Total resin production in the United States from 2008 to 2017 (in million pounds)*

Total U.S. resin production 2008-2017 This statistic depicts the production of resin plastics in the United States from 2008 to 2017. In 2017, resin production in the U.S. reached nearly 113 billion pounds of resin, on a dry weight basis. Resin is a viscous liquid, which is used in many industries and is also present in many of the products we use in everyday life. Resin is most commonly used in the production of plastic, varnishes, and adhesives.
Resin production in the U.S.

Synthetic resin is an important substance due to its capacity to harden immediately and permanently. One of the most commonly used synthetic resins is the thermoset polymer epoxy, used extensively by the flooring industry in particular over the last 50 years. Today however, this resin’s share of total production is very small.

The U.S. chemical industry produced some 113 billion pounds of resin in 2017. Thermoset polymers, among them epoxy, made up some 14.8 percent or 16.8 billion pounds of all production. Thermoplastics – including among others PVC, Nylon, high-density polyethylene resins and polypropylene resins - made up around 85 percent or 96.2 billion pounds. Thermoset production showed a growth of 1.6 percent compared to the previous year, while thermoplastic production increased 0.5 percent. Total resin production increased by 0.7 percent.

Thermoplastics have a wide range of applications. In the United States, most of it is used for packaging, consumer and institutional purposes, and building and construction.
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Production in million pounds
2008101,546
200998,696
2010102,806
2011103,208
2012105,945
2013107,522
2014108,183
2015110,478
2016112,227
2017112,974
Production in million pounds
2008101,546
200998,696
2010102,806
2011103,208
2012105,945
2013107,522
2014108,183
2015110,478
2016112,227
2017112,974
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This statistic depicts the production of resin plastics in the United States from 2008 to 2017. In 2017, resin production in the U.S. reached nearly 113 billion pounds of resin, on a dry weight basis. Resin is a viscous liquid, which is used in many industries and is also present in many of the products we use in everyday life. Resin is most commonly used in the production of plastic, varnishes, and adhesives.
Resin production in the U.S.

Synthetic resin is an important substance due to its capacity to harden immediately and permanently. One of the most commonly used synthetic resins is the thermoset polymer epoxy, used extensively by the flooring industry in particular over the last 50 years. Today however, this resin’s share of total production is very small.

The U.S. chemical industry produced some 113 billion pounds of resin in 2017. Thermoset polymers, among them epoxy, made up some 14.8 percent or 16.8 billion pounds of all production. Thermoplastics – including among others PVC, Nylon, high-density polyethylene resins and polypropylene resins - made up around 85 percent or 96.2 billion pounds. Thermoset production showed a growth of 1.6 percent compared to the previous year, while thermoplastic production increased 0.5 percent. Total resin production increased by 0.7 percent.

Thermoplastics have a wide range of applications. In the United States, most of it is used for packaging, consumer and institutional purposes, and building and construction.
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Release date
April 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
2008 to 2017
Supplementary notes
* Dry weight basis; except phenolic resins, which are reported on a gross weight basis.
Values for 2008-2014 were taken from previous ACC resin statistics summaries.

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