Specialty Plastic Additives

The US market for plastic additives will grow 4.6 percent annually through 2009. Gains will be driven by increasing plastics demand, improving markets (e.g., nonresidential construction, electrical and electronics, packaging), and rebounding demand for plasticizers and flame retardants. Polypropylene and polyethylene will be the fastest growing outlets.

This study analyzes the $5.5 billion US plastic additives industry. It presents historical demand data for 1994, 1999 and 2004 and forecasts to 2009 and 2014 by type (e.g., plasticizers, colorants, impact modifiers, blowing agents, flame retardants, heat stabilizers, antioxidants, light stabilizers, antimicrobials, anti-fogging agents, lubricants and mold-release agents, slip agents); and by resin (e.g., PVC, polyethylene, polypropylene, polyurethane, polystyrene).

The study also considers market environment indicators, evaluates company market share and profiles 39 major producers including Chemtura, Exxon Mobil, BASF, Ciba Specialty Chemicals, Eastman Chemical, Rohm and Haas, Ferro, Arkema, Akzo Nobel, and LANXESS.

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