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 110 billion pounds of resin in 2015. Thermoset polymers, among them epoxy, made up some 14.6 percent or 16.2 billion pounds of all production. Thermoplastics – including among others PVC, Nylon, high-density polyethylene resins and polypropylene resins - made up around 85 percent or 94.6 billion pounds. Thermoset production showed a growth of 2.2 percent compared to the previous year, while thermoplastic production increased 2.4 percent. Total resin production increased by 2.4 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. In 2013, a significant amount – some 14 billion pounds – were exported all over the world. The total value of all U.S. plastics material and resin manufacturing shipments is about 90 billion U.S. dollars.