European Plastics News
Leatherhead, England -- The global market for plastics additives and barrier coatings is set to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.6 percent to total $752 million by 2014, according to a new report from Pira International Ltd.
Polyurethane is widely used as an additive in plastics and coatings.
"There is a rapidly increasing demand for packaging materials that give even greater protection to their contents," says the report, titled: The Future of Functional Additives and Barrier Coatings to 2014. "These technologies not only optimise product shelf life, they also reduce the need for preservatives, provide transparency and gloss, and serve as a printing substrate."
Key drivers for the growth, which is predicted to outstrip growth in the overall packaging market, are increasing consumer demand for convenience and product safety.
There is also a growing demand for smaller PET bottles, which have a higher surface area per unit volume and therefore require better protection than larger bottles, says Leatherhead-based Pira.
The market for functional plastic packaging additives is set to have a CAGR of 3.9 percent, while the barrier coatings market is set to grow 4.6 percent over the next four years. In the barrier coatings area, PVdC coatings had 38.2 percent of all market value in 2009, the largest share, followed by metallised coatings (31.1 percent) and EVOH (18.1 percent).
In terms of geographical area, growth rates in Western Europe and North American are slower than the global average. The highest growth rates are in China and India -- more than 10 percent. In 2009, Asia Pacific took the largest share of the additives and barrier market (42 percent), followed by North America (24.5 percent), western Europe (19.9 percent), central and eastern Europe (5.4 percent), South America (3.9 percent) and the rest of the world (4.3 percent).