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Key Challenges and Issues facing the World Molded Plastics Market

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World Molded Plastics Market

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This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Molded Plastics in Thousands of Tons. The specific product segments analyzed are Molded HDPE, Molded LDPE, Molded LLDPE, Molded Polypropylene, Molded Polystyrene, and Molded PVC. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Latin America. Annual forecasts are provided for each region for the period of 2000 through 2015. The report profiles 143 companies including many key and niche players worldwide such as ABC Group, Inc., Ameri-Kart, Basell, BASF SE, Chevron Phillips Chemical, Company, LLC, E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, Eastman Chemical Company, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Ineos, LyondellBasell Industries, REXAM PLC, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation, Solvay S.A., The Dow Chemical Company, Total Petrochemicals USA, Inc., and Total S.A Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research. Company profiles are mostly extracted from URL research and reported select online sources.

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A GLOBAL STRATEGIC BUSINESS REPORT


CONTENTS 


I. INTRODUCTION, METHODOLOGY & PRODUCT DEFINITIONS 
Study Reliability and Reporting Limitations I-1 
Disclaimers I-2 
Data Interpretation & Reporting Level I-2 
Quantitative Techniques & Analytics I-3 
Product Definition & Scope of Study I-3 
Molded High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) I-4 
Molded Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) I-4 
Molded Linear Low Density Polyethylene (LLDPE) I-4 
Molded Polypropylene (PP) I-4 
Molded Polystyrene (PS) I-5 
Molded Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) I-5 


II. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 

1. Industry Overview II-1 
Factors Augmenting Industry Growth II-1 
Price Swings in the Industry II-1 
Price Pressure Encourages Consolidation II-2 
Emergence of Lucrative Opportunities II-2 
Asian Producers Targeting Export Market II-2 
Deregulation and Reduction of Trade Barriers II-2 
Global Market Analysis II-3 

2. Market Trends II-4 
Modest Growth in Molded PVC Segment II-4 
Molded LLDPE II-4 
Packaging: The Largest End-Use Sector for Molded Plastics II-5 
Growth of Medical Plastics Market II-5 
Market for Injection Molded Wood-Plastic Composites II-5 
Compression Molded Plastics Make Inroads II-6 

3. Molded Plastics Industry: A Brief Review II-7 
Injection Molding: The Leading Plastic Processing Technique II-7 
Demand Growing for Injection Molded Polypropylene and Nylon II-7 
Blow Molding: Increasing Applications II-7 
New Blow-Molded Plastics Effectively Blocks Moisture in 
Pharmaceutical Packaging II-8 
FTA and Other Similar Multilateral Agreements to Fuel Demand 
for Plastic Auto Parts II-8 
Injection Molded Polystyrene Loses Out to Other Competing Resins II-8 
Rise in Feedstock Prices Lowers the Profitability of 
Polyethylene (PE) Producers II-8 
USA: The Single Largest Market II-8 
Beverage Market: Driving Force for Blow Molded Bottles II-8 
Canada II-9 
Major Factors Contributing to the Success II-9 
Europe: Experiencing Diversified Demand II-9 
Factors Affecting Growth in Eastern Europe II-9 
South-East Asia: Positive Growth in End-Use Markets II-10 
China: Molded PVC Experiencing Brisk Growth II-10 
Brazil: Leading Molded Polypropylene Consumer in Latin America II-10 
Major End-Users II-10 
Mexico: Leading Producer of Molded Plastics II-10 

4. Processing Applications II-11 
Blow Molding II-11 
Injection Molding II-11 
Injection Blow Molding: A Two-Stage Process II-11 
Extrusion II-12 
Extrusion Blow Molding II-12 
HDPE: Widely Used in the Packaging Industry II-13 
Three-Dimensional Process: Pioneering Technology II-13 
Requisites of Plastic Design & Processing Applications: A 
Critical Review II-13 
Rapid-Prototyping Techniques II-13 
Rapidtooling Technique II-14 

5. Materials Compatible with Various Application Processes II-15 
Polyethylene II-15 
Table 1: Global Polyethylene Market (2005 & 2006): Percentage 
Breakdown of Volume Sales by End-Use Sector - Packaging Film, 
Blow Molding, Non-Packaging, Resellers & Compounding, 
Injection Molding, Pipe & Conduit, Extrusion Coating and 
Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-15 
High Density Polyethylene II-16 
Table 2: Leading Producers in the Global HDPE Market (2004 & 
2005): Percentage Breakdown of Capacity for Exxon Mobil, 
Chevron Phillips, Dow Chemical, SABIC, BP, Formosa Plastics, 
Total S.A., Solvay, China Petrochem, Lyondell, and Others 
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-16 
Low Density Polyethylene II-17 
Linear Low Density Polyethylene II-17 
Table 3: Global LLDPE Market (2006): Percentage Breakdown of 
Demand by End-Use Segment - Film, Extrusion Coating, Other 
Extrusion, Injection Molding and Others (includes 
corresponding Graph/Chart) II-18 

Table 4: Leading Players in the North American LLDPE Market 
(2004): Percentage Breakdown of Capacity for Dow Chemical, 
ExxonMobil Chemical, Nova Chemicals, Equistar Chemicals and 
Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-18 
Polypropylene II-18 
Table 5: Leading Players in the Global Polypropylene Market 
(2004 & 2005): Percentage Breakdown of Capacity for Basell, 
BP, Total S.A., Exxon Mobil, China Petrochem, SABIC, Dow 
Chemical, Reliance Ind., Chinese Polypro, and Others 
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-19 
Increasing Application in Injection Molding II-19 
Relevance of Molded Polypropylene Foam in Advanced Computer 
Packaging II-20 
Outlook: Strong Prospects Involving New Applications II-20 
Polystyrene II-20 
Table 6: Global Polystyrene Market (2006): Percentage 
Breakdown of Consumption by End-Use Segment - Packaging, 
Construction, Consumer Goods, Electric/Electronic and Others 
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-20 

Table 7: Leading Players in the Global Polystyrene Market 
(2004 & 2005): Percentage Breakdown of Capacity for Dow 
Chemical, BASF, Total S.A., Nova Chemicals, Chi Mei, Chevron 
Phillips Chemical, BP, Ente Nazionale, and Others (includes 
corresponding Graph/Chart) II-21 
Leading Processing Techniques: Injection and Blow Molding II-21 
Table 8: Global Polystyrene Market (2003): Percentage 
Breakdown of Demand by End-Use Sector - Injection Molding 
(Packaging and Non-Packaging), Extrusion (Packaging and 
Non-Packaging), Expandable PS (Block, Shape, and Others), and 
Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-22 
Polyvinyl Chloride II-22 
Table 9: Leading Players in the Global PVC Market (2004 & 
2005): Percentage Breakdown of Capacity for Shin-Etsu, 
Formosa Plastics, Occidental, Solvay, Georgia Gulf and Others 
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-22 

Table 10: Global PVC Market (2005 & 2006): Percentage 
Breakdown of Sales by End-Use Sector - Pipe, Siding, Windows 
& Others, Film and Sheet, Compounders & Resellers, and Others 
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-23 
Categories of PVC: Suspension and Dispersion Resins II-23 
Suspension Resins II-23 
Leading Processing Technique: Extrusion II-23 
Dispersion Resins: A Minor Market II-23 
PVC Applications II-24 
Table 11: Global PVC Market (2003): Percentage Breakdown of 
Consumption by End-Use Segment - Extrusion (Calendering; 
Coating; Wire & Cable; Film & Sheet; Siding, Pipe, Tubing; 
Window, Door; Others), Molding (Bottles, Fittings, and 
Others), Paste, and Others (includes corresponding 
Graph/Chart) II-24 

6. Major End-Users of Molded Plastics II-25 
Automotive II-25 
Major Industry Constituents II-25 
Polypropylene: Witnesses Extensive Usage II-25 
Materials Used in the Automotive Industry and Key Issues 
Affecting Them II-25 
Polypropylene II-25 
Applications II-25 
Key Issues Affecting Polypropylene II-25 
High Density Polyethylene II-25 
Applications II-25 
Key Issues Affecting HDPE II-26 
Polyvinyl Chloride II-26 
Applications II-26 
Key Issues Affecting PVC II-26 
Construction II-26 
Major Industry Constituents II-26 
PVC: Experiencing Increased Usage II-26 
Extensive Usage of Polystyrene and Polyethylene II-26 
Plastics: Playing a Prominent Role in Substituting Wood II-26 
Electronics II-27 
Major Industry Constituents II-27 
Medical II-27 
Major Industry Constituents II-27 
Commonly Used Medical Plastics and its Primary Features and 
Applications: II-28 
Polyethylene II-28 
Primary Features II-28 
Typical Applications II-28 
Polypropylene II-28 
Primary Features II-28 
Typical Applications II-28 
General Purpose Polystyrene II-28 
Primary Features II-28 
Typical Applications II-28 
High-Impact Polystyrene II-28 
Primary Features II-28 
Typical Applications II-28 
Packaging II-28 
Major Industry Constituents II-28 
Polyethylene: Widespread Application II-28 
Polypropylene: Gaining Wider Acceptance II-29 
PVC: Usage Threatened Due to environmental Concerns II-29 
Appliances II-29 
Major Industry Constituents II-29 

7. Technological Developments II-30 
New PVC Technology from Solvay II-30 
Fabric-Free Seating Technology for Molded Seating 
Applications: Dow Chemicals II-30 
Infrared Welding Technology to Replace Hot Plate and Vibration 
Welding II-30 
Milliken Chemical Develops Hyper-Nucleating Agent for 
Injection Molded Polypropylene II-30 
Performance of HPN-68 vis-a-vis Other Nucleating Agents II-31 
Historic Innovations II-31 
Efforts Undertaken to Use Wood as a Filler for Plastics II-31 
Plastic Molding Operations: Manual Operations Replaced By 
Robotic Devices II-31 
Computer Flow Simulation: Manufactures Efficient Injection 
Molded Plastic Parts II-31 
Introduction of Intrusion Molding Process II-32 
Spray Coating Technology: An Edge Over Other Applications II-32 
Blow Molded Technology: A Major Breakthrough II-32 
Open-Loop Process Control: A Superior Technique II-33 
Injection Molding Industry: Endeavors to Introduce Innovative 
Components II-33 
Plastic Injection Spin Process: Increases The Tensile Strength II-33 
Precision Injection Compression: An Advanced Version II-34 
Rotomolding: A Pioneering Technology II-34 
Chemical Blowing Agent Products: On an Increasing Trend II-34 
Multi-Material Injection Molding: Minimizes The Production Costs II-34 

8. Product Innovations/Introductions II-35 
ExxonMobil Chemical Company Unveils Enable(TM) mPE Metallocene 
Polyethylene II-35 
BASF Introduces New Polyamides II-35 
ContiTech Vibration Control Introduces Plastic Engine Torque Rod II-36 
BASF Introduces New Ultramid(R) Seal-Fit II-36 
BASF New Polystyrene - PS ESCRimo(TM) for Refrigerators II-36 
Chevron Introduces New Grades of K-Resin(R) SBC II-36 
Croda Introduces New Slip Additive to Process Polystyrene II-37 
Persico Introduces Leonardo, an Automatic Rotational Molding 
System II-37 
Basell Introduces Moplen Polypropylene Resin II-37 
Phillips Sumika Develops Marlex ALN-070 PP Resin II-37 
3D Systems Unveils Accura 25 Plastic II-38 
ABC Group Introduces Plastic Running Boards for Automotive 
Plastics II-38 

9. Recent Industry Activity II-39 
Total and Samsung Joint Venture to Establish Polypropylene 
Compounding Plant II-39 
LyondellBasell Industries Takes Over Solvay Engineered Polymers II-39 
INEOS Polyolefins Unveils PP and PE Expansion Plans II-39 
INEOS Inks Agreement to Acquire BASF's Seal Sands Site II-40 
INEOS Technologies Extends Licensing Deal with Sibur II-40 
Huntsman to Hike Prices of Polyurethane and MDI Systems Prices II-40 
ExxonMobil Chemical Inaugurates New High-Performance Polymer 
Compounds Plant II-41 
Eastman Chemical Company Announces Expansion Plans at 
Kingsport Facility II-41 
Eastman Chemical Company to Divest European PET and PTA Business II-42 
Total Inaugurates New Polypropylene Line in its South Korean 
Facility II-42 
Solvay Indupa to Expand Vinyls Facility in Brazil II-42 
Rexam Shuts Down Plastics Production Facilities in the US II-43 
Rexam Purchases O-I Plastics II-43 
Saudi Basic Industries Acquires GE Plastics II-43 
Saudi Kayan Petrochemical Inks Contract with Samsung 
Engineering and Simon Carves II-43 
Solvay and SolVin Enter into Vinyls Joint Venture Agreement 
with Sibur II-44 
Pipelife Takes Over Quality Plastics II-44 
INEOS NOVA Inks Letter of Intent with SEEA Polymers II-44 
INEOS NOVA Begins Expanded Operations II-45 
NOVA Chemicals Bags Exclusive Styrene Manufacturing Rights 
from Sterling Chemicals II-45 
Huntsman Sells Polyester Resin Operations to Nuplex Industries II-45 
INEOS Group Signs JV Agreement with LANXESS II-45 
INEOS ChlorVinyls Divests Emulsion PVC Operations II-46 
Huntsman Forms Polyurethanes Joint Venture with NMG II-46 
Huntsman Inks Agreement with Basic Chemical Industries II-46 
Huntsman Signs Definitive Merger Agreement with Hexion 
Specialty Chemicals II-47 
Eastman Chemical Sells Eastman Chemical Iberia to La Seda de 
Barcelona II-47 
Eastman Chemical to Expand Specialty Copolyester Capacity II-47 
Eastman Chemical Divests Latin American PET Polymers Assets II-48 
LANXESS Expands PBT Polymer Joint Venture with DuPont II-48 
DuPont Engineering Polymers Expands Compounding Capacity II-48 
Dow Chemical Inaugurates New Polyurethane Systems Laboratory II-49 
Dow Chemical Company to Expand Correggio Facility II-49 
Lyondell Chemical Company Completes Merger with Basell AF II-49 
Dow Chemical Company Teams Up with Chevron Phillips Chemical II-50 
British Polythene Industries Acquires Recycling Plant from 
Integrated Polymers and Evolution Polymers II-50 
Chevron Phillips Chemical to Restructure K-Resin(R) Styrene 
Butadiene Copolymer Operations II-51 
Chevron Phillips Chemical to Construct New Ryton(R) 
Polyphenylene Sulfide Plant II-51 
SABIC Acquires Huntsman Petrochemicals II-51 
PTT Acquires Stake in HMC POLUMERS II-52 
Oneida Acquires ORC Plastics Division from Reunion Industries II-52 
GS Caltex Acquires Langfang II-52 
Dow Chemical Acquires Asahi's Stake in Styron Asia II-52 
CSL Acquires PVC Pipes Business from PPL and VPL II-53 
Promens Acquires Elkhart Plastics II-53 
Video Display Acquires Hobson Bros II-53 
Continental Structural Plastics Takes Over Plastic 
Manufacturing Assets from ThyssenKrupp II-53 
MCC to Acquire ExxonMobil's Stake in Polypropylene Businesses II-53 
Nova Splits Polystyrene to Cut Costs II-54 
Solvay Signs an Agreement to Acquire MPT to Expand 'PARMAX' 
Portfolio II-54 
Westlake Signs an Agreement to Acquire Polyethylene Business 
of Eastman II-54 
Apollo Management Inks Agreement with Graham Partners to 
Acquire BPC II-54 
Atorka Divests Stake in Low and Bonar II-55 
Sinopec Enters into Licensing Agreement with Ineos Technologies II-55 
SABIC Signs LoI with Shaw Stone to Construct HDPE Facility II-55 
Basell and Tasnee & Sahara Enter into a Joint Venture Agreement II-55 
Basell to Divest Stake in TPP to Lee Chang Yung in Taiwan II-55 
ExxonMobil Enters into a Licensing Agreement with PTT Chem in 
Thailand II-56 
Basell Concludes Expansion of Geelong Polypropylene Facility II-56 
Rexam Establishes First Plastic Packaging Facility in Poland II-56 
Rexam Divests European Food & Beverage Plastics Operations II-56 
Dow Divests Sentrachem's Plastics Division II-56 
Mitsui Inks an Agreement with Prime Polymer II-56 
Solvay Transfers its Reinforced Plastic Pipe Technology to 
Egeplast II-56 
Shin-Etsu Completes PVC Expansion Project II-57 
Nizhnekamskneftekhim Commissions New Polypropylene Line Project II-57 
Sabic and Basell to Invest in HDPE Facilities II-57 
Chemopetrol Inks an Agreement with Univation for Capacity 
Expansion II-57 
CSJC Chooses Spherizone Technology from Basell for a New 
Polypropylene Facility II-57 
Lotte Chooses Spherizone Technology from Basell for a New PP 
Facility in Korea II-58 
Sinopec Chooses Spherizone Technology from Basell for a New PP 
Facility in China II-58 
Samsung Engineering Bags Contract for Constructing 
Polypropylene Project II-58 
Huntsman Commences Construction of the Biggest Polyethylene 
Plant in the World II-58 
E-Styrenics Receives License from Ineos to Build Polystyrene 
Plant in Alexandria II-58 
Sinopec Completes PP and HDPE Plants II-58 
BASF and Shell Divest Basell II-59 
Repsol to Acquire Transformadora De Propileno Polypropylene 
Facility II-59 
GRUPO IDESA and NOVA Form a Joint Venture II-59 
INEOS Acquires Polystyrene Businesses II-59 
INEOS Acquires Innovene II-60 
REXAM Acquires Precise Technology II-60 
Gibraltar Industries Takes Over American Wilcon Plastics II-60 
Graham Packaging Acquires Stake in Graham Innopack II-60 
KPS Special Situations Fund Acquires Sarnamotive Blue Water II-60 
Berry Plastics Acquires Kerr Group II-60 
Gibraltar Industries Acquires American Wilcon Plastics II-61 
Moll Industries Acquires InteSys Technologies II-61 
Malish Corp Acquires Total Plastics II-61 
Low & Bonar Divests Plastics Division II-61 
Parker Hannifin Acquires Webster Plastics, a subsidiary of 
Acadia Elastomers II-61 
Pactiv Takes Over Newspring II-61 
Nova and BP Form a Joint Venture to Manufacture Polystyrene II-61 
Noble Group and Xenel Team-Up to Build Polypropylene Plant in 
Saudi Arabia II-62 
Basell's Expands Online Polyolefin Business, Enters Turkey II-62 
American Capital Invests in CSP II-62 
AMERI-KART Receives Distribution Rights for Whisper Series 
Polyethylene Containers II-62 
Suzano Petroquimica Completes Restructuring Process II-62 
Solvay Divests Adriaplast and Caleppiovinil to Ineos II-63 
Solvay Sells Interest in the BP Solvay Polyethylene Joint 
Venture to BP II-63 
Sumitomo Acquires Stake in Chiba II-63 
Vita Acquires Synair Corporation II-63 
Low & Bonar Acquires LCM Construction II-63 
ABB Joins Hand with Equistar and Acquires Novolen PP Technology II-64 
Borealis Divests Borealis Polimeros to Repsol II-64 
MacKellar Enters Agreement with Fabrik Molded Plastics II-64 
Norwesco Acquires Parkland Plastics II-64 
Graham Packaging Acquires the Blow Molded Plastics Unit of 
Owens-Illinois II-64 

10. Focus on Select Global Players II-65 
ABC Group, Inc. (Canada) II-65 
Ameri-Kart (USA) II-65 
BASF SE (Germany) II-65 
Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, LLC (USA) II-66 
E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (USA) II-66 
Eastman Chemical Company (USA) II-66 
Exxon Mobil Corporation (USA) II-67 
INEOS (UK) II-68 
LyondellBasell Industries (The Netherlands) II-68 
Rexam Plc (UK) II-68 
Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) (Saudi Arabia) II-68 
Solvay S.A. (Belgium) II-69 
The Dow Chemical Company (USA) II-69 
Total Petrochemicals USA, Inc. (USA) II-69 
Total S.A (France) II-70 

11. Global Market Perspective II-71 
Table 12: World Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for 
Molded Plastics by Geographic Region - USA, Canada, Japan, 
Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Middle East, and Latin 
American Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales 
Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2000 through 2010 (includes 
corresponding Graph/Chart) II-71 

Table 13: World Long-term Projections for Molded Plastics by 
Geographic Region - USA, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific 
(excluding Japan), Middle East, and Latin American Markets 
Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand 
Tons for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding 
Graph/Chart) II-72 

Table 14: World 10-Year Perspective for Molded Plastics by 
Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for 
USA, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), 
Middle East, and Latin American Markets for Years 2003, 2008 & 
2012 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-73 

Table 15: World Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for 
Molded HDPE by Geographic Region - USA, Canada, Japan, Europe, 
Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Middle East, and Latin 
American Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales 
Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2000 through 2010 (includes 
corresponding Graph/Chart) II-74 

Table 16: World Long-term Projections for Molded HDPE by 
Geographic Region - USA, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific 
(excluding Japan), Middle East, and Latin American Markets 
Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand 
Tons for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding 
Graph/Chart) II-75 

Table 17: World 10-Year Perspective for Molded HDPE by 
Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for 
USA, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), 
Middle East, and Latin American Markets for Years 2003, 2008 & 
2012 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-76 

Table 18: World Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for 
Molded LDPE by Geographic Region - USA, Canada, Japan, Europe, 
Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Middle East, and Latin 
American Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales 
Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2000 through 2010 (includes 
corresponding Graph/Chart) II-77 

Table 19: World Long-term Projections for Molded LDPE by 
Geographic Region - USA, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific 
(excluding Japan), Middle East, and Latin American Markets 
Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand 
Tons for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding 
Graph/Chart) II-78 

Table 20: World 10-Year Perspective for Molded LDPE by 
Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for 
USA, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), 
Middle East, and Latin American Markets for Years 2003, 2008 & 
2012 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-79 

Table 21: World Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for 
Molded LLDPE by Geographic Region - USA, Canada, Japan, 
Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Middle East, and Latin 
American Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales 
Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2000 through 2010 (includes 
corresponding Graph/Chart) II-80 

Table 22: World Long-term Projections for Molded LLDPE by 
Geographic Region - USA, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific 
(excluding Japan), Middle East, and Latin American Markets 
Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand 
Tons for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding 
Graph/Chart) II-81 

Table 23: World 10-Year Perspective for Molded LLDPE by 
Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for 
USA, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), 
Middle East, and Latin American Markets for Years 2003, 2008 & 
2012 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-82 

Table 24: World Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for 
Molded Polypropylene by Geographic Region - USA, Canada, 
Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Middle East, 
and Latin American Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual 
Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2000 through 2010 
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-83 

Table 25: World Long-term Projections for Molded Polypropylene 
by Geographic Region - USA, Canada, Japan, Europe, 
Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Middle East, and Latin 
American Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales 
Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes 
corresponding Graph/Chart) II-84 

Table 26: World 10-Year Perspective for Molded Polypropylene 
by Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales 
for USA, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding 
Japan), Middle East, and Latin American Markets for Years 
2003, 2008 & 2012 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-85 

Table 27: World Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for 
Molded Polystyrene by Geographic Region - USA, Canada, Japan, 
Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Middle East, and Latin 
American Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales 
Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2000 through 2010 (includes 
corresponding Graph/Chart) II-86 

Table 28: World Long-term Projections for Molded Polystyrene 
by Geographic Region - USA, Canada, Japan, Europe, 
Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Middle East, and Latin 
American Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales 
Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes 
corresponding Graph/Chart) II-87 

Table 29: World 10-Year Perspective for Molded Polystyrene by 
Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for 
USA, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), 
Middle East, and Latin American Markets for Years 2003, 2008 & 
2012 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-88 

Table 30: World Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for 
Molded PVC by Geographic Region - USA, Canada, Japan, Europe, 
Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Middle East, and Latin 
American Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales 
Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2000 through 2010 (includes 
corresponding Graph/Chart) II-89 

Table 31: World Long-term Projections for Molded PVC by 
Geographic Region - USA, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific 
(excluding Japan), Middle East, and Latin American Markets 
Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand 
Tons for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding 
Graph/Chart) II-90 

Table 32: World 10-Year Perspective for Molded PVC by 
Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for 
USA, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), 
Middle East, and Latin American Markets for Years 2003, 2008 & 
2012 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-91 


III. MARKET 

1. The United States III-1 
A.Market Analysis III-1 
Current & Future Analysis III-1 
Market Overview III-1 
Table 33: Injection-Molded Plastics Market in the US (2005 
& 2006): Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales by Plastics 
Resin Types - Polypropylene, HDPE, Polystyrene, LDPE, 
ABS/SAN, PVC and Others (includes corresponding 
Graph/Chart) III-1 

Table 34: HDPE Capacity Utilization in the US (2000-2005) 
(In %) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-2 

Table 35: HDPE Market in the US (2005 & 2006): Percentage 
Breakdown of Volume Sales by End-Use Sectors - Blow 
Molding, Film & Sheet, Injection Molding, Pipe & Conduit, 
Wire & Cable and Others (includes corresponding 
Graph/Chart) III-2 

Table 36: LDPE Capacity Utilization in the US (2000-2005) 
(In %) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-3 

Table 37: LDPE Market in the US (2005 & 2006): Percentage 
Breakdown of Volume Sales by End-Use Sectors - Film & 
Sheet, Extrusion Coatings, Resellers & Compounders, Pipe & 
Conduit, Injection Molding and Others (includes 
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-3 

Table 38: LLDPE Capacity Utilization in the US (2000-2005) 
(In %)(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-4 

Table 39: LLDPE Market in the US (2005 & 2006): Percentage 
Breakdown of Volume Sales by End-Use Sectors - Film & 
Sheet, Injection Molding, Rotomolding, Wire & Cable, and 
Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-4 

Table 40: Polypropylene Capacity Utilization in the US 
(2000-2005) (In %)(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-5 

Table 41: Polypropylene Market in the US (2005 & 2006): 
Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales by End-Use Sectors - 
Filaments & Fabrics, Compounding, Film & Sheet, Packaging, 
Consumer Products, Transportation, Appliances and Others 
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-5 

Table 42: Polystyrene Capacity Utilization in the US 
(2000-2005) (In %) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-6 

Table 43: Polystyrene Market in the US (2005 & 2006): 
Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales by End-Use Sectors - 
Packaging, Resellers, Electronic Appliances, Consumer 
Products, Electrical, Furniture, Building & Construction, 
and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-6 

Table 44: PVC Capacity Utilization in the US (2000-2005) 
(In %) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-7 

Table 45: PVC Market in the US (2005 & 2006): Percentage 
Breakdown of Volume Sales by End-Use Sectors - Building, 
Packaging, Consumer Goods, Electronic Industry, Agriculture 
and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-7 
Competitive Scenario III-8 
Table 46: Leading Players in the North American LLDPE 
Market by Capacity (2004 & 2005): Market Share for Dow 
Chemical, ExxonMobil Chemical, Nova Chemicals, Equistar 
Chemicals and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-8 

Table 47: Polyethylene Production in North America (2005 & 
2006): Market Share of Key Players - Dow Chemical, Exxon 
Mobil Chemical, Equistar Chemicals, Chevron Phillips 
Chemical, Nova Chemicals, Solvay Polymers and Others 
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-9 

Table 48: Leading Players in the North American HDPE Market 
by Capacity (2004 & 2005): Market Share for Exxon Mobil, 
Chevron Phillips Chemical, Dow Chemical, Lyondell, Formosa 
Plastics, Nova Chemicals, Solvay, BP, Millennium, Total S.A 
and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-9 

Table 49: Leading Players in the North American 
Polypropylene Market by Capacity (2004 & 2005): Market 
Share for Basell, BP, Exxon Mobil, Total S.A, Sun Company, 
Formosa Plastics, Dow Chemical, Chevron Phillips, Huntsman 
Group, and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-10 

Table 50: Leading Players in the North American Polystyrene 
Market (2004 & 2005): Market Share by Capacity for Dow 
Chemical, Nova Chemicals, Total S.A., BASF, Ineos, Chevron 
Phillips Chemical, DESC, Dart Container and Others 
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-11 

Table 51: Leading Players in the North American Expandable 
Polystyrene Market (2005 & 2006): Market Share for Nova 
Chemicals, Huntsman, Polioles, Styrochem, Dart Container, 
BASF and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-11 
Injection Molding: Leading Processing Application III-12 
Custom Injection Molders in the US by Process III-12 
Injection-Molded Toy Manufacturers Shift Production Base to 
Offshore Locations III-12 
New Designs Spark Up the Injection-Molded Toys Market III-12 
Blow Molding: Wide Variety of Applications III-13 
Blow Molded Bulk Containers: The High-Growth Market III-13 
Extrusion Blow Molding: A Major Breakthrough III-13 
Changing Lifestyle Drives Demand for Single-Use Packaging III-13 
Chlorine Capacity Shutdown to Limit US PVC Production III-13 
Slow Growth for Blow Molded Industrial Packaging Market III-13 
Packaging Industry Dominates the End-Use Market of Plastic 
Resins III-14 
Innovations in Packaging Technology Drives Growth III-14 
Table 52: US Protective Packaging Market (2005 & 2006): 
Percentage Breakdown of Value Sales by Major End-Use 
Segments - Foamed Plastics, Protective Shipping Containers, 
Insulated Shipping Containers, Inflatable Bags and Others 
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-15 
Growth of Molded Plastics in End-Use Markets III-15 
Electronics III-15 
Appliances III-15 
Medical III-15 
Table 53: Molded Plastics Market in the US (2005 & 2006): 
Percentage Breakdown by End-Use Segments - Packaging, 
Building & Construction, Consumer & Institutional, 
Exports, Transportation, Furniture/ Furnishings, 
Electrical/Electronics, and Others (includes corresponding 
Graph/Chart) III-16 
PVC Market III-16 
Major Challenges III-16 
Overview of the Market in the Past III-17 
Table 54: HDPE Consumption Pattern in the US: 2001 and 
2003 (Percentage of Volume Consumption) (includes 
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-17 

Table 55: LDPE Consumption Pattern in the US: 2001 and 
2003 (Percentage of Volume Consumption) (includes 
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-18 

Table 56: LLDPE Consumption Pattern in the US: 2001 and 
2003 (Percentage of Volume Consumption) (includes 
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-18 

Table 57: Polypropylene Consumption Pattern in the US: 
2001 and 2003 (Percentage of Volume Consumption) (includes 
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-19 

Table 58: Polystyrene Consumption Pattern in the US: 2001 
and 2003 (Percentage of Volume Consumption) (includes 
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-19 

Table 59: PVC Consumption Pattern in the US: 2001 and 2003 
(Percentage of Volume Consumption) (includes corresponding 
Graph/Chart) III-20 
Product Launches/Developments III-20 
Strategic Corporate Developments III-22 
Key Players III-31 
B.Market Analytics III-35 
Table 60: US Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for 
Molded Plastics by Product Segment - Molded HDPE, Molded 
LDPE, Molded LLDPE, Molded Polypropylene, Molded 
Polystyrene, and Molded PVC Markets Independently Analyzed 
with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2000 
through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-35 

Table 61: US Long-term Projections for Molded Plastics by 
Product Segment - Molded HDPE, Molded LDPE, Molded LLDPE, 
Molded Polypropylene, Molded Polystyrene, and Molded PVC 
Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in 
Thousand Tons for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes 
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-36 

Table 62: US 10-Year Perspective for Molded Plastics by 
Product Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for 
Molded HDPE, Molded LDPE, Molded LLDPE, Molded 
Polypropylene, Molded Polystyrene, and Molded PVC Markets 
for Years 2003, 2008 & 2012 (includes corresponding 
Graph/Chart) III-37 

2. Canada III-38 
A.Market Analysis III-38 
Current & Future Analysis III-38 
Market Overview III-38 
Plastics Processing Industry III-38 
Composite Materials III-38 
Injection Molding III-39 
End-User Profile III-39 
Key Players III-39 
B.Market Analytics III-40 
Table 63: Canadian Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis 
for Molded Plastics by Product Segment - Molded HDPE, Molded 
LDPE, Molded LLDPE, Molded Polypropylene, Molded 
Polystyrene, and Molded PVC Markets Independently Analyzed 
with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2000 
through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-40 

Table 64: Canadian Long-term Projections for Molded Plastics 
by Product Segment - Molded HDPE, Molded LDPE, Molded LLDPE, 
Molded Polypropylene, Molded Polystyrene, and Molded PVC 
Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in 
Thousand Tons for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes 
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-41 

Table 65: Canadian 10-Year Perspective for Molded Plastics 
by Product Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales 
for Molded HDPE, Molded LDPE, Molded LLDPE, Molded 
Polypropylene, Molded Polystyrene, and Molded PVC Markets 
for Years 2003, 2008 & 2012 (includes corresponding 
Graph/Chart) III-42 

3. Japan III-43 
A.Market Analysis III-43 
Current & Future Analysis III-43 
Review of the Market in the Past III-43 
Table 66: HDPE Consumption Pattern in Japan: 2001 and 2003 
(Percentage of Volume Consumption) (includes corresponding 
Graph/Chart) III-43 

Table 67: LDPE Consumption Pattern in Japan: 2001 and 2003 
(Percentage of Volume Consumption) (includes corresponding 
Graph/Chart) III-44 

Table 68: LLDPE Consumption Pattern in Japan: 2001 and 2003 
(Percentage of Volume Consumption) (includes corresponding 
Graph/Chart) III-44 

Table 69: Polypropylene Consumption Pattern in Japan: 2001 
and 2003 (Percentage of Volume Consumption) (includes 
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-45 

Table 70: PVC Consumption Pattern in Japan: 2001 and 2003 
(Percentage of Volume Consumption) (includes corresponding 
Graph/Chart) III-45 
Strategic Corporate Developments III-46 
Key Players III-46 
B.Market Analytics III-48 
Table 71: Japanese Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis 
for Molded Plastics by Product Segment - Molded HDPE, Molded 
LDPE, Molded LLDPE, Molded Polypropylene, Molded 
Polystyrene, and Molded PVC Markets Independently Analyzed 
with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2000 
through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-48 

Table 72: Japanese Long-term Projections for Molded Plastics 
by Product Segment - Molded HDPE, Molded LDPE, Molded LLDPE, 
Molded Polypropylene, Molded Polystyrene, and Molded PVC 
Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in 
Thousand Tons for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes 
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-49 

Table 73: Japanese 10-Year Perspective for Molded Plastics 
by Product Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales 
for Molded HDPE, Molded LDPE, Molded LLDPE, Molded 
Polypropylene, Molded Polystyrene, and Molded PVC Markets 
for Years 2003, 2008 & 2012 (includes corresponding 
Graph/Chart) III-50 

4. Europe III-51 
A.Market Analysis III-51 
Current & Future Analysis III-51 
Market Overview III-51 
Table 74: Blow Molded Industrial Containers Market in 
Europe (2005 & 2006): Percentage Breakdown of Unit Sales by 
End-Use Sectors - Industrial Bulk Containers, Open Top 
Drums and Tight-Head Drums (includes corresponding 
Graph/Chart) III-51 
Injection Molding: Sluggish Market Scenario III-52 
Market Forces III-52 
Major End-Users III-52 
Environmental Aspects III-53 
Overview of the Market in the Past III-53 
Table 75: HDPE Consumption Pattern in Western Europe: 2001 
and 2003 (Percentage of Volume Consumption) (includes 
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-53 

Table 76: LDPE Consumption Pattern in Western Europe: 2001 
and 2003 (Percentage of Volume Consumption) (includes 
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-54 

Table 77: LLDPE Consumption Pattern in Western Europe: 2001 
and 2003 (Percentage of Volume Consumption) (includes 
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-54 

Table 78: Polypropylene Consumption Pattern in Western 
Europe: 2001 and 2003 (Percentage of Volume Consumption) 
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-55 

Table 79: Polystyrene Consumption Pattern in Western 
Europe: 2001 and 2003 (Percentage of Volume Consumption) 
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-55 

Table 80: PVC Consumption Pattern in Western Europe: 2001 
and 2003 (Percentage of Volume Consumption) (includes 
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-56 
Strategic Corporate Developments III-56 
B.Market Analytics III-58 
Table 81: European Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis 
for Molded Plastics by Geographic Region - France, Germany, 
Italy, UK, Spain, Russia, and Rest of Europe Markets 
Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand 
Tons for Years 2000 through 2010 (includes corresponding 
Graph/Chart) III-58 

Table 82: European Long-term Projections for Molded Plastics 
by Geographic Region - France, Germany, Italy, UK, Spain, 
Russia, and Rest of Europe Markets Independently Analyzed 
with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2011 
through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-58 

Table 83: European Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis 
for Molded Plastics by Product Segment - Molded HDPE, Molded 
LDPE, Molded LLDPE, Molded Polypropylene, Molded 
Polystyrene, and Molded PVC Markets Independently Analyzed 
with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2000 
through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-59 

Table 84: European Long-term Projections for Molded Plastics 
by Product Segment - Molded HDPE, Molded LDPE, Molded LLDPE, 
Molded Polypropylene, Molded Polystyrene, and Molded PVC 
Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in 
Thousand Tons for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes 
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-59 

Table 85: European 10-Year Perspective for Molded Plastics 
by Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales 
for France, Germany, Italy, UK, Spain, Russia, and Rest of 
Europe Markets for Years 2003, 2008 & 2012 (includes 
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-60 

Table 86: European 10-Year Perspective for Molded Plastics 
by Product Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales 
for Molded HDPE, Molded LDPE, Molded LLDPE, Molded 
Polypropylene, Molded Polystyrene, and Molded PVC Markets 
for Years 2003, 2008 & 2012 (includes corresponding 
Graph/Chart) III-61 

4a. France III-62 
A.Market Analysis III-62 
Current & Future Analysis III-62 
Market Overview III-62 
Key Player III-62 
B.Market Analytics III-63 
Table 87: French Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for 
Molded Plastics by Product Segment - Molded HDPE, Molded 
LDPE, Molded LLDPE, Molded Polypropylene, Molded 
Polystyrene, and Molded PVC Markets Independently Analyzed 
with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2000 
through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-63 

Table 88: French Long-term Projections for Molded Plastics 
by Product Segment - Molded HDPE, Molded LDPE, Molded LLDPE, 
Molded Polypropylene, Molded Polystyrene, and Molded PVC 
Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in 
Thousand Tons for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes 
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-64 

Table 89: French 10-Year Perspective for Molded Plastics by 
Product Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for 
Molded HDPE, Molded LDPE, Molded LLDPE, Molded 
Polypropylene, Molded Polystyrene, and Molded PVC Markets 
for Years 2003, 2008 & 2012 (includes corresponding 
Graph/Chart) III-65 

4b. Germany III-66 
A.Market Analysis III-66 
Current & Future Analysis III-66 
Plastics Market III-66 
Product Launches/Developments III-66 
Strategic Corporate Developments III-67 
BASF SE - A Major Player III-68 
B.Market Analytics III-69 
Table 90: German Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for 
Molded Plastics by Product Segment - Molded HDPE, Molded 
LDPE, Molded LLDPE, Molded Polypropylene, Molded 
Polystyrene, and Molded PVC Markets Independently Analyzed 
with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2000 
through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-69 

Table 91: German Long-term Projections for Molded Plastics 
by Product Segment - Molded HDPE, Molded LDPE, Molded LLDPE, 
Molded Polypropylene, Molded Polystyrene, and Molded PVC 
Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in 
Thousand Tons for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes 
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-70 

Table 92: German 10-Year Perspective for Molded Plastics by 
Product Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for 
Molded HDPE, Molded LDPE, Molded LLDPE, Molded 
Polypropylene, Molded Polystyrene, and Molded PVC Markets 
for Years 2003, 2008 & 2012 (includes corresponding 
Graph/Chart) III-71 

4c. Italy III-72 
A.Market Analysis III-72 
Current & Future Analysis III-72 
Product Launch III-72 
Strategic Corporate Developments III-72 
B.Market Analytics III-73 
Table 93: Italian Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for 
Molded Plastics by Product Segment - Molded HDPE, Molded 
LDPE, Molded LLDPE, Molded Polypropylene, Molded 
Polystyrene, and Molded PVC Markets Independently Analyzed 
with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2000 
through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-73 

Table 94: Italian Long-term Projections for Molded Plastics 
by Product Segment - Molded HDPE, Molded LDPE, Molded LLDPE, 
Molded Polypropylene, Molded Polystyrene, and Molded PVC 
Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in 
Thousand Tons for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes 
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-74 

Table 95: Italian 10-Year Perspective for Molded Plastics by 
Product Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for 
Molded HDPE, Molded LDPE, Molded LLDPE, Molded 
Polypropylene, Molded Polystyrene, and Molded PVC Markets 
for Years 2003, 2008 & 2012 (includes corresponding 
Graph/Chart) III-75 

4d. The United Kingdom III-76 
A.Market Analysis III-76 
Current & Future Analy

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