Belgium Increased Polypropylene Supplies to Germany
IndexBox has just published a new report: ‘Belgium – Polypropylene In Primary Forms – Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends And Insights’. Here is a summary of the report’s key findings.
The revenue of the polypropylene market in Belgium amounted to $1.8B in 2018, jumping by 8.3% against the previous year. This figure reflects the total revenues of producers and importers (excluding logistics costs, retail marketing costs, and retailers’ margins, which will be included in the final consumer price).
Production in Belgium
In 2018, the amount of polypropylene in primary forms produced in Belgium amounted to 1.7M tonnes, stabilizing at the previous year. The total output volume increased at an average annual rate of +1.0% from 2012 to 2018; the trend pattern remained relatively stable, with somewhat noticeable fluctuations over the period under review. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2015 with an increase of 6.1% against the previous year. In that year, polypropylene production reached its peak volume of 1.7M tonnes; afterwards, it flattened through to 2018.
Exports from Belgium
Polypropylene exports from Belgium amounted to 1.1M tonnes in 2018, standing approx. at the previous year. Overall, polypropylene exports, however, continue to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2016 when exports increased by 7.7% year-to-year. Exports peaked at 1.1M tonnes in 2013; afterwards, it flattened through to 2018.
In value terms, polypropylene exports amounted to $1.8B (IndexBox estimates) in 2018.
Exports by Country
Germany (288K tonnes) was the main destination for polypropylene exports from Belgium, with a 27% share of total exports. Moreover, polypropylene exports to Germany exceeded the volume sent to the second major destination, the Netherlands (99K tonnes), threefold. The third position in this ranking was occupied by Italy (98K tonnes), with a 9% share.
From 2012 to 2018, the average annual growth rate of volume to Germany stood at +2.3%. Exports to the other major destinations recorded the following average annual rates of growth: the Netherlands (-1.6% per year) and Italy (-3.1% per year).
In value terms, Germany ($491M) remains the key foreign market for polypropylene exports from Belgium, comprising 28% of total polypropylene exports. The second position in the ranking was occupied by France ($163M), with a 9.3% share of total exports. It was followed by Italy, with a 8.3% share.
Export Prices by Country
The average polypropylene export price stood at $1,618 per tonne in 2018, jumping by 14% against the previous year. Average prices varied somewhat for the major foreign markets. In 2018, the countries with the highest prices were the Czech Republic ($1,876 per tonne) and Spain ($1,826 per tonne), while the average price for exports to Poland ($1,413 per tonne) and the Netherlands ($1,474 per tonne) were amongst the lowest.
From 2012 to 2018, the most notable rate of growth in terms of prices was recorded for supplies to the Czech Republic, while the prices for the other major destinations experienced a decline.
Imports into Belgium
In 2018, the imports of polypropylene in primary forms into Belgium totaled 707K tonnes, going down by -5.2% against the previous year. In general, polypropylene imports, however, continue to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2016 when imports increased by 13% year-to-year. Over the period under review, polypropylene imports attained their maximum at 746K tonnes in 2017, and then declined slightly in the following year.
In value terms, polypropylene imports stood at $966M (IndexBox estimates) in 2018.
Imports by Country
France (145K tonnes), the UK (124K tonnes) and the Netherlands (100K tonnes) were the main suppliers of polypropylene imports to Belgium, with a combined 52% share of total imports. Germany, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, South Korea, Russia, Finland, Austria and the U.S. lagged somewhat behind, together accounting for a further 38%.
From 2012 to 2018, the most notable rate of growth in terms of imports, amongst the main suppliers, was attained by Finland, while imports for the other leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.
In value terms, the largest polypropylene suppliers to Belgium were France ($227M), the UK ($131M) and the Netherlands ($130M), with a combined 50% share of total imports. These countries were followed by Germany, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Brazil, Austria, Russia, Finland and the U.S., which together accounted for a further 39%.
Import Prices by Country
The average polypropylene import price stood at $1,366 per tonne in 2018, jumping by 18% against the previous year.
There were significant differences in the average prices amongst the major supplying countries. In 2018, the country with the highest price was Austria ($1,647 per tonne), while the price for the UK ($1,049 per tonne) was amongst the lowest.
From 2012 to 2018, the most notable rate of growth in terms of prices was attained by the U.S., while the prices for the other major suppliers experienced more modest paces of growth.
Source: IndexBox AI Platform
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