Study #: 3287 | Published: 08/2015 | Pages: 311 | Individual User License: US$ 5,200

US demand for specialty films is forecast to rise 4.8 percent per year to $8.4 billion in 2019. Barrier films will remain the dominant function, while biodegradable and water soluble films will grow the fastest. The best opportunities for growth in the dominant packaging market will be in meat packaging, while construction will be the fastest growing market overall.

This study analyzes the $6.7 billion US specialty film industry. It presents historical demand data (2004, 2009 and 2014) and forecasts (2019 and 2024) by function (e.g., barrier films, microporous films, safety and security films), resin (e.g., polyolefin, polyester, nylon), and market (e.g., packaging, personal care products, electronics, transportation equipment, construction).

The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share, and profiles 44 industry competitors, including Bemis, Sealed Air, and DuPont.

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Table of Contents





Macroeconomic Overview

Demographic Trends

Consumer Spending Trends

Manufacturing Trends

Plastic Film Industry Overview


Raw Materials

Pricing Trends

Historical Market Trends

Regulatory & Environmental Considerations

Foreign Trade

International Activity



Barrier Films

Oxygen & Other Gas Barrier Films

Moisture Barrier Films

Corrosion Barrier Films

Other Barrier Films

Microporous Films

Safety & Security Films

Interlayer Products

Surface Products

Conductive & Insulative Films

Light Control Films

Biodegradable Films

Water Soluble Films

Other Functions



Polyolefin Films

Polyester Films

Polyethylene Terephthalate Films

Other Polyester Films

Nylon Films

Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol Films

Polyvinyl Butyral Films

Fluoropolymer Films

Polyvinylidene Chloride Films

Other Resins

Polyimide Films

Bio-Based Polymer Films

Polyvinyl Chloride Films

All Other Specialty Films




Packaging Market Overview

Specialty Films Demand

Meat, Poultry, & Seafood



Other Food

Pharmaceutical & Medical

Other Nonfood

Personal Care Products

Disposable Hygiene Products Outlook

Specialty Films Demand


Electronic Components Industry Overview

Specialty Films Demand

Printed Circuits

Photovoltaic Modules


Batteries & Fuel Cells

Other Electronics

Transportation Equipment

Transportation Equipment Industry Overview

Specialty Films Demand


Aerospace & Other Transportation


Construction Industry Overview

Specialty Films Demand


Safety & Security Films

Light Control Films

Vapor Barriers

Other Construction

Other Markets

Health & Medical Products


All Other Markets



Market Share

Acquisitions & Divestitures

Cooperative Agreements

Marketing & Distribution

Competitive Strategies

Company Profiles

Achilles Corporation

AEP Industries Incorporated

Akzo Nobel NV

Allied Plastics Holdings, see Sigma Plastics Group

Amcor Limited

AMI Specialty Films Incorporated

AmTopp, see Inteplast Group

Avery Dennison Corporation

Bemis Clysar, see Clysar

Bemis Company Incorporated

Berry Plastics Group Incorporated

Beta Plastics, see Sigma Plastics Group

Biaxis, see Wihuri

Cargill Incorporated

Chemours Company

Clopay Plastic Products, see Griffon

Clysar LLC

Coastal Films of Florida, see Sigma Plastics Group

Commonwealth Laminating & Coating, see Eastman Chemical

Cortec Corporation

Coveris Holdings SA

Decorative Films LLC

Derprosa, see Taghleef Industries

Dow Chemical Company

DuPont (EI) de Nemours

Eastman Chemical Company

Evonik Industries AG

Exopack Holdings Sarl, see Coveris Holdings

Filmtech, see Sigma Plastics Group

FlexSol Packaging, see Sigma Plastics Group

Griffon Corporation

HD MicroSystems, see DuPont (EI) de Nemours

Hitachi Chemical DuPont MicroSystems, see DuPont (EI) de Nemours

Honeywell International Incorporated

Hood Companies

Innovia Films Limited

Integra Plastics, see Raven Industries

Inteplast Group Limited

ISO Poly Films, see Sigma Plastics Group

Jindal Poly Films Limited

Kaneka Corporation

Klöckner Pentaplast Group

Kuraray Company Limited

LINTEC Corporation

LoneStar Plastics, see Inteplast Group


Madico, see LINTEC

Mercury Plastics, see Sigma Plastics Group

Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation

MonoSol, see Kuraray

NatureWorks, see Cargill

Noltex, see Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings

Pactiv, see Reynolds Group Holdings

Perfecseal, see Bemis

Pregis Corporation

Presto Products, see Reynolds Group Holdings

Printpack Incorporated


Raven Industries Incorporated

Reynolds Group Holdings Limited


SABIC Innovative Plastics US, see Saudi Basic Industries


Saudi Basic Industries Corporation

Sealed Air Corporation

Sigma Plastics Group

Solar Gard, see Saint-Gobain

Soliant, see Akzo Nobel

Solutia, see Eastman Chemical

Surface Guard, see Pregis

Taghleef Industries LLC

3M Company

Toray Industries Incorporated

Tredegar Corporation

Vancive Medical Technologies, see Avery Dennison

Wihuri Oy

Winpak, see Wihuri

World-Pak, see Inteplast Group

List of Tables


Summary Table


Macroeconomic Indicators

Population & Households

Personal Consumption Expenditures

Manufacturers' Shipments

Plastic Film Demand

Specialty Films Raw Material Demand

Specialty Films Market, 2004-2014


Specialty Films Demand by Function

Barrier Films Demand

Oxygen & Gas Barrier Films Demand

Moisture Barrier Films Demand

Corrosion Barrier Films Demand

Other Barrier Films Demand

Microporous Films Demand

Safety & Security Films Demand

Interlayer Films Demand

Surface Safety & Security Films Demand

Conductive & Insulative Films Demand

Light Control Films Demand

Biodegradable Films Demand

Water Soluble Films Demand

Other Specialty Films Demand by Function


Specialty Films Demand by Resin

Specialty Polyolefin Films Demand

Specialty Polyester Films Demand

Specialty Nylon Films Demand

Specialty Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol Films Demand

Specialty Polyvinyl Butyral Films Demand

Specialty Fluoropolymer Films Demand

Specialty Polyvinylidene Chloride Films Demand

Other Specialty Films Demand by Resin


Specialty Films Demand by Market

Packaging Supply & Demand

Packaging Markets for Specialty Films

Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging Markets for Specialt Films

Snack Packaging Market for Specialty Films

Produce Packaging Market for Specialty Films

Other Food Markets for Specialty Films

Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging Market for Specialt Films

Other Nonfood Packaging Markets for Specialty Films

Disposable Hygiene Product Sales

Personal Care Products Market for Specialty Films

Electronic Components Shipments

Electronics Markets for Specialty Films

Printed Circuit Board Market for Specialty Films

Photovoltaic Module Market for Specialty Films

Display Market for Specialty Films

Battery & Fuel Cell Market for Specialty Films

Other Electronics Markets for Specialty Films

Transportation Equipment Shipments

Transportation Equipment Markets for Specialty Films

Automotive Market for Specialty Films

Aerospace & Other Transportation Market for Specialty Films

Construction Expenditures

Construction Market for Specialty Films

Window Market for Specialty Films

Vapor Barrier Market for Specialty Films

Other Construction Markets for Specialty Films

Other Markets for Specialty Films


US Specialty Film Sales by Company, 2014

Selected Acquisitions & Divestitures

Selected Cooperative Agreements

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