Italian Plastics Industry by the Numbers

ITALIAN PLASTICS MARKET HAS SET NEW RECORDS WITH BOTH THE DEMAND IT CREATED IN FOREIGN MARKETS AND DOMESTIC MARKET GROWTH RATE.
ITALIAN PLASTICS MARKET HAS SET NEW RECORDS WITH BOTH THE DEMAND IT CREATED IN FOREIGN MARKETS AND DOMESTIC MARKET GROWTH RATE.

  • With a share of 14%, Italy has the largest plastics demand in Europe after Germany.
  • The size of the Italian plastic and rubber industry is about 43 million Euros.
  • Italian production of plastic and rubber machinery rose by a record 10% in 2017 to 4.67 billion euros.
  • Exports also increased by 12% to 3.3 billion euros.
  • The domestic market grew by 10%, which means that records were set in both areas.

Top ten destination countries of the Italian plastics and rubber machinery, equipment and moulds exports (000 Euro)

Countries 2016 % Out of the total Countries 2017 % Out of the total %17/16 
Germany  402,200 13,6 Germany 481,441 14,5 19.7
United State  229,339 7,7 United State 276,034 8,3 20.4
France  131,356 4,4 Fransa 159,624 4,8 21.5
Poland  164,962 5,6 Polonya 158,893 4,8 -3.7
Spain  137,017 4,6 Spain 148,125 4.5 8.1
Mexico  171,223 5,8 Mexico 142,688 4.3 -16.7
China  137,631 4,6 China 134,191 4.1 -2.5
Czech Republic  100,637 3,4 Czech Republic  126,717 3.8 25.9
United Kingdom  118,058 4 United Kingdom 119,370 3.6 1.1
Romania  56,676 1,9 Romania 95,544 2.9 68.6
Total “Top 10”  1.649,099 55,6 Total “Top 10” 1.842,627 55.6 11.7
Other Countries  1.312,459 44,4 Other Countries 1.466,964 44.4 11.8
World  2.961,558 100,0 World 3.309,591 100.0 11.8
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  • In Italy, one person’s employment in the plastic industry provides employment for three people from a wider economic perspective.
  • About 400 companies are involved in plastics production in Italy.
  • That number goes up to 8,500 with plastics industry products.
  • The number of people employed in rubber and plastic products manufacturing industry is around 150,000.
  • Industry representatives report that this growth in the rubber industry has been achieved through Italy’s Industry 4.0 action plan.
  • Italy’s public science productivity, which is 0.52, is above the EU average.

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