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DateNov, 2005
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Abstract:
Countries covered: United States

US demand to reach $4.2 billion in 2009

US demand for stretch and shrink film is projected to increase 5.0 percent per annum to $4.2 billion in 2009, reaching 3.1 billion pounds. Advances will be attributable to a favorable outlook for manufacturing activity as well as greater needs for the protection of goods during warehousing and distribution as mass retailers increase their dominance in the retail sector. Shrink film will exhibit slightly faster growth than its stretch film counterpart, and linear low density polyethylene will remain the dominant film overall.

Shrink film growing faster; stretch film to remain dominant

Stretch film demand is projected to rise nearly five percent annually through 2009 to $2.3 billion. The film will be aided by material improvements in terms of strength and stretchability. Linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) will present the best resin opportunities based on the material’s high stretchability, puncture resistance and cost advantages. Metallocene LLDPE films are increasingly being used due to their better downgauging capabilities and enhanced stretch characteristics. Polyvinyl chloride stretch film is widely used in food wrap applications and areas where greater clarity is required; however, further growth will be constrained by its higher cost and lesser stress retention. Demand for shrink film is expected to increase more than five percent yearly to $1.9 billion in 2009. Advances will reflect heightened manufacturing and retail activity and the growth of multipacks in wholesale club stores, supermarkets and other mass retailers. Shrink film is also used in tandem with corrugated trays as a case overwrap, which provides increased product visibility as well as cost savings over corrugated boxes. Further shrink film advances will be constrained by the advantages offered by less energy- and equipment- intensive stretch films.

Warehousing and distribution market to grow most rapidly

Product packaging will remain the leading market for stretch and shrink film due to growing needs for product protection and the cost-effectiveness of films compared to corrugated boxes and other packaging formats. However, more rapid growth is anticipated for storage and distribution markets, aided by greater manufacturing activity plus growing requirements for the bundling and protection of goods during warehousing and distribution. Particularly good growth is expected for stretch hoods in pallet unitization.

Industry structure

The stretch and shrink film industry is dominated by large film producers that have the requisite technology, production and distribution capabilities to cost effectively serve distribution and packaging markets. Industry restructuring is expected to continue in light of intense competition and the resultant needs to expand market share and maximize financial resources.

Study coverage

This Freedonia study, "Stretch & Shrink Film", provides historical US demand data for 1994, 1999 and 2004, as well as forecasts to 2009 and 2014 by product, market and material. This study also considers US market environment indicators, assesses the industry structure, details company market shares and profiles 39 key players.

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Table of contents:
INTRODUCTION


I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY


II. MARKET ENVIRONMENT
General
Macroeconomic Outlook
Consumer Spending Patterns
Demographic Trends
Food & Beverage Industry Overview
Retail Sales Outlook
Manufacturing Outlook
Packaging Industry Overview
Plastic Film Industry Overview
Technological Developments
Pricing Trends
Regulatory & Environmental Considerations
International Activity


III. TYPES
General
Stretch Film
Production & Application Methods
Resins
Products
Wrap
Labels & Sleeves
Hoods
Applications
Markets
Storage & Distribution
Product Packaging
Producers
Shrink Film
Resins
Products
Wrap
Bags
Labels & Sleeves
Hoods
Applications
Markets
Product Packaging
Storage & Distribution
Producers


IV. MARKETS
General
Product Packaging
Food & Beverage Industry Outlook
Food
Meat, Poultry & Seafood
Markets
Films
Producers
Dairy
Produce
Other Foods
Beverages
Paper & Textile Products
Paper
Textiles
Consumer Products
Types
Markets
Other Markets
Agriculture
Drugs, Health & Beauty Aids & Other
Storage & Distribution
Pallet Wrap
Stretch Pallet Wrap
Shrink Pallet Wrap
Bundling & Other


V. RESINS
General
Low Density Polyethylene
Linear Low Density Polyethylene
Conventional LDPE
Producers
Polyvinyl Chloride
Other Resins
Polypropylene
Other


VI. INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
General
Market Share
Tyco International
Sigma Plastics
AEP Industries
Atlantis Plastics
Pliant
Bemis
Others
Mergers & Acquisitions
Marketing Strategies
Channels of Distribution
Research & Development
Competitive Strategies
Cooperative Agreements
Company Profiles
AEP Industries Incorporated
Alcan Incorporated
Alcoa Incorporated
American Fuji Seal Incorporated, see Fuji Seal International Incorporated
AmTopp, see Formosa Plastics Group
Applied Extrusion Technologies Incorporated
Atlantis Plastics Incorporated
Bemis Company Incorporated
Bollore
Coastal Films of Florida, see Sigma Plastics Group
Cryovac Incorporated, see Sealed Air Corporation
Curwood Incorporated, see Bemis Company
Diamant Art Corporation
DuPont (EI) de Nemours
Exopack LLC
Exxon Mobil Corporation
Firstline Corporation
FlexSol Packaging Corporation, see Sigma Plastics Group
Formosa Plastics Group
Fuji Seal International Incorporated
Gilbreth Packaging Systems, see Impaxx Incorporated
Hood Companies
Illinois Tool Works Incorporated
Impaxx Incorporated
Inteplast Group Limited, see Formosa Plastics Group
Intertape Polymer Group Incorporated
ITW Mima, see Illinois Tool Works
Kloeckner Pentaplast GmbH & Company KG
Liqui-Box Corporation, see DuPont (EI) de Nemours
Mercury Plastics Incorporated
Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
MRI Flexible Packaging
Multi-Color Corporation
Okura Industrial Company Limited
Orange Plastics LLC, see Sigma Plastics Group
Paragon Films Incorporated
Pechiney Plastic Packaging Incorporated, see Alcan
Performance Plastics Corporation, see Sigma Plastics Group
Pliant Corporation
Poly-America LP
Poly Plastic Products of North Carolina Incorporated, see Sigma Plastics Group
Presto Products Company, see Alcoa Incorporated
Salem Label Company Incorporated, see Seneca Enterprises Incorporated
Seal-It Incorporated
Sealed Air Corporation
Seneca Enterprises Incorporated
Sigma Plastics Group
Signode Packaging Systems, see Illinois Tool Works
SKC Company Limited
SleeveCo
Smyth Companies Incorporated
Sonoco Products Company
Syfan-Saad
Tyco International Limited
Up North Plastics Incorporated, see Poly-America LP
VIBAC Group
Vifan USA, see VIBAC Group
VS Plastics LLC, see Sigma Plastics Group
Western Plastics Limited
Other Stretch & Shrink Film Producers


LIST OF TABLES


SECTION I -- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Summary Table


SECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT
1 Macroeconomic Indicators
2 Consumer Expenditures
3 Resident Population & Households
4 Food & Beverage Shipments
5 Retail Sales
6 Manufacturers’ Shipments
7 Packaging Shipments by Material
8 Plastic Film Demand by Resin
9 Stretch & Shrink Film Pricing


SECTION III -- TYPES
1 Stretch & Shrink Film Demand by Type
2 Stretch Film Demand by Production & Application Method
3 Stretch Film Demand by Resin
4 Stretch Film Demand by Product
5 Stretch Film Demand by Application
6 Stretch Film Demand by Market
7 Stretch Film Demand in Storage & Distribution by Use
8 Stretch Film Demand in Product Packaging by Use
9 Shrink Film Demand by Resin
10 Shrink Film Demand by Product
11 Shrink Film Demand by Application
12 Shrink Film Demand by Market
13 Shrink Film Demand in Product Packaging by Use
14 Shrink Film Demand in Storage & Distribution by Use


SECTION IV -- MARKETS
1 Stretch & Shrink Film Demand by Type & Market
2 Product Packaging Market for Stretch & Shrink Film
3 Food & Beverage Shipments
4 Food Markets for Stretch & Shrink Film by Type & Use
5 Meat, Poultry & Seafood Markets for Stretch & Shrink Film by Type
6 Dairy Markets for Stretch & Shrink Film by Type
7 Produce Markets for Stretch & Shrink Film by Type
8 Other Food Markets for Stretch & Shrink Film by Type
9 Beverage Markets for Stretch & Shrink Film by Type
10 Paper & Textile Markets for Stretch & Shrink Film by Type & Use
11 Consumer Stretch & Shrink Film by Type & Market
12 Other Stretch & Shrink Film by Type & Market
13 Storage & Distribution Markets for Stretch & Shrink Film by Type


SECTION V -- RESINS
1 Stretch & Shrink Film Demand by Resin
2 Low Density Polyethylene Demand in Stretch & Shrink Film by Type & Resin
3 Polyvinyl Chloride Demand in Stretch & Shrink Film by Type
4 Other Resins in Stretch & Shrink Film by Resin & Type


SECTION VI -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
1 US Stretch & Shrink Film Sales by Company, 2004
2 Selected Acquisitions & Divestitures
3 Selected Cooperative Agreements


LIST OF CHARTS


SECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT
1 Plastic Film Demand by Resin, 2004


SECTION III -- TYPES
1 Stretch Film Demand in Product Packaging by Use, 2004
2 Shrink Film Demand by Product, 2004


SECTION IV -- MARKETS
1 Product Packaging Market for Stretch & Shrink Films, 2004
2 Food Markets for Stretch & Shrink Film by Use, 2004


SECTION V -- RESINS
1 Stretch & Shrink Film Demand by Resin, 2004


SECTION VI -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
1 US Stretch & Shrink Film Market Share, 2004





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