October 2006

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: HPImpact: Plastic film demand in US to reach 15 billion lb in 2010

Plastic film demand in the US is forecast to increase 2.6%/yr. This amounts to 15.2 billion pounds in 2010, valued at $12 billion (resin cost only). Total plastic film demand (including resins, additi..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Plastic film demand in the US is forecast to increase 2.6%/yr. This amounts to 15.2 billion pounds in 2010, valued at $12 billion (resin cost only). Total plastic film demand (including resins, additives, processing and other costs) will expand 4.5%/yr to $28.6 billion. Advances will result from cost, performance and source reduction advantages over rigid packaging, says a new study from The Freedonia Group, Inc. (www.freedoniagroup.com). Low-density polyethylene will remain the leading film, accounting for 64% percent of the total in 2010, with polypropylene presenting the best opportunities. Average film prices are expected to moderate following the steep price increases between 2004 and

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