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Article Title: Freedonia Studies Specialty Films
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Publication: Paper, Film & Foil Converter, 6/11/2013
Freedonia Study: Specialty Films (3021)

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CLEVELAND OH | Specialty Films, a new study from The Freedonia Group, says US demand for specialty films is forecast to advance 5.2%/yr to $8.0 billion in 2017. Gains will be driven by the increasing need for high-performance plastic films that offer barrier properties, mechanical strength, and chemical resistance in packaging applications. Increasing use in small but high-growth market areas, such as photovoltaic modules and biodegradable packaging, are also expected to bolster advances, as will a rebound in the construction market.
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Article Title: Market to reach USD 8.0 bn in 2017 / Barrier films forecast to grow 5.1% / Construction industry boo
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Publication: Plasteurope.com, 5/28/2013
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Freedonia said that the most rapid growth in speciality films, albeit from a small base, will be in biodegradable and water soluble films, which will see gains as the technologies improve and new applications are developed. Demand for biodegradable films will benefit from environmental concerns and the increased commercialisation of bio-based polymers, while water soluble film demand will see increasing use in pharmaceutical and health products in dissolvable thin film form as well as the introduction of edible, water soluble food packaging.
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