Synthetic Paper: Technologies and Global Markets
The global synthetic paper shipment market should reach 490 million pounds by 2024 from 347 million pounds in 2019 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.1% for the period of 2019 to 2024.
- 36 data tables and 16 additional tables
- An overview of the global markets and technologies for synthetic paper
- Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2018, estimates for 2019, and projections of CAGRs through 2024
- Coverage of cavitated and clay-coated films and multilayer lamination and coextrusion
- In-depth analysis of various printing processes, including lithographic printing, gravure printing, flexographic printing, letterpress printing and digital printing
- Overview of synthetic paper additives, such as clays, titanium dioxide, calcium carbonate, talc and silicas
- Detailed profiles of key competitors of the market, including Agfa-Gevaert N.V., Hop Industries Corp., Nan Ya Plastics Corp., Taghleef Industries (TI), Transcendia and Valeron Strength Films
A few caveats are in order before explaining the scope of the report:
- Likely readers of this report would include synthetic paper producers along with companies that produce printable plastic films, many of which are called converters. Other interested parties could be companies that make flexible plastic packaging films and film extruders. Tag and label producers, including those who provide pressure-sensitive products and in-mold labels, should also be interested in this report as well.
- The term synthetic paper has not been universally defined because it is basically an opaque plastic film that is both printable and writeable. Most synthetic papers are either biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) or high-density polyethylene (HDPE), although there are sizable amounts made from polyesters and fewer from polystyrene and PVC.
- It is essential to understand, regarding market estimates and forecasts in this report, that food/beverage packaging labels have been excluded for several reasons. First, their large volume of plastic films (hundreds of millions of pounds) would distort the basic synthetic paper market. This market, according to industry estimates, is in the range of billions of dollars. Secondly, most of those in the industry feel that this market segment lies outside the general definition of synthetic paper.
The report covers the following synthetic paper materials:
- High-density polyethylene (HDPE).
- Others (predominantly Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)).
The scope of this study is global. The global market is broken down by material. Individual material type is broken down, further, by application (labels/tags and non-labels) and by geographic region: the Americas, Europe/Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia-Pacific (APAC).
This report is organized in the following manner:
- Chapter 2: Executive Summary presents a high-level view of the synthetic paper shipment market in terms of end use.
- Chapter 3: Synthetic Paper: Evolution and Technologies presents a comprehensive view of the history of synthetic paper development. It explains the benefits and challenges associated with the synthetic paper industry. It also covers the manufacturing methods and material characteristics of synthetic paper variants. The chapter explains the salience of various parameters associated with synthetic paper evaluation.
- Chapter 4: Applications of Synthetic Paper takes a closer look at various applications in a qualitative and quantitative manner.
- Chapter 5: Regional and Material Markets dives into quantitative analysis. The chapter covers dynamics associated with individual geographic regions and applications in the context of materials markets.
- Chapter 6: Patent Analysis analyzes U.S. patents granted in areas that are relevant to synthetic paper.
- Chapter 7: Company Profiles provides an overview of the synthetic paper industry. The chapter also describes leading companies in the synthetic paper domain.
Shalini Ramamurthy has extensive experience analyzing and evaluating advanced information technology, including telecommunications and optical networks. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronics and Telecommunications from Kumaraguru College of Technology in Coimbatore, India, as well as a Master of Science degree in Telecommunications and Software Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.
The global synthetic paper market totaled 250 million pounds in 2014, and is expected to reach 267 million pounds in 2015 and 370 million pounds by 2020, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.7% from 2015 to 2020.
- An overview of the global markets and technologies for synthetic paper.
- Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2014, estimates for 2015, and projections of CAGRs through 2020.
- Information about fillers and coatings used in the manufacturing of synthetic paper.
- Coverage of printing processes used, new technologies, applications, and the industry structure.
- Analysis of the market's dynamics, specifically growth drivers, inhibitors, and opportunities.
The global market for synthetic paper totaled 216 million pounds in 2011 and is projected to reach 222 million pounds in 2012 and 263 million pounds in 2017, a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.4%.
The total North American synthetic paper market was 92.2 million pounds in 2005 and grew to approximately 100 million pounds in 2006. At a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.8%, total consumption of synthetic paper in the U.S. and Canada will reach 138.6 million pounds by 2011.
Non-labels synthetic paper consumption, which refers to original, traditional synthetic paper products such as maps, menus, banners, etc., was 51.2 million pounds in 2006 and will grow at a CAGR of 6.0% to reach 68.5 million pounds in 2011.
Labels and tags consumption will surpass the traditional synthetic paper market to reach 70.1 million pounds by 2011, a CAGR of 7.5%
The synthetic paper market can be measured in several ways: millions of square inches (MSI), dollar value, or volume in pounds. MSI is not an effective means because synthetic paper is made in various thicknesses usually recorded in mils. Dollar values, by themselves, are arbitrary and are ineffective in evaluating markets.
This report chose volume as the synthetic paper market indicator whereby the estimated 110 million-pound market will increase to about 165 million pounds by 2005. Current market value is pegged at slightly over $200 million.