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Socio-economic contribution of polycarbonate in the Czech Republic

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.

The Czech Republic has no own polycarbonate production
and therefore depends on imports from other countries to
supply its Czech industries´ needs of this high performance
plastics material. However, due to its function as enabling
technology, nearly 13,000 jobs were related to the use of
polycarbonate in the Czech Republic. In 2010, the Czech
Republic consumed about 4% of the EU production of
polycarbonate, thereby generating ca. 1,4 billion of value
Over 75% of the Czech consumption of polycarbonate
is concentrated in three key economic sectors: the
Automotive, Building & Construction and the Electrical &
Electronics industries.
Production of motor vehicles, parts and components is one
of the most important parts of the Czech economy. More
than 850 companies generate over 30 billion of output
and support more than 260,000 jobs. This is equivalent to

more than 20% of the Czech industrial output. Lightweight,
transparent and shatter-proof polycarbonate is used as a
critical component in many automotive parts and provides
product designers with innovative solutions used for
example in headlights, glazing, interior and exterior trim,
and safety features.
In the Electrical & Electronics sector, polycarbonate is used
as a critical component in many technically complex and
safety related applications, such as fi re retardant computer
housing, electrical installations or domestic appliances.
In 2010, the Czech Electrical & Electronics sector generated
more than 15% of Czech industrial output, supporting more
than 115,ooo 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 Czech Republic´s
manufacturing base. The competitive position of a
significant number of leading Czech 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 wellbeing, while at the same time reducing costs and improving
the product performance.

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