US demand for specialty films is expected to grow 5.1 percent annually to $8.0 billion in 2017. Expansion of the market will be fostered by the increasing need for high-performance plastic films that offer such advantages as barrier properties, mechanical strength, and chemical resistance in packaging and construction applications. Additionally, the penetration of specialty films into high-growth market areas such as photovoltaic modules, biodegradable products, and pharmaceuticals will bolster demand. The expansion of modified atmosphere packaging and case-ready packaging will fuel further gains, as will improved processing methods in film coating and metallization. However, demand growth will be inhibited by market maturity or weak demand for end-use products in a number of specialty film applications, such as conductive and insulative films in consumer electronics, microporous films for personal care products, and interlayer films for automotive windows. Barrier films to remain largest product segmentBarrier films will remain the largest segment of the specialty film industry, accounting for nearly two-thirds of total demand in 2017. Growth will be driven by the continued expansion of packaging requiring high barrier properties for an array of products. However, the most rapid growth in specialty films will occur in biodegradable and water soluble films, which will see robust gains from a small base. Demand for biodegradable films, which are used to produce compostable packaging and plastic bags, will benefit from environmental concerns and increased commercialization of bio-based polymers. Water soluble film demand will be driven by innovations in medicinal and health products in dissolvable thin film form and increased use of dissolvable laundry bags in hospitals and other health care facilities. Light control films will exhibit above average growth in demand as a result of the favorable outlook for the building construction and photovoltaic markets. In both new construction and home improvements, the growing demand for more energy efficient buildings will fuel demand for window films designed to block infrared radiation while allowing in visible light. Growth in the photovoltaic market will also benefit light control films used as frontsheets. These films allow for light transmission necessary for solar energy generation, while featuring superior mechanical strength, weatherability, and flexibility. Conductive and insulative films will also be fueled by the growing solar energy market, where they are used for backsheets and encapsulants in photovoltaic modules. Medical, drug uses to pace dominant packaging marketThe packaging market will be the leading outlet for specialty films, accounting for more than two-thirds of demand in 2017. Gains will be driven by packaging for medical products and pharmaceuticals needed to care for an aging population as well as by antistatic packaging used to protect electronic components. However, the fastest growth will be in construction applications, as vapor barrier, security, and light control films benefit from the increase in building construction activity. The electronics market will also register above average growth, largely driven by films used in the production of photovoltaic modules. Study coverageThis upcoming Freedonia industry study, Specialty Films, is priced at $4900. It presents historical demand data for 2002, 2007 and 2012, plus forecasts for 2017 and 2022 by specialty film resin, function and market. The study also considers key market environment factors, evaluates company market share, and profiles 34 industry players. TABLE OF CONTENTSINTRODUCTION xI. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1II. MARKET ENVIRONMENT 4General 4Macroeconomic Overview 5Demographic Trends 8Consumer Spending Trends 12Manufacturing Trends 15Plastic Film Industry Overview 19Technological Developments 21Raw Materials 25Pricing Trends 27Historical Market Trends 29Regulatory & Environmental Considerations 32Foreign Trade 34International Activity 35III. FUNCTIONS 37General 37Barrier Films 39Oxygen & Other Gas Barrier Films 41Moisture Barrier Films 44Corrosion Barrier Films 47Other Barrier Films 49Microporous Films 50Safety & Security Films 53Interlayer Products 55Surface Products 57Conductive & Insulative Films 60Light Control Films 63Biodegradable Films 66Water Soluble Films 69Other Functions 72IV. RESINS 75General 75Polyolefins 77Polyester Films 80Polyethylene Terephthalate Films 82Other Polyester Films 84Nylon Films 86Polyvinyl Butyral Films 88Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol Films 90Fluoropolymer Films 93Polyvinylidene Chloride Films 97Other Resins 99Polyimide Films 100Bio-Based Polymer Films 101Polyvinyl Chloride Films 103All Other Specialty Films 104V. MARKETS 107General 107Packaging 109Packaging Market Overview 110Specialty Films Demand 112Meat, Poultry, & Seafood 114Snacks 118Produce 120Other Food 122Pharmaceutical & Medical 123Other Nonfood 126Personal Care Products 127Disposable Hygiene Products Outlook 127Specialty Films Demand 130Electronics 132Electronic Components Industry Overview 132Specialty Films Demand 133Printed Circuits 135Photovoltaic Modules 137Displays 140Other Electronics 142Transportation Equipment 144Transportation Equipment Industry Overview 144Specialty Films Demand 147Automotive 148Aerospace & Other Transportation 150Construction 152Construction Industry Outlook 152Specialty Films Demand 155Windows 157Safety & Security Films 159Light Control Films 161Vapor Barriers 162Other Construction 163Other Markets 164Health & Medical Products 165Bags 166All Other Markets 167VI. INDUSTRY STRUCTURE 169General 169Market Share 172Acquisitions & Divestitures 175Cooperative Agreements 180Marketing & Distribution 181Research & Development 183Competitive Strategies 184Company Profiles 186AEP Industries Incorporated 187Akzo Nobel NV 188Allied Plastics Holdings, see Sigma Plastics GroupAmcor Limited 190AmTopp, see Inteplast GroupApplied Extrusion Technologies, see Taghleef IndustriesAvery Dennison Corporation 192Bekaert (NV) SA 194Bemis Company Incorporated 196Berry Plastics Corporation 201Beta Plastics, see Sigma Plastics GroupCargill Incorporated 203Cereplast Incorporated 205Clopay Plastic Products, see GriffonCortec Corporation 206Cryovac, see Sealed AirCurwood, see BemisDow Chemical Company 209DuPont (EI) de Nemours 210Eastman Chemical Company 215Evonik Industries AG 218Exopack Holding Corporation 220Filmtech, see Sigma Plastics GroupFlexSol Packaging, see Sigma Plastics GroupGriffon Corporation 223Honeywell International Incorporated 225Hood Companies 227Innovia Films Limited 228Inteplast Group Limited 229ISO Poly Films, see Sigma Plastics GroupKaneka Corporation 230Klockner Pentaplast Group 232Kuraray Company Limited 234Lintec Corporation 237MACtac, see BemisMadico, see LintecMilprint, see BemisMitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation 240MonoSol, see KurarayNatureWorks, see CargillNoltex, see Mitsubishi Chemical HoldingsPerfecseal, see BemisPregis Corporation 242Printpack Incorporated 243Raven Industries Incorporated 245SABIC Innovative Plastics US, see Saudi Basic IndustriesSaint-Gobain 247Saudi Basic Industries Corporation 250Sealed Air Corporation 253Sigma Plastics Group 255Solar Gard Specialty Films, see Saint-GobainSoliant, see Akzo NobelTaghleef Industries LLC 2583M Company 259Toray Industries Incorporated 263Tredegar Corporation 265Other Companies Mentioned in the Study 267LIST OF TABLESSECTION I -- EXECUTIVE SUMMARYSummary Table 3SECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT1 Macroeconomic Indicators 82 Population & Households 123 Personal Consumption Expenditures 154 Manufacturers' Shipments 195 Plastic Films Demand 216 Specialty Films Raw Material Demand 277 Specialty Films Market, 2002-2012 31SECTION III -- FUNCTIONS1 Specialty Films Demand by Function 382 Barrier Films Demand 413 Oxygen & Other Gas Barrier Films Demand 444 Moisture Barrier Films Demand 465 Corrosion Barrier Films Demand 486 Other Barrier Films Demand 507 Microporous Films Demand 538 Safety & Security Films Demand 559 Interlayer Safety & Security Films Demand 5710 Surface Safety & Security Films Demand 5911 Conductive & Insulative Films Demand 6312 Light Control Films Demand 6613 Biodegradable Films Demand 6914 Water Soluble Films Demand 7215 Other Specialty Films Demand by Function 74SECTION IV -- RESINS1 Specialty Films Demand by Resin 762 Specialty Polyolefin Films Demand 803 Specialty Polyester Films Demand 824 Specialty Nylon Films Demand 885 Specialty Polyvinyl Butyral Films Demand 906 Specialty Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol Films Demand 937 Specialty Fluoropolymer Films Demand 978 Specialty Polyvinylidene Chloride Films Demand 999 Other Specialty Films Demand by Resin 100SECTION V - - MARKETS1 Specialty Films Demand by Market 1082 Packaging Supply & Demand 1123 Packaging Markets for Specialty Films 1134 Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging Market for SpecialtyFilms 1185 Snack Packaging Market for Specialty Films 1206 Produce Packaging Market for Specialty Films 1227 Other Food Packaging Market for Specialty Films 1238 Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging Market for SpecialtyFilms 1259 Other Nonfood Packaging Market for Specialty Films 12710 Disposable Hygiene Product Sales 12911 Personal Care Products Market for Specialty Films 13212 Electronic Components Shipments 13313 Electronics Market for Specialty Films 13514 Printed Circuit Board Market for Specialty Films 13715 Photovoltaic Module Market for Specialty Films 14016 Display Market for Specialty Films 14217 Other Electronics Market for Specialty Films 14418 Transportation Equipment Shipments 14719 Transportation Market for Specialty Films 14820 Automotive Market for Specialty Films 15021 Aerospace & Other Transportation Market for SpecialtyFilms 15222 Construction Expenditures 15523 Construction Market for Specialty Films 15724 Window Market for Specialty Films 15925 Vapor Barrier Market for Specialty Films 16326 Other Construction Market for Specialty Films 16427 Other Markets for Specialty Films 165SECTION VI -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE1 US Specialty Film Sales by Company, 2012 1702 Selected Acquisitions & Divestitures 1793 Selected Cooperative Agreements 181
LIST OF CHARTSSECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT1 Specialty Films Market, 2002-2012 32SECTION III -- FUNCTIONS1 Specialty Films Demand by Function, 2012 39SECTION IV -- RESINS1 Specialty Films Demand by Resin, 2012 77SECTION V -- MARKETS1 Specialty Films Demand by Market, 2012 109SECTION VI -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE1 Specialty Films Market Share, 2012 173
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