Plastpol 2017 – Platform for expansive markets in Central Europe
Poland’s plastics market is prospering. The comprehensive need for modernisation in Poland has had a positive effect on the plastics market for several years now. Continuous demand for plastics is ensured by high investment strength in the customer industries. In Europe, Poland ranks sixth behind Germany, Italy, France, United Kingdom, and Spain. The polyurethane market in the country is expanding as well.
Great willingness to invest
Figures from PlasticsEurope Poland prove the rising profitability of the Polish plastics industry and show a significant increase in employment over the last years (PlasticsEurope 2016). The Polish Main Office for Statistics (GUS) records market growth as well. According to GUS, the gross investment in plastics and rubber processing has a share of more than 4 % of the country’s sales volume (GUS 2016). In addition to rising domestic demand, large-scale foreign investments are creating high profits in the plastics processing industries. Demand in Poland is mainly driven by the automotive, construction, and aerospace industries, according to a report by the German marketing agency Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI). Large-scale investments by Volkswagen, Daimler and the Japanese company Sumitomo Riko are reported. Furthermore, investment funds are being used to expand the Mielec special economic zone near Lublin.
Domestic production alone is not sufficient to meet the annual plastics demand in Poland. Thus the country relies on imports. Germany is the most important trading partner and the largest investor in the plastics industry in Poland. In addition, extensive EU subsidies enable the construction of new production facilities (PlasticsEurope 2016).
Polyurethanes in Poland
The positive market development, driven by a growing sense of quality on the part of the customers and a rise in the sales of high-quality products, also boosts the Polish market for polyurethane. Especially in the construction industry polyurethane is increasingly being used for insulation materials and favoured over other product solutions. In order to better represent the interests of the polyurethane industry internationally, the most important Polish and multinational companies in the industry joined to form the Polish Association of Producers and Processors of Polyurethane Insulations (SIPUR) in Poznan. Companies such as BASF, Covestro, Dow, Huntsman, Kingspan, PCC Prodex, Solvay, and many more are represented in the association.
Plastpol has become the most important international trade fair for plastics and rubber processing in Poland and Eastern Europe. It features all areas of plastics processing from the first stages of plastics production to disposal and recycling. Exhibits range from plastics processing machines, moulds and tools used in the plastics industry to a wide variety of plastics, components, recycling technologies and IT systems applied in plastics processing.
The 21st Plastpol 2017, International Trade Fair for Plastics and Rubber Processing, will be held in Kielce, Poland, from 23 to 26 May 2017. The trade fair is the leading exhibition for the plastics industry in Central and Eastern Europe and is growing annually with regard to the number of exhibitors as well as the number of visitors.
Plastpol has more than 50 % foreign exhibitors – the highest percentage of international exhibitors among the events in Poland. Exhibitors come from the EU and the USA as well as from India, China, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and Mexico. Germany has the largest share with more than 100 participating companies. A total of around 800 exhibitors present their products on more than 32,000 m2. The trade fair is a B2B event, which is attended by more than 18,000 industry representatives. Trade press, specialist publishers as well as industry associations are represented as well.
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