Plastics - The Global Context

Some Key Facts About The Plastics and Polymers Industry

Europe (source Plastics Europe)

  • Euro 340 bn turnover
  • 60,000 companies
  • 1.5 m employees

UK (source British Plastics Federation)

  • GBP 23.5 bn turnover
  • 7,500 companies
  • 170,000 employees

Northern Ireland (source Northern Ireland Polymers Association)

  • GBP 1.8 bn turnover
  • 80 companies
  • 8,000 employees

Europe in 2015 used 18.5% of the 269 m tonnes of the world plastics production (i.e. 49 m tonnes).

European plastics consumption by end use in 2015:

  • 39.9% Packaging
  • 19.7% Building and Construction
  • 8.9% Automotive
  • 5.8% Electrical & Electronics
  • 3.3% Agricultural

European plastics consumption by Material Type:

  • 29.4% PE
  • 19.1% PP
  • 10.1% PVC
  • 7.5% PU
  • 7.1% PET
  • 6.9% PS/EPS

For more details "Plastics - The Facts 2016" Report can be downloaded at: http://www.plasticseurope.org/Document/plastics---the-facts-2016-15787.aspx?FolID=2

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