Plastic Film

As Quoted In Converting Quarterly

Gains will reflect advantages over other packaging materials and opportunities in pouches for drugs and medical products, and in modified atmosphere packaging for food.

US demand to reach 15.9 billion pounds in 2016

Demand for plastic film in the US is projected to grow 1.8 percent annually to 15.9 billion pounds in 2016. Advances will reflect the performance and source reduction advantages of plastic film over other packaging materials and opportunities in film products such as pouches for drugs and medical products, and in modified atmosphere packaging for food. Demand will also benefit from film’s use in manufacturing, shipping, and building construction.

LLDPE to remain top film

Linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) will remain the leading film, and is forecast to increase 2.1 percent yearly to 7.5 billion pounds in 2016. This will result from the film’s versatility and from opportunities in areas such as produce and snack packaging, stretch and shrink wrap, and trash bags.

Consumption of low density polyethylene film will rebound from the declines of the 2001- 2011 period, benefiting from opportunities in shrink wrap, shipping sacks, and nonwoven disposables. High density polyethylene film demand will grow at a below average pace as a result of slow retail bag advances. Polypropylene film demand will expand 2.2 percent annually to 1.6 billion pounds in 2016, driven by produce, grain mill, dairy product, and other food packaging applications. Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) film demand will increase at a below average rate. Good opportunities are anticipated for PET film in food packaging applications such as snack foods, confections, and frozen food, due to the need for higher barrier properties. However, this will be offset as remaining applications in photographic film and magnetic tape are lost to digital technologies. Polyvinyl chloride film demand will decline based on a slight drop in red meat consumption, consumer health and environmental concerns regarding PVC and plasticizer migration, and competition from polyethylene and polypropylene films.

Nonpackaging to be fastest growing application

Packaging accounted for nearly threefourths of all plastic film use in 2011 due to cost, convenience, and source reduction advantages over other materials. However, the most rapid growth is anticipated in nonpackaging applications due to opportunities in areas such as nonwoven disposables, agricultural film, and film used in building construction.

Food packaging will grow at an above average pace, driven by continued expansion in the beverage, confections, and dairy segments. Demand for film in nonfood packaging will be driven by drug and medical product applications. Growth is anticipated in secondary packaging due to opportunities in areas such as stretch and shrink wrap, although this growth will be constrained by below average growth in retail bags.

Study Scope

This study analyzes the 14.5 billion pound US plastic film industry. It presents historical demand data for the years 2001, 2006 and 2011, and forecasts for 2016 and 2021 by resin (e.g., LLDPE, HDPE, LDPE, polypropylene, PVC, PET) and market (food packaging, nonfood packaging, secondary packaging, nonpackaging).

The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles 37 industry players such as Bemis, Sigma, and Berry Plastics.

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  1. Plastic Film

    $5,100.00

    1. 1 INTRODUCTION

      $82.00

    2. 2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

      $114.00

      1. Table | PLASTIC FILM DEMAND (million pounds)

    3. 3 MARKET ENVIRONMENT

      $1,684.00

      1. 3.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 3.2 Macroeconomic Environment

        $132.00

        1. Table | MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS (billion 2005 dollars)

      3. 3.3 Demographic Trends

        $161.00

        1. Table | POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS (million persons)

      4. 3.4 Consumer Income & Spending Trends

        $121.00

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

      5. 3.5 Retail Sales Outlook

        $153.00

        1. Table | RETAIL SALES (billion dollars)

      6. 3.6 Manufacturing Outlook

        $134.00

        1. Table | MANUFACTURERS' SHIPMENTS

      7. 3.7 Building Construction Outlook

        $110.00

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

      8. 3.8 Plastic Resin Industry Outlook

        $125.00

        1. Table | PLASTIC RESIN SUPPLY & DEMAND (million pounds)

      9. 3.9 Packaging Industry Overview

        $199.00

        1. Table | PACKAGING SHIPMENTS BY MATERIAL (billion dollars)

        2. 3.9.1 Performance

          $82.00

        3. 3.9.2 Aesthetics

          $82.00

      10. 3.10 Technological Developments

        $169.00

      11. 3.11 Regulatory & Environmental Considerations

        $142.00

      12. 3.12 Pricing Trends

        $82.00

        1. Table | PLASTIC FILM PRICING (dollars per pound)

      13. 3.13 Historical Market Trends

        $82.00

        1. Table | PLASTIC FILM MARKET, 2001-2011

      14. 3.14 International Activity & Foreign Trade

        $82.00

    4. 4 RESINS

      $2,978.00

      1. 4.1 General

        $82.00

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

      2. 4.2 Linear Low Density Polyethylene

        $545.00

        1. Table | LINEAR LOW DENSITY POLYETHYLENE FILM DEMAND BY MARKET (million pounds)

        2. 4.2.1 Food Packaging

          $144.00

          1. Table | LINEAR LOW DENSITY POLYETHYLENE FOOD PACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION (million pounds)

        3. 4.2.2 Nonfood Packaging

          $129.00

          1. Table | LINEAR LOW DENSITY POLYETHYLENE NONFOOD PACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION (million pounds)

        4. 4.2.3 Secondary Packaging

          $113.00

          1. Table | LINEAR LOW DENSITY POLYETHYLENE SECONDARY PACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION (million pounds)

        5. 4.2.4 Nonpackaging

          $92.00

          1. Table | LINEAR LOW DENSITY POLYETHYLENE NONPACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION (million pounds)

      3. 4.3 High Density Polyethylene

        $253.00

        1. Table | HIGH DENSITY POLYETHYLENE FILM DEMAND BY MARKET (million pounds)

        2. 4.3.1 Food Packaging

          $82.00

          1. Table | HIGH DENSITY POLYETHYLENE FOOD PACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION (million pounds)

        3. 4.3.2 Nonfood Packaging

          $82.00

          1. Table | HIGH DENSITY POLYETHYLENE NONFOOD PACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION (million pounds)

        4. 4.3.3 Secondary Packaging

          $82.00

          1. Table | HIGH DENSITY POLYETHYLENE SECONDARY PACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION (million pounds)

        5. 4.3.4 Nonpackaging

          $82.00

          1. Table | HIGH DENSITY POLYETHYLENE NONPACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION (million pounds)

      4. 4.4 Low Density Polyethylene

        $450.00

        1. Table | LOW DENSITY POLYETHYLENE FILM DEMAND BY MARKET (million pounds)

        2. 4.4.1 Food Packaging

          $108.00

          1. Table | LOW DENSITY POLYETHYLENE FOOD PACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION (million pounds)

        3. 4.4.2 Nonfood Packaging

          $97.00

          1. Table | LOW DENSITY POLYETHYLENE NONFOOD PACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION (million pounds)

        4. 4.4.3 Secondary Packaging

          $84.00

          1. Table | LOW DENSITY POLYETHYLENE SECONDARY PACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION (million pounds)

        5. 4.4.4 Nonpackaging

          $84.00

          1. Table | LOW DENSITY POLYETHYLENE NONPACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION (million pounds)

      5. 4.5 Polypropylene

        $364.00

        1. Table | POLYPROPYLENE FILM DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET (million pounds)

        2. 4.5.1 Food Packaging

          $146.00

          1. Table | POLYPROPYLENE FOOD PACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION (million pounds)

        3. 4.5.2 Nonfood Packaging

          $102.00

          1. Table | POLYPROPYLENE NONFOOD PACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION (million pounds)

        4. 4.5.3 Secondary Packaging

          $82.00

          1. Table | POLYPROPYLENE SECONDARY PACKAGING FILM DEMAND (million pounds)

      6. 4.6 Polyvinyl Chloride

        $245.00

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

        2. 4.6.1 Food Packaging

          $82.00

          1. Table | POLYVINYL CHLORIDE FOOD PACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION (million pounds)

        3. 4.6.2 Nonfood Packaging

          $82.00

          1. Table | POLYVINYL CHLORIDE NONFOOD PACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION (million pounds)

        4. 4.6.3 Secondary Packaging

          $82.00

          1. Table | POLYVINYL CHLORIDE SECONDARY PACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION (million pounds)

      7. 4.7 Polyethylene Terephthalate

        $336.00

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

        2. 4.7.1 Food Packaging

          $135.00

          1. Table | POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE FOOD PACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION (million pounds)

        3. 4.7.2 Nonfood & Secondary Packaging

          $82.00

          1. Table | POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE NONFOOD & SECONDARY PACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION (million pounds)

        4. 4.7.3 Nonpackaging

          $82.00

          1. Table | POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE NONPACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION (million pounds)

      8. 4.8 Other Plastic Films

        $727.00

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

        2. 4.8.1 Polystyrene

          $82.00

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

        3. 4.8.2 Nylon

          $111.00

          1. Table | NYLON FILM RESIN DEMAND BY MARKET (million pounds)

        4. 4.8.3 Polyvinylidene Chloride

          $93.00

          1. Table | POLYVINYLIDENE CHLORIDE FILM DEMAND BY MARKET (million pounds)

        5. 4.8.4 Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol

          $105.00

          1. Table | ETHYLENE VINYL ALCOHOL FILM DEMAND BY MARKET (million pounds)

        6. 4.8.5 Degradable Plastics

          $146.00

          1. Table | DEGRADABLE PLASTIC RESIN FILM DEMAND BY MARKET (million pounds)

        7. 4.8.6 Cellulosics

          $82.00

          1. Table | CELLULOSICS FILM DEMAND BY MARKET (million pounds)

        8. 4.8.7 Cellophane

          $82.00

          1. Table | CELLOPHANE FILM DEMAND BY MARKET (million pounds)

        9. 4.8.8 All Other

          $82.00

          1. Table | ALL OTHER PLASTIC FILM DEMAND BY MARKET (million pounds)

    5. 5 MARKET OVERVIEW

      $112.00

      1. Table | PLASTIC FILM DEMAND BY MARKET (million pounds)

    6. 6 FOOD PACKAGING

      $2,262.00

      1. 6.1 General

        $97.00

        1. Table | FOOD PACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION (million pounds)

      2. 6.2 Food Industry Outlook

        $283.00

        1. Table | FOOD & BEVERAGE PRODUCT SHIPMENTS (billion 2005 dollars)

        2. 6.2.1 Consumer Preferences

          $82.00

        3. 6.2.2 Distribution Trends

          $85.00

      3. 6.3 Snacks

        $254.00

        1. 6.3.1 Snack Food Outlook

          $91.00

          1. Table | SNACK FOOD SHIPMENTS (billion 2005 dollars)

        2. 6.3.2 Plastic Film Demand

          $144.00

          1. Table | SNACK FOOD FILM DEMAND BY RESIN (million pounds)

      4. 6.4 Meat, Poultry, &Seafood

        $244.00

        1. 6.4.1 Meat, Poultry, &Seafood Outlook

          $82.00

          1. Table | MEAT, POULTRY, &SEAFOOD CONSUMPTION (billion pounds)

        2. 6.4.2 Plastic Film Demand

          $143.00

          1. Table | MEAT, POULTRY, &SEAFOOD FILM DEMAND BY RESIN (million pounds)

      5. 6.5 Baked Goods

        $187.00

        1. 6.5.1 Baked Goods Outlook

          $82.00

          1. Table | BAKED GOODS SHIPMENTS (billion 2005 dollars)

        2. 6.5.2 Plastic Film Demand

          $126.00

          1. Table | BAKED GOODS FILM DEMAND BY RESIN (million pounds)

      6. 6.6 Produce

        $215.00

        1. 6.6.1 Produce Outlook

          $82.00

          1. Table | FRESH PRODUCE CONSUMPTION (billion pounds)

        2. 6.6.2 Plastic Film Demand

          $133.00

          1. Table | PRODUCE FILM DEMAND BY RESIN (million pounds)

      7. 6.7 Grain Mill Products

        $133.00

        1. 6.7.1 Grain Mill Products Outlook

          $82.00

          1. Table | GRAIN MILL PRODUCT SHIPMENTS (billion 2005 dollars)

        2. 6.7.2 Plastic Film Demand

          $82.00

          1. Table | GRAIN MILL PRODUCT FILM DEMAND BY RESIN (million pounds)

      8. 6.8 Confections

        $177.00

        1. 6.8.1 Confections Outlook

          $82.00

          1. Table | CONFECTIONS SHIPMENTS (billion 2005 dollars)

        2. 6.8.2 Plastic Film Demand

          $90.00

          1. Table | CONFECTIONS FILM DEMAND BY RESIN (million pounds)

      9. 6.9 Frozen Foods

        $217.00

        1. 6.9.1 Frozen Foods Outlook

          $82.00

          1. Table | FROZEN FOOD SHIPMENTS (billion 2005 dollars)

        2. 6.9.2 Plastic Film Demand

          $124.00

          1. Table | FROZEN FOOD FILM DEMAND BY RESIN (million pounds)

      10. 6.10 Dairy Products

        $221.00

        1. 6.10.1 Dairy Products Outlook

          $93.00

          1. Table | DAIRY PRODUCTS SHIPMENTS (billion 2005 dollars)

        2. 6.10.2 Plastic Film Demand

          $114.00

          1. Table | DAIRY PRODUCT FILM DEMAND BY RESIN (million pounds)

      11. 6.11 Beverages

        $173.00

        1. 6.11.1 Beverages Outlook

          $92.00

          1. Table | BEVERAGE SHIPMENTS (billion 2005 dollars)

        2. 6.11.2 Plastic Film Demand

          $82.00

          1. Table | BEVERAGE FILM DEMAND BY RESIN (million pounds)

      12. 6.12 Other Foods

        $82.00

        1. Table | OTHER FOODS FILM DEMAND BY RESIN (million pounds)

    7. 7 NONFOOD PACKAGING

      $838.00

      1. 7.1 General

        $82.00

        1. Table | NONFOOD PACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION (million pounds)

      2. 7.2 Drugs & Medical Products

        $264.00

        1. 7.2.1 Medical Products Outlook

          $98.00

          1. Table | DRUG & MEDICAL PRODUCT SHIPMENTS (billion 2005 dollars)

        2. 7.2.2 Plastic Film Demand

          $141.00

          1. Table | DRUGS & MEDICAL PRODUCT FILM DEMAND BY RESIN (million pounds)

      3. 7.3 Shipping Sacks

        $109.00

        1. Table | SHIPPING SACK FILM DEMAND BY RESIN (million pounds)

      4. 7.4 Rack & Counter

        $96.00

        1. Table | RACK & COUNTER FILM DEMAND BY RESIN (millions pounds)

      5. 7.5 Textile & Paper Products

        $254.00

        1. 7.5.1 Textile & Paper Products Outlook

          $102.00

          1. Table | TEXTILE & PAPER PRODUCTS SHIPMENTS (billion 2005 dollars)

        2. 7.5.2 Plastic Film Demand

          $128.00

          1. Table | TEXTILE & PAPER FILM DEMAND BY RESIN (million pounds)

      6. 7.6 Other Nonfood Packaging

        $82.00

        1. Table | OTHER NONFOOD PACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY RESIN (million pounds)

    8. 8 SECONDARY PACKAGING

      $648.00

      1. 8.1 General

        $82.00

        1. Table | SECONDARY PACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION (million pounds)

      2. 8.2 Retail Bags

        $132.00

        1. Table | RETAIL BAG FILM DEMAND BY RESIN (million pounds)

      3. 8.3 Stretch Wrap

        $142.00

        1. Table | STRETCH WRAP FILM DEMAND BY RESIN (million pounds)

      4. 8.4 Industrial Liners

        $101.00

        1. Table | INDUSTRIAL LINER FILM DEMAND BY RESIN (millions pounds)

      5. 8.5 Shrink Wrap

        $168.00

        1. Table | SHRINK WRAP FILM DEMAND BY RESIN (million pounds)

      6. 8.6 Garment Bags

        $82.00

        1. Table | GARMENT BAG FILM DEMAND BY RESIN (million pounds)

      7. 8.7 Other Secondary Packaging

        $82.00

        1. Table | OTHER SECONDARY PACKAGING FILM DEMAND (million pounds)

    9. 9 NONPACKAGING

      $629.00

      1. 9.1 General

        $82.00

        1. Table | NONPACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION (million pounds)

      2. 9.2 Trash Bags

        $165.00

        1. Table | TRASH BAG FILM DEMAND BY RESIN (million pounds)

      3. 9.3 Nonwoven Disposables

        $100.00

        1. Table | NONWOVEN DISPOSABLE FILM DEMAND BY RESIN (million pounds)

      4. 9.4 Household Foodwraps & Bags

        $82.00

        1. Table | HOUSEHOLD FOODWRAPS & BAGS FILM DEMAND BY RESIN (million pounds)

      5. 9.5 Agricultural Film

        $99.00

        1. Table | AGRICULTURAL FILM DEMAND BY RESIN (million pounds)

      6. 9.6 Construction & Industrial Film

        $82.00

        1. Table | CONSTRUCTION & INDUSTRIAL FILM DEMAND BY RESIN (million pounds)

      7. 9.7 Other Nonpackaging Film

        $87.00

        1. Table | OTHER NONPACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY MARKET & RESIN (million pounds)

    10. 10 INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

      $4,959.00

      1. 10.1 General

        $102.00

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

      2. 10.2 Market Share

        $220.00

      3. 10.3 Mergers & Acquisitions

        $134.00

        1. Table | SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES

      4. 10.4 Marketing Strategies

        $82.00

      5. 10.5 Channels of Distribution

        $82.00

      6. 10.6 Research & Development

        $103.00

      7. 10.7 Competitive Strategies

        $82.00

      8. 10.8 Cooperative Agreements

        $82.00

        1. Table | SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS

      9. 10.9 Company Profiles

        $4,172.00

        1. 10.9.1 AEP Industries Incorporated

          $187.00

        2. 10.9.2 Amcor Limited

          $94.00

        3. 10.9.3 Bemis Company Incorporated

          $228.00

        4. 10.9.4 Berry Plastics Corporation

          $224.00

        5. 10.9.5 Cereplast Incorporated

          $82.00

        6. 10.9.6 Clorox Company

          $82.00

        7. 10.9.7 Dow Chemical Company

          $158.00

        8. 10.9.8 DuPont (EI) de Nemours

          $160.00

        9. 10.9.9 Eastman Chemical Company

          $137.00

        10. 10.9.10 Eastman Kodak Company

          $95.00

        11. 10.9.11 Evonik Industries AG

          $82.00

        12. 10.9.12 Exxon Mobil Corporation

          $103.00

        13. 10.9.13 FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation

          $86.00

        14. 10.9.14 Griffon Corporation

          $82.00

        15. 10.9.15 Hilex Poly Company LLC

          $82.00

        16. 10.9.16 Honeywell International Incorporated

          $83.00

        17. 10.9.17 Hood Companies

          $82.00

        18. 10.9.18 Innovia Films Limited

          $86.00

        19. 10.9.19 Inteplast Group Limited

          $152.00

        20. 10.9.20 Intertape Polymer Group Incorporated

          $82.00

        21. 10.9.21 Klöckner Pentaplast Group

          $133.00

        22. 10.9.22 Kuraray Company Limited

          $82.00

        23. 10.9.23 Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation

          $92.00

        24. 10.9.24 OMNOVA Solutions Incorporated

          $82.00

        25. 10.9.25 Onex Corporation

          $82.00

        26. 10.9.26 Pregis Corporation

          $93.00

        27. 10.9.27 Printpack Incorporated

          $83.00

        28. 10.9.28 Reynolds Group Holdings Limited

          $149.00

        29. 10.9.29 Saudi Basic Industries Corporation

          $105.00

        30. 10.9.30 Sealed Air Corporation

          $185.00

        31. 10.9.31 Sigma Plastics Group

          $260.00

        32. 10.9.32 Spartech Corporation

          $106.00

        33. 10.9.33 Taghleef Industries LLC

          $112.00

        34. 10.9.34 3M Company

          $173.00

        35. 10.9.35 Toray Industries Incorporated

          $88.00

        36. 10.9.36 Tredegar Corporation

          $95.00

        37. 10.9.37 Western Plastics Limited

          $82.00

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