Plastic Injection Market Report

 

 

From raw material directly to the finished part: Injection molding is one of the most important processes in the plastics industry. Although 3D printing is faster and does not require expensive molds, injection molding is still unbeatable when it comes to cost-effective serial production of plastic products of virtually any size or shape. Ceresana has analyzed the European market for injection molded plastics: Last year, nearly 12.9 million tonnes of plastics were processed in Europe using this method.

 

European Demand for Injection Molding in 2021 in Europe

 

Polypropylene for Injection Molding

Melting a plastic granulate and injecting it into a hollow mold under high pressure is best done with thermoplastics and thermoplastic elastomers. However, more and more bioplastics are being used in this process. The most important type of plastic for injection molding is polypropylene (PP): Ceresana expects demand for products made from polypropylene to grow by an average of 1.5% per year over the next ten years. Polyethylene-HDPE follows in second place with a market share of around 17%. The current study also analyzes the market for polyethylene-LDPE and LLDPE, polyamide (PA), acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), polystyrene (PS), polycarbonate (PC) and other types of plastic. There are major differences in the various areas of application: In the packaging sector, for example, polypropylene accounts for around 71% of demand, while it only accounts for 16% in the construction sector.

Mass Produced Products for All Areas of Life

Dashboards and children's toys, medical syringes and electric switches, toothbrushes and glass-fiber-reinforced aircraft parts: injection-molded plastic products are part of our everyday lives. The most important sales market, with a volume of around 4.5 million tonnes, is the packaging industry, which uses them primarily to protect food products: Containers, cans, trays, boxes and closures of all kinds. Inscriptions and labels can be integrated directly into ice cream cups or other plastic parts using in-mold labeling (IML). Printed films are inserted into the injection mold and then fuse seamlessly with the injected liquid plastic. Keyboards for cell phones and computers are also produced in this way. However, the second largest application area for plastic injection molding is products for the automotive industry. Ceresana expects Europe-wide demand in this sector to increase by 2.1% per year until 2031.

 

Overview of the Study

Chapter 1 provides a description of the European market for plastics in injection molding - including forecasts up to 2031. Demand and revenues are presented for the countries in Western and Eastern Europe.

Demand for the individual types of plastics is also discussed:

  • Polypropylene (PP)
  • Polyethylene (LDPE/LLDPE)
  • Polyethylene (HDPE)
  • Polyamide (PA)
  • Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS)
  • Polystyrene (PS)
  • Polycarbonate (PC)
  • other plastic types.

The following areas of application for injection-molded plastics are examined:

  • packaging
  • construction
  • transportation
  • electrical and electronics
  • industrial products
  • other applications.

Chapter 2 provides country-specific market data for 22 European countries, i.e. demand and revenues. Demand is analyzed in detail for various application areas and individual product types.

Chapter 3 provides a useful directory of the 80 most important European companies in the field of plastic injection molding. It is clearly structured according to contact details, revenues, profit, product range, production sites and brief profile. The companies presented include Amcor Limited, Aptargroup Holding GmbH, Bemis Manufacturing Company, Bericap, Berry Global, Inc., ElringKlinger Kunststofftechnik GmbH, Essentra plc, Magna International, Inc., Mauser Group B.V., Röchling SE & Co. KG, and Silgan Holdings Inc.

 

Scope of the Report:

Attributes

Details

Base Year

2021

Trend Period

2019 - 2031

Forecast Period

2022 - 2031

Pages

250

Types of Plastics

Polypropylene (PP), Polyethylene (LDPE/LLDPE), Polyethylene (HDPE), Polyamide (PA), Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS), Polystyrene (PS), Polycarbonate (PC), Other Plastic Types

 

Application Areas Packaging, Construction, Transportation, Electrical and Electronics, Industrial Products, Other Applications

Company Profiles

Amcor Limited, Aptargroup Holding GmbH, Bemis Manufacturing Company, Bericap, Berry Global, Inc., ElringKlinger Kunststofftechnik GmbH, Essentra plc, Magna International, Inc., Mauser Group B.V., Röchling SE & Co. KG, and Silgan Holdings Inc. (Selection)

Edition

1st edition

Publication

November 2022

 

FAQs

How high was the demand for plastics for injection molding in 2021?

Last year, nearly 12.9 million tonnes of plastics were processed in Europe using this method.

 

Which is the most important plastic type for injection molding?

The most important type of plastic for injection molding is polypropylene (PP).

 

What is the most important sales market?

The most important sales market, with a volume of around 4.5 million tonnes, is the packaging industry.

1 Market Data: Europe

1.1 Demand

1.2 Revenues

1.3 Applications
1.3.1 Packaging
1.3.2 Construction Industry
1.3.3 Transportation
1.3.4 Electrical & Electronics
1.3.5 Industrial Products
1.3.6 Other Applications

1.4 Products
1.4.1 Polypropylene (PP)
1.4.2 Polyethylene (HDPE)
1.4.3 Polyethylene (LDPE/LLDPE)
1.4.4 Polyamide (PA)
1.4.5 Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS)
1.4.6 Polystyrene (PS)
1.4.7 Polycarbonate (PC)
1.4.8 Other Products

2 Market Data: Countries

(For each country: Revenues and demand per products and applications)

2.1 Austria
2.2 Belgium
2.3 Bulgaria
2.4 Czechia
2.5 Denmark
2.6 Finland
2.7 France
2.8 Germany
2.9 Greece
2.10 Hungary
2.11 Italy
2.12 Poland
2.13 Portugal
2.14 Romania
2.15 Russia
2.16 Slovakia
2.17 Spain
2.18 Sweden
2.19 Switzerland
2.20 The Netherlands
2.21 Turkey
2.22 United Kingdom
2.23 Other Europe

3 Company Profiles*

Austria (3 Producers)
Belgium (1)
Bulgaria (1)
Czechia (3)
France (6)
Germany (31)
Italy (4)
Luxembourg (1)
Portugal (3)
Spain (5)
Sweden (1)
Switzerland (6)
The Netherlands (4)
Turkey (3)
United Kingdom (8)
 

 *Note: The profiles are assigned to the country in which the company or holding is headquartered. Profiles also include JVs and subsidiaries.

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