Key facts and figures in France

According to the annual economic study conducted by Asterès for ELIPSO, the French plastic and flexible packaging sector is maintaining its growth, a consequence of dynamic production. Thus in 2016 the total turnover of the sector is estimated at 7.7 billion euros: a growth of 1.7%.

The production of plastic packaging has been increasing since the summer of 2013, with growth of 2.4% in 2016, and an acceleration in the first half of 2017: + 3.5%. By comparison, output of manufacturing industries across all sectors stagnated in 2016 (+ 0.3%) and grew by 1.7% year on year in the first half of 2017.

The year 2017 confirms the dynamism of the French plastic packaging industry in an optimistic macro-economic context, with sustained global growth (+ 3% forecast for 2017), and a recovery in France (+ 1.5% in anticipation for 2017).

Sales in 2017 increased 3% year-on-year, according to the turnover index measured by INSEE, an estimate of 7.9 billion euros. Sales accelerated in the first half of 2017.

Customer sector conditions (cosmetics, soaps and cleaning products, pharmacy, chemistry, transportation and warehousing) are improving and driving the growth of our business, with the exception of the agri-food industries. This food sector is important to our industry and represents nearly 68% of our business. It has been stable since 2007.
In the past, French and European plastic and flexible packaging professionals had already expressed concern about the security of plastic raw material supplies. Plastics prices have remained highly volatile since 2014, alternating between increases and decreases. Prices are disconnected from oil. This instability complicates the day-to-day management and strategy of our manufacturers.

Plastic packaging: leading sector in plastic material usage

Packaging is the main plastics user sector with nearly 45.1% consumed in France and 39.9% in Europe (source PlasticsEurope 2017).

The evolution of demand in tonnages for plastic packaging (kt) in France

In 2016, in France, 68% of household packaging was recycled, or 3.3 million tonnes of the 4.9 million tonnes placed on the market.
There are 2.2 million tonnes of household and industrial plastic packaging in France in 2016.

The recycling rate for household plastic packaging: 25.4% in France compared with 29.6% in the other EU countries. Up to now, 400,000 tonnes of PET and HDPE bottles and flasks have been sorted and recycled, representing 50% of the total. The extension of the sorting instructions will make it possible to increase the recycling rate.

Source: ELIPSO / Eurostat / PlasticsEurope Market Research Group (PEMRG) / Conversio Market & Strategy GmbH
First estimate 2016 based on 2015 data and Eurostat production indices for 2016.