Demand for acrylic glass up
Manufacturers and retailers are currently benefiting from the high demand for acrylic glass – the generic term for brands like Plexiglas. “People no longer ask about the price, now they don’t even ask about the color,” says Joachim Wehmeyer of the Einkaufsverband deutscher Kunststoffhändler (EVDK), an association of 19 medium-sized companies. “At the moment almost everything is sold.”
The current situation is such that plastics dealers are now even able to get rid of discs in special colors that had been lying dormant in the warehouse for months. Wehmeyer says that many plastics dealers have therefore made use of their long-standing contacts and agreed on contingents with various manufacturers.
“Flexible Packaging” market to grow by five percent
According to forecasts made by the market research institute Wood Mackenzie, the demand for “flexible packaging” for end consumers in Europe will increase by 5 percent this year – although demand fell to below 1.5 percent last year.
Around Easter, the demand for acrylic glass sheets rose sharply. “In the meantime, all manufacturers are fully booked for the next few months,” says the association coordinator. Customers placing new orders with producers today are typically given fall delivery dates.