Plastic Film

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Gains in plastic film demand will be driven by accelerating growth in manufacturing output and disposable incomes, as well as by increased penetration of pouches into new markets.

US demand to reach 15.4 billion pounds in 2018

US demand for plastic film is expected to grow 1.5 percent per year through 2018 to 15.4 billion pounds, valued at $24.9 billion. Accelerating growth in manufacturing output and disposable incomes bodes well for plastic film sales in a wide range of markets. Expected price stabili-zation stemming from elevated plastic resin supply will improve the cost-competitiveness of plastic film versus other materials. Increased penetration of pouches into new markets will also boost demand for plastic film.

LLDPE will remain dominant film resin

Linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) is the largest volume film resin, comprising 45 percent of total resin usage in 2013, and LLDPE will maintain solid growth through 2018. LLDPE’s high strength and source reduction capabilities have helped spur gains in multiple markets, including pouches for food products and pharmaceutical packaging. Demand for low density polyethylene (LDPE) is expected to grow more slowly as it is replaced by LLDPE in some segments and reaches market maturity in many of its primary markets. Above average growth is forecast for polypropylene film, driven by its use in pack-aging for the increasingly popular fresh produce market and its growth in snack food packaging. High density polyethylene (HDPE) film is expected to exhibit minimal growth through 2018, with in-creasing opposition to single use plastic retail bags offsetting gains in food pack-aging markets.

Polyethylene terephthalate film demand will post near average growth through 2018, with healthy gains in food packaging replacing demand from the declining magnetic tape and photographic film markets. Below average growth is expected for polyvinyl chloride (PVC), hampered by competition in nonfood applications such as pharmaceutical and medical products. Degradable plastic resins will experience the highest growth rate of all film types, with falling prices prompting packaging converters to adopt their use.

Food packaging market to grow the most rapidly

The food packaging market will exhibit the fastest growth in film demand, driven by the expanding popularity of pouches for a variety of food items, as well as the rise of active and intelligent packaging. Nonfood packaging will see solid growth stem from strong demand for pharmaceutical and medical packaging. Slower growth is forecast for nonpackaging film due to the maturity of trash bag applications and the decrease in photographic and magnetic film, as these are only par-tially offset by robust gains for construction film. Secondary packaging will see the slowest gains, with flat or negative growth in garment bags and retail bags.

Study coverage

This Freedonia industry study analyzes the 14.3 billion pound US plastic film industry. It present historical demand data (2003, 2008 and 2013) and forecasts (2018 and 2023) by resin (e.g., LLDPE, HDPE, LDP, polypropylene, PVC, PET) and market (e.g., food packaging, nonfood packaging, secondary packaging, nonpackaging). The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share, and profiles 42 industry players, including Bemis, Sigma Plastics, and Sealed Air.

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  1. Plastic Film

    $5,300.00

    1. 1 INTRODUCTION

      $82.00

    2. 2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

      $89.00

      1. Table | PLASTIC FILM DEMAND

    3. 3 MARKET ENVIRONMENT

      $1,741.00

      1. 3.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 3.2 Macroeconomic Indicators

        $169.00

        1. Table | MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS

      3. 3.3 Demographic Trends

        $157.00

        1. Table | POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS

      4. 3.4 Consumer Income & Spending Trends

        $106.00

        1. Table | PERSONAL CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURES

      5. 3.5 Retail Sales Outlook

        $155.00

        1. Table | RETAIL SALES

      6. 3.6 Manufacturing Outlook

        $138.00

        1. Table | MANUFACTURERS' SHIPMENTS

      7. 3.7 Building Construction Outlook

        $85.00

        1. Table | BUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES

      8. 3.8 Plastic Resin Industry Outlook

        $140.00

        1. Table | PLASTIC RESIN SUPPLY & DEMAND

        2. CHART II-1 PLASTIC RESIN DEMAND, 2013

      9. 3.9 Packaging Industry Overview

        $220.00

        1. Table | PACKAGING SUPPLY & DEMAND

        2. 3.9.1 Performance

          $82.00

        3. 3.9.2 Aesthetics

          $82.00

      10. 3.10 Technological Developments

        $131.00

      11. 3.11 Regulatory & Environmental Considerations

        $196.00

        1. 3.11.1 Waste Disposal

          $82.00

        2. 3.11.2 Restrictions & Recycling

          $116.00

      12. 3.12 Pricing Trends

        $82.00

        1. Table | PLASTIC FILM PRICING

      13. 3.13 Historical Market Trends

        $82.00

        1. Table | PLASTIC FILM MARKET, 2003-2013

        2. CHART II-2 PLASTIC FILM MARKET, 2003-2013

      14. 3.14 International Activity & Foreign Trade

        $82.00

    4. 4 RESINS

      $2,697.00

      1. 4.1 General

        $82.00

        1. Table | PLASTIC FILM DEMAND BY RESIN

        2. CHART III-1 PLASTIC FILM DEMAND BY RESIN, 2013

      2. 4.2 Linear Low Density Polyethylene

        $513.00

        1. Table | LINEAR LOW DENSITY POLYETHYLENE FILM DEMAND BY MARKET

        2. CHART III-2 LINEAR LOW DENSITY POLYETHYLENE FILM DEMAND BY MARKET, 2013

        3. 4.2.1 Food Packaging

          $129.00

          1. Table | LINEAR LOW DENSITY POLYETHYLENE FOOD PACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION

        4. 4.2.2 Nonfood Packaging

          $118.00

          1. Table | LINEAR LOW DENSITY POLYETHYLENE NONFOOD PACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION

        5. 4.2.3 Secondary Packaging

          $103.00

          1. Table | LINEAR LOW DENSITY POLYETHYLENE SECONDARY PACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION

        6. 4.2.4 Nonpackaging

          $93.00

          1. Table | LINEAR LOW DENSITY POLYETHYLENE NONPACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION

      3. 4.3 High Density Polyethylene

        $234.00

        1. Table | HIGH DENSITY POLYETHYLENE FILM DEMAND BY MARKET

        2. CHART III-3 HIGH DENSITY POLYETHYLENE FILM DEMAND BY MARKET, 2013

        3. 4.3.1 Food Packaging

          $82.00

          1. Table | HIGH DENSITY POLYETHYLENE FOOD PACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION

        4. 4.3.2 Nonfood Packaging

          $82.00

          1. Table | HIGH DENSITY POLYETHYLENE NONFOOD PACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION

        5. 4.3.3 Secondary Packaging

          $82.00

          1. Table | HIGH DENSITY POLYETHYLENE SECONDARY PACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION

        6. 4.3.4 Nonpackaging

          $82.00

          1. Table | HIGH DENSITY POLYETHYLENE NONPACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION

      4. 4.4 Low Density Polyethylene

        $427.00

        1. Table | LOW DENSITY POLYETHYLENE FILM DEMAND BY MARKET

        2. CHART III-4 LOW DENSITY POLYETHYLENE FILM DEMAND BY MARKET, 2013

        3. 4.4.1 Food Packaging

          $115.00

          1. Table | LOW DENSITY POLYETHYLENE FOOD PACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION

        4. 4.4.2 Nonfood Packaging

          $87.00

          1. Table | LOW DENSITY POLYETHYLENE NONFOOD PACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION

        5. 4.4.3 Secondary Packaging

          $82.00

          1. Table | LOW DENSITY POLYETHYLENE SECONDARY PACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION

        6. 4.4.4 Nonpackaging

          $82.00

          1. Table | LOW DENSITY POLYETHYLENE NONPACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION

      5. 4.5 Polypropylene

        $363.00

        1. Table | POLYPROPYLENE FILM DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET

        2. CHART III-5 POLYPROPYLENE FILM DEMAND BY MARKET, 2013

        3. 4.5.1 Food Packaging

          $153.00

          1. Table | POLYPROPYLENE FOOD PACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION

        4. 4.5.2 Nonfood Packaging

          $94.00

          1. Table | POLYPROPYLENE NONFOOD PACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION

        5. 4.5.3 Secondary Packaging

          $82.00

          1. Table | POLYPROPYLENE SECONDARY PACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION

      6. 4.6 Polyvinyl Chloride

        $214.00

        1. Table | POLYVINYL CHLORIDE FILM DEMAND BY MARKET

        2. CHART III-6 PVC FILM DEMAND BY MARKET, 2013

        3. 4.6.1 Food Packaging

          $82.00

          1. Table | POLYVINYL CHLORIDE FOOD PACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION

        4. 4.6.2 Nonfood Packaging

          $82.00

          1. Table | POLYVINYL CHLORIDE NONFOOD PACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION

        5. 4.6.3 Secondary Packaging

          $82.00

          1. Table | POLYVINYL CHLORIDE SECONDARY PACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION

      7. 4.7 Polyethylene Terephthalate

        $317.00

        1. Table | POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE FILM DEMAND BY MARKET

        2. CHART III-7 PET FILM DEMAND BY MARKET, 2013

        3. 4.7.1 Food Packaging

          $122.00

          1. Table | POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE FOOD PACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION

        4. 4.7.2 Nonfood & Secondary Packaging

          $82.00

          1. Table | POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE NONFOOD & SECONDARY FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION

        5. 4.7.3 Nonpackaging

          $82.00

          1. Table | POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE NONPACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION

      8. 4.8 Other Plastic Films

        $574.00

        1. Table | OTHER PLASTIC FILM DEMAND BY RESIN

        2. 4.8.1 Polystyrene

          $82.00

          1. Table | POLYSTYRENE FILM DEMAND BY MARKET

        3. 4.8.2 Nylon

          $103.00

          1. Table | NYLON FILM RESIN DEMAND BY MARKET

        4. 4.8.3 Polyvinylidene Chloride

          $85.00

          1. Table | POLYVINYLIDENE CHLORIDE FILM DEMAND BY MARKET

        5. 4.8.4 Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol

          $97.00

          1. Table | ETHYLENE VINYL ALCOHOL FILM DEMAND BY MARKET

        6. 4.8.5 Degradable Plastics

          $133.00

          1. Table | DEGRADABLE PLASTICS FILM DEMAND BY MARKET

        7. 4.8.6 All Other

          $82.00

          1. Table | ALL OTHER PLASTIC FILM DEMAND BY MARKET

    5. 5 MARKET OVERVIEW

      $89.00

      1. Table | PLASTIC FILM DEMAND BY MARKET

      2. CHART IV-1 PLASTIC FILM DEMAND BY MARKET, 2013

    6. 6 FOOD PACKAGING

      $2,440.00

      1. 6.1 General

        $106.00

        1. Table | FOOD PACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION

        2. CHART V-1 FOOD PACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION, 2013

      2. 6.2 Food Industry Outlook

        $285.00

        1. Table | FOOD & BEVERAGE SHIPMENTS

        2. 6.2.1 Consumer Preferences

          $82.00

        3. 6.2.2 Distribution Trends

          $82.00

      3. 6.3 Snacks

        $265.00

        1. 6.3.1 Snack Food Outlook

          $82.00

          1. Table | SNACK FOOD SHIPMENTS

        2. 6.3.2 Plastic Film Demand

          $181.00

          1. Table | SNACK FOOD FILM DEMAND BY RESIN

      4. 6.4 Meat, Poultry, &Seafood

        $238.00

        1. 6.4.1 Meat, Poultry, &Seafood Outlook

          $82.00

          1. Table | MEAT, POULTRY, &SEAFOOD CONSUMPTION

        2. 6.4.2 Plastic Film Demand

          $149.00

          1. Table | MEAT, POULTRY, &SEAFOOD FILM DEMAND BY RESIN

      5. 6.5 Baked Goods

        $183.00

        1. 6.5.1 Baked Goods Outlook

          $82.00

          1. Table | BAKED GOODS SHIPMENTS

        2. 6.5.2 Plastic Film Demand

          $120.00

          1. Table | BAKED GOODS FILM DEMAND BY RESIN

      6. 6.6 Produce

        $235.00

        1. 6.6.1 Produce Outlook

          $87.00

          1. Table | FRESH PRODUCE CONSUMPTION

        2. 6.6.2 Plastic Film Demand

          $121.00

          1. Table | PRODUCE FILM DEMAND BY RESIN

      7. 6.7 Pet Food

        $172.00

        1. 6.7.1 Pet Food Outlook

          $82.00

          1. Table | PET FOOD SHIPMENTS

        2. 6.7.2 Plastic Film Demand

          $87.00

          1. Table | PET FOOD FILM DEMAND BY RESIN

      8. 6.8 Grain Mill Products

        $127.00

        1. 6.8.1 Grain Mill Products Outlook

          $82.00

          1. Table | GRAIN MILL PRODUCT SHIPMENTS

        2. 6.8.2 Plastic Film Demand

          $82.00

          1. Table | GRAIN MILL PRODUCT FILM DEMAND BY RESIN

      9. 6.9 Confections

        $193.00

        1. 6.9.1 Confections Outlook

          $82.00

          1. Table | CONFECTION SHIPMENTS

        2. 6.9.2 Plastic Film Demand

          $120.00

          1. Table | CONFECTION FILM DEMAND BY RESIN

      10. 6.10 Frozen Foods

        $205.00

        1. 6.10.1 Frozen Foods Outlook

          $82.00

          1. Table | FROZEN FOOD SHIPMENTS

        2. 6.10.2 Plastic Film Demand

          $111.00

          1. Table | FROZEN FOOD FILM DEMAND BY RESIN

      11. 6.11 Dairy Products

        $212.00

        1. 6.11.1 Dairy Products Outlook

          $88.00

          1. Table | DAIRY PRODUCT SHIPMENTS

        2. 6.11.2 Plastic Film Demand

          $108.00

          1. Table | DAIRY PRODUCT FILM DEMAND BY RESIN

      12. 6.12 Beverages

        $163.00

        1. 6.12.1 Beverages Outlook

          $88.00

          1. Table | BEVERAGE SHIPMENTS

        2. 6.12.2 Plastic Film Demand

          $82.00

          1. Table | BEVERAGE FILM DEMAND BY RESIN

      13. 6.13 Other Foods

        $82.00

        1. Table | OTHER FOOD PACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY RESIN

    7. 7 NONFOOD PACKAGING

      $795.00

      1. 7.1 General

        $82.00

        1. Table | NONFOOD PACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION

        2. CHART VI-1 NONFOOD PACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION, 2013

      2. 7.2 Pharmaceuticals & Medical Products

        $254.00

        1. 7.2.1 Pharmaceutical & Medical Products Outlook

          $94.00

          1. Table | PHARMACEUTICAL & MEDICAL PRODUCT SHIPMENTS

        2. 7.2.2 Plastic Film Demand

          $136.00

          1. Table | PHARMACEUTICAL & MEDICAL PRODUCT FILM DEMAND BY RESIN

      3. 7.3 Shipping Sacks

        $101.00

        1. Table | SHIPPING SACK FILM DEMAND BY RESIN

      4. 7.4 Rack & Counter

        $89.00

        1. Table | RACK & COUNTER FILM DEMAND BY RESIN

      5. 7.5 Textile & Paper Products

        $240.00

        1. 7.5.1 Textile & Paper Products Outlook

          $96.00

          1. Table | TEXTILE & PAPER PRODUCTS SHIPMENTS

        2. 7.5.2 Plastic Film Demand

          $106.00

          1. Table | TEXTILE & PAPER FILM DEMAND BY RESIN

      6. 7.6 Other Nonfood Packaging

        $82.00

        1. Table | OTHER NONFOOD PACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY RESIN

    8. 8 SECONDARY PACKAGING

      $616.00

      1. 8.1 General

        $82.00

        1. Table | SECONDARY PACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION

        2. CHART VII-1 SECONDARY PACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION, 2013

      2. 8.2 Retail Bags

        $136.00

        1. Table | RETAIL BAG FILM DEMAND BY RESIN

      3. 8.3 Stretch Wrap

        $132.00

        1. Table | STRETCH WRAP FILM DEMAND BY RESIN

      4. 8.4 Industrial Liners

        $94.00

        1. Table | INDUSTRIAL LINER FILM DEMAND BY RESIN

      5. 8.5 Shrink Wrap

        $153.00

        1. Table | SHRINK WRAP FILM DEMAND BY RESIN

      6. 8.6 Garment Bags

        $82.00

        1. Table | GARMENT BAG FILM DEMAND BY RESIN

      7. 8.7 Other Secondary Packaging

        $82.00

        1. Table | OTHER SECONDARY PACKAGING FILM DEMAND

    9. 9 NONPACKAGING

      $581.00

      1. 9.1 General

        $82.00

        1. Table | NONPACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION

        2. CHART VIII-1 NONPACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY APPLICATION, 2013

      2. 9.2 Trash Bags

        $158.00

        1. Table | TRASH BAG FILM DEMAND BY RESIN

      3. 9.3 Nonwoven Disposables

        $95.00

        1. Table | NONWOVEN DISPOSABLE FILM DEMAND BY RESIN

      4. 9.4 Household Foodwraps & Bags

        $82.00

        1. Table | HOUSEHOLD FOODWRAP & BAG FILM DEMAND BY RESIN

      5. 9.5 Agricultural Film

        $91.00

        1. Table | AGRICULTURAL FILM DEMAND BY RESIN

      6. 9.6 Construction & Industrial Film

        $82.00

        1. Table | CONSTRUCTION & INDUSTRIAL FILM DEMAND BY RESIN

      7. 9.7 Other Nonpackaging Film

        $82.00

        1. Table | OTHER NONPACKAGING FILM DEMAND BY MARKET & RESIN

    10. 10 INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

      $5,333.00

      1. 10.1 General

        $94.00

        1. Table | US PLASTIC FILM SALES BY COMPANY, 2013

      2. 10.2 Market Share

        $164.00

        1. CHART IX-1 US PLASTIC FILM MARKET SHARE, 2013

      3. 10.3 Mergers & Acquisitions

        $90.00

        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

        $82.00

      7. 10.7 Competitive Strategies

        $82.00

      8. 10.8 Cooperative Agreements

        $85.00

        1. Table | SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS

      9. 10.9 Company Profiles

        $5,097.00

        1. 10.9.1 AEP Industries Incorporated

          $156.00

        2. 10.9.2 Amcor Limited

          $103.00

        3. 10.9.3 Bemis Company Incorporated

          $160.00

        4. 10.9.4 Berry Plastics Group Incorporated

          $186.00

        5. 10.9.5 Clorox Company

          $85.00

        6. 10.9.6 Clysar LLC

          $82.00

        7. 10.9.7 Dow Chemical Company

          $162.00

        8. 10.9.8 DuPont (EI) de Nemours

          $235.00

        9. 10.9.9 Eastman Chemical Company

          $154.00

        10. 10.9.10 Eastman Kodak Company

          $106.00

        11. 10.9.11 Evonik Industries AG

          $82.00

        12. 10.9.12 Exxon Mobil Corporation

          $82.00

        13. 10.9.13 FLEXcon Company Incorporated

          $82.00

        14. 10.9.14 FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation

          $112.00

        15. 10.9.15 Griffon Corporation

          $82.00

        16. 10.9.16 Honeywell International Incorporated

          $100.00

        17. 10.9.17 Hood Companies

          $82.00

        18. 10.9.18 Innovia Films Limited

          $113.00

        19. 10.9.19 Inteplast Group Limited

          $259.00

        20. 10.9.20 Intertape Polymer Group Incorporated

          $92.00

        21. 10.9.21 Jindal Poly Films Limited

          $96.00

        22. 10.9.22 Klöckner Pentaplast Group

          $134.00

        23. 10.9.23 Kuraray Company Limited

          $96.00

        24. 10.9.24 MACtac

          $82.00

        25. 10.9.25 Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation

          $105.00

        26. 10.9.26 Next Generation Films Incorporated

          $82.00

        27. 10.9.27 Novolex

          $183.00

        28. 10.9.28 OMNOVA Solutions Incorporated

          $82.00

        29. 10.9.29 Onex Corporation

          $94.00

        30. 10.9.30 PolyOne Corporation

          $113.00

        31. 10.9.31 Printpack Incorporated

          $82.00

        32. 10.9.32 Raven Industries Incorporated

          $85.00

        33. 10.9.33 Reynolds Group Holdings Limited

          $157.00

        34. 10.9.34 Saudi Basic Industries Corporation

          $172.00

        35. 10.9.35 Sealed Air Corporation

          $215.00

        36. 10.9.36 Sigma Plastics Group

          $296.00

        37. 10.9.37 Taghleef Industries LLC

          $84.00

        38. 10.9.38 3M Company

          $215.00

        39. 10.9.39 Toray Industries Incorporated

          $110.00

        40. 10.9.40 Tredegar Corporation

          $127.00

        41. 10.9.41 Treofan Germany GmbH & Company KG

          $82.00

        42. 10.9.42 Western Plastics Limited

          $82.00

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