Wood-Plastic Composite & Plastic Lumber

Natural appearance drives growth in composite lumber

Demand for wood-plastic composite (WPC) and plastic lumber will be spurred by increasing consumer interest in more aesthetically pleasing materials. Such products as capstock-coated WPC decking and cellular polyvinyl chloride (PVC) molding and trim and windows and doors are exhibiting greater usage because of their ability to recreate the grains and textures of natural wood lumber, while offering users longer lifespans and minimal maintenance needs. Capstock-coated products now dominate decking demand in the WPC segment, while cellular PVC products will take market share from traditional plastic lumber products across a wide range of applications.

Decking remains leading application

According to Wood-Plastic Composite & Plastic Lumber, a new study from The Freedonia Group, decking will remain the leading application for WPC and plastic lumber going forward. Not only will homeowners continue to install decks to create outdoor entertainment and recreation areas, but they will increasingly add such features as outdoor kitchens, firepits, and hot tubs to their decks. Decks will be larger in size and will require more railings and other components to create the benches, tables, privacy lattices, and other related features.

New application spurs gains

The newest application for WPC and plastic lumber is backing material for luxury vinyl tile (LVT) flooring. Such materials as USFloors’ CORETEC WPC backing enhance comfort underfoot and add durability to LVT without sacrificing other performance properties, such as ease of installation. As more LVT floors are installed in homes and commercial structures, specifiers will opt for those products with WPC and plastic lumber backings, further spurring gains.

Manufacturers seek new applications

Freedonia Group states, a key development in the industry is the effort of manufacturers who formerly concentrated on decking to offer other WPC and plastic lumber products. Such items as fencing and landscaping products can be marketed as complementary items used to create outdoor showpieces ideal for entertaining guests or areas for family leisure and recreational activities. Other producers offer exterior trim, stressing its ability to enhance the look and value of a home.

Study coverage

Wood-Plastic Composite & Plastic Lumber analyzes the US market for wood-plastic composite (WPC) and plastic lumber. It presents historical demand data (2005, 2010 and 2015) plus forecasts (2020 and 2025) by material, product (decking, fencing, molding and trim, flooring, windows and doors, landscaping and outdoor products, other), market (residential buildings, nonresidential buildings, nonbuilding construction, agricultural) and region of the US. In addition, the study considers key market environment factors, assesses the industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles US industry players.

Freedonia's market research studies provide timely access to reliable, unbiased analysis from which to benchmark performance and answer critical questions: Is your business growing faster or slower than the overall market? Is your organization gaining or losing market share? Which products and markets are the most desirable to explore for expansion? Are there industry trends or competitor activities that present a threat or opportunity to your business?

Studies offer a great ROI and can help business leaders make informed, analytically driven decisions. When considering the time, effort, and expertise that goes into it, our off-the-shelf research saves our clients time and money.

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  1. Wood-Plastic Composite & Plastic Lumber

    $5,500.00

    1. 1 INTRODUCTION

      $118.00

    2. 2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

      $128.00

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

    3. 3 MARKET ENVIRONMENT

      $2,192.00

      1. 3.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 3.2 Macroeconomic Outlook

        $164.00

        1. Table | MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS

      3. 3.3 Demographic Trends

        $221.00

        1. Table | POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS

      4. 3.4 Consumer Trends

        $247.00

        1. 3.4.1 Consumer Spending

          $88.00

          1. Table | PERSONAL CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURES

        2. 3.4.2 Consumer Financing

          $142.00

          1. Table | CONSUMER FINANCING ENVIRONMENT, 2005-2015

      5. 3.5 Construction Expenditures

        $1,041.00

        1. Table | CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES

        2. 3.5.1 Building Construction

          $759.00

          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, 2015

          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

          $177.00

          1. Table | NONBUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES

          2. Table | NONBUILDING CONSTRUCTION STOCK

      6. 3.6 Historical Market Trends

        $82.00

        1. Table | WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER MARKET, 2005-2015

        2. CHART II-2 WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER MARKET, 2006-2015

      7. 3.7 Pricing

        $82.00

      8. 3.8 Environmental & Other Issues

        $152.00

        1. 3.8.1 Recycling

          $82.00

        2. 3.8.2 Timber Harvesting Regulations

          $82.00

        3. 3.8.3 CCA-Treated Lumber Replacement

          $82.00

      9. 3.9 Regulations & Standards

        $106.00

        1. 3.9.1 Building Codes

          $82.00

        2. 3.9.2 Materials Standards

          $82.00

      10. 3.10 Foreign Trade & World Market

        $84.00

        1. CHART II-3 WORLD WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER DEMAND BY REGION, 2015

    4. 4 MATERIALS

      $520.00

      1. 4.1 General

        $82.00

        1. Table | WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER MATERIALS DEMAND

      2. 4.2 WPC Lumber

        $263.00

        1. Table | WPC LUMBER MATERIALS DEMAND

        2. 4.2.1 Cellulosic Material

          $102.00

          1. CHART III-1 ADVANTAGES & DISADVANTAGES OF CELLULOSE

          2. CHART III-2 WOOD FIBER CONTENTS OF WPC MATERIALS BY APPLICATION

        3. 4.2.2 Plastic Resins

          $82.00

          1. CHART III-3 CHARACTERISTICS OF PLASTIC RESINS USED IN WPC

        4. 4.2.3 Additives & Modifiers

          $82.00

      3. 4.3 Plastic Lumber

        $196.00

        1. Table | PLASTIC LUMBER MATERIALS DEMAND

        2. 4.3.1 PVC

          $82.00

          1. CHART III-4 PVC PLASTIC LUMBER: ADVANTAGES & DISADVANTAGES

        3. 4.3.2 Other Resins

          $82.00

          1. CHART III-5 CHARACTERISTICS OF OTHER RESINS USED IN PLASTIC LUMBER

        4. 4.3.3 Additives & Modifiers

          $82.00

    5. 5 APPLICATIONS

      $2,071.00

      1. 5.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 5.2 Key Drivers of WPC & Plastic Lumber Demand

        $82.00

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

        2. CHART IV-1 WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER DEMAND BY APPLICATION, 2015

      3. 5.3 Decking

        $760.00

        1. 5.3.1 Decking Outlook

          $82.00

          1. Table | DECKING DEMAND

          2. CHART IV-2 KEY DRIVERS OF DECKING DEMAND BY MATERIAL TYPE

        2. 5.3.2 WPC & Plastic Lumber Decking

          $683.00

          1. Table | DECKING DEMAND FOR WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER

          2. CHART IV-3 KEY CHARACTERISTICS OF WPC DECKING

          3. Table | WPC DECKING DEMAND BY FUNCTION

          4. CHART IV-4 MARKET PENETRATION OF CAPSTOCK-COATED WPC DECKING IN VALUE TERMS, 2010-2025

          5. Table | WPC DECKING DEMAND BY SURFACE TREATMENT

          6. Table | WPC DECKING DEMAND BY MARKET

          7. Table | WPC DECKING DEMAND BY MATERIAL

          8. CHART IV-5 WPC LUMBER DECKING MARKET SHARE, 2015

          9. Table | PLASTIC DECKING DEMAND BY FUNCTION

          10. Table | PLASTIC DECKING DEMAND BY MARKET

          11. CHART IV-6 CHARACTERISTICS OF PLASTIC DECKING BY MATERIAL TYPE

          12. Table | PLASTIC DECKING DEMAND BY MATERIAL

          13. Table | PVC DECKING DEMAND BY RESIN TYPE

          14. CHART IV-7 SHARE OF CELLULAR PVC DECKING IN VALUE TERMS

          15. CHART IV-8 PLASTIC DECKING MARKET SHARE, 2015

      4. 5.4 Molding & Trim

        $347.00

        1. CHART IV-9TYPES OF MOLDING & TRIM BY PRODUCT CATEGORY

        2. 5.4.1 Molding & Trim Outlook

          $82.00

          1. Table | MOLDING & TRIM DEMAND

          2. CHART IV-10 CHARACTERISTICS OF NONWOOD MOLDING & TRIM MATERIALS

        3. 5.4.2 WPC & Plastic Molding & Trim Demand

          $240.00

          1. Table | MOLDING & TRIM DEMAND FOR WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER

          2. Table | MOLDING & TRIM DEMAND FOR WPC LUMBER BY MARKET

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

          4. CHART IV-11 CHARACTERISTICS OF PLASTIC LUMBER MOLDING & TRIM BY RESIN TYPE

          5. CHART IV-12 WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER MOLDING & TRIM MARKET SHARE, 2015

      5. 5.5 Fencing

        $252.00

        1. 5.5.1 Fencing Outlook

          $82.00

          1. Table | FENCING DEMAND

          2. CHART IV-13 KEY DRIVERS OF FENCING DEMAND BY MATERIAL TYPE

        2. 5.5.2 WPC & Plastic Fencing Demand

          $191.00

          1. Table | FENCING DEMAND FOR WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER BY MATERIAL

          2. CHART IV-14 PLASTIC LUMBER FENCING: ADVANTAGES & DISADVANTAGES

          3. CHART IV-15 WPC LUMBER FENCING: ADVANTAGES & DISADVANTAGES

          4. Table | FENCING DEMAND FOR WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER BY MARKET

          5. CHART IV-16 WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER FENCING MARKET SHARE, 2015

      6. 5.6 Landscaping & Outdoor Products

        $236.00

        1. 5.6.1 Landscaping & Outdoor Products Outlook

          $82.00

          1. Table | LANDSCAPING & OUTDOOR PRODUCTS DEMAND

        2. 5.6.2 WPC & Plastic Landscaping & Outdoor Products Demand

          $163.00

          1. Table | LANDSCAPING & OUTDOOR PRODUCTS DEMAND FOR WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER

          2. Table | WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER LANDSCAPING PRODUCTS DEMAND BY MATERIAL

          3. Table | WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER LANDSCAPING PRODUCTS DEMAND BY MARKET

      7. 5.7 Windows & Doors

        $227.00

        1. 5.7.1 Windows & Doors Outlook

          $82.00

          1. Table | WINDOWS & DOORS DEMAND

          2. CHART IV-17 CHARACTERISTICS OF WINDOWS & DOORS MATERIALS BY TYPE

        2. 5.7.2 WPC & Plastic Windows & Doors Demand

          $160.00

          1. CHART IV-18 CHARACTERISTICS OF WPC & CELLULAR PVC WINDOWS & DOORS

          2. Table | WINDOWS & DOORS DEMAND FOR WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER BY MATERIAL

          3. Table | WINDOWS & DOORS DEMAND FOR WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER BY MARKET

          4. CHART IV-19 WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER WINDOWS & DOORS MARKET SHARE, 2015

      8. 5.8 Other Applications

        $169.00

        1. Table | OTHER APPLICATIONS DEMAND FOR WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER BY PRODUCT

        2. 5.8.1 Demand by Material

          $82.00

          1. Table | OTHER APPLICATIONS DEMAND FOR WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER BY MATERIAL

        3. 5.8.2 Demand by Market

          $82.00

          1. Table | OTHER APPLICATIONS DEMAND FOR WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER BY MARKET

        4. 5.8.3 Suppliers

          $82.00

    6. 6 MARKETS

      $1,279.00

      1. 6.1 General

        $84.00

        1. Table | WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER DEMAND BY MARKET

        2. CHART V-1 WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER PRODUCTS: KEY DRIVERS OF DEMAND BY MARKET

      2. 6.2 Residential Buildings

        $492.00

        1. Table | RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS DEMAND FOR WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER BY MATERIAL & MARKET

        2. 6.2.1 New

          $162.00

          1. Table | NEW RESIDENTIAL DEMAND FOR WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER BY MATERIAL

          2. Table | NEW RESIDENTIAL DEMAND FOR WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER BY APPLICATION

        3. 6.2.2 Improvements & Repairs

          $226.00

          1. Table | RESIDENTIAL IMPROVEMENT & REPAIR DEMAND FOR WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER BY MATERIAL

          2. Table | RESIDENTIAL IMPROVEMENT & REPAIR DEMAND FOR WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER BY APPLICATION

          3. Table | RESIDENTIAL WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER DEMAND BY HOUSING TYPE

          4. CHART V-2 KEY DRIVERS OF WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER DEMAND BY HOUSING TYPE

      3. 6.3 Nonresidential Buildings

        $366.00

        1. Table | NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS DEMAND FOR WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER BY MATERIAL & MARKET

        2. 6.3.1 New

          $125.00

          1. Table | NEW NONRESIDENTIAL DEMAND FOR WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER BY MATERIAL

          2. Table | NEW NONRESIDENTIAL DEMAND FOR WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER BY APPLICATION

        3. 6.3.2 Improvements & Repairs

          $140.00

          1. Table | NONRESIDENTIAL IMPROVEMENT & REPAIR DEMAND FOR WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER BY MATERIAL

          2. Table | NONRESIDENTIAL IMPROVEMENT & REPAIR DEMAND FOR WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER BY APPLICATION

      4. 6.4 Nonbuilding Construction

        $289.00

        1. Table | NONBUILDING CONSTRUCTION DEMAND FOR WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER BY MATERIAL & MARKET

        2. 6.4.1 New

          $108.00

          1. Table | NEW NONBUILDING CONSTRUCTION DEMAND FOR WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER BY MATERIAL

          2. Table | NEW NONBUILDING CONSTRUCTION DEMAND FOR WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER BY APPLICATION

        3. 6.4.2 Improvements & Repairs

          $119.00

          1. Table | NONBUILDING IMPROVEMENT & REPAIR DEMAND FOR WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER BY MATERIAL

          2. Table | NONBUILDING IMPROVEMENT & REPAIR DEMAND FOR WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER BY APPLICATION

      5. 6.5 Agricultural

        $82.00

        1. Table | AGRICULTURAL WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER DEMAND BY MATERIAL

    7. 7 REGIONS

      $1,206.00

      1. 7.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 7.2 Regional Demographic & Economic Trends

        $593.00

        1. 7.2.1 Population Patterns

          $154.00

          1. Table | POPULATION BY REGION

        2. 7.2.2 Economic Outlook

          $132.00

          1. Table | GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT BY REGION

        3. 7.2.3 Construction

          $116.00

          1. Table | CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES BY REGION

        4. 7.2.4 Housing Trends

          $160.00

          1. Table | REGIONAL HOUSING INDICATORS

      3. 7.3 Regional WPC & Plastic Lumber Demand

        $561.00

        1. Table | WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER DEMAND BY REGION

        2. CHART VI-1 WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER DEMAND BY REGION, 2015

        3. 7.3.1 Northeast

          $109.00

          1. Table | NORTHEAST: WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER DEMAND BY SUBREGION & APPLICATION

        4. 7.3.2 Midwest

          $125.00

          1. Table | MIDWEST: WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER DEMAND BY SUBREGION & APPLICATION

        5. 7.3.3 South

          $134.00

          1. Table | SOUTH: WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER DEMAND BY SUBREGION & APPLICATION

        6. 7.3.4 West

          $120.00

          1. Table | WEST: WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER DEMAND BY SUBREGION & APPLICATION

    8. 8 INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

      $5,534.00

      1. 8.1 General

        $105.00

        1. Table | WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER SALES FOR SELECTED COMPANIES, 2015

      2. 8.2 Market Share

        $170.00

        1. CHART VII-1 WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER MARKET SHARE, 2015

      3. 8.3 Manufacturing

        $125.00

        1. 8.3.1 Extrusion

          $82.00

          1. CHART VII-2 ADVANTAGES & DISADVANTAGES OF EXTRUSION PROCESSING IN WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER PRODUCTION

        2. 8.3.2 Injection Molding

          $82.00

          1. CHART VII-3 ADVANTAGES & DISADVANTAGES OF INJECTION MOLDING IN WPC & PLASTIC LUMBER PRODUCTION

        3. 8.3.3 Production Developments

          $82.00

      4. 8.4 Product Development

        $126.00

      5. 8.5 Marketing

        $82.00

      6. 8.6 Distribution

        $82.00

      7. 8.7 Mergers & Acquisitions

        $82.00

        1. Table | SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES

      8. 8.8 Cooperative Agreements

        $293.00

        1. 8.8.1 Marketing & Distribution Agreements

          $166.00

          1. Table | SELECTED MARKETING & DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENTS

        2. 8.8.2 Other Agreements

          $114.00

          1. Table | SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS

      9. 8.9 Company Profiles

        $5,534.00

        1. 8.9.1 ACT Composite Timbers Incorporated

          $82.00

        2. 8.9.2 Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies Incorporated

          $180.00

        3. 8.9.3 Advanced Products LLC

          $82.00

        4. 8.9.4 Andersen Corporation

          $195.00

        5. 8.9.5 Associated Materials LLC

          $257.00

        6. 8.9.6 Atrium Corporation

          $82.00

        7. 8.9.7 Axiall Corporation

          $180.00

        8. 8.9.8 Axion International Holdings Incorporated

          $82.00

        9. 8.9.9 Bedford Technology LLC

          $106.00

        10. 8.9.10 Bright Idea Shops LLC

          $82.00

        11. 8.9.11 Cascades Incorporated

          $97.00

        12. 8.9.12 CPG International LLC

          $730.00

        13. 8.9.13 Crane Group Company

          $114.00

        14. 8.9.14 Endura Products Incorporated

          $98.00

        15. 8.9.15 ENERGI Fenestration Solutions

          $85.00

        16. 8.9.16 Envirolastech Incorporated

          $82.00

        17. 8.9.17 Euramax Holdings Incorporated

          $85.00

        18. 8.9.18 Fiberon LLC

          $394.00

        19. 8.9.19 Fortune Brands Home & Security Incorporated

          $182.00

        20. 8.9.20 Genova Products Incorporated

          $111.00

        21. 8.9.21 Gracious Living Corporation

          $115.00

        22. 8.9.22 Green Bay Decking LLC

          $113.00

        23. 8.9.23 HB&G Building Products Incorporated

          $227.00

        24. 8.9.24 Headwaters Incorporated

          $295.00

        25. 8.9.25 Integrity Composites LLC

          $130.00

        26. 8.9.26 Inteplast Group Limited

          $96.00

        27. 8.9.27 LB Plastics Incorporated

          $106.00

        28. 8.9.28 Les Entreprises Barrette Incorporated

          $370.00

        29. 8.9.29 Master Mark Plastics

          $113.00

        30. 8.9.30 N.E.W. Plastics Corporation

          $109.00

        31. 8.9.31 Ply Gem Holdings Incorporated

          $301.00

        32. 8.9.32 Quanex Building Products Corporation

          $111.00

        33. 8.9.33 Saint-Gobain

          $291.00

        34. 8.9.34 Strandex Corporation

          $82.00

        35. 8.9.35 TAMKO Building Products Incorporated

          $136.00

        36. 8.9.36 Thermal Windows and Doors LLC

          $106.00

        37. 8.9.37 Trex Company Incorporated

          $340.00

        38. 8.9.38 Triumvirate Environmental Incorporated

          $82.00

        39. 8.9.39 Universal Forest Products Incorporated

          $274.00

        40. 8.9.40 USFloors Incorporated

          $98.00

        41. 8.9.41 VEKA AG

          $138.00

        42. 8.9.42 Westlake Chemical Corporation

          $162.00

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