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PACKAGING THERMOFORMING IN THE NEW NORMAL ECONOMY
Publish Date: May 2010,   Pages: 151,   Report Code:
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Table of Contents
 INTRODUCTION

INTRODUCTION

     Context and Objectives of the Research Program

     The PCRS Survey of Packaging Thermoformers

 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

     Surviving in the New Normal Economy: The Pattern of Thermoformed Packaging Sales in 2009 and

       Expectations for 2010 and Beyond

     Adapting to the Cash Economy: The Level of Investment Undertaken by Packaging Thermoformers in 2009

       and Planned for 2010 and Beyond

     The Recent and Likely Future Growth of Thermoformed Packaging Output in Value and Volume Terms,

       2004-2014

     The Evolving Business Climate for Packaging Thermoformers

     Eco-friendly Packaging: The Sustainability Imperative

     Industry Productivity: Will the Jobs (Employment) Come Back?

     Onshoring: Will the Jobs (Part Programs) Come Back from China?

 PART I - AN OVERVIEW OF THE PACKAGING THERMOFORMING PROCESS

PART I - AN OVERVIEW OF THE PACKAGING THERMOFORMING PROCESS

     The Essentials of Thermoforming

     Thin-Gauge versus Heavy-Gauge Sheet Thermoforming

     The Cost Structure in Packaging Thermoforming
 PART II – THE EVOLVING NATURE OF THE PACKAGING THERMOFORMING BUSINESS

PART II – THE EVOLVING NATURE OF THE PACKAGING THERMOFORMING BUSINESS

     The Number of North American Packaging Thermoformers and Their Distribution by Country

     The Shifting Geographical Center of Gravity of the Business

     The Distribution of Custom, Proprietary and Captive Output among the Packaging Thermoformers

     Corporate Consolidation in Thermoformed Packaging and the Evolving Industry Concentration Ratio

     Corporate Financial Backing of Packaging Thermoformers

     The Drive to Vertical Integration

          The Extent of In-house Sheet Extrusion and Tooling

     The Changing Labor/Capital Ratio in Thermoformed Packaging

 PART III – THE SIZE AND GROWTH OF THE PACKAGING THERMOFORMING BUSINESS

PART III – THE SIZE AND GROWTH OF THE PACKAGING THERMOFORMING BUSINESS

     Factors Influencing the Recent Growth Dynamic in Packaging Thermoforming

     The Recent Growth of Thermoformed Packaging Sales, 2004-2009

     The Size of the Packaging Thermoforming Business in Value and Volume Terms, 2004-2009

     Going Forward: The Likely Pattern of Growth in Packaging Thermoforming, 2010-2014
 PART IV – THE MENU OF RESINS IN PACKAGING THERMOFORMING

PART IV – THE MENU OF RESINS IN PACKAGING THERMOFORMING

     Rebounding Resin Pricing

     Future Resin Pricing

     The Styrenics (GPPS, HIPS, EPS, OPS)

     Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)

     Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)

          The PET Supply/Demand Balance

          Amorphous PET (APET)

          Crystallized PET (CPET)

          Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol (PETG)

          Foamed PET

          Recycled PET (RPET)
         

Polypropylene (PP)

          Starbucks’ Switch to Polypropylene

     Polyethylene (LDPE, HDPE)

     Biopolymers

          Polylactic Acid (PLA)

          Other Biopolymers

          The Cost/Performance Barriers to Market Acceptance of Biopolymers

     Other Specialty Resins

     The Distribution of Resins in Packaging Thermoforming, 2001-2009    

 PART V – THE PACKAGING THERMOFORMERS’ SUPPLY CHAIN

PART V – THE PACKAGING THERMOFORMERS’ SUPPLY CHAIN

     Leading Commercial Extruders of Roll-stock

     Leading Manufacturers of Machinery for Packaging Thermoforming

     Leading Suppliers of Tooling for Packaging Thermoforming

 PART VI – THE PRIMARY PRODUCT CATEGORIES AND MARKETS FOR THERMOFORMED PACKAGING

PART VI – THE PRIMARY PRODUCT CATEGORIES AND MARKETS FOR THERMOFORMED PACKAGING

     Primary Thermoformed Packaging Categories (Blister Packs, Clamshells, Cups, Trays, Others)

     Primary Thermoformed Packaging Markets

          Airline Products

          Automotive Products

          Electronic Products

          Food Processing Containers

          Foodservice Containers

          Healthcare/Medical/Pharmaceutical Products

     The Size and Growth of Thermoformed Packaging Markets, 2004-2014

 PART VII – OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES CONFRONTING THE PACKAGING THERMOFORMERS

PART VII – OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES CONFRONTING THE PACKAGING

                     THERMOFORMERS

     The Recent Pattern of Technological Change in Thermoformed Packaging

          Third Motion Tooling and Processing

          Package Integrity versus Consumer Convenience

          Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)

          Pulp Forming

     Globalization: The Challenge Competing with China

 PART VIII – PROFILES OF PACKAGING THERMOFORMERS

PART VIII – PROFILES OF PACKAGING THERMOFORMERS

     The Hierarchy of Companies in Thermoformed Packaging

     Company Profiles (54 companies in total)

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