Wood-Plastic Composite & Plastic Lumber

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Growth in demand will be driven by a rebound in new housing completions, gains in residential improvement and repair expenditures, and increased penetration in decking applications.

US demand to rise 9.8% annually through 2018

US demand for wood-plastic composite and plastic lumber is expected to rise 9.8 percent annually to $5.5 billion in 2018, creating a market for 2.6 billion pounds of plastic. A rebound in new housing completions from a low 2013 level and gains in residential improvement and repair expenditures will generate growth in demand. Demand gains will also be boosted by increased market penetration in decking applications, the leading use for composite and plastic lumber.

Decking to claim more than two-fifths of demand

Decking applications will account for more than two-fifths of composite and plastic lumber demand in 2018. Consumers will increasingly choose decks made from alternative lumber because it has greater resistance to degradation by moisture, changes in humidity, insect attack, or time, and because it requires minimal maintenance over its long service life. In 2018, decks made using composite and plastic lumber will comprise 19 percent of all decking demand. Ongoing changes to manufacturing technologies which will improve the color-fade resistance and the resemblance to natural wood, particularly expensive hardwoods such as ipe and redwood, will also boost composite and plastic decking demand. Further gains will result from efforts by manufacturers to expand the scope of decking accessories offered.

Wood-plastic composite lumber to grow the fastest

Increases in overall construction activity will support demand gains for both types of alternative lumber through 2018, but wood-plastic composite demand will rise at a quicker pace than demand for plastic lumber, albeit from a smaller base. As nearly two-thirds of composite and plastic lumber demand is generated by the residential market, expansion in residential construction activity will boost composite lumber demand. In large, high-growth residential applications such as decking, wood-plastic composite is increasingly preferred to plastic lumber. Several factors will support its rapid growth. For instance, composite lumber includes cellulose fibers and is better able to resemble the look and texture of traditional wood, an appealing trait to consumers looking for attractive but low-maintenance decks. Furthermore, because composite lumber frequently is manufactured using recycled plastics, wood and other materials, it is often marketed as environmentally friendly.

Among other applications, molding and trim is also expected to advance at a strong pace through 2018. Wood-plastic composite and plastic lumber use in molding and trim will benefit from renewed housing activity and from performance characteristics that are superior to those of lumber and engineered wood.

Study coverage

This study analyzes the $3.5 billion US wood-plastic composite and plastic lumber industry. It presents historical demand data for 2003, 2008 and 2013, and forecasts for 2018 and 2023 by material (e.g., cellulosic, polyethylene, PVC), application (e.g., decking, molding and trim, fencing, landscaping, windows and doors), market (e.g., residential buildings, nonresidential buildings, nonbuilding construction, agricultural) and region.

The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles 40 industry players, including Trex, CPG Building Products and Fiberon.

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  1. Wood-Plastic Composite & Plastic Lumber

    $5,300.00

    1. 1 INTRODUCTION

      $98.00

    2. 2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

      $105.00

      1. Table | COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER DEMAND BY APPLICATION & MATERIAL

    3. 3 MARKET ENVIRONMENT

      $2,346.00

      1. 3.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 3.2 Macroeconomic Overview

        $183.00

        1. Table | MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS

      3. 3.3 Consumer Trends

        $236.00

        1. 3.3.1 Personal Income & Expenditures

          $107.00

          1. Table | PERSONAL CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURES

        2. 3.3.2 Consumer Financing

          $111.00

          1. Table | CONSUMER FINANCING ENVIRONMENT, 2003-2013

      4. 3.4 Demographic Outlook

        $197.00

        1. Table | POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS

      5. 3.5 Construction Outlook

        $1,009.00

        1. Table | CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES

        2. 3.5.1 Building Construction

          $774.00

          1. Table | BUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES

          2. Table | RESIDENTIAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES

          3. Table | NEW HOUSING INDICATORS

          4. Table | HOUSING STOCK BY TYPE

          5. CHART II-1 YEAR OF CONSTRUCTION OF HOUSING STOCK, 2013

          6. Table | RESIDENTIAL IMPROVEMENT & REPAIR EXPENDITURES

          7. Table | NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES

          8. Table | NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING STOCK

          9. Table | NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING IMPROVEMENT & REPAIR EXPENDITURES

        3. 3.5.2 Nonbuilding Construction

          $145.00

          1. Table | NONBUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES

          2. Table | NONBUILDING CONSTRUCTION STOCK

      6. 3.6 Pricing

        $82.00

      7. 3.7 Environmental Issues

        $199.00

      8. 3.8 Regulations & Standards

        $158.00

        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

        $177.00

        1. CHART II-2 WORLD COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER DEMAND BY REGION, 2013

        2. 3.10.1 North America

          $82.00

        3. 3.10.2 Western Europe

          $82.00

        4. 3.10.3 Asia/Pacific

          $82.00

        5. 3.10.4 Other Regions

          $82.00

    4. 4 MATERIALS

      $885.00

      1. 4.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 4.2 Material Demand

        $82.00

        1. Table | WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER DEMAND BY PRODUCT & MATERIAL

      3. 4.3 Wood-Plastic Composite Lumber

        $413.00

        1. Table | WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE LUMBER DEMAND BY MATERIAL

        2. CHART III-1 WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE LUMBER DEMAND BY MATERIAL, 2013

        3. 4.3.1 Material Characteristics

          $82.00

        4. 4.3.2 Cellulosic Material

          $99.00

        5. 4.3.3 Plastic Resins

          $180.00

        6. 4.3.4 Additives & Modifiers

          $82.00

      4. 4.4 Plastic Lumber

        $384.00

        1. Table | PLASTIC LUMBER DEMAND BY RESIN TYPE

        2. CHART III-2 PLASTIC LUMBER DEMAND BY RESIN TYPE, 2013

        3. 4.4.1 Material Characteristics

          $82.00

        4. 4.4.2 PVC

          $117.00

        5. 4.4.3 Polyethylene

          $112.00

        6. 4.4.4 Other Resins

          $82.00

    5. 5 APPLICATIONS

      $2,410.00

      1. 5.1 General

        $115.00

        1. Table | WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER DEMAND BY APPLICATION & MATERIAL

        2. CHART IV-1 WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER DEMAND BY APPLICATION, 2013

      2. 5.2 Decking

        $748.00

        1. 5.2.1 Decking Outlook

          $82.00

          1. Table | DECKING DEMAND

        2. 5.2.2 Wood-Plastic Composite & Plastic Decking

          $636.00

          1. Table | DECKING DEMAND FOR WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER

          2. Table | WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE DECKING DEMAND BY FUNCTION & MARKET

          3. Table | WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE DECKING DEMAND BY MATERIAL TYPE

          4. CHART IV-2 WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE LUMBER DECKING MARKET SHARE, 2013

          5. Table | PLASTIC DECKING DEMAND BY FUNCTION & MARKET

          6. Table | PLASTIC DECKING DEMAND BY MATERIAL TYPE

          7. CHART IV-3 PLASTIC LUMBER DECKING MARKET SHARE, 2013

      3. 5.3 Molding & Trim

        $520.00

        1. 5.3.1 Molding & Trim Outlook

          $112.00

          1. Table | MOLDING & TRIM DEMAND

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

          $372.00

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

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

          3. Table | MOLDING & TRIM DEMAND FOR PLASTIC LUMBER BY MARKET

          4. CHART IV-4 WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER MOLDING & TRIM MARKET SHARE, 2013

      4. 5.4 Fencing

        $292.00

        1. 5.4.1 Fencing Outlook

          $82.00

          1. Table | FENCING DEMAND

        2. 5.4.2 Wood-Plastic Composite & Plastic Fencing

          $186.00

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

        3. 5.4.3 Suppliers

          $82.00

          1. CHART IV-5 WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER FENCING MARKET SHARE, 2013

      5. 5.5 Landscaping & Outdoor Products

        $307.00

        1. 5.5.1 Landscaping & Outdoor Products Outlook

          $82.00

          1. Table | LANDSCAPING & OUTDOOR PRODUCTS DEMAND

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

          $228.00

          1. Table | LANDSCAPING & OUTDOOR PRODUCTS DEMAND FOR WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER

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

      6. 5.6 Windows & Doors

        $313.00

        1. 5.6.1 Windows & Door Outlook

          $86.00

          1. Table | WINDOW & DOOR DEMAND

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

          $154.00

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

          2. CHART IV-6 WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER WINDOWS & DOORS MARKET SHARE, 2013

      7. 5.7 Other Applications

        $114.00

        1. Table | OTHER APPLICATIONS DEMAND FOR WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER

        2. 5.7.1 Demand by Market

          $82.00

        3. 5.7.2 Demand by Application

          $82.00

        4. 5.7.3 Suppliers

          $82.00

    6. 6 MARKETS

      $1,193.00

      1. 6.1 General

        $93.00

        1. Table | WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER DEMAND BY MARKET

        2. CHART V-1 WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER DEMAND BY MARKET, 2013

      2. 6.2 Residential Buildings

        $464.00

        1. Table | RESIDENTIAL BUILDING MARKET FOR WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER

        2. 6.2.1 New

          $82.00

          1. Table | NEW RESIDENTIAL BUILDING MARKET FOR WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER

        3. 6.2.2 Improvement & Repair

          $105.00

          1. Table | RESIDENTIAL IMPROVEMENT & REPAIR MARKET FOR WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER

        4. 6.2.3 Demand by Application

          $82.00

          1. Table | RESIDENTIAL WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER DEMAND BY APPLICATION

          2. CHART V-2 RESIDENTIAL WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER DEMAND BY APPLICATION, 2013

        5. 6.2.4 Demand by Housing Type

          $170.00

          1. Table | RESIDENTIAL WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER DEMAND BY HOUSING TYPE

          2. Table | SINGLE-FAMILY HOUSING MARKET FOR WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER

          3. Table | MULTIFAMILY HOUSING MARKET FOR WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER

          4. Table | MANUFACTURED HOUSING MARKET FOR WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER

      3. 6.3 Nonresidential Buildings

        $295.00

        1. Table | NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION MARKET FOR WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER

        2. 6.3.1 New

          $92.00

          1. Table | NEW NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING MARKET FOR WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER

        3. 6.3.2 Improvement & Repair

          $94.00

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

        4. 6.3.3 Demand by Application

          $82.00

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

          2. CHART V-3 NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER DEMAND BY APPLICATION, 2013

      4. 6.4 Nonbuilding Construction

        $267.00

        1. Table | NONBUILDING CONSTRUCTION MARKET FOR WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER

        2. 6.4.1 New

          $90.00

          1. Table | NEW NONBUILDING CONSTRUCTION MARKET FOR WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER

        3. 6.4.2 Improvement & Repair

          $93.00

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

        4. 6.4.3 Demand by Application

          $82.00

          1. Table | NONBUILDING CONSTRUCTION WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER DEMAND BY APPLICATION

      5. 6.5 Agricultural

        $82.00

        1. Table | AGRICULTURAL WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER DEMAND BY MATERIAL

    7. 7 REGIONS

      $1,401.00

      1. 7.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 7.2 Regional Demographic & Economic Activity

        $481.00

        1. 7.2.1 Population Patterns

          $128.00

          1. Table | POPULATION BY REGION

        2. 7.2.2 Economic Outlook

          $122.00

          1. Table | GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT BY REGION

        3. 7.2.3 Construction Activity

          $86.00

          1. Table | CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES BY REGION

        4. 7.2.4 Housing Trends

          $119.00

          1. Table | REGIONAL HOUSING INDICATORS

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

        $870.00

        1. Table | WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER DEMAND BY REGION

        2. CHART VI-1 WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER DEMAND BY REGION, 2013

        3. 7.3.1 Northeast

          $164.00

          1. Table | NORTHEAST WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER DEMAND BY SUBREGION & APPLICATION

        4. 7.3.2 Midwest

          $215.00

          1. Table | MIDWEST WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER DEMAND BY SUBREGION & APPLICATION

        5. 7.3.3 South

          $244.00

          1. Table | SOUTH WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER DEMAND BY SUBREGION & APPLICATION

        6. 7.3.4 West

          $175.00

          1. Table | WEST WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER DEMAND BY SUBREGION & APPLICATION

    8. 8 INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

      $5,333.00

      1. 8.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 8.2 Industry Composition

        $84.00

        1. Table | WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER SALES FOR SELECTED COMPANIES, 2013

      3. 8.3 Market Share

        $152.00

        1. CHART VII-1 WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE & PLASTIC LUMBER MARKET SHARE, 2013

      4. 8.4 Manufacturing

        $202.00

        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

        $82.00

      6. 8.6 Competitive Strategies

        $82.00

      7. 8.7 Marketing

        $100.00

      8. 8.8 Distribution

        $82.00

      9. 8.9 Mergers & Acquisitions

        $82.00

        1. Table | SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES

      10. 8.10 Cooperative Agreements

        $230.00

        1. Table | SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS

      11. 8.11 Company Profiles

        $5,333.00

        1. 8.11.1 ACT Composite Timbers Incorporated

          $82.00

        2. 8.11.2 Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies Incorporated

          $155.00

        3. 8.11.3 American Vinyl Concepts Incorporated

          $82.00

        4. 8.11.4 Andersen Corporation

          $169.00

        5. 8.11.5 Associated Materials LLC

          $224.00

        6. 8.11.6 Atrium Corporation

          $126.00

        7. 8.11.7 Axiall Corporation

          $185.00

        8. 8.11.8 Axion International Holdings Incorporated

          $82.00

        9. 8.11.9 Barrette-Chapais Limited

          $237.00

        10. 8.11.10 Bedford Technology LLC

          $95.00

        11. 8.11.11 Bright Idea Shops LLC

          $82.00

        12. 8.11.12 Building Materials Corporation of America

          $82.00

        13. 8.11.13 Cascades Incorporated

          $86.00

        14. 8.11.14 CPG International LLC

          $531.00

        15. 8.11.15 Crane Group

          $82.00

        16. 8.11.16 Endura Products Incorporated

          $82.00

        17. 8.11.17 Envirolastech Incorporated

          $82.00

        18. 8.11.18 Euramax Holdings Incorporated

          $88.00

        19. 8.11.19 Fiberon LLC

          $419.00

        20. 8.11.20 Fortune Brands Home & Security Incorporated

          $156.00

        21. 8.11.21 Genova Products Incorporated

          $99.00

        22. 8.11.22 Gracious Living Corporation

          $109.00

        23. 8.11.23 Green Bay Decking LLC

          $99.00

        24. 8.11.24 HB&G Building Products Incorporated

          $126.00

        25. 8.11.25 Headwaters Incorporated

          $253.00

        26. 8.11.26 Integrity Composites LLC

          $103.00

        27. 8.11.27 Inteplast Group Limited

          $82.00

        28. 8.11.28 LB Plastics Incorporated

          $87.00

        29. 8.11.29 Louisiana-Pacific Corporation

          $82.00

        30. 8.11.30 Master Mark Plastics

          $89.00

        31. 8.11.31 N.E.W. Plastics Corporation

          $82.00

        32. 8.11.32 Ply Gem Holdings Incorporated

          $250.00

        33. 8.11.33 Quanex Building Products Corporation

          $82.00

        34. 8.11.34 Saint-Gobain

          $202.00

        35. 8.11.35 Strandex Corporation

          $82.00

        36. 8.11.36 TAMKO Building Products Incorporated

          $107.00

        37. 8.11.37 Trex Company Incorporated

          $263.00

        38. 8.11.38 Universal Forest Products Incorporated

          $231.00

        39. 8.11.39 VEKA AG

          $103.00

        40. 8.11.40 Westlake Chemical Corporation

          $95.00

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