NEWS: Metallocene and Polymer Demand Expected To Rise
According to a new study published by The Freedonia Group Inc. (Cleveland, OH), the demand for metallocene and single-site polymers in the United States will reach 5.1 billion pounds by 2009, and be valued at $5.3 billion.
The study, Metallocene & Single-Site Polymers, suggests that opportunities will result from the processing and performance advantages that these materials have in the marketplace. In addition, linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) will likely remain the most dominant polymer, though more-rapid growth is anticipated for much smaller polypropylene and high-density polyethylene plastics, and elastomers such as thermoplastic olefins (TPOs).
Overall, the study says, metallocene and single-site polymers will account for about 9% of all polyolefin polymers by 2009. Demand for metallocene film and sheet will rise to 2.8 billion pounds by 2009. The study also predicts that faster metallocene and single-site polymer gains are expected for emerging applications in blow and injection molding, rotomolding, and extrusion.