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Overview of national packaging market and legislation in North America (III)

3) plastic containers the consumption of plastic containers in North America continues to grow. For a long time, rigid plastic packaging is the fastest growing part of the market. From 2002 to 2003, flexible packaging plastic caught up with hard plastic packaging. The overall sales of plastic packaging products in North America reached about US $43billion, accounting for 33% of the market share. In 2003, the consumption of plastic containers in the United States was 5.55 million tons, with an average annual growth rate of about 4%. Plastic bottles accounted for 75% of the demand, followed by buckets, barrels, cups and pallets. High strength polypropylene is the most needed resin, followed by polyester and PVC. The demand for plastic bottles in the U.S. packaging market is about 44% for beverages, 8% for food, 12% for drugs, 8% for transportation, 14% for household products, 8% for personal care products and 5% for others

the consumption of plastic bottles is the largest among all kinds of plastic containers. In 2003, it was 4.26 million tons, an increase of 26% over 1998. By 2008, it will reach 5.1 million tons. The coating for plastic cans, bowls, cups and plates has high fire resistance to hydrocarbon fire (the consumption of 2.27mm coating thickness in 2003 was 520000 tons and 410000 tons respectively. The consumption of plastic beverage containers in the United States reached about 50billion in 2002, an increase of 1.5 times over the past 10 years. In 2002, the number of plastic packaging containers accounted for 30% of the total containers of fruit juice and vegetable drinks produced in the United States, ranking first in all types of containers. In the packaging containers of carbonated drinks and milk, plastic accounted for the second place. In 2002, plastic containers accounted for the largest proportion of carbonated drinks in the United States 28.5% of all containers, only less than metal cans (64.9%). 40.1% of milk packaging containers are plastic containers, which are lower than paper containers. However, the progress of plastic containers in beer packaging is still quite slow. In 2002, plastic containers accounted for only 0.3% of all beer containers used in the United States

the demand for plastic containers in the United States will increase by 3.6% every year, and it is estimated that it will reach about 6.6 million tons by 2008. However, the miniaturization or "lightweight" of packaging requirements will limit the growth of plastic container production. In 2003, plastic bottles accounted for 77% of the total plastic containers. Before 2008, plastic bottles will still be the dominant plastic containers. However, due to the saturation of the soft drink market, the demand for plastic bottles will slow down, while the demand for other polyethylene plastic containers for filling will increase. Due to the strong growth in the demand for frozen and prefabricated food and the growing demand for meat packaging, the plate and can manufacturing industry will strongly drive the growth in the demand for plastic containers. Plastic can be used in the packaging of coffee, convenience food and pigments, so it has great advantages in the canned food market. Although small beverage bottles continue to dominate, the growth rate in the future will be lower than that in the past 10 years when the soft drink market is mature

5. food packaging

mainly includes plastic, metal, glass, cardboard, composite materials, aluminum foil and sterile packaging. The total value of packaging materials in the United States is about 120billion US dollars, and food containers account for about 23.8% of its share. The demand for food packaging containers is growing at a rate of 3.0% per year. The proportion of main food packaging containers is about 38.9% of paperboard; Plastic 32.8%; Metal 11.6%; Plastic and paper bags 10.0%; Glass 4.2%; Wood 2.2%: fabric 0.4%. Consumption of food containers was $16.2 billion in 2003. Among them, hard containers are US $10billion, bags are US $3.6 billion and small bags are US $2.6 billion. The consumption of containers for cosmetics and sanitary products was 20.3 billion in 2003, including 14.7 billion plastic containers

the increasing demand for pre washed and pre cut fruits, vegetables and direct salads controls the sales of food packaging. In 2003, the market value of food packaging was US $80million, which was far lower than the total sales of fresh agricultural products by US $80billion due to cost and related technical reasons. But there is potential for growth. Improved gas packaging (map) has had a significant impact on these products, extending their shelf life to days, thus bringing about a real turnaround in grocery stores and food service markets

due to the growth of population, the improvement of discretionary personal income and the miniaturization of families, consumers need more convenient convenience food, especially those high value-added packaging with good pattern effect and good barrier performance. The growing number of single service packages will lead to an increase in the number of packages. Such styles as plastic cups and small bags can increasingly meet consumers' requirements for the convenience and portability of food packaging. Plastic containers, bags and pouches will be the fastest growing food containers. It will replace cardboard, metal and glass containers due to its superior performance over other materials and the improvement of resin and processing technology

6. drug packaging

the world's demand for drug packaging is about US $12.5 billion, and that of the United States is about US $5billion, but it is only a small part of the US $900billion health care market in 2000

the demand for pharmaceutical packaging plastics in North America continues to grow rapidly. North America is still the largest medical and pharmaceutical market in the world, and its packaging market is also very large. In 2004, the consumption of pharmaceutical packaging plastic resin was about 1133000 tons, with an average demand growth rate of 4.9% per year in the next five years. In 2009, it will reach 1451000 tons, of which polypropylene resin is the largest, about 28%, followed by PVC and HDPE. Pharmaceutical packaging medical equipment packaging (syringes, injection tubes, etc.) accounted for about 83% of the plastic resins consumed in 2004. It is expected that it will continue to play a leading role in the future

in the United States, the annual growth of the packaging of drug supply and equipment (3) using suitable wrenches to connect each oil pipe was about 6%. In 2004, it exceeded US $3.8 billion, and the actual growth (calculated by the number of containers consumed per day) was 3.3%. The use value of plastic materials in the packaging of health products is more than 1billion US dollars

7. industrial packaging

the consumption of industrial packaging in North America is increasing year by year. Containers for industrial product packaging include: drums, wooden cases, barrels, hard IBCs, metal transport containers, etc

in 2003, the consumption of industrial packaging in the United States was US $2.84 billion, which will increase to US $3.65 billion in 2008, of which the plastic box will increase from US $460million to US $650million. The consumption of cushioning and protective packaging materials was US $2.73 billion in 2003 and will increase to US $3.51 billion in 2008, of which plastic materials will increase from US $820million to US $1.07 billion

the sales of other packaging products (textile bags, wooden containers and similar products) in the United States decreased from US $5.59 billion in 1999 and US $5.58 billion in 2002 to US $5.44 billion in 2003. In 2003, the sales volume of wooden containers (except pallets) was US $1.1 billion, a decrease of 2.3% over 2002

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