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Synthetic Paper: Technologies and Global Markets

Synthetic Paper: Technologies and Global Markets

The global synthetic paper market totaled 250 million pounds in 2014, and is expected to reach 267 million pounds in 2015 and 370 million pounds by 2020, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.7% from 2015 to 2020.

This report provides:

An overview of the global markets and technologies for synthetic paper.

Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2014, estimates for 2015, and projections of CAGRs through 2020.

Information about fillers and coatings used in the manufacturing of synthetic paper.

Coverage of printing processes used, new technologies, applications, and the industry structure.

Analysis of the market's dynamics, specifically growth drivers, inhibitors, and opportunities.


SCOPE OF REPORT

The term synthetic paper has not been universally defined because it is basically an opaque plastic film that is both printable and writeable. Most synthetic papers are either biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) or high-density polyethylene (HDPE), although there are sizable amounts made from polyesters and fewer from polystyrene and PVC.

Although the market has gone beyond its original intentions, this report will include those products which producers, converters and distributors market as synthetic paper even though, in many instances, it replaces a non-fiber based paper product such as plastic films. Actually, the distinction between synthetic paper and white opaque printable films has not yet been resolved.

This report will also describe various polymer films used to produce synthetic paper; fillers and coatings used in manufacturing; printing processes used; new technologies; applications; detailed discussions of major players and their respective products, industry structure, pricing, market estimates and forecasts by major application and other critical aspects of the market.

It is essential to understand, in regard to market estimates and forecasts in this report, that food/beverage packaging labels have been excluded for several reasons. First, their large volume of plastic films (hundreds of millions of pounds) would distort the basic synthetic paper market, and secondly, most of those in the industry feel that this market segment lies outside the general definition of synthetic paper.

We have used the concept that, if a company states that their product is a synthetic paper, it has been included in the study. Detractors in these instances claim the product in question is a printable plastic film.

All values shown are rounded to the nearest whole number.

CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION
STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
REASONS FOR DOING THE STUDY
INTENDED AUDIENCE
SCOPE OF REPORT
METHODOLOGY AND INFORMATION SOURCES
RELATED BCC RESEARCH REPORTS
ANALYST'S CREDENTIALS
BCC RESEARCH WEBSITE
DISCLAIMER
CHAPTER 2 SUMMARY
SUMMARY TABLE GLOBAL SYNTHETIC PAPER MARKET BY MAJOR APPLICATIONS, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
SUMMARY FIGURE GLOBAL SYNTHETIC PAPER MARKET BY MAJOR APPLICATIONS, 2014-2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
CHAPTER 3 OVERVIEW
BACKGROUND
HISTORY
CHAPTER 4 CHARACTERISTICS OF SYNTHETIC PAPER
OVERVIEW
TECHNOLOGY OVERVIEW
PROPERTIES
PRINTING
APPLICATIONS
ADVANTAGES
THE MARKETS
NEW INCENTIVES TO GROWTH
POSSIBLE DETERRENTS TO GROWTH
CHAPTER 5 WHAT IS SYNTHETIC PAPER?
CHAPTER 6 MAJOR PLAYERS IN SYNTHETIC PAPER MARKET
BACKGROUND
ARJOBEX
NAN YA PLASTICS
PPG
YUPO CORPORATION
OTHERS
CHAPTER 7 TYPES OF SYNTHETIC PAPERS BY MANUFACTURING
METHODS
OVERVIEW
INTERNAL MANUFACTURING
SURFACE COATING
SURFACE TREATMENT
FILM LAMINATES
CHAPTER 8 TECHNOLOGIES
BACKGROUND
TABLE 1 TECHNOLOGIES USED TO MANUFACTURE SYNTHETIC PAPER
FILM/SHEET MATERIALS
BACKGROUND
PROPERTIES
FLEXIBLE PLASTIC FILM FABRICATION TECHNOLOGY
OVERVIEW
FILM EXTRUSION
Background
Coextrusion
OTHER PRIMARY FILM PROCESSING METHODS
Background
Film Casting
Solvent Casting
Thickness Downgauging
Blown Films
Overview
Materials
Applications
Difference Between Blown and Cast Films
Advantages of Blown Film
Trends
Calendering
Background
Characteristics
THE PROCESS OF FILM CONVERSION
POLYMER AND FILM ORIENTATION
Background
Commercial Aspects
Biaxial Orientation: the Tenter Frame
Background
The Tenter Frame
Tabular Orientation Process
CORONA TREATMENT
Background
Technology
Effects on Polymers
CAVITATED AND CLAY COATED FILMS
MULTILAYER LAMINATION AND COEXTRUSION
Background
Lamination
Background
Processes
Coextrusion
Background
Basic Structures
Trends
OPTICAL PROPERTIES OF PAPERS/FILMS
Background
Testing of Paper and Paperboard: Optical Properties
Opacity
Other Optical Properties
Basic Technology
Contribution of Fillers
TABLE 2 REFRACTIVE INDICES OF MAJOR SYNTHETIC PAPER FILLERS
FILM THICKNESS UNITS
Background
Thickness Units
CHAPTER 9 SYNTHETIC PAPER ADDITIVES
BACKGROUND
CLAYS
TITANIUM DIOXIDE
CALCIUM CARBONATE
TALC
SILICAS
OTHER
CHAPTER 10 PRINTING PROCESSES AND PRINTING INKS
BACKGROUND
OVERVIEW
PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS
INK SELECTION
DRYING OF PRINTING INKS
TABLE 3 PRINTING INK DRYING MECHANISMS
SPECIFIC PRINTING PROCESSES
BACKGROUND
TABLE 4 DISTRIBUTION BY PROCESS OF PRINTING, PUBLISHING AND PACKAGING, 1995 AND 2025 (%)
LITHOGRAPHIC PRINTING
Background
Advantages
Limitations
GRAVURE PRINTING
Background
Advantages and Disadvantages
FLEXOGRAPHIC PRINTING
Background
Advantages and Disadvantages
LETTERPRESS PRINTING
Background
Advantages and Disadvantages
DIGITAL PRINTING
Background
Technology
PRINTING ON PLASTICS
BACKGROUND
MORE SPECIFIC DETAILS
COMPARISON WITH PRINTING ON PAPER
MULTIPLE INDUSTRIAL PRINT TECHNOLOGIES HELPFUL IN PRINTING ON PLASTICS
PROBLEM OF LOW SURFACE ENERGY OF PLASTIC SUBSTRATES
Background
Use of Coatings
Sequential Extrusion
Use of Fillers
Use of Solvents
UV Coatings
INKS
OVERVIEW
DRYING ISSUES
WHAT ABOUT STATIC CONTROL
OTHER POTENTIAL PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS
EXAMPLES OF SPECIFIC PRINTING INSTRUCTIONS FROM MAJOR SYNTHETIC
PAPER PRODUCERS
MICROPOROUS POLYMERS
BACKGROUND
MICROPOROUS FILMS
Overview
Production
Applications
CHAPTER 11 SYNTHETIC PAPER ASPECTS
OVERVIEW
RESIN CHOICES
WHITENESS, OPACITY AND PRINTABILITY
FORMULATION TECHNIQUES
COMMON FORMATS
SYNTHETIC PAPER COMPARISONS
TABLE 5 COMPARISON CHART FOR THE MAJOR COMMERCIAL SYNTHETIC
PAPERS
CHAPTER 12 RESINS USED IN SYNTHETIC PAPER
BACKGROUND
POLYETHYLENE
BACKGROUND
GENERAL PROPERTIES
HIGH DENSITY POLYETHYLENE (HDPE)
Background
Applications
Processing of HDPE
Producers
TABLE 6 LEADING GLOBAL HDPE PRODUCERS
Synthetic Paper Products
POLYPROPYLENE
BACKGROUND
OVERVIEW
TYPICAL APPLICATIONS
PRODUCERS
TABLE 7 SELECTED KEY TRADE NAMED POLYPROPYLENE
PRODUCERS/SUPPLIERS
PROPERTIES
Background
Polypropylene Property Advances
POLYPROPYLENE FILMS
Background
Film Types
Non-Oriented Polypropylene (NOPP)
Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene Films (BOPP)
Background
Developments and Trends
BOPP Synthetic Paper Applications
SYNTHETIC PAPER PRODUCTS
POLYESTERS
BACKGROUND
OVERVIEW
MAJOR APPLICATIONS
MODIFIED PET RESINS
Background
APET
CPET
Glycol-modified PET Copolyester (PETG)
PRODUCERS
SYNTHETIC PAPER BACKGROUND
POLYESTER FILMS
Technical Issues
Properties
Applications
TABLE 8 POLYESTER FILM APPLICATIONS
Polyester Film Orientation
TAPES AND LABELS
Background
OTHER POLYESTER SYNTHETIC PAPER ASPECTS
Advantages
Examples of Polyester Synthetic Paper Products
POLYSTYRENE
BACKGROUND
GENERAL PURPOSE POLYSTYRENE
RECENT STYRENIC POLYMER PRODUCER CHANGES
GLOBAL MARKET PLAYERS AND INDUSTRY LEADERS
CHARACTERISTICS
ORIENTED POLYSTYRENE SHEET (OPS)
Background
Properties
Technology
Advantages of OPS
MAJOR APPLICATIONS
POLYVINYL CHLORIDE (PVC)
OVERVIEW
FORMS OF PVC
A VERSATILE RESIN
PROCESSING
Background
Extrusion
Calendering
FEATURES AND APPLICATIONS
TABLE 9 FEATURES AND APPLICATIONS OF RIGID PVC FILMS
PRINTABLE PVC FILMS
STATIC CLING VINYL FILM
PRODUCERS AND CAPACITIES
TABLE 10 GLOBAL PVC PRODUCERS (%)
ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Positive
Negative
CHAPTER 13 SUMMARY OF SYNTHETIC PAPER AND COMPETITIVE FILM
SCENARIOS
TABLE 11 SYNTHETIC PAPER/COMPETITIVE FILM WITH APPLICATIONS
CHAPTER 14 FILM AND SHEET PRODUCERS
TABLE 12 SELECTED FILM AND SHEET MANUFACTURERS IN MARKET CURRENTLY/POTENTIALLY COMPETITIVE WITH SYNTHETIC PAPER, 2014 ($ MILLIONS)
CHAPTER 15 ROLE OF CONVERTERS
CHAPTER 16 CONCEPT OF WATERPROOF PAPER
OVERVIEW
SOFT POLYESTERS
RIGID POLYESTERS
WOVEN FABRIC PAPER
SATIN ACETATE FABRIC FACE STOCK
OTHER TYPES OF WATERPROOF PAPER
CHAPTER 17 SYNTHETIC PAPER APPLICATIONS
BACKGROUND
TABLE 13 RANDOM EXAMPLES OF SYNTHETIC PAPER APPLICATIONS
TABLE 14 ACTUAL AND POTENTIAL SYNTHETIC PAPER APPLICATIONS
LABELS AND TAGS
BACKGROUND
USAGE
TABLE 15 SYNTHETIC LABEL AND TAG USES
TABLE 16 SYNTHETIC PAPER TAG AND LABEL APPLICATIONS AND ADVANTAGES
LABELS
Definition
Background
Examples of Specific Applications
Pressure-sensitive Labels
Other Attributes
Resin Usage
Why Use Plastic Labels
Synthetic Papers Move into Apparel Tags and Labels
Other Aspects of Pressure-Sensitive Products
Role of Synthetic Paper
White Opaque Printed Label Applications
Face Stock
Background
Film Label Facestock Requisite Properties
TABLE 17 PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF FILM LABEL
FACESTOCK
In-Mold Labeling
Background
Benefits
Potential Market for Synthetic Paper
Summary of Synthetic Paper Attributes for Labels
TABLE 18 SYNTHETIC PAPER ATTRIBUTES SOUGHT BY LABEL
PRODUCERS
TAG
Overview
Market Erosion
Applications
Impact of Synthetic Paper
Film Producer's Responses
LABEL/TAG ENVIRONMENTAL CONSIDERATIONS
EXAMPLES OF LABEL/TAG COMMERCIAL PRODUCTS
RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TAGS (RFID)
BACKGROUND
SOME DETAILED TECHNOLOGY
APPLICATIONS
EXAMPLE OF USE OF SYNTHETIC PAPER IN RFID APPLICATIONS
FLEXIBLE PACKAGING
BACKGROUND
MARKET OVERVIEW
USE OF COMMODITY PLASTICS
USE OF SPECIALTY RESINS
TYPES OF FLEXIBLE PLASTIC PACKAGING
OVERVIEW OF SYNTHETIC PAPER PACKAGING APPLICATIONS
EXAMPLE OF SYNTHETIC PAPER APPLICATIONS IN FLEXIBLE PACKAGING
CARDS
BACKGROUND
PHOTO ID CARDS
OTHER TYPES OF CARDS
ATTRIBUTES OF TESLIN CARDS
SMART CARDS
Overview
Background
Advantages
Synthetic Paper Companies' Cited Details of Their Smart Cards
Market Size
MENUS
MAPS/CHARTS
OTHER APPLICATIONS
OVERVIEW
A FEW SPECIFICS ON SEVERAL MISCELLANEOUS APPLICATIONS
SOME SPECIFIC EXAMPLES OF MISCELLANEOUS APPLICATIONS OF SYNTHETIC PAPER
Point-of-Purchase (POP) Displays
Synthetic Paper Currencies
Graphic Arts
A Recent New Synthetic Paper Application: Adhesive Synthetic Paper
CHAPTER 18 DIFFICULTY IN DEFINING SYNTHETIC PAPER MARKET
ESTIMATES AND FORECASTS
DIFFICULTIES IN DEFINING THE SYNTHETIC PAPER MARKET
CONTRASTING SYNTHETIC PAPER THICKNESS WITH APPLICATIONS
TABLE 19 CONTRASTING SYNTHETIC PAPER THICKNESSES WITH RECOMMENDED APPLICATIONS (MIL.)
DEFINING SYNTHETIC PAPER MARKET
CLARITY AND OPAQUENESS ISSUES
MARKET PARAMETERS
VARIOUS DEFINITIONS OF SYNTHETIC PAPER
TABLE 20 SYNTHETIC PAPER APPLICATIONS AS CITED BY SYNTHETIC
PAPER SUPPLIERS
COMPARISON OF PET FILM APPLICATIONS
TABLE 21 APPLICATIONS OF PET FILMS AS CITED BY PET FILM SUPPLIERS
CHAPTER 19 OVERVIEW OF SYNTHETIC PAPER MARKET SCENARIO
FIGURE 1 SYNTHETIC PAPER MARKET SCENARIO
CHAPTER 20 MARKET ESTIMATES AND FORECASTS
TABLE 22 KEY GLOBAL SYNTHETIC PAPER PRODUCERS AND THEIR PRODUCTION VOLUME, 2014 (MILLION POUNDS)
TABLE 23 SYNTHETIC PAPER PRODUCTION VOLUME AND VALUE BY KEY PRODUCERS AND PARTICIPANTS, 2014
TABLE 24 GLOBAL SYNTHETIC PAPER MARKET BY MAJOR APPLICATIONS, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
TABLE 25 GLOBAL SYNTHETIC PAPER MARKET FOR MAJOR PRODUCERS/SUPPLIERS BY LABELS AND NON-LABELS, 2014 (MILLION POUNDS)
TABLE 26 GLOBAL SYNTHETIC PAPER MARKET BY TYPE OF PLASTIC FILM, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
TABLE 27 GLOBAL POLYPROPYLENE SYNTHETIC PAPER MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
TABLE 28 GLOBAL HDPE SYNTHETIC PAPER MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
TABLE 29 GLOBAL POLYESTER SYNTHETIC PAPER MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
TABLE 30 GLOBAL POLYSTYRENE SYNTHETIC PAPER MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
TABLE 31 GLOBAL OTHER RESIN SYNTHETIC PAPER MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
TABLE 32 GLOBAL MARKET SHARE FOR SYNTHETIC PAPER BY REGION, THROUGH 2020 (%)
CHAPTER 21 MARKETING ASPECTS
CONVERTERS
BACKGROUND
SYNTHETIC PAPER CONVERTERS
EXPORTERS
CHAPTER 22 REALISTIC ECONOMIC AND MARKET APPRAISAL
BACKGROUND
OVERVIEW
TABLE 33 SYNTHETIC PAPER, COMPETITIVE FILMS AND THEIR MARKETS
PRICING
TABLE 34 SELECTED SYNTHETIC PAPER PRODUCTS AND PRICES
DECISION VARIABLES BETWEEN SYNTHETIC PAPER, FIBER-BASED PAPER OR PLASTIC FILMS
OVERVIEW
MARKET HISTORY
VIABILITY OF THE SYNTHETIC PAPER MARKET
MARKET PENETRATION CONSIDERATIONS
MARKETING EFFORTS ESSENTIAL
FUTURE SCENARIO
TABLE 35 QUALITATIVE APPRAISAL OF SYNTHETIC PAPER PENETRATION
INTO SELECTED MAJOR APPLICATIONS
CHAPTER 23 STANDARD TEST METHODS
TABLE 36 STANDARD TESTS APPLICABLE TO SYNTHETIC PAPER
TABLE 37 OTHER GENERAL ASTM PAPER STANDARDS
CHAPTER 24 GOVERNMENT PAPER SPECIFICATIONS STANDARDS
CHAPTER 25 INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
BACKGROUND
MAJOR SYNTHETIC PAPER PLAYERS AND PRODUCTS
TABLE 38 MAJOR SYNTHETIC PAPER PRODUCTS AND PLAYERS BY TRADE
NAMED PRODUCTS
TYPES OF COMPANIES INVOLVED IN SYNTHETIC PAPER INDUSTRY
OVERVIEW
INTEGRATED FILM FABRICATORS
Vertical Integration
Horizontal Integration
NONINTEGRATED FILM FABRICATORS
DISTRIBUTOR FIRMS
CHAPTER 26 MAJOR SYNTHETIC PAPER PRODUCTS
CRISPER
HOP-SYN
KIMDURA
MXM SYNTHETIC PAPER
PAPERMATCH
TABLE 39 A. SCHULMAN'S PAPERMATCH PRODUCTS
PEPA SYNTHETIC PAPER
POLYART
POLYLITH
SYNAPS
TESLIN
V-MAX
YUPO
CHAPTER 27 SELECTED GLOBAL SYNTHETIC PAPER SUPPLIERS
AMERICAN PACKAGING CORP.
AVERY DENNISON
BESTRADE PRECISION LTD
BRUCKNER MASCHINEN GMBH
BUMTORG
CONTRACT CONVERTING
COSMO
ELASTIN INTERNATIONAL CORP.
EPSON
EUROPAPIER
FLEXCON
FORMOSA POLYCHEM
FRESCO CORP.
FUSION DIGITAL PAPER
GUANGZHOU ZHENGHE ADHESIVE PRODUCTS, CO., LTD
HARBOR INTERNATIONAL TEXTILES INC.
HAVE OUR PLASTIC INC.
JUNISH COMPOSITES
KAVERI METALLISING & COATING
KWH PLAST LTD
MARK PRODUCTS LLC
MASTERPIECE GRAPHICS
MULTI-PLASTICS INC.
NEKOOSA COATED PRODUCTS
NOVACEL HELLAS LTD
NOW PLASTICS EUROPE
PHOENIX FILMS
PLASTIC & PAPER SALES
PLUSS POLYMERS
SHANPLAST ENTERPRISES
SOUTH WALES CHEMICAL WORKS
SUPRABHA
TAIWAN LUNG MENG TECHNOLOGY COMPANY, LTD.
VITOPEL
XEROX COMPANY
CHAPTER 28 COMPANY PROFILES
A. SCHULMAN
AGFA-GEVAERT NV
AMERICAN PROFOL
ARJOBEX INC.
FUSION DIGITAL PAPER
GRANWELL PRODUCTS
TABLE 40 POLYLITH PRODUCT LINE FOR GRANWELL PRODUCTS
HOP INDUSTRIES CORP.
NAN YA PLASTICS CORP.
NEENAH PAPER
PLASTICS SUPPLIERS INC.
PPG INDUSTRIES
TAGHLEEF INUSTRIES INC.
TOYOBO CORP.
TRANSILWRAP COMPANY
VALERON STRENGTH FILMS
YUPO CORP.
TABLE 41 SELECTED GRADES OF YUPO SYNTHETIC PAPER PRODUCT LINE
CHAPTER 29 APPENDIX
ACRONYMS

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