Other application sectors such as home appliances and consumer goods, furniture, and medical products take about 22.7% of the total European demands for plastics.
The 8% market increase of polymers utilizable in the health care is anticipated. There is an increased tendency to substitute conventional materials with highly efficient polymers such as polypropylene and PVC in medical equipment. The growth of this filed is also supported by requirements linked with increased geriatric population, in particular in developed economies. Increasing demand for various packaging systems including blood bags, etc.
Utilization of plastics in the health care and hygiene includes assorted products – e.g. products of personal hygiene (diapers, napkins), surgical and hospital cloths and sets, medical products and aids, etc.