By Barry Copping, Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Brussels -- EuPC, the Brussels-based trade body for plastics processors, has urged European Union legislators to "get policy on plastics right; otherwise there will be widespread damaging effects on user and supply industries."
This was the conclusion of Alexandre Dangis, EuPC managing director, at a "Plastics and Trade" breakfast on 24 Feb with the center-right Group of the European People's Party (EPP). The breakfast was hosted by the European Parliament to raise MEPs' awareness of the current economic position of the European plastics industry.
Dangis said: "Europe's plastics conversion industry is crucial to European manufacturing. Plastics products add value to most manufactured goods from motor cars to packaged foodstuffs."
He explained that plastics processors in Europe are not only affected by the economic recession, but are also facing a move of plastic raw material production out of Europe. This is making them increasingly dependent on non-European suppliers.
These conditions also favour imports of finished products from developing countries which are not necessarily subject to EU legislation and quality standards, EuPC warned.
Dangis also presented statistics suggesting that while the European plastics converting industry is still a net exporter of plastic goods, this situation could well change for the worse in the future.