28 October 2010 - Plastics: driving innovation and key to energy and resource efficiency

High-representatives of the European plastics industry today revealed facts, figures and business strategies which will shape the sector in the years to come. Günter Hilken, President of PlasticsEurope Germany, Cesare Spreafico, Co-chairman of EPRO and Wilfried Haensel, Executive Director of PlasticsEurope, agreed that the deciding factors for the future of the industry will be the optimisation from design, improvement of technologies, evolution of materials, consumer safety and energy efficiency. These factors when combined, will lead to a large saving of resources by both producers and consumers which, for such a widely-used material, will have a major impact on saving energy and fighting climate change.

These megatrends are supported by the most recent edition of "Plastics the Facts", a report that for the last 19 years has monitored the trends in the production, demand and recovery of plastics for the European market. This year’s report shows encouraging progress for the industry following the global financial crisis and highlights the most recent technological and design innovations in the field of plastics.

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The report also underlines the growing support of the industry, value-chain and consumers in plastics recycling and recovery, which have consistently improved year-on-year. Overall, 24.3 million tonnes of post-consumer waste was generated across Europe in 2009 of which 54% was diverted from landfill, up 2.7% points on the previous year. The industry expects this upwards tendency to continue in the upcoming years.

According to the industry, plastics innovations are key to ensure progress of other key-sectors for the European economy, such as green buildings (thermal insulation), lighter and more energy-efficient transport, smart packaging. By saving resources, technological and design improvement have enabled the plastics industry to adapt to the economic crisis and will work as catalysts for the sector in the future.

Wilfried Haensel, Executive Director at PlasticsEurope said, "At the end of the day, all of these trends put together mean the creation of products that meet the needs of the whole value chain perfectly, from the manufacturers to the final consumer. These needs are no longer limited to optimal value-for-money and convenience of use, but also include guarantees of sustainability and energy-efficiency from cradle to grave.”

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The European plastics industry makes a significant contribution to the welfare in Europe by enabling innovation, creating quality of life to citizens and facilitating resource efficiency and climate protection. More than 1.6 million people are working in about 50.000 companies (mainly small and medium sized companies in the converting sector) to create a turnover in excess of 300 billion € per year.

PlasticsEurope is the organisation representing Europe’s plastics manufacturers. It networks with European and national plastics associations and has 100 member companies, producing over 90% of all polymers across the 27 EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Croatia and Turkey. PlasticsEurope is a leading European trade association, based in Brussels and having regional offices in Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan and Paris.

EuPC – the European Plastics Converters – is the professional representative body of plastics converters in Europe. Their activities cover all sectors of the plastics converting industry, including recycling. Their main objective is to defend and promote the European plastics converting industry’s interests by: 

  • Voicing industry opinion to European and international institutions and NGOs 
  • Maintaining relationships with corresponding European and global organisations 
  • Conducting surveys, studies and research projects covering all areas of the plastics processing industry.

EuPR – the European Plastics Recyclers – is the professional representative body of plastics recyclers in Europe. EuPR promotes plastics mechanical recycling and an environment that encourages profitable and sustainable business. They provide a platform for members, who represent 85% of Europe’s recycling capacity, processing over 5 million tonnes of collected plastics per year.

EPRO – the European Association of Plastics Recycling and Recovery Organisations – is the association of the national organisations responsible for organising and promoting recycling and recovery in Europe. EPRO provides a unique forum for leading European specialists in plastics waste management to exchange learnings, develop integrated plastics packaging waste strategies and support technological development.

Editors' note:
The European plastics industry makes a significant contribution to the welfare in Europe by enabling innovation, creating quality of life to citizens and facilitating resource efficiency and climate protection. More than 1.6 million people are working in about 50.000 companies (mainly small and medium sized companies in the converting sector) to create a turnover in excess of 300 billion € per year.

The plastics industry includes polymer producers - represented by PlasticsEurope, converters - represented by EuPC and machine manufacturers - represented by EUROMAP. For further info see the web links:
http://www.plasticseurope.org/, http://www.plasticsconverters.eu/, http://www.euromap.org/

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Press release

Plastics – the Facts 2010

Presentation
Global megatrends
identify new market
opportunities

Wilfried Haensel

Presentation
Plastics too valuable
to waste

Cesare Spreafico

Presentation
Plastics industry:
Walking away
from the brink

Günter Hilken




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