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Polystyrene Foam Manufacturing in the US

  • ID: 16717
  • December 2014
  • Region: United States
  • 31 pages
  • IBISWorld
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Faltering foam: Increasing regulations and raw material costs threaten industry growth

Polystyrene Foam Manufacturing in the US

The Polystyrene Foam Manufacturing industry was negatively affected by the recession over the five years to 2014. Industry profit plummeted heavily at the beginning of the period, as the recession limited the buying power of the industry's key construction and manufacturing markets. In addition, high unemployment led to drops in consumer spending, which caused consumers to eat out less and spend less at the grocery store. Nevertheless, industry revenue is expected to increase over the five-year period. In the five years to 2019, revenue is projected to fall due to rising raw material costs and stricter regulations regarding the use of polystyrene-based plastic bags and containers in grocery stores and restaurants. Additionally, demand for polystyrene insulation is anticipated to rise only modestly, further adding to revenue decline.

This industry produces a wide range of polystyrene foam products including expanded polystyrene (EPS) for food containers and cups, foam ice chests and other packaging and insulation goods. The industry's products are used by a wide range of downstream industries in the construction, manufacturing and hospitality sectors.

This report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecasts, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.

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ABOUT THIS INDUSTRY
Industry Definition
Main Activities
Similar Industries
Additional Resources

INDUSTRY AT A GLANCE

INDUSTRY PERFORMANCE
Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle

PRODUCTS & MARKETS
Supply Chain
Products & Services
Demand Determinants
Major Markets
International Trade
Business Locations

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE
Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Basis of Competition
Barriers to Entry
Industry Globalization

MAJOR COMPANIES

OPERATING CONDITIONS
Capital Intensity
Technology & Systems
Revenue Volatility
Regulation & Policy
Industry Assistance

KEY STATISTICS
Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

JARGON & GLOSSARY

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