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Plastic Containers

US resin demand to exceed 14 billion pounds in 2016
US demand for plastic containers is expected to surpass $32 billion in 2016, with resin demand reaching 14.2 billion pounds. Advances will be driven by performance advantages over metal, glass and paperboard alternatives, which will stimulate ongoing opportunities in a broad range of applications. Additionally, unit gains will be propelled by preferences for small, single-serving containers in bottle markets such as water, carbonated soft drinks, and milk; and in tub, cup, and bowl markets such as yogurt, soup, fruit, coffee, and condiments. However, advances will be moderated by the maturity of a number of bottle markets, along with heightened competition from flexible packaging in the tub, cup, and bowl, and tray markets.

Resin demand will trail unit gains due to lightweighting of bottles in many markets to hold down resin and shipping costs, and to enhance sustainability. Notable markets where significant lightweighting has been achieved include bottled water and liquid laundry detergent. The liquid laundry detergent market has transitioned to more concentrated formulations that require smaller bottles.

Pharmaceutical, food usesn to spur bottles & jars gains
Among major bottle and jar markets, the fastest gains are anticipated for food and pharmaceutical applications. In pharmaceutical applications, growth for bottles and jars will be supported by heightened pharmaceutical production, along with above-average expansion among the older population segments, which comprise the most intensive consumers of pharmaceuticals and related containers. Plastic bottle demand in food uses will be driven by barrier property and processing improvements that will create further opportunities for PET bottles in hot-fill applications and for HDPE and PET bottles in aseptic applications.

Faster volume gains are anticipated for plastic containers other than bottles and jars, the result of continued favorable growth for tubs, cups, and bowls and improved demand for other plastic container types. Tub, cup, and bowl demand will be supported by the convenience, portability, and portion control benefits of singleserving cup packaging, as well as the presence of food industry growth segments (e.g., yogurt, hummus, single-cup coffee) in which tub and cup packaging is used. However, volume expansion will be moderated by thinwalling of containers in order to reduce the amount of material consumed per container.

Prospects for plastic pails will be helped by recoveries in residential, office, and commercial construction from their low 2011 levels, which will boost demand for paints, adhesives, driveway sealers, and other goods typically packaged in pails. A rebound in the construction market will also stimulate demand for other plastic containers such as plastic paint cans and plastic caulking cartridges.

PET, HDPE to remain major plastic container resins
Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and high density polyethylene (HDPE) are by far the major resins for plastic containers, accounting for a combined 86 percent of demand in 2011. PET will see higher volume gains in uses such as food and pharmaceutical bottles, trays, and tubs, cups, and bowls. HDPE demand will rebound from declines in the 2006-2011 period. However, gains will be restrained by declining per capita consumption of milk, the downsizing of detergent and bleach bottles, and competition from laundry detergents that are not packaged in bottles.


  • INTRODUCTION
  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • Table PLASTIC CONTAINER DEMAND (million pounds)
  • MARKET ENVIRONMENT
    • General
    • Macroeconomic Outlook
      • Table MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS (billion 2005 dollars)
    • Demographic & Household Trends
      • Table POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS (million persons)
    • Consumer Income & Spending Trends
      • Table PERSONAL CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURES (billion 2005 dollars)
    • Manufacturing Outlook
      • Table MANUFACTURERS' SHIPMENTS
    • Packaging Overview
      • Table PACKAGING SUPPLY & DEMAND (billion dollars)
      • Paper
      • Plastic
      • Metal
      • Glass & Wood
    • Thermoplastic Resin Industry Outlook
      • Table THERMOPLASTIC RESIN DEMAND (million pounds)
    • Historical Market Trends
      • Table PLASTIC CONTAINER MARKET, 2001-2011
    • Pricing Trends
      • Table THERMOPLASTIC RESIN PRICING (dollars per pound)
    • Environmental & Regulatory Considerations
    • International Activity
    • Foreign Trade
      • Table US FOREIGN TRADE IN PLASTIC BOTTLES & JARS (million dollars)
  • CONTAINER RESINS
    • General
      • Table PLASTIC CONTAINER DEMAND BY RESIN (million pounds)
    • Polyethylene Terephthalate
      • Table POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE DEMAND IN PLASTIC CONTAINERS (million pounds)
    • High Density Polyethylene
      • Table HIGH DENSITY POLYETHYLENE DEMAND IN PLASTIC CONTAINERS (million pounds)
    • Polypropylene
      • Table POLYPROPYLENE DEMAND IN PLASTIC CONTAINERS (million pounds)
    • Polystyrene
      • Table POLYSTYRENE DEMAND IN PLASTIC CONTAINERS (million pounds)
    • Low Density Polyethylene
      • Table LOW DENSITY POLYETHYLENE DEMAND IN PLASTIC CONTAINERS (million pounds)
    • Polyvinyl Chloride
      • Table POLYVINYL CHLORIDE DEMAND IN PLASTIC CONTAINERS (million pounds)
    • Other Resins
      • Table OTHER RESIN DEMAND IN PLASTIC CONTAINERS (million pounds)
  • CONTAINER OVERVIEW
    • General
    • Units
      • Table PLASTIC CONTAINER DEMAND IN UNITS (billion units)
    • Weight
      • Table PLASTIC CONTAINER DEMAND BY WEIGHT (million pounds)
  • BOTTLES & JARS
    • General
      • Table PLASTIC BOTTLE & JAR DEMAND BY MARKET IN UNITS (billion units)
    • Bottles & Jars by Weight
      • Table PLASTIC BOTTLE & JAR DEMAND BY MARKET IN POUNDS (million pounds)
    • Bottles & Jars by Resin
      • Table PLASTIC BOTTLE & JAR DEMAND BY RESIN (million pounds)
    • Beverages
      • Beverage Industry Outlook
        • Table BEVERAGE PRODUCTION (million gallons)
      • Plastic Beverage Bottles
        • Table BEVERAGE MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES
      • Bottled Water
        • Table WATER MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES
      • Carbonated Soft Drinks
        • Table CARBONATED SOFT DRINK MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES
        • Table PLASTIC CARBONATED SOFT DRINK BOTTLE DEMAND BY SIZE (million units)
      • Milk
        • Table MILK MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES
      • Fruit Beverages
        • Table FRUIT BEVERAGE MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES
      • Other Beverages
        • Table OTHER BEVERAGE MARKETS FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES
        • Table SPORTS DRINK MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES
        • Table RTD TEA MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES
        • Table OTHER NONALCOHOLIC RTD BEVERAGE MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES
        • Table ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES (million units)
    • Food
      • Food Industry Outlook
        • Table FOOD SHIPMENTS (billion 2005 dollars)
      • Plastic Food Bottles & Jars
        • Table FOOD MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES & JARS
        • Table SAUCE & CONDIMENT MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES & JARS
        • Table DAIRY PRODUCT MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES
        • Table EDIBLE OIL MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES & JARS
        • Table OTHER FOOD MARKETS FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES & JARS
    • Household Cleaning Chemicals
      • Household Cleaning Chemical Outlook
        • Table HOUSEHOLD CLEANING CHEMICAL SHIPMENTS
      • Plastic Household Cleaning Chemical Bottles
        • Table HOUSEHOLD CLEANING CHEMICAL MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES (million units)
        • Table DETERGENT MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES
        • Table DISHWASHING DETERGENT MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES
        • Table LAUNDRY DETERGENT MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES
        • Table KITCHEN & BATH CLEANER MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES
        • Table FABRIC SOFTENER MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES
        • Table BLEACH MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES
        • Table OTHER HOUSEHOLD CLEANING CHEMICAL MARKETS FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES
    • Cosmetics & Toiletries
      • Cosmetic & Toiletry Industry Outlook
        • Table COSMETIC & TOILETRY SHIPMENTS (million 2005 dollars)
      • Plastic Cosmetic & Toiletry Bottles & Jars
        • Table COSMETIC & TOILETRY MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES & JARS
        • Table HAIR CARE PRODUCT MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES & JARS
        • Table SKIN CARE PRODUCT MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES & JARS
        • Table OTHER COSMETIC & TOILETRY MARKETS FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES & JARS
    • Pharmaceuticals
      • Pharmaceutical Industry Outlook
        • Table PHARMACEUTICAL SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Plastic Pharmaceutical Bottles & Jars
        • Table PHARMACEUTICAL MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES & JARS
        • Table LIQUID PHARMACEUTICAL MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES & JARS
        • Table POWDER, TABLET, & CAPSULE MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES & JARS
    • Industrial & Institutional Cleaning Chemicals
      • I&I Cleaning Chemical Outlook
        • Table I&I CLEANING CHEMICAL SHIPMENTS
      • Plastic I&I Cleaning Chemical Bottles
        • Table I&I CLEANING CHEMICAL MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES
    • Automotive Chemicals
      • Automotive Chemical Industry Outlook
        • Table AUTOMOTIVE CHEMICAL DEMAND (million gallons)
      • Plastic Automotive Chemical Bottles
        • Table AUTOMOTIVE CHEMICAL MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES
        • Table AUTOMOTIVE LUBRICANT MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES
        • Table ANTIFREEZE/COOLANT MARKET FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES
        • Table OTHER AUTOMOTIVE CHEMICAL MARKETS FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES
    • Other Bottle & Jar Markets
      • Table OTHER PLASTIC BOTTLE & JAR MARKETS
  • OTHER PLASTIC CONTAINERS
    • General
      • Table OTHER PLASTIC CONTAINER DEMAND (million pounds)
    • Tubs, Cups, & Bowls
      • Table PLASTIC TUB, CUP, & BOWL DEMAND
      • Resins
      • Producers
    • Pails
      • Table PLASTIC PAIL DEMAND
      • Open-Head
      • Tight-Head
    • Trays
      • Table PLASTIC FOOD TRAY DEMAND
      • Foamed Polystyrene Trays
      • Crystallized & Recycled PET Trays
      • Polypropylene Trays
      • APET & Other Trays
    • Cans
      • Table PLASTIC CAN DEMAND
      • Applications
      • Producers
    • Egg Cartons
      • Table PLASTIC EGG CARTON DEMAND
    • Squeeze Tubes
      • Table PLASTIC SQUEEZE TUBE DEMAND
    • All Other Containers
      • Table ALL OTHER PLASTIC CONTAINER DEMAND
  • INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
    • General
    • Industry Composition
      • Table US PLASTIC CONTAINER SALES BY COMPANY, 2011 (million dollars)
    • Market Share
    • Acquisitions & Divestitures
      • Table SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES
    • Marketing & Distribution
    • Manufacturing
    • Research & Development
    • Competitive Strategies
    • Cooperative Agreements
      • Table SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS
    • Company Profiles
      • Alpha Packaging Holdings Incorporated
      • ALPLA Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Company KG
      • Amcor Limited
      • Anchor Packaging Incorporated
      • Bemis Company Incorporated
      • Berry Plastics Corporation
      • BWAY Corporation
      • CKS Packaging Incorporated
      • Coca-Cola Company
      • Consolidated Container Company LLC
      • Constar International LLC
      • Drug Plastics and Glass Company Incorporated
      • Fabri-Kal Corporation
      • Huhtamaki Oyj
      • Letica Corporation
      • LINPAC Group Limited
      • Nestlé SA
      • Paradigm Packaging Incorporated
      • Pattison (Jim) Group
      • Plastipak Holdings Incorporated
      • Polytainers Incorporated
      • Pretium Packaging LLC
      • Rexam plc
      • Reynolds Group Holdings Limited
      • Ring Companies
      • Sealed Air Corporation
      • Silgan Holdings Incorporated
      • Sonoco Products Company
      • Tekni-Plex Incorporated
    • Other Companies in the Plastic Container Industry

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