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Specialty Plastic Additives

US demand to rise 4.5% annually through 2017
US demand for specialty plastic additives is forecast to rise 4.5 percent annually to 4.0 billion pounds in 2017, with market value reaching $7.3 billion. Advances will be fueled by an improved macroeconomic climate, which will boost overall demand for plastics in a number of markets. In particular, a strong rebound in construction activity following the severe declines of the recession-impacted 2007- 2012 period will create significant opportunities in the construction market, which is anticipated to generate over twothirds of new demand for plastic additives through 2017.

Phthalate-free plasticizers to pace key product segment
The outlook for the key plasticizers segment is tied closely to that for flexible polyvinyl chloride (PVC) products, which comprise the vast majority of demand. Although phthalates will continue to dominate the plasticizer market, more rapid gains are anticipated for non-phthalate types due to ongoing concerns regarding the health and environmental risks associated with phthalate exposure. Spurred by mounting unease among consumers, manufacturers are phasing out the use of controversial compounds such as diethylhexyl phthalate plasticizers in favor of higher molecular weight phthalates and phthalate-free formulations with better safety profiles.

Flame retardants dominate the protective additives segment in volume terms and are projected to offer the best growth prospects, spurred by their utilization in construction products and related industries such as wire and cable. Health concerns about halogenated flame retardants, some of which are being voluntarily phased out, have resulted in a shift in product mix toward nonhalogenated alternatives. Among the other protective additives, demand for heat stabilizers will rebound strongly based on their use in rigid PVC products, while antioxidants will benefit from strengthening demand for polyolefins.

Among the property modifiers, impact modifiers represent the largest and fastest growing product type. These additives are chiefly employed in rigid PVC construction products and will therefore benefit from a turnaround in construction spending through 2017. This rebound will also provide opportunities for colorants in wood-plastic composite (WPC) lumber applications and chemical blowing agents utilized in the production of cellular PVC for decking, molding, and trim. Moreover, increased building activity will fuel demand for processing aids such as mold releases and lubricants, as well as compatibilizers and coupling agents, which are utilized in the rapidly expanding WPC lumber industry.

PVC resins market to offer best growth opportunities
PVC is the leading consumer of specialty plastic additives, accounting for a larger share of the market than all other resins combined. Through 2017, PVC is also projected to achieve the most rapid gains, stemming from the widespread use of rigid PVC products in the rebounding construction industry. Expanding opportunities for rigid PVC will propel demand for additives such as impact modifiers and lubricants, while more moderate advances are anticipated for flexible PVC additives such as plasticizers and antimicrobials. Among other resins, polyolefins are expected to offer strong growth prospects. In particular, additives demand will benefit from polyethylene’s position as the predominant resin used in WPC products, as well as the increasing popularity of polypropylene in automotive components.


  • INTRODUCTION
  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • Table SPECIALTY PLASTIC ADDITIVES DEMAND (million pounds)
  • MARKET ENVIRONMENT
    • General
    • Macroeconomic Environment
      • Table MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS (billion 2005 dollars)
    • Demographic Trends
      • Table POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS (million persons)
    • Manufacturing Outlook
      • Table MANUFACTURERS' SHIPMENTS
    • Construction Outlook
      • Table CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES (billion 2005 dollars)
    • Plastic Resin Outlook
      • Table PLASTIC RESIN SUPPLY & DEMAND (million pounds)
    • Pricing Trends
      • Table SPECIALTY PLASTIC ADDITIVES PRICES (dollars per pound)
    • Historical Market Trends
      • Table SPECIALTY PLASTIC ADDITIVES MARKET, 2002-2012
    • Regulatory & Environmental Factors
      • Regulatory Trends
      • Health & Environmental Factors
      • Recycling
    • International Activity
    • Foreign Trade
  • DEMAND BY TYPE
    • General
      • Table SPECIALTY PLASTIC ADDITIVES DEMAND BY TYPE
    • Plasticizers
      • Table PLASTICIZERS DEMAND IN PLASTICS BY TYPE
      • Phthalates
        • Table PHTHALATE PLASTICIZERS DEMAND IN PLASTICS
      • Non-Phthalates
        • Table NON-PHTHALATE PLASTICIZERS DEMAND IN PLASTICS
      • Markets
        • Table PLASTICIZERS DEMAND IN PLASTICS BY MARKET (million pounds)
    • Protective Additives
      • Table PROTECTIVE ADDITIVES DEMAND IN PLASTICS BY TYPE
      • Flame Retardants
        • Table FLAME RETARDANTS DEMAND IN PLASTICS
      • Antioxidants
        • Table ANTIOXIDANTS DEMAND IN PLASTICS
      • Heat Stabilizers
        • Table HEAT STABILIZERS DEMAND IN PLASTICS
      • Light Stabilizers
        • Table LIGHT STABILIZERS DEMAND IN PLASTICS
      • Antimicrobials
        • Table ANTIMICROBIALS DEMAND IN PLASTICS
      • Markets
        • Table PROTECTIVE ADDITIVES DEMAND IN PLASTICS BY MARKET (million pounds)
    • Property Modifiers
      • Table PROPERTY MODIFIERS DEMAND IN PLASTICS BY TYPE
      • Impact Modifiers
        • Table IMPACT MODIFIERS DEMAND IN PLASTICS
      • Colorants
        • Table COLORANTS DEMAND IN PLASTICS
      • Chemical Blowing Agents
        • Table CHEMICAL BLOWING AGENTS DEMAND IN PLASTICS
      • Antistatic Agents
        • Table ANTISTATIC AGENTS DEMAND IN PLASTICS
      • Antifogging Agents
        • Table ANTIFOGGING AGENTS DEMAND IN PLASTICS
      • Markets
        • Table PROPERTY MODIFIERS DEMAND IN PLASTICS BY MARKET (million pounds)
    • Processing Aids
      • Table PROCESSING AIDS DEMAND IN PLASTICS BY TYPE
      • Lubricants & Mold Release Agents
        • Table LUBRICANTS & MOLD RELEASE AGENTS DEMAND IN PLASTICS
      • Slip Agents
        • Table SLIP AGENTS DEMAND IN PLASTICS
      • Compatibilizers & Coupling Agents
        • Table COMPATIBILIZERS & COUPLING AGENTS DEMAND IN PLASTICS
      • Antiblocking Agents
        • Table ANTIBLOCKING AGENTS DEMAND IN PLASTICS
      • Markets
        • Table PROCESSING AIDS DEMAND IN PLASTICS BY MARKET (million pounds)
  • DEMAND BY RESIN
    • General
      • Table SPECIALTY PLASTIC ADDITIVES DEMAND BY RESIN
    • Polyvinyl Chloride
      • Polyvinyl Chloride Overview
        • Table POLYVINYL CHLORIDE SUPPLY & DEMAND (million pounds)
      • Specialty Plastic Additives Demand
        • Table POLYVINYL CHLORIDE DEMAND FOR SPECIALTY PLASTIC ADDITIVES
        • Table POLYVINYL CHLORIDE DEMAND FOR PLASTICIZERS
        • Table POLYVINYL CHLORIDE DEMAND FOR PROPERTY MODIFIERS
        • Table POLYVINYL CHLORIDE DEMAND FOR PROTECTIVE ADDITIVES
        • Table POLYVINYL CHLORIDE DEMAND FOR PROCESSING AIDS
      • Specialty Plastic Additives Markets
        • Table POLYVINYL CHLORIDE DEMAND FOR SPECIALTY PLASTIC ADDITIVES BY MARKET (million pounds)
    • Polyethylene
      • Polyethylene Overview
        • Table POLYETHYLENE SUPPLY & DEMAND (million pounds)
      • Specialty Plastic Additives Demand
        • Table POLYETHYLENE DEMAND FOR SPECIALTY PLASTIC ADDITIVES
        • Table POLYETHYLENE DEMAND FOR PROPERTY MODIFIERS
        • Table POLYETHYLENE DEMAND FOR PROTECTIVE ADDITIVES
        • Table POLYETHYLENE DEMAND FOR PROCESSING AIDS & PLASTICIZERS
      • Specialty Plastic Additives Markets
        • Table POLYETHYLENE DEMAND FOR SPECIALTY PLASTIC ADDITIVES BY MARKET (million pounds)
    • Polypropylene
      • Polypropylene Overview
        • Table POLYPROPYLENE SUPPLY & DEMAND (million pounds)
      • Specialty Plastic Additives Demand
        • Table POLYPROPYLENE DEMAND FOR SPECIALTY PLASTIC ADDITIVES
        • Table POLYPROPYLENE DEMAND FOR PROTECTIVE ADDITIVES
        • Table POLYPROPYLENE DEMAND FOR PROPERTY MODIFIERS
        • Table POLYPROPYLENE DEMAND FOR PROCESSING AIDS & PLASTICIZERS
      • Specialty Plastic Additives Markets
        • Table POLYPROPYLENE DEMAND FOR SPECIALTY PLASTIC ADDITIVES BY MARKET (million pounds)
    • Polyurethane
      • Polyurethane Overview
        • Table POLYURETHANE PRODUCTION
      • Specialty Plastic Additives Demand
        • Table POLYURETHANE DEMAND FOR SPECIALTY PLASTIC ADDITIVES
        • Table POLYURETHANE DEMAND FOR PROTECTIVE ADDITIVES
        • Table POLYURETHANE DEMAND FOR PLASTICIZERS & OTHER ADDITIVES
      • Specialty Plastic Additives Markets
        • Table POLYURETHANE DEMAND FOR SPECIALTY PLASTIC ADDITIVES BY MARKET (million pounds)
    • Polystyrene
      • Polystyrene Overview
        • Table POLYSTYRENE SUPPLY & DEMAND (million pounds)
      • Specialty Plastic Additives Demand
        • Table POLYSTYRENE DEMAND FOR SPECIALTY PLASTIC ADDITIVES
        • Table POLYSTYRENE DEMAND FOR PROTECTIVE ADDITIVES
        • Table POLYSTYRENE DEMAND FOR PROPERTY MODIFIERS
        • Table POLYSTYRENE DEMAND FOR PROCESSING AIDS & PLASTICIZERS
      • Specialty Plastic Additives Markets
        • Table POLYSTYRENE DEMAND FOR SPECIALTY PLASTIC ADDITIVES BY MARKET (million pounds)
    • Other Plastics
      • Specialty Plastic Additives Demand
        • Table OTHER RESINS DEMAND FOR SPECIALTY PLASTIC ADDITIVES
        • Table OTHER RESINS DEMAND FOR PROTECTIVE ADDITIVES
        • Table OTHER RESINS DEMAND FOR PLASTICIZERS
        • Table OTHER RESINS DEMAND FOR PROPERTY MODIFIERS
        • Table OTHER RESINS DEMAND FOR PROCESSING AIDS
      • Specialty Plastic Additives Markets
        • Table OTHER RESINS DEMAND FOR SPECIALTY PLASTIC ADDITIVES BY MARKET (million pounds)
  • INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
    • General
      • Table US SPECIALTY PLASTIC ADDITIVES SALES BY COMPANY, 2012 (million dollars)
    • Market Share
    • Industry Restructuring
      • Table SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES
    • Cooperative Agreements
      • Table SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS
    • Marketing & Distribution
    • Research & Development
    • Competitive Strategies
    • Company Profiles
      • Air Products and Chemicals Incorporated
      • Akzo Nobel NV
      • Albemarle Corporation
      • Amfine Chemical Corporation
      • Arkema SA
      • Baerlocher GmbH
      • BASF SE
      • Berkshire Hathaway Incorporated
      • Buckman Laboratories International Incorporated
      • Chemson Polymer-Additive AG
      • Chemtura Corporation
      • Clariant International Limited
      • Cristal Global
      • Croda International plc
      • Cytec Industries Incorporated
      • Dow Chemical Company
      • DuPont (EI) de Nemours
      • Eastman Chemical Company
      • Evonik Industries AG
      • Exxon Mobil Corporation
      • Ferro Corporation
      • Galata Chemicals LLC
      • Grace (WR) & Company
      • Hammond Group Incorporated
      • HEXPOL AB
      • Huber (JM) Corporation
      • ICC Industries Incorporated
      • Israel Chemicals Limited
      • Kaneka Corporation
      • LANXESS AG
      • Lonza Group Limited
      • Milliken & Company
      • Occidental Petroleum Corporation
      • OMNOVA Solutions Incorporated
      • OXEA GmbH
      • PMC Global Incorporated
      • PMC Group Incorporated
      • PolyOne Corporation
      • Rio Tinto Group

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