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The North American Market for Plastics Compounding

Published By :

BCC Research

Published Date : Feb 2018

Category :

Plastics

No. of Pages : 179 Pages

Summary

The compounding of plastic resins is the addition of other materials to neat resins in order to add desirable properties or to make them more processable. This type of operation is conducted by three types of companies: (1) resin producers, (2) plastics processors (such as injection and blow molders, thermoformers, extruders and film/sheet producers) and (3) independent compounderscompanies whose business is making plastic compounds and masterbatches, not resins or molded plastics products.

The role of each group varies by product segment, with large-volume processors such as extruders of sheet, film and pipe, and profiles assuming a more important compounding role than batch-focused processors like injection molders. Over the years, the compounding growth rate for resin producers has generally been slower than that of processors and compounders, as these latter companies take a bigger role in markets where significant proprietary technology is involved. Compounding trends are also highly dependent on different economic scenarios; for example, when polyethylene prices are high, PE bag makers and other large processors often compensate by increasing the addition of (that is, compounding with) cheaper calcium carbonate filler.

The production of compounded plastics is a large business and a highly competitive one. Competition is based on many factors, including speed, delivery, service, performance, product innovation, product recognition, quality and price.

Based on our research, BCC Research sees trends of growth in thermoplastic compounding, such as:
- Compounding by processors should grow faster than that by producers or independent compounders.
- Calcium carbonate will remain the dominant thermoplastics filler with almost 80% of the filler market by volume.
- Carbon fiber reinforcement demand will continue to grow at double-digit rates, led by industrial (including automotive/energy) applications.
- Global sales of carbon nanotube-reinforced polymers will continue to grow at double-digit rates from 2017 to 2022, but probably more slowly than in the recent past.
- Natural fiber-plastic composites should continue to increase at compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of REDACTED% from 2017 through 2022, led by construction-molded applications.
- Use of masterbatches (primarily color concentrates) should grow near our projected U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) rate, at REDACTED% from 2017 to 2022.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction
Study Goals and Objectives
Reasons for Doing This Study
Scope of Report
Methodology and Information Source
Analyst's Credentials
Related BCC Research Reports
Chapter 2 Summary and Trends
Developments
Plastics Users
Bioplastic Resins
Plastic Additives
Fillers and Reinforcement
Masterbatch
Chapter 3 Overview
Introduction and Definitions
Background
Additives
Types of Compounders
Chapter 4 Resins
Overview
Polyethylene
Low-Density Polyethylene
High-Density Polyethylene
Linear Low-Density Polyethylene
Polyethylene Compounding
Polyethylene Producers
Market
Polypropylene
Polypropylene Copolymers
Typical Applications
Polypropylene Properties
Polypropylene Compounding
Polypropylene Producers
Market
Polyvinyl Chloride
Forms and Grades of PVC
Chlorinated PVC
Applications for PVC
PVC Processing
PVC Producers
PVC Compounding
Market
PVC's Environmental Issues
Polystyrene
General Purpose Polystyrene
Polystyrene Producers
Polystyrene Processing
Market
Polystyrene Environmental Issue
Thermoplastic Polyesters
Major PET Applications
PET Competition Pricing
Modified PET Resins
PET Producers
Market
Engineering Thermoplastics
Polybutylene Terephthalate
Polyamides (Nylons)
Polycarbonates
Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene (ABS)
Other Engineering Resins
Market
Thermoplastic Elastomers
Thermoplastic Olefins
Copolyester Types
Thermoplastic Polyurethanes
Styrene Block Copolymers
Chapter 5 Biocompounds
Starch-based Plastics
Producers
Applications
Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA)
Producers
Polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB)
Polylactide (Polylactic Acid, or PLA) Plastics
Producers
Applications
Castor Oil Polymers
Cellulose
Soybean Oils
Bio-derived Polyethylene
1, 3-Propanediol (PDO)
Producers
New Developments in Bioplastics
Chapter 6 Plastic Additives
Market Estimates and Forecasts
Additive Usage in Thermoplastics
Antistatic Agents
Types of Antistatic Agents
Antistatic Agent Developments
Antioxidants
Antioxidant Developments
Biocides
Biocide Developments
Blowing Agents
Physical Blowing Agents
Chemical Blowing Agents
Market Estimate and Forecast
Developments of Blowing Agents
Colorants
Titanium Dioxide
Masterbatches
Precolored Resin
Dry Color
Liquid Color
Single Pigment Concentrates (SPC)
Issues in Plastic Coloring
Developments in Plastic Coloring
Coupling Agents
Defoaming Agents
Emulsifiers
Flame/Fire Retardants
Organic Bromine Compounds
Antimony Oxide
Alumina Trihydrate (ATH)
Chlorinated Compounds
Molybdenum and Magnesium Compounds
Phosphorus Compounds
Market Estimate and Forecast
Flame-Retardant Regulatory Issues
Developments in Flame Retardants
Heat Stabilizers
Antimony Mercaptides
Mixed-Metal Heat Stabilizers
Lead-based Heat Stabilizers
Organotin Heat Stabilizers
Organosulfide Heat Stabilizers
Developments of Heat Stabilizers
Market Estimate and Forecast
Impact Modifiers
Acrylic Impact Modifiers
Chlorinated Polyethylene and Other Elastomers
Developments in Impact Modifiers
Lubricants
Chemicals Used
Plasticizers
Developments in Plasticizers
PVC Processing Aids
Slip Agents
Surfactants
Thickeners
Thixotropes
UV Stabilizers
Plastic Resistance to UV
Chemical Types of UV Stabilizers
Oxidation Disintegration Initiators
Chapter 7 Fillers and Reinforcements
Property Profiles
Characteristics of Fillers and Reinforcements
Filler/Reinforcement Usage with Specific Resins
Reinforcements
Glass Fiber Reinforcements
Carbon Fiber Reinforcements
Carbon Nanotube Reinforcements
Natural Fiber Reinforcements
Nonfibrous Reinforcements
Inorganic Fillers
Alumina Trihydrate
Barium Sulfate
Calcium Carbonate
Calcium Sulfate
Kaolins
Market Estimates and Forecasts
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
Batch Mixing Equipment
Continuous Compounding Equipment
Size-Reduction 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
Important Variables and Considerations
Leading Plastics Processors
Independent Compounders
Trends
Leading Thermoplastic Compounders
Chapter 12 Company Profiles
A. SCHULMAN INC.
AARON INDUSTRIES CORP.
ACLO COMPOUNDERS
ACTON TECHNOLOGIES INC.
ADDIVANT
ADELL PLASTICS INC.
ADVANCED COMPOSITES INC.
AGC CHEMICALS AMERICAS INC.
AM STABILIZERS CORP.
AMCO POLYMERS
AMERICHEM INC.
AMETEK WESTCHESTER PLASTICS
AMPACET CORP.
AMTOPP DIVISION
ASCEND PERFORMANCE MATERIALS LLC
AXIALL CORP.
BASF CORP.
BAY POLYMER CORP.
BIRCH PLASTICS INC.
CHROMA CORP.
CLARIANT INTERNATIONAL LTD., MASTERBATCHES DIVISION
COLORTECH INC.
COVESTRO
DECEUNINCK NORTH AMERICA LLC
THE DOW CHEMICAL CO.
DSM ENGINEERING PLASTICS INC.
DYNEON LLC
E.I. DUPONT DE NEMOURS AND CO.
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
MEXICHEM SPECIALTY COMPOUNDS INC.
MRC POLYMERS INC.
MUEHLSTEIN NORTH AMERICA
NOVA POLYMERS INC.
PENN COLOR INC.
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
ROSCOM INC.
RTP COMPANY
SABIC INNOVATIVE PLASTICS/LNP
STANDRIDGE COLOR CORP.
TECHMER PM LLC/TECHMER ES
TECHNICAL POLYMERS LLC
TEKNI-PLEX INC.
TEKNOR APEX CO.
THEMIX PLASTICS INC.
VALTRIS SPECIALTY CHEMICALS
WELLMAN ENGINEERING RESINS
Chapter 13 Appendix: Acronyms

List of Table

List of Tables
Summary Table : North American Market Volume for Thermoplastic Compounds, by Type of Compounder, Through 2022
Table 1 : North American Market Volume for Commodity Thermoplastic Resin, by Plastic Type, Through 2022
Table 2 : North American Market Volume for Commodity Thermoplastic Resin for LDPE, by Type of Compounder, Through 2022
Table 3 : North American Market Volume for Commodity Thermoplastic Resin for HDPE, by Type of Compounder, Through 2022
Table 4 : North American Market Volume for Commodity Thermoplastic Resin for LLDPE, by Type of Compounder, Through 2022
Table 5 : North American Market Volume for Commodity Thermoplastic Resin for Polypropylene, by Type of Compounder, Through 2022
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 2022
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 2022
Table 11 : North American Market Volume for Commodity Thermoplastic Resin for Thermoplastic Polyester (PET), by Type of Compounder, Through 2022
Table 12 : North American Market Volume for Commodity Thermoplastic Resin for Engineering Thermoplastics, by Type of Compounder, Through 2022
Table 13 : Examples of Bioplastics
Table 14 : North American Market Volume for Plastics Additives, by Major Types, Through 2022
Table 15 : Selected Additive Usage in Thermoplastics
Table 16 : North American Market Volume for Plastic Blowing Agents, by Type, Through 2022
Table 17 : North American Market Volume for Plastic Flame Retardants, by Type, Through 2022
Table 18 : North American Market Volume for Heat Stabilizers, by Chemistry, Through 2022
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,* by Type, Through 2022
Table 23 : Global Carbon Fiber Suppliers and Estimated Capacity, 2022
Table 24 : Global Market Volume for PAN-Based Carbon Fibers, by Key Markets, Through 2022
Table 25 : Global Market for Carbon Nanotube-Reinforced Polymers, by Type, Through 2022
Table 26 : Global Market for Natural Fiber-Plastic Composites, by Type, Through 2022
Table 27 : North American Market Volume for Plastic Fillers, by Type, Through 2022
Table 28 : North American Market Volume for Plastic Masterbatches, by Type, Through 2022
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

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List of Figures
Summary Figure : North American Market Volume for Thermoplastic Compounds, by Type of Compounder, 2016-2022

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