Plastic Film: United States

This report forecasts US plastic film demand in pounds to 2018. Total demand is segmented by resin in terms of linear-low-density polyethylene, high-density polyethylene, low-density polyethylene, polypropylene, polyvinyl chloride, and other resins. Total demand is also segmented by market as follows: food packaging, nonfood packaging, secondary packaging, and nonpackaging.

To illustrate historical trends, total demand is provided in an annual series from 2003 to 2013; the various segments are reported at five-year intervals for 2008 and 2013. A Market Environment section provides pertinent background on historical market size and trends, key economic indicators, technological developments, and regulatory and environmental factors. A Demand Segmentation and Forecasts section defines resins and markets, discusses market drivers and constraints, identifies substitute products when applicable, and assesses the impact of key drivers and constraints on each resin and market segment over the forecast period.

Further analysis includes an Industry Structure section, which surveys the supply base and profiles the leading firms competing to serve US demand. A one-page, introductory Highlights section summarizes key findings from this 23-page report, and a Resources section lists contributing sources as well as resources available for further research.

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