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Synthetic Paper: Technologies and Global Markets

  • ID: 4833968
  • Report
  • Region: Global
  • 151 Pages
  • BCC Research
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FEATURED COMPANIES

  • A. Schulman
  • Cosmo Films
  • Fresco Printpack
  • Mdv Papier GmbH
  • Plastics Suppliers Inc.
  • Taghleef Industries (Ti)
  • MORE

Report Scope:

A few caveats are in order before explaining the scope of the report:

Likely readers of this report would include synthetic paper producers along with companies that produce printable plastic films, many of which are called converters. Other interested parties could be companies that make flexible plastic packaging films and film extruders. Tag and label producers, including those who provide pressure-sensitive products and in-mold labels, should also be interested in this report as well.

The term synthetic paper has not been universally defined because it is basically an opaque plastic film that is both printable and writeable. Most synthetic papers are either biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) or high-density polyethylene (HDPE), although there are sizable amounts made from polyesters and fewer from polystyrene and PVC.

It is essential to understand, regarding market estimates and forecasts in this report, that food/beverage packaging labels have been excluded for several reasons. First, their large volume of plastic films (hundreds of millions of pounds) would distort the basic synthetic paper market. This market, according to industry estimates, is in the range of billions of dollars. Secondly, most of those in the industry feel that this market segment lies outside the general definition of synthetic paper.

The report covers the following synthetic paper materials:

  • Polypropylene.
  • High-density polyethylene (HDPE).
  • Polyester.
  • Polystyrene.
  • Others (predominantly Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC))

The scope of this study is global. The global market is broken down by material. Individual material type is broken down, further, by application (labels/tags and non-labels) and by geographic region: the Americas, Europe/Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia-Pacific (APAC).

This report is organized in the following manner:

  • Chapter 2: Executive Summary presents a high-level view of the synthetic paper shipment market in terms of end-use.
  • Chapter 3: Synthetic Paper: Evolution and Technologies presents a comprehensive view of the history of synthetic paper development. It explains the benefits and challenges associated with the synthetic paper industry. It also covers the manufacturing methods and material characteristics of synthetic paper variants. The chapter explains the salience of various parameters associated with synthetic paper evaluation.
  • Chapter 4: Applications of Synthetic Paper takes a closer look at various applications in a qualitative and quantitative manner.
  • Chapter 5: Regional and Material Markets dives into quantitative analysis. The chapter covers dynamics associated with individual geographic regions and applications in the context of materials markets.
  • Chapter 6: Patent Analysis analyzes U.S. patents granted in areas that are relevant to the synthetic paper.
  • Chapter 7: Company Profiles provides an overview of the synthetic paper industry. The chapter also describes leading companies in the synthetic paper domain.

Report Includes:

  • 36 data tables and 16 additional tables
  • An overview of the global markets and technologies for synthetic paper
  • Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2018, estimates for 2019, and projections of CAGRs through 2024
  • Coverage of cavitated and clay-coated films and multilayer lamination and coextrusion
  • In-depth analysis of various printing processes, including lithographic printing, gravure printing, flexographic printing, letterpress printing, and digital printing
  • Overview of synthetic paper additives, such as clays, titanium dioxide, calcium carbonate, talc and silicas
  • Detailed profiles of key competitors of the market, including Agfa-Gevaert N.V., Hop Industries Corp., Nan Ya Plastics Corp., Taghleef Industries (TI), Transcendia and Valeron Strength Films
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FEATURED COMPANIES

  • A. Schulman
  • Cosmo Films
  • Fresco Printpack
  • Mdv Papier GmbH
  • Plastics Suppliers Inc.
  • Taghleef Industries (Ti)
  • MORE

Chapter 1 Introduction

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

Chapter 2 Executive Summary

  • Pricing Considerations

Chapter 3 Synthetic Paper: Evolution and Technologies

  • History and Introduction
  • Technology Overview
  • Properties of Synthetic Paper
  • Printing on Synthetic Paper
  • Benefits of Synthetic Paper
  • Challenges Confronting Synthetic Paper
  • History and Background of Synthetic Paper
  • Major Contributors to the Synthetic Paper Evolution
  • Manufacturing Methods
  • Internal Manufacturing
  • Surface Coating
  • Surface Treatment
  • Film Laminate
  • Material Overview
  • Film/Sheet Material
  • Microporous Polymers
  • Microporous Films
  • Market Overview
  • Resins and Synthetic Paper
  • Polyethylene
  • Polypropylene
  • Polyester
  • Polystyrene
  • Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
  • Flexible Plastic Film Fabrication Technology
  • Film Extrusion
  • Other Primary Film Processing Methods
  • Film Casting
  • Blown Films
  • Calendering
  • The Process of Film Conversion
  • Polymer and Film Orientation
  • Commercial Aspects
  • Biaxial Orientation: the Tenter Frame
  • Tabular Orientation Process
  • Corona Treatment
  • Cavitated and Clay Coated Films
  • Multilayer Lamination and Coextrusion
  • Lamination
  • Coextrusion
  • Optical Properties of Papers/Films
  • Testing of Paper and Paperboard: Optical Properties
  • Basic Technology
  • Contribution of Fillers
  • Film Thickness Units
  • Synthetic Paper Additives
  • Clays
  • Titanium Dioxide
  • Calcium Carbonate
  • Talc
  • Silicas
  • Other
  • Printing Process and Printing Inks
  • Performance Requirements
  • Ink Selection
  • Drying of Printing Inks
  • Specific Printing Processes
  • Lithographic Printing
  • Gravure Printing
  • Flexographic Printing
  • Letterpress Printing
  • Digital Printing
  • Printing on Plastics
  • Specifics
  • Comparison with Printing on Paper
  • Multiple Industrial Print Technologies Helpful in Printing on Plastics
  • Problem of Low Surface Energy of Plastic Substrates
  • Latest Approaches in Synthetic Paper Printing
  • Inks
  • Drying Issues
  • Static Control
  • Other Problems and Solutions
  • Whiteness, Opacity and Printability
  • Formulation Techniques
  • Common Formats
  • Role of Converters
  • Concept of Waterproof Paper
  • Soft Polyesters
  • Rigid Polyesters
  • Woven Fabric Paper
  • Satin Acetate Fabric Face Stock
  • Other Types of Waterproof Paper
  • Test Methods for Synthetic Paper
  • Government Paper Specifications Standards

Chapter 4 Applications of Synthetic Paper

  • Market Overview
  • Defining the Synthetic Paper Market
  • Clarity and Opaqueness
  • Various Definitions of Synthetic Paper
  • Labels and Tags
  • Use
  • Labels
  • Tags
  • Film Producer Response
  • Label/Tag Environmental Considerations
  • Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
  • Flexible Packaging
  • Commodity Plastics
  • Non-Label Applications
  • Cards
  • Menus
  • Maps/Charts
  • Other Applications
  • Synthetic Paper Currencies
  • Graphic Arts

Chapter 5 Regional and Material Markets

  • The Thickness Dilemma
  • Geographic Regions
  • Regional Overview
  • Material Dynamics
  • Market Penetration Considerations
  • Marketing Efforts Essential
  • Polypropylene
  • Application Overview
  • Market Analysis by End Use
  • Market Analysis by Geographic Region
  • HDPE
  • Application Overview
  • Market Analysis by End Use
  • Market Analysis by Geographic Region
  • Polyester
  • Application Overview
  • Market Analysis by End Use
  • Market Analysis by Geographic Region
  • Polystyrene
  • Application Overview
  • Market Analysis by End Use
  • Market Analysis by Geographic Region
  • Other Materials
  • Application Overview
  • Market Analysis by End Use
  • Market Analysis by Geographic Region

Chapter 6 Patent Analysis

  • Introduction
  • Trends by Functional Category
  • Trends by Year
  • Trends by Country
  • Trends by Assignee

Chapter 7 Company Profiles

  • Synthetic Paper Market Scenario
  • Integrated Film Fabricators
  • Vertical Integration
  • Horizontal Integration
  • Nonintegrated Film Fabricators
  • Distributor Firms
  • Company Profiles

List of Tables
Summary Table: Global Market Volumes of Synthetic Paper, by Application, Through 2024
Table 1: Technologies Used to Manufacture Synthetic Paper
Table 2: Global Market Volumes of Synthetic Paper, by Material, Through 2024
Table 3: Global Market for Synthetic Paper, by Material, Through 2024
Table 4: Applications: Synthetic Paper/Competitive Films
Table 5: Refractive Indices of Major Synthetic Paper Fillers
Table 6: Printing Ink Drying Mechanisms, by Type
Table 7: Standard Tests Applicable to Synthetic Paper
Table 8: Other General ASTM Paper Standards
Table 9: Global Market for Synthetic Paper, by Application, Through 2024
Table 10: Synthetic Label and Tag Uses
Table 11: Applications and Advantages of Synthetic Paper Tags and Labels
Table 12: Synthetic Paper Attributes Sought by Label Producers
Table 13: Global Market Volumes of Synthetic Paper, by Region, Through 2024
Table 14: Global Market for Synthetic Paper, by Region, Through 2024
Table 15: Global Market Volumes of Polypropylene-Based Synthetic Paper, by Application, Through 2024
Table 16: Global Market for Polypropylene-Based Synthetic Paper, by Application, Through 2024
Table 17: ASP of Polypropylene-Based Synthetic Paper, by Application, 2018-2024
Table 18: Global Market Volumes of Polypropylene-Based Synthetic Paper, by Region, Through 2024
Table 19: Global Market for Polypropylene-Based Synthetic Paper, by Region, Through 2024
Table 20: ASP of Polypropylene-Based Synthetic Paper, by Region, 2018-2024
Table 21: Global Market Volumes of HDPE-Based Synthetic Paper, by Application, Through 2024
Table 22: Global Market for HDPE-Based Synthetic Paper, by Application, Through 2024
Table 23: ASP of HDPE-Based Synthetic Paper, by Application, 2018-2024
Table 24: Global Market Volumes of HDPE-Based Synthetic Paper, by Region, Through 2024
Table 25: Global Market for HDPE-Based Synthetic Paper, by Region, Through 2024
Table 26: ASP of HDPE-Based Synthetic Paper, by Region, 2018-2024
Table 27: Polyester Film Applications
Table 28: Global Market Volumes of Polyester-Based Synthetic Paper, by Application, Through 2024
Table 29: Global Market for Polyester-Based Synthetic Paper, by Application, Through 2024
Table 30: ASP of Polyester-Based Synthetic Paper, by Application, 2018-2024
Table 31: Global Market Volumes of Polyester-Based Synthetic Paper, by Region, Through 2024
Table 32: Global Market for Polyester-Based Synthetic Paper, by Region, Through 2024
Table 33: ASP of Polyester-Based Synthetic Paper, by Region, 2018-2024
Table 34: Global Market Volumes of Polystyrene-Based Synthetic Paper, by Application, Through 2024
Table 35: Global Market for Polystyrene-Based Synthetic Paper, by Application, Through 2024
Table 36: ASP of Polystyrene-Based Synthetic Paper, by Application, 2018-2024
Table 37: Global Market Volumes of Polystyrene-Based Synthetic Paper, by Region, Through 2024
Table 38: Global Market for Polystyrene-Based Synthetic Paper, by Region, Through 2024
Table 39: ASP of Polystyrene-Based Synthetic Paper, by Region, 2018-2024
Table 40: Features and Applications of Rigid PVC Films
Table 41: Global Market Volumes of Other Material-Based Synthetic Paper, by Application, Through 2024
Table 42: Global Market for Other Material-Based Synthetic Paper, by Application, Through 2024
Table 43: ASP of Other Material-Based Synthetic Paper, by Application, 2018-2024
Table 44: Global Market Volumes of Other Material-Based Synthetic Paper, by Region, Through 2024
Table 45: Global Market for Other Material-Based Synthetic Paper, by Region, Through 2024
Table 46: ASP of Other Material-Based Synthetic Paper, by Region, 2018-2024
Table 47: U.S. Patents Related to Synthetic Paper, by Category, 1976-July 2019
Table 48: U.S. Patents Related to Synthetic Paper, by Year of Allocation, 1976-July 2019
Table 49: U.S. Patents Related to Synthetic Paper, by Country, 1976-July 2019
Table 50: Assignees of U.S. Patents with Three or More Patents Related to Synthetic Paper, 1976-July 2019
Table 51: Assignees of U.S. Patents on Synthetic Paper, 1976-July 2019

List of Figures
Summary Figure: Global Market Volumes of Synthetic Paper, by Application, 2018-2024
Figure 1: Synthetic Paper Definitions

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FEATURED COMPANIES

  • A. Schulman
  • Cosmo Films
  • Fresco Printpack
  • Mdv Papier GmbH
  • Plastics Suppliers Inc.
  • Taghleef Industries (Ti)
  • MORE

Synthetic paper uses petroleum-based derivatives as raw material. These derivatives, primarily resins, impart a plastic-like feel to the paper. Synthetic paper addresses many of the shortcomings of conventional paper: primarily in terms of water, tear, oil, chemical and grease resistance. With some modifications of materials and processes, synthetic paper offers superior printability versus its conventional counterpart. The introduction of micro-voids renders synthetic paper lighter than conventional paper. Synthetic paper is more durable than its conventional counterpart. At the same time, synthetic paper poses a considerable dilemma in terms of eco-friendliness. On the positive side, it reduces the pressure on conventional wood-based paper and contributes to conservation. It is widely acknowledged that deforestation prevention is a major driver of the synthetic paper industry.

On the negative side, synthetic paper employs non-biodegradable material, so its impact on the overall health of our planet is debatable. The other factor is the use of petroleum in the production of synthetic paper and the global movement towards decreasing use of petroleum and its derivatives. There are additional issues related to pricing, which will limit the application of synthetic paper to long-duration applications. Dilemmas such as these will continue to limit the adoption of synthetic paper in spite of its obvious operational benefits.

The favorable characteristics of synthetic paper open doors for its several applications that place a premium on durability. For reasons explained in the report, packaging is not considered in the purview of the report. That caveat notwithstanding, the number of existing and potential applications of synthetic paper continues to expand. Companies continue to introduce uses such as underwater scientific survey papers, wine-proof tags, door-hangers, football playbooks (and many other related uses: books used in boating, gardening and bathtubs) and maps. Additional benefits of synthetic paper include their support for targeted composition of clay and resin to alter the dyne level depending on the application requirement. Similar adjustments can be made for opacity levels, gauge thickness and UV inhibition with greater precision compared to wood pulp-based paper. Given the greater demands on paper printing in challenging environments, the drive towards increase in market size will triumph over the inhibiting factors. Synthetic paper is reported to exhibit high opacity while retaining a matte finish and bright look. It also improves the efficiency of printing by offering resistance to static charges and avoiding double feeding.

Synthetic paper is a two-tiered market comprising the initial products to replace fiber-based paper and the more recent materials, which are led by labels/tags replacing fiber-based paper versions. Paper production is segmented into a variety of categories led by printing/writing/publishing. Packaging, newsprint and tissue paper make up the remainder.

Packaging segments include shipping sacks, grocery and other bags, while printing/writing/publishing are led by uncoated free sheet and coated papers, with uncoated groundwood and bleached bristols (a type of paper) comprising the bulk of the remainder.

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  • A. Schulman
  • Agfa-Gevaert N.V.
  • American Profol Inc.
  • Arjobex Sas
  • Avery Dennison
  • Bestrade Precision
  • Contract Converting
  • Cosmo Films
  • Domtar
  • DuPont
  • Elastin International
  • Europapier
  • Flexcon
  • Formosa Polychem
  • Fresco Printpack
  • Fusion Digital Paper
  • Granwell Products
  • Guangzhou Zhenge Adhesive
  • HOP Industries Corp.
  • Junish Composites
  • Kaveri Metallizing And Coating
  • Mark Products Llc
  • Masterpiece Graphics (MGX)
  • Mdv Papier GmbH
  • Multi-plastics Inc.
  • Nan Ya Plastics Corp.
  • Neenah Inc.
  • Nekoosa Coated Products
  • Novacell Hellas
  • Now Plastics Europe
  • Plastics Suppliers Inc.
  • Pluss Polymers/Pluss Advanced Technologies
  • Ppg Industries Inc.
  • Relyco Sales Inc.
  • Seiko Epson Corp.
  • Shanplast Enterprises
  • Suprabha
  • Synthogra
  • Taghleef Industries (Ti)
  • Taiwan Lung Meng
  • Toyobo
  • Transcendia
  • Treofan Group
  • Valeron
  • Veritiv
  • Vitopel
  • Yupo Corp.
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