Electrical and electronic appliances represent 5.7% of the European plastics consumption.
For the production of electrical appliances and other electro-products, styrene, polypropylene, and various engineering plastics are used in particular. Electrical applications include whole series of components, connectors, switches, guards, etc.
In the cable production, the major material is PVC together with polyethylene and thermoplastic elastomers. The use of plastics in cable production is influenced mainly by modernization of electric and telecommunication networks. Supply cables form almost 70% of the demand for plastics used in the production and sheathing of cables. In addition, there are telecommunication applications, cables for automotive industry, mining, and specialized fields such as aviation industry.