Plastics import bill surpassed $ 2 billion in 2016

Plastics import bill surpassed $ 2 billion in 2016

Algeria’s import bills for plastics exceeded $ 2 billion in 2016, said, Monday in Algiers, the head of the chemical industries division at the Ministry of Industry and Mines, Laïdouni Malek.

Data provided by the National Center for Informatics and Algerian Customs Statistics (CNIS) show imports of $ 2.174 billion worth of plastics, including $ 1.904 billion in raw materials destined for industry with a rate of 87.58% and $ 269 million of finished plastic products, Laïdouni said during an information day organized at the headquarters of the Algerian-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce in anticipation of the 5th International Plastics and Composites Exhibition and 6th Printing and Packaging Exhibition, scheduled for 11-13 March 2018 in Algiers.

The quantities imported are intended to cover the demands of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and companies active in the field of chemical industries, numbering 2600, Laïdouni said.

The sector seeks to develop subcontracting in the field of industry and plastic processing, especially since the volume of plastics in the manufactured component is considerable and affects all sectors.

Industry and plastic processing have existed in Algeria since the 1970s, according to the official, who said that his activity has developed considerably since 2012 following the promulgation of several executive decrees, followed by decisions taken by the president of the estate petrochemical industries, being an economic activity with high added value for the national economy.

The expansion and diversification of these activities in the petrochemical sector will make it possible to apply modern techniques that are more efficient and more profitable in the plastic industry.

The development of this area will in the future help to meet local and external demand for raw materials, he said, pointing out that the sector aspires to export to regional and international markets, particularly the African market.

Processed plastic is used in agriculture, agri-food, housing, construction, water resources, the automotive industry and in the education and other sectors.

A feasibility study was launched in April 2017 to create chemical industry groups in the west of the country, he said, stressing that the Sonatrach Group has developed a plan for the development of petrochemical industries in order to develop the fabric of manufacturing industries in the country, including mini-projects for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The plan is aimed at diversifying production and increasing productivity and volume of investment, in addition to better management of production costs and improvement of training programs in these areas.

Concerning the PlastAlger & Printpack international exhibition scheduled for mid-March 2018, Mr Laïdouni stressed the importance of this rendez-vous, which is an ideal space for establishing relations of partnership and cooperation between Algerian and foreign investors as part of a “win-win” approach.






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