Turkish PP imports–Diverse Countries of Origin and Broad Application Pallet

Turkey has traditionally been a major importer of polypropylene resin for use in everything from automotive to woven bags and to this day, it continues to rely on Europe, the Middle East, and to a lesser extent Asia for its conversion needs. MLT Analytics’ latest MOST AI (Market-Oriented Strategic Trade Analysis & Intelligence) report covering PP imports for calendar 2021 unveils some interesting insights into the origins and applications of resin coming into the country:

· Unsurprisingly, the Middle East and Europe are the main sources of PP imports given their proximity and European investment in Turkey’s auto sector.

· Saudi Arabia is the chief source of imports with a ca. 35% market share.

· South Korea is also a notable player (ca. 8% market share), followed by Russia (ca. 8%), which has not sanctioned Russian imports.

· No other country has a market share exceeding 5%, highlighting the fragmented nature of the market.

· Turkey imports significant volumes of compounded PP for its automotive and appliance sectors because it does not have sufficient local compounding capacity.

· PP grades for biaxially-oriented film, woven bags, and hygiene (nonwoven) applications head the list of imports.

· At the process level, injection molding, cast film, spunbond nonwoven, monofilament and raffia are the leaders.

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