AMI: Plastics Processing on the Advance in Central Europe
According to the latest reports from Applied Market Information (AMI) Central European countries have been experiencing strong economic growth over the last five years as a result of both the benefits of the EU membership and a relocation of many production facilities eastwards by Western European manufacturers.
Poland is the largest market represented by more than 1,700 companies involved in plastics processing. With an estimated 2008 polymer demand of more than 2.3 million tonnes and then a consumption of 61 kg/capita, Poland is well ahead of the average for Central and Eastern Europe of 45 kg/capita, but still behind the average for Western Europe of 88 kg/capita.
The Czech plastics market, underpinned by strong economic growth in recent years, has been growing by an average rate of approx. 7 % per year and is expected to be just short of 800,000 tonnes in 2008. There are believed to be around 640 plastics processors in the Czech Republic.
AMI estimates that there are more than 130 companies involved in thermoplastics processing in the Slovak Republic. Polymer demand has been growing on an average by 9 % per year to reach an estimated 400,000 tonnes in 2008. Slovak plastics processing is largely influenced by automotive investments which have made Slovakia the country with the largest per capita production of cars in the world.
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