US demand for medical plastics will reach $6.55 billion in 2012, based in part on heightened concerns over infection control and increased use of disposable medical products and supplies. Smaller-volume engineering plastics will outpace commodity plastics. Packaging will remain the largest and fastest growing market.
This study analyzes the 4.4 billion pound US medical plastics industry. It presents historical demand data for the years 1997, 2002 and 2007, and forecasts for 2012 and 2017 by resin (e.g., polycarbonate, thermoplastic elastomers, acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene, nylon, thermoplastic polyester, styrene-acrylonitrile) and market (e.g., medical packaging, medical supplies and equipment).
The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles 46 industry players, including Dow Chemical, BASF and Bayer.