In Europe, the production of packages is the largest application sector for the plastic processing industry, representing 39.5% of the total demand for plastics.
The production of packages is the most significant sector for thermoplastics, which take about 47% of the total consumption. The highest demand consists of polyethylene and PET. In case of polyethylene, large portion of this demand consists of flexible foils. Shifting the demand toward semi-products, increased shopping in supermarkets and the demand for extended shelf life – these are the driving forces of increased demands for flexible plastics for protective and barrier packages.