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European Union (EU-28) plastic demand by polymer type 2019

Polypropylene (PP) is the polymer type with the largest demand in the European Union, at 19.4 percent as of 2019. PP is a translucent, semi-rigid plastic used to produce products such as food packaging, bank notes, and many others. The second most in-demand polymer in the EU that year was low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE), at 17.4 percent of total demand.

European plastics demand amounted to a total of 50.7 million metric tons in 2019.

Plastic materials demand in the European Union (EU-28) in 2019, by polymer type

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Release date

December 2020

Region

Europe

Survey time period

2019

Supplementary notes

PS/EPS = eyeglasses frames, plastic cups, egg trays (PS); packaging, building insulation (PS-E), etc.
PET = bottles for water, soft drinks, juices, cleaners, etc.
PUR = building insulation, pillows and mattresses, insulating foams for fridges, etc.
PVC = window frames, profiles, floor and wall covering, pipes, cable insulation, garden hoses, inflatable pools, etc.
PE-HD, PE-MD = toys (PE-HD, PE-MD), milk bottles, shampoo bottles, pipes, houseware (PE-HD), etc.
PE-LD, PE-LLD = reusable bags, trays and containers, agricultural film (PE-LD), food packaging film (PE-LLD), etc.
PP = Food packaging, sweet and snack wrappers, hinged caps, microwave-proof containers, pipes, automotive parts, bank notes, etc.
Others = hub caps (ABS); optical fibre (PBT); eyeglasses lenses, roofing sheets (PC); touch screens (PMMA); cable coating in telecommunications (PTFE); and many others in aerospace, medical implants, surgical devices, membranes, valves and seals, protective coatings, as well as thermoplastics.

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