Plastic Film Market Report - Europe

Because of the ban on imports of European plastic waste impeded by China at the beginning of 2018, Europeans urgently need to find another solution. The EU commission, for example, is considering a “plastics tax”. An EU directive against lightweight plastic carrier bags has already contributed to a reduction of consumption in many countries. Until 2030, all packaging in the EU ought to be reusable and made of recyclable materials.
Ceresana analyzed the European market for plastic films. Included in this market are plastic bags and sacks but also packaging films, shrink and stretch films, agricultural films as well as other films such as construction films. The study examines films made of polyethylene, polypropylene, PET, PVC, as well as other plastics (as an aggregate). Manufacturers do not need to worry about demand: The analysts of Ceresana expect the market for plastic films in Europe to increase to about 14 million tonnes until 2024.

Wafer-Thin High-Tech Products

Packaging should be light, visually appealing, and microwavable; they ought to present the content well, help to increase the durability, and contain the intensity of flavor over a long period of time. Accordingly, the pressure on film producers to meet the continuously rising requirements regarding optics, handling and barrier properties, as well as conservation of resources and sustainability is high. Requirements do not only increase for flexible packaging but also for bags and sacks, shrink and stretch films, agricultural films, and other films. In defining films, sheets, and boards, all products from wafer-thin films to thick, rigid boards can be found. The focus in the present study is on flexible films. This study does not cover sheets and boards as used in the manufacturing of rigid packaging, e.g., boxes, cartons, and cases. Rigid sheets and boards utilized in construction and industrial applications are not included either.

Complex Framework of Factors Determines the Market

Besides the trends of the consumer goods market, numerous other factors influence the demand for plastic films on several national markets as well. Many EU countries in particular try to contain the demand for light-weight carrier bags. The implementation of the respective regulations, however, varies considerably from country to country. In contrast, demand for secondary and transport packaging such as shrink and stretch films depends on the macroeconomic development and the consumer climate of the respective country. In some countries, the efforts to intensify agriculture propel the use of agricultural films. The demand for construction films corresponds to the order situation of the respective construction industry. These factors are analyzed separately in the individual country profiles (chapters 1.2 to 1.27).

BOPET and BOPP Keep Things Fresh

The plastic BOPET (biaxially oriented polyethylene terephthalate) provides a high transparency, high-quality visual appearance, and a high tensile strength – ultra-thin and light films can be made thereof. For further reduction of thickness and weight of packaging (downgauging), BOPET plays a major role. BOPET helps to increase the durability of perishable food with its barrier properties and is, for example, used for aroma-proof packaging. Thin BOPET films of about 8 to 50 µm are mainly used for FMCG (fast-moving consumer goods) packaging, thicker films of up to approx. 350 µm are rather used for stationary or electronic goods.
BOPP (biaxially oriented polypropylene) is mainly utilized for foodstuffs packaging. However, BOPP films are not readily heat sealable. As this is a prime requirement for packaging films, BOPP is normally given a surface coating of a heat sealable polymer such as a coextruded polypropylene random copolymer. Copolymers for heat seals need to exhibit a high gloss and transparency. Coating or coextrusion increases the barrier properties of BOPP film, decreasing its permeability to gases. Common barrier polymers are ethylene vinyl alcohol, polyvinylidene chloride, and polyamide.

The Study in Brief:

Chapter 1 analyzes demand for and production of plastic films (in 1,000 tonnes) as well as revenues generated with plastic films (in billion US-dollars and billion euros) for 25 countries. Furthermore, the study analyzes the demand for plastic films split by the several plastic types as well as split by the individual application areas.
Chapter 2 offers a detailed presentation of various application areas of plastic films: Data on demand development in the applications packaging films, bags & sacks, shrink & stretch films, agricultural films, and other films (in tonnes).
Chapter 3 examines the demand for films split by the types of plastic PE, PP, PET, PVC, and other plastics.
Chapter 4 provides company profiles of the largest manufacturers of plastic films – clearly arranged according to contact details, revenues, profit, product range, production sites, and profile summary. Extensive profiles of 87 manufacturers are included, such as Amcor Ltd., Bolloré Divisions Films Plastiques, Constantia Flexibles Group GmbH, Covestro AG, DowDuPont Inc., Eastman Chemical Company, Evonik Industries AG, Exxon Mobil Chemical Company, Mitsubishi Corporation, Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC), and Toray Industries Inc.

1 Market Data
1.1 Europe
1.1.1 Demand
1.1.2 Revenues
1.1.3 Production
1.2 Austria
1.2.1 Demand and Revenues
1.2.2 Production
1.3 Belgium
1.3.1 Demand and Revenues
1.3.2 Production
1.4 Bulgaria
1.4.1 Demand and Revenues
1.4.2 Production
1.5 Croatia
1.5.1 Demand and Revenues
1.5.2 Production
1.6 Czechia
1.6.1 Demand and Revenues
1.6.2 Production
1.7 Denmark
1.7.1 Demand and Revenues
1.7.2 Production
1.8 Finland
1.8.1 Demand and Revenues
1.8.2 Production
1.9 France
1.9.1 Demand and Revenues
1.9.2 Production
1.10 Germany
1.10.1 Demand and Revenues
1.10.2 Production
1.11 Greece
1.11.1 Demand and Revenues
1.11.2 Production
1.12 Hungary
1.12.1 Demand and Revenues
1.12.2 Production
1.13 Italy
1.13.1 Demand and Revenues
1.13.2 Production
1.14 Lithuania
1.14.1 Demand and Revenues
1.14.2 Production
1.15 Norway
1.15.1 Demand and Revenues
1.15.2 Production
1.16 Poland
1.16.1 Demand and Revenues
1.16.2 Production
1.17 Portugal
1.17.1 Demand and Revenues
1.17.2 Production
1.18 Romania
1.18.1 Demand and Revenues
1.18.2 Production
1.19 Russia
1.19.1 Demand and Revenues
1.19.2 Production
1.20 Slovakia
1.20.1 Demand and Revenues
1.20.2 Production
1.21 Spain
1.21.1 Demand and Revenues
1.21.2 Production
1.22 Sweden
1.22.1 Demand and Revenues
1.22.2 Production
1.23 Switzerland
1.23.1 Demand and Revenues
1.23.2 Production
1.24 The Netherlands
1.24.1 Demand and Revenues
1.24.2 Production
1.25 Turkey
1.25.1 Demand and Revenues
1.25.2 Production
1.26 United Kingdom
1.26.1 Demand and Revenues
1.26.2 Production
1.27 Rest of Europe
1.27.1 Demand and Revenues
1.27.2 Production

2 Applications
2.1 Packaging Films
2.2 Bags & Sacks
2.3 Shrink & Stretch Films
2.4 Agricultural Films
2.5 Other Films

3 Products
3.1 Polyethylene (PE)
3.2 Polypropylene (PP)
3.3 Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
3.4 Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
3.5 Other Products

4 Company Profiles
Austria (3 Producers)
Belgium (3)
Czechia (2)
Finland (1)
France (4)
Germany (28)
Greece (2)
Italy (9)
Luxembourg (4)
Poland (3)
Portugal (1)
Russia (3)
Slovakia (1)
Spain (4)
Sweden (1)
Switzerland (4)
The Netherlands (5)
Turkey (4)
United Kingdom (5)

Graph 1: European demand for plastic films from 2008 to 2024
Graph 2: European demand for plastic films from 2008 to 2024 - split by applications
Graph 3: European demand for plastic films from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Graph 4: Revenues generated with plastic films in Europe from 2008 to 2024 in billion USD and billion EUR
Graph 5: European production of plastic films from 2008 to 2024 in million tonnes
Graph 6: Demand for plastic films in Austria from 2008 to 2024
Graph 7: Revenues generated with plastic films in Austria from 2008 to 2024, in billion USD and billion EUR
Graph 8: Production of plastic films in Austria from 2008 to 2024
Graph 9: Demand for plastic films in Belgium from 2008 to 2024
Graph 10: Revenues generated with plastic films in Belgium from 2008 to 2024, in billion USD and billion EUR
Graph 11: Production of plastic films in Belgium from 2008 to 2024
Graph 12: Demand for plastic films in Bulgaria from 2008 to 2024
Graph 13: Revenues generated with plastic films in Bulgaria from 2008 to 2024, in billion USD and billion EUR
Graph 14: Production of plastic films in Bulgaria from 2008 to 2024
Graph 15: Demand for plastic films in Croatia from 2008 to 2024
Graph 16: Revenues generated with plastic films in Croatia from 2008 to 2024, in billion USD and billion EUR
Graph 17: Production of plastic films in Croatia from 2008 to 2024
Graph 18: Demand for plastic films in Czechia from 2008 to 2024
Graph 19: Revenues generated with plastic films in Czechia from 2008 to 2024, in billion USD and billion EUR
Graph 20: Production of plastic films in Czechia from 2008 to 2024
Graph 21: Demand for plastic films in Denmark from 2008 to 2024
Graph 22: Revenues generated with plastic films in Denmark from 2008 to 2024, in billion USD and billion EUR
Graph 23: Production of plastic films in Denmark from 2008 to 2024
Graph 24: Demand for plastic films in Finland from 2008 to 2024
Graph 25: Revenues generated with plastic films in Finland from 2008 to 2024, in billion USD and billion EUR
Graph 26: Production of plastic films in Finland from 2008 to 2024
Graph 27: Demand for plastic films in France from 2008 to 2024
Graph 28: Revenues generated with plastic films in France from 2008 to 2024, in billion USD and billion EUR
Graph 29: Production of plastic films in France from 2008 to 2024
Graph 30: Demand for plastic films in Germany from 2008 to 2024
Graph 31: Revenues generated with plastic films in Germany from 2008 to 2024, in billion USD and billion EUR
Graph 32: Production of plastic films in Germany from 2008 to 2024
Graph 33: Demand for plastic films in Greece from 2008 to 2024
Graph 34: Revenues generated with plastic films in Greece from 2008 to 2024, in billion USD and billion EUR
Graph 35: Production of plastic films in Greece from 2008 to 2024
Graph 36: Demand for plastic films in Hungary from 2008 to 2024
Graph 37: Revenues generated with plastic films in Hungary from 2008 to 2024, in billion USD and billion EUR
Graph 38: Production of plastic films in Hungary from 2008 to 2024
Graph 39: Demand for plastic films in Italy from 2008 to 2024
Graph 40: Revenues generated with plastic films in Italy from 2008 to 2024, in billion USD and billion EUR
Graph 41: Production of plastic films in Italy from 2008 to 2024
Graph 42: Demand for plastic films in Lithuania from 2008 to 2024
Graph 43: Revenues generated with plastic films in Lithuania from 2008 to 2024, in billion USD and billion EUR
Graph 44: Production of plastic films in Lithuania from 2008 to 2024
Graph 45: Demand for plastic films in Norway from 2008 to 2024
Graph 46: Revenues generated with plastic films in Norway from 2008 to 2024, in billion USD and billion EUR
Graph 47: Production of plastic films in Norway from 2008 to 2024
Graph 48: Demand for plastic films in Poland from 2008 to 2024
Graph 49: Revenues generated with plastic films in Poland from 2008 to 2024, in billion USD and billion EUR
Graph 50: Production of plastic films in Poland from 2008 to 2024
Graph 51: Demand for plastic films in Portugal from 2008 to 2024
Graph 52: Revenues generated with plastic films in Portugal from 2008 to 2024, in billion USD and billion EUR
Graph 53: Production of plastic films in Portugal from 2008 to 2024
Graph 54: Demand for plastic films in Romania from 2008 to 2024
Graph 55: Revenues generated with plastic films in Romania from 2008 to 2024, in billion USD and billion EUR
Graph 56: Production of plastic films in Romania from 2008 to 2024
Graph 57: Demand for plastic films in Russia from 2008 to 2024
Graph 58: Revenues generated with plastic films in Russia from 2008 to 2024, in billion USD and billion EUR
Graph 59: Production of plastic films in Russia from 2008 to 2024
Graph 66: Demand for plastic films in Slovakia from 2008 to 2024
Graph 67: Revenues generated with plastic films in Slovakia from 2008 to 2024, in billion USD and billion EUR
Graph 68: Production of plastic films in Slovakia from 2008 to 2024
Graph 69: Demand for plastic films in Spain from 2008 to 2024
Graph 70: Revenues generated with plastic films in Spain from 2008 to 2024, in billion USD and billion EUR
Graph 71: Production of plastic films in Spain from 2008 to 2024
Graph 60: Demand for plastic films in Sweden from 2008 to 2024
Graph 61: Revenues generated with plastic films in Sweden from 2008 to 2024, in billion USD and billion EUR
Graph 62: Production of plastic films in Sweden from 2008 to 2024
Graph 63: Demand for plastic films in Switzerland from 2008 to 2024
Graph 64: Revenues generated with plastic films in Switzerland from 2008 to 2024, in billion USD and billion EUR
Graph 65: Production of plastic films in Switzerland from 2008 to 2024
Graph 72: Demand for plastic films in the Netherlands from 2008 to 2024
Graph 73: Revenues generated with plastic films in the Netherlands from 2008 to 2024, in billion USD and billion EUR
Graph 74: Production of plastic films in the Netherlands from 2008 to 2024
Graph 75: Demand for plastic films in Turkey from 2008 to 2024
Graph 76: Revenues generated with plastic films in Turkey from 2008 to 2024, in billion USD and billion EUR
Graph 77: Production of plastic films in Turkey from 2008 to 2024
Graph 78: Demand for plastic films the United Kingdom from 2008 to 2024
Graph 79: Revenues generated with plastic films in the United Kingdom from 2008 to 2024, in billion USD and billion EUR
Graph 80: Production of plastic films in the United Kingdom from 2008 to 2024
Graph 81: Demand for plastic films in the rest of Europe from 2008 to 2024
Graph 82: Revenues generated with plastic films in the rest of Europe from 2008 to 2024 in billion USD and billion EUR
Graph 83: Production of plastic films in the rest of Europe from 2008 to 2024
Graph 84: European demand for plastic films from 2008 to 2024 – split by applications
Graph 85: European demand for plastic films from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films

Table 1: European demand for plastic films from 2008 to 2024 – split by countries
Table 2: European demand for plastic films from 2008 to 2024 – split by applications
Table 3: European demand for plastic films from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 4: Revenues generated with plastic films in Europe in billion EUR from 2008 to 2024 – split by countries
Table 5: European production of plastic films from 2008 to 2024 – split by countries
Table 6: European production of plastic films from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 7: Demand for plastic films in Austria from 2008 to 2024 – split by applications
Table 8: Demand for plastic films in Austria from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 9: Production of plastic films in Austria from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 10: Important manufacturers of plastic films in Austria
Table 11: Demand for plastic films in Belgium from 2008 to 2024 – split by applications
Table 12: Demand for plastic films in Belgium from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 13: Production of plastic films in Belgium from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 14: Important manufacturers of plastic films in Belgium
Table 15: Demand for plastic films in Bulgaria from 2008 to 2024 – split by applications
Table 16: Demand for plastic films in Bulgaria from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 17: Production of plastic films in Bulgaria from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 18: Demand for plastic films in Croatia from 2008 to 2024 - split by applications
Table 19: Demand for plastic films in Croatia from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 20: Production of plastic films in Croatia from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 21: Demand for plastic films in Czechia from 2008 to 2024 - split by applications
Table 22: Demand for plastic films in Czechia from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 23: Production of plastic films in Czechia from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 24: Demand for plastic films in Denmark from 2008 to 2024 – split by applications
Table 25: Demand for plastic films in Denmark from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 26: Production of plastic films in Denmark from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 27: Demand for plastic films in Finland from 2008 to 2024 - split by applications
Table 28: Demand for plastic films in Finland from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 29: Production of plastic films in Finland from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 30: Demand for plastic films in France from 2008 to 2024 - split by applications
Table 31: Demand for plastic films in France from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 32: Production of plastic films in France from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 33: Important manufacturers of plastic films in France
Table 34: Demand for plastic films in Germany from 2008 to 2024 – split by applications
Table 35: Demand for plastic films in Germany from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 36: Production of plastic films in Germany from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 37: Important manufacturers of plastic films in Germany
Table 38: Demand for plastic films in Greece from 2008 to 2024 – split by applications
Table 39: Demand for plastic films in Greece from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 40: Production of plastic films in Greece from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 41: Demand for plastic films in Hungary from 2008 to 2024 - split by applications
Table 42: Demand for plastic films in Hungary from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 43: Production of plastic films in Hungary from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 44: Demand for plastic films in Italy from 2008 to 2024 – split by applications
Table 45: Demand for plastic films in Italy from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 46: Production of plastic films in Italy from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 47: Important manufacturers of plastic films in Italy
Table 48: Demand for plastic films in Lithuania from 2008 to 2024 – split by applications
Table 49: Demand for plastic films in Lithuania from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 50: Production of plastic films in Lithuania from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 51: Demand for plastic films in Norway from 2008 to 2024 – split by applications
Table 52: Demand for plastic films in Norway from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 53: Production of plastic films in Norway from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 54: Demand for plastic films in Poland from 2008 to 2024 – split by applications
Table 55: Demand for plastic films in Poland from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 56: Production of plastic films in Poland from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 57: Important manufacturers of plastic films in Poland
Table 58: Demand for plastic films in Portugal from 2008 to 2024 – split by applications
Table 59: Demand for plastic films in Portugal from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 60: Production of plastic films in Portugal from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 61: Demand for plastic films in Romania from 2008 to 2024 – split by applications
Table 62: Demand for plastic films in Romania from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 63: Production of plastic films in Romania from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 64: Demand for plastic films in Russia from 2008 to 2024 – split by applications
Table 65: Demand for plastic films in Russia from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 66: Production of plastic films in Russia from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 67: Important manufacturers of plastic films in Russia
Table 75: Demand for plastic films in Slovakia from 2008 to 2024 – split by applications
Table 76: Demand for plastic films in Slovakia from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 77: Production of plastic films in Slovakia from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 78: Demand for plastic films in Spain from 2008 to 2024 – split by applications
Table 79: Demand for plastic films in Spain from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 80: Production of plastic films in Spain from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 68: Demand for plastic films in Sweden from 2008 to 2024 – split by applications
Table 69: Demand for plastic films in Sweden from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 70: Production of plastic films in Sweden from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 71: Demand for plastic films in Switzerland from 2008 to 2024 – split by applications
Table 72: Demand for plastic films in Switzerland from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 73: Production of plastic films in Switzerland from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 74: Important manufacturers of plastic films in Switzerland
Table 81: Demand for plastic films in the Netherlands from 2008 to 2024 – split by applications
Table 82: Demand for plastic films in the Netherlands from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 83: Production of plastic films in the Netherlands from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 84: Important manufacturers of plastic films in the Netherlands
Table 85: Demand for plastic films in Turkey from 2008 to 2024 – split by applications
Table 86: Demand for plastic films in Turkey from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 87: Production of plastic films in Turkey from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 88: Important manufacturers of plastic films in Turkey
Table 89: Demand for plastic films in the United Kingdom from 2008 to 2024 – split by applications
Table 90: Demand for plastic films in the United Kingdom from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 91: Production of plastic films in the United Kingdom from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 92: Important manufacturers of plastic films in the United Kingdom
Table 93: Demand for plastic films in the rest of Europe from 2008 to 2024 – split by applications
Table 94: Demand for plastic films in the rest of Europe from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 95: Production of plastic films in the rest of Europe from 2008 to 2024 – split by types of plastic films
Table 96: Important manufacturers of plastic films in the rest of Europe
Table 97: European demand for plastic films in the segment packaging films from 2008 to 2024 – split by countries
Table 98: European demand for plastic films in the segment bags & sacks from 2008 to 2024 – split by countries
Table 99: European demand for plastic films in the segment shrink & stretch films from 2008 to 2024 – split by countries
Table 100: European demand for plastic films in the segment agricultural films from 2008 to 2024 – split by countries
Table 101: European demand for other films from 2008 to 2024 – split by countries
Table 102: European demand for PE films from 2008 to 2024 – split by countries
Table 103: European demand for PP films from 2008 to 2024 – split by countries
Table 104: European demand for PET films from 2008 to 2024 – split by countries
Table 105: European demand for PVC films from 2008 to 2024 – split by countries
Table 106: European demand for films made of other plastics from 2008 to 2024 – split by countries