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Plastics converters are the heart of the plastics industry. They manufacture plastic products ranging from toothbrushes to building pipes, from fruit boxes to car interiors - Plastic products can be found in virtually every industry. Their adaptability, durability and light weight making them a favourite in the Construction, Packaging and Automotive industries.


The European plastics industry makes a significant contribution to the welfare in Europe by enabling innovation, facilitating resource efficiency and creating jobs.


More than 1.6 million people are working in around 50,000 small and medium sized companies of the converting sector, creating a turnover of 260 billion € annually. 


EuPC is the professional representative body of plastics converters in Europe, whose activity embraces all sectors of the plastics converting industry, including recycling.



Created in 1989 and based in Brussels, EuPC is the EU-level trade association of European plastics converters. Our four divisions PackagingBuilding & ConstructionAutomotive & Transport and Technical Parts represent the different markets of the plastic converting industry. 


In June 2006, the Senior Executives Forum was created to incorporate industrial participation on senior management level into the EuPC agenda. In 2012, the NPA director platform was renamed Members Executive Forum (MEF), now composing of all representatives of the EuPC National Association Members.


Today, EuPC represents 28 national associations and 18 sectoral organisations, forming a powerful voice for the European plastics converters industry.




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EuPC's aim is to contribute to an open and fair trading environment for plastics converters in Europe. We focus on market development, regulation, issue management and trade.


EuPC members are national plastics processing associations representing the plastics converting industry. We also represent 18 European sectoral associations of particular plastic markets or industry materials.


Health, safety and sustainability are key issues we work on, as well as the steady supply of raw materials and a well-functioning internal market.


" Circularity is a crucial issue. Ahead of us are years of opportunities and challenges towards the circularity of the plastics value chain in Europe.
Only through innovation and carbon savings in our industry we will continue to lead this transformation needed. 

EuPC welcomes and supports the transition into a stronger and more circular economy where all resources are used in a more sustainable way.
Thanks to their performance, plastics are part of the solution to build a low carbon economy.

Let's put our priorities on continuing to work together towards a circular future with plastics."


Benoît Hennaut, EuPC President

Plastics Converters are the Heart of the Plastics Industry

Employees in the
Plastics Industry
Companies in the
Plastics Industry
Turnover in the
Plastics Industry

EuPC Divisions

Plastic Packaging Products

The Packaging sector is the largest consumer of plastics in Europe. Around half of all Western Europe's goods are now packaged in plastics.

Plastics in Construction
Building & Construction

Of all plastics applications, building and construction is the second most important, with a volume of 23 %. 

Plastics in Automotive
Automotive &

Manufacturers are turning to plastics in the automotive sector for numerous reasons, including its durability and light weight.

Technical Plastic Parts
Technical Parts

Manufacturers of technical parts specialise in design, construction and manufacturing of technical plastic products and tools.

Member Associations


National Plastics Associations

National Plastics Associations

Sector Organisations

Sector Organisations


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Ensuring sustainability is a key concern for plastic manufacturers. EuPC welcomes and supports the transition to a stronger and more circular economy where all resources are used in a sustainable way.


Thanks to their versatility and countless advantages, plastic products offer immense resource saving possibilities to our our society. A few examples include the saving of fuel in the transport industry due to the light weight of plastic products, the reduction of CO2 emissions by the use of plastic foams for thermal insulation and the reduction of food loss, resulting from plastic packaging's excellent conservation abilities.

Recycled Plastics

The plastics converting industry is also committed to incorporate sustainability as a key aspect of the production process. Companies invest in modern cooling systems or new machinery to save energy or water and to reduce CO2 emissions. They optimise their production process to minimise waste and recycle their scrap material. They implement ecodesign rules to support the sustainability of their products and constantly search for new ways to further improve their products.

EuPC also supports Waste Free Oceans (WFO) in its mission to collect and recycle ocean plastic to transform it into new products. WFO works together with recyclers, converters and brands to make optimal use of available resources and raise awareness on the issue of ocean plastic. Based in Brussels, it also operates in the Americas and Asia. Find out more about WFO on

Circular Economy

In a circular economy, resource use, emissions and waste generation are minimised by closing material and energy loops. This can be achieved through long-lasting design, maintenance, repair, reuse, remanufacturing, refurbishing, and recycling.

The European plastics converting industry embraces this trend and makes an important contribution to the progressing circularity of our economy. As described above, plastic products have the necessary properties to enable our society a more sustainable use of resources.

Nonetheless, the potential of the plastics converting industry for the circular economy needs to be stretched if we want to reach the ambitious recycling targets, especially as converting companies form by far the biggest part of the European plastics industry. 

EuPC, its members and the plastics converting industry are constantly working together with all relevant stakeholders to ensure the best possible progress of the circular economy, as EuPC is convinced, that the circular economy offers an excellent opportunity to reinvent our economy, making it more sustainable and competitive.


Development is sustainable when it meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs.

- World Commission on Environment and Development



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Tel.: +32 2 732 41 24
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EuPC is not commercially active. We do not sell, purchase or produce polymers or plastic products nor do we have information such as company lists, distributors, prices, etc. Please directly contact our members (national associations in Europe whose members are companies) for this information.

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