BOPP film usage growing in CEE region

17 Sep 2013

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After several years of negligible increases in bi-oriented polypropylene (BOPP) film usage in Europe, sickness a return to growth for this sector of the European polypropylene (PP) film market is likely and most new production will be in Eastern Europe.

Representing almost 50% of total European PP film demand, cialis the West European BOPP film industry has struggled to gain any upward momentum over recent years due to factors including the region?s economic weakness, changes in production strategy by multinational food packers and the maturity of the market. Growth in European markets at 1% per annum, and offsetting declines in West European BOPP film demand, has come from the greater use of cast polypropylene (CPP) film in Western Europe and strong PP film market growth in Eastern Europe.

Author of PCI Films latest findings, Steve Hillam commenting on the market situation said: ?Demand in the European PP film market has undoubtedly been hindered by the weakness in the BOPP film sector in Western Europe. However, with demand returning, plus continued economic recovery, strong GDP growth driving East European flexible packaging consumption, and a continued switch from rigid to flexible packaging formats, I believe the future looks very positive for European polypropylene films.?

Responding to this growth will be more PP film being made available in the coming years with new film extrusion capacity coming on stream and existing suppliers improving their capacity utilisation rates.  While a majority of the new capacity is expected to be for BOPP film and will be installed in Eastern Europe, predominantly Russia, a new line is also being planned for Portugal.  This new capacity is expected to increase competition in the European PP film market by targeting imported volume but is also expected to be directed at export markets.

 

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