PLASTIC CORNER POLYMER USE RISES SLOWLY IN EUROPE

PLASTIC CORNER POLYMER USE RISES SLOWLY IN EUROPE

Western European demand for synthetic polymer emulsions - used extensively in the paint, carpets, adhesives and paper industries - is expected to rise only slowly over the next few years, according to London-based IAL Consultants Ltd.

The analysts suggest that western European demand for synthetic polymer emulsions, which rose by less than 2 percent last year to 1,140,000 metric tons, will grow by only some 1.6 percent a year to 1,215,000 tons by 1991.However, there will be significant changes in the types of emulsions used, particularly in the synthetic resin emulsion sector, where pressure polymers vinyl acetate-ethylene and vinyl acetate-ethylene-vinyl chloride and the

acrylic polymers are expected to show above average growth, mainly at the expense of the more traditional polyvinyl acetate homo- and co-polymers.

The analysts divide the market into the two broad categories of synthetic elastomer latices and synthetic resin emulsions, breaking them down into the individual polymers involved by end use and by type.