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Synthetic Paper: Technologies and Global Markets

Abstract

INTRODUCTION

The objective of this study is to provide an analysis of the Synthetic Paper market, which has undergone significant changes within the last 5 years due to the continued importing of offshore products, changes in some of the major players, improved technologies, and shifts in market strategies.

Although synthetic paper has been commercial since the mid-1980s, this niche market has undergone substantive changes in market emphasis. Initially aimed at replacing fiber-based paper, synthetic paper has, in addition, begun to move into plastic-based applications-most prominently, labels and to a lesser extent, tags.

Along with increases in imported products, with a concomitant reduction in prices, appearance of film converters and/or distributors, and upgraded technologies have impacted this market. As a result, there is a need to define and assess this market, which is valued at several hundred million dollars

SCOPE OF STUDY

This report contains:

  • A detailed overview of the synthetic paper market, which includes definitions of important terminology, the differences between biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE)
  • Market data on traditional synthetic papers as well as products that replace non-fiber based paper products
  • Detailed market forecasts for the synthetic paper market in the U.S. and Canada, historical data, up-to-date information, and projections and estimates with compound annual growth rates through 2011
  • A technological overview of the synthetic papers market, including background information, review of materials, fabrication technology, processing methods, printing inks, additives, and more
  • Detailed discussion of important patents since the advent of the market
  • Company profiles for all the major players in the industry, including names, operating headquarters, contact information, brief historical information, and more.

INFORMATION SOURCES

A comprehensive review of technical and market information along with a careful analysis of product literature was undertaken. Interviews were completed with major producers, film converters, and distributors to clear up unresolved problems.

Table of Contents

  • INTRODUCTIONSTUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
    • REASONS FOR DOING THE STUDY
    • INTENDED AUDIENCE
    • SCOPE OF REPORT
    • INFORMATION SOURCES
    • ACRONYMS
    • ABOUT THE AUTHOR
    • BCC ONLINE SERVICES
    • DISCLAIMER
  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • Summary Table:
    • SYNTHETIC PAPER MARKET BY MAJOR APPLICATION, THROUGH 2011 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • Summary Figure:
    • SYNTHETIC PAPER MARKET BY MAJOR APPLICATION, 2005-2011 (MILLION POUNDS)
      • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY (CONTINUED)
  • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • OVERVIEW
    • HISTORY
    • CHARACTERISTICS
    • TECHNOLOGY OVERVIEW
    • PROPERTIES
    • PRINTING
    • APPLICATIONS
    • ADVANTAGES
    • THE MARKETS
    • NEW INCENTIVES TO GROWTH
    • POTENTIAL DETERRENTS TO GROWTH
    • MAJOR PLAYERS
      • BACKGROUND
      • ARJOBEX
      • PPG
      • YUPO CORPORATION
      • OTHERS
  • TECHNOLOGY
    • BACKGROUND
    • Table 1 TECHNOLOGIES USED TO MANUFACTURE SYNTHETIC PAPER
    • FILM/SHEET MATERIALS
      • BACKGROUND
      • PROPERTIES
    • FLEXIBLE PLASTIC FILM FABRICATION TECHNOLOGY
      • OVERVIEW
      • FILM EXTRUSION
        • Background
        • Coextrusion
    • OTHER PRIMARY FILM PROCESSING METHODS
      • Background
      • Film Casting
      • Solvent Casting
        • Overview
        • Thickness Downgauging
      • Blown Films
        • Overview
        • Difference between Blown and Cast Films
        • Advantages of Blown Film
        • Trends
    • Calendering
      • Background
      • Characteristics
    • POLYMER AND FILM ORIENTATION
      • Background
      • Commercial Aspects
      • Recent Developments
      • Biaxial Orientation-The Tenter Frame
        • Background
        • The Tenter Frame
        • Tabular Orientation Process
    • CORONA TREATMENT
      • Background
      • Technology
      • Effects on Polymers
    • CAVITATED AND CLAY-COATED FILMS
    • MULTILAYER LAMINATION AND COEXTRUSION
      • Background
      • Lamination
        • Background
        • Processes
    • Coextrusion
      • Background
      • Basic Structures
      • Trends
    • OPTICAL PROPERTIES OF PAPERS/FILMS
      • Background
      • Opacity
      • Other Optical Properties
      • Basic Technology
      • Contribution of Fillers
    • Table 2 REFRACTIVE INDICES OF MAJOR SYNTHETIC PAPER FILLERS
      • FILM THICKNESS UNITS
        • Background
        • Thickness Units
    • PRINTING PROCESSES AND PRINTING INKS
      • BACKGROUND
      • OVERVIEW
      • PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS
      • INK SELECTION
      • DRYING OF PRINTING INKS
    • Table 3 PRINTING INK DRYING MECHANISMS
      • SPECIFIC PRINTING PROCESSES
        • Background
        • Lithographic Printing
          • Background
          • Advantages
          • Limitations
    • Gravure Printing
      • Background
      • Advantages and Disadvantages
    • Flexographic Printing
      • Background
      • Advantages and Disadvantages
    • Letterpress Printing
      • Background
      • Advantages and Disadvantages
    • Digital Printing
      • Background
      • Technology
      • Other
  • PRINTING ON PLASTICS
    • Background
    • Problem of Low Surface Energy of Plastic Substrates
      • Use of Coatings
      • Sequential Extrusion
    • Use of Fillers
    • Use of Solvents
    • UV Coatings
    • Inks
      • Drying Issues
      • Other Potential Problems and Solutions
    • EXAMPLES OF SPECIFIC PRINTING INSTRUCTIONS FROM MAJOR SYNTHETIC PAPER PRODUCER
  • MICROPOROUS POLYMERS
    • BACKGROUND
    • MICROPOROUS FILMS
      • Overview
      • Production
      • Applications
  • SYNTHETIC PAPER ADDITIVES
    • BACKGROUND
    • CLAYS
    • TITANIUM DIOXIDE
    • CALCIUM CARBONATE
    • TALC
    • SILICAS
      • OTHER
  • PATENTS
    • OVERVIEW
    • BACKGROUND
    • PATENT REVIEW
      • PATENT REVIEW (CONTINUED)
      • PATENT REVIEW (CONTINUED)
  • SYNTHETIC PAPER ASPECTS
    • OVERVIEW
    • RESIN CHOICES
    • WHITENESS, OPACITY AND PRINTABILITY
    • FORMULATION TECHNIQUES
    • COMMON FORMATS
    • SYNTHETIC PAPER COMPARISONS
    • Table 4 COMPARISON CHART FOR THE MAJOR COMMERCIAL SYNTHETIC PAPERS
      • RESINS USED
        • BACKGROUND
        • POLYETHYLENES
          • Background
          • General Properties
          • High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
            • Background
            • Applications
            • Synthetic Paper Products
    • POLYPROPYLENE
      • Background
      • Polypropylene Films
        • Background
        • Film Types
        • Applications
        • Biaxially-Oriented Polypropylene Films (BOPP)
          • Background
          • Developments and Trends
          • Printable BOPP Films
    • Synthetic Paper Products
  • POLYSTYRENE
    • Background
    • Oriented Polystyrene Sheet (OPS)
  • PVC
    • Background
    • Features and Applications
    • Table 5 FEATURES AND APPLICATIONS OF RIGID PVC FILMS
      • Printable PVC Films
      • Static Cling Vinyl Film
  • POLYESTERS
    • Background
    • Properties
    • Applications
    • Polyester Film Orientation
    • PET Film Fabricators
    • Tapes and Labels
      • Background
      • Examples
        • Background
        • Melinex
        • Mylar
        • Kaladex
    • Polyester Film-Synthetic Paper Competitive Scenario
    • Table 6 POLYESTER FILM APPLICATIONS-DUPONT TEIJIN
      • Mitsubishi Polyester Films
      • Eastman Chemical Polyester Films
    • Synthetic Paper Products
  • FILM AND SHEET PRODUCERS
    • Table 7 SELECTED KEY FILM AND SHEET MANUFACTURERS IN MARKETS CURRENTLY/POTENTIALLY COMPETITIVE WITH SYNTHETIC PAPER
    • Table 7 (CONTINUED)
      • SUMMARY OF SYNTHETIC PAPER AND COMPETITIVE FILM SCENARIO
    • Table 8 SYNTHETIC PAPER/COMPETITIVE FILM APPLICATIONS
      • Summary of Synthetic ... (Continued)
  • SYNTHETIC PAPER APPLICATIONS
    • BACKGROUND
    • Table 9 ACTUAL AND POTENTIAL SYNTHETIC PAPER APPLICATIONS
      • ROLE OF CONVERTERS
      • AN INTRIGUING POTENTIAL APPLICATION-RFID
      • LABELS AND TAGS
        • BACKGROUND
        • LABELS
          • Overview
          • Background
          • Resin Usage
    • Table 10 SYNTHETIC PAPER TAG AND LABEL APPLICATIONS AND ADVANTAGES
      • New Label Developments
        • Avery Dennison
        • Synthetic Papers Move into Apparel Tags and Labels
    • Pressure-Sensitive Products
      • Background
      • Role of Synthetic Paper
    • Key Players
    • Recent Developments
    • White, Opaque Printed Label Applications
    • Face Stock
      • Background
    • Film Label Facestock Requisite Properties
  • Table 11 FILM LABEL FACESTOCK PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS
  • Table 11 (CONTINUED)
    • In-Mold Labeling
      • Background
      • Benefits
      • Potential Market for Synthetic Paper
  • SYNTHETIC PAPER ATTRIBUTES FOR LABELS & TAGS
    • Background
    • Table 12 SYNTHETIC PAPER ATTRIBUTES SOUGHT BY LABEL AND TAG PRODUCERS
      • Tag Overview
      • Market Erosion
      • Applications
      • Impact of Synthetic Paper
      • Film Producer' s Responses
  • FLEXIBLE PACKAGING
    • BACKGROUND
    • MARKET OVERVIEW
    • USE OF COMMODITY PLASTICS
    • USE OF SPECIALTY RESINS
    • TYPES OF FLEXIBLE PLASTIC PACKAGING
    • OVERVIEW OF SYNTHETIC PAPER PACKAGING APPLICATIONS
  • CARDS
    • BACKGROUND
    • PHOTO ID CARDS
    • OTHER TYPES OF CARDS
    • ATTRIBUTES OF TESLIN CARDS
    • SMART CARDS
      • Overview
      • Background
      • Market Size
    • MENUS
    • MAPS/CHARTS
    • OTHER APPLICATIONS
      • Overview
      • A Few Specifics on Several Miscellaneous Applications
  • NEW SYNTHETIC PAPER PRODUCTS
    • TRANSILWRAP
    • YUPO CORPORATION
    • HOP INDUSTRIES
    • PPG INDUSTRIES
    • VALERON
    • CHISSO CORPORATION
    • CONTRACT CONVERTING
    • UPM RAFLATAC
  • SYNTHETIC PAPER MARKET ESTIMATES AND FORECASTS
    • DIFFICULTIES IN DEFINING THE SYNTHETIC PAPER MARKET
    • CONTRASTING SYNTHETIC PAPER THICKNESS WITH APPLICATIONS
  • Table 13 CONTRASTING SYNTHETIC PAPER THICKNESS WITH
    • RECOMMENDED APPLICATIONS
    • DEFINING SYNTHETIC PAPER MARKET PARAMETERS
    • CLARITY AND OPAQUENESS ISSUES
    • SYNTHETIC PAPER MARKET PARAMETERS DEFINED
    • DEFINITIONS
      • DEFINITIONS (CONTINUED)
      • DEFINITIONS (CONTINUED)
  • Table 14 SYNTHETIC PAPER APPLICATIONS AS CITED BY SYNTHETIC PAPER SUPPLIERS
    • COMPARISON OF PET FILM APPLICATIONS
  • Table 15 APPLICATIONS OF PET FILMS AS CITED BY PET FILM SUPPLIERS
    • OVERVIEW OF SYNTHETIC PAPER MARKET SCENARIO
  • Figure 1 SYNTHETIC PAPER MARKET SCENARIO
    • MARKET ESTIMATES AND FORECASTS
  • Table 16 SYNTHETIC PAPER MARKET SEGMENTED BY PRODUCER, IMPORTER AND CONVERTER-2006
  • Table 17 SYNTHETIC PAPER MARKET BY MAJOR TYPE OF PRODUCT, 2006 (AS A PERCENT OF TOTAL)
  • Table 18 SYNTHETIC PAPER MARKET BY PRODUCER/SUPPLIER, 2006 (MILLION POUNDS1)
  • Table 19 MARKET SHARES OF SYNTHETIC PAPER PRODUCERS/SUPPLIERS, 20061
  • Figure 2 MARKET SHARES OF SYNTHETIC PAPER PRODUCERS/SUPPLIERS, 20061 (%)
  • Table 20 SYNTHETIC PAPER MARKET FORECASTS BY MAJOR BROAD APPLICATION, THROUGH 2011 (MILLION POUNDS1)
  • Figure 3 SYNTHETIC PAPER MARKET FORECASTS BY MAJOR BROAD APPLICATION, 2005-2011 (MILLION POUNDS1)
  • Table 21 SYNTHETIC PAPER MARKET VALUES, THROUGH 20111 ($ MILLIONS)
  • Figure 4 SYNTHETIC PAPER MARKET VALUES, 2005-20111 ($ MILLIONS)
  • Table 22 SYNTHETIC PAPER MARKET BY TYPE OF PLASTIC FILM1, THROUGH 2011 (MILLION POUNDS)
  • Figure 5 SYNTHETIC PAPER MARKET BY TYPE OF PLASTIC FILM1, 2005-2011 (MILLION POUNDS)
  • MARKETING ASPECTS
    • CONVERTERS
    • IMPORTERS
    • THE ORIGINAL THREE SYNTHETIC PAPER COMPANIES
      • BACKGROUND
      • YUPO
      • ARJOBEX
      • PPG
  • REALISTIC ECONOMIC AND MARKET APPRAISAL
    • BACKGROUND
    • OVERVIEW
    • Table 23 SYNTHETIC PAPER, COMPETITIVE FILMS AND THEIR MARKETS
      • PRICING
    • Table 24 SELECTED TESLIN PRODUCTS AND PRICES
      • DECISION VARIABLES IN CHOOSING BETWEEN SYNTHETIC PAPER, FIBER-BASED PAPER, OR PLASTIC FILMS
        • OVERVIEW
        • MARKET HISTORY
        • VIABILITY OF THE SYNTHETIC PAPER MARKET
        • MARKET PENETRATION CONSIDERATIONS
        • MARKETING EFFORTS ESSENTIAL
        • FUTURE SCENARIO
    • Table 25 QUALITATIVE APPRAISAL OF SYNTHETIC PAPER PENETRATION INTO SELECTED MAJOR APPLICATIONS
  • STANDARD TEST METHODS
    • Table 26 STANDARD TESTS APPLICABLE TO SYNTHETIC PAPER
      • STANDARD TEST METHODS (CONTINUED)
  • GOVERNMENT PAPER SPECIFICATIONS STANDARDS
    • GOVERNMENT PAPER SPECIFICATIONS ...
      • GOVERNMENT PAPER ... (CONTINUED)
      • GOVERNMENT PAPER ... (CONTINUED)
  • INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
    • BACKGROUND
    • MAJOR SYNTHETIC PAPER PLAYERS AND PRODUCTS
    • Table 27 MAJOR SYNTHETIC PAPER PRODUCTS AND PLAYERS
    • Table 27 (CONTINUED)
      • TYPES OF COMPANIES INVOLVED IN SYNTHETIC PAPER INDUSTRY
        • OVERVIEW
    • INTEGRATED FILM FABRICATORS
    • VERTICAL INTEGRATION
    • HORIZONTAL INTEGRATION
    • NONINTEGRATED FILM FABRICATORS
    • CONVERTER/DISTRIBUTOR FIRMS
    • MARKETING
      • OVERVIEW
      • PPG' S POSITION
      • YUPO
      • ARJOBEX
      • NAN YA PLASTICS
      • THE ORIGINAL THREE SYNTHETIC PAPER PRODUCERS VS. CONVERTERS
    • Table 28 COMPARISON OF ADVANTAGES, DISADVANTAGES, AND SELECTED CHARACTERISTICS OF PPG, ARJOBEX, AND YUPO SYNTHETIC PAPERS
  • COMPANY PROFILES
    • ACHILLES USA
    • AET FILMS
    • AMERICAN PROFOL
    • ARJOBEX, INC.
    • ARJOBEX, INC.-... (CONTINUED)
    • B&F PLASTICS
    • CLEAR CAST TECHNOLOGIES
    • CONTRACT CONVERTING
    • DARAMIC LLC
    • EXXONMOBIL FILMS
    • FLEXCON, INC.
    • GRANWELL PRODUCTS
  • Table 29 POLYLITH PRODUCT LINE
    • HOP INDUSTRIES
      • HOP INDUSTRIES-...(CONTINUED)
      • HOP INDUSTRIES-...(CONTINUED)
    • INTEPLAST GROUP, LTD.
      • INNOVIA FILMS
      • MULTI-PLASTICS, INC.
        • ADVANTAGES
        • APPLICATIONS
    • NEENAH PAPER
    • PHOENIX FILMS
    • PLASTIC & PAPER SALES, INC.
    • PLASTICS SUPPLIERS
    • POLICROM
    • PPG
      • PPG-... (CONTINUED)
    • PROTECT-ALL PRINT MEDIA, INC.
    • A. SCHULMAN
    • TOYOBO
    • TRANSILWRAP COMPANY
    • VALERON STRENGTH FILMS
    • YUPO CORPORATION
      • YUPO CORPORATION-... (CONTINUED)
    • Table 30 YUPO SYNTHETIC PAPER PRODUCT LINE
  • LIST OF TABLES
    • Summary Table:
    • SYNTHETIC PAPER MARKET BY MAJOR APPLICATION, THROUGH 2011 (MILLION POUNDS)Table 1 TECHNOLOGIES USED TO MANUFACTURE SYNTHETIC PAPER
    • Table 2 REFRACTIVE INDICES OF MAJOR SYNTHETIC PAPER FILLERS
    • Table 3 PRINTING INK DRYING MECHANISMS
    • Table 4 COMPARISON CHART FOR THE MAJOR COMMERCIAL SYNTHETIC PAPERS
    • Table 5 FEATURES AND APPLICATIONS OF RIGID PVC FILMS
    • Table 6 POLYESTER FILM APPLICATIONS-DUPONT TEIJIN
    • Table 7 SELECTED KEY FILM AND SHEET MANUFACTURERS IN MARKETS CURRENTLY/POTENTIALLY COMPETITIVE WITH SYNTHETIC PAPER
    • Table 8 SYNTHETIC PAPER/COMPETITIVE FILM APPLICATIONS
    • Table 9 ACTUAL AND POTENTIAL SYNTHETIC PAPER APPLICATIONS
    • Table 10 SYNTHETIC PAPER TAG AND LABEL APPLICATIONS AND ADVANTAGES
    • Table 11 FILM LABEL FACESTOCK PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS
    • Table 12 SYNTHETIC PAPER ATTRIBUTES SOUGHT BY LABEL AND TAG PRODUCERS
    • Table 13 CONTRASTING SYNTHETIC PAPER THICKNESS WITH RECOMMENDED APPLICATIONS
    • Table 14 SYNTHETIC PAPER APPLICATIONS AS CITED BY SYNTHETIC PAPER SUPPLIERS
    • Table 15 APPLICATIONS OF PET FILMS AS CITED BY PET FILM SUPPLIERS
    • Table 16 SYNTHETIC PAPER MARKET SEGMENTED BY PRODUCER, IMPORTER AND CONVERTER-2006
    • Table 17 SYNTHETIC PAPER MARKET BY MAJOR TYPE OF PRODUCT, 2006 (AS A PERCENT OF TOTAL)
    • Table 18 SYNTHETIC PAPER MARKET BY PRODUCER/SUPPLIER, 2006 (MILLION POUNDS1)
    • Table 19 MARKET SHARES OF SYNTHETIC PAPER PRODUCERS/SUPPLIERS, 20061
    • Table 20 SYNTHETIC PAPER MARKET FORECASTS BY MAJOR BROAD APPLICATION, THROUGH 2011 (MILLION POUNDS1)
    • Table 21 SYNTHETIC PAPER MARKET VALUES, THROUGH 20111 ($ MILLIONS)
    • Table 22 SYNTHETIC PAPER MARKET BY TYPE OF PLASTIC FILM1, THROUGH 2011 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • Table 23 SYNTHETIC PAPER, COMPETITIVE FILMS AND THEIR MARKETS
    • Table 24 SELECTED TESLIN PRODUCTS AND PRICES
    • Table 25 QUALITATIVE APPRAISAL OF SYNTHETIC PAPER PENETRATION INTO SELECTED MAJOR APPLICATIONS
    • Table 26 STANDARD TESTS APPLICABLE TO SYNTHETIC PAPER
    • Table 27 MAJOR SYNTHETIC PAPER PRODUCTS AND PLAYERS
    • Table 28 COMPARISON OF ADVANTAGES, DISADVANTAGES, AND SELECTED CHARACTERISTICS OF PPG, ARJOBEX, AND YUPO SYNTHETIC PAPERS
    • Table 29 POLYLITH PRODUCT LINE
    • Table 30 YUPO SYNTHETIC PAPER PRODUCT LINE
  • LIST OF FIGURES
    • Summary Figure:
    • SYNTHETIC PAPER MARKET BY MAJOR APPLICATION, 2005-2011 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • Figure 1 SYNTHETIC PAPER MARKET SCENARIO
    • Figure 2 MARKET SHARES OF SYNTHETIC PAPER PRODUCERS/SUPPLIERS, 20061 (%)
    • Figure 3 SYNTHETIC PAPER MARKET FORECASTS BY MAJOR BROAD APPLICATION, 2005-2011 (MILLION POUNDS1)
    • Figure 4 SYNTHETIC PAPER MARKET VALUES, 2005-20111 ($ MILLIONS)
    • Figure 5 SYNTHETIC PAPER MARKET BY TYPE OF PLASTIC FILM1, 2005-2011 (MILLION POUNDS)
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