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24-09-2019 | Production + Production Technology | News | Article

Market Report: Packaging Producers Are Major Consumers

Dr. Hubert Pelc

Polypropylene is the second most-produced standard plastic, after polyethylene, with packaging producers as its main consumers. Market research company Ceresana has analysed the global market for polypropylene for the fifth time: its latest report predicts that revenues for this type of plastic will grow by an average of 4.9% per year until 2026.

The biggest sales market for polypropylene in 2018 was flexible packaging: a total of 16.4 million tonnes were processed in films, bags and sacks. Another 15.5 million tonnes of polypropylene were used for the production of rigid packaging, such as containers and lids for food and beverages, chemicals, and industrial and household products. Consumer goods and fibres were next in the rankings. Injection moulding is an important processing technology in the plastics industry and of special importance for polypropylene in particular. This comparatively fast process is used to produce large volumes of identical goods, ranging from disposable products to highly complex precision components. The types of moulded parts made are almost limitless. In 2018, almost 23.6 million tonnes of PP were processed in injection moulding. 

Copolymers Are More Popular Than Homopolymers

Polypropylene is a semi-crystalline thermoplastic polymer. Besides uniform homopolymers, there are various copolymers such as random and block copolymers. These plastic types have mainly similar characteristics. But their different properties help in choosing the best material for specific applications and budgets. Compared to homopolymers, polypropylene copolymers will presumably account for notably higher growth rates, at 3.6% per year until 2026.

The Study in Brief

Chapter 1 provides a detailed description and analysis of the global polypropylene market – including forecasts up to 2026, presenting trends in demand (tonnes), revenues (dollar and euro), and production (tonnes) by region. The application areas for polypropylene are also analysed individually:

  • Packaging Films
  • Bags & Sacks
  • Heavy Duty and Industry Sacks
  • Food Containers
  • Industrial and Transportation Containers
  • Containers for Beverages & Other
  • Fibres
  • Transportation
  • Electrics & Electronics
  •  Consumer Goods
  •  Construction
  • Other Applications

Chapter 2 examines 27 countries in more detail, covering demand, revenues, trade, production, and capacity, demand and revenues for the individual application areas, and demand by product type (homopolymer / copolymer) and processing technology (injection moulding / films & sheets – extrusion / other extrusion / other technologies). Chapter 3 provides useful company profiles of the largest producers of polypropylene – clearly arranged according to contact details, turnover, profit, product range, production sites, capacities, and profile summary. 


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