Poland’s plastic sector growing steadily

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2017

Economic growth in Poland is resulting in the production of more plastic and, ultimately, the availability of more plastic scrap to recyclers serving that nation.

The publisher of a newly available database that lists plastics processors in Poland describes that nation as “the only country in Europe which did not technically go into recession” in 2008 and 2009, and says it sees further growth in Poland’s plastic sector “projected up to 2019.”

United Kingdom-based Applied Market Information Ltd. (AMI), publisher of the Plastic Processors in Poland 2016 book and online database, says “changes in the European plastics industry have been slow and steady since the recession in 2008 and 2009. However, although overall polymer demand growth has weakened, Poland is still managing to show some growth driven by appliance manufacturing and consumer packaging and a recovery in automotive production.”

AMI says the growth in Poland “was epitomized by polymer consumption increases estimated at just over 3.5% between 2009 and 2014, particularly for HDPE (high-density polyethylene), PP (polypropylene) and PET (polyethylene terephthalate), with PP accounting for just under a quarter of all polymers used in the country.”

Additionally, says AMI, “Poland has also become an important regional hub for plastics packaging printing and converting as well as having capacity for all commodity polymers.”

AMI’s forecast predicts Poland will continue “to show good growth, driven by ongoing investments in car production and electrical goods manufacturing, although the success of its plastics industry will be dependent on growth continuing in the West and remaining competitive against foreign imports. That being said, the market is thought to have the potential to grow at 3% per year up to 2019, creating a market demand of 3 million tonnes.”

AMI says its database of plastic processors in Poland has been compiled after “hours of research and hundreds of telephone interviews” and that it provides details on more than 1,000 plastic processors in Poland. Database listings include contact (telephone, fax and address details) and production (polymers used, markets served and machinery operated) information for plastic processor, including injection moulders, blow moulders and film extruders in Poland.



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