China leads Global Plastics Production while Europe ranks second

Slow but positive development for the European plastics industry

The European plastics production recorded a steadily increasing trend showing a positive development in 2013. The world production volume has risen, since at global level the production has gone from 288 Mtonnes in 2012 to 299 Mtonnes in 2013, which signifies an increase of around 3.9%. China remained the leader with 24.8% of global plastics production, while Europe ranked second with 20% of the world’s total plastics production in 2013.

At European level, demand for plastics in 2013 stood at 46.0 million tonnes, an increase of 0.1% in comparison to 2012; packaging and building and construction represented by far the largest markets, followed by the automotive industry and Electrical and Electronics.  Regarding plastics production, it showed a growth of 6.6% for primary plastics, 7% for the plastics products and almost 2% for the machinery sector for the period between January and February 2014 for all three sectors.

"The European plastics industry is under significant worldwide competition, China continues leading the global plastics production and the US has significantly reduced their energy prices increasing their European competitiveness. These are only two examples of the challenges we have ahead”, explained Karl-H. Foerster, Executive Director, PlasticsEurope. "To move towards a strong and competitive Europe we need to ensure a long term strategy for Europe’s re-industrialisation. Policy makers need to ensure access to competitive energy and raw materials, support for innovation and training to provide skilled workforces to ensure a strong European plastics industry”, expressed Mr Foerster.    

PlasticsEurope presented its most recent data for the plastics industry at press events across Europe, showing the global results of the latest EU economic data of the European Plastics industry.
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