Food-service report available from FPI
The Arlington, Va.-based Foodservice & Packaging Institute has released its "State of the Industry 2000 Report." The paper is a summary of trends, domestic statistics, import and export data and industry news pertinent to the food-service packaging industry collected during the past year, as well as results of a recent operations and markets survey of FPI members and nonmembers.
The 106-pages report is available only to FPI members and nonmembers who participated in the survey.
Tel. (703) 527-7505, fax (703) 527-7512, e-mail [email protected]
Technomic offers executive directory
"Who's Who in Plastics and Polymers," published by Technomic Publishing Inc., profiles more than 3,000 executives, including engineers, scientists, research and development managers, production managers, quality control managers, tooling specialists, technical managers and top managers.
Profiles include title, company name, address, e-mail, telephone number, fax, date of birth, work biography, degrees, association memberships, military record, corporate affiliations and board memberships. The book was published in conjunction with the Society of Plastic Engineers.
The book is available for $149.
Tel. (800) 233-9936, fax (717) 295-4538, e-mail [email protected] pub.com.
Catalyst Group rates single-site catalysis
Catalyst Group of Spring House, Pa., has prepared an assessment of advancements in polypropylene single-site catalysis and process technology.
Supplier consolidation and technical changes will continue to change the shape of competition in the PP industry. Despite consolidation, the industry remains somewhat long in PP supply, while monomer prices continue to increase alongside energy costs. As a result, producers likely will see lower-than-desired margins and profit at least for the next one to two years.
However, there still may be an important hook to allow companies to recapture lost margin. That hook is technology. Catalyst Group's report examines the new catalysts and processes that will let certain producers capture higher margins by differentiating PP grades as specialty copolymers and terpolymers, including systems that enable both engineered and elastomeric PP grades to be produced.
"Polypropylene and its Co-Polymers: Technology Innovation and Strategies to Excel in 2001 and Beyond" is available for $13,500 and is more than 250 pages.
Tel. (215) 628-4447, fax (215) 628-2267, e-mail [email protected] grp.com.
ITB releases findings of door-module report
The door-module market is growing, but not as fast as some suppliers had envisioned, according to a report from ITB Group Ltd. of Novi, Mich.
Door modules cost between $5 and $20 more per unit than traditional door assemblies, according to the report, depending on a variety of factors.
The addition of components — such as window glass, seals, door headers, trim panels, impact protection and outer skin to the door hardware module — creates complexity for both the supplier and the original equipment manufacturer. For the supplier, engineering resources must be added or technology alliances formed since no single supplier exists that has the design and manufacturing know-how for components ranging from glass to electronics to crash protection. For both the supplier and the OEM, two difficulties arise: paint match and fit-and-finish.
Currently, the trend in Europe and North America is toward increasing the complexity of the hardware module by adding more electronic functions, partial interior trim panels, headers, more structure and, in some cases, glass. While these trends may seem like an evolution toward the modular door, the hurdles of paint match and supplier participation in unionized automaker plants remain unsolved.
The 380-page report, "Automotive Door Modules: Industry Analysis, Sourcing, Design and Assembly Trends, Emerging Technologies and Manufacturing Economics," is $16,500. The subscription price includes two reports.
Tel. (248) 380-6310, fax (248) 380-7294, e-mail [email protected] itb.com.
Plastic film demand to climb about 3%
Plastic film demand in the United States is forecast to rise nearly 3 percent per year to 15 billion pounds in 2004, accounting for sales of $9.6 billion, according to a study published by Freedonia Group Inc. of Cleveland.
Total film-related sales, including resins, additives, processing and other costs, will reach $17.6 billion. Performance, cost and environmental advantages will stimulate market growth, as will technological advances in metallocene resins and other areas.
The U.S. plastic film industry consists of about 300 firms. Continued consolidation and globalization of the industry are anticipated as companies compete for market share in developing Asian and South American countries.
The study, "Plastic Film," costs $3,700. It features historic data and forecasts by resin type and by end market.
Tel. (440) 684-9600, fax (440) 646-0484, e-mail [email protected] group.com.
Metallocene catalyst introduction available
Rapra Technology Ltd. of Shropshire, England, has released "Metallocene-Catalysed Polymerisation," a technical introduction to the subject of metallocene catalysts.
Metallocene catalysts are revolutionizing the polyolefin industry. They permit precision tailoring of polymers to give specific structures, which in turn give rise to new properties. The report reviews the suitability of different metallocenes, particularly for the production of polyethylene and polypropylene, and lists some of the structural variations and properties of the polymers synthesized using the different catalysts.
The report is available for 80 or $135.
Tel. +44 (1939) 250-383, fax +44 (1939) 251-118, e-mail [email protected] rapra.net
PE film extrusion growing in Europe
The European polyethylene film extrusion industry will continue to average growth of 3-4 percent annually during the next five years, according to a study by Applied Market Information Ltd. of Bristol, England.
At that pace, the industry should process about 16.5 billion pounds of resin by 2004.
The sector has seen an average annual demand increase 4 percent over the period 1995-99. About 55 percent of the total is in conventional low density PE, but other grades are growing faster.
About 176 million pounds of metallocene PE resins were used in 1999, which represents a near doubling on volumes used in 1998. High density PE was up more than 12 percent.
The largest end-use applications for PE film is for bags and sacks, which accounted for around 40 percent of the total, and shrink and stretch packaging, which accounted for around 25 percent of the PE film market. The largest number of PE film extrusion plants in Europe are located in Italy, while the larger companies tend to be located in Germany and Belgium.
"AMI's Guide to the Polyethylene Film Industry in Europe" is 314 pages long and includes operations in central Europe. The report costs 195 or $280.
Tel. +44 (117) 924-9442, fax +44 (117) 989-2128, e-mail [email protected] tics.com.
Sales of fluorine experiencing growth
The combined market for fluorine chemicals and polymers continues to grow, with total estimated sales in 2000 of more than $5.4 billion, according to a study from Business Communications Co. Inc. in Norwalk, Conn.
The market has grown from about $3.75 billion in 1995. BCC expects the industry to grow an average of 4.2 percent annually in the next five years.
Fluoropolymers represent the smallest segment in volume, only 149 million pounds in 2000. But since the cheapest fluoropolymers cost about $7 per pound, the total producer value of fluoropolymers is the greatest of all performance fluorochemicals and polymers, and is growing almost 6 percent annually.
"RC-193R Performance Fluorine Chemicals and Polymers" is available for $3,450.
Tel. (203) 853-4266, fax (203) 853-0348, e-mail [email protected] search.com.
Skeist Inc. conducts packaging films study
According to Whippany, N.J.-based Skeist Inc., U.S. consumption of specialty packaging films accounted for 2.3 billion pounds of material, with total sales of $4.3 billion, in 1999. In five years, demand should increase to 2.8 billion pounds.
The 42 largest producers accounted for 96 percent of the total sales. The study includes a list of major players, information on markets, end-use applications, technology, supply and demand, film constructions, end users, prices and trends.
The study is available for $9,500.
Tel. (973) 515-2020, fax (973) 515-0022, e-mail [email protected] aol.com.
Plastic container use to see growth of 4%
Plastic container demand in the United States is projected to increase more than 4 percent yearly to nearly 13 billion pounds in 2004, amounting to a total of 130 billion units, according to a Freedonia Group Inc. study.
Plastic's penetration of traditional glass, paperboard and metal packaging applications will be based on advantages such as clarity, light weight, strength, shatter resistance, barrier properties and ease of opening and dispensing. Plastic bottles will log the best growth, already accounting for 75 percent of all plastic containers by weight. PET will exhibit the fastest growth, while high density polyethylene will remain the most widely used plastic container resin.
"Plastic Containers," a 213-page report, is available for $3,600 from the Cleveland-based firm.
Tel. (440) 684-9600, fax (440) 646-0484, e-mail [email protected] group.com