Rigid bulk packaging sales in the US are projected to increase five percent per annum to $5.7 billion in 2003.
Shipping drum sales are forecast to increase 3.2 percent per annum through 2003 to $1.5 billion. Plastic drums will expand at the fastest pace based on their light weight, one-piece construction and impact and corrosion resistance. Threats to further growth include incompatibility with concentrated chemical solvents and the inability to store many flammable materials. Steel drum sales will increase at a slow pace yet remain a mainstay due to strength and fire resistance and the presence of a strong national network of steel drum reconditioners.
Rigid intermediate bulk containers will provide the best opportunities and expand at a double-digit pace to $1.1 billion in 2003. Despite their high cost compared to drums, RIBCs greatly simplify handling, take up less space, cost less in the long run, and often can be integrated directly onto the processing line. RIBCs also have a longer service life than drums and offer environmental advantages. Sales of materials handling containers will benefit from their ability to reduce packaging waste and improve production efficiency.
Chemicals and allied products will remain the leading rigid bulk packaging market, reflecting increased levels of chemical production, as well as a growing preference for higher value RIBCs. Hazardous waste applications will advance at a faster pace, largely as a result of the more stringent regulations governing the handling, transport and disposal of waste products. The durable goods sector will also enjoy relatively fast growth, as this is the one sector where significant initial penetration of markets is still possible.
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