Polish plastics consumption stalls in 2012 - trade group

22 May 2013 15:18  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Plastics consumption in Poland stalled during 2012 at 2.65m tonnes, the Polish Union of Plastics Convertors (PUPC) trade association said on Wednesday.

The disappointing figure, almost the exactly the same as what was seen in 2011, was caused by the renewed economic downturn that swept Europe and a slump in the Polish construction industry, following the boom that construction firms experienced in creating infrastructure for the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship, jointly hosted by Poland and Ukraine, it added.

Poland, the sixth largest consumer of plastics in the EU plus Switzerland and Norway (EU+2), had a 2012 plastics consumption per capita rate of 69kg compared with the EU+2 average of 89kg, the PUPC said.

Per capita plastics consumption in Poland would reach the EU+2 average in around 10-15 years, according to current growth projections, it added.

All the indications are that 2013 will be another difficult year for plastic producers and converters, with the plastics industry likely to see year-on-year growth of no more than 2-2.5%, the PUPC said.

By: Will Conroy
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