Electrical and electronic appliances account for 5.7% of consumption of plastics in Europe.
For the manufacture of electrical appliances and related products, styrene, polypropylene and other engineering plastics are usually employed. Electrical applications encompass numerous components, connectors, switches, guards and so on.
The major material for producing cables is PVC combined with polyethylene and thermoplastic elastomers. The greater use of plastics in cable production mainly results from the modernization of electricity and telecommunication networks. Supply cables account for almost 70% of demand for such plastics in the production and sheathing of cables. Other uses include telecommunication applications, cables for the automotive industry or mining sector, and specialized fields such aviation.