The Global Mechanical Plastics Recycling Industry 2020 - Capacities, Capabilities and Future Trends

The Global Mechanical Plastics Recycling Industry 2020 - Capacities, Capabilities and Future Trends

Published: May 2020

Since the early 1980s, global polymer demand has grown from around 40 million tonnes, to its current level of over 280 million tonnes, highlighting the success of this relatively speaking, new material.  Today the polymer and plastics processing industry is thriving in nearly every country in the world. In the future AMI anticipates that growth will continue with demand forecast to increase.  However, how much of growing resin demand will be taken by recycled resin? 

AMI is preparing an authoritative report to provide an independent quantitative analysis of the global mechanical recycling industry.  It aims to quantify the market for recycling, analysing the supply and demand balance, along with an evaluation of current capacity by region.  A review of the end use applications for recyclate will be given, with an examination of potential future absorption.

Recyclate coverage

Recyclate production is quantified according to the following waste sources:

  • Municipal and commercial
  • Production scrap
  • Other volumes

Polymer coverage

The report covers the recycling of:

  • Polyethylene
  • Polypropylene
  • Polyvinyl chloride
  • Polyethylene terephthalate  
  • Polystyrene

End use applications

End use applications will be quantified within the following segments with further analysis on the main end use applications within:

  • Flexible packaging
  • Rigid packaging
  • Building, construction and infrastructure
  • Automotive and transport
  • Electric/Electronic
  • Other injection moulding
  • Other extrusion
  • Other applications

Reporting basis

The study provides market data for the years 2019, 2020 and 2021 forecasts to 2025 and 2030.


The geographic scope is the Global market, segmented into:

  • China
  • North East Asia (Japan, Korea, Taiwan)
  • South East Asia
  • Europe (EU+CIS etc.)
  • North America
  • South America
  • Indian sub-continent
  • Middle East and Africa

For price information, please complete the enquiry form

The report is supplied as a downloadable PDF with an enterprise-wide license agreement. To receive a proposal, sample pages or for further information please click the Enquire/Order button above.


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