Synthetic Paper: Technologies and Global Markets

Report Scope:

A few caveats are in order before explaining the scope of the report -

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.

It is essential to understand, regarding 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. This market, according to industry estimates, is in the range of billions of dollars. Secondly, most of those in the industry feel that this market segment lies outside the general definition of synthetic paper.

The report covers the following synthetic paper materials -
- Polypropylene.
- High-density polyethylene (HDPE).
- Polyester.
- Polystyrene.
- Others (predominantly Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)).

The scope of this study is global. The global market is broken down by material. Individual material type is broken down, further, by application (labels/tags and non-labels) and by geographic region: the Americas, Europe/Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia-Pacific (APAC).

This report is organized in the following manner -
- Chapter 2: Executive Summary presents a high-level view of the synthetic paper shipment market in terms of end use.
- Chapter 3: Synthetic Paper: Evolution and Technologies presents a comprehensive view of the history of synthetic paper development. It explains the benefits and challenges associated with the synthetic paper industry. It also covers the manufacturing methods and material characteristics of synthetic paper variants. The chapter explains the salience of various parameters associated with synthetic paper evaluation.
- Chapter 4: Applications of Synthetic Paper takes a closer look at various applications in a qualitative and quantitative manner.
- Chapter 5: Regional and Material Markets dives into quantitative analysis. The chapter covers dynamics associated with individual geographic regions and applications in the context of materials markets.
- Chapter 6: Patent Analysis analyzes U.S. patents granted in areas that are relevant to synthetic paper.
- Chapter 7: Company Profiles provides an overview of the synthetic paper industry. The chapter also describes leading companies in the synthetic paper domain.

Report Includes:

- 36 data tables and 16 additional tables
- An overview of the global markets and technologies for synthetic paper
- Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2018, estimates for 2019, and projections of CAGRs through 2024
- Coverage of cavitated and clay-coated films and multilayer lamination and coextrusion
- In-depth analysis of various printing processes, including lithographic printing, gravure printing, flexographic printing, letterpress printing and digital printing
- Overview of synthetic paper additives, such as clays, titanium dioxide, calcium carbonate, talc and silicas
- Detailed profiles of key competitors of the market, including Agfa-Gevaert N.V., Hop Industries Corp., Nan Ya Plastics Corp., Taghleef Industries (TI), Transcendia and Valeron Strength Films