Wood-Plastic Composite & Plastic Lumber

As Quoted In The Wall Street Journal

Consumer demand will be driven by a wide range of favorable performance properties, including durability, minimal maintenance requirements, and resistance to rot.

US demand to rise 13.2% annually through 2015

US demand for wood-plastic composite and plastic lumber is projected to advance over 13 percent per year to $5.4 billion in 2015, creating a market for 2.6 billion pounds of plastic. Advances will be driven by a rebound in construction expenditures from a depressed 2010 base. Growth will be further boosted by increasing consumer demand for building products made from composite and plastic lumber, instead of natural wood and other traditional materials.

Decking applications to offer best opportunities

Decking, which was the leading application for composite and plastic lumber in 2010, will experience the most rapid demand advances through 2015. Homeowners will install decks made from these materials instead of traditional natural wood lumber because composite and plastic lumber decks require less annual maintenance and have longer lifespans. Decks made from these materials may cost more initially but offer long-term savings because they do not require annual staining or insect treatments.

Among other applications, molding and trim, and windows and doors are expected to post the most rapid demand gains through 2015. Molding and trim demand will be supported by an increase in housing completions, boosting demand for building materials. Homeowners will install windows and doors made from cellular PVC and composite lumber because of their resistance to rotting and resemblance to natural wood. Demand for composite and plastic lumber in landscape and outdoor products, fencing and other applications will be promoted by increasing consumer recognition of the performance properties of these materials.

Wood-plastic composite lumber to outpace plastic

Demand for wood-plastic composite lumber will post more rapid gains than that for plastic lumber through 2015, advancing over 16 percent annually to $2.5 billion. Gains will be driven by ongoing consumer interest in composite lumber as a substitute for natural wood in such applications as decking and fencing. Moreover, because wood-plastic composite lumber incorporates recycled materials, it is seen as an environmentally friendly building material.

Plastic lumber demand is forecast to rise nearly eleven percent per year to $2.8 billion in 2015. Gains will be spurred by rising consumer interest in the material because of its low maintenance properties. The efforts of manufacturers to create plastic lumber with more realistic woodgrain textures and surfaces will also support demand.

Study Scope

This study analyzes the $2.9 billion US wood-plastic composite and plastic lumber industry. It presents historical demand data for 2000, 2005 and 2010, and forecasts for 2015 and 2020 by material (e.g., cellulosic, polyethylene, PVC), application (e.g., decking, molding and trim, fencing, landscaping and outdoor products, windows and doors) and market (residential, nonresidential, nonbuilding).

The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles 41 industry players, including Trex, Royal Building Products and Tapco Group.

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  1. Wood-Plastic Composite & Plastic Lumber

    $5,100.00

    1. 1 INTRODUCTION

      $93.00

    2. 2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

      $91.00

      1. Table | WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER DEMAND (million dollars)

    3. 3 MARKET ENVIRONMENT

      $2,182.00

      1. 3.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 3.2 Macroeconomic Overview

        $140.00

        1. Table | MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS (billion 2005 dollars)*

      3. 3.3 Consumer Trends

        $224.00

        1. 3.3.1 Personal Income & Expenditures

          $88.00

          1. Table | PERSONAL CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURES (billion dollars)

        2. 3.3.2 Consumer Financing

          $121.00

          1. Table | CONSUMER FINANCING ENVIRONMENT, 2000-2010

      4. 3.4 Demographic Outlook

        $165.00

        1. Table | POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS (million persons)

      5. 3.5 Construction Outlook

        $1,026.00

        1. Table | CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES (billion dollars)

        2. 3.5.1 Building Construction

          $809.00

          1. Table | BUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES (billion dollars)

          2. Table | RESIDENTIAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES (billion dollars)

          3. Table | NEW HOUSING INDICATORS

          4. Table | HOUSING STOCK BY TYPE (million units)

          5. Table | RESIDENTIAL IMPROVEMENT & REPAIR EXPENDITURES (billion dollars)

          6. Table | NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES (billion dollars)

          7. Table | NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING STOCK (billion 2005 dollars)

          8. Table | NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING IMPROVEMENT & REPAIR EXPENDITURES (billion dollars)

        3. 3.5.2 Nonbuilding Construction

          $91.00

          1. Table | NONBUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES (billion dollars)

          2. Table | NONBUILDING CONSTRUCTION STOCK (billion 2005 dollars)

      6. 3.6 Pricing

        $84.00

      7. 3.7 Environmental Issues

        $147.00

      8. 3.8 Regulations & Standards

        $129.00

        1. 3.8.1 Building Codes

          $82.00

        2. 3.8.2 Materials Standards

          $82.00

        3. 3.8.3 Treated Lumber

          $82.00

      9. 3.9 Foreign Trade

        $82.00

      10. 3.10 World Market

        $178.00

        1. 3.10.1 North America

          $82.00

        2. 3.10.2 Western Europe

          $82.00

        3. 3.10.3 Asia/Pacific

          $82.00

        4. 3.10.4 Other Regions

          $82.00

    4. 4 MATERIALS

      $892.00

      1. 4.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 4.2 Material Demand

        $82.00

        1. Table | WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER DEMAND BY PRODUCT & MATERIAL (million pounds)

      3. 4.3 Wood-Plastic Composite Lumber

        $430.00

        1. Table | WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE LUMBER DEMAND (million pounds)

        2. 4.3.1 Material Characteristics

          $82.00

        3. 4.3.2 Cellulosic Materials

          $90.00

        4. 4.3.3 Plastic Resins

          $228.00

        5. 4.3.4 Additives & Modifiers

          $82.00

      4. 4.4 Plastic Lumber

        $366.00

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

        2. 4.4.1 Material Characteristics

          $82.00

        3. 4.4.2 PVC

          $116.00

        4. 4.4.3 Polyethylene

          $103.00

        5. 4.4.4 Other

          $82.00

    5. 5 APPLICATIONS

      $3,782.00

      1. 5.1 General

        $119.00

        1. Table | WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER DEMAND BY APPLICATION & MATERIAL (million dollars)

      2. 5.2 Decking

        $1,253.00

        1. 5.2.1 Decking Sales Outlook

          $122.00

          1. Table | DECKING DEMAND (million lineal feet)

        2. 5.2.2 Wood-Plastic Composite & Plastic Decking

          $1,087.00

          1. Table | DECKING DEMAND FOR WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER (million lineal feet)

          2. Table | WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE DECKING DEMAND BY FUNCTION & MARKET (million lineal feet)

          3. Table | WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE DECKING DEMAND BY MATERIAL TYPE (million lineal feet)

          4. Table | PLASTIC DECKING DEMAND BY FUNCTION & MARKET (million lineal feet)

          5. Table | PLASTIC DECKING DEMAND BY MATERIAL TYPE (million lineal feet)

      3. 5.3 Molding & Trim

        $735.00

        1. 5.3.1 Molding & Trim Sales Outlook

          $135.00

          1. Table | MOLDING & TRIM DEMAND (million dollars)

        2. 5.3.2 Wood-Plastic Composite & Plastic Molding & Trim

          $573.00

          1. Table | MOLDING & TRIM DEMAND FOR WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER BY MATERIAL & MARKET (million dollars)

          2. Table | MOLDING & TRIM DEMAND FOR WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE LUMBER BY MARKET (million dollars)

          3. Table | MOLDING & TRIM DEMAND FOR PLASTIC LUMBER BY MARKET (million dollars)

      4. 5.4 Fencing

        $489.00

        1. 5.4.1 Fencing Sales Outlook

          $82.00

          1. Table | FENCING DEMAND (million dollars)

        2. 5.4.2 Wood-Plastic Composite & Plastic Fencing

          $285.00

          1. Table | FENCING DEMAND FOR WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER BY MATERIAL & MARKET (million dollars)

        3. 5.4.3 Suppliers

          $102.00

      5. 5.5 Landscaping & Outdoor Products

        $582.00

        1. 5.5.1 Landscaping & Outdoor Products Sales Outlook

          $113.00

          1. Table | LANDSCAPING & OUTDOOR PRODUCTS DEMAND (million dollars)

        2. 5.5.2 Wood-Plastic Composite & Plastic Landscaping & Outdoor Products Demand

          $457.00

          1. Table | LANDSCAPING & OUTDOOR PRODUCTS DEMAND FOR WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER (million dollars)

          2. Table | LANDSCAPING & OUTDOOR PRODUCTS DEMAND FOR COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER BY MATERIAL & MARKET (million dollars)

      6. 5.6 Windows & Doors

        $406.00

        1. 5.6.1 Window & Door Sales Outlook

          $85.00

          1. Table | WINDOW & DOOR DEMAND (million dollars)

        2. 5.6.2 Wood-Plastic Composite & Plastic Windows & Doors

          $258.00

          1. Table | WINDOW & DOOR DEMAND FOR WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER BY MATERIAL & MARKET (million dollars)

      7. 5.7 Other

        $197.00

        1. Table | OTHER APPLICATIONS DEMAND FOR WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER (million dollars)

        2. 5.7.1 Demand by Market

          $82.00

        3. 5.7.2 Demand by Application

          $111.00

        4. 5.7.3 Suppliers

          $82.00

    6. 6 MARKETS

      $1,398.00

      1. 6.1 General

        $82.00

        1. Table | WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars)

      2. 6.2 Residential Buildings

        $611.00

        1. Table | RESIDENTIAL BUILDING MARKET FOR WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER (million dollars)

        2. 6.2.1 New

          $90.00

          1. Table | NEW RESIDENTIAL BUILDING MARKET FOR WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER (million dollars)

        3. 6.2.2 Improvement & Repair

          $132.00

          1. Table | RESIDENTIAL IMPROVEMENT & REPAIR MARKET FOR WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER (million dollars)

        4. 6.2.3 Demand by Application

          $82.00

          1. Table | RESIDENTIAL WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER DEMAND BY APPLICATION (million dollars)

        5. 6.2.4 Demand by Housing Type

          $248.00

          1. Table | RESIDENTIAL WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER DEMAND BY HOUSING TYPE (million dollars)

          2. Table | SINGLE-FAMILY HOUSING MARKET FOR WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER (million dollars)

          3. Table | MULTIFAMILY HOUSING MARKET FOR WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER (million dollars)

          4. Table | MANUFACTURED HOUSING MARKET FOR WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER (million dollars)

      3. 6.3 Nonresidential Buildings

        $291.00

        1. Table | NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION MARKET FOR WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & COMPOSITE LUMBER (million dollars)

        2. 6.3.1 New

          $86.00

          1. Table | NEW NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING MARKET FOR WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER (million dollars)

        3. 6.3.2 Improvement & Repair

          $89.00

          1. Table | NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION IMPROVEMENT & REPAIR MARKET FOR WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER (million dollars)

        4. 6.3.3 Demand by Application

          $82.00

          1. Table | NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER DEMAND BY APPLICATION (million dollars)

      4. 6.4 Nonbuilding Construction

        $303.00

        1. Table | NONBUILDING CONSTRUCTION MARKET FOR WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER (million dollars)

        2. 6.4.1 New

          $92.00

          1. Table | NEW NONBUILDING CONSTRUCTION MARKET FOR WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER (million dollars)

        3. 6.4.2 Improvement & Repair

          $127.00

          1. Table | NONBUILDING CONSTRUCTION IMPROVEMENT & REPAIR MARKET FOR WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER (million dollars)

        4. 6.4.3 Demand by Application

          $82.00

          1. Table | NONBUILDING CONSTRUCTION WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER DEMAND BY APPLICATION (million dollars)

      5. 6.5 Agricultural

        $115.00

        1. Table | AGRICULTURAL WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER DEMAND BY MATERIAL & MARKET (million dollars)

        2. 6.5.1 Demand by Material

          $82.00

        3. 6.5.2 Demand by Market

          $82.00

    7. 7 REGIONS

      $1,358.00

      1. 7.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 7.2 Regional Demographic & Economic Activity

        $321.00

        1. 7.2.1 Population Patterns

          $85.00

          1. Table | POPULATION BY REGION (million persons)

        2. 7.2.2 Economic Outlook

          $82.00

          1. Table | GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT BY REGION (billion dollars)

        3. 7.2.3 Construction Activity

          $82.00

          1. Table | CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES BY REGION (billion dollars)

        4. 7.2.4 Housing Trends

          $82.00

          1. Table | REGIONAL HOUSING INDICATORS (thousand units)

      3. 7.3 Regional Wood-Plastic Composite & Plastic Lumber Demand

        $984.00

        1. Table | WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER DEMAND BY REGION (million dollars)

        2. 7.3.1 Northeast

          $171.00

          1. Table | NORTHEAST WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER DEMAND BY SUBREGION & APPLICATION (million dollars)

        3. 7.3.2 Midwest

          $198.00

          1. Table | MIDWEST WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER DEMAND BY SUBREGION & APPLICATION (million dollars)

        4. 7.3.3 South

          $262.00

          1. Table | SOUTH WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER DEMAND BY SUBREGION & APPLICATION (million dollars)

        5. 7.3.4 West

          $254.00

          1. Table | WEST DEMAND FOR WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER BY SUBREGION & APPLICATION (million dollars)

    8. 8 INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

      $4,500.00

      1. 8.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 8.2 Industry Structure

        $91.00

        1. Table | WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER SALES FOR SELECTED COMPANIES, 2010 (million dollars)

      3. 8.3 Market Share

        $174.00

      4. 8.4 Manufacturing

        $176.00

        1. 8.4.1 Extrusion

          $82.00

        2. 8.4.2 Injection Molding

          $82.00

        3. 8.4.3 Equipment

          $82.00

        4. 8.4.4 Developments

          $82.00

      5. 8.5 Product Development

        $111.00

      6. 8.6 Competitive Strategies

        $82.00

      7. 8.7 Marketing

        $109.00

      8. 8.8 Distribution

        $82.00

      9. 8.9 Mergers & Acquisitions

        $82.00

        1. Table | SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES

      10. 8.10 Cooperative Agreements

        $105.00

        1. Table | SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS

      11. 8.11 Company Profiles

        $3,544.00

        1. 8.11.1 ACT Composite Timbers Incorporated

          $82.00

        2. 8.11.2 Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies Incorporated

          $108.00

        3. 8.11.3 American Vinyl Concepts Incorporated

          $82.00

        4. 8.11.4 Andersen Corporation

          $88.00

        5. 8.11.5 Associated Materials LLC

          $135.00

        6. 8.11.6 Atrium Companies Incorporated

          $101.00

        7. 8.11.7 Axion International Holdings Incorporated

          $82.00

        8. 8.11.8 Barrette

          $101.00

        9. 8.11.9 Bedford Technology LLC

          $82.00

        10. 8.11.10 Bright Idea Shops LLC

          $82.00

        11. 8.11.11 Building Materials Corporation of America

          $97.00

        12. 8.11.12 Cascades Incorporated

          $83.00

        13. 8.11.13 CPG International Incorporated

          $159.00

        14. 8.11.14 Crane Group

          $155.00

        15. 8.11.15 Endura Products Incorporated

          $82.00

        16. 8.11.16 Euramax Holdings Incorporated

          $82.00

        17. 8.11.17 Exterior Profiles Corporation

          $82.00

        18. 8.11.18 Fiberon LLC

          $209.00

        19. 8.11.19 Fortune Brands Home & Security Incorporated

          $97.00

        20. 8.11.20 Genova Products Incorporated

          $82.00

        21. 8.11.21 Georgia Gulf Corporation

          $153.00

        22. 8.11.22 Gracious Living Corporation

          $82.00

        23. 8.11.23 Green Bay Decking LLC

          $82.00

        24. 8.11.24 HB&G Building Products Incorporated

          $82.00

        25. 8.11.25 Headwaters Incorporated

          $157.00

        26. 8.11.26 Inteplast Group Limited

          $82.00

        27. 8.11.27 LB Plastics Incorporated

          $82.00

        28. 8.11.28 Liberty Diversified Industries Incorporated

          $82.00

        29. 8.11.29 Louisiana-Pacific Corporation

          $82.00

        30. 8.11.30 Master Mark Plastics

          $82.00

        31. 8.11.31 N.E.W. Plastics Corporation

          $82.00

        32. 8.11.32 Ply Gem Holdings Incorporated

          $150.00

        33. 8.11.33 Quanex Building Products Corporation

          $82.00

        34. 8.11.34 Saint-Gobain

          $135.00

        35. 8.11.35 Strandex Corporation

          $82.00

        36. 8.11.36 TAMKO Building Products Incorporated

          $85.00

        37. 8.11.37 Tech-Wood USA LLC

          $82.00

        38. 8.11.38 Trex Company Incorporated

          $178.00

        39. 8.11.39 Universal Forest Products Incorporated

          $140.00

        40. 8.11.40 VEKA AG

          $96.00

        41. 8.11.41 Westlake Chemical Corporation

          $82.00

      12. 8.12 Additional Companies Mentioned in Study

        $82.00

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