Thermoplastic masterbatches in Europe

Thermoplastic masterbatches in Europe

Published: October 2015


AMI Consulting has been documenting and analysing the growth and development of the European masterbatch market since 1986 giving it a unique perspective on the long term trends and the likely future demand patterns. The market continues to evolve and understanding how these changes are going to affect the future use and demand for masterbatch products is vital for all players in the industry.

Recent years have seen a challenging environment for the European masterbatch industry.  Demand has been weak and inconsistent, the availability and cost of raw materials highly volatile and the structure and shape of customer industries constantly changing. These have all contributed to pressure on margins which continue to provide major challenges for the industry in terms of company organisation and focus. At the same time growth has returned to the European market and the prospects for masterbatch are brighter than they have been several years.  It is clear that opportunities exist for strong growth in applications such as grass yarn, plastic composites and packaging, and that there is still considerable potential for the industry to develop in eastern Europe beyond the EU and in Russia. 

Understanding the complex interplay of these factors and how they are influencing market development is vital if companies are to achieve successful growth strategies. 

Reporting basis

The study provides data for 2005, 2010, 2014, 2015 and 2019.  To ensure consistency all volume data is reported in tonnes and value data in euros (millions).  


Market coverage

The main focus of the report is the four major categories of masterbatch:

  • Black
  • White
  • Colour
  • Additive


In addition, end-use demand is analysed by polymer and end-use application as detailed below:


Black, white, colour by polymer

Additive by type

  • Shopping bags
  • Heavy duty sacks
  • Refuse sacks
  • Agricultural/building film
  • Shrink/stretch film
  • Other bags/sacks
  • Other films
  • Blow moulding
  • Extrusion coating
  • Injection moulding
  • Pipe
  • Wire and cable
  • Sheet
  • Rotomoulding
  • Monofilament/tape
  • Fibres
  • Other
  • LDPE
  • HDPE
  • PP
  • PVC
  • Polystyrene
  • PET
  • ABS
  • Other Resins
  • Antislip/bloc (including mineral)
  • UV light stabilised
  • Antistatic
  • Antioxidant
  • Flame retardant
  • Blowing agent
  • Lubricant
  • Heat stabilised
  • Other

The study covers the masterbatch industry in Europe with analysis of the market in the following countries/regions:

  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • United Kingdom
  • Spain
  • Benelux (Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg)
  • Scandinavia (Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark)
  • Other Western Europe (Ireland, Switzerland, Greece, Portugal, Austria)
  • Poland
  • Hungary
  • Czech & Slovak Republics
  • Other Central Europe (Baltic States, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia)
  • Ukraine
  • Russia

The report is supplied as a downloadable PDF with an enterprise-wide license agreement. One printed hard copy of the report is also provided and one review meeting to discuss the report’s contents.

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