Several European plastics converters are at risk due to the high energy prices. EuPC, the European association representing processing companies, has sounded the alarm at the continental level.
Converters like many other energy-intensive industries, are shocked by the dramatic increase in electricity and gas prices. Although some companies have so far been able to avoid a cost increase due to current contracts, the industry average has doubled electricity costs since the beginning of the year.
However, many companies have to pay up to 750% higher electricity price than at the beginning of the year. In certain countries, the additional salary increases on top of the energy costs increases have placed converters in front of a dilemma to continue production or stop the processing lines. This situation will actually put at risk the supply of essential packaged goods in the EU. For certain industries in some EU countries there is currently no business case to continue production nor visibility and certainty for investments and further developments. The effects of those closures are also starting to have a severe impact on the European industrial base.
EuPC Managing Director Alexandre Dangis (in the picture on the right) called the EU Commission, Council of Ministries and European Parliament to agree and to suggest on very short-term impactful actions which are needed at European level for keeping the industrial value chains operating. “We do not need long-term visions towards 2030 or beyond at a time where companies are trying to survive on a daily basis with a cash drain on uncontrolled energy prices”, Dangis added.
EuPC represents 50,000 plastics converting companies, most of which are family-owned businesses employing all together over 1,6 million people in Europe. Struggling through winter and hoping that the EU Institutions will come forward at the end of September with clear and short-term remedies for keeping an EU industrial basis will be key for the future of the plastics converting sector which at the same time is requested to invest in circularity.