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Industry profile

According to the latest research conducted by Plastics Ireland while developing the new 'Mapping Ireland's polymer technology industry', there are now more than 200 firms operating in the sector here. The polymer and plastics sector encompasses a wide variety of plastics processors, incorporating a range of processing technologies and selling into a number of end-user markets. It is relatively easy to identify the core activities associated with processing polymer and plastics components. However, at the margins, there is a distinct blurring between plastics and other industry sectors.

The main end-user markets for the plastics and polymer industries are listed below.

End user marketTypes of products
Agriculture/
Horticulture
Sheeting and twine for agricultural purposed.
Automotive/
Transport
Many car parts including body panels, interior trim dashboard and increasingly elements of the power train.
Construction/Civil Engineering/
Industrial
Drainage systems, double glazing profiles, guttering, waterproofing membranes, foam insulation.
Electrical/
Electronic
Consumer goods, white goods, TVs, computer and telephone components.
HouseholdBowls, buckets, hairbrushes, toothbrushes.
LeisureToys, sports equipment.
Medical Equipment/DevicesDrug delivery, catheters, sterile packaging.
PackagingFood trays, wrapping film.
RenewablesWings for wind turbines, solar panels.

To find out more, please check out this brochure on Irish polymer industry and what Plastics Ireland has to offer its members:

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Plastics Ireland is a part of Ibec clg which is registered in Ireland.
Registration No. 8706.
Registered address: 84/86 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2
www.ibec.ie

Phone +353 (0)1 605 1500 Fax +353 (0)1 638 1500 Email info@plasticsireland.ie