Plastics demand in the European Union (EU-27) 2021, polymer type

Plastic converters demand in the European Union (EU-27) in 2021, by polymer type

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December 2022



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*EU-27 + 3 includes Norway, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Demand estimates only refer to virgin plastics

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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