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Plastic Foams


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Plastic Foams

US demand to reach 8.6 billion pounds in 2017
US demand for plastic foams is forecast to reach 8.6 billion pounds in 2017, mounting a healthy recovery from the declines posted during the recessionimpacted 2007-2012 period. The construction market is anticipated to enjoy particularly robust growth prospects, as renewed strength in construction activity generates significant opportunities for foam insulation products. Increased new housing activity, along with heightened consumer spending levels, will bode well for foams used in household products such as bedding, furniture, and appliances. Gains in this market will also be aided by the expanding popularity of memory foam mattresses. In the motor vehicle market, advances will be promoted by rising vehicle output and efforts to enhance safety and comfort.

Packaging to remain leading outlet for plastic foams
Packaging will remain the leading outlet for plastic foams through 2017, accounting for over 30 percent of total volume. While this sector tends to be less cyclical than other industries due to the significance of nondurable goods such as food, the market is mature and will post steady but below average advances through the forecast period. Gains will be constrained by ongoing environmental concerns regarding the disposal of packaging foams, which have resulted in the establishment of bans against foam foodservice containers in certain localities. Nevertheless, demand will continue to be supported by the cost and performance advantages of plastic foams over alternative materials, and by opportunities for foam used to protect delicate items. Moreover, efforts to promote sustainability will generate more interest in biodegradable packaging foams.

Bedding, carpet cushioning to drive flexible polyurethane foam demand
Polyurethane represents the leading resin in the plastic foams market. Flexible polyurethane foam will remain the dominant product type, outpacing its rigid counterpart through 2017 based on especially rapid growth in the bedding and carpet underlay markets, where it is valued for its cushioning properties. Strong gains for rigid polyurethane foam will be propelled by a healthy rebound in construction activity and by changes in building codes and construction practices that call for structures to use energy more efficiently. Rigid polyurethane is one of the best materials available for roof and wall insulation, insulated windows and doors, and air barrier sealants. However, polyurethane foam insulation will continue to face competition from fiberglass and polystyrene foam.

Waste disposal to continue hampering polystyrene foam demand
Polystyrene accounts for over one-third of demand for plastic foam and will maintain a sizable share of the market through the forecast period based on its excellent protective and insulative capabilities, moisture resistance, and low cost. However, advances in the large packaging sector will be restricted by ongoing solid waste disposal concerns about the use of disposable foam products and rising competition from paperbased materials, which are viewed as more eco-friendly. Through 2017, expanded polystyrene foam is projected to outpace its extruded counterpart, stemming mainly from its use in insulation, molded foam protective packaging, and insulated shipping containers.


  • INTRODUCTION
  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • Table PLASTIC FOAMS DEMAND (million pounds)
  • MARKET ENVIRONMENT
    • General
    • Macroeconomic Environment
      • Table MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS (billion 2005 dollars)
    • Consumer Income & Spending
      • Table PERSONAL CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURES (billion 2005 dollars)
    • Demographic Trends
      • Table POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS (million persons)
    • Construction Outlook
      • Table CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES (billion 2005 dollars)
    • Manufacturing Outlook
      • Table MANUFACTURERS' SHIPMENTS
    • Plastic Resin Outlook
      • Table PLASTIC RESIN SUPPLY & DEMAND (million pounds)
    • Plastic Foam Characteristics
    • Competitive Materials
    • Blowing Agents
    • Environmental & Regulatory Considerations
      • Materials-Based Regulation
      • Energy-Based Regulation
    • Recycling
    • International Activity
  • MARKETS
    • General
      • Table PLASTIC FOAMS DEMAND BY MARKET (million pounds)
      • Table PLASTIC FOAMS DEMAND BY MARKET, 2012 (7.1 billion pounds)
    • Packaging
      • Plastic Foams Demand by Resin & Application
        • Table PACKAGING MARKET FOR PLASTIC FOAMS BY RESIN & APPLICATION (million pounds)
        • Table PACKAGING MARKET FOR PLASTIC FOAMS BY APPLICATION, 2012 (2.4 billion pounds)
      • Foodservice & Consumer Disposables
        • Table FOODSERVICE DISPOSABLES DEMAND BY TYPE (million dollars)
        • Table FOODSERVICE & CONSUMER DISPOSABLES MARKET FOR PLASTIC FOAMS (million pounds)
      • Protective Packaging
        • Table PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MATERIAL (million pounds)
        • Table PROTECTIVE PACKAGING MARKET FOR PLASTIC FOAMS BY RESIN & TYPE (million pounds)
        • Table PROTECTIVE PACKAGING MARKET FOR PLASTIC FOAMS BY RESIN, 2012 (664 million pounds)
        • Table MOLDED FOAM PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND (million pounds)
        • Table ROLLED FOAM PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND (million pounds)
        • Table FOAM-IN-PLACE PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND (million pounds)
        • Table LOOSE-FILL & OTHER FOAM PROTECTIVE PACKAGING DEMAND (million pounds)
      • Containers
        • Table FOOD CONTAINER DEMAND BY TYPE (billion units)
        • Table CONTAINER MARKET FOR PLASTIC FOAMS (million pounds)
    • Construction
      • Plastic Foams Demand by Resin & Application
        • Table CONSTRUCTION MARKET FOR PLASTIC FOAMS BY RESIN & APPLICATION (million pounds)
        • Table CONSTRUCTION MARKET FOR PLASTIC FOAMS BY APPLICATION, 2012 (1.5 billion pounds)
      • Insulation
        • Table CONSTRUCTION INSULATION DEMAND BY TYPE (million pounds)
        • Table CONSTRUCTION INSULATION MARKET FOR PLASTIC FOAMS (million pounds)
      • Flooring & Carpet Backing
        • Table CARPET & RUG SUPPLY & DEMAND (million square yards)
        • Table FLOORING & CARPET BACKING MARKET FOR PLASTIC FOAMS (million pounds)
      • Other Construction
        • Table OTHER CONSTRUCTION MARKETS FOR PLASTIC FOAMS (million pounds)
    • Household Products
      • Plastic Foams Demand by Resin & Application
        • Table HOUSEHOLD PRODUCT MARKET FOR PLASTIC FOAMS BY RESIN & APPLICATION (million pounds)
        • Table HOUSEHOLD PRODUCT MARKET FOR PLASTIC FOAMS BY APPLICATION, 2012 (1.2 billion pounds)
      • Bedding
        • Table MATTRESS & SLEEP SYSTEM SHIPMENTS
        • Table BEDDING MARKET FOR PLASTIC FOAMS (million pounds)
      • Furniture
        • Table FURNITURE SHIPMENTS
        • Table FURNITURE MARKET FOR PLASTIC FOAMS (million pounds)
      • Appliances
        • Table MAJOR APPLIANCE SHIPMENTS (million units)
        • Table APPLIANCE MARKET FOR PLASTIC FOAMS (million pounds)
      • Other Household Products
        • Table OTHER HOUSEHOLD PRODUCT MARKETS FOR PLASTIC FOAMS (million pounds)
    • Motor Vehicles
      • Motor Vehicle Outlook
        • Table MOTOR VEHICLE PRODUCTION (thousand units)
      • Plastic Foams Demand
        • Table MOTOR VEHICLE MARKET FOR PLASTIC FOAMS BY RESIN (million pounds)
    • Other Markets
      • Table OTHER MARKETS FOR PLASTIC FOAMS (million pounds)
  • PRODUCTS
    • General
    • Demand by Resin
      • Table PLASTIC FOAMS DEMAND BY RESIN (million pounds)
      • Table PLASTIC FOAMS DEMAND BY RESIN, 2012 (7.1 billion pounds)
    • Pricing Trends
      • Table SELECTED PLASTIC FOAMS PRICING (dollars per pound)
  • POLYURETHANE FOAMS
    • General
      • Table POLYURETHANE FOAMS DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET (million pounds)
    • Flexible Polyurethane Foams
      • Table FLEXIBLE POLYURETHANE FOAMS DEMAND BY MARKET (million pounds)
      • Table FLEXIBLE POLYURETHANE FOAMS DEMAND BY MARKET, 2012 (1.8 billion pounds)
      • Household Products
        • Table HOUSEHOLD PRODUCT MARKET FOR FLEXIBLE POLYURETHANE FOAMS (million pounds)
      • Motor Vehicles
        • Table MOTOR VEHICLE MARKET FOR FLEXIBLE POLYURETHANE FOAMS (million pounds)
      • Flooring Underlay
        • Table FLOORING UNDERLAY MARKET FOR FLEXIBLE POLYURETHANE FOAMS (million pounds)
      • Packaging
        • Table PACKAGING MARKET FOR FLEXIBLE POLYURETHANE FOAMS (million pounds)
      • Other Markets
        • Table OTHER MARKETS FOR FLEXIBLE POLYURETHANE FOAMS (million pounds)
    • Rigid Polyurethane Foams
      • Table RIGID POLYURETHANE FOAMS DEMAND BY MARKET (million pounds)
      • Table RIGID POLYURETHANE FOAMS DEMAND BY MARKET, 2012 (1.6 billion pounds)
      • Construction
        • Table CONSTRUCTION MARKET FOR RIGID POLYURETHANE FOAMS (million pounds)
      • Household Products
        • Table HOUSEHOLD PRODUCT MARKET FOR RIGID POLYURETHANE FOAMS (million pounds)
      • Packaging
        • Table PACKAGING MARKET FOR RIGID POLYURETHANE FOAMS (million pounds)
      • Motor Vehicles
        • Table MOTOR VEHICLE MARKET FOR RIGID POLYURETHANE FOAMS (million pounds)
      • Other Markets
        • Table OTHER MARKETS FOR RIGID POLYURETHANE FOAMS (million pounds)
    • Producers
  • POLYSTYRENE FOAMS
    • General
      • Table POLYSTYRENE FOAMS DEMAND BY PROCESSING METHOD & MARKET (million pounds)
      • Table POLYSTYRENE FOAMS DEMAND BY PROCESSING METHOD, 2012 (2.6 billion pounds)
    • Extruded Polystyrene Foams
      • Table EXTRUDED POLYSTYRENE FOAMS DEMAND BY MARKET (million pounds)
      • Table EXTRUDED POLYSTYRENE FOAMS DEMAND BY MARKET, 2012 (1.4 billion pounds)
      • Packaging
        • Table PACKAGING MARKET FOR EXTRUDED POLYSTYRENE FOAMS (million pounds)
      • Construction
        • Table CONSTRUCTION MARKET FOR EXTRUDED POLYSTYRENE FOAMS (million pounds)
      • Other Markets
        • Table OTHER MARKETS FOR EXTRUDED POLYSTYRENE FOAMS (million pounds)
    • Expanded Polystyrene Foams
      • Table EXPANDED POLYSTYRENE FOAMS DEMAND BY MARKET (million pounds)
      • Table EXPANDED POLYSTYRENE FOAMS DEMAND BY MARKET, 2012 (1.2 billion pounds)
      • Packaging
        • Table PACKAGING MARKET FOR EXPANDED POLYSTYRENE FOAMS (million pounds)
      • Construction
        • Table CONSTRUCTION MARKET FOR EXPANDED POLYSTYRENE FOAMS (million pounds)
      • Other Markets
        • Table OTHER MARKETS FOR EXPANDED POLYSTYRENE FOAMS (million pounds)
    • Producers
  • OTHER PLASTIC FOAMS
    • General
      • Table OTHER PLASTIC FOAMS DEMAND BY RESIN (million pounds)
      • Table OTHER PLASTIC FOAMS DEMAND BY RESIN, 2012 (965 million pounds)
    • Polypropylene Foams
      • Table POLYPROPYLENE FOAMS DEMAND BY MARKET (million pounds)
    • High Density Polyethylene Foams
      • Table HIGH DENSITY POLYETHYLENE FOAMS DEMAND BY MARKET (million pounds)
    • Engineering Plastic Foams
      • Table ENGINEERING PLASTIC FOAMS DEMAND BY MARKET (million pounds)
    • Vinyl Foams
      • Table VINYL FOAMS DEMAND BY MARKET (million pounds)
    • Low Density Polyethylene Foams
      • Table LOW DENSITY POLYETHYLENE FOAMS DEMAND BY MARKET (million pounds)
    • Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene Foams
      • Table ACRYLONITRILE-BUTADIENE-STYRENE FOAMS DEMAND BY MARKET (million pounds)
    • Biodegradable Plastic Foams
      • Table BIODEGRADABLE PLASTIC FOAMS DEMAND BY MARKET (million pounds)
    • All Other Plastic Foams
      • Table ALL OTHER PLASTIC FOAMS DEMAND BY MARKET (million pounds)
  • INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
    • General
      • Table US PLASTIC FOAM SALES BY COMPANY, 2012 (million dollars)
    • Market Share
      • Table US PLASTIC FOAMS MARKET SHARE, 2012 ($18 billion)
    • Mergers & Acquisitions
      • Table SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES
    • Marketing & Distribution
    • Research & Development
    • Competitive Strategies
    • Cooperative Agreements
      • Table SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS
    • Company Profiles
      • ACH Foam Technologies LLC
      • American Excelsior Company
      • Arkema SA
      • Armacell International Holding GmbH
      • BASF SE
      • Bayer AG
      • Berkshire Hathaway Incorporated
      • Bridgestone Corporation
      • Carlisle Companies Incorporated
      • Carpenter Company
      • Dart Container Corporation
      • Dow Chemical Company
      • DuPont (EI) de Nemours
      • Evonik Industries AG
      • Free-Flow Packaging International Incorporated
      • FXI Incorporated
      • Hood Companies
      • Huntsman Corporation
      • INOAC Corporation
      • Johnson Controls Incorporated
      • New WinCup Holdings Incorporated
      • Noël Group LLC
      • Ohio Decorative Products Incorporated
      • Owens Corning
      • Pak-Lite Incorporated
      • Pregis Corporation
      • Reynolds Group Holdings Limited
      • Ring Companies
      • Rmax Incorporated
      • Rogers Foam Corporation
      • Saint-Gobain
      • Schweiter Technologies AG
      • Sealed Air Corporation
      • Sekisui Chemical Company Limited
      • Solvay SA
      • Sonoco Products Company
      • StarchTech Incorporated
      • Storopack Hans Reichenecker GmbH
      • Tekni-Plex Incorporated
      • 3M Company
      • UFP Technologies Incorporated
    • Other Companies Mentioned in Study

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