Materials shortages harming UK processors


Scarcities of some key polymers and associated raw material price increases are holding back sectors of the plastics processing industry, according to the British Plastics Federation (BPF).

BPF director-general Peter Davis said: “Just at the time that strong evidence of a recovery in companies' performance is emerging it is extremely disappointing that companies lack the confidence to engage in business development projects because of faltering raw material supply.”

Pain is being felt most among plastics packaging manufacturers in relation to the availability of PE and PP. Users of blow moulding grades of HDPE have seen their raw material costs increase by more than 30%...
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