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Plastics and composite fencing is forecast to see the most rapid growth in demand through 2016 in a U.S. fencing market forecast to expand 7.1%/yr. In a new study, The Freedonia Group Inc. (Cleveland, OH) predicted that U.S. fencing market would be valued at $8.3 billion in 2016, with total demand for 835 million linear feet.

PlasticsToday Staff

July 30, 2012

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Fencing rebound led by plastics, composites

Plastics and composite fencing is forecast to see the most rapid growth in demand through 2016 in a U.S. fencing market forecast to expand 7.1%/yr. In a new study, The Freedonia Group Inc. (Cleveland, OH) predicted that U.S. fencing market would be valued at $8.3 billion in 2016, with total demand for 835 million linear feet.

The reported posited that growth will be driven by an expected rebound in building construction from a depressed 2011 base.  In addition, advances will also be supported by rising installation of high-value fences, such as ornamental metal and composite fencing. Freedonia reported that consumers are opting for these materials because of their favorable aesthetic and performance properties.pvc-fencing.jpg

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Plastic and composite fencing materials will benefit from the fact that they often resemble natural wood but have minimal maintenance needs and longer lifespans.  Freedonia said they're also seen as being "green" because they are often made from recycled materials, including reclaimed plastics and wood scraps.

Metal fencing accounted for the largest share of the fencing market in both dollar value and linear feet in 2011, and its demand is expected to increase in line with the industry average through 2016. 

Freedonia believes wood fencing demand will advance at a below-average pace through 2016. The researchers stated that wood is most often used in the residential market because of its low cost and favorable aesthetics, but that is expected to be checked by competition from plastic and composite fencing on the basis of reduced maintenance.

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Global demand for polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which is the predominant plastic fencing material, was projected to reach 49 million tons by the year 2017, according to a report from Global Industry Analysts.

That report said that while improving infrastructure and housing conditions in the developing countries continue to sustain the demand for PVC, long-term growth would be most impacted by the "resurgence in the construction markets in the developed economies and easing of the supply-demand imbalances."

The construction industry accounts for close to 75% of PVC demand. The report said that after enduring demand contraction in 2008 and 2009, the PVC market experienced an upsurge in demand in 2010. In 2011, PVC demand remained stagnant at 2010 levels, with no significant growth recorded in the end-use markets.

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