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 market||Types of products|
|Sheeting and twine for agricultural purposed.|
|Many car parts including body panels, interior trim dashboard and increasingly elements of the power train.|
|Drainage systems, double glazing profiles, guttering, waterproofing membranes, foam insulation.|
|Consumer goods, white goods, TVs, computer and telephone components.|
|Household||Bowls, buckets, hairbrushes, toothbrushes.|
|Leisure||Toys, sports equipment.|
|Medical Equipment/Devices||Drug delivery, catheters, sterile packaging.|
|Packaging||Food trays, wrapping film.|
|Renewables||Wings 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: