Polymer distribution in Europe

Polymer distribution in Europe

Published: September 2018

Polymer distribution is playing an increasingly strategic role within the polymer industry value chain providing opportunities for polymer producers to cut costs, improve efficiencies, deliver better service and support to the plastics processor. However, in an industry notorious for its slim margins and in a low growth economy, the successful distributor needs to be rigorous in understanding the cost-to-serve and the value gained from its customers in order to ensure its survival and growth.

Following the challenging period of resin price volatility and times of extreme resin shortages over the last five years, distributors have managed to enhance profitability and margins by offering much needed reliable supplies of material, technical support and new services to customers. Innovative strategies and inventive customer dialogue have been also key elements in the strategy of successful companies in the industry.

AMI Consulting has been monitoring and analysing the trends in the European polymer distribution industry for the past 15 years. The 2018 report represents the seventh edition and it builds on earlier research to consider the newest trends and factors influencing the industry such as the inception of the EU Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy, investments in bioplastics and recycled resins, a strong focus on the use of plastics in pharma and medical sectors, the surge of digitalisation as a new competitive strategy, the blooming of 3D printing, and the new political and economic scenario the UK and the EU are facing because of Brexit. Over the seven editions, this study has been evolving into the most comprehensive analysis of polymer distribution currently available on the market and represents an essential guide for industry players as they optimise business activities and plan future investments.

European plastics industry current trend topics

European polymer distribution market development

Relationship with suppliers

Distribution value chain

Distribution business models

Profiles of top ten distributors

Polymer distribution by country

Statistical appendix


The study covers distribution of the following polymers:

  • HDPE
  • PP
  • PS
  • ABS/SAN and its blends
  • PC and its blends
  • PA 6/6.6
  • PBT
  • POM
  • PMMA

The study provides data for the following years:

  • Past: 2012
  • Present: 2017, 2018
  • Future: 2022


The geographic scope is the EU28+2 (i.e. all the 28 European Union countries plus Norway and Switzerland). Data is presented and reported in the following country/regional order:

  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • United Kingdom
  • Benelux
    • Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg
  • Nordic Region
    • Finland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden
  • Spain
  • Other Western Europe
    • Austria, Switzerland, Greece, Republic of Ireland, Portugal
  • Poland
  • Other Central and Eastern Europe (other CEE)
    • Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovenia, Croatia


Further information:

The report is supplied as a downloadable PDF with an enterprise-wide license agreement. One printed hard copy of the report is also provided together with a CD containing a data spreadsheet. A data spreadsheet includes polymer volumes sold by individual distribution companies segmented by country and polymer. It includes ranking of European distribution groups by turnover and volume with further details on individual ranches' polymer sales and their suppliers.

As part of the subscription, the subscriber has an opportunity to arrange a meeting with AMI Consulting to discuss the report findings.

To receive our detailed proposal, sample pages or for further information please click the Enquire/Order button above.

For any other questions please contact elena.mozzato@ami.international


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