Plastic Containers

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Growth in plastic container demand will be driven by performance advantages over alternative packaging formats as well as a recovery in the broader economy following the 2007-2009 recession.

US demand to rise 4.9% annually through 2016

US demand for plastic containers is forecast to increase 4.9 percent annually to $32.4 billion in 2016, consuming 14.2 billion pounds of resin. Growth will be driven by performance advantages over alternative packaging formats as well as a recovery in the broader economy following the 2007-2009 recession.

Volume gains will lag value gains as the average weight per container unit continues to fall, reflecting preferences for small, single-serving containers in a number of food and beverage markets, and lightweighting of containers to reduce material use and enhance sustainability. In unit terms, demand is expected to climb 3.0 percent yearly to 304 billion units in 2016, slightly below the 2006-2011 pace and held back by sluggish consumption trends in some high-volume beverage markets. Though plastic containers will face increased competition from pouches and other types of flexible packaging, these will often augment rather than replace rigid containers.

Tubs, cups, bowls, pails & other types to lead gains

Bottles and jars, which represented 77 percent of plastic container poundage in 2011, are by far the leading plastic container type. Through 2016, plastic bottle and jar demand is expected to rise 2.8 percent per year to 165 billion units, moderated by the already-dominant position of plastic in many applications, with few new areas existing for largescale conversions. Additionally, bottle unit growth in the 2001-2006 period benefited significantly from skyrocketing sales of bottled water.

Going forward, a substantial deceleration in bottled water growth is expected based on environmental considerations. Still, advances will be aided by healthy prospects for smaller single-serving beverage bottles. Among major bottle and jar markets, the fastest gains are anticipated for pharmaceutical and food applications. In pharmaceutical applications, growth will be supported by rising pharmaceutical production, attributable to an expansion among the older population segments, which comprise many of the most intensive consumers of pharmaceuticals and related containers.

Demand in food uses will be driven by improvements in processing and barrier properties that will create further opportunities for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles in hot-fill and aseptic applications.

Faster volume gains are anticipated for other plastic container types, such as tubs, cups, and bowls. Demand will be supported by the convenience, portability, and portion control benefits of singleserving cup packaging as well as favorable outlooks for foods typically packaged in tubs and cups. A rebound is expected for plastic pails based on a recovery in construction activity from low levels in 2011, which will boost demand for paints, adhesives, driveway sealers, and other goods packaged in pails.

Study Scope

This study analyzes the US plastic container industry. It presents historical demand data for the years 2001, 2006 and 2011, and forecasts for 2016 and 2021 by type (e.g., bottles and jars; tubs, cups and bowls; pails; trays; cans; egg cartons; squeeze tubes) and resin (e.g., PET, HDPE, PP, PS, PVC, LDPE). The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles industry players.

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  1. Plastic Containers

    $5,100.00

    1. 1 INTRODUCTION

      $101.00

    2. 2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

      $107.00

      1. Table | PLASTIC CONTAINER DEMAND (million pounds)

    3. 3 MARKET ENVIRONMENT

      $1,398.00

      1. 3.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 3.2 Macroeconomic Outlook

        $117.00

        1. Table | MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS (billion 2005 dollars)

      3. 3.3 Demographic & Household Trends

        $133.00

        1. Table | POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS (million persons)

      4. 3.4 Consumer Income & Spending Trends

        $95.00

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

      5. 3.5 Manufacturing Outlook

        $120.00

        1. Table | MANUFACTURERS' SHIPMENTS

      6. 3.6 Packaging Overview

        $211.00

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

        2. 3.6.1 Paper

          $82.00

        3. 3.6.2 Plastic

          $82.00

        4. 3.6.3 Metal

          $82.00

        5. 3.6.4 Glass & Wood

          $82.00

      7. 3.7 Thermoplastic Resin Industry Outlook

        $82.00

        1. Table | THERMOPLASTIC RESIN DEMAND (million pounds)

      8. 3.8 Historical Market Trends

        $138.00

        1. Table | PLASTIC CONTAINER MARKET, 2001-2011

      9. 3.9 Pricing Trends

        $107.00

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

      10. 3.10 Environmental & Regulatory Considerations

        $199.00

      11. 3.11 International Activity

        $82.00

      12. 3.12 Foreign Trade

        $82.00

        1. Table | US FOREIGN TRADE IN PLASTIC BOTTLES & JARS (million dollars)

    4. 4 CONTAINER RESINS

      $843.00

      1. 4.1 General

        $114.00

        1. Table | PLASTIC CONTAINER DEMAND BY RESIN (million pounds)

      2. 4.2 Polyethylene Terephthalate

        $153.00

        1. Table | POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE DEMAND IN PLASTIC CONTAINERS (million pounds)

      3. 4.3 High Density Polyethylene

        $104.00

        1. Table | HIGH DENSITY POLYETHYLENE DEMAND IN PLASTIC CONTAINERS (million pounds)

      4. 4.4 Polypropylene

        $184.00

        1. Table | POLYPROPYLENE DEMAND IN PLASTIC CONTAINERS (million pounds)

      5. 4.5 Polystyrene

        $82.00

        1. Table | POLYSTYRENE DEMAND IN PLASTIC CONTAINERS (million pounds)

      6. 4.6 Low Density Polyethylene

        $82.00

        1. Table | LOW DENSITY POLYETHYLENE DEMAND IN PLASTIC CONTAINERS (million pounds)

      7. 4.7 Polyvinyl Chloride

        $82.00

        1. Table | POLYVINYL CHLORIDE DEMAND IN PLASTIC CONTAINERS (million pounds)

      8. 4.8 Other Resins

        $121.00

        1. Table | OTHER RESIN DEMAND IN PLASTIC CONTAINERS (million pounds)

    5. 5 CONTAINER OVERVIEW

      $326.00

      1. 5.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 5.2 Units

        $155.00

        1. Table | PLASTIC CONTAINER DEMAND IN UNITS (billion units)

      3. 5.3 Weight

        $130.00

        1. Table | PLASTIC CONTAINER DEMAND BY WEIGHT (million pounds)

    6. 6 BOTTLES & JARS

      $4,597.00

      1. 6.1 General

        $118.00

        1. Table | PLASTIC BOTTLE & JAR DEMAND BY MARKET IN UNITS (billion units)

      2. 6.2 Bottles & Jars by Weight

        $113.00

        1. Table | PLASTIC BOTTLE & JAR DEMAND BY MARKET IN POUNDS (million pounds)

      3. 6.3 Bottles & Jars by Resin

        $133.00

        1. Table | PLASTIC BOTTLE & JAR DEMAND BY RESIN (million pounds)

      4. 6.4 Beverages

        $1,659.00

        1. 6.4.1 Beverage Industry Outlook

          $96.00

          1. Table | BEVERAGE PRODUCTION (million gallons)

        2. 6.4.2 Plastic Beverage Bottles

          $135.00

          1. Table | BEVERAGE MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES

        3. 6.4.3 Bottled Water

          $243.00

          1. Table | WATER MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES

        4. 6.4.4 Carbonated Soft Drinks

          $278.00

          1. Table | CARBONATED SOFT DRINK MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES

          2. Table | PLASTIC CARBONATED SOFT DRINK BOTTLE DEMAND BY SIZE (million units)

        5. 6.4.5 Milk

          $235.00

          1. Table | MILK MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES

        6. 6.4.6 Fruit Beverages

          $197.00

          1. Table | FRUIT BEVERAGE MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES

        7. 6.4.7 Other Beverages

          $456.00

          1. Table | OTHER BEVERAGE MARKETS FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES

          2. Table | SPORTS DRINK MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES

          3. Table | RTD TEA MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES

          4. Table | OTHER NONALCOHOLIC RTD BEVERAGE MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES

          5. Table | ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES (million units)

      5. 6.5 Food

        $544.00

        1. 6.5.1 Food Industry Outlook

          $86.00

          1. Table | FOOD SHIPMENTS (billion 2005 dollars)

        2. 6.5.2 Plastic Food Bottles & Jars

          $437.00

          1. Table | FOOD MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES & JARS

          2. Table | SAUCE & CONDIMENT MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES & JARS

          3. Table | DAIRY PRODUCT MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES

          4. Table | EDIBLE OIL MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES & JARS

          5. Table | OTHER FOOD MARKETS FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES & JARS

      6. 6.6 Household Cleaning Chemicals

        $629.00

        1. 6.6.1 Household Cleaning Chemical Outlook

          $82.00

          1. Table | HOUSEHOLD CLEANING CHEMICAL SHIPMENTS

        2. 6.6.2 Plastic Household Cleaning Chemical Bottles

          $538.00

          1. Table | HOUSEHOLD CLEANING CHEMICAL MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES (million units)

          2. Table | DETERGENT MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES

          3. Table | DISHWASHING DETERGENT MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES

          4. Table | LAUNDRY DETERGENT MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES

          5. Table | KITCHEN & BATH CLEANER MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES

          6. Table | FABRIC SOFTENER MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES

          7. Table | BLEACH MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES

          8. Table | OTHER HOUSEHOLD CLEANING CHEMICAL MARKETS FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES

      7. 6.7 Cosmetics & Toiletries

        $562.00

        1. 6.7.1 Cosmetic & Toiletry Industry Outlook

          $86.00

          1. Table | COSMETIC & TOILETRY SHIPMENTS (million 2005 dollars)

        2. 6.7.2 Plastic Cosmetic & Toiletry Bottles & Jars

          $447.00

          1. Table | COSMETIC & TOILETRY MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES & JARS

          2. Table | HAIR CARE PRODUCT MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES & JARS

          3. Table | SKIN CARE PRODUCT MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES & JARS

          4. Table | OTHER COSMETIC & TOILETRY MARKETS FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES & JARS

      8. 6.8 Pharmaceuticals

        $306.00

        1. 6.8.1 Pharmaceutical Industry Outlook

          $82.00

          1. Table | PHARMACEUTICAL SUPPLY & DEMAND

        2. 6.8.2 Plastic Pharmaceutical Bottles & Jars

          $228.00

          1. Table | PHARMACEUTICAL MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES & JARS

          2. Table | LIQUID PHARMACEUTICAL MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES & JARS

          3. Table | POWDER, TABLET, & CAPSULE MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES & JARS

      9. 6.9 Industrial & Institutional Cleaning Chemicals

        $157.00

        1. 6.9.1 I&I Cleaning Chemical Outlook

          $84.00

          1. Table | I&I CLEANING CHEMICAL SHIPMENTS

        2. 6.9.2 Plastic I&I Cleaning Chemical Bottles

          $82.00

          1. Table | I&I CLEANING CHEMICAL MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES

      10. 6.10 Automotive Chemicals

        $308.00

        1. 6.10.1 Automotive Chemical Industry Outlook

          $82.00

          1. Table | AUTOMOTIVE CHEMICAL DEMAND (million gallons)

        2. 6.10.2 Plastic Automotive Chemical Bottles

          $221.00

          1. Table | AUTOMOTIVE CHEMICAL MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES

          2. Table | AUTOMOTIVE LUBRICANT MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES

          3. Table | ANTIFREEZE/COOLANT MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES

          4. Table | OTHER AUTOMOTIVE CHEMICAL MARKETS FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES

      11. 6.11 Other Bottle & Jar Markets

        $82.00

        1. Table | OTHER PLASTIC BOTTLE & JAR MARKETS

    7. 7 OTHER PLASTIC CONTAINERS

      $1,555.00

      1. 7.1 General

        $85.00

        1. Table | OTHER PLASTIC CONTAINER DEMAND (million pounds)

      2. 7.2 Tubs, Cups, & Bowls

        $334.00

        1. Table | PLASTIC TUB, CUP, & BOWL DEMAND

        2. 7.2.1 Resins

          $125.00

        3. 7.2.2 Producers

          $82.00

      3. 7.3 Pails

        $214.00

        1. Table | PLASTIC PAIL DEMAND

        2. 7.3.1 Open-Head

          $82.00

        3. 7.3.2 Tight-Head

          $82.00

      4. 7.4 Trays

        $420.00

        1. Table | PLASTIC FOOD TRAY DEMAND

        2. 7.4.1 Foamed Polystyrene Trays

          $109.00

        3. 7.4.2 Crystallized & Recycled PET Trays

          $86.00

        4. 7.4.3 Polypropylene Trays

          $82.00

        5. 7.4.4 APET & Other Trays

          $82.00

      5. 7.5 Cans

        $198.00

        1. Table | PLASTIC CAN DEMAND

        2. 7.5.1 Applications

          $126.00

        3. 7.5.2 Producers

          $82.00

      6. 7.6 Egg Cartons

        $89.00

        1. Table | PLASTIC EGG CARTON DEMAND

      7. 7.7 Squeeze Tubes

        $116.00

        1. Table | PLASTIC SQUEEZE TUBE DEMAND

      8. 7.8 All Other Containers

        $98.00

        1. Table | ALL OTHER PLASTIC CONTAINER DEMAND

    8. 8 INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

      $5,132.00

      1. 8.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 8.2 Industry Composition

        $85.00

        1. Table | US PLASTIC CONTAINER SALES BY COMPANY, 2011 (million dollars)

      3. 8.3 Market Share

        $300.00

      4. 8.4 Acquisitions & Divestitures

        $144.00

        1. Table | SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES

      5. 8.5 Marketing & Distribution

        $82.00

      6. 8.6 Manufacturing

        $153.00

      7. 8.7 Research & Development

        $155.00

      8. 8.8 Competitive Strategies

        $85.00

      9. 8.9 Cooperative Agreements

        $106.00

        1. Table | SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS

      10. 8.10 Company Profiles

        $4,125.00

        1. 8.10.1 Alpha Packaging Holdings Incorporated

          $127.00

        2. 8.10.2 ALPLA Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Company KG

          $82.00

        3. 8.10.3 Amcor Limited

          $276.00

        4. 8.10.4 Anchor Packaging Incorporated

          $99.00

        5. 8.10.5 Bemis Company Incorporated

          $91.00

        6. 8.10.6 Berry Plastics Corporation

          $184.00

        7. 8.10.7 BWAY Corporation

          $142.00

        8. 8.10.8 CKS Packaging Incorporated

          $82.00

        9. 8.10.9 Coca-Cola Company

          $257.00

        10. 8.10.10 Consolidated Container Company LLC

          $177.00

        11. 8.10.11 Constar International LLC

          $162.00

        12. 8.10.12 Drug Plastics and Glass Company Incorporated

          $82.00

        13. 8.10.13 Fabri-Kal Corporation

          $105.00

        14. 8.10.14 Huhtamaki Oyj

          $82.00

        15. 8.10.15 Letica Corporation

          $82.00

        16. 8.10.16 LINPAC Group Limited

          $106.00

        17. 8.10.17 Nestlé SA

          $162.00

        18. 8.10.18 Paradigm Packaging Incorporated

          $82.00

        19. 8.10.19 Pattison (Jim) Group

          $154.00

        20. 8.10.20 Plastipak Holdings Incorporated

          $252.00

        21. 8.10.21 Polytainers Incorporated

          $82.00

        22. 8.10.22 Pretium Packaging LLC

          $104.00

        23. 8.10.23 Rexam plc

          $153.00

        24. 8.10.24 Reynolds Group Holdings Limited

          $320.00

        25. 8.10.25 Ring Companies

          $121.00

        26. 8.10.26 Sealed Air Corporation

          $189.00

        27. 8.10.27 Silgan Holdings Incorporated

          $203.00

        28. 8.10.28 Sonoco Products Company

          $179.00

        29. 8.10.29 Tekni-Plex Incorporated

          $82.00

      11. 8.11 Other Companies in the Plastic Container Industry

        $83.00

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