Global Markets for Plastics Additives
The total market for plastics additives is projected to increase from $39.6 billion in 2011, to $41.3 billion in 2012, to more than $43.1 billion in 2013, and to nearly $54.7 billion in 2018 yielding a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.9% for a period of five years, from 2013 to 2018.
SCOPE OF REPORT
The report has been prepared and presented in a simple, easy to understand format with a number of tables and charts/figures. A study of applications and global and regional markets for all types of the plastics additives and the plastics additives industry has been made in detail. The consolidation and globalization of the plastics processing industry has been studied in this report, so that additive manufacturers and suppliers can establish themselves in all the major regions.
The supply and pricing of raw materials and the basic feedstock of various plastics additives have been fluctuating greatly with the run-up in prices of raw materials and energy. This aspect of the plastics processing industry has also been studied and analyzed in detail in this report.
The environmental/regulatory aspects of different types of plastics additives continue to present concerns as well as opportunities to additive suppliers. The effects of these factors on the supply chain, value and demand for additives have also been studied in detail in this report.
Srinivasa Rajaram, the analyst of this report, is a mechanical engineer with more than 40 years experience in designing factory layouts and setting up factories. He has set up factories for the production of weighing machines and dynamic balancing machines in India and has experience in the design, production and servicing of the above equipment. He was Senior Vice President of M/S Schenck Avery Ltd., an Indo-German joint venture, and set up the electronics department for manufacturing various types of electronic weighing and dynamic balancing equipment. He has authored several technology market research reports for BCC Research.
- The global market for plastics additives is expected to increase from $36.2 billion in 2008 to an estimated $37.4 billion in 2009, and $45.8 billion in 2014, for a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.1%.
- Property modifiers have the largest share of the market, worth $18.2 billion in 2008 and an estimated $18.7 billion in 2009. This is expected to increase at a CAGR of 4.1% to reach $22.9 billion in 2014.
- The property stabilizers segment is the second largest, generating $12.1 billion in 2008 and an estimated $12.6 billion in 2009. This segment should reach $15.4 billion in 2014, for a CAGR of 4.2%.
Plastic additives encompass a wide variety of materials added to plastic resins in order to enhance the quality of these resins. The materials can be classified as modifiers, property extenders, and processing aids. A complete list of these additives indicates the 32 types of additives that are used commercially.
The consumption level of plastic additives follows the consumption level of plastic resins. Plastic resin production in the U.S. was 29.1 billion lb. in 1973, 59.7 billion lb. in 1988, and 100.9 billion lb. in 2000 — a growth rate of 4.7% annually during 27 years. This type of growth parallels the consumption level of additives, although the use of some additive types is growing more rapidly than others.
U.S. additives sales expected to grow at 3.5% annually to reach $5.5 billion in 2005. World markets for these additives are 35% in Asia, 28% in North America, 25% in Europe, and the rest of the world at the remaining 12%. These figures indicate that the world market for these additives in 2000 has a value of about $16.4 billion.