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Rigid Bulk Packaging


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Rigid Bulk Packaging

US demand to reach $7.3 billion in 2018
US demand for rigid bulk packaging is projected to reach $7.3 billion in 2018. Growth will represent an improvement from the performance of the 2008-2013 period as manufacturing output and construction activity recover from postrecession troughs. Additionally, gains will be driven by expanded use of larger, higher value containers that are more cost effective than smaller containers with shorter service lives.

RIBCs to see fastest gains
The fastest gains are expected for rigid intermediate bulk containers (RIBCs) and material handling containers. In addition to an improved outlook for production activity, gains for these containers will be boosted by cost benefits over smaller or single-trip containers arising from factors such as greater reusability, and storage and handling efficiency. While RIBCs and material handling containers have higher initial costs than shorter life containers, their longer service lives and handling efficiencies can offer long term cost benefits to large scale users, especially in closed-loop distribution systems.

Plastic drums will also post above average gains based on cost and performance advantages over steel drums as well as enhanced corrosion resistance and barrier properties. Preventing faster gains will be competition from RIBCs as well as the entrenched position of steel and fibre drums in certain applications. RIBCs possess cost and space efficiency advantages over plastic drums in packaging large volumes.

Drums, the leading rigid bulk packaging segment in value terms in 2013, will face continued inroads by larger capacity containers. Nonetheless, drums will remain widely used due to their relatively low cost and reusability, along with a good safety profile in the transport of hazardous materials. Drums are also favored by smaller volume users and those not able to accommodate RIBCs.

Chemicals, pharmaceuticals to be fastest growing market
The fastest market advances are expected in chemical and pharmaceutical uses. Growth will be fueled by a recovery in the manufacturing sector, which will fortify heightened demand for chemicals used in a wide range of manufactured goods. All major chemical segments will post improved performances from the 2008-2013 period, with pharmaceuticals expected to enjoy the fastest advances. Gains in the plastic, rubber, and fiber market will also accelerate, boosted by a rebound in demand for materials used in large volume markets such as construction and motor vehicles. Increased requirements for these basic materials will result in greater demand for packaging used with bulk quantities of chemicals, plastics, rubber, and fiber. In the food and beverage market, rigid bulk packaging opportunities will be helped by population gains, improved consumer spending growth, a recovery in the broader economy, and favorable prospects for value added food types. Growth in the agricultural and horticultural market will reflect a recovery in the housing market, leading to heightened demand for horticultural consumables.

Durable goods markets will register a significant improvement, fueled by a marked acceleration in durable goods output, with healthy gains anticipated for products used in construction. Continued efforts to improve manufacturing efficiency via the implementation of just-intime manufacturing and closed-loop distribution systems will also favorably impact demand.


  • INTRODUCTION
  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • Table RIGID BULK PACKAGING SUPPLY & DEMAND
  • MARKET ENVIRONMENT
    • General
    • Macroeconomic Outlook
      • Table MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS
    • Demographic Trends
      • Table POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS
    • Manufacturing Outlook
      • Table MANUFACTURERS' SHIPMENTS
    • Packaging Trends
      • Table PACKAGING SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Paper
      • Plastic
      • Metal
      • Glass & Wood
    • Competitive Bulk Packaging
    • Historical Market Trends
      • Table RIGID BULK PACKAGING MARKET, 2003-2013
      • Table CHART II-1 RIGID BULK PACKAGING MARKET, 2003-2013
    • Pricing Trends
      • Table RIGID BULK PACKAGING PRICES
    • Environmental Issues
    • Regulatory Considerations
      • Transport & Handling
      • Other Regulations
    • Foreign Trade
      • Table FOREIGN TRADE IN RIGID BULK PACKAGING
    • International Activity
  • MATERIALS
    • General
      • Table RAW MATERIAL USE IN RIGID BULK PACKAGING
      • Table CHART III-1 RAW MATERIAL USE IN RIGID BULK PACKAGING, 2003-2023
    • Plastic
      • Table PLASTIC USE IN RIGID BULK PACKAGING BY PRODUCT
      • Table CHART III-2 PLASTIC USE IN RIGID BULK PACKAGING BY PRODUCT, 2013
    • Steel
      • Table STEEL USE IN RIGID BULK PACKAGING BY PRODUCT
      • Table CHART III-3 STEEL USE IN RIGID BULK PACKAGING BY PRODUCT, 2013
    • Paperboard & Wood Panels
      • Table PAPERBOARD & WOOD PANEL USE IN RIGID BULK PACKAGING BY PRODUCT
  • PRODUCTS
    • General
      • Table RIGID BULK PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE
      • Table CHART IV-1 RIGID BULK PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE, 2013
    • Drums
      • Table DRUM SHIPMENTS BY TYPE
      • Steel Drums
        • Table STEEL DRUM SHIPMENTS BY TYPE
        • Table STEEL DRUM DEMAND BY MARKET
        • Table CHART IV-2 STEEL DRUM DEMAND BY MARKET, 2013
      • Fibre Drums
        • Table FIBRE DRUM SHIPMENTS
        • Table FIBRE DRUM DEMAND BY MARKET
        • Table CHART IV-3 FIBRE DRUM DEMAND BY MARKET, 2013
      • Plastic Drums
        • Table PLASTIC DRUM SHIPMENTS
        • Table PLASTIC DRUM DEMAND BY MARKET
        • Table CHART IV-4 PLASTIC DRUM DEMAND BY MARKET, 2013
    • Pails
      • Table PAIL SHIPMENTS BY TYPE
      • Plastic Pails
        • Table PLASTIC PAIL SHIPMENTS BY TYPE
        • Table PLASTIC PAIL DEMAND BY MARKET
        • Table CHART IV-5 PLASTIC PAIL DEMAND BY MARKET, 2013
      • Steel Pails
        • Table STEEL PAIL SHIPMENTS BY TYPE
        • Table STEEL PAIL DEMAND BY MARKET
        • Table CHART IV-6 STEEL PAIL DEMAND BY MARKET, 2013
    • Bulk Boxes
      • Table BULK BOX SHIPMENTS
      • Markets
        • Table BULK BOX DEMAND BY MARKET
        • Table CHART IV-7 BULK BOX DEMAND BY MARKET, 2013
      • Producers
    • Material Handling Containers
      • Table MATERIAL HANDLING CONTAINER SHIPMENTS BY TYPE
      • Plastic Material Handling Containers
        • Table PLASTIC TOTE SHIPMENTS
        • Table PLASTIC CRATE SHIPMENTS
      • Steel Material Handling Containers
        • Table STEEL MATERIAL HANDLING CONTAINER SHIPMENTS
      • Markets
        • Table MATERIAL HANDLING CONTAINER DEMAND BY MARKET
        • Table CHART IV-8 MATERIAL HANDLING CONTAINER DEMAND BY MARKET, 2013
      • Producers
    • Rigid Intermediate Bulk Containers
      • Table RIGID INTERMEDIATE BULK CONTAINER SHIPMENTS BY TYPE
      • Plastic Body RIBCs
        • Table PLASTIC BODY RIBC SHIPMENTS
      • Plastic RIBC Producers
      • Metal Body RIBCs
        • Table METAL BODY RIBC SHIPMENTS
      • Metal Body RIBC Producers
      • Other RIBCs
        • Table OTHER RIBC SHIPMENTS BY TYPE
      • Producers of Other RIBCs
      • Markets
        • Table RIGID INTERMEDIATE BULK CONTAINER DEMAND BY MARKET
        • Table CHART IV-9 RIGID INTERMEDIATE BULK CONTAINER DEMAND BY MARKET, 2013
  • MARKETS
    • General
      • Table RIGID BULK PACKAGING DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Table CHART V-1
    • Nondurable Goods
      • Table NONDURABLE GOODS MARKET FOR RIGID BULK PACKAGING
      • Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals
        • Table CHEMICAL & PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCT SHIPMENTS
        • Table CHEMICAL & PHARMACEUTICAL MARKET FOR RIGID BULK PACKAGING BY TYPE
        • Table CHART V-2 CHEMICAL & PHARMACEUTICAL MARKET FOR RIGID BULK PACKAGING BY TYPE, 2013
        • Table CHEMICAL & PHARMACEUTICAL MARKET FOR RIGID BULK PACKAGING BY CHEMICAL
        • Table CHART V-3 CHEMICAL & PHARMACEUTICAL MARKET FOR RIGID BULK PACKAGING BY CHEMICAL, 2013
        • Table INDUSTRIAL CHEMICAL MARKET FOR RIGID BULK PACKAGING
        • Table PAINT & COATINGS MARKET FOR RIGID BULK PACKAGING
        • Table PHARMACEUTICAL MARKET FOR RIGID BULK PACKAGING
        • Table DETERGENT & CLEANER MARKET FOR RIGID BULK PACKAGING
        • Table AGRICULTURAL CHEMICAL MARKET FOR RIGID BULK PACKAGING
        • Table OTHER CHEMICAL MARKETS FOR RIGID BULK PACKAGING
      • Food & Beverages
        • Table FOOD & BEVERAGE SHIPMENTS
        • Table FOOD & BEVERAGE MARKET FOR RIGID BULK PACKAGING
      • Plastic, Rubber, & Fiber
        • Table PLASTIC, RUBBER, & FIBER SHIPMENTS
        • Table PLASTIC, RUBBER, & FIBER MARKET FOR RIGID BULK PACKAGING
      • Petroleum & Lubricants
        • Table PETROLEUM & LUBRICANT PRODUCT SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table PETROLEUM & LUBRICANT MARKET FOR RIGID BULK PACKAGING
      • Agricultural & Horticultural Products
        • Table AGRICULTURAL & HORTICULTURAL INDICATORS
        • Table AGRICULTURAL & HORTICULTURAL MARKET FOR RIGID BULK PACKAGING
    • Durable Goods
      • Durable Goods Outlook
        • Table DURABLE GOODS SHIPMENTS
      • Rigid Bulk Packaging Demand
        • Table DURABLE GOODS MARKET FOR RIGID BULK PACKAGING
    • Other Markets
      • Table OTHER MARKETS FOR RIGID BULK PACKAGING
  • INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
    • General
    • Industry Composition
      • Table US RIGID BULK PACKAGING SALES BY COMPANY, 2013
    • Market Share
      • Table CHART VI-1 US RIGID BULK PACKAGING MARKET SHARE, 2013
    • Acquisitions & Divestitures
      • Table SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES
    • Competitive Strategies
    • Manufacturing & Development
    • Marketing
    • Distribution
    • Cooperative Agreements
      • Table SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS
    • Company Profiles
      • Berenfield Containers Incorporated
      • Berry Plastics Group Incorporated
      • BWAY Corporation
      • Chem-Tainer Industries Incorporated
      • Cleveland Steel Container Corporation
      • Fujimori Kogyo Company Limited
      • Greif Incorporated
      • Hoover Container Solutions Incorporated
      • IBC North America Incorporated
      • International Paper Company
      • IPL Incorporated
      • KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation
      • KLW Plastics Incorporated
      • Koch Industries Incorporated
      • Letica Corporation
      • Macro Plastics Incorporated
      • MAUSER AG
      • Menasha Corporation
      • Molded Fiber Glass Companies
      • Monoflo International Incorporated
      • Myers Container LLC
      • Myers Industries Incorporated
      • Nashville Wire Products Manufacturing Company
      • North American Container Corporation
      • North Coast Container Corporation
      • Norton Packaging Incorporated
      • Packaging Corporation of America
      • Rehrig Pacific Company
      • Rock-Tenn Company
      • Schoeller Allibert Limited
      • SCHÜTZ GmbH & Company KGaA
      • Sharpsville Container Corporation
      • Snyder Industries Incorporated
      • Sonoco Products Company
    • Additional Companies in the Rigid Bulk Packaging Industry

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