Market Research Report
Rigid Transparent Plastics: North American Markets
|Published by||BCC Research||Product code||136637|
|Published||Content info||164 Pages
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|Rigid Transparent Plastics: North American Markets|
|Published: January 10, 2019||Content info: 164 Pages||
The North American market for rigid transparent plastics should grow from 4.7 billion pounds by volume in 2018 to 6.1 billion pounds in 2023, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.2% from 2018 through 2023.
The North American market for polycarbonate resins should grow from 1.4 billion pounds by volume in 2018 to 1.9 billion pounds in 2023, at a CAGR of 5.9% from 2018 through 2023.
The North American market for acrylic resins should grow from 1.2 billion pounds by volume in 2018 to 1.6 billion pounds in 2023, at a CAGR of 5.1% from 2018 through 2023.
Use of the terms transparent and clear is subjective. Most definitions of the terms express the clarity of plastics by the percentage of light transmission as defined by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Test D-1003. Light transmission percentages above 85 are generally accepted as transparent, although many suppliers claim clear grades with percentages of 80 or lower, making the distinction between transparent and translucent unclear. When referring to plastics and resins, the terms transparent and clear are used synonymously in this report.
Clear rigid plastics are commercially available in many forms, including injection-molded, extruded, blow-molded and thermoformed. Many clear extruded products are converted to clear films. The uses for these films are varied and include commodity, specialty, coextruded, food and medical packaging. Packaging markets such as healthcare and food are not addressed in this report. Blow-molded clear plastics are hollow, and most are converted to bottles or containers. Thermoformed plastics are similar to injection-molded plastics but are generally thinner and require less equipment and capital outlay.
This report covers rigid, clear, non-packaging plastic products, which include injection-molded, non-film extrusion and some thermoformed (including cast sheet) plastics. Flexible and hollow thin plastics, including films, are not covered in this report. The clear resins covered in this report are: acrylics, polycarbonates, polystyrenes, styrene block copolymers (SBCs), styrene acrylonitrile (SAN), acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), polysulfones, thermoplastic polyesters (almost exclusively polyethylene terephthalate (PET)), polypropylene, acrylic-styrene copolymers (SMMAs), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), nylon, cellulosic resins, cyclic olefin copolymers (COCs), and allyl diglycol carbonate (ADC) (for optical applications).
Major applications of these rigid transparent plastics include: medical, electronic, automotive, building and construction (glazing, lighting lenses, signs, and displays), housewares, appliances, toys, optical lenses, and aircraft transparencies.