Specialty Plastic Additives

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Demand will be driven by significant opportunities in a rebounding construction market, which is anticipated to generate over two-thirds of new demand for plastic additives through 2017.

US demand to rise 4.5% annually through 2017

US demand for specialty plastic additives is forecast to rise 4.5 percent annually to 4.0 billion pounds in 2017, with market value increasing 6.6 percent per year to $7.3 billion. Advances will be fueled by an improved macroeconomic climate, which will boost overall demand for plastics in a number of markets. In particular, a strong rebound in construction activity following the severe declines of the recession-impacted 2007-2012 period will provide significant opportunities in the construction market, which is anticipated to generate over two-thirds of new demand for plastic additives through 2017. The ability of additives to enhance the performance properties of plastic resins, thus making them more competitive with alternative materials in a widening array of applications, will continue to drive their use through the forecast period

Plasticizers to be paced by non-phthalate types

Plasticizers are by far the largest type of specialty plastic additive, accounting for nearly half of total market volume in 2012. The outlook for plasticizers is tied closely to that for flexible polyvinyl chloride (PVC) products, which accounted for the vast majority of demand. Although phthalates will continue to dominate the plasticizers market, more rapid gains are anticipated for nonphthalate types due to ongoing concerns regarding the health and environmental risks associated with phthalate exposure. Spurred by mounting unease among consumers, producers are phasing out the use of controversial compounds such as diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) plasticizers in favor of higher molecular weight phthalates and phthalate- free formulations that are safer.

Flame retardants to remain key protective additive

Among protective additives, flame retardants dominate in volume terms and are projected to offer the best growth prospects, spurred by their use in construction products and related industries such as wire and cable. Health concerns about halogenated flame retardants, some of which are being voluntarily phased out, have resulted in a shift in product mix toward non-halogenated alternatives. Among the other protective additives, demand for heat stabilizers will rebound strongly based on their use in rigid PVC products, while antioxidants will also do well.

In the property modifiers segment, impact modifiers are the largest and fastest growing product type. These additives are chiefly employed in rigid PVC construction products and will therefore benefit from the turnaround in construction spending through 2017. This rebound will also benefit colorants used in wood-plastic composite lumber and chemical blowing agents used in the PVC decking, molding, and trim.

Study Scope

This study analyzes the 3.2 billion pound US plastic additives industry. It presents historical demand data for the years 2002, 2007 and 2012, and forecasts for 2017 and 2022 by type (e.g., plasticizers, protective additives, property modifiers, processing aids) and resin (e.g., PVC, polyethylene, polypropylene, polyurethane, polystyrene).

The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles 39 major producers, including BASF, Exxon Mobil, and Eastman Chemical.

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  1. Specialty Plastic Additives

    $4,900.00

    1. 1 INTRODUCTION

      $102.00

    2. 2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

      $144.00

      1. Table | SPECIALTY PLASTIC ADDITIVES DEMAND (million pounds)

    3. 3 MARKET ENVIRONMENT

      $1,476.00

      1. 3.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 3.2 Macroeconomic Environment

        $151.00

        1. Table | MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS (billion 2005 dollars)

      3. 3.3 Demographic Trends

        $189.00

        1. Table | POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS (million persons)

      4. 3.4 Manufacturing Outlook

        $151.00

        1. Table | MANUFACTURERS' SHIPMENTS

      5. 3.5 Construction Outlook

        $147.00

        1. Table | CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES (billion 2005 dollars)

      6. 3.6 Plastic Resin Outlook

        $173.00

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

      7. 3.7 Pricing Trends

        $90.00

        1. Table | SPECIALTY PLASTIC ADDITIVES PRICES (dollars per pound)

      8. 3.8 Historical Market Trends

        $100.00

        1. Table | SPECIALTY PLASTIC ADDITIVES MARKET, 2002-2012

      9. 3.9 Regulatory & Environmental Factors

        $293.00

        1. 3.9.1 Regulatory Trends

          $86.00

        2. 3.9.2 Health & Environmental Factors

          $132.00

        3. 3.9.3 Recycling

          $82.00

      10. 3.10 International Activity

        $92.00

      11. 3.11 Foreign Trade

        $82.00

    4. 4 DEMAND BY TYPE

      $2,958.00

      1. 4.1 General

        $103.00

        1. Table | SPECIALTY PLASTIC ADDITIVES DEMAND BY TYPE

      2. 4.2 Plasticizers

        $463.00

        1. Table | PLASTICIZERS DEMAND IN PLASTICS BY TYPE

        2. 4.2.1 Phthalates

          $131.00

          1. Table | PHTHALATE PLASTICIZERS DEMAND IN PLASTICS

        3. 4.2.2 Non-Phthalates

          $203.00

          1. Table | NON-PHTHALATE PLASTICIZERS DEMAND IN PLASTICS

        4. 4.2.3 Markets

          $82.00

          1. Table | PLASTICIZERS DEMAND IN PLASTICS BY MARKET (million pounds)

      3. 4.3 Protective Additives

        $973.00

        1. Table | PROTECTIVE ADDITIVES DEMAND IN PLASTICS BY TYPE

        2. 4.3.1 Flame Retardants

          $291.00

          1. Table | FLAME RETARDANTS DEMAND IN PLASTICS

        3. 4.3.2 Antioxidants

          $100.00

          1. Table | ANTIOXIDANTS DEMAND IN PLASTICS

        4. 4.3.3 Heat Stabilizers

          $135.00

          1. Table | HEAT STABILIZERS DEMAND IN PLASTICS

        5. 4.3.4 Light Stabilizers

          $149.00

          1. Table | LIGHT STABILIZERS DEMAND IN PLASTICS

        6. 4.3.5 Antimicrobials

          $162.00

          1. Table | ANTIMICROBIALS DEMAND IN PLASTICS

        7. 4.3.6 Markets

          $82.00

          1. Table | PROTECTIVE ADDITIVES DEMAND IN PLASTICS BY MARKET (million pounds)

      4. 4.4 Property Modifiers

        $815.00

        1. Table | PROPERTY MODIFIERS DEMAND IN PLASTICS BY TYPE

        2. 4.4.1 Impact Modifiers

          $161.00

          1. Table | IMPACT MODIFIERS DEMAND IN PLASTICS

        3. 4.4.2 Colorants

          $215.00

          1. Table | COLORANTS DEMAND IN PLASTICS

        4. 4.4.3 Chemical Blowing Agents

          $92.00

          1. Table | CHEMICAL BLOWING AGENTS DEMAND IN PLASTICS

        5. 4.4.4 Antistatic Agents

          $136.00

          1. Table | ANTISTATIC AGENTS DEMAND IN PLASTICS

        6. 4.4.5 Antifogging Agents

          $82.00

          1. Table | ANTIFOGGING AGENTS DEMAND IN PLASTICS

        7. 4.4.6 Markets

          $82.00

          1. Table | PROPERTY MODIFIERS DEMAND IN PLASTICS BY MARKET (million pounds)

      5. 4.5 Processing Aids

        $604.00

        1. Table | PROCESSING AIDS DEMAND IN PLASTICS BY TYPE

        2. 4.5.1 Lubricants & Mold Release Agents

          $152.00

          1. Table | LUBRICANTS & MOLD RELEASE AGENTS DEMAND IN PLASTICS

        3. 4.5.2 Slip Agents

          $82.00

          1. Table | SLIP AGENTS DEMAND IN PLASTICS

        4. 4.5.3 Compatibilizers & Coupling Agents

          $146.00

          1. Table | COMPATIBILIZERS & COUPLING AGENTS DEMAND IN PLASTICS

        5. 4.5.4 Antiblocking Agents

          $113.00

          1. Table | ANTIBLOCKING AGENTS DEMAND IN PLASTICS

        6. 4.5.5 Markets

          $82.00

          1. Table | PROCESSING AIDS DEMAND IN PLASTICS BY MARKET (million pounds)

    5. 5 DEMAND BY RESIN

      $2,733.00

      1. 5.1 General

        $83.00

        1. Table | SPECIALTY PLASTIC ADDITIVES DEMAND BY RESIN

      2. 5.2 Polyvinyl Chloride

        $619.00

        1. 5.2.1 Polyvinyl Chloride Overview

          $82.00

          1. Table | POLYVINYL CHLORIDE SUPPLY & DEMAND (million pounds)

        2. 5.2.2 Specialty Plastic Additives Demand

          $431.00

          1. Table | POLYVINYL CHLORIDE DEMAND FOR SPECIALTY PLASTIC ADDITIVES

          2. Table | POLYVINYL CHLORIDE DEMAND FOR PLASTICIZERS

          3. Table | POLYVINYL CHLORIDE DEMAND FOR PROPERTY MODIFIERS

          4. Table | POLYVINYL CHLORIDE DEMAND FOR PROTECTIVE ADDITIVES

          5. Table | POLYVINYL CHLORIDE DEMAND FOR PROCESSING AIDS

        3. 5.2.3 Specialty Plastic Additives Markets

          $109.00

          1. Table | POLYVINYL CHLORIDE DEMAND FOR SPECIALTY PLASTIC ADDITIVES BY MARKET (million pounds)

      3. 5.3 Polyethylene

        $528.00

        1. 5.3.1 Polyethylene Overview

          $111.00

          1. Table | POLYETHYLENE SUPPLY & DEMAND (million pounds)

        2. 5.3.2 Specialty Plastic Additives Demand

          $330.00

          1. Table | POLYETHYLENE DEMAND FOR SPECIALTY PLASTIC ADDITIVES

          2. Table | POLYETHYLENE DEMAND FOR PROPERTY MODIFIERS

          3. Table | POLYETHYLENE DEMAND FOR PROTECTIVE ADDITIVES

          4. Table | POLYETHYLENE DEMAND FOR PROCESSING AIDS & PLASTICIZERS

        3. 5.3.3 Specialty Plastic Additives Markets

          $82.00

          1. Table | POLYETHYLENE DEMAND FOR SPECIALTY PLASTIC ADDITIVES BY MARKET (million pounds)

      4. 5.4 Polypropylene

        $504.00

        1. 5.4.1 Polypropylene Overview

          $82.00

          1. Table | POLYPROPYLENE SUPPLY & DEMAND (million pounds)

        2. 5.4.2 Specialty Plastic Additives Demand

          $358.00

          1. Table | POLYPROPYLENE DEMAND FOR SPECIALTY PLASTIC ADDITIVES

          2. Table | POLYPROPYLENE DEMAND FOR PROTECTIVE ADDITIVES

          3. Table | POLYPROPYLENE DEMAND FOR PROPERTY MODIFIERS

          4. Table | POLYPROPYLENE DEMAND FOR PROCESSING AIDS & PLASTICIZERS

        3. 5.4.3 Specialty Plastic Additives Markets

          $82.00

          1. Table | POLYPROPYLENE DEMAND FOR SPECIALTY PLASTIC ADDITIVES BY MARKET (million pounds)

      5. 5.5 Polyurethane

        $289.00

        1. 5.5.1 Polyurethane Overview

          $82.00

          1. Table | POLYURETHANE PRODUCTION

        2. 5.5.2 Specialty Plastic Additives Demand

          $170.00

          1. Table | POLYURETHANE DEMAND FOR SPECIALTY PLASTIC ADDITIVES

          2. Table | POLYURETHANE DEMAND FOR PROTECTIVE ADDITIVES

          3. Table | POLYURETHANE DEMAND FOR PLASTICIZERS & OTHER ADDITIVES

        3. 5.5.3 Specialty Plastic Additives Markets

          $82.00

          1. Table | POLYURETHANE DEMAND FOR SPECIALTY PLASTIC ADDITIVES BY MARKET (million pounds)

      6. 5.6 Polystyrene

        $371.00

        1. 5.6.1 Polystyrene Overview

          $82.00

          1. Table | POLYSTYRENE SUPPLY & DEMAND (million pounds)

        2. 5.6.2 Specialty Plastic Additives Demand

          $251.00

          1. Table | POLYSTYRENE DEMAND FOR SPECIALTY PLASTIC ADDITIVES

          2. Table | POLYSTYRENE DEMAND FOR PROTECTIVE ADDITIVES

          3. Table | POLYSTYRENE DEMAND FOR PROPERTY MODIFIERS

          4. Table | POLYSTYRENE DEMAND FOR PROCESSING AIDS & PLASTICIZERS

        3. 5.6.3 Specialty Plastic Additives Markets

          $82.00

          1. Table | POLYSTYRENE DEMAND FOR SPECIALTY PLASTIC ADDITIVES BY MARKET (million pounds)

      7. 5.7 Other Plastics

        $339.00

        1. 5.7.1 Specialty Plastic Additives Demand

          $280.00

          1. Table | OTHER RESINS DEMAND FOR SPECIALTY PLASTIC ADDITIVES

          2. Table | OTHER RESINS DEMAND FOR PROTECTIVE ADDITIVES

          3. Table | OTHER RESINS DEMAND FOR PLASTICIZERS

          4. Table | OTHER RESINS DEMAND FOR PROPERTY MODIFIERS

          5. Table | OTHER RESINS DEMAND FOR PROCESSING AIDS

        2. 5.7.2 Specialty Plastic Additives Markets

          $82.00

          1. Table | OTHER RESINS DEMAND FOR SPECIALTY PLASTIC ADDITIVES BY MARKET (million pounds)

    6. 6 INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

      $4,931.00

      1. 6.1 General

        $108.00

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

      2. 6.2 Market Share

        $226.00

      3. 6.3 Industry Restructuring

        $148.00

        1. Table | SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES

      4. 6.4 Cooperative Agreements

        $101.00

        1. Table | SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS

      5. 6.5 Marketing & Distribution

        $82.00

      6. 6.6 Research & Development

        $94.00

      7. 6.7 Competitive Strategies

        $98.00

      8. 6.8 Company Profiles

        $4,931.00

        1. 6.8.1 Air Products and Chemicals Incorporated

          $93.00

        2. 6.8.2 Akzo Nobel NV

          $111.00

        3. 6.8.3 Albemarle Corporation

          $213.00

        4. 6.8.4 Amfine Chemical Corporation

          $148.00

        5. 6.8.5 Arkema SA

          $142.00

        6. 6.8.6 Baerlocher GmbH

          $82.00

        7. 6.8.7 BASF SE

          $222.00

        8. 6.8.8 Berkshire Hathaway Incorporated

          $82.00

        9. 6.8.9 Buckman Laboratories International Incorporated

          $82.00

        10. 6.8.10 Chemson Polymer-Additive AG

          $89.00

        11. 6.8.11 Chemtura Corporation

          $280.00

        12. 6.8.12 Clariant International Limited

          $292.00

        13. 6.8.13 Cristal Global

          $82.00

        14. 6.8.14 Croda International plc

          $124.00

        15. 6.8.15 Cytec Industries Incorporated

          $139.00

        16. 6.8.16 Dow Chemical Company

          $218.00

        17. 6.8.17 DuPont (EI) de Nemours

          $173.00

        18. 6.8.18 Eastman Chemical Company

          $205.00

        19. 6.8.19 Evonik Industries AG

          $160.00

        20. 6.8.20 Exxon Mobil Corporation

          $99.00

        21. 6.8.21 Ferro Corporation

          $203.00

        22. 6.8.22 Galata Chemicals LLC

          $115.00

        23. 6.8.23 Grace (WR) & Company

          $82.00

        24. 6.8.24 Hammond Group Incorporated

          $82.00

        25. 6.8.25 HEXPOL AB

          $82.00

        26. 6.8.26 Huber (JM) Corporation

          $109.00

        27. 6.8.27 ICC Industries Incorporated

          $165.00

        28. 6.8.28 Israel Chemicals Limited

          $170.00

        29. 6.8.29 Kaneka Corporation

          $82.00

        30. 6.8.30 LANXESS AG

          $285.00

        31. 6.8.31 Lonza Group Limited

          $116.00

        32. 6.8.32 Milliken & Company

          $126.00

        33. 6.8.33 Occidental Petroleum Corporation

          $88.00

        34. 6.8.34 OMNOVA Solutions Incorporated

          $87.00

        35. 6.8.35 OXEA GmbH

          $82.00

        36. 6.8.36 PMC Global Incorporated

          $113.00

        37. 6.8.37 PMC Group Incorporated

          $234.00

        38. 6.8.38 PolyOne Corporation

          $250.00

        39. 6.8.39 Rio Tinto Group

          $114.00

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