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High-Performance Films: The U.S. Market

The U.S. high-performance films market reached $1.6 billion in 2013 and is expected to grow to $1.9 billion in 2018, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.5%.

This report provides:

  • An overview of the U.S. market for high-performance films.
  • Analyses of global market trends with data from 2013 and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2018.
  • Identification of trends affecting high-performance polymer films and their major end-use application markets.
  • A breakdown of end markets for high-performance films by material types, with sections devoted to each class of high-performance films.
  • A look at how structural issues affect the high-performance plastic films industry, such as the roles of film fabricators, converters, and distributors.
  • Comprehensive profiles of leading companies in the industry.

REPORT SCOPE

INTRODUCTION

In the years since World War II, plastics, in their many forms, have become ubiquitous in developed nations, and are increasingly becoming common in the developing parts of the world as well. The United States was until recently the world's largest producer and user of polymer products. In recent years China, which has become the world's factory, surpassed North America in plastics production; however, the U.S. remains the largest user of plastics and plastic products. With abundant and cheap natural gas feedstock from hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") of tight gas shales, large petrochemical and polymer plants are again being built in the Ü.S.

Synthetic polymers are made and used in many different forms, from synthetic fibers to extruded and molded products such as films and bottles, to foam mattresses. Often the same polymer can make products with entirely different properties and uses. Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is a good example; it was first known and used as a synthetic fiber (Dacron and other brands). Later large use was developed for PET as a blow-molded bottle resin for soft drinks and other beverages, and also as a performance film for photographic film and magnetic media.

In this BCC Research report update by a different author, a Ph.D. chemical engineer who did an earlier BCC Research update several years ago, we study one versatile group of polymer products, high-performance plastic films. The noun film is defined in the American Heritage Dictionary as follows:

1. A thin skin or membrane. 2. A thin, opaque, abnormal coating on the cornea of the eye. 3. A thin covering or coating: a film of dust on the piano. 4. A thin, flexible, transparent sheet, as of plastic, used in wrapping or packaging. 5. a. A thin sheet or strip of flexible material, such as a cellulose derivative or a thermoplastic resin, coated with a photosensitive emulsion and used to make photographic negatives or transparencies. b. A thin sheet or strip of developed photographic negatives or transparencies. 6 .a. A movie, especially one recorded on film. b. The presentation of such a work. c. A long, narrative movie. d. Movies collectively, especially when considered as an art form.

It can be seen that "film" has several meanings as a noun and even more as a verb. The firms covered in this report are included in definitions 4, 5.a, and 5.b. Although this definition comes from the most recent edition of this dictionary, the inclusion of "cellulose derivative" is now virtually obsolete since cellulose has long been replaced by synthetic polymers.

There is a difference between film and sheet, with films the thinner form. Plastic extrusions have usually been considered to be films up to about 0.25 mm, equivalent to 10 mils or 0.001 inch. Above this thickness a "film" of most materials usually becomes a "sheet." However, as film technology has improved the flexibility of films, some markets define films slightly differently. Now thicknesses up to 0.40 inches (40 mils) may be defined as film by some engineers.

Thus, these differential points between film and sheet are not absolute, and engineers can define films in different ways. As discussed in this report, while some greater thicknesses are now considered film instead of sheet, minimum film thicknesses are also trending thinner toward micro thicknesses as new technologies emerge. Many high-temperature films are in the range of 0.001 inches to 0.010 inches (10 to 100 mils). At these thicknesses, a little film resin can go a long way. A note on thickness units: in film technology, both English and metric units are commonly used. In addition, in the U.S. film thickness is commonly expressed in gauge. In film technology gauge is a measurement of film thickness, where one gauge unity equals 0.01 mil or about 0.25 micrometer or micron. Perhaps the easiest way to remember the relationship between these units is that 100-gauge film is 1 mil or 25 microns thick. In this report, film gauge will be referred to in the manner that is the standard in the industry under discussion.

High-performance thermoplastic (TP) films, the subject of this study, are playing an increasingly important role as engineers design products in increasingly demanding environments and demand higher performance from the products they use. Historically, the most important applications for these films were for photographic and reprographic applications, both of which are disappearing from use as digital formats take over these businesses. Fortunately, new applications are constantly being developed to replace those lost to technology. Today, these films may make possible safer and lighter packaging, economic electric vehicles, better liquid crystal displays (LCDs) and the growth of an economically practical photovoltaic (PV) solar power industry.

Major polymer and film producing companies are important technology drivers and invest significant capital in R&D to improve their technologies. Innovations were driven initially by polymer chemistry, but increasingly, they are being driven by improved fabrication and treatment of films. One example is the complex development of specialty polyolefin films as membrane separators for lithium-ion batteries.

STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

Goals and objectives of this study include the following:

  • Identifying trends affecting high-performance polymer films and their major end-use application markets. For example, the photovoltaic market is one of the fastest-growing markets for high-performance film. Each of the major polymer films or film families is discussed and analyzed in detail. They include polyesters, polyolefin-based film resins, polyamides (nylons), polycarbonates, bioplastics, fluoropolymers, PMMA-type acrylics and polyimides. Newer high-performance film resins studied include cyclic olefin copolymers (COCs), polyethylene naphthalate (PEN), liquid crystal polymers (LCPs), polysulfones and polyetherimides.
  • Reviewing, analyzing and forecasting specific end markets for high-performance films by material types, with sections devoted to each type of high-performance film resin. This includes both the major resin types and several smaller-volume film materials for which markets were estimated.
  • Analyzing and forecasting market developments from the viewpoint of major applications for high-performance films. These include packaging, electrical/electronic, automotive, release films and photographic/reprographic films.
  • Analyzing how structural issues affect the high-performance plastic films industry, such as the roles of film fabricators, converters and distributors; product differentiation and substitution; marketing and pricing; and international aspects of the business.
  • Profiling many of the most important suppliers to the high-performance plastic films industry. These include suppliers of plastic resins (many of whom also fabricate films), equipment producers, and specific film converters and distributors.

REASONS FOR DOING THE STUDY

High-performance plastic films have become a large and important niche market in the much larger overall plastic films industry. High-performance films are specialty products that sell at premium prices because they do jobs that commodity films cannot do. Their use is driven by the specific applications for which they are targeted.

Although the volumes of high-performance films are small when compared to those of commodity films, the dollar value of this market is disproportionately high. High-performance films, since they are specialty items, command higher prices, higher than commodity films and often several times as high.

Markets for high-performance films offer opportunities to create value and move discussions to topics beyond purchase price. Technology advances should help drive technology developments in major areas, including the largest end-use market in packaging. New and better barrier film structures with high-performance films allow longer shelf life and better appearance.

Developments using these films should have some significant effects on our economy and help provide the ability to solve some current problems such as climate change, where improved performance in applications such as solar cells and fuel cells can help attack global warming, one of the most serious environmental concerns.

Similar work is going on in the automotive arena. The ability of engineers to meet design goals for products such as solar cells and/or batteries that power cars will in some major parts depend on development of high-quality performance films.

High-performance markets increasingly are becoming those where the major chemical companies want to place their future. This business is also a global one, with many foreign-owned firms active in the U.S. market. Industry leaders have worldwide marketing and manufacturing facilities, often in joint ventures with local companies. The rise of China as a manufacturing behemoth has led to formation of many Chinese-foreign joint ventures.

BCC Research has continually updated this study to provide an up-to-date reference for those interested in and/or involved in these products and their use.

CONTRIBUTION OF THE STUDY AND INTENDED AUDIENCE

Because of the size and diversity of the materials and products used in high-performance plastic films, this report should be of interest to a wide group of organizations and individuals. This includes people who are involved in the development, design, manufacture, sale and use of these films, as well as government officials and the general public. This report will be of value to technical and business personnel in the following areas, among others:

  • Personnel in end-user companies in a wide range of industries from food packaging to aerospace to photovoltaics. The focus of this report is on the interests of specifying engineers and procurement commodity managers.
  • Marketing and management personnel in companies that produce, market and sell high-performance plastic films.
  • Companies involved in the design and construction of process plants that manufacture both the basic film resins and high-performance plastic films themselves.
  • Companies that supply, or want to supply, equipment and services to high-performance plastic films companies.
  • Financial institutions that supply money for such facilities and systems, including banks, merchant bankers, venture capitalists and others.
  • Investors in both equity and fixed-income markets. The future of the specialty film business very much depends on the values of the publicly traded stocks of companies such as 3M and DuPont.
  • Personnel in government at many levels, ranging from federal to state and local authorities, many of whom are involved in trying to ensure public health and safety. The report also will be of interest to military scientists studying new packaging and equipment.

SCOPE AND FORMAT

High-performance films can be defined in any of several ways: by volume, price, performance, end-use markets, resin types, or a combination of two or more of these characteristics.

For this study, high-performance films are defined as thin-gauge, mostly extruded or solution-cast polymer sheets that generally meet at least one of the following criteria: pricing above commodity film levels, continuous-use temperature above commodity plastics, and end-uses requiring technical capability and thickness at or below 30 mils. These are films that are used primarily for their performance characteristics, not because of their price. Emphasis is on those markets and products where opportunities are the greatest.

Therefore, the distinguishing characteristics of high-performance films are as follows:

  • Relatively expensive.
  • Thin gauge (compared to sheet).
  • Possess special performance characteristics.
  • Significant applications other than in packaging.

High-performance films generally are fabricated (or converted) in relatively small volumes (at least compared to commodity films). Much of their value is created after the film is extruded. The focal point is on high-performance resins and their chemistries, including the following:

  • Polyesters, primarily PET. We use PET interchangeably with "polyester" throughout this report.
  • Polyolefin-based specialty film resins.
  • Nylons (more properly and chemically called polyamides).
  • Polycarbonates (PCs).
  • Bioplastics, a newer group of plastics.
  • Fluoropolymers.
  • Acrylic films based on PMMA chemistry.
  • Polyimides (PIs).
  • Cyclic olefin copolymers (COCs).
  • Polyethylene naphthalate (PEN).
  • Liquid crystal polymers (LCPs).
  • Polysulfones.
  • Polyetherimides.

We also introduce some newer film resins whose markets at present are too small to measure with any precision. These include polyketones, benzocyclobutenes and polyacetals.

Basic polyolefins, such as polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), are not included in our scope since they are true commodities used in commodity film applications like grocery and garbage bags. Also excluded are other commodity resins like polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polystyrene. Specialty polyolefin-based films are included, primarily and particularly when multilayer construction is involved. These specialty films are ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH), ionomers, polyvinylidene chloride (PVdC), polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) and polymethyl pentene (PMP).

  • Fluoropolymer films are an important of this report. They include the following:
  • Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE).
  • Polyvinyl fluoride (PVF).
  • Fluorinated ethylene-propylene (FEP).
  • Polychlorotrifluoroethylene (PCTFE).
  • Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVdF).
  • Perfluoroalkoxy (PFA).
  • Ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE).
  • Ethylene chlorotrifluoroethylene (ECTFE).

The geographic scope of this report is the U.S. market. We include some international discussion, for example of foreign-owned firms that are active in these markets.

Our market estimates are by resin volumes in millions of pounds and we round them to the nearest million pounds. We round to millions since with so many products and applications, many of which are similar and can overlap, market estimates are by nature just that, estimates and not precise beyond millions of pounds, if that. Many applications markets for particular films are small, less than a million pounds, but our precision here is not greater than for larger numbers, and we round up to 1 million those estimated volumes greater than a half-million. Also, compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) for table entries with small volumes may not agree exactly with the 2013 and 2018 volumes; this is again caused by rounding.

METHODOLOGY AND INFORMATION SOURCES

Both primary and secondary research sources were used in preparing this study. Extensive searches were made of the literature and the Internet, including leading trade journals, technical papers, company literature, government information and pertinent trade associations. Much product and market information was obtained from the principals involved in the industry. The information in our company profiles was obtained primarily from the companies themselves, especially the larger publicly owned firms. Other sources included directories, articles and Internet sites.

AUTHOR'S CREDENTIALS

Dr. J. Charles Forman has more than 50 years of chemical engineering and business experience in private business in the healthcare industry, at a major not-for-profit educational association, and as an independent technical writer and analyst. He is an expert in the worldwide chemical process industries, with specializations in healthcare, petroleum and petrochemicals, specialty and agrochemicals, plastics, and packaging. He has written many BCC Research reports on subjects including polymers and plastic packaging, chemical and petroleum processing, catalysts, healthcare policy and products, food and feed additives, chemicals/petrochemicals/specialty chemicals, pesticides, biotechnology, and spectroscopy. He holds an S.B. degree in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Masters and Doctoral degrees in chemical engineering from Northwestern University.

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION

  • STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
  • REASONS FOR DOING THE STUDY
  • CONTRIBUTION OF THE STUDY AND INTENDED AUDIENCE
  • SCOPE AND FORMAT
  • METHODOLOGY AND INFORMATION SOURCES
  • AUTHOR'S CREDENTIALS 7
  • RELATED BCC RESEARCH REPORTS
  • BCC RESEARCH WEBSITE
  • DISCLAIMER

CHAPTER 2 SUMMARY

  • SUMMARY TABLE OVERALL U.S. HIGH-PERFORMANCE FILM MARKET ESTIMATE BY RESIN VOLUME, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION LBS)
  • SUMMARY FIGURE OVERALL U.S. HIGH-PERFORMANCE FILM MARKET ESTIMATE BY RESIN VOLUME, 2013 AND 2018 (MILLION LBS)

CHAPTER 3 MARKETS BY MATERIALS

  • OVERVIEW
  • OVERALL HIGH-PERFORMANCE FILM RESIN MARKET ESTIMATE
  • TABLE 1 OVERALL U.S. HIGH-PERFORMANCE FILM MARKET ESTIMATE BY RESIN VOLUME, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION LBS)
  • TABLE 2 MARKET SEGMENTS FOR HIGH-PERFORMANCE FILMS
  • POLYESTER FILMS
    • BACKGROUND
    • OTHER AND SPECIALTY POLYESTERS
    • MARKET ESTIMATE AND FORECAST
    • TABLE 3 U.S. MARKET ESTIMATE FOR POLYESTER FILMS BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION LBS)
    • COMMERCIAL FACTORS
    • TECHNICAL FACTORS
    • PET FILM SUPPLIERS
    • TABLE 4 DOMESTIC POLYESTER FILM PRODUCERS
    • PET FILM APPLICATIONS
    • TABLE 5 POLYESTER (PET) FILM APPLICATIONS
      • Electrical/Electronics
      • Photographic/Reprographic Films
      • X-ray Films
      • Packaging
      • Release Films and Pressure-Sensitive (P/S) Tape
      • Hot Stamping Films
      • Displays and Optical Applications
      • Office Products
      • Other Applications
        • Strapping Tape
        • Window Glazing
    • TYPES OF POLYESTER FILMS
      • Biaxially Oriented PET
      • Metalized PET Films
      • PBT Films
    • PET FILM PROCESSING
  • POLYOLEFIN-BASED HIGH-PERFORMANCE FILMS
    • MARKET ESTIMATE AND FORECAST
    • TABLE 6 U.S. MARKET ESTIMATE FOR POLYOLEFIN-BASED HIGH-PERFORMANCE FILMS BY RESIN VOLUME, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION LBS)
    • TABLE 7 U.S. MARKET ESTIMATE FOR POLYOLEFIN-BASED FILMS BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION LBS)
    • ETHYLENE-VINYL ALCOHOL COPOLYMER (EVOH)
      • EVOH Properties
      • Applications of EVOH Films
      • Coextruded Multilayer Structures
        • Laminated Structures
        • Biaxially Oriented EVOH
      • EVOH Producers and Film Fabricators
      • EVOH Fabrication Technology
    • IONOMERS
    • POLYMETHYLPENTENE (PMP)
    • POLYVINYLIDENE CHLORIDE (PVDC)
    • POLYVINYL ALCOHOL (PVOH)
    • POLYETHYLENE AND POLYPROPYLENE
  • POLYAMIDE (NYLON) FILMS
    • MARKET ESTIMATE AND FORECAST
    • TABLE 8 U.S. MARKET ESTIMATE FOR POLYAMIDE (NYLON) FILMS BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • TYPES OF POLYAMIDE FILMS
      • Unoriented Nylon Films
      • Uniaxially Oriented Nylon Films
      • Biaxially Oriented Nylon 6 Films
      • Multilayer Extruded/Coextruded Nylon Films
    • NYLON FILM FABRICATION
    • NYLON RESIN AND FILM SUPPLIERS
    • TABLE 9 NYLON FILM FABRICATORS
    • NYLON FILM APPLICATIONS
      • Food Packaging
      • SMC Carrier Webs
      • FRP Carrier Webs
      • Other Applications
  • POLYCARBONATE (PC) FILMS
    • POLYCARBONATE PROPERTIES
    • MARKET ESTIMATE AND FORECAST
    • TABLE 10 U.S. MARKET ESTIMATE FOR POLYCARBONATE FILMS BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • POLYCARBONATE FILM FABRICATION
    • POLYCARBONATE FILM FABRICATORS
    • POLYCARBONATE FILM APPLICATIONS
      • Liquid Crystal Displays (LCDs)
      • Handheld Devices
      • Graphic Arts and Labels
      • Automotive Applications
      • Membrane Switches
      • Other Applications
  • BIOPLASTIC FILMS
    • BIOPLASTICS PROPERTIES
      • Polylactic Acid (PLA)
      • Polyhydroxyalkanoates
      • Polybutylene Succinate-type Polyesters
      • Cellulosics
      • Polyamide 11
    • MARKET ESTIMATE AND FORECAST
    • TABLE 11 U.S. MARKET ESTIMATE FOR HIGH-PERFORMANCE BIOPLASTIC FILMS BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION LBS)
    • BIOPLASTIC FILM APPLICATIONS
      • Packaging
      • Electrical/Electronics
      • Medical
      • Other Applications
  • FLUOROPOLYMER FILMS
  • TABLE 12 FLUOROPOLYMER NAMES AND ACRONYMS
    • FLUOROPOLYMER PROPERTIES
    • TABLE 13 FLUOROPOLYMER PROPERTIES AND THE EFFECTS OF INCREASING FLUORINE CONTENT
    • FLUOROPOLYMER FILM FABRICATION
    • MARKET ESTIMATE AND FORECAST
    • TABLE 14 U.S. MARKET ESTIMATE FOR FLUOROPOLYMER FILMS BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • TABLE 15 U.S. MARKET ESTIMATE FOR FLUOROPOLYMER FILMS BY RESIN VOLUME, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • TRADE NAMED FLUOROPOLYMER PRODUCTS
    • POLYTETRAFLUOROETHYLENE (PTFE)
    • POLYVINYL FLUORIDE (PVF)
    • FLUORINATED ETHYLENE-PROPYLENE COPOLYMER (FEP)
    • CHLOROTRIFLUOROETHYLENE-VINYLIDENE FLUORIDE COPOLYMER (PCTFE OR CFTE-VDF COPOLYMER)
    • POLYVINYLIDENE FLUORIDE (PVDF)
      • PVdF Piezo Film
      • Biaxially Oriented PVdF Film
    • ETHYLENE CHLOROTRIFLUOROETHYLENE COPOLYMER (ECTFE)
    • ETHYLENE TETRAFLUOROETHYLENE COPOLYMER (ETFE)
    • PERFLOUROALKYL-TETRAFLUOROETHYLENE COPOLYMER (PFA)
  • ACRYLIC FILMS
    • SUPPLIERS, TRADE NAMES AND APPLICATIONS
    • MARKET ESTIMATE AND FORECAST
    • TABLE 16 U.S. MARKET ESTIMATE FOR ACRYLIC FILMS BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • ACRYLIC FILM FABRICATION
  • POLYIMIDE (PI) FILMS
    • POLYIMIDE FILM TYPES AND PROPERTIES
    • MARKET ESTIMATE AND FORECAST
    • TABLE 17 U.S. MARKET ESTIMATE FOR POLYIMIDE FILMS BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • KAPTON FILMS
    • APICAL FILMS
    • UPILEX FILMS
    • POLYIMIDE FILM FABRICATION
    • POLYIMIDE FILM APPLICATIONS
      • Flexible Printed Circuit (FPC) Boards
      • Flat Panel Displays
      • Aircraft and Aerospace Applications
      • Motors and Generators
      • Pressure-Sensitive Tapes
      • Mining and Drilling
      • Molding Films
      • Photovoltaics
      • Medical Applications
      • Labels
      • Other Applications
    • COLORLESS POLYIMIDE FILMS
  • CYCLIC OLEFIN COPOLYMER (COC) FILMS
    • COC PRODUCERS AND PRODUCTS
    • MARKET ESTIMATE AND FORECAST
    • TABLE 18 U.S. MARKET ESTIMATE FOR CYCLIC OLEFIN COPOLYMER (COC) FILMS BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • COC FILM APPLICATIONS
      • Packaging
      • Medical
      • Electronics
    • COC FILM FABRICATION
  • POLYETHERIMIDE (PEI) FILMS
    • MARKET ESTIMATE AND FORECAST
    • PEI FILM PROPERTIES
    • POLYSULFONE (PSU) FILMS
    • COMMERCIAL FACTORS
    • MARKET ESTIMATE AND FORECAST
    • TABLE 19 U.S. POLYSULFONE FILM MARKET ESTIMATE BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION POUNDS)
  • LIQUID CRYSTAL POLYMER (LCP) FILMS
    • LIQUID CRYSTAL POLYMER PROPERTIES
    • LCP SUPPLIERS AND TRADE NAMES
    • MARKET ESTIMATE AND FORECAST
  • POLYETHYLENE NAPHTHALATE (PEN) FILMS
    • PEN SUPPLIERS AND TRADE NAMES
    • MARKET ESTIMATE AND FORECAST
    • TABLE 20 U.S. POLYETHYLENE NAPHTHALATE (PEN) FILM MARKET ESTIMATE BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • PEN FILM APPLICATIONS
  • OTHER HIGH-PERFORMANCE FILM RESINS
    • POLYKETONE FILMS
      • Polyketone Properties
      • PEEK Suppliers
      • PEEK Film Applications
    • BENZOCYCLOBUTENE (BCB) FILMS
      • BCB Film Fabrication
      • BCB Film Applications
      • Types and Grades of BCB Film Resins
    • POLYACETAL FILMS
      • Polyacetal Properties
      • Polyacetal Producers
      • Polyacetal Film Fabrication
      • Polyacetal Film Applications

CHAPTER 4 MARKETS BY APPLICATIONS

  • INTRODUCTION
  • OVERALL HIGH-PERFORMANCE FILM APPLICATIONS MARKET ESTIMATE AND FORECAST
  • TABLE 21 U.S. MARKET ESTIMATE FOR HIGH-PERFORMANCE FILMS BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION POUNDS)
  • PACKAGING
    • MARKET ESTIMATE AND FORECAST
    • TABLE 22 HIGH-PERFORMANCE PACKAGING FILM MARKET ESTIMATE BY RESINVOLUME, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • FOOD PACKAGING
      • Flexible Food Packaging
      • TABLE 23 FLEXIBLE FOOD PACKAGING FABRICATION PROCESSES, APPLICATIONS, AND STRUCTURES
      • Rigid Plastic Food Containers
      • TABLE 24 RIGID FOOD PACKAGING: FABRICATION PROCESSES, APPLICATIONS AND STRUCTURES
    • MEDICAL PACKAGING
  • ELECTRICAL/ELECTRONICS (E/E)
    • MARKET ESTIMATE AND FORECAST
    • TABLE 25 ELECTRICAL/ELECTRONICS HIGH-PERFORMANCE FILM MARKET ESTIMATE BY RESIN VOLUME, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • ELECTRICAL INSULATION
    • CAPACITORS
    • PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARDS
    • TAPE AUTOMATED BONDING (TAB)
    • MEMBRANE SWITCHES
    • RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION (RFID)
  • AUTOMOTIVE
    • MARKET ESTIMATE AND FORECAST
    • TABLE 26 AUTOMOTIVE HIGH-PERFORMANCE FILM MARKET ESTIMATE BY RESIN VOLUME, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • KEY AUTOMOTIVE APPLICATIONS
      • Electric Vehicles
      • Paint Films
      • Automotive and Other Fuel Tanks
  • RELEASE FILMS
    • MARKET ESTIMATE AND FORECAST
    • TABLE 27 RELEASE FILM HIGH-PERFORMANCE FILM MARKET ESTIMATE BY RESIN VOLUME, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • LABELS AND DECALS
    • PRESSURE-SENSITIVE TAPES
    • OTHER RELEASE FILM APPLICATIONS
  • PHOTOGRAPHIC/REPROGRAPHIC FILMS
    • MARKET ESTIMATE AND FORECAST
    • MOTION PICTURE FILMS
  • OTHER DEFINABLE MARKETS
    • MARKET ESTIMATE AND FORECAST
    • TABLE 28 OTHER DEFINABLE HIGH-PERFORMANCE FILM MARKET ESTIMATE BY APPLICATIONS, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • TABLE 29 OTHER DEFINABLE HIGH-PERFORMANCE FILM MARKET ESTIMATE BY APPLICATIONS, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • OFFICE PRODUCTS
    • HOT STAMPING FILMS
    • BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION
      • Surface Panels
      • Window Glazing
      • Tank Construction
    • SIGNS/NAMEPLATES/OPTICAL
    • AIRCRAFT AND AEROSPACE
    • INDUSTRIAL MEMBRANES
    • PHOTOVOLTAICS (PV)
    • PHOTOVOLTAIC TECHNOLOGY
    • PHOTOVOLTAIC FILM APPLICATIONS
      • Back Sheets
      • Front Sheets
      • Encapsulants
    • OTHER APPLICATIONS
    • MEDICAL (NON-PACKAGING)
    • LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAYS (LCDS)
    • CLOTHING

CHAPTER 5 PLASTIC FILM FABRICATION TECHNOLOGY

  • OVERVIEW
  • TABLE 30 PROCESS TECHNOLOGY MILESTONES FOR HIGH-PERFORMANCE FILMS
  • EXTRUSION AND MELT FILM FABRICATION
    • EXTRUSION
    • MELT FILM FABRICATION
  • BLOWN FILMS
    • FILM CASTING
    • SOLVENT CASTING
    • PTFE FABRICATION TECHNIQUES
    • DISPERSION CASTING
    • PASTE EXTRUSION
    • PEELING
    • FILM DRAWING
  • MULTILAYER LAMINATION AND CO EXTRUSION
    • LAMINATION
    • COEXTRUSION
  • BARRIER TECHNOLOGY
    • MOISTURE
    • OXYGEN AND OTHER GASES
    • LIGHT 1
    • ODORS AND OTHERS
    • BARRIER FILMS
      • Metallized Films
      • Silicon Oxide Films
    • NANOCOMPOSITE BARRIERS
  • POLYMER AND FILM ORIENTATION
  • TABLE 31 KEY ASPECTS OF HIGH-PERFORMANCE FILM FABRICATION
    • COMPETITIVE PROCESSES, METHODS AND PRODUCTS

CHAPTER 6 INDUSTRY STRUCTURE AND COMPETITIVE FACTORS

  • INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW
  • INTEGRATED FILM FABRICATORS
    • VERTICAL INTEGRATION
    • HORIZONTAL INTEGRATION
  • NONINTEGRATED FILM FABRICATORS
  • CAPTIVE CONSUMPTION
  • INDUSTRY CONCENTRATION
  • KEY PLAYERS
  • TABLE 32 TOP 20 U.S. HIGH-PERFORMANCE FILM PRODUCERS (ESTIMATED PROJECTED 2013 SALES, $ MILLIONS)
  • END-USER FILM SELECTION CRITERIA
    • PERFORMANCE
    • COST
    • REPLACEMENT OF OTHER MATERIALS 164
    • NEW APPLICATIONS OR NEW PROCEDURES
    • CLARITY AND OTHER APPEARANCE FACTORS
    • IMPORTED PRODUCTS
    • MATERIAL AVAILABILITY
    • ENVIRONMENTAL AND/OR SOCIAL CRITERIA
  • PRODUCT DIFFERENTIATION/MARKET SUBSTITUTION
    • BETTER PROPERTIES
    • DIFFERENT GRADES
    • COMPETITION FROM OTHER PERFORMANCE FILMS
    • COMPETITION FROM COMMODITY FILMS
    • NEW FILM STRUCTURES
    • SUBSTITUTION FOR AND BY NONPLASTIC MATERIALS
  • MARKETING
    • DISTRIBUTION
    • Direct Sales
    • Converters and Distributor Firms
    • Exports and Imports
    • PRICING AND PROFITABILITY

CHAPTER 7 COMPANY PROFILES

  • 3M COMPANY (MINNESOTA MINING AND MANUFACTURING COMPANY)
  • AGC CHEMICALS AMERICAS INC.
  • AJEDIUM FILMS
  • ALTUGLAS INTERNATIONAL
  • AMERICAN DURAFILM CO. INC.
  • ARKEMA INC.
  • BASF CORP.
  • BAYER MATERIALSCIENCE FUNCTIONAL FILMS
  • BEMIS COMPANY INC.
  • BIAXIS PACKAGING SALES INC.
  • CLOPAY PLASTIC PRODUCTS CO.
  • COBURN GRAPHIC FILMS INC.
  • COORSTEK
  • DAIKIN AMERICA INC.
  • DEWAL INDUSTRIES INC.
  • DOW CHEMICAL COMPANY, THE
  • E.I. DUPONT DE NEMOURS AND COMPANY
  • DUPONT TEIJIN FILMS U.S. LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
  • EASTMAN CHEMICAL COMPANY
  • EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY
  • ENSINGER/PENN FIBRE
  • EVONIK CORP.
  • EXOPACK PERFORMANCE FILMS INC.
  • FILMQUEST GROUP INC.
  • FILMTECH CORP.
  • GRIFF DECORATIVE FILMS
  • HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
  • INNOVIA FILMS INC.
  • INVISTA INC.
  • KANEKA TEXAS CORP.
  • KLOCKNER PENTAPLAST OF AMERICA INC.
  • KNF CORP.
  • KURARAY AMERICA INC.
  • M&Q PLASTIC CORP./M&Q PLASTIC PRODUCTS INC.
  • MITSUBISHI POLYESTER FILM INC.
  • MITSUI CHEMICALS AMERICA INC.
  • MULTIFILM PACKAGING CORP.
  • NORDSON EXTRUSION DIES INDUSTRIES LLC
  • PARKINSON TECHNOLOGIES INC.
  • PIEDMONT PLASTICS INC.
  • POLYONICS INC.
  • RMS PACKAGING/AURORA SPECIAL EFFECT FILMS
  • ROWLAND TECHNOLOGIES INC.
  • SABIC INNOVATIVE PLASTICS
  • SAINT-GOBAIN PERFORMANCE PLASTICS
  • SEKISUI SPECIALTY CHEMICALS AMERICA LLC
  • SKC INC.
  • SOARUS LLC
  • SOLIANT LLC/AKZO NOBEL
  • SOLUTIA PERFORMANCE FILMS
  • SPARTECH CORP./POLYONE DESIGNED STRUCTURES AND SOLUTIONS LLC
  • TEKNI-PLEX INC./TEKNI-FILMS
  • TOPAS ADVANCED POLYMERS INC.
  • TORAY PLASTICS (AMERICA) INC.
  • TREDEGAR FILM PRODUCTS CORP./TERPHANE
  • UBE AMERICA INC.
  • UNITIKA AMERICA CORP.
  • VICTREX USA INC.
  • WELCH FLUOROCARBON INC.
  • WESTLAKE PLASTICS
  • WIMAN CORP.
  • WINPAK LTD.
  • ZEON CHEMICALS LP

CHAPTER 8 APPENDIX QUICK GUIDE TO HIGH-PERFORMANCE FILMS

  • TABLE 33 HIGH PERFORMANCE FILMS

LIST OF TABLES

  • SUMMARY TABLE OVERALL U.S. HIGH-PERFORMANCE FILM MARKET ESTIMATE BY RESIN VOLUME, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION LBS)
  • TABLE 1 OVERALL U.S. HIGH-PERFORMANCE FILM MARKET ESTIMATE BY RESIN VOLUME, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION LBS)
  • TABLE 2 MARKET SEGMENTS FOR HIGH-PERFORMANCE FILMS
  • TABLE 3 U.S. MARKET ESTIMATE FOR POLYESTER FILMS BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION LBS)
  • TABLE 4 DOMESTIC POLYESTER FILM PRODUCERS
  • TABLE 5 POLYESTER (PET) FILM APPLICATIONS
  • TABLE 6 U.S. MARKET ESTIMATE FOR POLYOLEFIN-BASED HIGH-PERFORMANCE FILMS BY RESIN VOLUME, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION LBS)
  • TABLE 7 U.S. MARKET ESTIMATE FOR POLYOLEFIN-BASED FILMS BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION LBS)
  • TABLE 8 U.S. MARKET ESTIMATE FOR POLYAMIDE (NYLON) FILMS BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION POUNDS)
  • TABLE 9 NYLON FILM FABRICATORS
  • TABLE 10 U.S. MARKET ESTIMATE FOR POLYCARBONATE FILMS BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION POUNDS)
  • TABLE 11 U.S. MARKET ESTIMATE FOR HIGH-PERFORMANCE BIOPLASTIC FILMS BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION LBS)
  • TABLE 12 FLUOROPOLYMER NAMES AND ACRONYMS
  • TABLE 13 FLUOROPOLYMER PROPERTIES AND THE EFFECTS OF INCREASING FLUORINE CONTENT
  • TABLE 14 U.S. MARKET ESTIMATE FOR FLUOROPOLYMER FILMS BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION POUNDS)
  • TABLE 15 U.S. MARKET ESTIMATE FOR FLUOROPOLYMER FILMS BY RESIN VOLUME, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION POUNDS)
  • TABLE 16 U.S. MARKET ESTIMATE FOR ACRYLIC FILMS BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION POUNDS)
  • TABLE 17 U.S. MARKET ESTIMATE FOR POLYIMIDE FILMS BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION POUNDS)
  • TABLE 18 U.S. MARKET ESTIMATE FOR CYCLIC OLEFIN COPOLYMER (COC) FILMS BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION POUNDS)
  • TABLE 19 U.S. POLYSULFONE FILM MARKET ESTIMATE BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION POUNDS)
  • TABLE 20 U.S. POLYETHYLENE NAPHTHALATE (PEN) FILM MARKET ESTIMATE BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION POUNDS)
  • TABLE 21 U.S. MARKET ESTIMATE FOR HIGH-PERFORMANCE FILMS BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION POUNDS)
  • TABLE 22 HIGH-PERFORMANCE PACKAGING FILM MARKET ESTIMATE BY RESIN VOLUME, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION POUNDS)
  • TABLE 23 FLEXIBLE FOOD PACKAGING FABRICATION PROCESSES, APPLICATIONS, AND STRUCTURES
  • TABLE 24 RIGID FOOD PACKAGING: FABRICATION PROCESSES, APPLICATIONS AND STRUCTURES
  • TABLE 25 ELECTRICAL/ELECTRONICS HIGH-PERFORMANCE FILM MARKET ESTIMATE BY RESIN VOLUME, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION POUNDS)
  • TABLE 26 AUTOMOTIVE HIGH-PERFORMANCE FILM MARKET ESTIMATE BY RESIN VOLUME, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION POUNDS)
  • TABLE 27 RELEASE FILM HIGH-PERFORMANCE FILM MARKET ESTIMATE BY RESIN VOLUME, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION POUNDS)
  • TABLE 28 OTHER DEFINABLE HIGH-PERFORMANCE FILM MARKET ESTIMATE BY APPLICATIONS, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION POUNDS)
  • TABLE 29 OTHER DEFINABLE HIGH-PERFORMANCE FILM MARKET ESTIMATE BY APPLICATIONS, THROUGH 2018 (MILLION POUNDS)
  • TABLE 30 PROCESS TECHNOLOGY MILESTONES FOR HIGH-PERFORMANCE FILMS
  • TABLE 31 KEY ASPECTS OF HIGH-PERFORMANCE FILM FABRICATION
  • TABLE 32 TOP 20 U.S. HIGH-PERFORMANCE FILM PRODUCERS (ESTIMATED PROJECTED 2013 SALES, $ MILLIONS)
  • TABLE 33 HIGH PERFORMANCE FILMS

LIST OF FIGURES

  • SUMMARY FIGURE OVERALL U.S. HIGH-PERFORMANCE FILM MARKET ESTIMATE BY RESIN VOLUME, 2013 AND 2018 (MILLION LBS)
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