Raw materials are becoming scarce in Europe. Cardboard, metal and plastic are in short supply. Supply chains are too fragile, stocks too meager. There is little improvement in sight before the end of the year.

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KPlastic is becoming scarce in the world – and companies from all corners of the manufacturing industry are feeling this. Car companies and mechanical engineers, sports equipment manufacturers and medical technicians use plastic in their products. Everyday products like chocolate and shampoo need to be packaged. The material is extremely versatile, extremely sought-after and now it is becoming precious – even in those variants that are basically mass-produced.

A fifth of the plastic that is actually needed is currently not available in these latitudes: “We know that 20 percent are missing on the European market,” says Carolina Hupfer, head of the market and economy division at the PlasticsEurope Germany (PED) industry association. . According to his calculations, 367 million tons came from plants around the world last year – around a third of them from China. Europe is only half as strong as the emerging country and overall not even good for every sixth ton. Netto is the continent’s importer for most plastics. In Germany, the volume of producers and revenues have fallen in recent years. In 2020 it was 17.9 million tons and a turnover of 23.1 billion euros – a good third of that was domestic turnover, as can be read in the new annual report that the association plans to publish this Friday.