Custom Thermoplastic Compounding

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Advances will be fueled by continuing efforts among custom compounders to develop new and innovative products that will broaden the range of applications for thermoplastics.

US demand to rise 5% annually through 2017

US demand for custom compounded thermoplastics is forecast to rise 5.0 percent annually to 11.4 billion pounds in 2017, valued at $14.3 billion (resin content only). The total value of custom thermoplastic compounding, including resins, additives, fillers, and other production costs, will reach $18.4 billion at that time. Advances will be fueled by continuing efforts among custom compounders to develop new and innovative products that will broaden the range of applications for thermoplastics, making them more competitive with alternative materials.

PVC to be largest, fastest growing compounded resin

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) represents the largest, fastest growing resin in the custom thermoplastic compounding market. Advances will be based on the dominance of PVC in the rebounding construction market, where it is widely used for pipes, fittings, and siding. Rising construction activity will also create substantial opportunities for polyethylene in areas such as pipe, decking, and vapor barriers. Moreover, healthy gains are anticipated for polypropylene, engineering thermoplastics, and thermoplastic elastomers, with each deriving strength from the motor vehicle market, where they are valued for their ability to reduce vehicle weight and cut costs while providing enhanced aesthetics and innovative design features.

Construction to offer best market opportunities

Construction will offer the best prospects, as it was just beginning to emerge from its post-recession trough in 2012, leaving significant room for expansion going forward. Strong gains in the pipe and fittings segment will be supported by plastic pipe’s competitive cost structure, light weight, corrosion resistance, long service life, and lower installed costs relative to competitive materials. Thermoplastic compounds also find favor in applications such as decking, fencing, siding, and windows due to a number of advantages over traditional wood products, including greater durability and lower maintenance requirements. However, pipe and siding processors frequently perform compounding in-house, thus restricting opportunities for custom compounders.

Demand for thermoplastics used in motor vehicle parts and components will be driven by ongoing efforts of automakers to comply with increasingly stringent fuel economy standards, since thermoplastics can be used in place of metals to help reduce vehicle weight. Compounded plastics will also benefit from their durability, design flexibility, and relatively low cost. In particular, long glass fiber reinforced polypropylene is making significant inroads on steel in semi-structural applications, as well as in aesthetic and under-the-hood uses.

Study Scope

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, polyethylene) and market (e.g., construction, motor vehicles, consumer and institutional). The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles industry players.

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  1. Custom Thermoplastic Compounding

    $5,100.00

    1. 1 INTRODUCTION

      $113.00

    2. 2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

      $154.00

      1. Table | COMPOUNDED THERMOPLASTICS DEMAND (million pounds)

    3. 3 MARKET ENVIRONMENT

      $1,485.00

      1. 3.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 3.2 Macroeconomic Overview

        $159.00

        1. Table | MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS (billion 2005 dollars)

      3. 3.3 Demographic Trends

        $198.00

        1. Table | POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS (million persons)

      4. 3.4 Manufacturing Outlook

        $159.00

        1. Table | MANUFACTURERS' SHIPMENTS

      5. 3.5 Thermoplastics Overview

        $200.00

        1. Table | THERMOPLASTICS & THERMOPLASTIC ELASTOMERS DEMAND (million pounds)

        2. 3.5.1 Thermoplastic Resins

          $87.00

        3. 3.5.2 Thermoplastic Elastomers

          $82.00

      6. 3.6 Thermoplastic Compounding Overview

        $119.00

      7. 3.7 Historical Market Trends

        $82.00

        1. Table | THERMOPLASTIC COMPOUNDING MARKET, 2002-2012

      8. 3.8 Pricing Trends

        $113.00

        1. Table | THERMOPLASTIC COMPOUNDS PRICING (dollars per pound)

      9. 3.9 Regulatory Considerations

        $126.00

      10. 3.10 Recycling Activity

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      11. 3.11 International Activity

        $82.00

    4. 4 RESINS

      $2,773.00

      1. 4.1 General

        $146.00

        1. Table | COMPOUNDED THERMOPLASTICS DEMAND BY RESIN (million pounds)

      2. 4.2 Polyvinyl Chloride

        $432.00

        1. Table | COMPOUNDED POLYVINYL CHLORIDE DEMAND (million pounds)

        2. 4.2.1 Characteristics & Producers

          $172.00

        3. 4.2.2 Markets

          $223.00

          1. Table | COMPOUNDED POLYVINYL CHLORIDE DEMAND BY MARKET (million pounds)

      3. 4.3 Engineering Thermoplastics

        $908.00

        1. Table | COMPOUNDED ENGINEERING THERMOPLASTICS DEMAND (million pounds)

        2. 4.3.1 Characteristics & Producers

          $190.00

        3. 4.3.2 Markets

          $173.00

          1. Table | COMPOUNDED ENGINEERING THERMOPLASTICS DEMAND BY MARKET (million pounds)

        4. 4.3.3 Nylon

          $90.00

        5. 4.3.4 Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene

          $84.00

        6. 4.3.5 Polycarbonate

          $141.00

        7. 4.3.6 Other Engineering Thermoplastics

          $89.00

      4. 4.4 Polypropylene

        $324.00

        1. Table | COMPOUNDED POLYPROPYLENE DEMAND (million pounds)

        2. 4.4.1 Characteristics & Producers

          $93.00

        3. 4.4.2 Markets

          $192.00

          1. Table | COMPOUNDED POLYPROPYLENE DEMAND BY MARKET (million pounds)

      5. 4.5 Polyethylene

        $203.00

        1. Table | COMPOUNDED POLYETHYLENE DEMAND (million pounds)

        2. 4.5.1 Characteristics & Producers

          $82.00

        3. 4.5.2 Markets

          $108.00

          1. Table | COMPOUNDED POLYETHYLENE DEMAND BY MARKET (million pounds)

      6. 4.6 Thermoplastic Elastomers

        $348.00

        1. Table | COMPOUNDED THERMOPLASTIC ELASTOMERS DEMAND (million pounds)

        2. 4.6.1 Characteristics & Producers

          $122.00

        3. 4.6.2 Markets

          $178.00

          1. Table | COMPOUNDED THERMOPLASTIC ELASTOMERS DEMAND BY MARKET (million pounds)

      7. 4.7 Polystyrene

        $196.00

        1. Table | COMPOUNDED POLYSTYRENE DEMAND (million pounds)

        2. 4.7.1 Characteristics & Producers

          $82.00

        3. 4.7.2 Markets

          $100.00

          1. Table | COMPOUNDED POLYSTYRENE DEMAND BY MARKET (million pounds)

      8. 4.8 Other Thermoplastic Resins

        $216.00

        1. Table | OTHER COMPOUNDED THERMOPLASTICS DEMAND (million pounds)

        2. 4.8.1 Characteristics & Producers

          $82.00

        3. 4.8.2 Markets

          $112.00

          1. Table | OTHER COMPOUNDED THERMOPLASTICS DEMAND BY MARKET (million pounds)

    5. 5 MARKETS

      $3,951.00

      1. 5.1 General

        $82.00

        1. Table | COMPOUNDED THERMOPLASTICS DEMAND BY MARKET (million pounds)

      2. 5.2 Construction

        $604.00

        1. 5.2.1 Building Construction Outlook

          $88.00

          1. Table | BUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES (billion 2005 dollars)

        2. 5.2.2 Resins

          $181.00

          1. Table | CONSTRUCTION MARKET FOR COMPOUNDED THERMOPLASTICS BY RESIN (million pounds)

        3. 5.2.3 Applications

          $289.00

          1. Table | CONSTRUCTION MARKET FOR COMPOUNDED THERMOPLASTICS BY APPLICATION (million pounds)

      3. 5.3 Motor Vehicles

        $825.00

        1. 5.3.1 Motor Vehicle Outlook

          $173.00

          1. Table | MOTOR VEHICLE INDICATORS

        2. 5.3.2 Resins

          $325.00

          1. Table | MOTOR VEHICLE MARKET FOR COMPOUNDED THERMOPLASTICS BY RESIN (million pounds)

        3. 5.3.3 Applications

          $281.00

          1. Table | MOTOR VEHICLE MARKET FOR COMPOUNDED THERMOPLASTICS BY APPLICATION (million pounds)

      4. 5.4 Consumer & Institutional

        $604.00

        1. 5.4.1 Consumer Spending Outlook

          $131.00

          1. Table | PERSONAL CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURES (billion 2005 dollars)

        2. 5.4.2 Resins

          $261.00

          1. Table | CONSUMER & INSTITUTIONAL MARKET FOR COMPOUNDED THERMOPLASTICS BY RESIN (million pounds)

        3. 5.4.3 Applications

          $167.00

          1. Table | CONSUMER & INSTITUTIONAL MARKET FOR COMPOUNDED THERMOPLASTICS BY APPLICATION (million pounds)

      5. 5.5 Electrical & Electronic Equipment

        $490.00

        1. 5.5.1 Electrical & Electronic Equipment Outlook

          $82.00

          1. Table | ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT SHIPMENTS (billion dollars)

        2. 5.5.2 Resins

          $241.00

          1. Table | ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONICS MARKET FOR COMPOUNDED THERMOPLASTICS BY RESIN (million pounds)

        3. 5.5.3 Applications

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          1. Table | ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONICS MARKET FOR COMPOUNDED THERMOPLASTICS BY APPLICATION (million pounds)

      6. 5.6 Insulated Wire & Cable

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        1. 5.6.1 Insulated Wire & Cable Outlook

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          1. Table | INSULATED WIRE & CABLE SHIPMENTS

        2. 5.6.2 Resins & Applications

          $200.00

          1. Table | WIRE & CABLE MARKET FOR COMPOUNDED THERMOPLASTICS BY RESIN (million pounds)

      7. 5.7 Other Markets

        $1,047.00

        1. Table | OTHER MARKETS FOR COMPOUNDED THERMOPLASTICS (million pounds)

        2. 5.7.1 Packaging

          $325.00

          1. Table | PACKAGING SUPPLY & DEMAND (billion dollars)

          2. Table | PACKAGING MARKET FOR COMPOUNDED THERMOPLASTICS BY RESIN (million pounds)

        3. 5.7.2 Appliances

          $323.00

          1. Table | APPLIANCE SHIPMENTS (million units)

          2. Table | APPLIANCE MARKET FOR COMPOUNDED THERMOPLASTICS BY RESIN (million pounds)

        4. 5.7.3 Machinery

          $257.00

          1. Table | MACHINERY SHIPMENTS

          2. Table | MACHINERY MARKET FOR COMPOUNDED THERMOPLASTICS BY RESIN (million pounds)

        5. 5.7.4 All Other Markets

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          1. Table | ALL OTHER MARKETS FOR COMPOUNDED THERMOPLASTICS BY RESIN (million pounds)

    6. 6 INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

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      1. 6.1 General

        $138.00

        1. Table | US SALES OF SELECTED CUSTOM THERMOPLASTIC COMPOUNDERS BY COMPANY, 2012 (million dollars)

      2. 6.2 Market Share

        $179.00

      3. 6.3 Acquisitions & Divestitures

        $161.00

        1. Table | SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES

      4. 6.4 Types of Compounders

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        1. 6.4.1 Processors

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        2. 6.4.2 Independent Compounders

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        3. 6.4.3 Resin Producers

          $82.00

      5. 6.5 Marketing Strategies

        $83.00

      6. 6.6 Channels of Distribution

        $82.00

      7. 6.7 Research & Development

        $142.00

      8. 6.8 Competitive Strategies

        $82.00

      9. 6.9 Cooperative Agreements

        $111.00

        1. Table | SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS

      10. 6.10 Company Profiles

        $4,759.00

        1. 6.10.1 Adell Plastics Incorporated

          $82.00

        2. 6.10.2 Americhem Incorporated

          $124.00

        3. 6.10.3 AMETEK Incorporated

          $93.00

        4. 6.10.4 Ampacet Corporation

          $93.00

        5. 6.10.5 Asahi Kasei Corporation

          $104.00

        6. 6.10.6 Axiall Corporation

          $85.00

        7. 6.10.7 BASF SE

          $216.00

        8. 6.10.8 Bayer AG

          $103.00

        9. 6.10.9 Berkshire Hathaway Incorporated

          $188.00

        10. 6.10.10 Celanese Corporation

          $127.00

        11. 6.10.11 Citadel Plastics Holdings Incorporated

          $82.00

        12. 6.10.12 Clariant International Limited

          $111.00

        13. 6.10.13 Dow Chemical Company

          $189.00

        14. 6.10.14 Dow Corning Corporation

          $82.00

        15. 6.10.15 DuPont (EI) de Nemours

          $124.00

        16. 6.10.16 Exxon Mobil Corporation

          $132.00

        17. 6.10.17 Ferro Corporation

          $174.00

        18. 6.10.18 ICC Industries Incorporated

          $119.00

        19. 6.10.19 Kraton Performance Polymers Incorporated

          $116.00

        20. 6.10.20 LANXESS AG

          $82.00

        21. 6.10.21 LyondellBasell Industries NV

          $154.00

        22. 6.10.22 Mitsui Chemicals Incorporated

          $133.00

        23. 6.10.23 PolyOne Corporation

          $450.00

        24. 6.10.24 Ravago SA

          $153.00

        25. 6.10.25 RheTech Incorporated

          $82.00

        26. 6.10.26 Royal DSM NV

          $112.00

        27. 6.10.27 RTP Company

          $104.00

        28. 6.10.28 Saudi Basic Industries Corporation

          $116.00

        29. 6.10.29 Schulman (A.) Incorporated

          $313.00

        30. 6.10.30 Shin-Etsu Chemical Company Limited

          $82.00

        31. 6.10.31 Spartech Corporation

          $94.00

        32. 6.10.32 Standridge Color Corporation

          $82.00

        33. 6.10.33 Techmer PM LLC

          $119.00

        34. 6.10.34 Teknor Apex Company

          $246.00

        35. 6.10.35 3M Company

          $97.00

        36. 6.10.36 Washington Penn Plastic Company Incorporated

          $82.00

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