An analysis of European latest plastics production, demand and waste data 2013

November 20, 2014 9:52 pm Published by

“Plastics – the Facts is an analysis of the latest data related to the production, demand and waste
management of plastics materials. It provides the latest business information on production and demand, trade, recovery as well as employment and turnover in the plastics industry. The positive growth of the plastics industry in the European Plastics Converters (EuPC)EU-27 after the bounce back from the deep economic recession continued until the beginning of 2011 (see figure 17). Since then, the plastics producing and converting sectors have showed a clear decreasing trend. In the first half of 2013, production figures for plastics products decreased. The production figures for the primary plastics and machinery segment show a stag nation compared to the same period in the previous year. However, for the next two years, no new downwards wing of the global economy is expected. Although structural reforms and adjustment programmes in some European countries will take time to bear fruit, a slow recovery of the European customer industries is expected and Europe should step out from the grey area between stagnation and recession. With slow recovery for the plastics industry value chain, demand for primary plastics in the EU-27-countries should also recover within the next years. Therefore, we expect primary plastics production to stabilize in 2013 and start a slow recovery in 2014 (see figure 18)”.



“In Europe, packaging applications are the largest application sector for the plastics industry and represent 39.4% of the total plastics demand. Building and construction is the second largest application sector with 20.3% of the total European demand. Automotive is the third sector with a share of 8.2% of the total demand. Electrical and electronic applications represent 5.5% of the plastics demand and are closely followed by agricultural applications which have a share of 4.2%. Other application sectors such as appliances, household and consumer products, furniture and medical products comprise a total of 22.4% of the European plastics demand”. Read more

Reference: PlasticEurope, “Plastics – the Facts 2013” retrieved from



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