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Synthetic Paper: Technologies and Global Markets

Tuesday, Jun 09, 2015

This BCC Research report provides current and forecasted analysis of the global synthetic paper market through 2020.

Use this report to:
- Learn about the various polymer films used to produce synthetic paper.
- Receive analyses of all key resins involved in the synthetic paper business.
- Focus on key additives that are used to produce and enhance synthetic paper properties.
- Learn from profiles of major players in the synthetic paper market.

- The global synthetic paper market totaled 250 million pounds in 2014, and is expected to reach 267 million pounds in 2015, and 370 million pounds by 2020, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.7% from 2015 to 2020.
- The non-label application segment of the synthetic paper market is expected to increase from 156 million pounds in 2015 to 214 million pounds in 2020, with a CAGR of 6.5% from 2015 to 2020.
- The global synthetic paper market for label/tag applications is expected to increase from 111 million pounds in 2015 to 156 million pounds in 2020, with a CAGR of 7% from 2015 to 2020.

Introduction & Scope


The objective of this study is to provide a current and forecasted analysis of the global synthetic paper market, which has undergone significant changes within the last several years due to the continued exporting of products, especially from Asia, along with some interesting changes in technologies and markets.

Although synthetic paper has been commercial since the mid-1980s, this niche market has undergone substantive changes in market emphasis. Targeted at replacing fiber-based paper, synthetic paper has become an important product in the production of labels and tags. In addition, paper converters have become a more important factor in the market by beginning to supply synthetic paper products themselves in addition to purchasing these materials from basic producers. Synthetic paper products have also moved into new and interesting areas such as radio frequency identification tags/labels (RFIDs) and are looking to expand in other paper substitution markets. This market is also expected to increase to over one billion dollars by the end of the decade with growth rates well over five percent per year.

Likely readers of this report would include: synthetic paper producers along with companies that produce printable plastic films, many of which are called converters.
Other interested parties could be companies that make flexible plastic packaging films and film extruders. Tag and label producers, including those who provide pressure-sensitive products and in-mold labels, should also be interested in this report as well.

The term synthetic paper has not been universally defined because it is basically an opaque plastic film that is both printable and writeable. Most synthetic papers are either biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) or high-density polyethylene (HDPE), although there are sizable amounts made from polyesters and fewer from polystyrene and PVC. Although the market has gone beyond its original intentions, this report will include those products which producers, converters and distributors market as synthetic paper even though, in many instances, it replaces a non-fiber based paper product such as plastic films. Actually, the distinction between synthetic paper and white opaque printable films has not yet been resolved. This report will also describe various polymer films used to produce synthetic paper; fillers and coatings used in manufacturing; printing processes used; new technologies; applications; detailed discussions of major players and their respective products, industry structure, pricing, market estimates and forecasts by major application and other critical aspects of the market.

It is essential to understand, in regard to market estimates and forecasts in this report, that food/beverage packaging labels have been excluded for several reasons. First, their large volume of plastic films (hundreds of millions of pounds) would distort the basic synthetic paper market, and secondly, most of those in the industry feel that this market segment lies outside the general definition of synthetic paper. We have used the concept that, if a company states that their product is a synthetic paper, it has been included in the study. Detractors in these instances claim the product in question is a printable plastic film. All values shown are rounded to the nearest whole number.

Both primary and secondary research methodologies were used in preparing this study. A comprehensive review of technical and market information along with a careful analysis of product literature was undertaken. An extensive Internet research effort was undertaken and queries were directed to synthetic paper producers, film converters and distributors to try and clear up unresolved issues.
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