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Global production volume of thermoplastics by type 1980-2050

Almost 400 million metric tons of thermoplastics are projected to be produced globally in 2020. Of that amount, around 75.4 million metric tons is attributable to the production of polypropylene (PP). PP production is forecast to grow to 107 million metric tons by 2050.

Production forecast of thermoplastics worldwide from 2020 to 2050, by type

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Release date

May 2020



Survey time period

as of May 2020

Supplementary notes

All figures are projections.
PET: Polyethylene terephthalate.
HDPE: High-density polyethylene.
PVC: Polyvinyl chloride.
LDPE: Low-density polyethylene.
PP: Polypropylene.
PS: Polystyrene

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