Re-industrializing Europe: the next goal


22 Jan 2014


Climate & Environment
Trade & Society

Press release

PlasticsEurope welcomes Commission publication on Europe’s re-industrialization 

PlasticsEurope, the association representing European plastics manufacturers, welcomed the publication today of the European Commission Communication “For a European industrial renaissance”.


“The plastics industry fully supports the European Commission’s commitment to re-industrialize Europe in order to achieve economic growth, which will have a direct impact on job creation. We need to focus on securing energy supply at competitive prices, continuing to promote the circular economy and making sure we have the right conditions in place for investment innovation in Europe”, said Karl-H. Foerster, Executive Director, PlasticsEurope in reaction to the communication.


The European Plastics Industry is a significant contributor to the European economy providing nearly 1.5 million jobs mainly in SMEs and a turnover of 300 billion Euros. It is also an important building block for innovation, enabling the delivery of each of the six priority areas identified by the EU’s Industrial Policy Flagship Initiative: "A stronger European Industry for growth and economic recovery”.


Editors’ note

PlasticsEurope is one of the leading European trade associations with centres in Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan and Paris. We are networking with European and national plastics associations and have more than 100 member companies, producing over 90% of all polymers across the EU28  member states plus Norway, Switzerland  and Turkey.
The European plastics industry makes a significant contribution to the welfare in Europe by enabling innovation, creating quality of life to citizens and facilitating resource efficiency and climate protection. More than 1.45 million people are working in about 62,000 companies (mainly small and medium sized companies in the converting sector) to create a turnover in excess of 300 bn EUR per year. The plastics industry includes polymer producers - represented by PlasticsEurope, converters - represented by EuPC and machine manufacturers - represented by EUROMAP.
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