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Caps & Closures


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Caps & Closures

US demand to exceed $11 billion in 2018
US demand for caps and closures is projected to exceed $11 billion in 2018, representing 305 billion units. Gains will be driven by an acceleration in container unit growth relative to that of the 2008- 2013 period and greater use of dispensing and child-resistant closures (CRCs), which are more costly than standard threaded closures. Demand for dispensing closures will benefit from consumer trends favoring convenience and ease of use, as well as brand owner interest in differentiating products at retail. CRC demand will be driven by the need to comply with Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) requirements that mandate child-resistant packaging of pharmaceuticals as well as many household products.

Dispensing closures to drive key plastic segment
Plastic caps and closures, which comprise the majority of demand, will post slightly above average unit and value advances through 2018, reflecting the significance of plastic containers in numerous markets and the growing prevalence of plastic closures on other container types. The long term shift in the consumer packaging mix away from glass and metal containers to plastic alternatives will support plastic cap and closure growth, as plastic containers tend to employ plastic closures. Among plastic closure types, dispensing closures will experience the fastest growth based on convenience and functionality benefits. Overall value growth will be held back by a moderation in resin price increases and continued lightweighting for sustainability and cost reduction.

Despite ongoing loss of share to plastic closures, metal closure demand will post a marginal unit increase as a result of growth for screw and lug closures in ready-to-drink beverage applications such as iced tea and coffee, and greater use of roll-on closures with wine. A rebounding construction market will also fuel an upswing in demand for metal paint cans and related lids. Elastomer and rubber stopper demand will register healthy gains, driven by the continuing commercialization of injectable biotechnologybased drugs and the increased preference for stoppers made from higher value synthetic rubber and thermoplastic elastomers. Natural corks will experience a modest recovery due to quality improvements and proactive industry marketing programs aimed at promoting cork as a premium and sustainable option in wine packaging.

Pharmaceuticals to be fastest growing market
Pharmaceuticals will be the fastest growing cap and closure market through 2018, helped by the expanding elderly population and trends favoring the use of medication over more costly patient procedures. In addition, the need to comply with government regulations and industry standards involving the child-resistant, senior-friendly, and security features of packaging systems will underlie gains.

Beverages are by far the largest market for caps and closures. While the popularity of single serving bottles will stimulate unit gains, prospects will be constrained by weak production volume outlooks in some large markets and the conversion by most beverage companies to lighter weight, less costly closures. In the beer market, metal crown prospects will be dampened by resurgence of aluminum cans, stemming from the growing popularity of aluminum cans among producers of craft beer due to cost and sustainability advantages.


  • INTRODUCTION
  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • Table CAP & CLOSURE DEMAND
  • MARKET ENVIRONMENT
    • General
    • Macroeconomic Outlook
      • Table MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS
    • Demographic & Household Trends
      • Table POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS
    • Consumer Income & Spending Trends
      • Table PERSONAL CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURES
    • Manufacturing Outlook
      • Table MANUFACTURERS' SHIPMENTS
    • Packaging Industry Overview
      • Table PACKAGING SUPPLY & DEMAND
    • Container Overview
      • Types
        • Table CONTAINER DEMAND BY TYPE
      • Markets & Materials
        • Table CONTAINER DEMAND BY MARKET & MATERIAL
        • Table PLASTIC CONTAINER DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET
        • Table METAL CONTAINER DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET
        • Table GLASS CONTAINER DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET
        • Table PAPERBOARD CONTAINER DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET
    • Historical Market Trends
      • Table CAP & CLOSURE MARKET, 2003-2013
      • Table CHART II-1 CAP & CLOSURE MARKET, 2003-2013
    • Pricing Trends
      • Table CAP & CLOSURE PRICING BY MATERIAL
    • Environmental Issues
    • Regulatory Issues
    • Global Trends
    • Foreign Trade
      • Table FOREIGN TRADE IN CAPS & CLOSURES
      • Table CHART II-2 CAP & CLOSURE IMPORTS & EXPORTS BY COUNTRY, 2013
  • RAW MATERIALS
    • General
      • Table RAW MATERIAL USE IN CAPS & CLOSURES
      • Table CHART III-1 RAW MATERIAL USE IN CAPS & CLOSURES, 2003-2023
    • Plastic
      • Table PLASTIC USE IN CAPS & CLOSURES
      • Polypropylene
      • Polyethylene
      • Polystyrene
      • Other Resins
    • Metal
      • Table METAL USE IN CAPS & CLOSURES
      • Steel & Tin
      • Aluminum
    • Other Materials
      • Table OTHER MATERIAL USE IN CAPS & CLOSURES
      • Elastomers
      • Paperboard
  • PRODUCTS
    • General
      • Table CAP & CLOSURE DEMAND BY MATERIAL
      • Table CHART IV-1 CAP & CLOSURE DEMAND BY MATERIAL, 2003-2023
    • Plastic Caps & Closures
      • Table PLASTIC CAP & CLOSURE SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Table CHART IV-2 PLASTIC CAP & CLOSURE DEMAND BY TYPE, 2013
      • Threaded
        • Table THREADED PLASTIC CAP & CLOSURE DEMAND BY TYPE
        • Table STANDARD THREADED PLASTIC CAP & CLOSURE DEMAND BY MARKET
        • Table PRESSURIZED THREADED PLASTIC CAP & CLOSURE DEMAND
        • Table VACUUM THREADED PLASTIC CAP & CLOSURE DEMAND
      • Dispensing
        • Table PLASTIC DISPENSING CAP & CLOSURE DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET
      • Unthreaded
        • Table UNTHREADED PLASTIC CAP & CLOSURE DEMAND BY TYPE
        • Table PLASTIC LID DEMAND BY MARKET
        • Table AEROSOL CAP & CLOSURE DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET
        • Table SYNTHETIC CORK DEMAND
      • Child-Resistant
        • Table PLASTIC CHILD-RESISTANT CAP & CLOSURE DEMAND BY TYPE
    • Metal Caps & Closures
      • Table METAL CAP & CLOSURE SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Table CHART IV-3 METAL CAP & CLOSURE DEMAND BY TYPE, 2013
      • Screw & Lug
        • Table METAL SCREW & LUG CAP & CLOSURE DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET
        • Table VACUUM SCREW & LUG CAP & CLOSURE DEMAND
        • Table NONVACUUM SCREW & LUG CAP & CLOSURE DEMAND
      • Crowns
        • Table METAL CROWN DEMAND
      • Roll-Ons
        • Table METAL ROLL-ON CLOSURE DEMAND
      • Other
        • Table OTHER METAL CAP & CLOSURE DEMAND
    • Other Caps & Closures
      • Table OTHER CAP & CLOSURE SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Elastomer & Rubber
        • Table ELASTOMER & RUBBER STOPPER DEMAND
      • Paperboard
        • Table PAPERBOARD CAP & CLOSURE DEMAND
      • Cork
        • Table CORK CLOSURE DEMAND
  • MARKETS
    • General
      • Table CAP & CLOSURE DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Table CHART V-1 CAP & CLOSURE DEMAND BY MARKET, 2013
    • Beverages
      • Beverage & Beverage Container Outlook
        • Table BEVERAGE INDICATORS
      • Cap & Closure Demand
        • Table BEVERAGE CAP & CLOSURE DEMAND BY APPLICATION & MATERIAL
        • Table BOTTLED WATER CAP & CLOSURE MARKET
        • Table CARBONATED SOFT DRINK CAP & CLOSURE MARKET
        • Table FRUIT BEVERAGE CAP & CLOSURE MARKET
        • Table WINE & SPIRITS CAP & CLOSURE MARKET
        • Table MILK CAP & CLOSURE MARKET
        • Table BEER CAP & CLOSURE MARKET
        • Table OTHER BEVERAGE CAP & CLOSURE MARKETS
    • Pharmaceuticals
      • Pharmaceutical Industry Outlook
        • Table PHARMACEUTICAL SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Cap & Closure Demand
        • Table PHARMACEUTICAL CAP & CLOSURE MARKET
    • Food
      • Food & Food Container Outlook
        • Table FOOD INDICATORS
      • Cap & Closure Demand
        • Table FOOD CAP & CLOSURE DEMAND BY APPLICATION & MATERIAL
        • Table DAIRY PRODUCT CAP & CLOSURE MARKET
        • Table SAUCE & CONDIMENT CAP & CLOSURE MARKET
        • Table OTHER FOOD CAP & CLOSURE MARKET
    • Cosmetics & Toiletries
      • Cosmetic & Toiletry Industry Outlook
        • Table COSMETIC & TOILETRY SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Cap & Closure Demand
        • Table COSMETIC & TOILETRY CAP & CLOSURE MARKET
    • Household Cleaning Chemicals
      • Household Cleaning Chemicals Outlook
        • Table HOUSEHOLD CLEANING CHEMICAL SHIPMENTS
      • Cap & Closure Demand
        • Table HOUSEHOLD CLEANING PRODUCT CAP & CLOSURE MARKET
    • Automotive Chemicals
      • Automotive Chemical Industry Outlook
        • Table AUTOMOTIVE CHEMICAL INDICATORS
      • Cap & Closure Demand
        • Table AUTOMOTIVE CHEMICAL CAP & CLOSURE MARKET
    • Other Markets
      • Table OTHER CAP & CLOSURE MARKETS
  • INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
    • General
    • Industry Composition
      • Table US CAP & CLOSURE SALES BY COMPANY, 2013
    • Market Share
      • Table CHART VI-1 US CAP & CLOSURE MARKET SHARE, 2013
    • Acquisitions & Divestitures
      • Table SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES
    • Marketing
    • Distribution
    • Manufacturing & Development
    • Integration Strategies
    • Cooperative Agreements
      • Table SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS
    • Company Profiles
      • Airlite Plastics Company
      • Albéa Group
      • Amcor Limited
      • AptarGroup Incorporated
      • BERICAP Holding GmbH
      • Berry Plastics Group Incorporated
      • Blackhawk Molding Company Incorporated
      • Centor
      • CLARCOR Incorporated
      • Cobra Plastics Incorporated
      • Comar Incorporated
      • Crown Holdings Incorporated
      • Dätwyler Holding Incorporated
      • Dayton Systems Group Incorporated
      • Drug Plastics and Glass Company Incorporated
      • Global Closure Systems
      • Huhtamaki Oyj
      • Jarden Corporation
      • MeadWestvaco Corporation
      • Mold-Rite Plastics LLC
      • Noël Group LLC
      • Phoenix Closures Incorporated
      • PolyChem Alloy Incorporated
      • Rexam plc
      • Reynolds Group Holdings Limited
      • Saint-Gobain
      • Scholle Corporation
      • Silgan Holdings Incorporated
      • Tecnocap SpA
      • Tetra Laval International SA
      • TriMas Corporation
      • Weener Plastik GmbH
      • West Pharmaceutical Services Incorporated
    • Other Companies in Caps & Closures

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