In Europe, the production of packaging constitutes the largest proportion of operations conducted by the plastic processing industry, representing 39.5% of the total demand for plastics.
Producing packaging is the most significant activity in the field of thermoplastics, accounting for 47% of total consumption. The highest demand is seen for polyethylene and PET. In case of polyethylene, a large portion of this demand consists of flexible foils. The shift in demand towards semi-products, supermarket shopping and requirement for extended shelf life are driving demand for flexible plastics for protective and barrier packaging.