Specialty Films

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Gains will be driven by the increasing need for high-performance plastic films that offer barrier properties, mechanical strength, and chemical resistance in packaging applications.

US demand to rise 5.2% annually through 2017

US demand for specialty films is forecast to advance 5.2 percent per year to $8.0 billion in 2017. Gains will be driven by the increasing need for high-performance plastic films that offer barrier properties, mechanical strength, and chemical resistance in packaging applications. Increasing use in small, but high-growth market areas, such as photovoltaic modules and biodegradable packaging, will also bolster advances, as will a rebound in the construction market.

Barrier films to remain key in packaging market

Packaging is the largest market for specialty films, accounting for two-thirds of overall demand. Growth in the dominant barrier film segment will be driven by the rapid rise in the use of vacuum packaging, oxygen scavenging, and low-oxygen case-ready technologies in meat packaging, as these technologies utilize high-barrier films to maintain an optimum atmosphere inside the package. Meat packaging opportunities will spur advances for films produced from ethylene vinyl alcohol, nylon, and polyvinylidene chloride resins. Demand for barrier films will also benefit from the increased use of specialty barrier films in pharmaceutical blister packaging applications, particularly fluoropolymer and nylon films in multilayer constructions. Additionally, improved metallized films are replacing film/foil and film/paper laminates in barrier packaging applications.

A rebound in building construction will benefit safety and security films, as double-digit annual growth in both residential and nonresidential building spending will boost demand for films used in windows for safety and security as well as light control. While the use of interlayer films in laminated motor vehicle glass is mature and offers limited opportunities for growth, better prospects are expected for safety and security films used in buildings. Light control films will also benefit from the rebound in construction activity as both residential and commercial customers seek to reduce energy costs. Demand for light control films will be further boosted by emerging applications in the fast-growing photovoltaic market and continuing usage in motor vehicle windows.

Biodegradable, water soluble films to grow fastest

The most rapid growth in specialty films, albeit from a small base, will occur in biodegradable and water soluble films, which will benefit as the technologies improve and new applications are developed. Demand for biodegradable films, which are used to produce compostable packaging and bags for organic waste, will benefit from environmental concerns and the increased commercialization of bio-based polymers. Water soluble film demand will receive a boost from the introduction of pharmaceutical and health products in dissolvable thin film form, as well as the introduction of edible, water soluble food packaging.

Study Scope

This study analyzes the $6.2 billion US specialty film industry. It presents historical demand data for 2002, 2007 and 2012, and forecasts for 2017 and 2022 by function (e.g., barrier, microporous, safety and security, conductive and insulative, light control, biodegradable, water soluble), resin (e.g., polyolefins, polyester films, nylon films, polyvinyl butyral films), and market (e.g., packaging, personal care products, electronics, transportation equipment, construction).

The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles 36 industry competitors such as Bemis, DuPont, and Sealed Air.

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  1. Specialty Films

    $4,900.00

    1. 1 INTRODUCTION

      $116.00

    2. 2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

      $142.00

      1. Table | SPECIALTY FILMS DEMAND (million dollars)

    3. 3 MARKET ENVIRONMENT

      $1,672.00

      1. 3.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 3.2 Macroeconomic Overview

        $171.00

        1. Table | MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS (billion 2005 dollars)

      3. 3.3 Demographic Trends

        $221.00

        1. Table | POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS (million persons)

      4. 3.4 Consumer Spending Trends

        $155.00

        1. Table | PERSONAL CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURES (billion dollars)

      5. 3.5 Manufacturing Trends

        $203.00

        1. Table | MANUFACTURERS' SHIPMENTS

      6. 3.6 Plastic Film Industry Overview

        $118.00

        1. Table | PLASTIC FILMS DEMAND

      7. 3.7 Technological Developments

        $209.00

      8. 3.8 Raw Materials

        $95.00

        1. Table | SPECIALTY FILMS RAW MATERIAL DEMAND

      9. 3.9 Pricing Trends

        $119.00

      10. 3.10 Historical Market Trends

        $86.00

        1. Table | SPECIALTY FILMS MARKET, 2002-2012

      11. 3.11 Regulatory & Environmental Considerations

        $135.00

      12. 3.12 Foreign Trade

        $82.00

      13. 3.13 International Activity

        $82.00

    4. 4 FUNCTIONS

      $1,820.00

      1. 4.1 General

        $83.00

        1. Table | SPECIALTY FILMS DEMAND BY FUNCTION (million dollars)

      2. 4.2 Barrier Films

        $547.00

        1. Table | BARRIER FILMS DEMAND (million dollars)

        2. 4.2.1 Oxygen & Other Gas Barrier Films

          $165.00

          1. Table | OXYGEN & OTHER GAS BARRIER FILMS DEMAND (million dollars)

        3. 4.2.2 Moisture Barrier Films

          $119.00

          1. Table | MOISTURE BARRIER FILMS DEMAND (million dollars)

        4. 4.2.3 Corrosion Barrier Films

          $96.00

          1. Table | CORROSION BARRIER FILMS DEMAND (million dollars)

        5. 4.2.4 Other Barrier Films

          $82.00

          1. Table | OTHER BARRIER FILMS DEMAND (million dollars)

      3. 4.3 Microporous Films

        $177.00

        1. Table | MICROPOROUS FILMS DEMAND (million dollars)

      4. 4.4 Safety & Security Films

        $302.00

        1. Table | SAFETY & SECURITY FILMS DEMAND (million dollars)

        2. 4.4.1 Interlayer Products

          $106.00

          1. Table | INTERLAYER SAFETY & SECURITY FILMS DEMAND (million dollars)

        3. 4.4.2 Surface Products

          $116.00

          1. Table | SURFACE SAFETY & SECURITY FILMS DEMAND (million dollars)

      5. 4.5 Conductive & Insulative Films

        $180.00

        1. Table | CONDUCTIVE & INSULATIVE FILMS DEMAND (million dollars)

      6. 4.6 Light Control Films

        $153.00

        1. Table | LIGHT CONTROL FILMS DEMAND (million dollars)

      7. 4.7 Biodegradable Films

        $135.00

        1. Table | BIODEGRADABLE FILMS DEMAND (million dollars)

      8. 4.8 Water Soluble Films

        $153.00

        1. Table | WATER SOLUBLE FILMS DEMAND (million dollars)

      9. 4.9 Other Functions

        $91.00

        1. Table | OTHER SPECIALTY FILMS DEMAND BY FUNCTION(million dollars)

    5. 5 RESINS

      $1,593.00

      1. 5.1 General

        $82.00

        1. Table | SPECIALTY FILMS DEMAND BY RESIN (million dollars)

      2. 5.2 Polyolefins

        $165.00

        1. Table | SPECIALTY POLYOLEFIN FILMS DEMAND (million dollars)

      3. 5.3 Polyester Films

        $282.00

        1. Table | SPECIALTY POLYESTER FILMS DEMAND (million dollars)

        2. 5.3.1 Polyethylene Terephthalate Films

          $111.00

        3. 5.3.2 Other Polyester Films

          $105.00

      4. 5.4 Nylon Films

        $134.00

        1. Table | SPECIALTY NYLON FILMS DEMAND (million dollars)

      5. 5.5 Polyvinyl Butyral Films

        $82.00

        1. Table | SPECIALTY POLYVINYL BUTYRAL FILMS DEMAND (million dollars)

      6. 5.6 Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol Films

        $136.00

        1. Table | SPECIALTY ETHYLENE VINYL ALCOHOL FILMS DEMAND (million dollars)

      7. 5.7 Fluoropolymer Films

        $209.00

        1. Table | SPECIALTY FLUOROPOLYMER FILMS DEMAND (million dollars)

      8. 5.8 Polyvinylidene Chloride Films

        $87.00

        1. Table | SPECIALTY POLYVINYLIDENE CHLORIDE FILMS DEMAND (million dollars)

      9. 5.9 Other Resins

        $424.00

        1. Table | OTHER SPECIALTY FILMS DEMAND BY RESIN (million dollars)

        2. 5.9.1 Polyimide Films

          $82.00

        3. 5.9.2 Bio-Based Polymer Films

          $111.00

        4. 5.9.3 Polyvinyl Chloride Films

          $82.00

        5. 5.9.4 All Other Specialty Films

          $148.00

    6. 6 MARKETS

      $2,957.00

      1. 6.1 General

        $92.00

        1. Table | SPECIALTY FILMS DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars)

      2. 6.2 Packaging

        $904.00

        1. 6.2.1 Packaging Market Overview

          $125.00

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

        2. 6.2.2 Specialty Films Demand

          $757.00

          1. Table | PACKAGING MARKETS FOR SPECIALTY FILMS (million dollars)

          2. Table | MEAT, POULTRY, & SEAFOOD PACKAGING MARKET FOR SPECIALTY FILMS (million dollars)

          3. Table | SNACK PACKAGING MARKET FOR SPECIALTY FILMS (million dollars)

          4. Table | PRODUCE PACKAGING MARKET FOR SPECIALTY FILMS (million dollars)

          5. Table | OTHER FOOD PACKAGING MARKET FOR SPECIALTY FILMS (million dollars)

          6. Table | PHARMACEUTICAL & MEDICAL PACKAGING MARKET FOR SPECIALTY FILMS (million dollars)

          7. Table | OTHER NONFOOD PACKAGING MARKE FOR SPECIALTY FILMS (million dollars)

      3. 6.3 Personal Care Products

        $231.00

        1. 6.3.1 Disposable Hygiene Products Outlook

          $108.00

          1. Table | DISPOSABLE HYGIENE PRODUCT SALES (billion units)

        2. 6.3.2 Specialty Films Demand

          $114.00

          1. Table | PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS MARKET FOR SPECIALTY FILMS (million dollars)

      4. 6.4 Electronics

        $591.00

        1. 6.4.1 Electronic Components Industry Overview

          $82.00

          1. Table | ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS SHIPMENTS(billion dollars)

        2. 6.4.2 Specialty Films Demand

          $534.00

          1. Table | ELECTRONICS MARKET FOR SPECIALTY FILMS(million dollars)

          2. Table | PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD MARKET FOR SPECIALTY FILMS(million dollars)

          3. Table | PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE MARKET FOR SPECIALTY FILMS(million dollars)

          4. Table | DISPLAY MARKET FOR SPECIALTY FILMS(million dollars)

          5. Table | OTHER ELECTRONICS MARKET FOR SPECIALTY FILMS (million dollars)

      5. 6.5 Transportation Equipment

        $388.00

        1. 6.5.1 Transportation Equipment Industry Overview

          $162.00

          1. Table | TRANSPORTATION EQUIPMENT SHIPMENTS(billion dollars)

        2. 6.5.2 Specialty Films Demand

          $216.00

          1. Table | TRANSPORTATION MARKET FOR SPECIALTY FILMS(million dollars)

          2. Table | AUTOMOTIVE MARKET FOR SPECIALTY FILMS(million dollars)

          3. Table | AEROSPACE & OTHER TRANSPORTATION MARKETFOR SPECIALTY FILMS(million dollars)

      6. 6.6 Construction

        $568.00

        1. 6.6.1 Construction Industry Outlook

          $161.00

          1. Table | CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES(billion dollars)

        2. 6.6.2 Specialty Films Demand

          $398.00

          1. Table | CONSTRUCTION MARKET FOR SPECIALTY FILMS(million dollars)

          2. Table | WINDOW MARKET FOR SPECIALTY FILMS(million dollars)

          3. Table | VAPOR BARRIER MARKET FOR SPECIALTY FILMS(million dollars)

          4. Table | OTHER CONSTRUCTION MARKET FOR SPECIALTY FILMS(million dollars)

      7. 6.7 Other Markets

        $184.00

        1. Table | OTHER MARKETS FOR SPECIALTY FILMS(million dollars)

        2. 6.7.1 Health & Medical Products

          $82.00

        3. 6.7.2 Bags

          $82.00

        4. 6.7.3 All Other Markets

          $82.00

    7. 7 INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

      $4,931.00

      1. 7.1 General

        $113.00

        1. Table | US SPECIALTY FILM SALES BY COMPANY, 2012(million dollars)

      2. 7.2 Market Share

        $185.00

      3. 7.3 Acquisitions & Divestitures

        $170.00

        1. Table | SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES

      4. 7.4 Cooperative Agreements

        $82.00

        1. Table | SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS

      5. 7.5 Marketing & Distribution

        $87.00

      6. 7.6 Research & Development

        $82.00

      7. 7.7 Competitive Strategies

        $106.00

      8. 7.8 Company Profiles

        $4,598.00

        1. 7.8.1 AEP Industries Incorporated

          $82.00

        2. 7.8.2 Akzo Nobel NV

          $82.00

        3. 7.8.3 Amcor Limited

          $101.00

        4. 7.8.4 Avery Dennison Corporation

          $142.00

        5. 7.8.5 Bekaert (NV) SA

          $87.00

        6. 7.8.6 Bemis Company Incorporated

          $320.00

        7. 7.8.7 Berry Plastics Corporation

          $144.00

        8. 7.8.8 Cargill Incorporated

          $101.00

        9. 7.8.9 Cereplast Incorporated

          $87.00

        10. 7.8.10 Cortec Corporation

          $147.00

        11. 7.8.11 Dow Chemical Company

          $82.00

        12. 7.8.12 DuPont (EI) de Nemours

          $339.00

        13. 7.8.13 Eastman Chemical Company

          $201.00

        14. 7.8.14 Evonik Industries AG

          $88.00

        15. 7.8.15 Exopack Holding Corporation

          $176.00

        16. 7.8.16 Griffon Corporation

          $95.00

        17. 7.8.17 Honeywell International Incorporated

          $127.00

        18. 7.8.18 Hood Companies

          $82.00

        19. 7.8.19 Innovia Films Limited

          $89.00

        20. 7.8.20 Inteplast Group Limited

          $82.00

        21. 7.8.21 Kaneka Corporation

          $82.00

        22. 7.8.22 Klöckner Pentaplast Group

          $111.00

        23. 7.8.23 Kuraray Company Limited

          $147.00

        24. 7.8.24 Lintec Corporation

          $179.00

        25. 7.8.25 Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation

          $120.00

        26. 7.8.26 Pregis Corporation

          $82.00

        27. 7.8.27 Printpack Incorporated

          $82.00

        28. 7.8.28 Raven Industries Incorporated

          $100.00

        29. 7.8.29 Saint-Gobain

          $203.00

        30. 7.8.30 Saudi Basic Industries Corporation

          $170.00

        31. 7.8.31 Sealed Air Corporation

          $146.00

        32. 7.8.32 Sigma Plastics Group

          $165.00

        33. 7.8.33 Taghleef Industries LLC

          $82.00

        34. 7.8.34 3M Company

          $206.00

        35. 7.8.35 Toray Industries Incorporated

          $103.00

        36. 7.8.36 Tredegar Corporation

          $101.00

      9. 7.9 Other Companies Mentioned in the Study

        $82.00

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