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Socio-economic contribution of polycarbonate in Poland

Polycarbonate is a lightweight, highly versatile, durable, heat and shatter resistant, formable and
transparent thermoplastic. It is the material of choice for a wide range of end-user applications
as diverse as DVDs, spectacles and optical lenses, car headlamps and parts, transparent roofs in
construction, or medical devices.

Poland has no own polycarbonate production and therefore
depends on imports from other countries to supply its Polish
industries´ needs of this high performance plastics material.
However, due to its function as enabling technology, nearly
22,000 jobs were related to the use of polycarbonate in
Poland in 2010. In that year, Poland consumed about 6% of
the EU production of polycarbonate, thereby generating ca.
2.1 billion of value added.
Over 90% of the Polish consumption of polycarbonate is
concentrated in four key economic sectors: Optical Media,
the Electrical & Electronics incl. Domestic appliances,
Building & Construction and the Automotive industries.
Poland is a major location for the European Optical Media
industry: Within the EU, Poland represents the second
largest production centre for optical storage media like CD,
DVD, Blu-Ray discs. Poland also manages one of the largest
production centres for modern large fl at screen LCD TVs.

20,000 direct jobs are related to this sector alone in Poland.
In 2010, the Polish Electrical & Electronics sector overall
supported 140,000 jobs.
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.
Polycarbonate is a dynamic enabling platform technology for
innovation, thus helping to sustain the Polish manufacturing
base. The competitive position of a significant number of
leading Polish 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