Pressure Molding: Ceresana Report on the European Market for Plastic Injection Molding

Ceresana has studied the European market for injection-molded plastics: Last year, nearly 12.9 million tonnes of plastics were processed in Europe using this method.
KONSTANZ, Germany - Dec. 1, 2022 - PRLog -- From raw material directly to finished part: Injection molding is one of the most important processes in the plastics industry. "3D printing may be faster and does not require expensive molds," says Oliver Kutsch, Ceresana's managing director: "But injection molding is still unbeatable when it comes to cost-effectively producing plastic products of virtually any size or shape in huge quantities."

Polypropylene for Injection Molding

Melting a plastic granulate and injecting it into a hollow mold under high pressure is best done with thermoplastics and thermoplastic elastomers. However, more and more bioplastics are being used in this process. The most important type of plastic for injection molding is polypropylene (PP): Ceresana expects demand for products made from polypropylene to grow by an average of 1.5% per year over the next ten years. Polyethylene-HDPE follows in second place with a market share of around 17%. The current study also analyzes the market for polyethylene-LDPE and LLDPE, polyamide (PA), acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), polystyrene (PS), polycarbonate (PC) and other types of plastic.

Mass Produced Products for All Areas of Life

Dashboards and children's toys, medical syringes and electric switches, toothbrushes and glass-fiber-reinforced aircraft parts: injection-molded plastic products are part of our everyday lives. The most important sales market, with a volume of around 4.5 million tonnes, is the packaging industry, which uses them primarily to protect food products: Containers, cans, trays, boxes and closures of all kinds. Inscriptions and labels can be integrated directly into ice cream cups or other plastic parts using in-mold labeling (IML). However, the second largest application area for plastic injection molding is products for the automotive industry.

Current Market Analysis on Plastic Injection Molding

Chapter 1 provides a description of the European market for plastics in injection molding - including forecasts up to 2031. Demand and revenues are presented for the countries in Western and Eastern Europe. Demand for the individual types of plastics is also discussed: Polypropylene (PP), Polyethylene (LDPE/LLDPE/HDPE, Polyamide (PA), Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS), Polystyrene (PS), Polycarbonate (PC) and other plastic types. The following areas of application for injection-molded plastics are examined: packaging, construction, transportation, electrical and electronics, industrial products and other applications. Chapter 2 provides country-specific market data for 22 European countries, i.e. demand and revenues. Chapter 3 provides a useful directory of the 80 most important European companies in the field of plastic injection molding. Further information about the new market study "Plastic Injection – Europe":

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