Rigid Transparent Plastics

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Date: 30-May-2017
No. of pages: 175

Report Scope:

Use of the terms transparent and clear is subjective. Most definitions of the terms express the clarity of plastics by 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 unclear. 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.

Report Includes:

- An overview of the global market for rigid transparent plastics.

- Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2016, estimates for 2017, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2022.

- 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.

- Evaluation of the market's dynamics, specifically growth drivers, inhibitors, and opportunities.

- Profiles of major players in the industry.

Reasons for Doing This Study

Most plastics suppliers are in continual search for special markets, often irrespective of potential volume. Selection criteria are focused on growing specialty markets with opportunities for respectable profits although sales volumes may not be large by commodity resin standards.

Rigid transparent plastics have become a significant market and include many types of polymers. In addition to acrylics and polycarbonates, many styrene-based materials and commodity and specialty polymers are available in clear grades. Opportunities in several application areas need to be reappraised in regard to the use of transparent or clear plastics, especially in the electronics, medical and automotive sectors. Of special interest within the electronics sector is the apparent decrease of transparent plastics as substrates for CDs, DVDs and more recent variants, especially those with polycarbonate. For example, online downloads and other technologies have slowed demand for

polycarbonate-based CDs and DVDs.

Rigid Transparent Plastics

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
Study Goals and Objectives
Reasons for Doing This Study
Scope of Report
Information Sources
Methodology
Geographic Breakdown
Analyst's Credentials
Related BCC Research Reports

Chapter 2 Summary and Highlights

Chapter 3 Market and Technology Background
Flat Glass
Conversion to Transparent Plastics
Problems with Plastics
Technology
Type of Flat Glass
Window and Sheet Glass
Float Glass
Laminated Glass
Tempered Glass
Reflective Glass
Solar Glass
Bullet-resistant Glass
EMI Shielding Glass
Patterned Glass
Background of Transparent Plastics
Important Early Developments
Current Plastics Choices
Performance Variables
Transparence or Clarity

Chapter 4 Market Breakdown by Technology Type

Chapter 5 Market Breakdown by Application

Chapter 6 Analysis of Market Opportunities
Comparison of Zylar to Polycarbonates

Chapter 7 Major Producers and Suppliers and Trade-Named Products

Chapter 8 Standards, Tests and Regulations

Chapter 9 Company Profiles

Chapter 10 Appendix: Acronyms

List of Tables
Summary Table : North American Rigid Transparent Plastics Market, by Resin Type, Through 2022
Table 1 : Optical Qualities of Rigid Transparent Plastics
Table 2 : Sensitivity to UV Radiation of Selected Transparent Plastics
Table 3 : Heat Resistance Levels of Selected Transparent Plastics
Table 4 : Impact Resistance of Selected Transparent Plastics
Table 5 : Transparent Grade Percentages of Major Plastics
Table 6 : Key Polycarbonates Products and Producers
Table 7 : North American Rigid Transparent Polycarbonate Market, by Application, Through 2022
Table 8 : North American Market for Rigid Transparent Polycarbonate in Building and Construction Applications, Through 2022
Table 9 : North American Market for Rigid Transparent Acrylics, by Application, Through 2022
Table 10 : North American Rigid Transparent Acrylics Building and Construction Market, Through 2022
Table 11 : Fabrication Methods and Uses of Polystyrene
Table 12 : North American Rigid Transparent Polystyrene Market, by Application, Through 2022
Table 13 : North American Rigid Transparent Polystyrene Market in Building and Construction Applications, Through 2022
Table 14 : Major SBC Products by Polymer Process
Table 15 : North American Rigid Transparent SBC Market, by Application, Through 2022
Table 16 : North American Rigid Transparent SAN Market, by Application, Through 2022
Table 17 : North American Rigid Transparent SAN Building and Construction Market, by Product, Through 2022
Table 18 : North American Rigid Transparent SMMA Market, by Application, Through 2022
Table 19 : North American ABS Rigid Transparent Market, by Application, Through 2022
Table 20 : North American Rigid Transparent Cellulosics Plastics Market, by Application, Through 2022
Table 21 : Rigid PVC Applications
Table 22 : Leading Global PVC Producers
Table 23 : North American Rigid Transparent PVC Market, by Application, Through 2022
Table 24 : North American Market for Thermoplastic Polyester Rigid Transparent Plastics, by Application, Through 2022
Table 25 : Global Capacity for Polysulfone Polymer Production
Table 26 : North American Polysulfone Rigid Transparent Plastic Market, by Application, Through 2022*
Table 27 : U.S. Market Share of Leading Polypropylene Producers
Table 28 : Key Global Nylon Resin Producers
Table 29 : North American Rigid Transparent Plastics Market, by Resin, Through 2022
Table 30 : North American Electronics Rigid Transparent Plastics Market, by Resin, Through 2022
Table 31 : U.S. Housing Starts for Single-Family Homes, 2005-2016
Table 32 : North American Building and Construction Rigid Transparent Plastic Market, by Resin, Through 2022
Table 33 : North American Building and Construction Rigid Transparent Plastics Market, by Application, Through 2022
Table 34 : Selected Properties of Plastic Sheet for Outdoor Applications
Table 35 : North American Glazing Rigid Transparent Plastics Market, by Resin, Through 2022
Table 36 : North American Lighting Lens Rigid Transparent Plastics Market, by Resin, Through 2022
Table 37 : North American Plumbing Fixtures Rigid Transparent Plastics Market, by Resin, Through 2022
Table 38 : North American Signs and Displays Rigid Transparent Plastics Market, by Resin, Through 2022
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 : North American Medical Rigid Transparent Plastics Market, by Resin, Through 2022
Table 44 : Historical U.S. Light Vehicle Assemblies, 2001-2016
Table 45 : Resin Usage in Automotive Lenses
Table 46 : North American Automotive Rigid Transparent Plastics Market, by Resin, Through 2022
Table 47 : North American Housewares Rigid Transparent Plastics Market, by Resin, Through 2022
Table 48 : North American Appliance Rigid Transparent Plastics Market, by Resin, Through 2022
Table 49 : North American Rigid Transparent Plastic Toy Market, by Resin, Through 2022
Table 50 : Optical Performance Properties of Selected Rigid Transparent Plastics
Table 51 : Comparison of Polycarbonates and Trivex Lenses
Table 52 : Selected Contact Lens Materials
Table 53 : Selected Key Contact Lens Producers and Their Products
Table 54 : MIL-PRF-31013
Table 55 : North American Optical Lens Transparent Plastic Market, by Resin, Through 2022
Table 56 : North American Aircraft Rigid Transparent Plastics Market, by Resin, Through 2022
Table 57 : North American Other Rigid Transparent Plastics Market, by Resin, Through 2022
Table 58 : North American Rigid Transparent Plastics Market, by Application, Through 2022
Table 59 : Competitive Transparent Plastics Scenario, by Application
Table 60 : Major Rigid Transparent Plastic Suppliers and Trade-named Products

List of Figures
Summary Figure : North American Rigid Transparent Plastics Market, by Resin Type, 2016-2022
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