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TPE use to increase 6.4 percent by 2001

CLEVELAND — Demand for thermoplastic elastomers in North America will grow 6.4 percent per year to 1.4 billion pounds in the year 2001, thanks to continued substitution of synthetic rubber and thermoplastics, according to a new report.

Motor vehicle parts will remain the largest end use, where rising interior and under-the-hood applications will add to existing strengths in exterior parts. But consumer markets will grow the fastest, led by sporting goods, cookware and personal-care products, according to a study by Freedonia Group Inc. of Cleveland.

Styrenic block copolymers will continue to lead the market in terms of volume, with demand rising 5 percent annually, from 485 million pounds in 1996 to 620 million pounds in 2001. Thermoplastic olefins and thermoplastic vulcanates will grow at a 8.2 percent clip, while thermoplastic urethane elastomers and other TPEs will grow 6.7 percent annually.

The report, ``Thermoplastic Elastomers,'' costs $3,300.

Tel. (216) 921-6800, fax (216) 921-5459, e-mail tfgi@ix.netcom. com.

Global resin deman to grow 4.4 percent

NORWALK, CONN. — The world market for plastic resins and fabricated products in 1995 was pegged at 242 billion pounds, and is forecasted to grow 4.4 percent per year annually by 2000, according to a new study.

PET and polypropylene lead the way in annual growth, at 7.7 percent and 6.6 percent, respectively, according to the report by Business Communications Co. Inc. of Norwalk.

The most-used resins in the world — low density polyethylene and PVC —will grow at a 5.1 percent and 5.2 percent clip, respectively.

The report, ``RP-224R, World Plastics: Opportunities,'' costs $3,250.

Tel. (203) 853-4266, fax (203) 853-0348.

Analysis available of European PET market

DERBY, ENGLAND — While use of PET resin in Europe has grown significantly since 1979, the market is far from mature, according to a report by PET Packaging, Resin & Recycling Ltd. in Derby.

PET initially won market share by replacing PVC in bottles and sheet applications.

Future growth opportunities include replacing soft drink cans with single-serve contour bottles, replacing refillable glass with new, hotter-wash, refillable PET bottles, and replacing wide-mouth glass jars with PET/polyethylene naphthalate blend bottles.

Eastern Europe also provides a significant opportunity for blow molders and resin manufacturers. According to the report, Eastern Europe accounted for 8.9 percent of PET consumption in 1996. The firm forecasts the region will account for 11.3 percent of the total in 1999, 13.7 percent in 2002 and 15.4 percent in 2005.

The study on European PET resin and packaging markets costs $4,900.

To reach the firm's U.S. office, tel. (207) 739-1359, fax (207) 439-4252.

Freedonia offering plastic, paper report

CLEVELAND — U.S. demand for paper and plastic packaging in selected markets where the two materials directly compete is forecast to grow at an annual pace of 2.4 percent through 2001, according to a new study.

Plastics' gains at the expense of paper will be most pronounced in flexible packaging markets, where plastics will grow 3.6 percent annually between 1996 and 2001. But supplantation of paper will slow, as most of the easy gains already have been won, according to the report by Freedonia Group Inc. of Cleveland.

The 248-page study, ``Competitive Paper & Plastic Packaging,'' costs $3,300.

Tel. (216) 921-6800, fax (216) 921-5459, e-mail tfgi@ix.netcom. com.

Firms offer study on molded containers

COMMACK, N.Y. — A new report from Business Trend Analysts Inc. and Leading Edge Group quantifies the size and growth of the U.S. market for injection molded containers.

The market study includes a survey of end users and selected manufacturer profiles. Business Trend Analysts is based in Commack.

The study, ``The U.S. Market for Injection Molded Containers,'' costs $995.

Tel. (516) 462-5454, fax (516) 462-1842.

Consumer packaging grows in Latin America

CHICAGO — Consumer packaging in Latin America has grown 35 percent between 1991 and 1995, reaching $12.1 billion, according to a new study.

The report, from Euromonitor plc, which has offices in London and Chicago, covers plastics, metal, glass, paper and board in eight countries, and includes forecasts to 2000.

The study, ``The Market for Consumer Packaging in Latin America,'' costs $3,900.

Tel. (312) 922-1115, fax (312) 922-1157.