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04-16-2012

AMI: Report on the European Market for Plastic Heavy Duty Sacks

Applied Market Information Ltd. (AMI), Bristol, U.K., has revealed the increasingly important role plastics play in industrial packaging in its new detailed report on the European market for plastic heavy duty sacks. According to the plastics industry consultants plastic sacks now account for over half of all sacks used in industrial packaging in Europe and are set to make significant inroads into markets which up to now have mainly used paper such as cement, pet food and food ingredients.

The industry has been undergoing a period of significant change driven by an increased competitive dynamic at the customer level, new developments in resin technology and restructuring of European supply. Opportunities but also challenges arise for the plastic sack manufacturers who strive to keep and expand their market share.

Total demand for plastic heavy duty sacks in Europe during 2011 was estimated at just over 5,200 million units or just under 600,000 t.

The most significant growth has been, and continues to be, in the form fill & seal sector (FFS), which now represents 70% of plastic heavy duty sack usage, followed by a 24% share held by open mouth sacks and 6% share held by valve sacks.

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