carbon nanotubes, natural fiber reinforcements and environmental regulations.

METHODOLOGY AND INFORMATION SOURCES

Both primary and secondary research methodologies were used in preparing this study. Extensive searches were made of the literature and the Internet, including leading trade journals, technical papers, company literature, government information, pertinent trade associations, etc. Much product and market information was obtained from the principals involved in the industry. The information in our company profiles was obtained primarily from the companies themselves, especially the larger publicly owned firms. Other sources included directories, articles and Internet sites.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. J. Charles Forman has more than 50 years of chemical engineering and business experience in private business in the healthcare industry, at a major not-for-profit educational association, and as an independent technical writer and analyst. He is an expert in the worldwide chemical process industries, with specialization in healthcare, petroleum and petrochemicals, specialty and agrochemicals, plastics and packaging. He has written many BCC Research reports on subjects including polymers and plastic packaging, chemical and petroleum processing, catalysts, healthcare policy and products, food and feed additives, chemicals/petrochemicals/specialty chemicals, pesticides, biotechnology and spectroscopy. He holds an S.B. degree in chemical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Masters and Doctoral degrees in chemical engineering from Northwestern University.

REPORT HIGHLIGHTS

The estimated distribution of compounded thermoplastic resins in North America reached 89.82 billion pounds in 2012. This total is expected to grow 90.92 billion pounds in 2013 and 102.36 billion pounds in 2018 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.4% for the period of 2013-2018.

This report provides:
• An overview of the plastics compounding market.
• Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2012, estimates for 2013, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2018.
• Coverage of the major thermoplastic resins and thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs); the resins include high-density polyethylene (HDPE), low-density polyethylene (LDPE), linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE), polypropylene, polystyrene, and engineering thermoplastics (ETPs): the major representatives being nylons, polycarbonates, polyacetals, PET, and PBT; the report also includes bio compounds, or plastics that are made from plants instead of hydrocarbons.
• Identifications of major resin producers, key plastics processors, and independent compounders, along with activities, product lines, and estimated sales for the major independent compounders.
• Reviews of key plastics additives used in plastics compounding and advances in plastics compounding machinery/equipment.
• Information on major fillers/reinforcements.
• Developments in carbon fiber and carbon nanotubes, and advances in natural fibers.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION 2

BACKGROUND 2
SCOPE OF THE REPORT 2
INTENDED AUDIENCE 3
REASONS FOR DOING THE STUDY 4
METHODOLOGY AND INFORMATION SOURCES 4
ABOUT THE AUTHOR 4
RELATED BCC REPORTS 4
BCC RESEARCH ONLINE SERVICES 5
DISCLAIMER 5

CHAPTER 2 SUMMARY 7

SUMMARY TABLE ESTIMATE OF DISTRIBUTION OF NORTH AMERICAN
THERMOPLASTIC COMPOUNDING VOLUME, THROUGH 2018 (BILLION POUNDS) 8
SUMMARY FIGURE ESTIMATE OF DISTRIBUTION OF NORTH AMERICAN
THERMOPLASTIC COMPOUNDING VOLUME, 2012-2018 (BILLION POUNDS) 8

CHAPTER 3 OVERVIEW 10

INTRODUCTION AND DEFINITIONS 10
BACKGROUND 10
ADDITIVES 11
TYPES OF COMPOUNDERS 12

CHAPTER 4 RESINS 15

OVERVIEW 15
TABLE 1 COMMODITY THERMOPLASTIC RESIN PRODUCTION IN NORTH AMERICA,
BY PLASTIC TYPE, THROUGH 2018 (BILLION POUNDS) 15
POLYETHYLENE 18
LOW-DENSITY POLYETHYLENE 19
HIGH-DENSITY POLYETHYLENE 19
LINEAR LOW-DENSITY POLYETHYLENE 20
POLYETHYLENE COMPOUNDING 21
POLYETHYLENE PRODUCERS 21
LDPE 21
HDPE 21
LLDPE 22
POLYETHYLENE COMPOUNDING MARKET DISTRIBUTION ESTIMATES AND
FORECASTS 22
Low-Density Polyethylene 22
TABLE 2 ESTIMATE OF DISTRIBUTION OF PLASTIC COMPOUNDING VOLUME FOR
LDPE, THROUGH 2018 (BILLION POUNDS) 22
High-Density Polyethylene 23
TABLE 3 ESTIMATE OF DISTRIBUTION OF PLASTIC COMPOUNDING VOLUME FOR
HDPE, THROUGH 2018 (BILLION POUNDS) 23
Linear Low-Density Polyethylene 23
TABLE 4 ESTIMATE OF DISTRIBUTION OF PLASTIC COMPOUNDING VOLUME FOR
LLDPE, THROUGH 2018 (BILLION POUNDS) 23
POLYPROPYLENE 24
POLYPROPYLENE COPOLYMERS 25
TYPICAL APPLICATIONS 25
POLYPROPYLENE PROPERTIES 25
POLYPROPYLENE COMPOUNDING 26
POLYPROPYLENE PRODUCERS 27
POLYPROPYLENE COMPOUNDING MARKET DISTRIBUTION ESTIMATES AND
FORECASTS 27
TABLE 5 ESTIMATE OF DISTRIBUTION OF PLASTIC COMPOUNDING VOLUME FOR
POLYPROPYLENE, THROUGH 2018 (BILLION POUNDS) 28
POLYVINYL CHLORIDE 28
FORMS AND GRADES OF PVC 29
CHLORINATED PVC 30
APPLICATIONS FOR PVC 30
TABLE 6 SOME TYPICAL RIGID PVC APPLICATIONS 30
TABLE 7 SOME TYPICAL FLEXIBLE PVC APPLICATIONS 30
PVC PROCESSING 31
Extrusion 31
Calendering 31
Dispersion/Liquid Handling 31
PVC PRODUCERS 31
PVC COMPOUNDING 32
PVC COMPOUNDING MARKET DISTRIBUTION ESTIMATES AND FORECASTS 32
TABLE 8 ESTIMATE OF DISTRIBUTION OF PLASTIC COMPOUNDING VOLUME FOR
PVC, THROUGH 2018 (BILLION POUNDS) 32
PVC'S ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES 33
Dioxins 33
Phthalate Plasticizers 33
Vinyl Chloride Monomer 34
Recycling 35
POLYSTYRENE 35
GENERAL PURPOSE POLYSTYRENE 35
Characteristics of General Purpose Polystyrene 36
Rubber-Modified Polystyrene 36
POLYSTYRENE PRODUCERS 36
POLYSTYRENE PROCESSING 37
TABLE 9 FABRICATION METHODS AND SOME USES FOR POLYSTYRENE 37
POLYSTYRENE COMPOUNDING MARKET DISTRIBUTION ESTIMATES AND
FORECASTS 37
TABLE 10 ESTIMATE OF DISTRIBUTION OF PLASTIC COMPOUNDING VOLUME FOR
POLYSTYRENE, THROUGH 2018 (BILLION POUNDS) 37
POLYSTYRENE ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES 38
THERMOPLASTIC POLYESTERS 38
MAJOR PET APPLICATIONS 39
PET COMPETITION PRICING 39
MODIFIED PET RESINS 39
PET PRODUCERS 40
PET COMPOUNDING MARKET DISTRIBUTION ESTIMATES AND FORECASTS 41
TABLE 11 ESTIMATE OF DISTRIBUTION OF PLASTIC COMPOUNDING VOLUME FOR
THERMOPLASTIC POLYESTER (PET), THROUGH 2018 (BILLION POUNDS) 42
ENGINEERING THERMOPLASTICS 42
POLYBUTYLENE TEREPHTHALATE 42
PBT Properties 43
PBT Producers 43
POLYAMIDES (NYLONS) 43
Major Types of Polyamides 44
Nylon 66 44
Nylon 6 44
Other Polyamides 45
Polyamide Producers 45
POLYCARBONATES 45
Types of Polycarbonates Available 46
Polycarbonate Property Advantages and Disadvantages 46
Polycarbonate Market Factors and Problems 47
Polycarbonate Producers 48
ACRYLONITRILE-BUTADIENE-STYRENE (ABS) 48
ABS Properties 48
ABS Grades 49
ABS Grades 49
ABS Applications 49
ABS Producers 50
OTHER ENGINEERING RESINS 50
Polyacetals 50
Polysulfones 51
Polyimides 51
Polyphenylene Sulfide 52
Polyketones 52
Polyphenylene Oxides 52
ENGINEERING THERMOPLASTICS COMPOUNDING MARKET DISTRIBUTION
ESTIMATES AND FORECASTS 52
TABLE 12 ESTIMATE OF DISTRIBUTION OF PLASTIC COMPOUNDING VOLUME FOR
ENGINEERING THERMOPLASTICS, THROUGH 2018 (BILLION POUNDS) 53
THERMOPLASTIC ELASTOMERS 53
THERMOPLASTIC OLEFINS 54
COPOLYESTER TPES 54
THERMOPLASTIC POLYURETHANES 55
STYRENE BLOCK COPOLYMERS 55

CHAPTER 5 BIO COMPOUNDS 57

TABLE 13 EXAMPLES OF BIOPLASTICS 58
STARCH-BASED PLASTICS 59
PRODUCERS 59
APPLICATIONS 60
POLYHYDROXYALKANOATE (PHA) 60
PRODUCERS 60
POLY-3-HYDROXYBUTYRATE (PHB) 60
POLYLACTIDE (POLYLACTIC ACID OR PLA) PLASTICS 61
PRODUCERS 61
APPLICATIONS 62
CASTOR OIL POLYMERS 62
CELLULOSE 63
SOYBEAN OILS 63
BIO-DERIVED POLYETHYLENE 64
1,3-PROPANEDIOL (PDO) 64
PRODUCERS 65
NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN BIOPLASTICS 65

CHAPTER 6 PLASTICS ADDITIVES 69

MARKET ESTIMATES AND FORECASTS 70
TABLE 14 NORTH AMERICAN PLASTICS ADDITIVES MARKET VOLUME ESTIMATE, BY
MAJOR TYPES, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION POUNDS) 70
ADDITIVE USAGE IN PLASTICS 71
TABLE 15 SELECTED ADDITIVE USAGE IN THERMOPLASTICS 71
ANTISTATIC AGENTS 72
TYPES OF ANTISTATIC AGENTS 72
Internal Antistatic Agents 72
External (Topical) Antistatic Agents 73
ANTISTATIC AGENT DEVELOPMENTS 73
ANTIOXIDANTS 73
ANTIOXIDANT DEVELOPMENTS 74
BIOCIDES 74
BIOCIDE DEVELOPMENTS 75
BLOWING AGENTS 75
PHYSICAL BLOWING AGENTS 75
CHEMICAL BLOWING AGENTS 76
MARKET ESTIMATE AND FORECAST 76
TABLE 16 ESTIMATE OF NORTH AMERICAN MARKET FOR PLASTIC BLOWING
AGENTS, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION POUNDS) 77
BLOWING AGENT DEVELOPMENTS 77
COLORANTS 78
TITANIUM DIOXIDE 78
MASTERBATCHES 78
PRECOLORED RESIN 78
DRY COLOR 79
LIQUID COLOR 79
SINGLE PIGMENT CONCENTRATES (SPC) 79
ISSUES IN PLASTIC COLORING 79
DEVELOPMENTS IN PLASTIC COLORING 80
COUPLING AGENTS 81
DEVELOPMENTS IN COUPLING AGENTS 81
DEFOAMING AGENTS 81
EMULSIFIERS 82
FLAME/FIRE RETARDANTS 82
ORGANIC BROMINE COMPOUNDS 83
ANTIMONY OXIDE 83
ALUMINA TRIHYDRATE (ATH) 83
CHLORINATED COMPOUNDS 84
MOLYBDENUM AND MAGNESIUM COMPOUNDS 84
PHOSPHORUS COMPOUNDS 84
MARKET ESTIMATE AND FORECAST 85
TABLE 17 ESTIMATE OF NORTH AMERICAN MARKET FOR PLASTIC FLAME
RETARDANTS, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION POUNDS) 85
FLAME-RETARDANT REGULATORY ISSUES 85
Bioaccumulation 86
Toxicity 86
Persistence 86
Action in Europe 86
Action in California 86
Action in Canada 86
DEVELOPMENTS IN FLAME RETARDANTS 87
HEAT STABILIZERS 88
ANTIMONY MERCAPTIDES 88
MIXED METAL HEAT STABILIZERS 88
LEAD-BASED HEAT STABILIZERS 89
ORGANOTIN HEAT STABILIZERS 89
ORGANOSULFIDE HEAT STABILIZERS 89
DEVELOPMENTS IN HEAT STABILIZERS 89
MARKET ESTIMATE AND FORECAST 90
TABLE 18 NORTH AMERICAN ESTIMATE OF HEAT STABILIZERS BY CHEMISTRY,
THROUGH 2018 (MILLION POUNDS) 90
IMPACT MODIFIERS 90
ACRYLIC IMPACT MODIFIERS 91
CHLORINATED POLYETHYLENE AND OTHER ELASTOMERS 91
DEVELOPMENTS IN IMPACT MODIFIERS 91
CHEMICALS USED 91
LUBRICANTS 91
CHEMICALS USED 92
PLASTICIZERS 92
DEVELOPMENTS IN PLASTICIZERS 93
PVC PROCESSING AIDS 94
SLIP AGENTS 94
SURFACTANTS 95
THICKENERS 95
THIXOTROPES 95
UV STABILIZERS 95
PLASTIC RESISTANCE TO UV 96
CHEMICAL TYPES OF UV STABILIZERS 96
Benzophenones 96
Benzotriazoles 96
Hindered Amines 97
Others 97
CHEMICAL TYPES OF UV STABILIZERS OXYGEN DEGRADATION INITIATORS 97

CHAPTER 7 FILLERS AND REINFORCEMENTS 99

PROPERTY PROFILES 100
CHARACTERISTICS OF FILLERS/REINFORCEMENTS 101
TABLE 19 PROFILES OF FILLER/REINFORCEMENT CHARACTERISTICS 101
TABLE 20 OVERVIEW OF CHARACTERISTICS AND APPLICATIONS OF
FILLERS/REINFORCEMENTS 102
FILLER/REINFORCEMENT USAGE WITH SPECIFIC RESINS 102
TABLE 21 OVERVIEW OF FILLER/REINFORCEMENT USAGE WITH DIFFERENT
THERMOPLASTICS 103
REINFORCEMENTS 103
GLASS FIBER REINFORCEMENTS 104
Types of Glass Fibers 104
Sizing 105
Glass Fiber Varieties 105
Recent Developments in Glass Fibers 106
Market Estimate and Forecast 106
TABLE 22 ESTIMATE OF NORTH AMERICAN REINFORCED PLASTICS GLASS FIBER
MARKET*, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION POUNDS) 107
CARBON FIBER REINFORCEMENTS 107
Manufacture 107
Product Types 108
Applications 108
Carbon Fiber Producers 109
Market Estimate and Forecast 109
TABLE 23 GLOBAL PAN-BASED CARBON FIBER DEMAND ESTIMATE BY KEY
MARKETS, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION POUNDS) 109
New Developments in Carbon Fiber 110
CARBON NANOTUBE REINFORCEMENTS 111
Types of Carbon Nanotubes 111
Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes 112
Multi-Wall Carbon Nanotubes 112
Properties of Carbon Nanotubes 112
Electrical 112
Thermal 112
Strength 112
Toxicity 113
Carbon Nanotube Manufacture 113
Arc Discharge 113
Laser Ablation 113
Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) 113
Controlled Flame Environments 114
Carbon Nanotube Applications 114
Electrical Applications 114
Structural Applications 114
Medical Applications 115
Carbon Nanotube Producers 115
TABLE 24 MAJOR GLOBAL PRODUCERS OF CARBON NANOTUBES (ESTIMATED
PRODUCTION CAPACITY IN METRIC TONNES) 115
Market Estimate and Forecast 116
TABLE 25 GLOBAL SALES ESTIMATE FOR CARBON NANOTUBE-REINFORCED
POLYMERS, THROUGH 2018 ($ MILLIONS) 116
New Developments in Carbon Nanotubes 117
NATURAL FIBER REINFORCEMENTS 117
Types of Natural Fiber Reinforcements 118
Wood Fibers 118
Kenaf 118
Coir 119
Henequen 119
Bamboo 119
Rice Hulls/Husks 119
Applications 119
Natural Fiber Producers 120
Market Estimate and Forecast 120
TABLE 26 NORTH AMERICAN MARKET ESTIMATE FOR NATURAL FIBER-PLASTIC
COMPOSITES, THROUGH 2018 ($ MILLIONS) 120
New Developments 121
NON-FIBROUS REINFORCEMENTS 121
Talc 122
Grades 122
Applications 122
New Developments 122
Mica 123
Properties 123
Applications 123
Wollastonite 123
Applications 124
Nanoclays/Nanocomposites 124
Applications 124
Nanoclay Producers 125
New Developments 125
INORGANIC FILLERS 125
ALUMINA TRIHYDRATE 125
Properties 126
Grades 126
BARIUM SULFATE 126
CALCIUM CARBONATE 126
Grades 127
Applications 127
New Developments 127
CALCIUM SULFATE 128
Applications 128
KAOLINS 128
Grades 128
MARKET ESTIMATES AND FORECASTS 129
TABLE 27 NORTH AMERICAN PLASTIC FILLERS MARKET ESTIMATE BY MAJOR TYPE,
THROUGH 2018 (BILLION POUNDS) 129

CHAPTER 8 MASTERBATCHES 131

OVERVIEW 131
DEFINITION 131
INDUSTRY STRUCTURE 131
MARKET ESTIMATE AND FORECAST 132
TABLE 28 NORTH AMERICAN MARKET ESTIMATE FOR PLASTIC MASTERBATCHES,
THROUGH 2018 (MILLION POUNDS) 132
SOME NEW DEVELOPMENTS 133

CHAPTER 9 MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT 135

SELECTION CRITERIA 135
TYPES OF MATERIALS 135
TYPES OF COMPOUNDING EQUIPMENT 135
BATCH MIXING EQUIPMENT 136
High-Shear Mixers 136
Roll Mills 136
Internal Mixers 137
High-Intensity Mixers 137
Thermokinetic Mixers 137
Other Types of Equipment Used in Batch Mixing 137
Tumbling Blenders 137
Impelling Blenders 137
Paste Mixers 138
TABLE 29 BATCH COMPOUNDING EQUIPMENT 138
CONTINUOUS COMPOUNDING EQUIPMENT 138
Continuous Systems 138
Single-Screw Extruders 139
Twin-Screw Extruders 139
Two-Stage Extruders 139
SIZE-REDUCTION EQUIPMENT 139
Dicers 140
Pelletizers 140
MAJOR COMPOUNDING EQUIPMENT COMPANIES 140
TABLE 30 MAJOR COMPOUNDING EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS 140

CHAPTER 10 TYPES OF COMPOUNDERS 143

TOLL COMPOUNDING 143
CUSTOM COMPOUNDING 144
PROPRIETARY COMPOUNDING 144
CONCENTRATE COMPOUNDING 144
AFFILIATED COMPOUNDING AND COMPOUNDERS 145

CHAPTER 11 INDUSTRY STRUCTURE 147

RESIN PRODUCERS 147
PROCESSORS 148
IMPORTANT VARIABLES AND CONSIDERATIONS 148
LEADING PLASTICS PROCESSORS 149
TABLE 31 LEADING BLOW MOLDERS, 2012 ($ BILLIONS) 149
TABLE 32 LEADING INJECTION MOLDERS, 2012 ($ BILLIONS) 150
TABLE 33 LEADING PIPE, PROFILE AND TUBING EXTRUDERS, 2012 ($ BILLIONS) 150
TABLE 34 LEADING FILM AND SHEET PRODUCERS. 2012 ($ BILLIONS) 151
TABLE 35 LEADING THERMOFORMERS, 2012 ($ BILLIONS) 152
TABLE 36 LEADING ROTATIONAL MOLDERS, 2012 ($ MILLIONS) 152
COMPOUNDERS 153
TRENDS 153
LEADING THERMOPLASTIC COMPOUNDERS 154
TABLE 37 LEADING NORTH AMERICAN THERMOPLASTIC COMPOUNDERS AND
CONCENTRATE PRODUCERS 154

CHAPTER 12 COMPOUNDING COMPANY PROFILES 157

AARON INDUSTRIES CORP. 157
ACLO COMPOUNDERS 157
ACTON TECHNOLOGIES, INC. 157
ADELL PLASTICS, INC. 158
ADDIVANT USA LLC 158
AGC CHEMICALS AMERICAS, INC. 158
ALPHAGARY CORPORATION 159
AM STABILIZERS CORPORATION 159
AMCO POLYMERS LLC 159
AMERICAN COMPOUNDING SPECIALTIES, LLC 160
AMERICHEM 160
AMETEK WESTCHESTER PLASTICS 161
AMPACET 161
AMPLAS COMPOUNDING 161
AMTOPP 162
ASAHI KASEI PLASTICS NORTH AMERICA 162
ASCEND PERFORMANCE MATERIALS LLC 162
AXIALL CORPORATION 163
BASF CORPORATION 163
BAY POLYMER CORP. 164
BAYER MATERIALSCIENCE 164
BAYSHORE VINYL COMPOUNDS 164
BIRCH PLASTICS 164
CHROMA CORPORATION 165
CLARIANT INTERNATIONAL LTD., MASTERBATCHES DIVISION 165
COLORTECH INC. 165
THE DOW CHEMICAL COMPANY 166
DSM ENGINEERING PLASTICS INC. 166
E.I. DUPONT DE NEMOURS AND COMPANY 166
DYNEON LLC 167
EMERALD PERFORMANCE MATERIALS LLC 167
EMS-CHEMIE (NORTH AMERICA) INC. 168
EXXONMOBIL CHEMICAL COMPANY 168
FERRO CORPORATION 168
FOSTER CORPORATION 169
HERITAGE PLASTICS, INC. 169
INFINITY COMPOUNDING 170
INVISTA 170
KRATON PERFORMANCE POLYMERS INC. 170
THE LUBRIZOL CORPORATION 171
LYONDELLBASELL 171
LYONDELLBASELL ADVANCED POLYOLEFINS USA INC. 171
MILLIKEN & COMPANY/MILLIKEN CHEMICAL 172
MRC POLYMERS, INC. 172
MUEHLSTEIN NORTH AMERICA 173
MULTIBASE 173
NOVA POLYMERS, INC. 173
OXFORD POLYMERS 174
PERFORMANCE COMPOUNDING LLC 174
PLASTIC RECYCLING TECHNOLOGY 174
PLASTICOMP INC. 175
THE PLASTICS GROUP OF AMERICA 175
POLYFIL CORPORATION 175
POLYFUSION LLC 176
POLYMER RESOURCES, LTD. 176
POLYONE CORPORATION 176
POLYRAM U.S.A. AND CANADA 177
ROSCOM INC. 177
RTP COMPANY 178
SABIC INNOVATIVE PLASTICS/LNP 178
A. SCHULMAN INC. 179
SO.F.TER. US 179
STANDRIDGE COLOR CORPORATION 180
TECHMER PM, LLC 180
TECHNICAL POLYMERS LLC 180
TEKNI-PLEX INC. 181
TEKNOR APEX CO. 181
THEMIX PLASTICS 182

CHAPTER 13 APPENDIX 184

COMMON ACRONYMS 184

LIST OF TABLES

SUMMARY TABLE ESTIMATE OF DISTRIBUTION OF NORTH AMERICAN
THERMOPLASTIC COMPOUNDING VOLUME, THROUGH 2018 (BILLION POUNDS) 8
TABLE 1 COMMODITY THERMOPLASTIC RESIN PRODUCTION IN NORTH AMERICA, BY
PLASTIC TYPE, THROUGH 2018 (BILLION POUNDS) 15
TABLE 2 ESTIMATE OF DISTRIBUTION OF PLASTIC COMPOUNDING VOLUME FOR
LDPE, THROUGH 2018 (BILLION POUNDS) 22
TABLE 3 ESTIMATE OF DISTRIBUTION OF PLASTIC COMPOUNDING VOLUME FOR
HDPE, THROUGH 2018 (BILLION POUNDS) 23
TABLE 4 ESTIMATE OF DISTRIBUTION OF PLASTIC COMPOUNDING VOLUME FOR
LLDPE, THROUGH 2018 (BILLION POUNDS) 23
TABLE 5 ESTIMATE OF DISTRIBUTION OF PLASTIC COMPOUNDING VOLUME FOR
POLYPROPYLENE, THROUGH 2018 (BILLION POUNDS) 28
TABLE 6 SOME TYPICAL RIGID PVC APPLICATIONS 30
TABLE 7 SOME TYPICAL FLEXIBLE PVC APPLICATIONS 30
TABLE 8 ESTIMATE OF DISTRIBUTION OF PLASTIC COMPOUNDING VOLUME FOR PVC,
THROUGH 2018 (BILLION POUNDS) 32
TABLE 9 FABRICATION METHODS AND SOME USES FOR POLYSTYRENE 37
TABLE 10 ESTIMATE OF DISTRIBUTION OF PLASTIC COMPOUNDING VOLUME FOR
POLYSTYRENE, THROUGH 2018 (BILLION POUNDS) 37
TABLE 11 ESTIMATE OF DISTRIBUTION OF PLASTIC COMPOUNDING VOLUME FOR
THERMOPLASTIC POLYESTER (PET), THROUGH 2018 (BILLION POUNDS) 42
TABLE 12 ESTIMATE OF DISTRIBUTION OF PLASTIC COMPOUNDING VOLUME FOR
ENGINEERING THERMOPLASTICS, THROUGH 2018 (BILLION POUNDS) 53
TABLE 13 EXAMPLES OF BIOPLASTICS 58
TABLE 14 NORTH AMERICAN PLASTICS ADDITIVES MARKET VOLUME ESTIMATE, BY
MAJOR TYPES, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION POUNDS) 70
TABLE 15 SELECTED ADDITIVE USAGE IN THERMOPLASTICS 71
TABLE 16 ESTIMATE OF NORTH AMERICAN MARKET FOR PLASTIC BLOWING AGENTS,
THROUGH 2018 (MILLION POUNDS) 77
TABLE 17 ESTIMATE OF NORTH AMERICAN MARKET FOR PLASTIC FLAME
RETARDANTS, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION POUNDS) 85
TABLE 18 NORTH AMERICAN ESTIMATE OF HEAT STABILIZERS BY CHEMISTRY,
THROUGH 2018 (MILLION POUNDS) 90
TABLE 19 PROFILES OF FILLER/REINFORCEMENT CHARACTERISTICS 101
TABLE 20 OVERVIEW OF CHARACTERISTICS AND APPLICATIONS OF
FILLERS/REINFORCEMENTS 102
TABLE 21 OVERVIEW OF FILLER/REINFORCEMENT USAGE WITH DIFFERENT
THERMOPLASTICS 103
TABLE 22 ESTIMATE OF NORTH AMERICAN REINFORCED PLASTICS GLASS FIBER
MARKET*, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION POUNDS) 107
TABLE 23 GLOBAL PAN-BASED CARBON FIBER DEMAND ESTIMATE BY KEY MARKETS,
THROUGH 2018 (MILLION POUNDS) 109
TABLE 24 MAJOR GLOBAL PRODUCERS OF CARBON NANOTUBES (ESTIMATED
PRODUCTION CAPACITY IN METRIC TONNES) 115
TABLE 25 GLOBAL SALES ESTIMATE FOR CARBON NANOTUBE-REINFORCED
POLYMERS, THROUGH 2018 ($ MILLIONS) 116
TABLE 26 NORTH AMERICAN MARKET ESTIMATE FOR NATURAL FIBER-PLASTIC
COMPOSITES, THROUGH 2018 ($ MILLIONS) 120
TABLE 27 NORTH AMERICAN PLASTIC FILLERS MARKET ESTIMATE BY MAJOR TYPE,
THROUGH 2018 (BILLION POUNDS) 129
TABLE 28 NORTH AMERICAN MARKET ESTIMATE FOR PLASTIC MASTERBATCHES,
THROUGH 2018 (MILLION POUNDS) 132
TABLE 29 BATCH COMPOUNDING EQUIPMENT 138
TABLE 30 MAJOR COMPOUNDING EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS 140
TABLE 31 LEADING BLOW MOLDERS, 2012 ($ BILLIONS) 149
TABLE 32 LEADING INJECTION MOLDERS, 2012 ($ BILLIONS) 150
TABLE 33 LEADING PIPE, PROFILE AND TUBING EXTRUDERS, 2012 ($ BILLIONS) 150
TABLE 34 LEADING FILM AND SHEET PRODUCERS. 2012 ($ BILLIONS) 151
TABLE 35 LEADING THERMOFORMERS, 2012 ($ BILLIONS) 152
TABLE 36 LEADING ROTATIONAL MOLDERS, 2012 ($ MILLIONS) 152
TABLE 37 LEADING NORTH AMERICAN THERMOPLASTIC COMPOUNDERS AND
CONCENTRATE PRODUCERS 154

LIST OF FIGURES

SUMMARY FIGURE ESTIMATE OF DISTRIBUTION OF NORTH AMERICAN
THERMOPLASTIC COMPOUNDING VOLUME, 2012-2018 (BILLION POUNDS) 8

Read the full report:
The Plastics Compounding Market

https://www.reportbuyer.com/product/148899/The-Plastics-Compounding-Market.html

For more information:
Sarah Smith
Research Advisor at Reportbuyer.com
Email: [email protected]  
Tel: +44 208 816 85 48
Website: www.reportbuyer.com

SOURCE ReportBuyer

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.