Food industry

      In Europe, the production of packaging is the most widespread activity of the plastic processing industry, representing 39.5% of the total demand for plastics.
      Packaging is the most significant sector pertaining to thermoplastics, constituting 47% of total consumption. The highest demand is for polyethylene and PET; demand for the former of the two mainly consists of flexible foils. Shift in demand for semi-products, more widespread shopping in supermarkets and demand for extended shelf life are all furthering demands for flexible plastics in protective and barrier packaging.