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北美的硬質透明塑膠市場

Rigid Transparent Plastics (North American Market)

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北美的硬質透明塑膠市場 Rigid Transparent Plastics (North American Market)
出版日期: 2015年02月09日 內容資訊: 英文 215 Pages
簡介

本報告提供北美的硬質透明塑膠市場現況與展望調查分析、透明塑膠的發展過程、主要材料和特性、產品開發趨勢、材料與應用類別的市場規模實際成果預測、主要透明塑膠的競爭趨勢、主要企業產品、相關規格、實驗、規定,以及主要企業的簡介等彙整,為您概述為以下內容。

第1章 簡介

第2章 摘要

第3章 概要

  • 背景
  • 平板玻璃的種類

第4章 透明塑膠的演進

  • 背景
  • 重要的初期發展
  • 選項
  • 課題
  • 技術
  • 硬質透明塑膠
  • 聚碳酸酯
  • 丙烯
  • 聚苯乙烯樹脂
  • 苯乙烯共聚物
  • 丙烯睛-丁二烯-苯乙烯塑膠
  • 纖維素衍生物
  • 聚氯乙烯
  • 熱塑性聚酯(PET)
  • 聚碸
  • ADC
  • 其他透明塑膠
  • 透明塑膠市場:摘要

第5章 透明塑膠的應用

  • 概要
  • 電子產品
  • 建築/建築用產品
  • 醫療
  • 汽車
  • 家庭用品
  • 家電
  • 玩具
  • 光學鏡片
  • 飛機用透明材料
  • 太陽光
  • 其他應用
  • 摘要:透明塑膠的應用

第6章 主要透明塑膠的競爭

  • 概要
  • 應用
  • 聚苯乙烯和ABS
  • SMMA樹脂
  • 競爭摘要:各應用領域

第7章 主要製造商與供應商

  • 主要製造商與產品

第8章 規格、實驗、規定

  • 特性與實驗方法
  • 光學檢驗
  • 透明塑膠編碼核准
  • 硬質透明塑膠用主要ASTM編碼
  • 其他編碼核准

第9章 企業簡介

第10章 附錄

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REPORT HIGHLIGHTS

The North American market for rigid transparent plastics reached nearly $4.0 billion in 2014 and is expected to reach $4.1 billion in 2015. This market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.5% to nearly $4.9 billion for the period 2015-2020.

This report provides:

  • An overview of the global market for rigid transparent plastics.
  • Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2014, estimates for 2015, and projections of CAGRs through 2020.
  • Coverage of new developments in clear plastics, their expanded usage in existing and new applications, and competition between polymers exhibiting optical clarity.
  • Information on major applications for rigid transparent plastics, in addition to medical, electronic, and automotive markets, which include: building/construction (glazing, lighting lenses, signs/displays), housewares, appliances, toys, optical lenses, and aircraft transparencies.

SCOPE OF THE REPORT

Use of the terms transparent and clear is subjective. Most definitions of the terms express the clarity of plastics to the percentage of light transmission as defined by American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) test D-1003. Light transmission percentages above 85 are generally accepted as transparent although many suppliers claim clear grades with percentages of 80 or lower, making the distinction between transparent and translucent hazy. When referring to plastics and resins, the terms transparent and clear are used synonymously in this report.

Clear rigid plastics are commercially available in many forms including injection-molded, extruded, blow-molded and thermoformed. Many clear extruded products are converted to clear films. The uses for these films are varied and include commodity, specialty, coextruded, food and medical packaging. Packaging markets such as healthcare and food are not addressed in this report. Blow-molded clear plastics are hollow and most are converted to bottles or containers. Thermoformed plastics are similar to injection-molded plastics but are generally thinner and require less equipment and capital outlay.

This report covers rigid, clear, non-packaging plastic products, which include injection-molded, non-film extrusion, and some thermoformed (including cast sheet) plastics. Flexible and hollow thin plastics including films are not covered in this report. The clear resins covered in this report are: acrylics, polycarbonates, polystyrenes, styrene block copolymers (SBCs), styrene acrylonitrile (SAN), acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), polysulfones, thermoplastic polyesters (almost exclusively polyethylene terephthalate (PET)), polypropylene, acrylic-styrene copolymers (SMMAs), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), nylon, cellulosic resins, cyclic olefin copolymers (COCs) and allyl diglycol carbonate (ADC) (for optical applications).

Major applications of these rigid transparent plastics include: medical, electronic, automotive, building and construction (glazing, lighting lenses, signs and displays), housewares, appliances, toys, optical lenses and aircraft transparencies.

The geographic scope of this report is the North American market.

ANALYST'S CREDENTIALS

Research analyst Mel Schlechter has more than 40 years of experience in the chemical industry and specializes in plastics market research. He has worked with BCC Research for more than a decade and holds a B.S. in chemistry, an M.S. in organic chemistry and an M.B.A. in marketing.

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1 - INTRODUCTION

  • STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
  • REASONS FOR COMPLETING THE REPORT
  • SCOPE OF THE REPORT
  • METHODOLOGY
  • INTENDED AUDIENCE
  • ANALYST'S CREDENTIALS
  • RELATED BCC RESEARCH REPORTS
  • BCC RESEARCH WEBSITE
  • DISCLAIMER

CHAPTER 2 - SUMMARY

  • SUMMARY TABLE: NORTH AMERICAN RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY RESIN TYPE, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
  • SUMMARY FIGURE: NORTH AMERICAN RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY RESIN TYPE, 2014-2020 (MILLION POUNDS)

CHAPTER 3 - OVERVIEW OF THE GLASS INDUSTRY

  • BACKGROUND OF THE GLASS INDUSTRY
  • TYPES OF FLAT GLASS
    • OVERVIEW
    • WINDOW AND SHEET GLASS
    • FLOAT GLASS
    • LAMINATED GLASS
    • TEMPERED GLASS
    • REFLECTIVE GLASS
    • SOLAR GLASS
    • BULLET-RESISTANT GLASS
    • EMI SHIELDING GLASS
    • PATTERNED GLASS
    • CONVERSION TO PLASTICS

CHAPTER 4 - EVOLUTION OF TRANSPARENT PLASTICS

  • BACKGROUND OF TRANSPARENT PLASTICS
  • IMPORTANT EARLY DEVELOPMENTS
  • CURRENT PLASTICS CHOICES
  • PROBLEMS WITH PLASTICS
  • TECHNOLOGY
    • PERFORMANCE VARIABLES
    • TRANSPARENCY OR CLARITY
    • REFRACTIVE INDEX
    • HAZE
      • TABLE 1: OPTICAL QUALITIES OF RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS (1/8-INCH TEST SPECIMENS)
    • YELLOWNESS INDEX (YI)
    • UV STABILITY
      • TABLE 2: SENSITIVITY TO UV RADIATION AMONG SELECTED TRANSPARENT PLASTICS
    • ABRASION RESISTANCE
    • USE OF COATINGS
    • CHEMICAL RESISTANCE
    • HEAT RESISTANCE
      • TABLE 3: HEAT RESISTANCE LEVELS OF SELECTED TRANSPARENT PLASTICS (°F AT 264 PSI)
    • INDUSTRY CONSIDERATIONS
    • MECHANICAL STRENGTH
      • TABLE 4: IMPACT RESISTANCE VALUES OF SELECTED TRANSPARENT PLASTICS (FEET-POUNDS/INCH)
    • DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS
    • RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS
      • TABLE 5: TRANSPARENT GRADE PERCENTAGES OF MAJOR PLASTICS (%)
  • POLYCARBONATES
    • OVERVIEW
    • IMPACT OF BISPHENOL A ON POLYCARBONATE USAGE
    • PROCESSING
    • ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES
    • PRODUCERS
      • TABLE 6: KEY POLYCARBONATES PRODUCTS AND PRODUCERS
  • CAPACITY AND DEMAND
  • POLYCARBONATE SHEET
    • Overview
    • Definitions
    • Applications
  • PRODUCER GRADES
  • SPECIFIC APPLICATIONS
  • SELECTED TRADE NAMES OF POLYCARBONATES
  • ANOTHER IMPORTANT COMPANY INVOLVED WITH POLYCARBONATES
    • Sheffield Chemical
  • MARKET ESTIMATES AND FORECASTS
    • TABLE 7: RIGID TRANSPARENT POLYCARBONATE MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • TABLE 8: RIGID TRANSPARENT POLYCARBONATE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION MARKET, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
  • RECENT DEVELOPMENTS
    • Bayer's Acquisition of Arkema's Polycarbonate Sheet Product Line
    • Bayer's Introduction of Flame Retardant Clear Polycarbonates for Furniture
    • Potential Lower Prices Due to Polycarbonate Capacity Increases
    • Usage of Polycarbonate Sheet for Passenger Rail Cars
    • Closure of Bayer Polycarbonate Sheet Plants in Germany and China
    • End of Styron's Polycarbonate Supply Agreement with Dow Chemical
  • ACRYLICS
    • OVERVIEW
    • COMPARISON OF PMMA WITH GLASS
    • PROPERTIES
      • Properties of Acrylic Molded and Extruded ProductsProperties of Acrylic Molded and Extruded Products
    • MANUFACTURE OF ACRYLIC POLYMERS
    • ACRYLIC SHEET
      • Manufacturing Methods
    • APPLICATIONS
    • PRODUCERS
      • Altuglas
      • Cyro Industries
      • Lucite International
      • Aristech Acrylic LLC
      • Plaskolite
      • Sabic IP and Mitsubishi Form Acrylic Joint Venture
    • COMPARISON OF ACRYLICS AND POLYCARBONATES
    • MARKET ESTIMATES AND FORECASTS
      • TABLE 9: RIGID TRANSPARENT ACRYLICS MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
      • TABLE 10: RIGID TRANSPARENT ACRYLICS BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION MARKET, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • NEW DEVELOPMENTS
      • Use of Nano Additives to Increase Durability of Acrylic
      • Super-Low Gloss Acrylic with Soft Touch
      • Styrolution's Expansion of its Zylar Product Line
      • Opening of Acrylic Plant in Texas by Arkema
  • STYRENIC RESINS
    • OVERVIEW
    • GENERAL PURPOSE POLYSTYRENE
      • Background
      • Characteristics of General Purpose Polystyrene
      • Specialty Grades
    • STYRENE COPOLYMERS
      • Overview
      • Optical Properties
        • Background
        • Refractive Index
        • Haze
        • Birefringence
    • HIPS
    • RECENT STYRENIC POLYMER PRODUCER CHANGES
    • GLOBAL PRODUCERS AND INDUSTRY LEADERS
    • PROCESSING
      • Overview
        • TABLE 11: FABRICATION METHODS AND USES FOR POLYSTYRENE
      • Injection Molding
      • Extrusion
    • APPLICATIONS
      • Overview
      • Polystyrene Applications
    • MARKET ESTIMATES AND FORECASTS
      • TABLE 12: RIGID TRANSPARENT POLYSTYRENE MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
      • TABLE 13: RIGID TRANSPARENT POLYSTYRENE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION MARKET BY PRODUCT, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • NEW DEVELOPMENTS
      • Ineos' Acquisition of BASF's Share of Styrolution
  • STYRENE COPOLYMERS
    • OVERVIEW
    • STYRENE BLOCK COPOLYMERS
      • Overview
      • Processing
        • TABLE 14: MAJOR SBC PRODUCTS BY POLYMER PROCESS
      • Producers
      • Styrolux SBC/GPPS Blends
      • Chevron-Phillips K-Resin
        • Medical Applications
        • Consumer Products
        • Toys
      • Market Estimates and Forecasts
        • TABLE 15: RIGID TRANSPARENT SBC MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
      • Recent Developments
        • Increase in Kraton Sales
        • Kraton's Additional Asian Venture
    • STYRENE-ACRYLIC COPOLYMERS
      • Overview
      • Properties and Blending
      • Applications
    • STYRENE-ACRYLONITRILE COPOLYMERS
      • Overview
      • Properties
      • Transparent Applications of SAN
      • Producers
      • Technology and Marketing Activities
      • Market Estimates and Forecasts
        • TABLE 16: RIGID TRANSPARENT SAN MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
        • TABLE 17: RIGID TRANSPARENT SAN BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION MARKET BY PRODUCT, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • STYRENE METHYL METHACRYLATE
      • Market Estimates and Forecasts
        • TABLE 18: RIGID TRANSPARENT SMMA MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
  • ACRYLONITRILE BUTADIENE STYRENE
    • OVERVIEW
    • PROPERTIES
    • PROCESSING
    • PRODUCERS
    • GENERAL GRADES
    • ABS SHEETS
    • GENERAL ABS APPLICATIONS
      • Overview
      • Transparent ABS Applications
    • MARKET ESTIMATES AND FORECASTS
      • TABLE 19: ABS RIGID TRANSPARENT MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
  • CELLULOSICS
    • BACKGROUND
    • OVERVIEW
    • PROPERTIES
    • THE ORIGINAL CLEAR PLASTIC
    • TYPES OF TRANSPARENT CELLULOSIC PLASTICS
    • ADVANTAGES
    • DISADVANTAGES
    • PRODUCERS
    • MARKET ESTIMATES AND FORECASTS
      • TABLE 20: RIGID TRANSPARENT CELLULOSICS PLASTIC MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
  • POLYVINYL CHLORIDE
    • OVERVIEW
    • FORMS OF PVC
    • VERSATILITY
    • PROCESSING
      • Background
      • Extrusion
      • Calendering
    • CONSUMPTION PATTERNS
      • TABLE 21: RIGID PVC APPLICATIONS
    • APPLICATIONS OF TRANSPARENT PVC
    • PRODUCERS
    • RIGID TRANSPARENT PVC CHARACTERISTICS
    • ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
      • Positive Issues
      • Negative Issues
    • PRODUCERS AND CAPACITIES
      • TABLE 22: LEADING GLOBAL PVC PRODUCERS (BILLION POUNDS)
    • MARKET ESTIMATES AND FORECASTS
      • TABLE 23: PVC RIGID TRANSPARENT MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
  • THERMOPLASTIC POLYESTERS (POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE)
    • OVERVIEW
    • MAJOR APPLICATIONS
    • MODIFIED PET RESINS
      • Background
      • Amorphous PET
      • Crystalline PET
      • Glycol-modified Polyethylene Terephthalate
    • PRODUCERS
      • Eastar
      • Spectar
      • Durastar
      • Tritan
    • RECENT DEVELOPMENTS
      • Indorama's Purchase of Several Eastman Units
      • Merger of Mitsui Chemicals and Teijin's PET Business
      • DAK Americas Purchase of Eastman PET Products
      • Bayer's Sale of Its PETG Sheet Product Line
      • Laser Transparent PBT
    • SUMMARY
    • MARKET ESTIMATES AND FORECASTS
      • TABLE 24: THERMOPLASTIC POLYESTER RIGID TRANSPARENT MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
  • POLYSULFONES
    • BACKGROUND AND PROPERTIES
    • TYPES OF POLYSULFONES
    • APPLICATIONS
      • Overview
      • Electrical and Electronic Applications
    • CLEAR POLYSULFONE APPLICATIONS
    • PRODUCERS
      • TABLE 25: GLOBAL CAPACITY FOR POLYSULFONE POLYMER PRODUCTION (MILLION POUNDS)
    • RECENT DEVELOPMENTS
      • Opening of BASF Polysulfone Plant in South Korea
    • MARKET ESTIMATES AND FORECASTS
      • TABLE 26: POLYSULFONE RIGID TRANSPARENT MARKET BY APPLICATION*, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
  • ALLYL DIGLYCOL CARBONATE
    • BACKGROUND
    • PRODUCTS, PROPERTIES AND APPLICATIONS
    • TRIVEX VERSUS POLYCARBONATE
    • MARKET ESTIMATES AND FORECASTS
  • OTHER TRANSPARENT PLASTICS
    • POLYPROPYLENE
      • Overview
      • Properties
      • Polypropylene Property Advances
      • Typical Applications
      • Techniques Used to Impart Clarity
      • Injection-molded Transparent Polypropylene
      • Clear Polypropylene Grades
      • Polypropylene Producers
        • TABLE 27: U.S. MARKET SHARES OF LEADING POLYPROPYLENE PRODUCERS (%)
      • New Developments
      • Expansion of Milliken's Polypropylene Clarifying Agent Capacity
    • NYLONS
      • Background
      • Properties
      • Major Types of Nylons
        • Nylon 66
        • Nylon 6
      • Processing
      • Applications of Nylons
      • Producers and Capacities
        • TABLE 28: KEY GLOBAL NYLON RESIN PRODUCERS
      • Company Activities
        • Evonik Industries AG
        • EMS Grivory
    • CYCLIC OLEFIN COPOLYMERS
      • Introduction
      • Optical Applications
      • Properties
    • MARKET ESTIMATES FOR OTHER RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS
  • TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET SUMMARY
    • TABLE 29: RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)

CHAPTER 5 - APPLICATIONS FOR RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS

  • OVERVIEW
  • ELECTRONICS APPLICATIONS
    • OVERVIEW
    • OPTICAL DISKS
    • DVD VERSUS CD TECHNOLOGY
      • Overview
      • Optical Disc Key Performance Parameters
      • DVDs Processing
    • TRANSPARENT SUBSTRATE MATERIALS
      • Glass
      • Plastics
        • Background
        • Polycarbonates
        • Glass versus Clear Plastics
    • CONSUMER ELECTRONICS TRENDS
      • Overview
      • Market Dynamics
        • CDs/DVDs
        • Other Important Technologies
    • OVERVIEW OF RIGID TRANSPARENT USE IN ELECTRONICS
    • MARKET ESTIMATES AND FORECASTS
      • TABLE 30: ELECTRONICS RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • RECENT DEVELOPMENTS
      • Smaller Solar PV Devices as a Result of New Polycarbonate Copolymers
      • Replace of Aluminum by Polycarbonates in LED Cooling Elements
  • BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION APPLICATIONS
    • OVERVIEW
    • BACKGROUND
    • EXAMPLES OF PRODUCT USAGE
    • IMPACT OF THE U.S. HOUSING MARKET
      • TABLE 31: U.S. HOUSING STARTS FOR SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES, 2005-2014 (THOUSANDS OF UNITS)
    • MARKET ESTIMATES AND FORECASTS
      • TABLE 32: BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTIC MARKET BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
      • TABLE 33: BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • GLAZING
      • Background
      • Properties
        • TABLE 34: SELECTED PROPERTIES OF PLASTIC SHEET FOR OUTDOOR APPLICATIONS
      • PMMA Sheet
      • Polycarbonate Sheet
      • Examples of Glazing Products
      • Detailed Uses of Plastic Glazing Products
        • Greenhouses
        • Skylights
          • Overview
          • Use of Glass
          • Use of Plastics
            • Overview
            • Plastic Types
          • Glass and Plastics Combinations
          • Skylight Configurations
      • Market Estimates and Forecasts
        • TABLE 35: GLAZING RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • LIGHTING PRODUCTS
      • Overview
      • Lighting Technologies
      • Key Performance Parameters
      • Types of Lighting Products
      • Clear Plastics Used in Lighting Products
        • Acrylics
        • Polystyrene
        • Cellulosics
        • Polycarbonates
        • PVC
      • Processing Methods
      • Lighting Lens Suppliers
      • Recent Developments
        • Use of Clear Polycarbonate in Integrated LED Light Engine
    • SIGNS AND DISPLAYS
      • Background
      • Resins Used in Signs and Displays
        • Acrylics
        • Polycarbonates
      • Outdoor Sign Market
      • Examples of Commercial Sign and Display Products
      • Indoor Signs and Displays
      • Point-of-Purchase Products
      • New Developments
        • Use of Engineered Polycarbonate Sheet for Signs
    • PLUMBING FIXTURES
      • Overview
      • Transparent Plastic Plumbing Fixture Manufacturers
      • Transparent Plumbing Products
    • MARKET ESTIMATES AND FORECASTS
      • TABLE 36: LIGHTING LENS RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
      • TABLE 37: PLUMBING FIXTURES RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
      • TABLE 38: SIGNS AND DISPLAYS RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
  • MEDICAL APPLICATIONS
    • OVERVIEW
    • FDA ACTIVITIES
      • Overview
      • Resin Usage in Medical Devices
        • TABLE 39: SELECTED RESIN USAGE BY TYPE OF MEDICAL DEVICE
    • TESTING PROCEDURES FOR MEDICAL PLASTICS
    • PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS FOR MEDICAL PLASTICS
    • MEDICAL AND LABORATORY WARE REGULATIONS FOR CLEAR PLASTICS
    • PLASTIC MEDICAL AND LABORATORY WARE PRODUCTS AND DEVICES
      • Background
      • Applications
    • ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS OF MEDICAL PLASTICS
      • Dimensional Stability
      • Chemical Compatibility
    • STERILIZATION TECHNIQUES FOR MEDICAL PLASTICS
      • Overview of Methods
      • EtO Gas Sterilization
      • Radiation Sterilization
      • Gamma Radiation
    • POLYMER REACTIONS TO STERILIZATION METHODS
      • Background
      • Acrylics
        • Background
        • PVC
        • Polypropylene
        • Polyethylene
        • ABS and SAN
        • Polycarbonates
        • Polystyrene
        • Polyesters
    • E-BEAM RADIATION
      • Overview
      • Radiation Resistance
        • TABLE 40: RADIATION RESISTANCE OF KEY MEDICAL PLASTICS
    • CLARITY REQUIREMENTS FOR MEDICAL PLASTICS
    • CLEAR PLASTICS IN MEDICAL APPLICATIONS
      • Polystyrene
      • Polycarbonates
        • Background
        • Applications
        • Examples of Usage
          • Renal Dialysis
          • Surgical Instruments
          • Cardiac Surgery Products
      • Acrylics
        • Overview
        • Use in Medical Applications
        • Acrylics Used for Medical Devices
      • Polysulfones
        • Background
        • Properties and Use in Medical Applications
      • SAN Resins
      • Styrene Block Copolymers
      • ABS
        • Properties
        • Medical Uses
      • Acrylic-Styrene Copolymers
      • Polyesters
      • PVC
    • RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTIC MEDICAL PRODUCTS
      • Anesthesia Aids
      • Blood Centrifuge Bowls
      • Blood Oxygenators
      • Pulsatile Balloon Pumps
      • Intravenous Solution Administration Sets
      • Implants
      • Syringes
        • Background
        • Products and Applications
        • Syringe Alternatives
        • Materials Used
          • Polymer Usage
        • Disposable Devices
        • Kits
          • Overview
          • Performance Criteria
            • TABLE 41: MATERIAL PROPERTY CRITERIA FOR DISPOSABLE MEDICAL KITS
        • Trays
          • Background
          • Sterilization
            • TABLE 42: RESIN PROPERTY CRITERIA FOR TRAYS
          • Property Parameters for Choosing Tray Materials
          • Tray Designs for Different Environments
    • MARKET ESTIMATES AND FORECASTS
      • TABLE 43: MEDICAL RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • RECENT DEVELOPMENTS
      • Introduction of New Polycarbonates Grades
  • AUTOMOTIVE
    • OVERVIEW
      • TABLE 44: HISTORICAL U.S. AUTOMOTIVE ASSEMBLIES, 2011-2014 (MILLION UNITS)
      • TABLE 45: HYBRID AUTOMOTIVE SALES IN THE U.S. (THOUSAND UNITS)
    • CORPORATE AVERAGE FUEL ECONOMY ISSUES
    • BACKGROUND OF CLEAR PLASTIC USAGE IN AUTOS
      • Transparent Automotive Exteriors and Housings
        • Background
        • Light Reflector Housings
        • Taillights and Rear Brake Lights
        • Headlights and Front-End Lenses
    • CAR LIGHTING SYSTEMS
      • Overview
      • LEDs
        • Overview
        • Challenges
    • LIGHT SOURCES
      • Incandescent Light Bulbs
        • Non-Halogen
        • Halogen
    • TAIL LIGHTS AND REAR BRAKE LIGHTS
      • Background
      • Types of Clear Plastics Used
      • Innovations in Tail Light Assemblies
      • Light Covers
    • HEADLIGHTS AND FRONT END LENSES
      • History
      • Advantages and Disadvantages
      • Types of Headlights
      • Marketing
    • IMPACT OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS AND STANDARDS
    • AUTOMOTIVE GLAZING
      • Background
      • Overview
      • Criteria for Replacement of Glass
      • Examples of Commercial Polycarbonates for Lighting and Glazing
      • Other Automotive Glazing Standards
      • Market Opportunities
    • INTERIOR AUTOMOTIVE LENSES
      • Overview
      • Use of LEDs in Auto Interiors
    • SUMMARY OF RESIN USAGE IN AUTOMOTIVE LENSES
      • TABLE 46: RESIN USAGE IN AUTOMOTIVE LENSES (PERCENT OF TOTAL VOLUME)
      • Critical Issues
      • Developments
        • DuPont's Activities
        • Solutia's Activities
        • Bayer-GE Plastics Joint Project
          • Background
          • Technology
          • Market Aspects
        • Market Challenges
        • NHTSA Activities
    • AUTOMOTIVE INTERIOR SEGMENT
      • Background
      • Overview of Resins Used in Automotive Interiors
        • TABLE 47: RESINS USED FOR SPECIFIC INTERIOR AUTOMOTIVE PARTS
      • PC/ABS
      • Polycarbonates
      • PPO/HIPS
    • MARKET ESTIMATES AND FORECASTS
      • TABLE 48: AUTOMOTIVE RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN THE AUTOMOTIVE MARKET
      • Polycarbonate Glazing and Spoiler for New Car
      • Decrease in Auto Weight Use with Polycarbonate Glazing
      • Teijin' Full Polycarbonate Auto Glazing
      • Sabic IP's Development of Polycarbonate Auto Side Windows
      • Polycarbonate Used in Vehicle Interiors and Safety Features
      • Use of Polycarbonate in Rear Windows to Reduce Weight by 35% Compared to Glass
  • HOUSEWARES
    • BACKGROUND
    • EXAMPLES OF POLYCARBONATE HOUSEWARES PRODUCTS
    • DEVELOPMENTS
    • MARKET ESTIMATES AND FORECASTS
      • TABLE 49: HOUSEWARES RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
  • APPLIANCES
    • OVERVIEW
    • APPLIANCE CATEGORIES
    • PLASTIC INJECTION-MOLDED APPLIANCE PARTS
    • SMALL APPLIANCES
    • HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY DEFINITIONS
    • APPLIANCE MARKET
    • MATERIALS USED IN APPLIANCES
      • Metals
        • Steel
        • Aluminum
      • Plastics
        • TABLE 50: ESTIMATES OF METAL VERSUS PLASTICS USAGE IN HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES, BY WEIGHT (%)
    • KEY APPLICATIONS FOR PLASTICS IN APPLIANCES
      • TABLE 51: SELECTED MAJOR APPLICATIONS FOR POLYMERS IN SELECTED APPLIANCES
    • TRANSPARENT PLASTICS IN APPLIANCES
      • Refrigerators
        • Door Lids
        • Crisper Tray Buckets and Covers
        • Other Clear Plastic Refrigerator Applications
      • Acrylic Appliance Parts
      • Polycarbonate Appliance Parts
      • Polystyrene and Clear Polyester Appliance Parts
    • KEY APPLIANCE MANUFACTURERS
    • MARKET ESTIMATES AND FORECASTS
      • TABLE 52: APPLIANCE RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
  • TOYS
    • OVERVIEW
    • BACKGROUND
    • USE OF PLASTICS IN TOYS
      • Background
      • Polystyrene
      • ABS
      • Styrene Block Copolymers
      • Polycarbonates
      • Acrylics
    • CLEAR PLASTIC APPLICATIONS IN TOYS
    • CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COUNCIL
    • ISSUES IN THE MARKET
      • Phthalate and BPA
      • Chinese Manufacturers
    • MARKET ESTIMATES AND FORECASTS
      • TABLE 53: RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTIC TOY MARKET BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
  • OPTICAL LENSES
    • PROPERTIES AND ADVANTAGES
    • MARKET DYNAMICS
    • KEY CONCEPTS IN LENS MATERIALS
      • Refractive Index
      • Abbe Values
    • USE OF PLASTICS IN LENSES
    • FABRICATION METHODS FOR OPTICAL PLASTIC LENSES
      • Background
      • Manufacturing
      • Blocking
      • Margins of Error
    • KEY PERFORMANCE PARAMETERS
    • ADVANTAGES OF PLASTICS
    • CLEAR PLASTICS USED
      • Background
      • Acrylics
      • Polystyrene
      • Polycarbonates
        • Overview
        • Advantages and Disadvantages
        • Comparison of Optical Performance between Polycarbonates and Acrylics
          • TABLE 54: OPTICAL PERFORMANCE PROPERTIES OF SELECTED RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS (%)
      • Allyl Diglycol Carbonate
        • Background
        • Competitive Scenario of CR-39
      • Acrylic-Styrene Copolymers
      • Trivex
      • Comparison of Polycarbonates and Trivex Lenses
      • Cellulosics
      • SAN
      • Other Plastics
    • OPTICAL LENS MARKET SEGMENTS
      • Background
      • Market Shares
      • Ophthalmic Lens Suppliers
    • CONTACT LENSES
      • Overview
      • Background
      • Some Additional Details
      • Types of Plastics Used
        • TABLE 55: SELECTED CONTACT LENS MATERIALS
      • History
        • Current Status
      • Contact Lens Suppliers
        • TABLE 56: SELECTED KEY CONTACT LENS PRODUCERS AND THEIR PRODUCTS
    • SAFETY LENSES
      • Background
      • American National Standards Institute
        • Overview
      • Military Ballistic Requirements
        • TABLE 57: MIL-SPEC MIL-PRF-31013
      • Deficiencies of Glass
      • Plastics Choices
    • MARKET ESTIMATES AND FORECAST
      • TABLE 58: OPTICAL LENS TRANSPARENT PLASTIC MARKET BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
  • AIRCRAFT TRANSPARENCIES
    • OVERVIEW
    • GLASS TRANSPARENCIES
    • PROPERTIES
    • CLEAR PLASTICS PREFERENCES
    • COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT TRANSPARENCIES
    • AIRCRAFT INTERIORS
    • IMPORTANT CLEAR PLASTICS SUPPLIERS
    • CLEAR PLASTICS PROCESSING METHODS
    • APPLICATIONS ON MILITARY AND COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT
      • Military Aircraft Transparencies
      • Commercial Aircraft Transparencies
    • LEADING MANUFACTURERS OF AIRCRAFT TRANSPARENCIES
    • EXAMPLES OF CLEAR PLASTIC PRODUCTS FOR AIRCRAFT APPLICATIONS
    • MARKETING
      • TABLE 59: REGULATIONS FOR PLEXIGLAS GS 245
      • TABLE 60: REGISTRATIONS FOR PLEXIGLAS GS 249
    • DEVELOPMENTS
      • Advanced Polycarbonates for Aircraft Interiors
      • New Polycarbonate Sheets for Aircraft Interiors
      • Low-Heat Release Polycarbonate for Aircraft
      • New Engineering Polymer Grades for Aircraft Interiors
    • MARKET ESTIMATES AND FORECASTS
      • TABLE 61: AIRCRAFT RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
  • SOLAR APPLICATIONS
    • OVERVIEW
    • POTENTIAL APPLICATIONS
    • KEY BENEFITS
    • SABIC IP'S LEXAN SOLAR CONTROL IR
    • CONCLUSIONS
  • OTHER APPLICATIONS
    • BACKGROUND
    • SELECTED EXAMPLES OF OTHER APPLICATIONS
      • Sanitary, Pools, and Spas
      • Railroads
      • Consumer Goods
      • Sports and Leisure
      • Machine Guards and Safety Shielding
      • Bathroom Products
      • Other Products
    • MARKET ESTIMATES AND FORECASTS
      • TABLE 62: OTHER RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • SUMMARY OF TRANSPARENT PLASTIC APPLICATIONS
      • TABLE 63: RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)

CHAPTER 6 - COMPETITION AMONG SELECTED TRANSPARENT PLASTICS

  • OVERVIEW
  • APPLICATIONS
  • POLYSTYRENE AND ABS
  • SMMA RESINS
    • OVERVIEW
    • NAS COMPARED TO ACRYLICS
    • ZYLAR COMPARED TO POLYCARBONATES
  • SUMMARY OF COMPETITION BY APPLICATION
    • TABLE 64: COMPETITIVE TRANSPARENT PLASTICS SCENARIO, BY APPLICATION

CHAPTER 7 - MAJOR PRODUCERS AND SUPPLIERS OF RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS

  • MAJOR PRODUCERS AND PRODUCTS
    • TABLE 65: MAJOR RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTIC SUPPLIERS AND TRADE NAMED PRODUCTS

CHAPTER 8 - STANDARDS, TESTS AND REGULATIONS

  • PROPERTIES AND TEST METHODS
  • OPTICAL TESTS
  • TRANSPARENT PLASTICS CODE APPROVALS
  • SELECTED ASTM CODES FOR RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS
  • OTHER CODE APPROVALS
    • UNDERWRITERS LABORATORIES
    • MILITARY SPECIFICATIONS

CHAPTER 9 - COMPANY PROFILES

  • ARKEMA INC.
  • BASF
  • BAYER MATERIAL SCIENCES
  • CHEVRON PHILLIPS CHEMICAL
  • EASTMAN CHEMICAL
  • EMS GRIVORY
  • EVONIK INDUSTRIES AG
  • INEOS ABS
  • LUCITE INTERNATIONAL
  • PLASKOLITE INC.
  • PPG INDUSTRIES INC.
  • SABIC INNOVATIVE PLASTICS
  • SHEFFIELD PLASTICS
  • SPARTECH INC.
  • STYROLUTION AMERICA LLC
  • STYRON LLC

CHAPTER 10 - APPENDIX

  • ACRONYMS

LIST OF TABLES

  • SUMMARY TABLE: NORTH AMERICAN RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY RESIN TYPE, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • TABLE 1: OPTICAL QUALITIES OF RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS (1/8-INCH TEST SPECIMENS)
    • TABLE 2: SENSITIVITY TO UV RADIATION AMONG SELECTED TRANSPARENT PLASTICS
    • TABLE 3: HEAT RESISTANCE LEVELS OF SELECTED TRANSPARENT PLASTICS (oF AT 264 PSI)
    • TABLE 4: IMPACT RESISTANCE VALUES OF SELECTED TRANSPARENT PLASTICS (FEET-POUNDS/INCH)
    • TABLE 5: TRANSPARENT GRADE PERCENTAGES OF MAJOR PLASTICS (%)
    • TABLE 6: KEY POLYCARBONATES PRODUCTS AND PRODUCERS
    • TABLE 7: RIGID TRANSPARENT POLYCARBONATE MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • TABLE 8: RIGID TRANSPARENT POLYCARBONATE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION MARKET, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • TABLE 9: RIGID TRANSPARENT ACRYLICS MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • TABLE 10: RIGID TRANSPARENT ACRYLICS BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION MARKET, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • TABLE 11: FABRICATION METHODS AND USES FOR POLYSTYRENE
    • TABLE 12: RIGID TRANSPARENT POLYSTYRENE MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • TABLE 13: RIGID TRANSPARENT POLYSTYRENE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION MARKET BY PRODUCT, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • TABLE 14: MAJOR SBC PRODUCTS BY POLYMER PROCESS
    • TABLE 15: RIGID TRANSPARENT SBC MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • TABLE 16: RIGID TRANSPARENT SAN MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • TABLE 17: RIGID TRANSPARENT SAN BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION MARKET BY PRODUCT, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • TABLE 18: RIGID TRANSPARENT SMMA MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • TABLE 19: ABS RIGID TRANSPARENT MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • TABLE 20: RIGID TRANSPARENT CELLULOSICS PLASTIC MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • TABLE 21: RIGID PVC APPLICATIONS
    • TABLE 22: LEADING GLOBAL PVC PRODUCERS (BILLION POUNDS)
    • TABLE 23: PVC RIGID TRANSPARENT MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • TABLE 24: THERMOPLASTIC POLYESTER RIGID TRANSPARENT MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • TABLE 25: GLOBAL CAPACITY FOR POLYSULFONE POLYMER PRODUCTION (MILLION POUNDS)
    • TABLE 26: POLYSULFONE RIGID TRANSPARENT MARKET BY APPLICATION*, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • TABLE 27: U.S. MARKET SHARES OF LEADING POLYPROPYLENE PRODUCERS (%)
    • TABLE 28: KEY GLOBAL NYLON RESIN PRODUCERS
    • TABLE 29: RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • TABLE 30: ELECTRONICS RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • TABLE 31: U.S. HOUSING STARTS FOR SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES, 2005-2014 (THOUSANDS OF UNITS)
    • TABLE 32: BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTIC MARKET BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • TABLE 33: BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • TABLE 34: SELECTED PROPERTIES OF PLASTIC SHEET FOR OUTDOOR APPLICATIONS
    • TABLE 35: GLAZING RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • TABLE 36: LIGHTING LENS RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • TABLE 37: PLUMBING FIXTURES RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • TABLE 38: SIGNS AND DISPLAYS RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • TABLE 39: SELECTED RESIN USAGE BY TYPE OF MEDICAL DEVICE
    • TABLE 40: RADIATION RESISTANCE OF KEY MEDICAL PLASTICS
    • TABLE 41: MATERIAL PROPERTY CRITERIA FOR DISPOSABLE MEDICAL KITS
    • TABLE 42: RESIN PROPERTY CRITERIA FOR TRAYS
    • TABLE 43: MEDICAL RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • TABLE 44: HISTORICAL U.S. AUTOMOTIVE ASSEMBLIES, 2011-2014 (MILLION UNITS)
    • TABLE 45: HYBRID AUTOMOTIVE SALES IN THE U.S. (THOUSAND UNITS)
    • TABLE 46: RESIN USAGE IN AUTOMOTIVE LENSES (PERCENT OF TOTAL VOLUME)
    • TABLE 47: RESINS USED FOR SPECIFIC INTERIOR AUTOMOTIVE PARTS
    • TABLE 48: AUTOMOTIVE RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • TABLE 49: HOUSEWARES RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • TABLE 50: ESTIMATES OF METAL VERSUS PLASTICS USAGE IN HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES, BY WEIGHT (%)
    • TABLE 51: SELECTED MAJOR APPLICATIONS FOR POLYMERS IN SELECTED APPLIANCES
    • TABLE 52: APPLIANCE RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • TABLE 53: RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTIC TOY MARKET BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • TABLE 54: OPTICAL PERFORMANCE PROPERTIES OF SELECTED RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS (%)
    • TABLE 55: SELECTED CONTACT LENS MATERIALS
    • TABLE 56: SELECTED KEY CONTACT LENS PRODUCERS AND THEIR PRODUCTS
    • TABLE 57: MIL-SPEC MIL-PRF-31013
    • TABLE 58: OPTICAL LENS TRANSPARENT PLASTIC MARKET BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • TABLE 59: REGULATIONS FOR PLEXIGLAS GS 245
    • TABLE 60: REGISTRATIONS FOR PLEXIGLAS GS 249
    • TABLE 61: AIRCRAFT RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • TABLE 62: OTHER RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • TABLE 63: RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
    • TABLE 64: COMPETITIVE TRANSPARENT PLASTICS SCENARIO, BY APPLICATION
    • TABLE 65: MAJOR RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTIC SUPPLIERS AND TRADE NAMED PRODUCTS

LIST OF FIGURES

  • SUMMARY FIGURE: NORTH AMERICAN RIGID TRANSPARENT PLASTICS MARKET BY RESIN TYPE, 2014-2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
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