Algeria’s plastics industry


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.

Algeria’s imports of plastics technology

Source: VDMA 2019 / Graph: fairtrade

Strong and sustainable growth: Algeria is the largest importer of packaging technology in Africa and the Middle East

Africa

  • With 246 million euros, Algeria is the leading importer of packaging technology on the African continent in 2018, followed by South Africa (175 million euros in 2018), Egypt (168 million euros) and Nigeria (158 million euros).  
  • But while South African and Egyptian imports have stagnated or even declined in recent years, Algeria has experienced significant growth: +65 % from 2012 to 2018, from 149 to 246 million euros.  

The Middle East

  • Algeria is also a leader compared to major countries in the Middle East. In 2018, for example, Iran imported packaging machinery worth 166 million euros, Saudi Arabia for 159 million euros and the UAE for 134 million euros.
  • Italy, Germany, France, Spain, China, Turkey and Austria are Algeria's main suppliers.  

Algeria‘s imports of packaging technology

Source: VDMA 2019 / Graph: fairtrade

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), the Algerian market has an immense potential for exporters. 

With imports of 828 kt in 2017, Algeria is the second largest importer of plastics in primary forms in Africa and the Middle East.  

Following Egypt and well ahead of Nigeria with 729 kt, the UAE with 658 kt, South Africa with 627 kt, Saudi Arabia with 625 kt and Iran with 473 kt. 

Source: EUROMAP Plastics Resin Production and Consumption, February 2019

Source: EUROMAP / Graph: fairtrade

Plastic raw material imports of other countries over the past years have developed as follows:

  • Morocco: from 374 kt in 2007 to 568 kt in 2017, +52%
  • Tunisia: from 209 kt in 2007 to 327 kt in 2017, +56%
  • Nigeria: from 513 kt in 2007 to 729 kt in 2017, +42%
  • Ethiopia: from 54 kt in 2010 to 237 in 2017, +338%

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

Source: UN Comtrade

Algeria’s per capita plastics consumption on the up

• The per capita consumption of plastics in Algeria has grown by 7.55% annually over the past ten years, from 10.0 kg in 2007 to 20.7 kg in 2017 and is estimated to be 24.9 kg in 2022. This would lead to a CAGR of 9.6% for the years 2007-2022. 

Source: EUROMAP / Graph: fairtrade

Algeria’s plastics consumption – Strong and steady increase

• The country's plastics consumption has grown annually by 9.8% between 2007 and 2017 having almost tripled from 338 kt to 858 kt. An increase to 1,129 kt is expected by 2022. This would lead to a CAGR of 8.4% for the years 2007-2022.

Source: EUROMAP / Graph: fairtrade

Algeria’s plastics consumption by application 2018

•  Approximately 56% of consumption is accounted for by packaging, 21% by the construction industry, 4% by automotive and the remainder by various industries.

Source: EUROMAP / Graph: fairtrade

Algeria’s plastics consumption by processing method 2018

•  In plastics processing, extrusion is in the lead with 44%, followed by injection molding with 20% and PET preform & stretch blow molding of 19%.

Source: EUROMAP / Graph: fairtrade