The Plastics Compounding Market

The Plastics Compounding Market

The North American market for thermoplastic compounds reached 87.33 billion pounds in 2014. This market is expected to grow from 88.78 billion pounds in 2015 to 100.2 billion pounds by 2020, registering a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.4% over the next five years.

This report provides:
An overview of the plastics compounding market.
Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2014, estimates for 2015, and projections of CAGRs through 2020.
Coverage of the major thermoplastic resins and thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs); the resins include high-density polyethylene (HDPE), low-density polyethylene (LDPE), linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE), polypropylene, polystyrene, and engineering thermoplastics (ETPs): the major representatives being nylons, polycarbonates, polyacetals, PET, and PBT; the report also includes bio compounds, or plastics that are made from plants instead of hydrocarbons.
Identifications of major resin producers, key plastics processors, and independent compounders, along with activities, product lines, and estimated sales for the major independent compounders.
Reviews of key plastics additives used in plastics compounding and advances in plastics compounding machinery/equipment.
Information on major fillers/reinforcements.
Developments in carbon fiber and carbon nanotubes, and advances in natural fibers.


SCOPE OF THE REPORT

This report covers the compounding of major thermoplastic resins. The high-volume commodity resins include high-density polyethylene (HDPE), low-density polyethylene (LDPE), linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE), polypropylene (PP), polystyrene (PS), polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and thermoplastic polyesters (primarily PET). Engineering thermoplastics (ETPs) covered include polybutylene terephthalate (PBT), nylons (polyamides), polycarbonates, acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene terpolymers (ABS) and some real specialties like polyacetals and polysulfones. This report also includes an introduction to thermoplastic elastomers and some biocompounds—plastics that are made from plants instead of hydrocarbons. It excludes thermosetting resins, since they have different chemistries and are usually processed differently.

The plastics compounding market is segmented by each of the above resins and by each of the three plastics compounding groups. Applications and markets by volume in pounds or value in dollars are estimated for the years 2014, 2015, and a five-year forecast to 2020. Major resin producers, key plastics processors and independent compounders are identified. We discuss the activities, product lines and other information for the major independent compounders.

Our market estimates are mostly for markets for the United States or North America. Other features in this report include the following:
Review of key plastics additives used in plastics compounding.
Important information on major fillers/reinforcements.
Developments in carbon fiber and carbon nanotubes for reinforcement of thermoplastics.
Advances in natural fiber reinforcements.
Regulatory and environmental developments shaping compounds, ranging from phthalate plasticizers to halogenated flame retardants.
Key suppliers of plastics additives and fillers/reinforcements.
Notes of some recent advances in plastics compounding and machinery.

CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION
BACKGROUND
SCOPE OF THE REPORT
REASONS FOR DOING STUDY
METHODOLOGY AND INFORMATION SOURCES
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
RELATED BCC RESEARCH REPORTS
BCC RESEARCH WEBSITE
DISCLAIMER
CHAPTER 2 SUMMARY
SUMMARY TABLE NORTH AMERICAN MARKET VOLUME FOR THERMOPLASTIC COMPOUNDS BY TYPE OF COMPOUNDER, THROUGH 2020 (BILLION POUNDS)
SUMMARY FIGURE NORTH AMERICAN MARKET VOLUME FOR THERMOPLASTIC COMPOUNDS BY TYPE OF COMPOUNDER, 2014-2020 (BILLION POUNDS)
CHAPTER 3 OVERVIEW
INTRODUCTION AND DEFINITIONS
BACKGROUND
ADDITIVES
TYPES OF COMPOUNDERS
CHAPTER 4 RESINS
OVERVIEW
TABLE 1 NORTH AMERICAN MARKET VOLUME FOR COMMODITY THERMOPLASTIC RESIN BY PLASTIC TYPE, THROUGH 2020 (BILLION POUNDS)
POLYETHYLENE
FIGURE 1
LOW-DENSITY POLYETHYLENE
HIGH-DENSITY POLYETHYLENE
LINEAR LOW-DENSITY POLYETHYLENE
POLYETHYLENE COMPOUNDING
POLYETHYLENE PRODUCERS
LDPE
HDPE
LLDPE
MARKET
Low-Density Polyethylene
TABLE 2 NORTH AMERICAN MARKET VOLUME FOR COMMODITY THERMOPLASTIC RESIN FOR LDPE BY TYPE OF COMPOUNDER, THROUGH 2020 (BILLION POUNDS)
High Density Polyethylene
TABLE 3 NORTH AMERICAN MARKET VOLUME FOR COMMODITY THERMOPLASTIC RESIN FOR HDPE BY TYPE OF COMPOUNDER, THROUGH 2020 (BILLION POUNDS)
Linear Low Density Polyethylene
TABLE 4 NORTH AMERICAN MARKET VOLUME FOR COMMODITY THERMOPLASTIC RESIN FOR LLDPE BY TYPE OF COMPOUNDER, THROUGH 2020 (BILLION POUNDS)
POLYPROPYLENE
POLYPROPYLENE COPOLYMERS
TYPICAL APPLICATIONS
POLYPROPYLENE PROPERTIES
POLYPROPYLENE COMPOUNDING
POLYPROPYLENE PRODUCERS
MARKET
TABLE 5 NORTH AMERICAN MARKET VOLUME FOR COMMODITY THERMOPLASTIC RESIN FOR POLYPROPYLENE BY TYPE OF COMPOUNDER, THROUGH 2020 (BILLION POUNDS)
POLYVINYL CHLORIDE
FORMS AND GRADES OF PVC
CHLORINATED PVC
APPLICATIONS FOR PVC
TABLE 6 SOME TYPICAL RIGID PVC APPLICATIONS
TABLE 7 SOME TYPICAL FLEXIBLE PVC APPLICATIONS
PVC PROCESSING
Extrusion
Calendering
Dispersion/Liquid Handling
PVC PRODUCERS
PVC COMPOUNDING
MARKET
TABLE 8 NORTH AMERICAN MARKET VOLUME FOR COMMODITY THERMOPLASTIC RESIN FOR PVC BY TYPE OF COMPOUNDER, THROUGH 2020 (BILLION POUNDS)
PVC'S ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Dioxins
Phthalate Plasticizers
Vinyl Chloride Monomer
Recycling
POLYSTYRENE
GENERAL PURPOSE POLYSTYRENE
Characteristics of General Purpose Polystyrene
Rubber-Modified Polystyrene
POLYSTYRENE PRODUCERS
POLYSTYRENE PROCESSING
TABLE 9 FABRICATION METHODS AND SOME USES FOR POLYSTYRENE
MARKET
TABLE 10 NORTH AMERICAN MARKET VOLUME FOR COMMODITY THERMOPLASTIC RESIN FOR POLYSTYRENE BY TYPE OF COMPOUNDER, THROUGH 2020 (BILLION POUNDS)
POLYSTYRENE ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
THERMOPLASTIC POLYESTERS
MAJOR PET APPLICATIONS
PET COMPETITION PRICING
MODIFIED PET RESINS
PET PRODUCERS
MARKET
TABLE 11 NORTH AMERICAN MARKET VOLUME FOR COMMODITY THERMOPLASTIC RESIN FOR THERMOPLASTIC POLYESTER (PET) BY TYPE OF COMPOUNDER, THROUGH 2020 (BILLION POUNDS)
ENGINEERING THERMOPLASTICS
POLYBUTYLENE TEREPHTHALATE
PBT Properties
PBT Producers
POLYAMIDES (NYLONS)
Major Types of Polyamides
Nylon 66
Nylon 6
Other Polyamides
Polyamide Producers
POLYCARBONATES
Types of Polycarbonates Available
Polycarbonate Property Advantages and Disadvantages
Polycarbonate Market Factors and Problems
Polycarbonate Producers
ACRYLONITRILE-BUTADIENE-STYRENE (ABS)
ABS Properties
ABS Grades
ABS Applications
ABS Producers
OTHER ENGINEERING RESINS
Polyacetals
Polysulfones
Polyimides
Polyphenylene Sulfide
Polyketones
Polyphenylene Oxides
MARKET
TABLE 12 NORTH AMERICAN MARKET VOLUME FOR COMMODITY THERMOPLASTIC RESIN FOR ENGINEERING THERMOPLASTICS BY TYPE OF COMPOUNDER, THROUGH 2020 (BILLION POUNDS)
THERMOPLASTIC ELASTOMERS
THERMOPLASTIC OLEFINS
COPOLYESTER TYPES
THERMOPLASTIC POLYURETHANES
STYRENE BLOCK COPOLYMERS
CHAPTER 5 BIOCOMPOUNDS
TABLE 13 EXAMPLES OF BIOPLASTICS (%)
STARCH-BASED PLASTICS
PRODUCERS
APPLICATIONS
POLYHYDROXYALKANOATE (PHA)
PRODUCERS
POLYHYDROXYBUTYRATE (PHB)
POLYLACTIDE (POLYLACTIC ACID, OR PLA) PLASTICS
PRODUCERS
APPLICATIONS
CASTOR OIL POLYMERS
CELLULOSE
SOYBEAN OILS
BIO-DERIVED POLYETHYLENE
1,3-PROPANEDIOL (PDO)
PRODUCERS
NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN BIOPLASTICS
CHAPTER 6 PLASTICS ADDITIVES
MARKET ESTIMATES AND FORECASTS
TABLE 14 NORTH AMERICAN MARKET VOLUME FOR PLASTICS ADDITIVES BY MAJOR TYPES, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
ADDITIVE USAGE IN THERMOPLASTICS
TABLE 15 SELECTED ADDITIVE USAGE IN THERMOPLASTICS
ANTISTATIC AGENTS
TYPES OF ANTISTATIC AGENTS
Internal Antistatic Agents
External (Topical) Antistatic Agents
ANTISTATIC AGENT DEVELOPMENTS
ANTIOXIDANTS
ANTIOXIDANT DEVELOPMENTS
Clariant Masterbatches
Ampacet Corporation
Milliken & Co.
BIOCIDES
BIOCIDE DEVELOPMENTS
BLOWING AGENTS
PHYSICAL BLOWING AGENTS
CHEMICAL BLOWING AGENTS
MARKET ESTIMATE AND FORECAST
TABLE 16 NORTH AMERICAN MARKET VOLUME FOR PLASTIC BLOWING
AGENTS BY TYPE, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
DEVELOPMENTS IN BLOWING AGENTS
COLORANTS
TITANIUM DIOXIDE
MASTERBATCHES
PRECOLORED RESIN
DRY COLOR
LIQUID COLOR
SINGLE PIGMENT CONCENTRATES (SPC)
ISSUES IN PLASTIC COLORING
DEVELOPMENTS IN PLASTIC COLORING
COUPLING AGENTS
DEFOAMING AGENTS
EMULSIFIERS
FLAME/FIRE RETARDANTS
ORGANIC BROMINE COMPOUNDS
ANTIMONY OXIDE
ALUMINA TRIHYDRATE (ATH)
CHLORINATED COMPOUNDS
MOLYBDENUM AND MAGNESIUM COMPOUNDS
PHOSPHORUS COMPOUNDS
MARKET ESTIMATE AND FORECAST
TABLE 17 NORTH AMERICAN MARKET VOLUME FOR PLASTIC FLAME RETARDANTS BY TYPE, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
FLAME RETARDANT REGULATORY ISSUES
Bioaccumulation
Toxicity
Persistence
DEVELOPMENTS IN FLAME RETARDANTS
HEAT STABILIZERS
ANTIMONY MERCAPTIDES
MIXED METAL HEAT STABILIZERS
LEAD-BASED HEAT STABILIZERS
ORGANOTIN HEAT STABILIZERS
ORGANOSULFIDE HEAT STABILIZERS
DEVELOPMENTS IN HEAT STABILIZERS
MARKET ESTIMATE AND FORECAST
TABLE 18 NORTH AMERICAN MARKET VOLUME FOR HEAT STABILIZERS BY CHEMISTRY, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
IMPACT MODIFIERS
ACRYLIC IMPACT MODIFIERS
CHLORINATED POLYETHYLENE AND OTHER ELASTOMERS
DEVELOPMENTS IN IMPACT MODIFIERS
LUBRICANTS
CHEMICALS USED
PLASTICIZERS
DEVELOPMENTS IN PLASTICIZERS
PVC PROCESSING AIDS
SLIP AGENTS
SURFACTANTS
THICKENERS
THIXOTROPES
UV STABILIZERS
PLASTIC RESISTANCE TO UV
CHEMICAL TYPES OF UV STABILIZERS
Benzophenones
Benzotriazoles
Hindered Amines
Others
OXYGEN DEGRADATION INITIATORS
CHAPTER 7 FILLERS AND REINFORCEMENTS
PROPERTY PROFILES
CHARACTERISTICS OF FILLERS/REINFORCEMENTS
TABLE 19 PROFILES OF FILLER/REINFORCEMENT CHARACTERISTICS
TABLE 20 OVERVIEW OF CHARACTERISTICS AND APPLICATIONS OF FILLERS/REINFORCEMENTS
FILLER/REINFORCEMENT USAGE WITH SPECIFIC RESINS
TABLE 21 OVERVIEW OF FILLER/REINFORCEMENT USAGE WITH DIFFERENT
THERMOPLASTICS
REINFORCEMENTS
GLASS FIBER REINFORCEMENTS
Types of Glass Fibers
Sizing
Glass Fiber Varieties
Recent Developments in Glass Fibers
Market Estimate and Forecast
TABLE 22 NORTH AMERICAN MARKET VOLUME FOR REINFORCED PLASTICS GLASS FIBER*, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
CARBON FIBER REINFORCEMENTS
Manufacture
Product Types
Applications
Carbon Fiber Producers
TABLE 23 GLOBAL CARBON FIBER SUPPLIERS AND ESTIMATED CAPACITY, 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
Market Estimate and Forecast
TABLE 24 GLOBAL MARKET VOLUME FOR PAN-BASED CARBON FIBERS BY KEY MARKETS, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
New Developments in Carbon Fiber
CARBON NANOTUBE REINFORCEMENTS
Types of Carbon Nanotubes
Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes
Multi-Wall Carbon Nanotubes
Properties of Carbon Nanotubes
Electrical
Thermal
Strength
Toxicity
Carbon Nanotube Manufacture
Arc Discharge
Laser Ablation
Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD)
Controlled Flame Environments
Carbon Nanotube Applications
Automotive Applications
Electrical Applications
Medical Applications
Packaging Applications
Structural Applications
Carbon Nanotube Producers and Production
Market Estimate and Forecast
TABLE 25 GLOBAL MARKET FOR CARBON NANOTUBE-REINFORCED
POLYMERS, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
New Developments in Carbon Nanotubes
NATURAL FIBER REINFORCEMENTS
Types of Natural Fiber Reinforcements
Wood Fibers
Kenaf
Coir
Henequen
Bamboo
Rice Hulls/Husks
Applications
Natural Fiber Producers
Market Estimate and Forecast
TABLE 26 GLOBAL MARKET FOR NATURAL FIBER-PLASTIC COMPOSITES, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
New Developments
NONFIBROUS REINFORCEMENTS
Talc
Grades
Applications
New Developments
Mica
Properties
Applications
Wollastonite
Applications
Nanoclays/Nanocomposites
Applications
Nanoclay Producers
New Developments
INORGANIC FILLERS
ALUMINA TRIHYDRATE
Properties
Grades
BARIUM SULFATE
CALCIUM CARBONATE
Grades
Applications
New Developments
CALCIUM SULFATE
Applications
KAOLINS
Grades
MARKET ESTIMATES AND FORECASTS
TABLE 27 NORTH AMERICAN MARKET VOLUME FOR PLASTIC FILLERS BY TYPE, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
CHAPTER 8 MASTERBATCHES
OVERVIEW
DEFINITION
INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
MARKET ESTIMATE AND FORECAST
TABLE 28 NORTH AMERICAN MARKET VOLUME FOR PLASTIC
MASTERBATCHES, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
SOME NEW DEVELOPMENTS
CHAPTER 9 MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT
SELECTION CRITERIA
TYPES OF MATERIALS
TYPES OF COMPOUNDING EQUIPMENT
BATCH MIXING EQUIPMENT
High-Shear Mixers
Roll Mills
Internal Mixers
High-intensity Mixers
Thermokinetic Mixers
Other Types of Equipment Used in Batch Mixing
Tumbling Blenders
Impelling Blenders
Paste Mixers
TABLE 29 BATCH COMPOUNDING EQUIPMENT
CONTINUOUS COMPOUNDING EQUIPMENT
Continuous Systems
Single-Screw Extruders
Twin-Screw Extruders
Two-Stage Extruders
SIZE-REDUCTION EQUIPMENT
Dicers
Pelletizers
MAJOR COMPOUNDING EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS
TABLE 30 MAJOR COMPOUNDING EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS
CHAPTER 10 TYPES OF COMPOUNDERS
TOLL COMPOUNDING
CUSTOM COMPOUNDING
PROPRIETARY COMPOUNDING
CONCENTRATE COMPOUNDING
AFFILIATED COMPOUNDING AND COMPOUNDERS
CHAPTER 11 INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
RESIN PRODUCERS
PROCESSORS
IMPORTANT VARIABLES AND CONSIDERATIONS
LEADING PLASTICS PROCESSORS
TABLE 31 LEADING BLOW MOLDERS ($ BILLIONS)
TABLE 32 LEADING INJECTION MOLDERS ($ BILLIONS)
TABLE 33 LEADING PIPE, PROFILE AND TUBING EXTRUDERS ($ BILLIONS)
TABLE 34 LEADING FILM/SHEET PRODUCERS ($ BILLIONS)
TABLE 35 LEADING THERMOFORMERS ($ BILLIONS)
TABLE 36 LEADING ROTATIONAL MOLDERS ($ MILLIONS)
INDEPENDENT COMPOUNDERS
TRENDS
LEADING THERMOPLASTIC COMPOUNDERS
TABLE 37 LEADING NORTH AMERICAN THERMOPLASTIC COMPOUNDERS
AND CONCENTRATE PRODUCERS (%)
CHAPTER 12 COMPOUNDING COMPANY PROFILES
AARON INDUSTRIES CORP.
ACLO COMPOUNDERS
ACTON TECHNOLOGIES INC.
ADELL PLASTICS INC.
ADDIVANT
ADVANCED COMPOSITES INC.
AGC CHEMICALS AMERICAS INC.
AKCROS CHEMICALS INC.
ALPHAGARY CORP.
AM STABILIZERS CORP.
AMCO POLYMERS
AMERICAN COMPOUNDING SPECIALTIES LLC
AMERICHEM INC.
AMETEK WESTCHESTER PLASTICS
AMPACET CORP.
AMPLAS COMPOUNDING INC.
AMTOPP DIVISION
ASAHI KASEI PLASTICS NORTH AMERICA
ASCEND PERFORMANCE MATERIALS LLC
AXIALL CORP.
BASF CORP.
BAY POLYMER CORP.
BAYER MATERIALSCIENCE/COVESTRO
BAYSHORE VINYL COMPOUNDS
BIRCH PLASTICS INC.
CHROMA CORP.
CLARIANT INTERNATIONAL LTD., MASTERBATCHES DIVISION
COLORTECH INC.
DECEUNINCK NORTH AMERICA LLC
THE DOW CHEMICAL CO.
DSM ENGINEERING PLASTICS INC.
E.I. DUPONT DE NEMOURS AND CO.
DYNEON LLC
EMERALD PERFORMANCE MATERIALS LLC
EMS-CHEMIE (NORTH AMERICA) INC.
EXXONMOBIL CHEMICAL CO.
FERRO CORP.
FOSTER CORP.
HERITAGE PLASTICS INC.
INFINITY LTL ENGINEERED COMPOUNDS
INVISTA
KRATON PERFORMANCE POLYMERS INC.
THE LUBRIZOL CORP.
LYONDELLBASELL ADVANCED POLYOLEFINS
MILLIKEN & CO./MILLIKEN CHEMICAL
MRC POLYMERS INC.
MUEHLSTEIN NORTH AMERICA
MULTIBASE INC.
NOVA POLYMERS INC.
O'NEIL COLOR AND COMPOUNDING
OXFORD POLYMERS
PERFORMANCE COMPOUNDING LLC
PLASTIC RECYCLING TECHNOLOGY INC.
PLASTICOMP INC.
THE PLASTICS GROUP OF AMERICA
PLASTICS PLUS INC.
POLYFIL CORP.
POLYFUSION LLC
POLYMER RESOURCES LTD.
POLYONE CORP.
POLYRAM U.S.A. AND CANADA
RHEIN CHEMIE ADDITIVES
RIVERDALE GLOBAL
ROSCOM INC.
RTP COMPANY
SABIC INNOVATIVE PLASTICS/LNP
A. SCHULMAN INC.
SO.F.TER. USA USA
STANDRIDGE COLOR CORP.
TECHMER PM LLC/TECHMER ES
TECHNICAL POLYMERS LLC
TEKNI-PLEX INC.
TEKNOR APEX CO.
THEMIX PLASTICS INC.
WELLMAN ENGINEERING RESINS
CHAPTER 13 APPENDIX COMMON ACRONYMS

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