Resin Distribution in North America

Resin Distribution in North America

Published: March 2018

Polymer distribution is playing an increasingly strategic role within the polymer industry value chain providing opportunities for polymer producers to cut costs improve efficiencies and deliver better service and support to the plastics processor. However in an industry notorious for its slim margins and in a low growth economy, the successful distributor needs to be rigorous in understanding the cost-to-serve and the value gained from its customers in order to ensure future survival and growth.

Over the past five year period, polymer distributors in North America have been able to expand their activities, both in terms of geographic reach and the services offered, despite the pressures caused by the economic volatility, periods of material oversupply or shortages and squeezed margins. Opportunities still exist for the distribution sector to enhance profitability and margins by offering new services and support to their customers. Innovative strategies and inventive customer dialogue will be the continuing characteristic of the successful companies in the industry.

AMI Consulting has been monitoring and analysing the trends in the global polymer distribution industry for the past 15 years. The 2018 report will build on earlier research which has since evolved into a comprehensive survey of the trends in the polymer distribution market for the whole NAFTA region (North American Free Trade Agreement), including USA, Canada and Mexico.

  • Polymer distribution market in North America
  • Relationships with suppliers
  • Distribution business models
  • Profiles of the leading polymer distributors
  • Polymer distribution in the USA
  • Polymer distribution in Canada
  • Polymer distribution in Mexico
  • Statistical appendix

The study covers distribution of the following polymers:

  • HDPE
  • PP
  • PS
  • ABS/SAN and its blends
  • PC and its blends
  • PA 6/6.6
  • PBT
  • POM
  • PMMA

The study provides data for the following years:

  • Past: 2012
  • Present: 2017, 2018
  • Future: 2022

Polymer distribution volumes are quantified in lbs per country, polymer and distributor.
Financial turnovers for distribution companies and the value of the industry are quantified in US dollars.

The study covers the polymer distribution industry in NAFTA with analysis of the market in the following countries:

  • USA
  • Canada
  • Mexico

All subscribers will receive one printed copy, a downloadable PDF version and a data spreadsheet. The spreadsheet includes polymer volumes sold in 2016 by individual distribution companies segmented by country, polymer and supplier. Data is in a versatile format which allows data ordering, sorting and creating own pivot tables.

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