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Article Title: Resin demand to exceed 6.4m t in 2016
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Publication: Plastics Information Europe, 11/20/2012
Freedonia Study: Plastic Containers (2954)

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US demand for resin used in plastic containers is expected to reach 6.44m t, with the container market worth over USD 32 bn in 2016, according to a recent report “Plastic containers” from market researcher Freedonia (Cleveland, Ohio / USA; www.freedoniagroup.com). Advances will be driven by performance advantages over metal, glass and paperboard alternatives across a range of applications and will be fuelled by preferences for small, single-serving containers in bottle markets such as water, carbonated soft drinks and milk; and in tub, cup and bowl markets such as yogurt, soup, fruit, coffee and condiments.
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Article Title: U.S. demand for PCR plastic to reach 3.5 billion lb in 2016
By: Anne Marie Mohan
Publication: Greener Package, 12/3/2012
Freedonia Study: Plastic Containers (2954)

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According to study results, PET and high-density polyethylene were the two leading resins used in recycled plastic products in 2011, accounting for more than 70% of demand. While PET will see above-average gains in demand, fueled by rising recycled content in beverage bottles and thermoformed containers, subpar increases in HDPE collection will limit the availability of recycled resin. The most rapid growth is forecast for recycled low-density polyethylene, which will benefit from a rebound in the construction market. Recycled polypropylene will also see healthy gains in demand, as collection volumes increase and processing techniques improve the quality of the resin. Rapid growth is expected for smaller volume resins, such as nylon and polystyrene, fueled by rising collection of products such as carpet, plastic foam, and consumer electronics for recycling.
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Article Title: U.S. demand for plastic containers to exceed $32 billion in 2016
By: Anne Marie Mohan
Publication: Greener Package, 4/7/2013
Freedonia Study: Plastic Containers (2954)

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Bottles and jars, which represented 77% of plastic container poundage in 2011, are by far the leading plastic container type. Through 2016, plastic bottle and jar demand is expected to rise 2.8% per year to 165 billion units, moderated by the already-dominant position of plastic in many applications, with few new areas existing for large-scale conversions. Additionally, bottle unit growth in the 2001 to 2006 period benefited significantly from skyrocketing sales of bottled water. Going forward, a substantial deceleration in bottled water growth is expected based on environmental considerations. Still, advances will be aided by healthy prospects for smaller single-serving beverage bottles. Among major bottle and jar markets, the fastest gains are anticipated for pharmaceutical and food applications.
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Article Title: US PLASTIC CONTAINERS
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Publication: PlastEurope, 11/5/2012
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Advances will be driven by performance advantages over metal, glass and paperboard alternatives across a range of applications and will be fuelled by preferences for small, single-serving containers in bottle markets such as water, carbonated soft drinks and milk; and in tub, cup and bowl markets such as yogurt, soup, fruit, coffee and condiments. However, the researcher says gains will be moderated by the maturity of a number of bottle markets, along with increased competition from flexible packaging in the tub, cup, bowl and tray markets.
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