• Import tariffs expected to catalyse polymer demand growth in the coming years

    Import tariffs expected to catalyse polymer demand growth in the coming years

    AMI, Bristol, April 2018 – Polymer Demand in NAFTA is AMI’s most recent edition in the Polymer Demand series, providing a comprehensive analysis of the polymer markets across the USA, Canada and Mexico.

    The report covers the third largest regional polymer market in the world and includes the world’s second largest economy in terms of purchasing power parity. Home to some of the industry’s leading polymer producers with pioneering production capabilities, the technological prowess in the US has enabled development across the entire plastics supply chain. The recent developments in shale gas extraction have stimulated the polymer market in NAFTA through provision of cheap polymer feedstock and facilitating an increase in domestic manufacturing productivity by virtue of low energy and operation costs. A 58% increase in natural gas extraction is forecast between 2017 and 2040 which suggests that the US will have a raw material and electric power cost base that is on a par with that in the Middle East.

    In the context of the growing degree of globalisation, market maturity, elevated environmental awareness, the success in the automotive industry combined with a growing penetration of plastic in flexible packaging and a resurgence in construction activity, the plastics industry has been enabled to prosper in the North American market. Polyethylene, in particular linear low-density grades, have been spearheading the rise in film demand for flexible consumer and industrial packaging largely due to its enhanced mechanical properties enabling downgauged.

    The emerging economy of Mexico has played an important role in driving the plastics industry forwards and has witnessed growth above that of the regional average. A growing middle class with more expendable income, a large export economy that competes at a global level and legislative reforms geared towards developing the Mexican economy have been instrumental in the nation’s polymer demand increase above 3%/year in the five years leading up to 2017.

    The automotive industry is showing signs of maturity with 2017 seeing the first year since 2009 that US output did not grow. However, the automotive industry continues to attract investment and Mexican production has remained strong. There still remains opportunities for plastics to penetrate the automotive industry with incorporation of functionality features such in built satnavs, onboard computers and cameras as well as improved material grades that facilitate light weighting.

    The ongoing NAFTA negotiations cast a degree of uncertainty on multiple industries as trade tariffs may come into effect therefore impacting the supply chain. However, efforts are being made to support general development across the region through protectionist policies and fiscal stimulus which is expected to catalyse growth in the plastics industry.

    Overall growth of the North American polymer market is forecast to be 2.7%/year through to 2022, with a moderate variation between the slowest growing market of Canada and the fastest growing of Mexico.

    Polymer Demand in NAFTA is an AMI consulting data report. It provides detailed statistical data on the demand and end uses for all major thermoplastic materials on a country by country basis with forecasts until 2022. It covers all the issues affecting the industry and is designed to assist the reader in anticipating change within this broadly diverse continent.

    The report has been developed through decades of knowledge accumulated through AMI’s position as a leading plastics consultancy and conference company for the global market. This latest report by AMI provides a comprehensive analysis of the markets most significant players. It splits demand by polymer, process and end use. The report covers every aspect of the market from the overall structure of the industry, the economic environment, country specific industry commentary as well as process and polymer specific commentary. The report by AMI packages the market into a format easily absorbed by any reader. The breakdown and depth delivered by AMI is unparalleled in the market of polymer analysis.

    For further information, please contact Fergus Mooney,, Tel: +44 (0)117 314 8147, Fax: +44 (0)117 314 1534.

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  • AMI’s Oil & Gas Polymer Engineering Texas 2018 – doors open in 2 months time

    AMI’s Oil & Gas Polymer Engineering Texas 2018 – doors open in 2 months time

    With increasing numbers and a sold out exhibition, this year's event is the place to be!

    To see the programme or to register, please contact the organiser at

    Or visit the Oil & Gas Polymer Engineering Texas 2018 event pages: 

  • AMI’s Masterbatch 2018 Conference Programme is now live

    AMI’s Masterbatch 2018 Conference Programme is now live

    Join AMI on the 3-5 September in Madrid as we discuss the challenges facing the Masterbatch industry today.

    View the full programme here

    For further information and to register with our early-booking rates, please contact the organiser Heidi Lesiw on

  • 130+ Exhibitors and 70+ Speakers

    130+ Exhibitors and 70+ Speakers

    See the latest products from recyclers and suppliers of plastics additives and compounding machinery at Plastics Recycling World Exhibition and Compounding World Expo. The list of speakers and exhibitors is growing daily!

    These co-located shows are free-to-attend for visitors - register to attend here: 

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