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Socio-economic contribution of polycarbonate in The Netherlands

The Netherlands is a major producer of polycarbonate:
about 20% of total European production is produced here,
generating about 490 mio Euro of value added. A trade
surplus of about 410 mio Euro is generated by net exports of
polycarbonate. Due to its function as an enabling technology,
over 21,000 jobs in the Netherlands are related to the
production and consumption of polycarbonate.
Dutch national consumption of polycarbonate grew
continuously by about 5% p.a. during the past years and
reached about 5% of total EU consumption in 2010. 85% of
the Dutch consumption of polycarbonate is concentrated
in three key economic sectors: in Building & Construction,
in the Electrical & Electronics industries and the Optical
Media sector. It is estimated that about 1.4 billion Euro of
value added depend upon polycarbonate technology in the
Netherlands. 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 Dutch
consumption of polycarbonate is used in these unique
In unique applications situations, outputs are dependent upon
polycarbonate, and so are the working places of the people
producing or processing them: 4,200 jobs in the production
industry, 1,200 jobs in the processing, and 15,8oo jobs related
to the manufacturing and sale of end products are related
directly and indirectly to polycarbonate in unique applications
in the Netherlands.

Polycarbonate is a dynamic enabling platform technology
for innovation, thus helping to sustain the Netherland´s
manufacturing base. The competitive position of a significant
number of leading Dutch 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