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Rigid Transparent Plastics: North American Markets

Rigid Transparent Plastics: North American Markets

Report Scope:

Use of the terms transparent and clear is subjective. Most definitions of the terms express the clarity of plastics by the percentage of light transmission as defined by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Test D-1003. Light transmission percentages above 85 are generally accepted as transparent, although many suppliers claim clear grades with percentages of 80 or lower, making the distinction between transparent and translucent unclear. When referring to plastics and resins, the terms transparent and clear are used synonymously in this report.

Clear rigid plastics are commercially available in many forms, including injection-molded, extruded, blow-molded and thermoformed. Many clear extruded products are converted to clear films. The uses for these films are varied and include commodity, specialty, coextruded, food and medical packaging. Packaging markets such as healthcare and food are not addressed in this report. Blow-molded clear plastics are hollow, and most are converted to bottles or containers. Thermoformed plastics are similar to injection-molded plastics but are generally thinner and require less equipment and capital outlay.

This report covers rigid, clear, non-packaging plastic products, which include injection-molded, non-film extrusion and some thermoformed (including cast sheet) plastics. Flexible and hollow thin plastics, including films, are not covered in this report. The clear resins covered in this report are: acrylics, polycarbonates, polystyrenes, styrene block copolymers (SBCs), styrene acrylonitrile (SAN), acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), polysulfones, thermoplastic polyesters (almost exclusively polyethylene terephthalate (PET)), polypropylene, acrylic-styrene copolymers (SMMAs), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), nylon, cellulosic resins, cyclic olefin copolymers (COCs), and allyl diglycol carbonate (ADC) (for optical applications).

Major applications of these rigid transparent plastics include: medical, electronic, automotive, building and construction (glazing, lighting lenses, signs, and displays), housewares, appliances, toys, optical lenses, and aircraft transparencies.

Report Includes:

- 42 data tables and 19 additional tables
- Industry analysis of rigid transparent plastics in terms of current and forecast usage
- Analyses of global market trends with data from 2017 and 2018, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2023
- Coverage of rigid, clear, non-packaging plastic products, including injection-molded, non-film extrusion and thermoformed and cast sheet plastics
- Insight into new developments in clear plastics, their expanded usage in existing and new applications, and competition between polymers exhibiting optical clarity
- Identification of the market’s dynamics, specifically growth drivers, inhibitors and opportunities
- Qualitative data covering major producers and suppliers and trade-named products
- Comprehensive company profiles of major players in the industry, including DSM Engineering Plastics, DuPont Inc., BASF SE, PPG Industries Inc., Mitsubishi Engineering Plastics and Total Petrochemicals USA


Chapter 1 Introduction
Study Goals and Objectives
Reasons for Doing This Study
Scope of Report
Information Sources
Methodology
Geographic Breakdown
Analyst's Credentials
BCC Custom Research
Related BCC Research Reports
Chapter 2 Summary and Highlights
Chapter 3 Market and Technology Background
Flat Glass
Types of Flat Glass
Conversion to Transparent Plastics
Background of Transparent Plastics
Important Early Developments
Current Plastics Choices
Problems with Plastics
Technology
Performance Variables
Design Considerations
Recent Developments
Chapter 4 Market Breakdown by Technology Type
Polycarbonates
Impact of Bisphenol A on Polycarbonate Usage
Processing
Advantages and Disadvantages
Producers
Capacity and Demand
Polycarbonate Sheet
Producer Grades
Specific Applications
Selected Trade Names of Polycarbonates
Market Estimates and Forecasts
Acrylics
Comparison of PMMA with Glass
Properties
Manufacture of Acrylic Polymers
Acrylic Sheet
Applications
Producers
Comparison of Acrylics and Polycarbonates
Market Estimates and Forecasts
Styrenic Resins
General Purpose Polystyrene
Styrene Copolymers
HIPS
Recent Changes in Styrenic Polymer Producers
Global Producers and Industry Leaders
Processing
Applications
Market Estimates and Forecasts
Styrene Copolymers
Styrene Block Copolymers
Styrene-acrylic Copolymers
Styrene-acrylonitrile Copolymers
Styrene Methyl Methacrylate
Market Estimates and Forecasts
Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene
Properties
Processing
Producers
General Grades
ABS Sheets
General ABS Applications
Market Estimates and Forecasts
Cellulosics
Overview
Properties
Types of Transparent Cellulosic Plastics
Advantages
Disadvantages
Producers
Market Estimates and Forecasts
Polyvinyl Chloride
Forms of PVC
Versatility
Processing
Consumption Patterns
Applications of Transparent PVC
Producers
Rigid Transparent PVC Characteristics
Environmental Issues
Producers
Market Estimates and Forecasts
Thermoplastic Polyesters (Polyethylene Terephthalate)
Major Applications
Modified PET Resins
Producers
Applications
Market Estimates and Forecasts
Polysulfones
Properties
Types of Polysulfones
Applications
Producers
Market Estimates and Forecasts
Allyl Diglycol Carbonate
Products, Properties and Applications
Trivex Versus Polycarbonate
Market Estimates and Forecasts
Other Transparent Plastics
Polypropylene
Nylons
Cyclic Olefin Copolymers
Market Estimates for Other Rigid Transparent Plastics
Transparent Plastics Market Summary
Chapter 5 Market Breakdown by Application
Overview
Electronics Applications
Optical Discs
Other Consumer Electronics
Market Estimates and Forecasts
Building and Construction Applications
Background
Examples of Product Usage
The U.S. Housing Market
Market Estimates and Forecasts
Glazing
Lighting Products
Signs and Displays
Plumbing Fixtures
Medical Applications
Overview
FDA Activities
Testing Procedures for Medical Plastics
Performance Requirements for Medical Plastics
Medical and Laboratory Ware Regulations for Clear Plastics
Plastic Medical and Laboratory Ware Products and Devices
Additional Requirements of Medical Plastics
Sterilization Techniques for Medical Plastics
Polymer Reactions to Sterilization Methods
E-Beam Radiation
Clarity Requirements for Medical Plastics
Clear Plastics in Medical Applications
Rigid Transparent Plastic Medical Products
Market Estimates and Forecasts
Automotive
Clear Plastics Usage in Automobiles
Summary of Resin Usage in Automotive Lenses
Market Estimates and Forecasts
Recent Developments in the Automotive Market
Housewares
Environmental Developments
Market Estimates and Forecasts
Appliances
Transparent Plastic Applications in Appliances
Key Appliance Manufacturers
Market Estimates and Forecasts
Toys
Use of Plastics in Toys
Clear Plastic Applications in Toys
Consumer Product Safety Council
Market Estimates and Forecasts
Optical Lenses
Properties and Advantages
Market Dynamics
Key Concepts in Lens Materials
Use of Plastics in Lenses
Fabrication Methods for Optical Plastic Lenses
Key Performance Parameters
Advantages of Plastics
Use of Clear Plastics
Optical Lens Market Segments
Market Shares
Contact Lenses
Types of Plastics Used
Contact Lens Suppliers
Safety Lenses
American National Standards Institute
Military Ballistic Requirements
Deficiencies of Glass
Plastics Choices
Market Estimates and Forecast
Aircraft Transparencies
Glass Transparencies
Properties
Clear Plastics Preferences
Applications in Military and Commercial Aircraft
Important Clear Plastics Suppliers to the Aerospace Industry
Market Estimates and Forecasts
Solar Applications
Potential Applications
Key Benefits
Conclusions
Other Applications
Railroads
Consumer Goods
Sports and Leisure
Machine Guards and Safety Shielding
Bathroom Products
Other Products
Market Estimates and Forecasts
Summary of Transparent Plastic Applications
Chapter 6 Analysis of Market Opportunities
Applications
Polystyrene and ABS
SMMA Resins
Comparison of NAS to Acrylics
Comparison of Zylar to Polycarbonates
Summary of Competition by Application
Chapter 7 Major Producers and Suppliers and Trade-Named Products
Chapter 8 Standards, Tests and Regulations
Properties and Testing Methods
Optical Tests
Transparent Plastics Code Approvals
Selected ASTM Codes for Rigid Transparent Plastics
Other Code Approvals
Underwriters Laboratories
Military Specifications
Chapter 9 Company Profiles
ARKEMA INC.
ASAHI KASEI CHEMICALS CORP.
BASF
CHEVRON PHILLIPS CHEMICAL
CHI MEI CORP.
COVESTRO
DSM ENGINEERING PLASTICS
DUPONT INC.
EASTMAN CHEMICAL
EMS GRIVORY
EVONIK INDUSTRIES AG
IDEMITSU KOSAN
INEOS STYROLUTION AMERICAS LLC
LANXESS CORP.
LOTTE ADVANCED MATERIALS CO. LTD.
LUCITE INTERNATIONAL
LYONDELLBASELL INDUSTRIES
MITSUBISHI ENGINEERING PLASTICS
MITSUI CHEMICALS AMERICA INC.
PLASKOLITE INC.
PPG INDUSTRIES INC.
SABIC INNOVATIVE PLASTICS
SOLVAY SPECIALTY POLYMERS USA LLC
SPARTECH
TEIJIN KASEI AMERICA INC.
TOPAS ADVANCED POLYMERS GMBH
TORAY PLASTICS (AMERICA) INC.
TOTAL PETROCHEMICALS USA
TRINSEO LLC
ZEON CORP.
Chapter 10 Appendix: Acronyms
List of Tables
Summary Table : North American Market Volume for Rigid Transparent Plastics, by Resin Type, Through 2023
Table 1 : Optical Qualities of Rigid Transparent Plastics
Table 2 : Sensitivity to UV Radiation of Selected Transparent Plastics
Table 3 : Heat Resistance Levels of Selected Transparent Plastics
Table 4 : Impact Resistance of Selected Transparent Plastics
Table 5 : Transparent Grade Percentages of Major Plastics
Table 6 : Key Polycarbonates Products and Producers
Table 7 : North American Market Volume for Rigid Transparent Polycarbonates, by Application, Through 2023
Table 8 : North American Market Volume for Rigid Transparent Polycarbonate in Building and Construction Applications, Through 2023
Table 9 : North American Market Volume for Rigid Transparent Acrylics, by Application, Through 2023
Table 10 : North American Market Volume for Rigid Transparent Acrylics in Building and Construction Applications, Through 2023
Table 11 : Fabrication Methods and Uses of Polystyrene
Table 12 : North American Market Volume for Rigid Transparent Polystyrenes, by Application, Through 2023
Table 13 : North American Market Volume for Rigid Transparent Polystyrenes in Building and Construction Applications, by Product Type, Through 2023
Table 14 : Major SBC Products by Polymer Process
Table 15 : North American Market Volume for Rigid Transparent SBC Resins, by Application, Through 2023
Table 16 : North American Market Volume for Rigid Transparent SAN Resins, by Application, Through 2023
Table 17 : North American Market Volume for Rigid Transparent SAN Resins in Building and Construction Applications, by Product Type, Through 2023
Table 18 : North American Market Volume for Rigid Transparent SMMA Resins, by Application, Through 2023
Table 19 : North American Market Volume for ABS Rigid Transparent Plastics, by Application, Through 2023
Table 20 : North American Market Volume for Rigid Transparent Cellulosic Plastics, by Application, Through 2023
Table 21 : Rigid PVC Applications
Table 22 : Leading Global PVC Producers, by Country
Table 23 : North American Market Volume for Rigid Transparent PVCs, by Application, Through 2023
Table 24 : North American Market Volume for Thermoplastic Polyester Rigid Transparent Plastics, by Application, Through 2023
Table 25 : Global Capacity for Polysulfone Polymer Production
Table 26 : North American Market Volume for Polysulfone Rigid Transparent Plastics, by Application, Through 2023
Table 27 : U.S. Market Share of Leading Polypropylene Producers, 2017
Table 28 : Key Global Nylon Resin Producers, 2017
Table 29 : North American Market Volume for Rigid Transparent Plastics, by Resin, Through 2023
Table 30 : North American Market Volume for Rigid Transparent Plastics in Electronics Applications, by Resin Type, Through 2023
Table 31 : U.S. Housing Starts for Single-Family Homes, 2007-2017
Table 32 : North American Market Volume for Rigid Transparent Plastics in Building and Construction Applications, by Resin Type, Through 2023
Table 33 : North American Market Volume for Rigid Transparent Plastics in Building and Construction Applications, by Application, Through 2023
Table 34 : Selected Properties of Plastic Sheet for Outdoor Applications
Table 35 : North American Market Volume for Rigid Transparent Plastics in Glazing Applications, by Resin Type, Through 2023
Table 36 : North American Market Volume for Rigid Transparent Plastics in Lighting Applications, by Resin Type, Through 2023
Table 37 : North American Market Volume for Rigid Transparent Plastics in Signs and Displays Applications, by Resin Type, Through 2023
Table 38 : North American Market Volume for Rigid Transparent Plastics in Plumbing Fixtures Applications, by Resin Type, Through 2023
Table 39 : Selected Resin Usage by Type of Medical Device
Table 40 : Radiation Resistance of Key Medical Plastics
Table 41 : Performance Criteria for Materials Used in Disposable Medical Kits
Table 42 : Resin Property Criteria for Trays
Table 43 : North American Market Volume for Rigid Transparent Plastics in Medical Applications, by Resin Type, Through 2023
Table 44 : Historical U.S. Vehicle Assemblies, 2001-2017
Table 45 : Resin Usage in Automotive Lenses
Table 46 : North American Market Volume for Automotive Rigid Transparent Plastics, by Resin Type, Through 2023
Table 47 : North American Market Volume for Housewares Rigid Transparent Plastics, by Resin, Through 2023
Table 48 : North American Market Volume for Appliance Rigid Transparent Plastics, by Resin Type, Through 2023
Table 49 : North American Market Volume for Rigid Transparent Plastic Toys, by Resin, Through 2023
Table 50 : Optical Performance Properties of Selected Rigid Transparent Plastics
Table 51 : Comparison of Polycarbonates and Trivex Lenses
Table 52 : Selected Contact Lens Materials
Table 53 : Selected Key Contact Lens Producers and Their Products
Table 54 : MIL-PRF-31013
Table 55 : North American Market Volume for Optical Lens Transparent Plastics, by Resin Type, Through 2023
Table 56 : North American Market Volume for Rigid Transparent Plastics in Aircraft Applications, by Resin, Through 2023
Table 57 : North American Market Volume for Rigid Transparent Plastics in Other Applications, by Resin Type, Through 2023
Table 58 : North American Market Volume for Rigid Transparent Plastics, by Application, Through 2023
Table 59 : Competitive Transparent Plastics Scenario, by Application
Table 60 : Major Rigid Transparent Plastic Suppliers and Trade-Named Products
List of Figures
Summary Figure : North American Market Volume for Rigid Transparent Plastics, by Resin Type, 2017-2023

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