Rigid Transparent Plastics
The North American market for rigid transparent plastics reached nearly 4.0 billion pounds in 2014 and is expected to reach 4.1 billion pounds in 2015. This market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.5% to nearly 4.9 billion pounds for the period 2015-2020.
- An overview of the global market for rigid transparent plastics.
- Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2014, estimates for 2015, and projections of CAGRs through 2020.
- Coverage of new developments in clear plastics, their expanded usage in existing and new applications, and competition between polymers exhibiting optical clarity.
- Information on major applications for rigid transparent plastics, in addition to medical, electronic, and automotive markets, which include: building/construction (glazing, lighting lenses, signs/displays), housewares, appliances, toys, optical lenses, and aircraft transparencies.
SCOPE OF THE REPORT
Use of the terms transparent and clear is subjective. Most definitions of the terms express the clarity of plastics to the percentage of light transmission as defined by 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 hazy. 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.
The geographic scope of this report is the North American market.
Research analyst Mel Schlechter has more than 40 years of experience in the chemical industry and specializes in plastics market research. He has worked with BCC Research for more than a decade and holds a B.S. in chemistry, an M.S. in organic chemistry and an M.B.A. in marketing.