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Socio-economic contribution of polycarbonate in France

France has no own polycarbonate production and therefore
depends on imports from other countries to supply its French
industries´ needs of this high performance plastics material.
However, due to its function as enabling technology, about
50,000 jobs were related to the use of polycarbonate in
France in 2010. During the past years, French polycarbonate
consumption grew continuously by about 4% p.a. In 2010,
France consumed 11% of the EU production of polycarbonate,
thereby generating ca. 3.8 billion Euro of value added.
85% of the French consumption of polycarbonate is
concentrated in four key economic sectors: the Electrical
& Electronics industries, in Building & Construction, in
the Automotive and the Optical Media market sector.

In many of these applications polycarbonate is critical to
transforming the functional characteristics of components or
end uses. This means: Polycarbonate cannot be replaced by any
other material if the same material performance characteristics
are required. Over 80% of the French consumption of
polycarbonate is used in these unique applications; this
market sector alone creates 3.6 billion Euro of value added.
In these unique applications situations, outputs are dependent
upon polycarbonate, and so are the working places of the
people producing or processing them: 2,000 jobs in the
processing, and 48,ooo jobs related to the manufacturing
and sale of end products are related directly and indirectly
to polycarbonate in unique applications in France.

A unique situation in France is the expertise and
knowledge concentration of the polycarbonate plastics
processing companies: more than 1,500 French companies
specialising in moulding, extruding, coating, blending and
mixing of advanced polycarbonates are concentrated in
the so-called „Plastics Valley“ in Oyonnax near Lyon.
Polycarbonate is a dynamic enabling platform technology for
innovation, thus helping to sustain France´s manufacturing
base. The competitive position of a signifi cant number of
leading French companies depends upon the continued
exploitation of the many and unique properties of
polycarbonate. It offers solutions to modern societies to
meet the emerging needs for lower weight, greater safety
and security, lower risks and improved well-being, while at
the same time reducing costs and improving the product

Jasmin Bird
Manager Communications
PC/BPA-Group PlasticsEurope
Tel: +32 2 676 1738