Established Classic: Ceresana Presents Fifth Report on the Global Market for Polypropylene
Polypropylene is one of the world’s most widely produced standard plastics, second only to polyethylene. “PP can be processed using various techniques and is used for the most diverse applications ranging from packaging to household appliances, clothing, and vehicles,” Oliver Kutsch, CEO of Ceresana, explains. The market research company analyzed the global market for polypropylene already for the fifth time. The latest report expects revenues for this type of plastic to grow by, on average, 4.9% per year until 2026. Packaging Producers Are Major Consumers The most important sales market for polypropylene in 2018 was flexible packaging: A total of 16.4 million tonnes were processed in films, bags, and sacks. Another 15.5 million tonnes of polypropylene were used for the production of rigid packaging, such as containers and lids for food and beverages, chemicals as well as industrial and household products. Demand in the application areas consumer goods and fibers ...
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Flexible, Firm, and Light as a Feather: Ceresana Study on the European Market for Plastic Films
Because of the ban on imports of European plastic waste impeded by China at the beginning of 2018, Europeans urgently need to find another solution. The EU commission, for example, is considering a “plastics tax”. An EU directive against lightweight plastic carrier bags has already contributed to a reduction of consumption in many countries. Until 2030, all packaging in the EU ought to be reusable and made of recyclable materials. “Manufacturers do not need to worry about demand”, says Oliver Kutsch, managing director of Ceresana. The market research institute has analyzed the European market for plastic films. “Included in this market are plastic bags and sacks but also packaging films, shrink and stretch films, agricultural films as well as other films such as construction films”, explains Kutsch: “This market is likely to grow to about 14 million tonnes until 2024.” Wafer-Thin High-Tech Products Packaging should be light, visually appealing, and ...
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PET on the Rise: Ceresana Analyzes the European Market for Rigid Plastic Containers
Plastic containers are available in the most diverse designs, shapes, and materials and can be used in a wide variety of applications. “These products of daily life are the result of continuous research and optimization; the requirements are constantly increasing,” Ceresana’s CEO Oliver Kutsch explains. The market research institute has analyzed the European market for rigid plastic containers. In many applications, plastics replace other materials such as glass or metal: Ceresana forecasts the European sales of plastic containers to reach a volume of more than 12.4 million tonnes in 2024. PET Discovers New Areas of Application PET packaging already reached high market shares in the segments CSD (carbonated soft drinks) and packaged water. Now, PET bottles and other containers also enter other segments, such as food, fruit juices, and household chemicals (e.g. detergents). Their positive properties are the reason for that: They weigh comparatively little, are recyclable, do not break, ...
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Waterproof Figures: Ceresana Study on the European Market for Plastic Pipes
Sewage systems have been around for about 5000 years. However, not everywhere: In France, for instance, more than 5 million households are not connected to the public sewage network. In rural areas in particular, the sewage infrastructure in Europe still has to be expanded. In the cities, it is less about new construction than about replacing old piping systems. For sewage, potable water, cable protection, gas piping, and other applications, pipes made of plastic are becoming more and more popular: They are light-weight, robust, and handy; they are increasingly replacing aluminum, concrete cast iron, copper or steel. Ceresana analyzed the European market for plastic pipes already for the third time. The analysts forecast European demand to increase to over 5.2 million tonnes until 2024. Polyethylene and PVC Are in the Lead The demand for plastic pipes particularly depends on the development of the construction industry. For the construction industry, plastic ...
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Proven Standard Plastic: Ceresana Publishes New Study on Polypropylene
Polypropylene (PP) is the second most important standard plastic after polyethylene, compatible with many processing technologies, and used for the most diverse applications ranging from packaging to household appliances, clothes, and vehicles. Ceresana analyzed the global market for polypropylene already for the fourth time. The latest report of the market research company expects the demand for this type of plastics to grow by, on average, 3% per year until 2024. Polypropylene – Keeping It Fresh   The most important sales market for polypropylene in 2016 was flexible packaging with a demand volume of 17.66 million tonnes. Widely spread every-day products such as shrink-wrap packaging, shopping bags, and packaging for cigarettes or snacks are included. The production of rigid packaging, such as yoghurt cups, containers, bottles, and closures of all kinds ranked second. Since it is one of the most versatile packaging materials, polypropylene can assert itself against the competition of ...
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Flexible and Clean: Ceresana Expects Growing Demand for Plastic Films
Packaging is supposed to be light and handy, neat and durable, microwaveable, and also environmentally friendly. The requirements for manufacturers increase constantly. Yet, these efforts are worth it, reports Oliver Kutsch, CEO of the market research company Ceresana: „Sales of plastic films will presumably reach a volume of about 250 billion US dollars until 2024.“ Ceresana analyzed the global market for flexible plastic films of all kinds already for the second time. These include besides packaging, such as bags and sacks, also films for, e.g., agriculture, the construction industry, and technical applications. Innovative, Fast, Appealing Digital printing offers new possibilities for the design of packaging. Precondition for this is, however, that it is easy, fast, and optically of high quality to print on the films. Increasingly complex packaging is especially in demand for pharmaceutical products and fresh foodstuffs. MAP conserves foodstuffs with an artificial protective atmosphere from fast decay. Microwaveable ...
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Light and Strong: Ceresana Study on the Global Market for Automotive Plastics
The automotive industry is a dynamically growing market for plastics: In addition to the global stock of already more than 1.2 billion vehicles, more than 90 million units are added every year. There are many examples of applications for plastics in the automotive industry: door trim, headlights, switches and handles, seating components, dashboard, windows, and also less visible parts such as plug connectors, battery casings, oil pans, fuel pumps, filter casings, or cooling water tanks. Replacing metal, rubber, and glass by plastics can reduce weight – but performance remains the same or is even improved. Millions of Tonnes Come onto the Roads The market research company Ceresana analyzed this application area in particular: Global demand of the automotive industry for plastics amounts to more than 15 million tonnes per year. This new study by Ceresana registers all parts made of plastics that are produced by either suppliers or vehicle manufactures ...
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Stable Growth: Ceresana Analyzes the World Market for Plastics in the Construction Industry
Plastics replace wood or metal at construction sites more and more often. PVC and EPS are stable and reliable, light and cheap: Advantages of the materials that can flexibly adapt to varied requirements are increasingly discovered. The market research company Ceresana analyzed the demand for plastics that are used in the construction industry, namely in the segments new construction and renovation as well as residential construction and non-residential construction. The new study also examines the market for the particular construction products that are made of plastics, e.g. pipes, windows, and insulation materials. The analysts of Ceresana expect demand of the construction industry for plastics to increase worldwide to a volume of about 73 million tonnes. Considerable Regional Differences In the developed industrial nations, mainly existing buildings are renovated. On the other hand, activities in new construction are much more important in the emerging countries. A growing population in combination with ...
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Sparkling Revenues: Ceresana Analyzes the Global Market for Plastics for Injection Molding
Injection molding is the most important processing method for mass production of plastic parts: Worldwide, almost 55 million tonnes of plastics are liquefied every year, then injected into various molds, and after cooling removed as a finished product. From small Lego bricks to large pipe fittings, almost everything is possible: The flexibility of size and form of this method expanded possibilities of plastic design enormously. Injection molding enables the substitution of traditional materials due to the low weight and the freedom of design. The market research company Ceresana publishes now a study on the world market for plastics for injection molding. Light and Break Resistant In 2015, about 54% of the plastics used for injection molding were used in the region Asia-Pacific; North America and Western Europe followed with market shares of 15.4% and 14.3%. The most important sales market for injection molded products is the packaging industry which mainly ...
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Every Drop Counts: Ceresana Analyzes the Global Market for Plastic Pipes
Periods of extreme drought and old pipelines in bad conditions are not only a problem for Brazil’s cities: Water is becoming increasingly scarce. This is a problem for thirsty consumers and desperate farmers. Yet, it is also a hope for new business opportunities for pipe manufacturers, because modern, efficient pipelines can at least mitigate the problem. In the upcoming years, increasing investments in pipe networks are to be expected, not only for the potable water supply. The market research company Ceresana analyzed the global market for plastic pipes. Our analysts forecast demand for these to increase to almost 37 million tonnes until 2023. A Political Business Demand for pipes is especially determined by the development of the building construction and civil engineering: Applications like sewage disposal, potable water supply, or cable protection are directly connected to the order situation of the construction industry. Plastic pipes continue to replace traditional pipes ...
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Growth Potential: Ceresana Forecasts Chances for Polypropylene
Polypropylene (PP) can be found everywhere: in packaging materials and household items, in clothing as much as in vehicles and countless other products. „About 55.1 million tonnes of polypropylene were consumed in 2013. Thus PP is the second-best selling type of plastic after polyethylene“, explains Oliver Kutsch, CEO of the market research institute Ceresana. „We forecast global revenues to increase by about 5.8% p.a. until 2021.“ Ceresana’s analysis of the polypropylene market has just been published in its third edition. Demand Increasing in Asia in Particular The opening up of new application areas, the development of bioplastics made from renewable resources and the substitution of other materials offer a high growth potential for the polypropylene market. China and India continue to see a massive increase of demand, which is why Asia-Pacific is expected to account for about 58% of total global demand in 2021. The USA, the largest sales market ...
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Prices Under Pressure: Ceresana Analyzes the Global Market for Propylene
Propylene is an important petrochemical feedstock. Direct applications of propylene include, besides the plastic polypropylene, production of important chemicals such as propylene oxide, acrylonitrile, cumene, butyraldehyde, and acrylic acid. „About 85 million tonnes of propylene were consumed worldwide in 2013″ says Oliver Kutsch, CEO of the market research institute Ceresana. In a current study Ceresana analyses which effect the shale gas boom in the USA and new production processes will have on the global market for propylene and its derivatives. Forecast are provided for up until 2021. Slowdown of Growth in Revenues A large share of propylene output occurs either as by-product in the steam cracking of ethylene or catalytic cracking in refineries. As a result of an increasing use of ethane, steam crackers produce more and more ethylene and less and less propylene. But Ceresana expects a rising amount of propylene to be manufactured using on-purpose technologies. This development ...
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Popular plastic: Ceresana updates report on the global polypropylene market
Polypropylene is one of the most versatile plastics. A broad range of products of day to day life is made from this polyolefin. Ceresana expects a dynamic growth of worldwide revenues generated with this second most important plastic to amount to more than US$145 billion in 2019. Especially the dynamic economic development in emerging markets will continue to boost demand for polypropylene (PP). The average annual growth rate of 4.4% in the last eight years is likely to be surpassed in the future, as is explained exhaustively in the market study recently published. Asia-Pacific on the rise Asian-Pacific countries already account for more than half of worldwide PP consumption. Thus, this region is the most important sales market, followed by Western Europe and North America. Yet distribution of demand for PP in the various regions of the world is likely to change notably. The analysts from Ceresana expect countries in ...

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