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Polystyrene Foam Manufacturing in the US: Market Research Report

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Polystyrene Foam Manufacturing Market Research Report | NAICS 32614 | Nov 2016

Faltering foam: Increased regulation over the sale and use of polystyrene will subdue revenue growth

The Polystyrene Foam Manufacturing market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.

Report Snapshot
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 11-16
Annual Growth 16-21
Annual Growth
Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Polystyrene foam product manufacturers have endured volatile raw material costs
  • The price of plastic greatly affects the cost of polystyrene foam manufacturing
  • Demand from food service establishments is expected to gain momentum over the next five years
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Over the five years to 2016, the Polystyrene Foam Manufacturing industry has weathered rising raw material costs and stricter regulations concerning the use of polystyrene-based plastic bags, even as levels of consumer spending and downstream construction industries have gradually improved. Over the next five years, even as subdued revenue growth continues, industry consolidation may be on the horizon for the industry. While expansion in residential and commercial construction industries will likely spur purchases of construction polystyrene, increased regulation over the sale and use of polystyrene will continue to pose a threat to industry manufacturers... ... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

Consumer and institutional products

Consumer and institutional products make up the industry's largest product segment and are forecast to account for 35.9% of industry revenue in 2016. This segment includes polystyrene foam cups, plates, bowls and cutlery for household and commercial use. Frequent users of polystyrene foam dishware are fast food, take-out and other quick-service restaurants. Naturally, the rise in unemployment and the downturn in consumer spending during the recession reduced the frequency in which consumers ate out. This led to a slight decline in demand for polystyrene foam-based dishware.

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Additional Insights for the Polystyrene Foam Manufacturing Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Polystyrene Foam Manufacturing Industry are

  • Compliance with required product standards
  • Proximity to key markets
  • Development of new products
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Consumer spending and Demand from construction in the Polystyrene Foam Manufacturing industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Polystyrene Foam Manufacturing Industry?

    This industry produces a wide range of polystyrene foam products that include the following: expanded polystyrene (EPS) for food containers and cups; foam ice chests and other packaging; and insulation goods. The industry’s products are used by a wide range of downstream industries in the construction, manufacturing and hospitality sectors.

    Industry Products
    Consumer and institutional productsPackaging and storing productsBuilding and construction productsTransportation products
    Industry Activities
    Expanded polystyrene foam productExpanded polystyrene food containerExpanded polystyrene foam packagingExpanded polystyrene building insulationExpanded polystyrene insulation

    Table of Contents
    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Consumer spending
  • Demand from construction
  • Price of plastic materials and resin
  • World price of crude oil
  • Regulation for the Polystyrene Foam Manufacturing industry
  • Current Performance
  • Volatile buying markets
  • Profit returns
  • Legislative changes
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Polystyrene demand recovers
  • Raw material costs fall
  • Foam regulation
  • Table: Polystyrene Foam Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Polystyrene Foam Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Beef & Pork Wholesaling
  • Retail Trade
  • Packaging & Labeling Services
  • Commercial Building Construction
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Chemical Product Manufacturing
  • Plastic & Resin Manufacturing
  • Products & Services
  • Consumer and institutional products
  • Packaging and storing products
  • Building and construction products
  • Transportation products
  • Other
  • Chart: Polystyrene Foam Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
  • Demand from food wholesalers and retailers
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Government regulation
  • Major Markets
  • Retailers
  • Wholesalers
  • Construction companies
  • Household consumers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Polystyrene Foam Manufacturing Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Polystyrene Foam Manufacturing
  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Polystyrene Foam Manufacturing Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Dart Container Corporation
    Reynolds Group Holdings Ltd.
  • Table: Dart Container Corporation - financial performance
  • Table: Reynolds Group Holdings Ltd. - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Polystyrene Foam Manufacturing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth
  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Polystyrene Foam Manufacturing Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • World price of crude oil (2007-2021)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Table: Industry Financial Ratios
  • Jargon & Glossary
    Expanded Polystyrene (Eps)
  • A lightweight packing product made of small polystyrene balls.
  • Polystyrene
  • A widely used plastic polymer that can be molded when heated. It is used in plastic cutlery, CD cases, food packaging and many other products.
  • Styrofoam
  • A trademarked name for The Dow Chemical Company's polystyrene foam insulation product. Styrofoam is often erroneously associated with EPS food packaging products.

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    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
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    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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