US demand for independently compounded thermoplastics is forecast to rise 2.7 percent yearly through 2013. Value gains will be fueled by shifts toward more highly tailored resin formulations. Best opportunities are expected for thermoplastic elastomers and polypropylene, while polyvinyl chloride remains the largest segment.
This study analyzes the 6.6 billion pound US independently compounded thermoplastic industry. It presents historical demand data for the years 1998, 2003 and 2008, and forecasts for 2013 and 2018 by resin (e.g., polyvinyl chloride, engineering thermoplastics, polypropylene, polyethylene) and market (e.g., construction, motor vehicles, consumer and institutional).
The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles 33 industry players, including PolyOne, Ampacet and Schulman.