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Plastics converter demand shares in the EU-28 by polymer 2016-2018

This statistic displays the distribution of plastics converter demand in the European Union (EU-28) plus Norway and Switzerland in 2018, by polymer type. The highest share was 19.3 percent for PP (Polypropylene), which is used to create products such as food packaging, sweet and snack wrappers, hinged caps, microwave proof containers, pipes, bank notes, and automotive parts.

In 2018, the packaging segment accounted for a 39.9 percent share of plastics converter demand in the European Union.

Distribution of plastics converter demand in the European Union (EU-28) from 2016 to 2018, by polymer type*

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Source

Release date

September 2019

Region

Norway, Switzerland, EU

Survey time period

2016 to 2018

Supplementary notes

*Includes Norway and Switzerland.
The source includes the following descriptions for each polymer:

PS - Polystyrene, PS-E - Polystyrene, expandable, PET - Polyethylene terephthalate, PUR - Polyurethane, PVC - Polyvinyl chloride, PE-HD - Polyethylene, high density, PE-MD - Polyethylene, medium density, PE-LD - Polyethylene, low density, PE-LLD - Polyethylene, linear low density, PP - Polypropylene,

- PS, PSE = 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, PEMD), 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 fibres (PBT); eyeglasses lenses, roofing sheets (PC); Touch screens (PMMA); cable coating in telecommunications (PTFE); and any others in aerospace, medical implants, surgical devices, membranes, valves & seals, protective coatings, etc

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