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Which industry uses plastic the most?

I have a group presentation on polymers or plastic and my topic is to talk about which industries use plastic, which use the most and why. So far, ive found out the different kinds of plastics and their application like in cars or kitchen ware, but i cannot find information about a legitimate chart or stats that shows the industry that uses plastic the most.

My guess is the packaging industry, then consumer goods and automotive. But id like to put charts of stats of Canadian or at least U.S. industries that use plastic the most.

Id love some input, thanks

3 Answers

  • isga
    Lv 4
    8 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    consumption of plastic by sector

    Last few years have been tumultuous for plastics and petrochemical sector due to steep rise in oil prices, which has adversely affected the global economies. However, considering the feed stock advantage and abundance of oil reserves newer petrochemical complexes are being established in Middle-east countries. i.e. Oman, Saudi Arabia, UAE, etc. It is projected that by the end of 2010, Ethylene capacity in Middle-East would reach to about 35 million tons per annum and Polypropylene (PP) capacity to touch about 7 million tonnes per annum. The US Petrochemical sector may lose Export competitiveness as most of the Ethylene capacities in USA are Ethane based, which are not cost competitive and are capable to produce only Polyethylene (PE). Similarly, the revamping of European Petrochemical Complexes would be imperative as they are based on old and expensive technology and are not cost competitive with the Middle-East companies having the biggest advantage of raw material at their door-step. China, Middle-East and India would be the major global players, where expansion and augmentation of existing petrochemical capacity would take place in the next 5 years.

    Worldwide Plastics Industry witnessed a steady growth in the year 2007 which is reflected in the increased consumption figures of all types of Plastics materials.

    Asia has been world’s largest plastics consumer for several years, accounting for about 30% of the global consumption excluding Japan, which has share of about 6.5%. Next to Asia is North America with 26% share, then Western Europe with 23% share in the global market.

    The key growth segment remains “Packaging” which accounted for over 35% of the global consumption. Amongst the individual Plastics Materials, Polyolefin accounted for 53% of the total consumption, (PE with 33.5%, PP with 19.5%) followed by PVC – 16.5%, PS-8.5%, PET & PU - 5.5%, Styrene copolymers (ABS, SAN, etc) – 3.5% other engineering & high performance & speciality plastics, blends, alloys, thermosetting plastics – 13%.

    In recent years, significant aspect of plastics material growth globally has been the innovation of newer application areas for plastics such as increasing plastics applications in automotive field, rail, transport, defence & aerospace, medical and healthcare, electrical & electronics, telecommunication, building & infrastructure, furniture, etc.

    note:Global Plastics Consumption to Reach 297.5 Million Tons by 2015, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

    GIA announces the release of a comprehensive global outlook on the Plastics Industry. Recovering economic conditions and resurgence across most end-use markets is driving the demand for various types of plastics and plastic materials. Asia-Pacific is emerging as a prime growth driver for the plastics industry, with China and India expected to foster growth in the medium to long-term period. The market is significantly influenced by the development of new age plastics, emergence of new applications, and the focus on green chemistry due to legislative and environmental requirements.

    Plastics have become the key drivers of innovations & application development. Polymer-Electronics is one such area which has opened up new avenues for plastics; from organic light emitting diodes to electro-optical and bio-electrical complements, from low-cost plastic chips to flexible solar cells. New plastics can conduct electricity and emit light. While polymers will not replace silicon as semiconductors, they do offer completely new opportunities for low-priced mass-manufactured products. Radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags in smartcards for identification and access control, payment and ticket systems, price labels, product tracking systems in the logistics chain or packaging that monitors product quality – many things are in offing. Growth-trend of plastics has proved that there has been a quiet “Plastics – revolution” taking place in the material – sector.

    packaging ~ 40%

    building and construction ~ 18%

    automotive ~ 8%

    electrical and electronic ~ 7.5%

    agricultural ~ 2.5%

    large industry ~5%

    hope this will help................

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    difficult stuff. do a search on yahoo and bing. it will help!

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