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

ONE OF AFRICA'S & THE MIDDLE EAST’S LARGEST IMPORTERS OF 

• PLASTICS IN PRIMARY FORMS
• PLASTICS TECHNOLOGY
• PACKAGING TECHNOLOGY 


US$ 2.3 billion in 2018: Algeria is the second largest importer of plastics in primary forms in Africa & the Middle East

Source: GTAI German Trade & Invest

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

With imports of 817 kt in 2015, Algeria is the second largest importer of plastics in primary forms in Africa and the Middle East.

Directly behind Egypt with 1,136 kt and clearly ahead of Nigeria with 754 kt, the United Arab Emirates with 590 kt, Saudi Arabia with 527 kt, Iran with 347 kt and South Africa with 250 kt.

Source: EUROMAP Plastics Resin Production and Consumption in 63 Countries Worldwide, October 2016
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 - Top 10 import markets for plastics and articles thereof in 2016

Source: UN Comtrade

Algeria is the largest importer of plastics technology in Africa & the Arab Middle East

Africa

For many years, South Africa was the leading importer of plastics technology in Africa. But while South Africa's imports decreased from 153 million euros in 2016 to 125 million euros in 2018, Algerian imports doubled between 2013 and 2018, reaching 153 million euros in 2018. As a result, Algeria is the largest importer of plastics technology on the African continent. Followed by Egypt, South Africa and Nigeria.

Algeria's main suppliers are China, Italy, Germany, France, Canada, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Austria, Spain and Turkey.

The Middle East

With a value of 153 million euros in 2018, Algeria imports far more than other important Arab countries in the Middle East such as Saudi Arabia (132 million euros) and the United Arab Emirates (106 million euros). As a result, Algeria is also the largest importer of plastics technology in the Arab Middle East.

Source: VDMA / Graph: fairtrade 2019

Strong growth: Algeria is the largest importer of packaging technology in Africa & the second largest compared to the Middle East

Africa

Algeria is the largest importer of packaging technology on the African continent, followed by South Africa and Nigeria. But while South Africa's imports have stagnated or even declined significantly in recent years (to 168 million euros in 2017), Algeria's imports grew by 55% between 2012 and 2017, from 149 to 232 million euros in 2017.

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

The Middle East

With 240 million euros Saudi Arabia is the only country to import even more packaging technology than Algeria in 2017.

With a value of 232 million euros, Algeria imports far more than other countries in the Middle East such as Iran (203 million euros) and the United Arab Emirates (134 million euros). 

Algeria's imports of packaging technology

Source: VDMA / Graph: fairtrade 2018

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