Plastic Film

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This study analyzes the United States market for plastic film, including converted or unconverted plastic films used in the following applications:

  • food primary packaging, including that for:
    • meat, poultry, and seafood
    • baked goods
    • snack food
    • produce
    • dairy products
    • candy and confections
    • frozen food
    • grain mill products
    • beverages
    • other foods (e.g., sauces and condiments, coffee and tea, spices, wet soups and other prepared and ready-to-eat foods, baby food, energy bars, dry foods such as pasta and dry soup mixes)
  • nonfood primary packaging, including for:
    • pharmaceuticals
    • paper and textile products
    • rack and counter goods
    • medical products
    • agricultural and horticultural products
    • chemicals
    • other nonfood items (e.g., books, building materials, electrical and electronic components, fabricated plastic and rubber products, furniture, leather goods, military supplies, motor oil, personal care products, pet products, tobacco products)
  • secondary packaging, including:
    • stretch film (including stretch film, stretch hoods, stretch sleeve labels)
    • retail bags
    • shrink film (including shrink wrap, shrink labels, shrink bags, shrink hoods, window insulation)
    • industrial liners
    • other secondary packaging (e.g., for game/trading cards, garment bags, desiccants, clear notebook covers, envelope and mailer films)
  • nonpackaging, including:
    • trash/garbage bags and can liners
    • tapes and labels
    • hygiene products and nonwovens
    • household food wrap and bags
    • agricultural film
    • construction and industrial film
    • other nonpackaging films (e.g., electrical insulators, automotive safety and security films, photovoltaic films, pressure sensitive film substrates sold in graphic and technical markets)

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Monolayer, multilayer, oriented, and metallized films are included. The different resin components of multilayer films are accounted for separately.

Demand for plastic film is also examined by resin type:

  • linear low density polyethylene
  • low density polyethylene
  • polypropylene
  • high density polyethylene
  • polyvinyl chloride
  • polyethylene terephthalate
  • other resins (e.g., nylon, polystyrene, polyvinylidene chloride, bio-based resins, ethylene vinyl alcohol, acrylic, fluoropolymers, acrylonitrile, cyclic-olefin copolymers, polyvinyl alcohol)

Historical data for 2009, 2014, and 2019 and forecasts for 2024 are presented in pounds.

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