Plastics & Other Polymers

Kent Furst
Kent Furst presented at International Silicone Conference

Kent Furst, Polymers Practice Leader presented “The Global Silicones Market – Key Trends & Forecasts” at the International Silicone Conference, April 10, 2018. This presentation provided data and findings from Freedonia’s most recent industry study on the global silicones market, focusing on major countries and regions such as the US, China, Japan, and Western Europe. Kent has a Polymer Science & Engineering Degree from Case Western Reserve University.

Freedonia industry market research covering Plastic & Other Polymers includes materials such as bioplastics, high performance composites, and silicones, as well as processing topics such as thermoplastic compounding and extruded plastics. Freedonia's industry market research studies on Plastics & Other Polymers include market size, forecasts, product and market segmentations, related economic indicator and regulatory analysis, market share estimates, a discussion of industry structure, and profiles of the leading companies.

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  • Plastic Foams: United States

    FF55013

    This report forecasts to 2022 US plastic foam demand in pounds. Total demand is segmented by resin in terms of: polyurethane (PU); polystyrene (PS); other resins such as high-density polyethylene (HDPE), polypropylene (PP), and vinyl. Total demand is ...

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  • Polyvinyl Chloride: United States

    FF55020

    This report forecasts to 2022 US polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin demand and shipments in pounds. Total demand is segmented by market in terms of:
    building and construction, consumer and institutional, packaging, electrical and electronic, transport...

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  • Silicones in the US by Product, Market and Function, 9th Edition

    3608

    This study presents historical demand data (2007, 2012, 2017) and forecasts for 2022 by product (fluids, elastomers, resins, gels), market (motor vehicle, electronics, machinery, aerospace and other transportation, utilities, plastic processing, pulp ...

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  • Global Plastic Caps & Closures by Product, Market and Region

    3595

    This industry study presents historical demand data (2006, 2011 and 2016) and forecasts for 2021 by region, product (threaded, unthreaded, dispensing, and child resistant), and market (beverages, food, pharmaceuticals, and other). The study also evalu...

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  • Global Caps & Closures by Region, Product and Market, 9th Edition

    3538

    This study presents historical demand data (2006, 2011 and 2016) and forecasts for 2021 by region, product (plastic, metal, rubber, and cork), and market (beverages, food, pharmaceuticals, and other). The study also evaluates company market share and ...

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  • Stretch & Shrink Film in the US by Product, Market and Resin

    3561

    This study presents historical demand data (2006, 2011, and 2016) and forecasts (2021) by product (wrap, hoods, bags, labels), market (storage and distribution – pallet unitization and bundling; product packaging – food, paper and textile products, be...

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  • Rubber: United States

    FF50017

    This report forecasts US rubber demand in nominal and real (inflation-adjusted) terms and synthetic rubber shipments in nominal terms in US dollars at the manufacturers' level to 2021. Total demand in nominal terms is segmented by type in terms of sty...

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  • Barrier Films Market in the US by Type, Market and Resin

    3513

    This presents historical demand data (2006, 2011, 2016) and forecasts (2021) by barrier film type (oxygen and other gas, moisture, corrosion), market (food packaging, pharmaceutical and medical products, construction, primary metal products, electroni...

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  • Thermoplastic Resins: United States

    FF55046

    This report forecasts US thermoplastic resin demand in pounds to 2020. Total demand is segmented by resin type in terms of: high-density polyethylene (HDPE), linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE), low-density polyethylene (LDPE), polypropylene (PP),...

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  • High Performance Composites

    3438

    High Performance Composites presents historical demand data for 2005, 2010 and 2015, plus forecasts for 2020 and 2025 by fiber type (carbon fiber, s-glass, aramid, other), market (aerospace, automotive and industrial, energy, defense and safety...

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  • Polystyrene: United States

    FF55043

    This report forecasts US polystyrene (PS) resin demand in pounds to 2020. Total demand is segmented by form in terms of: crystal (solid), rubber-modified, and expanded. Total demand is also segmented by market as follows: consumer and institutional, p...

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  • Polyethylene: United States

    FF55017

    This report forecasts US polyethylene (PE) resin demand and shipments in pounds to 2020. Total demand is segmented by resin in terms of: high-density PE (HDPE), linear low-density PE (LLDPE), and low-density PE (LDPE). Total demand is also segmented b...

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  • Polypropylene: United States

    FF55018

    This report forecasts US polypropylene (PP) resin demand in pounds to 2020. Total demand is segmented by market in terms of: packaging, consumer and institutional, transportation, furniture and furnishings, building and construction, and other markets...

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  • Plastic Foams

    3405

    This study analyzes US demand for plastic foams. It presents historical data (2005, 2010 and 2015) and forecasts (2015 and 2020) by market (e.g., foodservice and consumer disposables, protective packaging, containers, insulation, flooring and carpet b...

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  • Natural Polymers

    3415

    This study analyzes US demand for natural polymers. It presents historical data (2005, 2010, and 2015) and forecasts (2020 and 2025) by market (e.g., food and beverages, medical, oilfield, cosmetics and toiletries, paint and inks, construction, adhesi...

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  • Silicones

    3391

    US demand for silicones will climb 4.5 percent annually to $4.4 billion in 2020, with volume rising 2.6 percent per year to 908 million pounds. This will be a moderation from the previous 5-year pace. Silicone elastomers and resins will remain the fas...

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  • World Rubber

    3381

    World demand for rubber is forecast to increases 3.9 percent annually to 31.7 million metric tons in 2019. The share of tire and nontire applications will remain steady, as will the balance between synthetic and natural rubber. The Asia/Pacific region...

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  • World Thermoplastic Elastomers

    3326

    World thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) demand will grow 5.2 percent annually to 6.7 million metric tons in 2019. Styrenic block copolymers will remain the largest segment, while thermoplastic vulcanizates and polyolefin elastomers will grow the fastest. ...

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  • Custom Thermoplastic Compounding

    3336

    US demand for custom compounded thermoplastics will rise 3.2 percent annually to 10.6 billion pounds in 2019, valued at nearly $19 billion. The construction market will grow the fastest, nearly twice the pace of the next fastest growing market, wire a...

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  • World Solid Surface & Other Cast Polymers

    3335

    Global demand for cast polymers will rise 6.6 percent yearly to 246 million square meters in 2019, with a value of $23.1 billion. The Asia/Pacific region will remain the largest and fastest-growing market. Solid surface will remain the dominant type w...

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  • Fluoropolymers

    3278

    US demand for fluoropolymers will rise 5.3 percent per year to $2.3 billion in 2019, with volume totaling 180 million pounds. Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) will remain the largest value segment, while polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) and polyvinyl fluo...

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  • World Silicones

    3277

    World demand for silicones will rise 5.7 percent annually to $19.3 billion in 2019. The Asia/Pacific region will continue to be the strongest source of additional silicone demand, with electronics remaining its largest outlet. Construction will be the...

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  • Engineering Plastics

    3242

    Demand for engineering plastics in the US is expected to rise 2.6 percent per year to 5.1 billion pounds in 2019. Nylon, ABS, and polycarbonate will remain the three largest engineering plastics by volume, with nylon the fastest growing of the three. ...

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  • Stretch & Shrink Film

    3262

    US demand for stretch and shrink film will rise 3.5 percent yearly to $3.1 billion in 2019. Shrink film will outpace the larger stretch film segment based on the former's improvements in strength and customizability. Stretch hoods used in storage and ...

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  • World Emulsion Polymers

    3216

    Global demand for emulsion polymers will rise 4.6 percent annually to 12.6 million metric tons in 2018. The Asia/Pacific region will remain the largest and fastest-growing market. The paint and coatings segment will remain the largest and fastest-grow...

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  • World Polyethylene

    3210

    Global polyethylene demand will rise 4.0 percent yearly to 99.6 million metric tons in 2018. The Asia/Pacific region will remain the largest and fastest growing market, driven by China. Following a decade of decline, North America will add nine millio...

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  • Lightweight Automotive Materials in North America

    3153

    North American demand for lightweight automotive materials will rise 5.2 percent annually to 22.3 billion pounds in 2018. Gains will be driven mainly by increasingly strict automobile fuel economy mandates. The dominant metals segment (e.g., aluminum,...

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  • Silicones

    3138

    US demand for silicones is forecast to climb 4.7 percent annually to $4.3 billion in 2018, with volume rising 3.2 percent per year to 900 million pounds. Silicone elastomers will grow the fastest, overtaking fluids as the leading product type. The con...

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  • Plastic Foams

    3114

    US demand for plastic foams is forecast to rise 4.1 percent annually to 8.6 billion pounds in 2017, valued at $24.7 billion. Packaging will remain the leading outlet while construction and household products grow the fastest. Polyurethane will remain ...

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  • World Bioplastics

    3089

    Global demand for biobased and biodegradable plastics will rise 19 percent per year to 960,000 metric tons in 2017. Starch-based resins and polylactic acid (PLA) will remain the leading products, while the most rapid gains in demand are expected for b...

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  • Fiber-Reinforced Plastic Composites

    3092

    US demand for fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) composites will climb 4.7 percent annually to 4.3 billion pounds in 2017, valued at $22.8 billion. Motor vehicles will remain the largest market while construction will grow the fastest as it rebounds from ...

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  • World Thermoplastic Elastomers

    3051

    World thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) demand will rise 5.5 percent per year to 5.8 million metric tons in 2017. The Asia/Pacific region will remain the largest market and will grow the fastest. Styrene block copolymers (SBCs) will continue as the leadin...

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  • High-Temperature Plastics

    3053

    US demand for high-temperature plastics will rise 5.8 percent per year to $3.1 billion in 2017. Advances in the key fluoropolymers segment will trail the average growth rate, but these resins will continue to offer the best opportunities for growth. P...

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  • Specialty Films

    3021

    US demand for specialty films is forecast to advance 5.2 percent per year to $8.0 billion in 2017. Barrier films will be a key driver in the dominant packaging market, based on a rapid rise in case-ready meat packaging. The construction market will gr...

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  • World Silicones

    3022

    World demand for silicones will rise 5.9 percent per year to $18.9 billion in 2017. The Asia/Pacific region will remain the largest and fastest-growing market, but the rate of growth will slow. The construction segment will grow the fastest based on a...

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  • Custom Thermoplastic Compounding

    2991

    This study analyzes the US custom compounded thermoplastic industry. It presents historical demand data for the years 2002, 2007 and 2012 with forecasts for 2017 and 2022 by resin (e.g., polyvinyl chloride, engineering thermoplastics, polypropylene, p...

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  • Recycled Plastics

    2961

    US demand for post-consumer recycled plastic will rise 6.5 percent yearly to 3.5 billion pounds in 2016. Bottles will remain the leading source while other types gain market share. LDPE/LLDPE will be the fastest growing recycled resins. Packaging will...

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  • Natural Polymers

    2963

    This study analyzes the US natural polymer industry. It presents historical demand data for the years 2001, 2006 and 2011, and forecasts for 2016 and 2021 by market (e.g., medical, food and beverages, oilfield, construction, cosmetics and toiletries, ...

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  • World Emulsion Polymers

    2929

    Global demand for emulsion polymers is forecast to rise 5.1 percent per year to 13.3 million metric tons (dry basis) in 2016. In developing nations such as China and India, demand will benefit from strong economic growth and increased penetration of w...

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  • Fluoropolymers

    2938

    US demand for fluoropolymers is forecast to increase 5.3 percent annually to $2.4 billion in 2016. Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) will remain the largest and most valuable segment, while polyvinyl fluoride (PVF) and polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) will...

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  • World Solid Surface & Other Cast Polymers

    2901

    Global demand for cast polymers will grow 7.9 percent annually to 252 million square meters in 2016. Most projected growth will be attributable to China, a country with an emerging domestic cast polymer industry and large construction sector. Engineer...

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  • High Performance Composites

    2905

    US demand for polymer materials containing advanced fiber reinforcements is forecast to rise almost 15 percent per year to $10.2 billion in 2016. Aerospace will remain the dominant and fastest growing market, followed by the energy market. Carbon will...

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  • Bioplastics

    2908

    US demand for biodegradable and non-biodegradable bio-based resins is forecast to climb at a 20 percent annual pace through 2016 to 550 million pounds. Polylactic acid will remain the largest bioplastic segment, while bio-based polyethylene and degrad...

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  • Solid Surface & Other Cast Polymers

    2873

    This study analyzes the US cast polymer industry. It presents historical demand data for the years 2001, 2006 and 2011, and forecasts for 2016 and 2021 by material (e.g., marble, resins), product (solid surface materials, gel-coated composites, engine...

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