BCC Research: Improving Economy Spurs Global Plastics Market, Prompting Growth in China, Emerging Markets

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Today’s global plastics market is being impacted by dramatic changes in the availability of key feed stocks. The shale gas boom in North America is driving a resurgence of the U.S. plastics industry.

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Today’s global plastics market is being impacted by dramatic changes in the availability of key feed stocks. The shale gas boom in North America is driving a resurgence of the U.S. plastics industry. Meanwhile, China and other emerging economies are leveraging coal-based olefin production to strengthen their market positions. In addition, an increasingly stringent environmental regulatory landscape, particularly in the construction and energy sectors, are shaping every aspect of the plastics industry. Continuing improvements in the economy, advances in shale gas technologies, environmental concerns and regulatory measures, as well as cost reductions will shape growth in this market for the foreseeable future.

Plastics manufacturers must understand these developments in order to capture new opportunities in both domestic and international markets. BCC Research's technical market research reports provide invaluable insights on how today’s evolving supply chain, re-shoring trends, and growing consumer demands for cleaner, greener manufacturing are changing core business models in the plastics industry.

Use BCC Research reports to:

  •     Gain an overview of the global and regional markets for plastics, including advances and trends in manufacturing, applications, and technologies.
  •     Analyze five-year market trends with data from 2012, estimates for 2013, and projection of compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for the period 2013 to 2018.
  •     Evaluate commercial applications for plastics, including medical devices, automobiles, electronics, architecture, housewares, and appliances.
  •     Examine consumption rates and future demand for the global markets plastics by world regions, including North America, South America, China, Asia, Europe, and the rest of the world (ROW).
  •     Assess the impact of industry standards and governmental regulations on both the regional and global markets.
  •     Review comprehensive company profiles of the top industry players and relative market shares for the leading companies.

BCC Research plastics market reports are intended for anyone who needs to know where the plastics market is headed over the next five years. They are of particular interest to those involved in the manufacture, development, and marketing of plastics products. These studies will also benefit financial institutions that provide funding for plastics and processing facilities, including banks, merchant bankers, and venture capitalists.

Recently Published Reports:
PLS025E - Biodegradable Polymers
Although biodegradable polymers have been commercial for several decades, this market is often characterized by a high degree of flux, something you find in new or emerging markets. New biodegradable polymers are being introduced, accompanied by withdrawals of other products. In addition, this study reviews definitions and standards, market drivers, biodegradation testing, environmental issues, composting, and technologies relevant to the industry (October 2013)

PLS007E - Plastics for Healthcare Packaging
The demand for healthcare plastics is increasing year on year as healthcare cost control initiatives drive their penetration in healthcare packaging applications. This study covers many of the most important economic, technological, regulatory, and environmental considerations in markets for the use of plastics to package healthcare products. (July 2013)

PLS074A - The Chinese Market for Medical Polymers
The Chinese medical polymer market has grown steadily over the best years because of its close links to the Chinese pharmaceutical and medical device industries. Ongoing research and development spending and increasingly stringent regulations of safety standards of the global medical industry as well as growing environmental concerns will drive growth in this market for the foreseeable future. (June 2013)

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Upcoming Reports:

PLS018D - The Plastics Compounding Market (November 2013)
This report provides of an overview of the plastics compounding market, with coverage of the major thermoplastic resins and thermoplastic elastomers. The report also identifies major resin producers, key plastics processors, and independent compounders, along with activities, product lines, and estimated sales for the major independent compounders. An analysis of global market trends, with data from 2012, estimates for 2013, and projections of compound annual growth rates for the period 2013 to 2018 is also included. (November 2013)

PLS075A - Rigid Transparent Plastics: Global Markets Outside North America (November 2013)

This report provides an overview of the global markets for rigid transparent plastics outside North America. The report will include market estimates and forecasts for global markets and all major market segments. An analysis of global market trends, with data from 2012, estimates for 2013, and projections of compound annual growth rates through 2018 will also be provided in the report. (November 2013)

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