Rigid Transparent Plastics: North American Markets

Publish Date: May 2019 | Category: Retail & Consumer Goods | Publisher: BCC Research | Status: Publish

The North American market for rigid transparent plastics should grow from 4.7 billion pounds by volume in 2018 to 6.1 billion pounds in 2023, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.2% from 2018 through 2023.

Report Scope:

Use of the terms transparent and clear is subjective. Most definitions of the terms express the clarity of plastics by the percentage of light transmission as defined by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Test D-1003. Light transmission percentages above 85 are generally accepted as transparent, although many suppliers claim clear grades with percentages of 80 or lower, making the distinction between transparent and translucent unclear. When referring to plastics and resins, the terms transparent and clear are used synonymously in this report.

Clear rigid plastics are commercially available in many forms, including injection-molded, extruded, blow-molded and thermoformed. Many clear extruded products are converted to clear films. The uses for these films are varied and include commodity, specialty, coextruded, food and medical packaging. Packaging markets such as healthcare and food are not addressed in this report. Blow-molded clear plastics are hollow, and most are converted to bottles or containers. Thermoformed plastics are similar to injection-molded plastics but are generally thinner and require less equipment and capital outlay.

This report covers rigid, clear, non-packaging plastic products, which include injection-molded, non-film extrusion and some thermoformed (including cast sheet) plastics. Flexible and hollow thin plastics, including films, are not covered in this report. The clear resins covered in this report are: acrylics, polycarbonates, polystyrenes, styrene block copolymers (SBCs), styrene acrylonitrile (SAN), acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), polysulfones, thermoplastic polyesters (almost exclusively polyethylene terephthalate (PET)), polypropylene, acrylic-styrene copolymers (SMMAs), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), nylon, cellulosic resins, cyclic olefin copolymers (COCs), and allyl diglycol carbonate (ADC) (for optical applications).

Major applications of these rigid transparent plastics include: medical, electronic, automotive, building and construction (glazing, lighting lenses, signs, and displays), housewares, appliances, toys, optical lenses, and aircraft transparencies.

Report Includes:

- 42 data tables and 19 additional tables
- Industry analysis of rigid transparent plastics in terms of current and forecast usage
- Analyses of global market trends with data from 2017 and 2018, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2023
- Coverage of rigid, clear, non-packaging plastic products, including injection-molded, non-film extrusion and thermoformed and cast sheet plastics
- Insight into new developments in clear plastics, their expanded usage in existing and new applications, and competition between polymers exhibiting optical clarity
- Identification of the market’s dynamics, specifically growth drivers, inhibitors and opportunities
- Qualitative data covering major producers and suppliers and trade-named products
- Comprehensive company profiles of major players in the industry, including DSM Engineering Plastics, DuPont Inc., BASF SE, PPG Industries Inc., Mitsubishi Engineering Plastics and Total Petrochemicals USA

Report Scope:

Use of the terms transparent and clear is subjective. Most definitions of the terms express the clarity of plastics by the percentage of light transmission as defined by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Test D-1003. Light transmission percentages above 85 are generally accepted as transparent, although many suppliers claim clear grades with percentages of 80 or lower, making the distinction between transparent and translucent unclear. When referring to plastics and resins, the terms transparent and clear are used synonymously in this report.

Clear rigid plastics are commercially available in many forms, including injection-molded, extruded, blow-molded and thermoformed. Many clear extruded products are converted to clear films. The uses for these films are varied and include commodity, specialty, coextruded, food and medical packaging. Packaging markets such as healthcare and food are not addressed in this report. Blow-molded clear plastics are hollow, and most are converted to bottles or containers. Thermoformed plastics are similar to injection-molded plastics but are generally thinner and require less equipment and capital outlay.

This report covers rigid, clear, non-packaging plastic products, which include injection-molded, non-film extrusion and some thermoformed (including cast sheet) plastics. Flexible and hollow thin plastics, including films, are not covered in this report. The clear resins covered in this report are: acrylics, polycarbonates, polystyrenes, styrene block copolymers (SBCs), styrene acrylonitrile (SAN), acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), polysulfones, thermoplastic polyesters (almost exclusively polyethylene terephthalate (PET)), polypropylene, acrylic-styrene copolymers (SMMAs), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), nylon, cellulosic resins, cyclic olefin copolymers (COCs), and allyl diglycol carbonate (ADC) (for optical applications).

Major applications of these rigid transparent plastics include: medical, electronic, automotive, building and construction (glazing, lighting lenses, signs, and displays), housewares, appliances, toys, optical lenses, and aircraft transparencies.

Report Includes:

- 42 data tables and 19 additional tables
- Industry analysis of rigid transparent plastics in terms of current and forecast usage
- Analyses of global market trends with data from 2017 and 2018, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2023
- Coverage of rigid, clear, non-packaging plastic products, including injection-molded, non-film extrusion and thermoformed and cast sheet plastics
- Insight into new developments in clear plastics, their expanded usage in existing and new applications, and competition between polymers exhibiting optical clarity
- Identification of the market’s dynamics, specifically growth drivers, inhibitors and opportunities
- Qualitative data covering major producers and suppliers and trade-named products
- Comprehensive company profiles of major players in the industry, including DSM Engineering Plastics, DuPont Inc., BASF SE, PPG Industries Inc., Mitsubishi Engineering Plastics and Total Petrochemicals USA

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
Study Goals and Objectives
Reasons for Doing This Study
Scope of Report
Information Sources
Methodology
Geographic Breakdown
Analyst's Credentials
BCC Custom Research
Related BCC Research Reports

Chapter 2 Summary and Highlights

Chapter 3 Market and Technology Background
Flat Glass
Types of Flat Glass
Conversion to Transparent Plastics
Background of Transparent Plastics
Important Early Developments
Current Plastics Choices
Problems with Plastics
Technology
Performance Variables
Design Considerations
Recent Developments

Chapter 4 Market Breakdown by Technology Type
Polycarbonates
Impact of Bisphenol A on Polycarbonate Usage
Processing
Advantages and Disadvantages
Producers 
Capacity and Demand
Polycarbonate Sheet
Producer Grades
Specific Applications
Selected Trade Names of Polycarbonates
Market Estimates and Forecasts
Acrylics
Comparison of PMMA with Glass
Properties
Manufacture of Acrylic Polymers
Acrylic Sheet
Applications
Producers
Comparison of Acrylics and Polycarbonates
Market Estimates and Forecasts
Styrenic Resins
General Purpose Polystyrene
Styrene Copolymers
HIPS
Recent Changes in Styrenic Polymer Producers
Global Producers and Industry Leaders
Processing
Applications
Market Estimates and Forecasts
Styrene Copolymers
Styrene Block Copolymers
Styrene-acrylic Copolymers
Styrene-acrylonitrile Copolymers
Styrene Methyl Methacrylate
Market Estimates and Forecasts
Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene
Properties
Processing
Producers
General Grades
ABS Sheets
General ABS Applications
Market Estimates and Forecasts
Cellulosics
Overview
Properties
Types of Transparent Cellulosic Plastics
Advantages
Disadvantages
Producers
Market Estimates and Forecasts
Polyvinyl Chloride
Forms of PVC
Versatility
Processing
Consumption Patterns
Applications of Transparent PVC
Producers
Rigid Transparent PVC Characteristics
Environmental Issues
Producers
Market Estimates and Forecasts
Thermoplastic Polyesters (Polyethylene Terephthalate)
Major Applications
Modified PET Resins
Producers
Applications
Market Estimates and Forecasts
Polysulfones
Properties
Types of Polysulfones
Applications
Producers
Market Estimates and Forecasts
Allyl Diglycol Carbonate
Products, Properties and Applications 
Trivex Versus Polycarbonate
Market Estimates and Forecasts
Other Transparent Plastics
Polypropylene
Nylons
Cyclic Olefin Copolymers 
Market Estimates for Other Rigid Transparent Plastics
Transparent Plastics Market Summary

Chapter 5 Market Breakdown by Application
Overview
Electronics Applications
Optical Discs
Other Consumer Electronics
Market Estimates and Forecasts
Building and Construction Applications
Background
Examples of Product Usage
The U.S. Housing Market
Market Estimates and Forecasts
Glazing
Lighting Products
Signs and Displays
Plumbing Fixtures
Medical Applications
Overview
FDA Activities
Testing Procedures for Medical Plastics
Performance Requirements for Medical Plastics
Medical and Laboratory Ware Regulations for Clear Plastics
Plastic Medical and Laboratory Ware Products and Devices
Additional Requirements of Medical Plastics
Sterilization Techniques for Medical Plastics
Polymer Reactions to Sterilization Methods
E-Beam Radiation
Clarity Requirements for Medical Plastics
Clear Plastics in Medical Applications
Rigid Transparent Plastic Medical Products
Market Estimates and Forecasts 
Automotive
Clear Plastics Usage in Automobiles
Summary of Resin Usage in Automotive Lenses
Market Estimates and Forecasts
Recent Developments in the Automotive Market
Housewares
Environmental Developments
Market Estimates and Forecasts
Appliances
Transparent Plastic Applications in Appliances
Key Appliance Manufacturers
Market Estimates and Forecasts
Toys
Use of Plastics in Toys
Clear Plastic Applications in Toys
Consumer Product Safety Council
Market Estimates and Forecasts
Optical Lenses
Properties and Advantages
Market Dynamics
Key Concepts in Lens Materials
Use of Plastics in Lenses
Fabrication Methods for Optical Plastic Lenses
Key Performance Parameters
Advantages of Plastics
Use of Clear Plastics
Optical Lens Market Segments
Market Shares
Contact Lenses
Types of Plastics Used
Contact Lens Suppliers
Safety Lenses
American National Standards Institute
Military Ballistic Requirements
Deficiencies of Glass
Plastics Choices
Market Estimates and Forecast
Aircraft Transparencies
Glass Transparencies
Properties
Clear Plastics Preferences
Applications in Military and Commercial Aircraft
Important Clear Plastics Suppliers to the Aerospace Industry
Market Estimates and Forecasts
Solar Applications
Potential Applications
Key Benefits
Conclusions
Other Applications
Railroads
Consumer Goods
Sports and Leisure
Machine Guards and Safety Shielding
Bathroom Products
Other Products
Market Estimates and Forecasts
Summary of Transparent Plastic Applications

Chapter 6 Analysis of Market Opportunities
Applications
Polystyrene and ABS
SMMA Resins
Comparison of NAS to Acrylics
Comparison of Zylar to Polycarbonates
Summary of Competition by Application

Chapter 7 Major Producers and Suppliers and Trade-Named Products

Chapter 8 Standards, Tests and Regulations
Properties and Testing Methods
Optical Tests
Transparent Plastics Code Approvals
Selected ASTM Codes for Rigid Transparent Plastics
Other Code Approvals
Underwriters Laboratories
Military Specifications

Chapter 9 Company Profiles
ARKEMA INC.
ASAHI KASEI CHEMICALS CORP.
BASF
CHEVRON PHILLIPS CHEMICAL
CHI MEI CORP.
COVESTRO
DSM ENGINEERING PLASTICS
DUPONT INC.
EASTMAN CHEMICAL
EMS GRIVORY
EVONIK INDUSTRIES AG
IDEMITSU KOSAN
INEOS STYROLUTION AMERICAS LLC
LANXESS CORP.
LOTTE ADVANCED MATERIALS CO. LTD.
LUCITE INTERNATIONAL
LYONDELLBASELL INDUSTRIES
MITSUBISHI ENGINEERING PLASTICS
MITSUI CHEMICALS AMERICA INC.
PLASKOLITE INC.
PPG INDUSTRIES INC.
SABIC INNOVATIVE PLASTICS
SOLVAY SPECIALTY POLYMERS USA LLC
SPARTECH
TEIJIN KASEI AMERICA INC.
TOPAS ADVANCED POLYMERS GMBH
TORAY PLASTICS (AMERICA) INC.
TOTAL PETROCHEMICALS USA
TRINSEO LLC
ZEON CORP.

Chapter 10 Appendix: Acronyms

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