CLEVELAND (Sept. 8, 11:30 a.m. EDT) — Demand for metallocene and single-site polymers is forecast to expand more than 20 percent per year to 4.8 billion pounds in 2006, valued at $5 billion, according to a Freedonia Group Inc. report.
Gains will be driven by the considerable processing and performance advantages the materials hold over conventional thermo-plastics and elastomers, and glass, paper/paperboard and metal as well, the report said.
The primary advantages metallocene catalyst technology holds over conventional Ziegler/Natta processes in polyolefins production are versatility and control.
By 2006, metallocene and single-site polymers are forecast to account for about 10 percent of the total market for polyolefins, double the penetration level of 2001. Film and sheet applications, particularly packaging film, will continue to dominate the market for metallocene and single-site polymers, with demand more than doubling to 2.6 billion pounds in 2006.
Applications include stretch film, shrink film, overwrap, trash bags, heavy-duty bags and films for meat and dairy products, fruits and vegetables and frozen foods.
The report from Cleveland-based Freedonia, “Metallocene & Single-Site Polymers,” is 193 pages and costs $3,900.
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