NEW YORK, Feb. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: US Rigid Bulk Packaging Markethttp://www.reportlinker.com/p0702403/US-Rigid-Bulk-Packaging-Market.html#utm_source=prnewswire&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=PackagingUS demand to reach $6.9 billion in 2017 Demand for rigid bulk packaging is expected to reach $6.9 billion in 2017. Growth will accelerate from the performance of the recession-impacted 2007- 2012 period, and will reflect rebounds in manufacturing output and construction activity. Gains will also be driven by expanded use of larger, higher-value containers that offer enhanced performance and are more cost-effective than smaller types with shorter service lives. RIBCs to be fastest growing bulk packaging productRIBCs will be the fastest growing rigid bulk packaging product type through 2017, benefiting from a rebound in chemical production as well as cost and performance advantages over smaller, single-use, or shorter-lived packaging. Although RIBCs have a higher initial cost than other rigid bulk containers, these products offer increased storage space efficiency and longer service lives, allowing large-scale customers to realize significant long-term cost savings. Moderating growth to some degree will be competition from flexible intermediate bulk containers (FIBCs), which are substantially less expensive than RIBCs (although not as long-lasting) and capable of accommodating liquids if used in conjunction with a liner. Material handling containers will also experience above average gains through 2017, aided by a rebound in durable goods production following declines during the 2007-2012 period. In addition, demand will be supported by increased emphasis on sustainability, which will lead to heightened usage of returnable and reusable containers in the production of durable goods as well as in the food and agriculture industries. Healthy prospects for plastic drums will be based on advantages of lighter weight and lower cost than steel drums, along with continuing material enhancements, corrosion and impact resistance, and compatibility with most substances other than solvents and other chemicals that can degrade polyethylene. Despite the maturity of steel and fibre drums, drum demand will benefit from an upswing in manufacturing, especially in the chemical industry. Drums will remain a mainstay of the industry as a result of their relatively low cost, reusability, effectiveness in the safe transport of hazardous materials, and appeal to users not seeking to transition to IBCs.