PE Films: a 1% rise in Europe

The PE film industry consumed over 7.4 million tonnes of polymer in 2016. Polyethylene film accounts for 80% of film products manufactured in Europe. The polyethylene film industry in Europe has continued to grow at a steady rate over recent years. Despite trends to use more linear and metallocene materials enabling film producers to make thinner films, the volume demand has continued to rise to reach over 7.4 million tonnes of polyethylene materials consumed for film extrusion in 2016, a 1% rise on the previous year.
Germany, the leading country for polyethylene film extrusion in Europe. has seen its film extrusion industry pretty much maintain its status throughout the financial crisis and the subsequent Eurozone crisis with demand in 2016 finally surpassing pre-crisis levels. In contrast Italy, which previously had been the largest market for the production of PE film, film extruders have struggled to regain volumes since the financial crisis with the market still 24% smaller than it was in 2007.
Linear grades of polyethylene, including metallocenes are now believed to account for the majority of feedstocks used by film extruders.  AMI estimates the split of demand amongst film extruders as 44% for LL grades, 43% conventional LDPE and 13% HDPE/MDPE.
AMI’s directory of Polyethylene Film Extruders in Europe provides detailed information on over 1,200 polyethylene film extrusion sites in Europe. For more information, contact Cathy Turbitt, from AMI.