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Plastic Sheet

US demand to grow 3% annually through 2011
Demand for plastic sheet in the US is projected to grow nearly 3.0 percent yearly to 7.7 billion pounds in 2011, valued at $7.2 billion (resin content only). Resins will account for 39 percent of the final product cost of $18.5 billion. Advances will be driven by growing demands for thermoformed cups, tubs, trays and other packaging. Resin and technology improvements will also aid sheet advances. Further growth will be constrained by the maturity of many applications, and efforts to reduce the packaging waste stream. Polystyrene is the leading resin, with best growth expected for polypropylene and polyester sheet. Packaging will continue to dominate sheet applications, and provide the best growth opportunities.

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Polystyrene sheet to remain dominant; polypropylene sheet to grow the fastest
Polystyrene accounted for 55 percent of all plastic sheet demand in 2006. Good opportunities are anticipated through 2011 based on cost and performance advantages in the production of thermoformed cups, trays, lids and other packaging. However, polypropylene will exhibit the fastest growth based on continued advances in food trays, cups and related uses. Polyester sheet advances will result from rapid growth in amorphous PET and PETG in frozen food tray, clamshell and other uses. Demand for acrylic and polycarbonate sheet will be buoyed by expanding glazing applications due to their light weight and shatter resistance compared to glass.

Dominant packaging market to grow 3.4% annually
Packaging markets will expand more than three percent annually to 3.4 billion pounds in 2011, accounting for 57 percent of all plastic sheet uses. Advances will be fueled by cost advantages over paper and metal, and opportunities in the production of blister packs and clamshells, as well as trays, cups, bowls and plates. Construction markets will be driven by glazing, foamed insulation and geomembrane uses. Consumer markets primarily include appliances, lawn and garden, and sports and recreational applications. Other markets include signs/displays, and motor vehicles.

INTRODUCTION
I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
II. MARKET ENVIRONMENT
General
Macroeconomic Outlook
Demographic Trends
Consumer Income & Spending
Manufacturing Outlook
Food Industry Overview
Foodservice Industry Outlook
Sheet Manufacturing
Extrusion
Calendering
Casting
Competitive Processes
Thermoformed Sheet
Thermoplastic Resin Outlook
Pricing Trends
Regulatory Considerations
Environmental Issues
Degradable Materials
Recycling
International Activity & Foreign Trade
III. RESINS
General
Sheet Demand by Resin
Polystyrene
Types
Foamed
Solid
Applications
Packaging
Cups & Lids
Tubs, Plates & Bowls
Clamshells & Blister Packs
Food Trays
Egg Cartons & Other
Construction
Appliances & Other
Polypropylene
Applications
Packaging
Other
Polyvinyl Chloride
Applications
Construction
Packaging
Other
High Density Polyethylene
Applications
Producers
Acrylic 71
Types
Applications
Signs & Displays
Glazing
Other
Polycarbonate
Applications
Construction
Appliances, Packaging & Other
Producers
Polyester
Types
Applications
Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene
Low Density Polyethylene
Other
Resins & Applications
Producers
IV. MARKETS
General
Packaging
Packaging Overview
Resins
Applications
Cups & Lids
Tubs, Bowls & Plates
Trays
Clamshells & Blister Packs
Other
End Uses
Food
Pharmaceutical & Medical
Other
Producers
Construction
Construction Outlook
Resins
End Uses
Insulation
Glazing
Geomembranes
Flooring
Single-Ply Roofing
Other
Consumer
Resins
Major Appliance Outlook
End Uses
Other Markets
Signs & Displays
Motor Vehicles
Industrial
All Other
V. INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
General
Types of Producers
Market Share
Spartech
Primex Plastics
Alcoa KAMA
SABIC Innovative Plastics
Others
Mergers & Acquisitions
Marketing Strategies
Channels of Distribution
Research & Development
Competitive Strategies
Cooperative Agreements
Company Profiles
Alcoa Incorporated
Allen Extruders LLC, see Sekisui Chemical Company
Altuglas International, see Arkema SA
Aristech Acrylics LLC, see Mitsubishi Corporation
Arkema SA
Armstrong World Industries Incorporated
Ashland Incorporated
Atlantic Plastics Incorporated
Bayer AG
Berkshire Hathaway Incorporated
Berry Plastics Group Incorporated
Beta Plastics Corporation, see Sigma Plastics Group
Building Materials Corporation of America, see G-I Holdings
Bunker Plastics Incorporated, see Plaskolite Incorporated
Carlisle Companies Incorporated
Clondalkin Group Holdings Limited
Coastal Films of Florida, see Sigma Plastics Group
Coroplast, see Pattison (Jim) Group
Covalence Specialty Materials, see Berry Plastics Group
CYRO Industries, see RAG AG
Dart Container Corporation
Dow Chemical Company
DuPont (EI) de Nemours
ENSINGER GmbH
Fabri-Kal Corporation
Formosa Plastics Group
Fortune Plastics Incorporated, see Clondalkin Group Holdings
G-I Holdings Incorporated
GAF Materials Corporation, see G-I Holdings Incorporated
Genpak LLC, see Pattison (Jim) Group
GOEX Corporation
Gundle/SLT Environmental Incorporated
Highland Plastics Incorporated
HPG International Incorporated
ICC Industries Incorporated
Illinois Tool Works Incorporated
Johns Manville Corporation, see Berkshire Hathaway
Johnsonite Incorporated, see Tarkett SA
King Plastic Corporation
Kleerdex Company LLC, see Sekisui Chemical Company
Kloeckner Pentaplast GmbH & Company KG
Lucite International Group Holdings Limited
Mitsubishi Corporation
Nan Ya Plastics Corporation America, see Formosa Plastics
O’Neil Color & Compounding Corporation, see ICC Industries
O’Sullivan Films Incorporated
OMNOVA Solutions Incorporated
Owens Corning
PACE Industries Incorporated, see ICC Industries
Pactiv Corporation
Pattison (Jim) Group
Performance Plastics Corporation, see Sigma Plastics Group
Plaskolite Incorporated
Poly Plastics Products Incorporated, see Sigma Plastics Group
Prairie Packaging Incorporated, see Pactiv Corporation
Pregis Holding II Corporation
Premier Material Concepts, see Rowmark LLC
Primex Plastics Corporation, see ICC Industries
RAG AG
Repsco Incorporated
Rowmark LLC
RTP Company
SABIC Innovative Plastics, see Saudi Basic Industries
Saudi Basic Industries Corporation
Schulman (A.) Incorporated
Sekisui Chemical Company Limited
Select Plastics LLC
Sheffield Plastics Incorporated, see Bayer AG
Sigma Plastics Group
Solo Cup Company
Spartech Corporation
Tarkett SA
Texas Tile Manufacturing LLC, see Tarkett SA
Versico Incorporated, see Carlisle Companies Incorporated
World-Pak, see Formosa Plastics Group
Additional Companies Mentioned in Study
LIST OF TABLES
SECTION I -- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Summary Table
SECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT
1 Macroeconomic Indicators
2 Resident Population by Age Group
3 Personal Consumption Expenditures
4 Manufacturers’ Shipments
5 Food Shipments
6 Foodservice Revenues by Establishment Type
7 Thermoplastic Resin Demand by Type
8 Plastic Sheet Pricing
SECTION III -- RESINS
1 Plastic Sheet Demand in Pounds & Dollars
2 Plastic Sheet Demand by Resin
3 Polystyrene Sheet Demand by Type
4 Polystyrene Sheet Demand by Application
5 Polypropylene Sheet Demand
6 Polypropylene Sheet Demand by Application+
7 Polyvinyl Chloride Sheet Demand
8 Polyvinyl Chloride Sheet Demand by Application
9 High Density Polyethylene Sheet Demand
10 High Density Polyethylene Sheet Demand by Application
11 Acrylic Sheet Demand by Type
12 Acrylic Sheet Demand by Application
13 Polycarbonate Sheet Demand
14 Polycarbonate Sheet Demand by Application
15 Polyester Sheet Demand
16 Polyester Sheet Demand by Application
17 Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene Sheet Demand by Application
18 Low Density Polyethylene Sheet Demand by Application
19 Other Plastic Sheet Demand
SECTION IV -- MARKETS
1 Plastic Sheet Demand by Market
2 Packaging Shipments
3 Packaging Market for Plastic Sheet by Resin
4 Packaging Market for Plastic Sheet by Application
5 Packaging Market for Plastic Sheet by End Use
6 Construction Expenditures
7 Construction Market for Plastic Sheet by Resin
8 Construction Market for Plastic Sheet by End Use
9 Consumer Market for Plastic Sheet by Resin
10 Appliance Shipments
11 Consumer Market for Plastic Sheet by End Use
12 Other Markets for Plastic Sheet by End Use
SECTION V -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
1 US Custom Plastic Sheet Sales by Company, 2006
2 Selected Acquisitions & Divestitures
3 Selected Cooperative Agreements
LIST OF CHARTS
SECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT
1 Thermoplastic Resin Demand by Type, 2006
SECTION III -- RESINS
1 Plastic Sheet Demand by Resin, 2006
2 Polystyrene Sheet Demand by Application, 2006
3 Polypropylene Sheet Demand by Application, 2006
4 Polyvinyl Chloride Sheet Demand by Application, 2006
5 High Density Polyethylene Sheet Demand by Application, 2006
6 Acrylic Sheet Demand by Application, 2006
7 Polycarbonate Sheet Demand by Application, 2006
8 Polyester Sheet Demand by Application, 2006
9 Low Density Polyethylene Sheet Demand by Application, 2006
SECTION IV -- MARKETS
1 Plastic Sheet Demand by Market, 2006
2 Packaging Market for Plastic Sheet by Resin, 2006
3 Packaging Market for Plastic Sheet by Application, 2006
4 Construction Market for Plastic Sheet by Resin, 2006
5 Construction Market for Plastic Sheet by End Use, 2006
6 Consumer Market for Plastic Sheet by Resin, 2006
7 Consumer Market for Plastic Sheet by End Use, 2006
8 Other Markets for Plastic Sheet by End Use, 2006
SECTION V -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
1 US Custom Plastic Sheet Market Share, 2006

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