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PAGEV: Turkey’s plastics sector grows in 2016

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team -
  • 18/04/2017 (16:37)
According to data released by the Turkish Plastics Industry Foundation (PAGEV), Turkey’s plastics sector grew by 4% and the production reached 8.9 million tons in 2016 compared with the previous year. Production value was also up by 3% from a year earlier to reach $33.8 billion.

In 2016, production of packaging plastics held the largest share with 3.5 million tons, followed by plastic construction materials with 1.9 million tons.

The data revealed that Turkey’s plastics exports, meanwhile, decreased by 2% in 2016 year-on-year to 1.5 million tons with a value of $4.1 billion. Iraq was the main export destination of Turkey, followed by Germany, the UK, France and Israel.

Yavuz Eroglu, President of PAGEV, reported that growth in the plastics sector was mainly driven by domestic consumption and indirect exports. He also stated that the sector continued to grow despite the impacts of negative developments within the country and in the world on the plastic sector as well as the fall in commodity prices and the ongoing wars in the country’s most important export markets.

According to Eroglu, Turkey’s plastics sector will grow by at least 4% in 2017.
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