Plastic Foams

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Increased new housing activity, along with rising consumer spending levels, will bode well for foams used in foam insulation and household products such as bedding, furniture, and appliances.

US demand to rise 4.1% annually through 2017

US demand for plastic foams is forecast to rise 4.1 percent annually to 8.6 billion pounds in 2017, valued at $24.7 billion. The market will mount a healthy recovery from the declines posted during the recession-impacted 2007-2012 period. The construction sector is anticipated to enjoy particularly robust growth prospects, as renewed strength in construction activity generates significant opportunities for foam insulation products. Increased new housing activity, along with rising consumer spending levels, will bode well for foams used in household products such as bedding, furniture, and appliances. Gains in this market will also be aided by the expanding popularity of memory foam mattresses, although maturity and import competition will continue to limit domestic plastic foam demand in the furniture and appliance segments. In the motor vehicle market, advances will be promoted by rising vehicle output and efforts to enhance safety and comfort.

Polyurethane to remain leading plastic foams resin

Polyurethane represents the leading resin in the plastic foams market. Flexible polyurethane foam will remain the dominant product type of this resin, outpacing demand gains for its rigid counterpart through 2017 based on especially rapid growth in the bedding and carpet underlay markets, where it is valued for its cushioning properties. Strong gains for rigid polyurethane foam will be propelled by a healthy rebound in construction activity and by changes in building codes and construction practices that call for structures to use energy more efficiently. Rigid polyurethane is one of the most effective materials available for roof and wall insulation, insulated windows and doors, and air barrier sealants. However, polyurethane foam insulation will continue to encounter competition from fiberglass and polystyrene foam.

Polystyrene accounts for almost two-fifths of demand for plastic foam and will maintain a sizable share of the market through the forecast period based on its excellent protective and insulative capabilities, moisture resistance, and low cost. However, advances in the large packaging sector will be restricted by ongoing solid waste disposal concerns regarding the use of disposable foam products and rising competition from paper-based materials, which are viewed as more eco-friendly. Through 2017, expanded polystyrene foam is projected to see more rapid gains than its extruded counterpart, stemming primarily from its use in insulation, molded foam protective packaging, and insulated shipping containers. Expanded polystyrene geofoam, which serves as a cost-efficient and lightweight alternative to traditional fill materials in construction applications, is predicted to grow quite rapidly from a relatively small base.

Study Scope

This study analyzes the 7.1 billion pound US plastic foam industry. It presents historical demand data for 2002, 2007 and 2012, and forecasts for 2017 and 2022 by market (e.g., foodservice and consumer disposables, protective packaging, containers, insulation, flooring and carpet backing, bedding, furniture, appliances, motor vehicles) and resin (e.g., polyurethane, polystyrene, polypropylene, HDPE).

The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles 41 industry players, including Carpenter, Dart Container and Reynolds Group.

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  1. Plastic Foams

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    1. 1 INTRODUCTION

      $89.00

    2. 2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

      $133.00

      1. Table | PLASTIC FOAMS DEMAND (million pounds)

    3. 3 MARKET ENVIRONMENT

      $1,625.00

      1. 3.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 3.2 Macroeconomic Environment

        $161.00

        1. Table | MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS (billion 2005 dollars)

      3. 3.3 Consumer Income & Spending

        $115.00

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

      4. 3.4 Demographic Trends

        $172.00

        1. Table | POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS (million persons)

      5. 3.5 Construction Outlook

        $133.00

        1. Table | CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES (billion 2005 dollars)

      6. 3.6 Manufacturing Outlook

        $137.00

        1. Table | MANUFACTURERS' SHIPMENTS

      7. 3.7 Plastic Resin Outlook

        $158.00

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

      8. 3.8 Plastic Foam Characteristics

        $132.00

      9. 3.9 Competitive Materials

        $82.00

      10. 3.10 Blowing Agents

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      11. 3.11 Environmental & Regulatory Considerations

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        1. 3.11.1 Materials-Based Regulation

          $176.00

        2. 3.11.2 Energy-Based Regulation

          $82.00

      12. 3.12 Recycling

        $100.00

      13. 3.13 International Activity

        $82.00

    4. 4 MARKETS

      $3,668.00

      1. 4.1 General

        $82.00

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

        2. Table | PLASTIC FOAMS DEMAND BY MARKET, 2012 (7.1 billion pounds)

      2. 4.2 Packaging

        $1,953.00

        1. 4.2.1 Plastic Foams Demand by Resin & Application

          $82.00

          1. Table | PACKAGING MARKET FOR PLASTIC FOAMS BY RESIN & APPLICATION (million pounds)

          2. Table | PACKAGING MARKET FOR PLASTIC FOAMS BY APPLICATION, 2012 (2.4 billion pounds)

        2. 4.2.2 Foodservice & Consumer Disposables

          $610.00

          1. Table | FOODSERVICE DISPOSABLES DEMAND BY TYPE (million dollars)

          2. Table | FOODSERVICE & CONSUMER DISPOSABLES MARKET FOR PLASTIC FOAMS (million pounds)

        3. 4.2.3 Protective Packaging

          $853.00

          1. Table | PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MATERIAL (million pounds)

          2. Table | PROTECTIVE PACKAGING MARKET FOR PLASTIC FOAMS BY RESIN & TYPE (million pounds)

          3. Table | PROTECTIVE PACKAGING MARKET FOR PLASTIC FOAMS BY RESIN, 2012 (664 million pounds)

          4. Table | MOLDED FOAM PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND (million pounds)

          5. Table | ROLLED FOAM PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND (million pounds)

          6. Table | FOAM-IN-PLACE PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND (million pounds)

          7. Table | LOOSE-FILL & OTHER FOAM PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND (million pounds)

        4. 4.2.4 Containers

          $400.00

          1. Table | FOOD CONTAINER DEMAND BY TYPE (billion units)

          2. Table | CONTAINER MARKET FOR PLASTIC FOAMS (million pounds)

      3. 4.3 Construction

        $695.00

        1. 4.3.1 Plastic Foams Demand by Resin & Application

          $88.00

          1. Table | CONSTRUCTION MARKET FOR PLASTIC FOAMS BY RESIN & APPLICATION (million pounds)

          2. Table | CONSTRUCTION MARKET FOR PLASTIC FOAMS BY APPLICATION, 2012 (1.5 billion pounds)

        2. 4.3.2 Insulation

          $302.00

          1. Table | CONSTRUCTION INSULATION DEMAND BY TYPE (million pounds)

          2. Table | CONSTRUCTION INSULATION MARKET FOR PLASTIC FOAMS (million pounds)

        3. 4.3.3 Flooring & Carpet Backing

          $186.00

          1. Table | CARPET & RUG SUPPLY & DEMAND (million square yards)

          2. Table | FLOORING & CARPET BACKING MARKET FOR PLASTIC FOAMS (million pounds)

        4. 4.3.4 Other Construction

          $103.00

          1. Table | OTHER CONSTRUCTION MARKETS FOR PLASTIC FOAMS (million pounds)

      4. 4.4 Household Products

        $602.00

        1. 4.4.1 Plastic Foams Demand by Resin & Application

          $82.00

          1. Table | HOUSEHOLD PRODUCT MARKET FOR PLASTIC FOAMS BY RESIN & APPLICATION (million pounds)

          2. Table | HOUSEHOLD PRODUCT MARKET FOR PLASTIC FOAMS BY APPLICATION, 2012 (1.2 billion pounds)

        2. 4.4.2 Bedding

          $180.00

          1. Table | MATTRESS & SLEEP SYSTEM SHIPMENTS

          2. Table | BEDDING MARKET FOR PLASTIC FOAMS (million pounds)

        3. 4.4.3 Furniture

          $131.00

          1. Table | FURNITURE SHIPMENTS

          2. Table | FURNITURE MARKET FOR PLASTIC FOAMS (million pounds)

        4. 4.4.4 Appliances

          $136.00

          1. Table | MAJOR APPLIANCE SHIPMENTS (million units)

          2. Table | APPLIANCE MARKET FOR PLASTIC FOAMS (million pounds)

        5. 4.4.5 Other Household Products

          $82.00

          1. Table | OTHER HOUSEHOLD PRODUCT MARKETS FOR PLASTIC FOAMS (million pounds)

      5. 4.5 Motor Vehicles

        $213.00

        1. 4.5.1 Motor Vehicle Outlook

          $93.00

          1. Table | MOTOR VEHICLE PRODUCTION (thousand units)

        2. 4.5.2 Plastic Foams Demand

          $97.00

          1. Table | MOTOR VEHICLE MARKET FOR PLASTIC FOAMS BY RESIN (million pounds)

      6. 4.6 Other Markets

        $131.00

        1. Table | OTHER MARKETS FOR PLASTIC FOAMS (million pounds)

    5. 5 PRODUCTS

      $214.00

      1. 5.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 5.2 Demand by Resin

        $82.00

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

        2. Table | PLASTIC FOAMS DEMAND BY RESIN, 2012 (7.1 billion pounds)

      3. 5.3 Pricing Trends

        $103.00

        1. Table | SELECTED PLASTIC FOAMS PRICING (dollars per pound)

    6. 6 POLYURETHANE FOAMS

      $1,301.00

      1. 6.1 General

        $82.00

        1. Table | POLYURETHANE FOAMS DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET (million pounds)

      2. 6.2 Flexible Polyurethane Foams

        $569.00

        1. Table | FLEXIBLE POLYURETHANE FOAMS DEMAND BY MARKET (million pounds)

        2. Table | FLEXIBLE POLYURETHANE FOAMS DEMAND BY MARKET, 2012 (1.8 billion pounds)

        3. 6.2.1 Household Products

          $214.00

          1. Table | HOUSEHOLD PRODUCT MARKET FOR FLEXIBLE POLYURETHANE FOAMS (million pounds)

        4. 6.2.2 Motor Vehicles

          $82.00

          1. Table | MOTOR VEHICLE MARKET FOR FLEXIBLE POLYURETHANE FOAMS (million pounds)

        5. 6.2.3 Flooring Underlay

          $93.00

          1. Table | FLOORING UNDERLAY MARKET FOR FLEXIBLE POLYURETHANE FOAMS (million pounds)

        6. 6.2.4 Packaging

          $82.00

          1. Table | PACKAGING MARKET FOR FLEXIBLE POLYURETHANE FOAMS (million pounds)

        7. 6.2.5 Other Markets

          $82.00

          1. Table | OTHER MARKETS FOR FLEXIBLE POLYURETHANE FOAMS (million pounds)

      3. 6.3 Rigid Polyurethane Foams

        $572.00

        1. Table | RIGID POLYURETHANE FOAMS DEMAND BY MARKET (million pounds)

        2. Table | RIGID POLYURETHANE FOAMS DEMAND BY MARKET, 2012 (1.6 billion pounds)

        3. 6.3.1 Construction

          $212.00

          1. Table | CONSTRUCTION MARKET FOR RIGID POLYURETHANE FOAMS (million pounds)

        4. 6.3.2 Household Products

          $118.00

          1. Table | HOUSEHOLD PRODUCT MARKET FOR RIGID POLYURETHANE FOAMS (million pounds)

        5. 6.3.3 Packaging

          $82.00

          1. Table | PACKAGING MARKET FOR RIGID POLYURETHANE FOAMS (million pounds)

        6. 6.3.4 Motor Vehicles

          $82.00

          1. Table | MOTOR VEHICLE MARKET FOR RIGID POLYURETHANE FOAMS (million pounds)

        7. 6.3.5 Other Markets

          $99.00

          1. Table | OTHER MARKETS FOR RIGID POLYURETHANE FOAMS (million pounds)

      4. 6.4 Producers

        $82.00

    7. 7 POLYSTYRENE FOAMS

      $932.00

      1. 7.1 General

        $109.00

        1. Table | POLYSTYRENE FOAMS DEMAND BY PROCESSING METHOD & MARKET (million pounds)

        2. Table | POLYSTYRENE FOAMS DEMAND BY PROCESSING METHOD, 2012 (2.6 billion pounds)

      2. 7.2 Extruded Polystyrene Foams

        $346.00

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

        2. Table | EXTRUDED POLYSTYRENE FOAMS DEMAND BY MARKET, 2012 (1.4 billion pounds)

        3. 7.2.1 Packaging

          $177.00

          1. Table | PACKAGING MARKET FOR EXTRUDED POLYSTYRENE FOAMS (million pounds)

        4. 7.2.2 Construction

          $82.00

          1. Table | CONSTRUCTION MARKET FOR EXTRUDED POLYSTYRENE FOAMS (million pounds)

        5. 7.2.3 Other Markets

          $82.00

          1. Table | OTHER MARKETS FOR EXTRUDED POLYSTYRENE FOAMS (million pounds)

      3. 7.3 Expanded Polystyrene Foams

        $428.00

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

        2. Table | EXPANDED POLYSTYRENE FOAMS DEMAND BY MARKET, 2012 (1.2 billion pounds)

        3. 7.3.1 Packaging

          $223.00

          1. Table | PACKAGING MARKET FOR EXPANDED POLYSTYRENE FOAMS (million pounds)

        4. 7.3.2 Construction

          $103.00

          1. Table | CONSTRUCTION MARKET FOR EXPANDED POLYSTYRENE FOAMS (million pounds)

        5. 7.3.3 Other Markets

          $82.00

          1. Table | OTHER MARKETS FOR EXPANDED POLYSTYRENE FOAMS (million pounds)

      4. 7.4 Producers

        $82.00

    8. 8 OTHER PLASTIC FOAMS

      $1,049.00

      1. 8.1 General

        $82.00

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

        2. Table | OTHER PLASTIC FOAMS DEMAND BY RESIN, 2012 (965 million pounds)

      2. 8.2 Polypropylene Foams

        $109.00

        1. Table | POLYPROPYLENE FOAMS DEMAND BY MARKET (million pounds)

      3. 8.3 High Density Polyethylene Foams

        $98.00

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

      4. 8.4 Engineering Plastic Foams

        $168.00

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

      5. 8.5 Vinyl Foams

        $126.00

        1. Table | VINYL FOAMS DEMAND BY MARKET (million pounds)

      6. 8.6 Low Density Polyethylene Foams

        $101.00

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

      7. 8.7 Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene Foams

        $82.00

        1. Table | ACRYLONITRILE-BUTADIENE-STYRENE FOAMS DEMAND BY MARKET (million pounds)

      8. 8.8 Biodegradable Plastic Foams

        $167.00

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

      9. 8.9 All Other Plastic Foams

        $144.00

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

    9. 9 INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

      $5,132.00

      1. 9.1 General

        $82.00

        1. Table | US PLASTIC FOAM SALES BY COMPANY, 2012 (million dollars)

      2. 9.2 Market Share

        $198.00

        1. Table | US PLASTIC FOAMS MARKET SHARE, 2012 ($18 billion)

      3. 9.3 Mergers & Acquisitions

        $130.00

        1. Table | SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES

      4. 9.4 Marketing & Distribution

        $82.00

      5. 9.5 Research & Development

        $82.00

      6. 9.6 Competitive Strategies

        $82.00

      7. 9.7 Cooperative Agreements

        $110.00

        1. Table | SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS

      8. 9.8 Company Profiles

        $4,555.00

        1. 9.8.1 ACH Foam Technologies LLC

          $200.00

        2. 9.8.2 American Excelsior Company

          $82.00

        3. 9.8.3 Arkema SA

          $82.00

        4. 9.8.4 Armacell International Holding GmbH

          $110.00

        5. 9.8.5 BASF SE

          $213.00

        6. 9.8.6 Bayer AG

          $146.00

        7. 9.8.7 Berkshire Hathaway Incorporated

          $126.00

        8. 9.8.8 Bridgestone Corporation

          $82.00

        9. 9.8.9 Carlisle Companies Incorporated

          $163.00

        10. 9.8.10 Carpenter Company

          $212.00

        11. 9.8.11 Dart Container Corporation

          $141.00

        12. 9.8.12 Dow Chemical Company

          $245.00

        13. 9.8.13 DuPont (EI) de Nemours

          $119.00

        14. 9.8.14 Evonik Industries AG

          $88.00

        15. 9.8.15 Free-Flow Packaging International Incorporated

          $82.00

        16. 9.8.16 FXI Incorporated

          $195.00

        17. 9.8.17 Hood Companies

          $103.00

        18. 9.8.18 Huntsman Corporation

          $88.00

        19. 9.8.19 INOAC Corporation

          $169.00

        20. 9.8.20 Johnson Controls Incorporated

          $82.00

        21. 9.8.21 New WinCup Holdings Incorporated

          $82.00

        22. 9.8.22 Noël Group LLC

          $102.00

        23. 9.8.23 Ohio Decorative Products Incorporated

          $89.00

        24. 9.8.24 Owens Corning

          $82.00

        25. 9.8.25 Pak-Lite Incorporated

          $82.00

        26. 9.8.26 Pregis Corporation

          $114.00

        27. 9.8.27 Reynolds Group Holdings Limited

          $146.00

        28. 9.8.28 Ring Companies

          $82.00

        29. 9.8.29 Rmax Incorporated

          $84.00

        30. 9.8.30 Rogers Foam Corporation

          $82.00

        31. 9.8.31 Saint-Gobain

          $157.00

        32. 9.8.32 Schweiter Technologies AG

          $93.00

        33. 9.8.33 Sealed Air Corporation

          $111.00

        34. 9.8.34 Sekisui Chemical Company Limited

          $82.00

        35. 9.8.35 Solvay SA

          $82.00

        36. 9.8.36 Sonoco Products Company

          $99.00

        37. 9.8.37 StarchTech Incorporated

          $82.00

        38. 9.8.38 Storopack Hans Reichenecker GmbH

          $92.00

        39. 9.8.39 Tekni-Plex Incorporated

          $82.00

        40. 9.8.40 3M Company

          $158.00

        41. 9.8.41 UFP Technologies Incorporated

          $138.00

      9. 9.9 Other Companies Mentioned in Study

        $82.00

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