Primary response: The weak pound is expected to make firms more competitive internationally

Over the five years through 2017-18, industry revenue is forecast to grow at a compound annual rate of 2.7% to reach £4.7 billion. Revenue grew over most years of the period, however profit margins were volatile, increasing from 6.1% of revenue in 2012-13 to 8.2% in 2016-17, and then falling to 7% in 2017-18 due to increasing oil prices and the depreciation of the pound. The weak pound and rising oil prices increases operators’ costs, and as demand from the industry’s largest market is set to increase, both selling prices and units sold are forecast to expand, causing revenue to grow by 2.2% in 2017-18.Crude oil prices peaked in 2012, remained high in 2013 but fell sharply in 2014 and plummeted further over the following two more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Environmental concern has created space for innovation and opened new revenue streams
  • The share of domestic demand satisfied by imports has declined over the past five-year period
  • Increased costs are expected to cause the industry’s average profit margin to decline
  • Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

    The industry is in the mature phase of its life cycle. In the 10 years through 2022-23, industry value added, which measures the industry’s contribution to GDP, is forecast to increase at a compound annual rate of 1.2%, while UK GDP is forecast to grow at a compound annual rate of 2% over the same period. Consolidation in the industry is currently low, as is market share concentration, which stands at 14.2%. Over the five years through 2017-18 industry establishments and enterprises are forecast to increase at compound annual rates of 1.2% and 1.7% respectively. That enterprises are increasing at a faster rate than establishments indicates that the industry is undergoing some level of fragmentation...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Primary Form Plastics Manufacturing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Primary Form Plastics Manufacturing Industry are

  • Having contracts which are favourable to purchaser
  • Upstream vertical integration (ownership links)
  • Provision of superior after sales service
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Real effective exchange rate and Downstream demand from manufacturing in the Primary Form Plastics Manufacturing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Primary Form Plastics Manufacturing Industry?

    This industry includes companies involved in the manufacture of resins, plastic materials and non-vulcanisable thermoplastic elastomers. It also includes companies involved in the mixing and blending of resins on a custom basis and in the manufacture of non-customised synthetic resins.

    Industry Products
  • Polyvinyl chloride
  • Acrylic polymers
  • Polyester
  • Polyurethanes
  • Polypropylene
  • Polyethylene
  • Other products
  • Industry Activities
  • polymers
  • polyamides
  • phenolic and epoxide resins and polyurethanes
  • alkyd and polyester resins and polyethers
  • silicones
  • ion-exchangers based on polymers
  • cellulose and its chemical derivatives
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Real effective exchange rate
  • Downstream demand from manufacturing
  • Industrial production index
  • World price of crude oil
  • Public concern over environmental issues

  • Current Performance
  • Slippery growth rates
  • Volatile reactions
  • Diluting domestic markets
  • Building up revenue sources
  • Dissolving concentration
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Constrained profitability
  • Resistance to imports
  • Long term pay-offs
  • Constructing demand
  • New forms of plastic
  • Table: Primary Form Plastics Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Primary Form Plastics Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Plastic Packing Goods Manufacturing
  • Motor Vehicle Parts & Accessories Manufacturing
  • Commercial Building Construction
  • Residential Building Construction

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Inorganic Basic Chemical Manufacturing
  • Organic Basic Chemical Manufacturing
  • Petroleum Refining

  • Products & Services
  • Other products
  • Polyvinyl chloride
  • Acrylic polymers
  • Polyester
  • Polyurethanes
  • Polypropylene
  • Polyethylene
  • Chart: Primary Form Plastics Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Packaging manufacturers
  • Construction product manufacturers
  • Other
  • Transportation manufacturers
  • Electrical and electronic product manufacturers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Primary Form Plastics Manufacturing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesDepreciationOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Primary Form Plastics Manufacturing

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Primary Form Plastics Manufacturing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Basell Polyolefins UK Ltd,
  • Table: Basell Polyolefins UK Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Primary Form Plastics Manufacturing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Primary Form Plastics Manufacturing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Exports (2009-2023)
  • Imports (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • A type of biodegradable plastic derived from biological substances rather than petroleum.
  • Polyethylene
  • A flexible synthetic resin made by polymerizing ethylene.
  • Polymer
  • A chemical compound or mixture of compounds that consists essentially of repeating structural units.
  • Polypropylene
  • A thermoplastic synthetic resin that is a polymer of propylene.
  • Polyvinyl Chloride
  • A tough chemically resistant synthetic resin made by polymerizing vinyl chloride.
  • Synthetic Resins
  • A large class of synthetic products that have some of the physical properties of natural resins but are different chemically and are used chiefly in plastics.
  • Thermoplastic
  • A synthetic resin that is capable of softening or fusing when heated and hardening again when cooled.
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