US demand for caps and closures will rise 4.9 percent annually through 2012. Gains will be bolstered by the popularity of value-added designs such as child-resistant and dispensing closures. Gains will be supported by the continuing growth of closure-intensive plastic packaging at the expense of closureless containers like metal cans. This study analyzes the $7.6 billion US cap and closure industry. It presents historical demand data for the years 1997, 2002 and 2007, and forecasts for 2012 and 2017 by material (e.g., plastic resins, metal); product (e.g., threaded, dispensing, unthreaded, child-resistant, screw and lug, crowns, roll-ons, rubber, cork, paperboard); and market (e.g., beverages, pharmaceuticals, food, cosmetics and toiletries). The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles 38 industry competitors, including Rexam, Alcoa and Berry Plastics.