Map of Europe. (Picture used under license from Shutterstock.com © ildogesto.)
Map of Europe. (Picture used under license from Shutterstock.com © ildogesto.)

 

European composites production by country/region

Compared to 2011, the AVK predicts that the production of glass reinforced plastics (GRP) in Europe will fall by approximately 4% to 1.01 million tonnes this year.

Following two years of growth in 2010 and 2011, this figure seems to indicate a slowdown in the market, but a more detailed look at the statistics reveal this is not the case in all countries.

(Read the complete feature The European GRP market in 2012 here.)

In the following charts:

  • All volumes are in thousands of tonnes.
  • 2012* = estimate
  • Eastern Europe** = Poland, Czech Republic, Humgary, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia
  • Turkey*** = source Turkish Composites Manufacturers Association (TCMA). Approx. 10% (short fibre reinforced plastics) has been deducted from the total volume in 2011 to aid comparison with other countries.