Algeria’s plastics industry is the fastest growing on the African continent

Double-digit growth also for other Maghreb and West African countries  

The Country Cluster of EUROMAP-European Plastics and Rubber Machinery confirms significant double-digit growth for the Maghreb countries Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia as well as West African countries such as Nigeria.

Algeria shows by far the highest growth rates:

Algeria’s per capita plastics consumption on the up

• The per capita consumption of plastics in Algeria has grown by about 9% annually over the past ten years, from 10.0 kg in 2007 to 23.1 kg in 2017 and is estimated to be 25.8 kg in 2020. 

Source: EUROMAP / Graph: fairtrade

Algeria’s plastics consumption – Strong and steady increase

• The country's plastics consumption has grown by 11% annually over the same period. It has almost tripled from 338 kt to 955 kt. An increase to 1,121 kt is expected by 2020.

Source: EUROMAP / Graph: fairtrade

Algeria’s plastics consumption by application 2017E

•  Approximately 59.1% of consumption is accounted for by packaging, 20% by the construction industry and the remainder by various industries.

Source: EUROMAP / Graph: fairtrade

Algeria’s plastics consumption by processing method 2017E

•  In plastics processing, extrusion is in the lead with 41.1%, followed by PET and injection molding with 20.7% and 19.0%.

Source: EUROMAP / Graph: fairtrade

Algeria is Africa’s largest importer of plastics in primary forms

As all plastic raw materials are imported (mainly from the Middle East, Asia and Europe) with the exception of 3%, the Algerian market has great potential for exporters.

Imports of plastic raw materials, for instance, grew by 13% annually between 2007 and 2015, from 304 kt to 817 kt, +169%!

Source: EUROMAP / Graph: fairtrade

Imports of plastic raw materials from other countries have developed as follows:

  • Morocco: from 374 kt in 2007 to 421 kt in 2015, +12.5%
  • Tunisia: from 209 kt in 2007 to 286 kt in 2015, +36.8%
  • Nigeria: from 513 kt in 2007 to 754 kt in 2015, +47.0%

Algeria’s imports of plastics in primary forms: US$ 1.90 billion in 2016

Source: gtai German Trade & Invest, Centre national de l‘informatique et des statistiques des douanes algériennes (CNIS)

Algeria - Top 10 import markets for plastics and articles thereof in 2016

Source: UN Comtrade

Algeria‘s imports of plastics technology sharply rising

Algeria is the second largest importer of plastics technology on the African continent, right after South Africa.

But while South Africa's imports have stagnated at between 132 and 153 million euros in the past five years, Algerian imports have grown by 75% over the same period - see below.

Algeria’s most important supplier countries are China, Italy, Germany, France, Canada, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Austria, Spain, Turkey.

Algeria‘s imports of plastics technology

Source: VDMA / Graph: fairtrade 2017

Algeria is Africa’s largest importer of packaging technology

Algeria is the largest importer of packaging technology on the African continent, followed by South Africa. But while South Africa's imports have stagnated at around 190 million euros in the past five years, Algeria's imports have grown by 53% over the same period.

Italy, Germany, France, Spain, China and Turkey are Algeria's main suppliers.

Algeria‘s imports of packaging technology

Source: VDMA / Graph: fairtrade 2017