Building industry is the second largest field using plastics with 20.1% of the total European demand.
In addition to the production of packaging materials, the building industry is another major consumer of plastic products. PVC pipes and sections are the main consumption components; also polyethylene is important in the production of pipes and building foils.
Building industry is a major driving force of the global PVC market, with respect to the wide spectrum of applications in households, business and industrial fields, representing about 35% of the global demand. PVC is popular thanks to its durability, abrasion resistance, and low weight. Pipes and pipelines are the largest segment for plastics in the building industry, insulations ranks at the second place. Other applications include – windows, doors, sanitary units, cladding, and thermal insulation, roofing, damp-proofing, floors, profiles, tiling, reinforcing.
Various types of plastics used in the building industry include acrylics, polyethylene, polycarbonates, expanded polystyrene, polyvinylchloride, etc. The principal advantage of plastics used in the building industry is their sustainability, innovation, cost efficiency, recyclability, and low maintenance demands.