Rubber and plastics industry in Greece, Croatia and Romania - part I
Greece is among Europe’s most promising emerging market for plastics, with an estimated market volume of $9 billion by 2015. The plastics market in Greece, expected to increase in the next three-five years, is a dynamic sector of the Greek economy as it serves most industries, and has experienced unprecedented growth in recent years due to the massive investments. Plastics in Greece appear in many sectors such as construction, energy, health care, medicine, electronics, engineering, commercial sectors, in everyday life.
The demand for plastic products in Greece increases by six percent annually according to the data of the Association of Hellenic Plastics (AHP). For the last decade the consumption of plastic products into the Greek market is consistently above the average of the processing industry worldwide. Total exports were $1.5 billion for 2007. Producers of plastics raw materials as well as manufacturers of production equipment, have major opportunities in the Greek market.
The plastics sector is one of the fast growing sectors in Greece. New orders in that sector have increased by 11.4 percent during the January-July 2008 period. More than 60,000 tons of plastic bags are consumed each year in Greece. There are also very good sales prospects for PVC products. In the following lines we present profiles of some of the companies in the sector.
- ACHAIKA PLASTICS
- A. HATZOPOULOS
- DAIOS PLASTICS
- G. XANTHOPOULOS
- KOULOUSSIOS BROS
- THRACE PLASTICS
In Croatia the chemical and pharmaceutical industry and plastics and rubber processing represent infrastructural branches of the economy. In the country there is a long tradition and existence of an experienced and well-educated work force, which is the main comparative advantage of the Croatian chemical industry.
The manufacture of chemicals and chemical products is one of the main export-oriented industrial sectors. The plastic and rubber industry accounted for 1.2% (539 million Euro) of the GDP of Croatia in 2012, with 628 active companies employing 7 119 people in 2012 - 3.1% of employees in the manufacturing industry. Companies are concentrated around larger towns - mostly in the Zagreb area.
A majority of companies, especially small- and medium-sized enterprises, are focusing on the internal economy and organizational and marketing restructuring of production processes in line with European standards. Manufacturing processes are being modernized and operating costs reduced, while introducing international quality certification, as many of the companies, especially the larger ones, are export-oriented. In the following lines we present profiles of some of the companies in the sector.
- AD PLASTIK
- BRTVILA BREZIC
- DMT PLASTICOLOR
- Kaplast - DS Smith Plastics
- PLASTIKA MOCAN
The article continues in the next issue
Source: Listed companies websites; www.nam.org; www.cefic.org; www.sprintsicilia.eu
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