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European PE film extrusion market recovers


A report by plastics research consultancy AMI said the market for PE film extrusion in Europe recovered half of the volumes lost in 2010 and continues to make steady progress in 2011.
According to the 'Guide to The Polyethylene Film Extrusion Industry in Europe' PE film production fell by 1m tonnes in 2007-2009, although volume demand increased to total 7.5m tonnes in 2010.
PE film extrusion still represents one of the largest plastics processing sectors, accounting for 19% of polymer consumption in Europe.
A significant change has been the growing demand for more sophisticated multi-layer films and technical coextrusions which now account for 9% of PE film production in Europe, compared with just 5% previously, said AMI.
In the company’s new guide to the industry approximately 10% of the companies listed are capable of manufacturing five or more multilayer films.
Italy still has the largest amount of PE film production with Germany a close second. Poland leads the way in Central Europe, accounting for around 50% of film production in the region and the largest number of film extruders.
AMI forecasts that production will move in line with underlying GDP growth for Europe. An annual average growth of around 2-3% per year would result in the industry processing over 8.7 million tonnes by 2015.


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