WPC & Plastic Lumber

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Wood-Plastic Composite

This study examines the US market for two types of materials serving as alternatives to wood in construction: composites of cellulose fiber and plastic – referred to in the study as “wood-plastic composite (WPC) lumber” – and plastic resins – referred to as “plastic lumber”. Both materials are manufactured using techniques – primarily extrusion but also injection moulding – common to the plastics industry.

Historical data are provided for 2009, 2014, and 2019 with forecasts for 2024 and 2029. Data are provided in dollar value, linear feet, and pounds, and are segmented by material (cellulose, PVC, polyethylene, polyurethane, and other resins), region (Northeast, Midwest, South, West), market (new and improvement and repair residential, commercial, and nonbuilding construction, and agriculture), and application. Applications encompass:

  • decking
  • moulding and trim
  • fencing
  • landscaping and outdoor products
  • windows and doors
  • other applications such as railroad ties; seawalls, pilings, and other marine uses; hot tubs and spa cabinets; backings for luxury vinyl tile (LVT) flooring; and miscellaneous uses such as roofing and structural lumber

This study does not address applications for plastic lumber in which plastics (primarily vinyl) are not in competition with wood or in which they have already attained substantial market share. Applications falling under these categories include plastic siding, extruded plastic windows and doors, plastic playground equipment not competing with traditional lumber, vinyl patio furniture, and vinyl flooring. Cellulose-resin products, such as plywood, strawboard, and oriented strand board, are also excluded from demand considerations for WPC lumber.

Demand for WPC and plastic lumber is also segmented by the following US geographic regions:

  • Northeast
  • Midwest
  • South
  • West

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  1. WPC & Plastic Lumber

    $5,500.00

    1. 1 Executive Summary

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      1. Figure 1-1 | WPC & Plastic Lumber Market

    2. 2 Overview

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      1. 2.1 Study Scope

        $82.00

      2. 2.2 Historical Sales Trends

        $82.00

        1. Figure 2-1 | WPC & Plastic Lumber Demand, 2000 - 2019

      3. 2.3 Demand by Material

        $99.00

        1. Table | WPC & Plastic Lumber Demand by Material, 2009 - 2029

        2. Figure 2-2 | WPC & Plastic Lumber Demand by Material, 2009 - 2029

      4. 2.4 Demand by Application

        $112.00

        1. Table | WPC & Plastic Lumber Demand by Application, 2009 - 2029

      5. 2.5 Demand by Market

        $128.00

        1. Table | WPC & Plastic Lumber Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029

      6. 2.6 Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic

        $138.00

      7. 2.7 Pricing Trends

        $82.00

      8. 2.8 Foreign Trade

        $82.00

    3. 3 Factors Impacting Demand

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      1. 3.1 Construction Industry Outlook

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        1. Figure 3-1 | Construction Expenditures, 2009 - 2029

      2. 3.2 Homeownership & Lot Size

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        1. Figure 3-2 | WPC & Plastic Lumber Products Commonly Used in Home Improvements

      3. 3.3 Outdoor Living Trends

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        1. Figure 3-3 | Presence of Outdoor Space at Home, 2019

      4. 3.4 Pool Ownership

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        1. Figure 3-4 | US Consumer Insights: Pool & Spa Accessibility, 2019

      5. 3.5 Competitive Materials

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      6. 3.6 Regulatory Environment

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      7. 3.7 Building Codes & Local Zoning

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      8. 3.8 Sustainability & Recycling

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    4. 4 Raw Material Requirements

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      1. 4.1 Raw Material Consumption in Plastic & Composite Lumber

        $117.00

        1. Table | Raw Material Consumption in WPC & Plastic Lumber Production by Material & Application, 2009 – 2029

        2. Figure 4-1 | Raw Material Consumption in WPC & Plastic Lumber Production by Material, 2009 - 2029

      2. 4.2 Cellulosic Materials

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        1. Table | Cellulosic Materials: Advantages & Disadvantages

        2. Figure 4-2 | Wood Fiber Content of WPC Materials by Application

      3. 4.3 Plastic Resins

        $396.00

        1. 4.3.1 Consumption by Resin Type

          $92.00

          1. Table | Plastic Resin Consumption in WPC & Plastic Lumber Production by Resin Type, 2009 - 2029

        2. 4.3.2 Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)

          $128.00

          1. Table | Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Plastic Lumber: Advantages & Disadvantages

        3. 4.3.3 Polyethylene

          $82.00

          1. Table | Polyethylene WPC Lumber: Advantages & Disadvantages

        4. 4.3.4 Polyurethane & Other Resins

          $106.00

          1. Table | Polyurethane, Polystyrene, &Polypropylene: Advantages (+)&Disadvantages (-) in WPC & Plastic Lumber

      4. 4.4 Additives & Modifiers

        $83.00

    5. 5 Wood-Plastic Composite (WPC) Lumber

      $210.00

      1. 5.1 Product Description

        $82.00

        1. Figure 5-1 | Wood-Plastic Composite Lumber Product Components

      2. 5.2 Demand by Application

        $95.00

        1. Table | WPC Lumber Demand by Application, 2009 - 2029

      3. 5.3 Demand by Market

        $82.00

        1. Table | WPC Lumber Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029

        2. Figure 5-2 | WPC Lumber Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029

      4. 5.4 Raw Material Consumption

        $82.00

        1. Table | Raw Material Consumption in WPC Lumber Production, 2009 - 2029

        2. Figure 5-3 | Raw Material Use in WPC Lumber, 2009 - 2029

    6. 6 Plastic Lumber

      $228.00

      1. 6.1 Product Description

        $82.00

      2. 6.2 Demand by Application

        $116.00

        1. Table | Plastic Lumber Demand by Application, 2009 - 2029

      3. 6.3 Demand by Market

        $82.00

        1. Table | Plastic Lumber Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029

        2. Figure 6-1 | Plastic Lumber Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029

      4. 6.4 Raw Material Consumption

        $82.00

        1. Table | Raw Material Consumption in Plastic Lumber Production, 2009 - 2029

        2. Figure 6-2 | Raw Material Consumption in Plastic Lumber, 2009 - 2029

    7. 7 Decking Applications

      $1,420.00

      1. 7.1 General Decking Market Trends

        $121.00

        1. Table | Advantages of Materials in Decking

        2. Figure 7-1 | Decking Demand by Material, 2009 - 2024

      2. 7.2 Plastic & Composite Lumber Decking

        $127.00

        1. Table | WPC & Plastic Lumber Decking Demand by Type, 2009 - 2029

      3. 7.3 WPC Lumber Decking

        $534.00

        1. Table | Key Characteristics of WPC Decking

        2. 7.3.1 Demand by Function (Boards, Rails, Accessories)

          $82.00

          1. Table | WPC Decking Demand by Function, 2009 - 2029

        3. 7.3.2 Demand by Surface Treatment (Coated vs. Uncoated)

          $89.00

          1. Table | WPC Decking Demand by Surface Treatment, 2009 - 2029

          2. Figure 7-2 | Capstock-Coated Lumber: Value Share of WPC Decking Demand, 2009 - 2029

        4. 7.3.3 Demand by Material Type

          $103.00

          1. Table | WPC Decking Demand by Material Type, 2009 - 2029

        5. 7.3.4 Demand by Market

          $112.00

          1. Table | WPC Decking Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029

        6. 7.3.5 Market Share

          $82.00

          1. Figure 7-3 | WPC Decking Market Share by Company, 2019

      4. 7.4 Plastic Lumber Decking

        $539.00

        1. Table | Characteristics of Plastic Decking by Resin Type

        2. 7.4.1 Demand by Function (Boards, Rails, Accessories)

          $89.00

          1. Table | Plastic Lumber Decking Demand by Function, 2009 - 2029

        3. 7.4.2 Demand by Resin Type

          $82.00

          1. Table | Plastic Lumber Decking Demand by Resin Type, 2009 - 2029

        4. 7.4.3 Demand by PVC (Vinyl) Formulation

          $86.00

          1. Table | PVC (Vinyl) Decking Demand by Formulation, 2009 - 2029

          2. Figure 7-4 | Cellular PVC Share of Vinyl Decking Value Demand, 2009 - 2029

        5. 7.4.4 Demand by Market

          $141.00

          1. Table | Plastic Lumber Decking Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029

        6. 7.4.5 Market Share

          $82.00

          1. Figure 7-5 | Plastic Decking Market Share by Company, 2019

      5. 7.5 Raw Material Consumption

        $97.00

        1. Table | Raw Material Consumption in WPC & Plastic Lumber Decking Production, 2009 - 2029

    8. 8 Moulding & Trim Applications

      $828.00

      1. 8.1 General Moulding & Trim Market Trends

        $217.00

        1. Table | Types of Moulding & Trim by Product Category

        2. Table | Characteristics of Nonwood Moulding & Trim Materials

      2. 8.2 WPC & Plastic Moulding & Trim

        $332.00

        1. 8.2.1 Demand by Type

          $102.00

          1. Table | WPC & Plastic Moulding & Trim Demand by Type, 2009 - 2029

        2. 8.2.2 WPC Lumber Moulding & Trim

          $105.00

          1. Table | WPC Moulding & Trim Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029

          2. Figure 8-1 | WPC Moulding & Trim Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029

        3. 8.2.3 Plastic Lumber Moulding & Trim

          $124.00

          1. Table | Plastic Lumber Moulding & Trim Demand by Market & Product, 2009 - 2029

      3. 8.3 Raw Material Consumption

        $117.00

        1. Table | Raw Material Consumption in WPC & Plastic Moulding & Trim Production, 2009 - 2029

      4. 8.4 Demand by Market

        $97.00

        1. Table | WPC & Plastic Moulding & Trim Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029

      5. 8.5 Market Share

        $82.00

        1. Figure 8-2 | WPC & Plastic Moulding & Trim Market Share by Company, 2019

    9. 9 Fencing Applications

      $674.00

      1. 9.1 General Fencing Market Trends

        $135.00

        1. Figure 9-1 | Fencing Demand by Material, 2009 - 2024

        2. Table | Key Drivers of Fencing Demand by Material

      2. 9.2 WPC & Plastic Lumber Fencing

        $327.00

        1. 9.2.1 Demand by Type

          $154.00

          1. Table | WPC & Plastic Lumber Fencing Demand by Type, 2009 - 2029

          2. Table | WPC & Plastic Lumber Fencing: Advantages & Disadvantages

        2. 9.2.2 WPC Lumber Fencing

          $82.00

          1. Table | WPC Lumber Fencing Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029

          2. Figure 9-2 | WPC Lumber Fencing Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029

        3. 9.2.3 Plastic Lumber Fencing

          $96.00

          1. Table | Plastic Lumber Fencing Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029

          2. Figure 9-3 | Plastic Lumber Fencing Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029

      3. 9.3 Raw Material Consumption

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        1. Table | Raw Material Consumption in WPC & Plastic Lumber Fencing Production, 2009 - 2029

      4. 9.4 Demand by Market

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        1. Table | WPC & Plastic Lumber Fencing Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029

      5. 9.5 Market Share

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        1. Figure 9-4 | WPC & Plastic Lumber Fencing Market Share by Company, 2019

    10. 10 Window & Door Applications

      $552.00

      1. 10.1 General Window & Door Market Trends

        $165.00

        1. Figure 10-1 | Window & Door Demand by Material, 2008 - 2019

        2. Table | Characteristics of Window & Door Materials

      2. 10.2 WPC & Plastic Lumber Windows & Doors

        $183.00

        1. Table | WPC & Plastic Window & Door Demand by Type, 2009 - 2029

        2. Table | Characteristics of WPC & Cellular PVC Windows & Doors

      3. 10.3 Raw Material Consumption

        $82.00

        1. Table | Raw Material Consumption in WPC & Plastic Window & Door Production, 2009 - 2029

      4. 10.4 Demand by Market

        $82.00

        1. Table | WPC & Plastic Window & Door Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029

      5. 10.5 Market Share

        $82.00

        1. Figure 10-2 | WPC & Plastic Window & Door Market Share by Company, 2019

    11. 11 Landscaping & Outdoor Applications

      $655.00

      1. 11.1 General Landscaping & Outdoor Product Trends

        $103.00

        1. Figure 11-1 | Shed, Pot & Planter, &Outdoor Furniture Demand Share by Material, 2018 & 2019

      2. 11.2 WPC & Plastic Lumber Landscaping & Outdoor Products

        $178.00

        1. 11.2.1 Demand by Type

          $98.00

          1. Table | WPC & Plastic Lumber Landscaping & Outdoor Product Demand by Type, 2009 - 2029

        2. 11.2.2 WPC Lumber Landscaping & Outdoor Products

          $82.00

        3. 11.2.3 Plastic Lumber Landscaping & Outdoor Products

          $82.00

      3. 11.3 Demand by Application

        $100.00

        1. Table | WPC & Plastic Lumber Landscaping & Outdoor Product Demand by Application, 2009 - 2029

      4. 11.4 Raw Material Consumption

        $115.00

        1. Table | Raw Material Consumption in WPC & Plastic Landscaping & Outdoor Product Production, 2009 - 2029

      5. 11.5 Demand by Market

        $118.00

        1. Table | WPC & Plastic Lumber Landscaping & Outdoor Product Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029

      6. 11.6 Suppliers

        $82.00

    12. 12 Other Applications for Plastic & Composite Lumber

      $444.00

      1. 12.1 Plastic & Composite Lumber in Other Applications

        $82.00

        1. Table | Other WPC & Plastic Lumber Demand by Type, 2009 - 2029

      2. 12.2 Demand by Product (Railroad Ties, Hot Tubs, Marine, Flooring)

        $149.00

        1. Table | Other WPC & Plastic Lumber Demand by Application, 2009 - 2029

      3. 12.3 Demand by Market

        $87.00

        1. Table | Other WPC & Plastic Lumber Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029

      4. 12.4 Raw Material Consumption

        $82.00

        1. Table | Raw Material Consumption in WPC & Plastic Lumber Production for Other Products, 2009 - 2029

      5. 12.5 Market Share

        $82.00

        1. Figure 12-1 | Other WPC & Plastic Lumber Applications: Market Share by Company, 2019

    13. 13 Residential Buildings

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      1. 13.1 Market Scope & Definition

        $82.00

      2. 13.2 Demand by Type & Market Sector

        $150.00

        1. Table | Residential WPC & Plastic Lumber Demand by Type & Market Sector, 2009 - 2029

      3. 13.3 New Housing

        $286.00

        1. 13.3.1 Demand by Type

          $157.00

          1. Table | New Residential WPC & Plastic Lumber Demand by Type, 2009 - 2029

        2. 13.3.2 Demand by Application

          $129.00

          1. Table | New Residential WPC & Plastic Lumber Demand by Application, 2009 - 2029

      4. 13.4 Improvements & Repairs

        $321.00

        1. 13.4.1 Demand by Type

          $154.00

          1. Table | Residential Improvement & Repair WPC & Plastic Lumber Demand by Type, 2009 - 2029

        2. 13.4.2 Demand by Application

          $166.00

          1. Table | Residential Improvement & Repair WPC & Plastic Lumber Demand by Application, 2009 - 2029

      5. 13.5 Demand by Housing Type

        $88.00

        1. Table | Residential WPC & Plastic Lumber Demand by Housing Type, 2009 - 2029

        2. Figure 13-1 | Residential WPC & Plastic Lumber Demand by Housing Type, 2009 - 2029

    14. 14 Commercial Buildings

      $967.00

      1. 14.1 Market Scope & Definition

        $302.00

      2. 14.2 Demand by Type & Market Sector

        $152.00

        1. Table | Commercial WPC & Plastic Lumber Demand by Type & Market Sector, 2009 - 2029

      3. 14.3 New Commercial Buildings

        $249.00

        1. 14.3.1 Demand by Type

          $106.00

          1. Table | New Commercial WPC & Plastic Lumber Demand by Type, 2009 - 2029

        2. 14.3.2 Demand by Application

          $142.00

          1. Table | New Commercial WPC & Plastic Lumber Demand by Application, 2009 - 2029

      4. 14.4 Improvements & Repairs

        $263.00

        1. 14.4.1 Demand by Type

          $154.00

          1. Table | Commercial Improvement & Repair WPC & Plastic Lumber Demand by Type, 2009 - 2029

        2. 14.4.2 Demand by Application

          $108.00

          1. Table | Commercial Improvement & Repair WPC & Plastic Lumber Demand by Application, 2009 - 2029

    15. 15 Other Markets (Recreation, Agriculture)

      $590.00

      1. 15.1 Market Scope & Definition

        $82.00

      2. 15.2 Nonbuilding Construction Markets

        $95.00

        1. Table | Nonbuilding WPC & Plastic Lumber Demand by Type & Market Sector, 2009 - 2029

      3. 15.3 New Nonbuilding Markets

        $154.00

        1. 15.3.1 Demand by Type

          $82.00

          1. Table | New Nonbuilding WPC & Plastic Lumber Demand by Type, 2009 - 2029

        2. 15.3.2 Demand by Application

          $82.00

          1. Table | New Nonbuilding WPC & Plastic Lumber Demand by Application, 2009 - 2029

      4. 15.4 Nonbuilding Improvement & Repair

        $178.00

        1. 15.4.1 Demand by Type

          $84.00

          1. Table | Nonbuilding Improvement & Repair WPC & Plastic Lumber Demand by Type, 2009 - 2029

        2. 15.4.2 Demand by Application

          $92.00

          1. Table | Nonbuilding Improvement & Repair WPC & Plastic Lumber Demand by Application, 2009 - 2029

      5. 15.5 Agriculture Markets

        $106.00

        1. Table | Agricultural WPC & Plastic Lumber Demand by Market Sector, 2009 - 2029

    16. 16 Regions

      $692.00

      1. 16.1 Demand by Region

        $158.00

        1. Table | WPC & Plastic Lumber Demand by Region, 2009 - 2029

      2. 16.2 Northeast

        $142.00

        1. Table | Northeast: WPC & Plastic Lumber Demand by Subregion & Application, 2009 - 2029

      3. 16.3 Midwest

        $110.00

        1. Table | Midwest: WPC & Plastic Lumber Demand by Subregion & Application, 2009 - 2029

      4. 16.4 South

        $153.00

        1. Table | South: WPC & Plastic Lumber Demand by Subregion & Application, 2009 - 2029

      5. 16.5 West

        $128.00

        1. Table | West: WPC & Plastic Lumber Demand by Subregion & Application, 2009 - 2029

    17. 17 Industry Structure

      $1,514.00

      1. 17.1 Key Findings & Industry Composition

        $126.00

        1. Table | WPC & Plastic Lumber Sales by Company, 2019

      2. 17.2 Market Share

        $423.00

        1. Figure 17-1 | WPC & Plastic Lumber Market Share by Company, 2019

        2. Figure 17-2 | WPC & Plastic Lumber Market: Leading Supplier, 2019

        3. Figure 17-3 | WPC & Plastic Lumber Market: Second Leading Supplier, 2019

        4. Figure 17-4 | WPC & Plastic Lumber Market: Third Leading Supplier, 2019

        5. Figure 17-5 | WPC & Plastic Lumber Market: Fourth Leading Supplier, 2019

        6. Figure 17-6 | WPC & Plastic Lumber Market: Fifth Leading Supplier, 2019

        7. Figure 17-7 | WPC & Plastic Lumber Market: Sixth Leading Supplier, 2019

      3. 17.3 Manufacturing (Extrusion & Injection Molding)

        $231.00

        1. Table | Advantages & Disadvantage of Extrusion Processing in WPC & Plastic Lumber Production

        2. Table | Advantages & Disadvantage of Injection Molding in WPC & Plastic Lumber Production

      4. 17.4 Product Development

        $216.00

      5. 17.5 Marketing

        $121.00

      6. 17.6 Distribution

        $82.00

      7. 17.7 Mergers & Acquisitions

        $165.00

        1. Table | Selected Mergers & Acquisitions

      8. 17.8 List of Industry Participants

        $187.00

        1. Table | Selected Industry Participants

    18. 18 Appendix

      $3,228.00

      1. 18.1 Scope

        $190.00

        1. Table | Study Scope: US Geographic Regions & Subregions

        2. Table | Relevant Industry Codes

        3. Table | Relevant HS Codes

      2. 18.2 Definitions

        $197.00

      3. 18.3 Abbreviations

        $82.00

        1. Table | Abbreviations & Acronyms Used in Study

      4. 18.4 Freedonia Methodology

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      5. 18.5 Study-Specific Methodology

        $82.00

      6. 18.6 Sources

        $82.00

      7. 18.7 Associations & Agencies

        $82.00

      8. 18.8 Related Studies & Reports

        $82.00

      9. 18.9 Macroeconomic Assumptions

        $1,468.00

        1. 18.9.1 Economic Environment

          $186.00

          1. Table | Macroeconomic Indicators, 2009 – 2029

          2. Figure 18-1 | Annual Growth in Real GDP, 2000 - 2019, Compared to 1980 - 2005 Average

        2. 18.9.2 Demographic Trends

          $125.00

          1. Table | Population & Households, 2009 – 2029

          2. Figure 18-2 | Annual Population Growth, 2004 - 2019

        3. 18.9.3 Consumer Spending

          $170.00

          1. Table | Personal Consumption Expenditures, 2009 - 2029

        4. 18.9.4 Residential Building Construction

          $173.00

          1. Table | Residential Building Construction Expenditures, 2009 – 2029

        5. 18.9.5 Housing Stock

          $82.00

          1. Table | Housing Stock by Type, 2009 – 2029

          2. Figure 18-3 | Housing Stock by Year of Construction, 2019

        6. 18.9.6 Residential Improvements & Repairs

          $117.00

          1. Table | Residential Improvement & Repair Expenditures, 2009 – 2029

        7. 18.9.7 Commercial Building Construction

          $194.00

          1. Table | Commercial Building Construction Expenditures, 2009 – 2029

        8. 18.9.8 Commercial Building Improvements & Repairs

          $113.00

          1. Table | Commercial Building Improvement & Repair Expenditures, 2009 – 2029

        9. 18.9.9 Nonbuilding Construction Expenditures

          $321.00

          1. Table | Nonbuilding Construction Expenditures, 2009 – 2029

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