September 2005

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: HPImpact: Specialty plastic additives demand to increase 2.6%/yr

In value terms, consumption of specialty plastic additives will grow 4.6%/yr to $6.8 billion. Gains will result from increasing plastics demand, especially polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and an improved ou..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In value terms, consumption of specialty plastic additives will grow 4.6%/yr to $6.8 billion. Gains will result from increasing plastics demand, especially polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and an improved outlook in key markets such as nonresidential construction, electrical and electronics and packaging, according to a new analysis from Freedonia (www.freedoniagroup.com). Demand for plasticizers and flame retardants, the two largest additive categories, will experience a considerable rebound after declining from 1999 – 2004. Polypropylene will be the fastest-growing outlet for plastic additives, but polyethylene will also benefit from the rapid growth of the wood-plastic composite marke

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