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The Plastics Compounding Market

  • ID: 3635657
  • Report
  • November 2015
  • Region: Global, North America
  • 182 Pages
  • BCC Research
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The North American Market for Thermoplastic Compounds Reached 88.78 Billion Pounds in 2015 and is Projected to Reach 100.2 Billion Pounds by 2020 at a CAGR of 2.4%

FEATURED COMPANIES

  • A. Schulman Inc.
  • Alphagary Corp.
  • Basf Corp.
  • Exxonmobil Chemical Co.
  • Nova Polymers Inc.
  • Polyram U.S.A. And Canada
  • MORE
This report provides:

- An overview of the plastics compounding market.
- Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2014, estimates for 2015, and projections of CAGRs through 2020.
- Coverage of the major thermoplastic resins and thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs); the resins include high-density polyethylene (HDPE), low-density polyethylene (LDPE), linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE), polypropylene, polystyrene, and engineering thermoplastics (ETPs): the major representatives being nylons, polycarbonates, polyacetals, PET, and PBT; the report also includes bio compounds, or plastics that are made from plants instead of hydrocarbons.
- Identifications of major resin producers, key plastics processors, and independent compounders, along with activities, product lines, and estimated sales for the major independent compounders.
- Reviews of key plastics additives used in plastics compounding and advances in plastics compounding machinery/equipment.
- Information on major fillers/reinforcements.
- Developments in carbon fiber and carbon nanotubes, and advances in natural fibers.

Highlights:

- The North American market for thermoplastic compounds reached 87.33 billion pounds in 2014. This market is expected to grow from 88.78 billion pounds in 2015 to 100.2 billion pounds by 2020, registering a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.4% over the next five years.
- Resin producers as a segment will increase from 50.91 billion pounds in 2015 to 56.33 billion pounds by 2020, increasing at a CAGR of 2.0% from 2015 through 2020.
- Processors as a segment will grow from 30.59 billion pounds in 2015 to 35.60 billion pounds in 2020 increasing at a 3.1% CAGR for the period 2015-2020.

Scope Of The Report

This report covers the compounding of major thermoplastic resins. The high-volume commodity resins include high-density polyethylene (HDPE), low-density polyethylene (LDPE), linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE), polypropylene (PP), polystyrene (PS), polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and thermoplastic polyesters (primarily PET). Engineering thermoplastics (ETPs) covered include polybutylene terephthalate (PBT), nylons (polyamides), polycarbonates, acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene terpolymers (ABS) and some real specialties like polyacetals and polysulfones. This report also includes an introduction to thermoplastic elastomers and some biocompounds - plastics that are made from plants instead of hydrocarbons. It excludes thermosetting resins, since they have different chemistries and are usually processed differently.

The plastics compounding market is segmented by each of the above resins and by each of the three plastics compounding groups. Applications and markets by volume in pounds or value in dollars are estimated for the years 2014, 2015, and a five-year forecast to 2020. Major resin producers, key plastics processors and independent compounders are identified. We discuss the activities, product lines and other information for the major independent compounders.

Our market estimates are mostly for markets for the United States or North America.

Other features in this report include the following:

- Review of key plastics additives used in plastics compounding.
- Important information on major fillers/reinforcements.
- Developments in carbon fiber and carbon nanotubes for reinforcement of thermoplastics.
- Advances in natural fiber reinforcements.
- Regulatory and environmental developments shaping compounds, ranging from phthalate plasticizers to halogenated flame retardants.
- Key suppliers of plastics additives and fillers/reinforcements.
- Notes of some recent advances in plastics compounding and machinery.
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FEATURED COMPANIES

  • A. Schulman Inc.
  • Alphagary Corp.
  • Basf Corp.
  • Exxonmobil Chemical Co.
  • Nova Polymers Inc.
  • Polyram U.S.A. And Canada
  • MORE
Chapter 1: Introduction
- Background
- Scope Of The Report
- Reasons For Doing Study
- Methodology And Information Sources
- About The Author
- Disclaimer

Chapter 2: Summary
- Table Summary : North American Market Volume For Thermoplastic Compounds By Type Of Compounder, Through 2020
- Figure Summary : North American Market Volume For Thermoplastic Compounds By Type Of Compounder, 2014-2020

Chapter 3: Overview
- Introduction And Definitions
- Background
- Additives
- Types Of Compounders

Chapter 4: Resins
- Overview
- Polyethylene
- Polypropylene
- Polyvinyl Chloride
- Polystyrene
- Thermoplastic Polyesters
- Engineering Thermoplastics
- Thermoplastic Elastomers

Chapter 5: Biocompounds
- Starch-Based Plastics
- Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA)
- Polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB)
- Polylactide (Polylactic Acid, Or PLA) Plastics
- Castor Oil Polymers
- Cellulose
- Soybean Oils
- Bio-Derived Polyethylene
- 1,3-Propanediol (PDO)
- New Developments In Bioplastics

Chapter 6: Plastics Additives
- Market Estimates And Forecasts
- Additive Usage In Thermoplastics
- Antistatic Agents
- Antioxidants
- Biocides
- Blowing Agents
- Colorants
- Coupling Agents
- Defoaming Agents
- Emulsifiers
- Flame/Fire Retardants
- Heat Stabilizers
- Impact Modifiers
- Lubricants
- Plasticizers
- PVC Processing Aids
- Slip Agents
- Surfactants
- Thickeners
- Thixotropes
- UV Stabilizers
- Oxygen Degradation Initiators

Chapter 7: Fillers And Reinforcements
- Property Profiles
- Characteristics Of Fillers/Reinforcements
- Filler/Reinforcement Usage With Specific Resins
- Reinforcements
- Inorganic Fillers

Chapter 8: Masterbatches
- Overview
- Definition
- Industry Structure
- Market Estimate And Forecast
- Some New Developments

Chapter 9: Machinery And Equipment
- Selection Criteria
- Types Of Materials
- Types Of Compounding Equipment
- Major Compounding Equipment Manufacturers

Chapter 10: Types Of Compounders
- Toll Compounding
- Custom Compounding
- Proprietary Compounding
- Concentrate Compounding
- Affiliated Compounding And Compounders

Chapter 11: Industry Structure
- Resin Producers
- Processors
- Independent Compounders

Chapter 12: Compounding Company Profiles
- Aaron Industries Corp.
- Aclo Compounders
- Acton Technologies Inc.
- Adell Plastics Inc.
- Addivant
- Advanced Composites Inc.
- AGC Chemicals Americas Inc.
- Akcros Chemicals Inc.
- Alphagary Corp.
- AM Stabilizers Corp.
- Amco Polymers
- American Compounding Specialties Llc
- Americhem Inc.
- Ametek Westchester Plastics
- Ampacet Corp.
- Amplas Compounding Inc.
- Amtopp Division
- Asahi Kasei Plastics North America
- Ascend Performance Materials Llc
- Axiall Corp.
- Basf Corp.
- Bay Polymer Corp.
- Bayer Materialscience/Covestro
- Bayshore Vinyl Compounds
- Birch Plastics Inc.
- Chroma Corp.
- Clariant International Ltd., Masterbatches Division
- Colortech Inc.
- Deceuninck North America Llc
- Dow Chemical Co.
- DSM Engineering Plastics Inc.
- E.I. Dupont De Nemours And Co.
- Dyneon Llc
- Emerald Performance Materials Llc
- Ems-Chemie (North America) Inc.
- Exxonmobil Chemical Co.
- Ferro Corp.
- Foster Corp.
- Heritage Plastics Inc.
- Infinity Ltl Engineered Compounds
- Invista
- Kraton Performance Polymers Inc.
- The Lubrizol Corp.
- Lyondellbasell Advanced Polyolefins
- Milliken & Co./Milliken Chemical
- MRC Polymers Inc.
- Muehlstein North America
- Multibase Inc.
- Nova Polymers Inc.
- O'Neil Color And Compounding
- Oxford Polymers
- Performance Compounding Llc
- Plastic Recycling Technology Inc.
- Plasticomp Inc.
- The Plastics Group Of America
- Plastics Plus Inc.
- Polyfil Corp.
- Polyfusion Llc
- Polymer Resources Ltd.
- Polyone Corp.
- Polyram U.S.A. And Canada
- Rhein Chemie Additives
- Riverdale Global
- Roscom Inc.
- RTP Company
- Sabic Innovative Plastics/LNP
- A. Schulman Inc.
- So.F.Ter. Usa Usa
- Standridge Color Corp.
- Techmer Pm Llc/Techmer ES
- Technical Polymers Llc
- Tekni-Plex Inc.
- Teknor Apex Co.
- Themix Plastics Inc.
- Wellman Engineering Resins

Chapter 13: Appendix Common Acronyms

List Of Tables

Summary Table : North American Market Volume For Thermoplastic Compounds By Type Of Compounder, Through 2020
Table 1 : North American Market Volume For Commodity Thermoplastic Resin By Plastic Type, Through 2020
Table 2 : North American Market Volume For Commodity Thermoplastic Resin For LDPE By Type Of Compounder, Through 2020
Table 3 : North American Market Volume For Commodity Thermoplastic Resin For HDPE By Type Of Compounder, Through 2020
Table 4 : North American Market Volume For Commodity Thermoplastic Resin For LLDPE By Type Of Compounder, Through 2020
Table 5 : North American Market Volume For Commodity Thermoplastic Resin For Polypropylene By Type Of Compounder, Through 2020
Table 6 : Some Typical Rigid Pvc Applications
Table 7 : Some Typical Flexible Pvc Applications
Table 8 : North American Market Volume For Commodity Thermoplastic Resin For PVC By Type Of Compounder, Through 2020
Table 9 : Fabrication Methods And Some Uses For Polystyrene
Table 10 : North American Market Volume For Commodity Thermoplastic Resin For Polystyrene By Type Of Compounder, Through 2020
Table 11 : North American Market Volume For Commodity Thermoplastic Resin For Thermoplastic Polyester (Pet) By Type Of Compounder, Through 2020
Table 12 : North American Market Volume For Commodity Thermoplastic Resin For Engineering Thermoplastics By Type Of Compounder, Through 2020
Table 13 : Examples Of Bioplastics
Table 14 : North American Market Volume For Plastics Additives By Major Types, Through 2020
Table 15 : Selected Additive Usage In Thermoplastics
Table 16 : North American Market Volume For Plastic Blowing Agents By Type, Through 2020
Table 17 : North American Market Volume For Plastic Flame Retardants By Type, Through 2020
Table 18 : North American Market Volume For Heat Stabilizers By Chemistry, Through 2020
Table 19 : Profiles Of Filler/Reinforcement Characteristics
Table 20 : Overview Of Characteristics And Applications Of Fillers/Reinforcements
Table 21 : Overview Of Filler/Reinforcement Usage With Different Thermoplastics
Table 22 : North American Market Volume For Reinforced Plastics Glass Fiber*, Through 2020
Table 23 : Global Carbon Fiber Suppliers And Estimated Capacity, 2020
Table 24 : Global Market Volume For Pan-Based Carbon Fibers By Key Markets, Through 2020
Table 25 : Global Market For Carbon Nanotube-Reinforced Polymers, Through 2020
Table 26 : Global Market For Natural Fiber-Plastic Composites, Through 2020
Table 27 : North American Market Volume For Plastic Fillers By Type, Through 2020
Table 28 : North American Market Volume For Plastic Masterbatches, Through 2020
Table 29 : Batch Compounding Equipment
Table 30 : Major Compounding Equipment Manufacturers
Table 31 : Leading Blow Molders
Table 32 : Leading Injection Molders
Table 33 : Leading Pipe, Profile And Tubing Extruders
Table 34 : Leading Film/Sheet Producers
Table 35 : Leading Thermoformers
Table 36 : Leading Rotational Molders
Table 37 : Leading North American Thermoplastic Compounders And Concentrate Producers

List Of Figures

Summary Figure : North American Market Volume For Thermoplastic Compounds By Type Of Compounder, 2014-2020
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FEATURED COMPANIES

  • A. Schulman Inc.
  • Alphagary Corp.
  • Basf Corp.
  • Exxonmobil Chemical Co.
  • Nova Polymers Inc.
  • Polyram U.S.A. And Canada
  • MORE
The term plastics in this report refers to thermoplastic organic polymers, also commonly called resins. The majority of the plastics discussed in this study are large-volume commodity resins produced from petrochemical feedstocks; they include familiar resins and resin families:

- Polyethylenes (PEs of several types).
- Polypropylene (PP).
- Polystyrene (PS).
- Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and its copolymers.
- Thermoplastic polyesters (the most common one of which is polyethylene terephthalate or PET).

We also include in this study some more specialty engineering resins such as polyamides (nylons) and polycarbonate. To be thorough, we also include an introduction to some newer biopolymers made from biological instead of petrochemical feedstocks, as well as thermoplastic elastomers.

The subject of this study is plastics compounding. What is compounding? As plastic resins leave the chemical polymerization reactor in which they are formed, they are “neat” polymers; that is, they are essentially pure compounds consisting only of the molecules of the polymer produced. Some of these resins, like PVC, are almost impossible to process as neat polymers; additional chemicals and other materials must be added to make them commercially useful. For other resins, like high-density polyethylene (HDPE) that can be satisfactorily processed in neat form, in virtually all cases some additive or additives are used, such a colorants, to add color to the formed product like an HDPE white milk bottle or a colored motor oil bottle, or a UV absorber to prevent discoloration from exposure to sunlight.

This process of adding other materials is defined as compounding, or, the creation of a compound, a mixture. The additives that are added to neat polymers include colorants, stabilizers, flame retardants, impact modifiers, plasticizers and dozens of others, including a lot of important fillers and reinforcements.

Plastic compounding is a big business that is done by three different kinds of companies. These companies are usually grouped either as resin producers, plastics processors (that is, firms that process and shape resins and compounds by injection or blow molding, thermoforming, and extruding) and independent compounders. Some companies perform more than one of these activities.

Reasons For Doing Study

Plastics compounding is a big business (or group of businesses) that is of interest to a wide group of organizations and individuals involved in the design, development, manufacture, sale and use of plastics and plastics compounds and products made from them.

The author updates this study to provide a new and comprehensive reference for those involved in and interested in plastics and plastics compounds. We have sorted through, organized and condensed information from a number of sources and reference materials to compile this report. We have tried to cover the overall market, and in doing so have included several critical issues that should shape plastics compounding for the next five years. These include biocompounds, carbon fiber, carbon nanotubes, natural fiber reinforcements and environmental regulations.

Methodology And Information Sources

Extensive searches were made of the literature and the Internet, including leading trade journals, technical papers, company literature, government information, pertinent trade associations, etc. Much product and market information was obtained from the industry principals involved. The information in our company profiles was obtained primarily from the companies themselves, especially the larger publicly owned firms. Other sources include directories, articles and Internet sites.
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- Aaron Industries Corp.
- Aclo Compounders
- Acton Technologies Inc.
- Adell Plastics Inc.
- Addivant
- Advanced Composites Inc.
- AGC Chemicals Americas Inc.
- Akcros Chemicals Inc.
- Alphagary Corp.
- AM Stabilizers Corp.
- Amco Polymers
- American Compounding Specialties Llc
- Americhem Inc.
- Ametek Westchester Plastics
- Ampacet Corp.
- Amplas Compounding Inc.
- Amtopp Division
- A. Schulman Inc.
- Asahi Kasei Plastics North America
- Ascend Performance Materials Llc
- Axiall Corp.
- Basf Corp.
- Bay Polymer Corp.
- Bayer Materialscience/Covestro
- Bayshore Vinyl Compounds
- Birch Plastics Inc.
- Chroma Corp.
- Clariant International Ltd., Masterbatches Division
- Colortech Inc.
- Deceuninck North America Llc
- Dow Chemical Co.
- DSM Engineering Plastics Inc.
- E.I. Dupont De Nemours And Co.
- Dyneon Llc
- Emerald Performance Materials Llc
- Ems-Chemie (North America) Inc.
- Exxonmobil Chemical Co.
- Ferro Corp.
- Foster Corp.
- Heritage Plastics Inc.
- Infinity Ltl Engineered Compounds
- Invista
- Kraton Performance Polymers Inc.
- The Lubrizol Corp.
- Lyondellbasell Advanced Polyolefins
- Milliken & Co./Milliken Chemical
- MRC Polymers Inc.
- Muehlstein North America
- Multibase Inc.
- Nova Polymers Inc.
- O'Neil Color And Compounding
- Oxford Polymers
- Performance Compounding Llc
- Plastic Recycling Technology Inc.
- Plasticomp Inc.
- The Plastics Group Of America
- Plastics Plus Inc.
- Polyfil Corp.
- Polyfusion Llc
- Polymer Resources Ltd.
- Polyone Corp.
- Polyram U.S.A. And Canada
- Rhein Chemie Additives
- Riverdale Global
- Roscom Inc.
- RTP Company
- Sabic Innovative Plastics/LNP
- So.F.Ter. Usa Usa
- Standridge Color Corp.
- Techmer Pm Llc/Techmer ES
- Technical Polymers Llc
- Tekni-Plex Inc.
- Teknor Apex Co.
- Themix Plastics Inc.
- Wellman Engineering Resins
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