The Polymer technology sector is a growing industry in Ireland with the number of companies rising to 230 which boasts an annual turnover of €2.1 billion. This has driven strong jobs growth of 7.7% in the past couple of years with 7,000 now working across Ireland with major hubs in Athlone, Limerick, Galway, Sligo, Dublin, Cork and Waterford.
The high-tech polymer industry is a driver of innovation in the medtech, ICT, biopharma, agri-food and automotive sectors. As well as being an industry of regional significance, the polymer sector is making a global impact with 77% of sales exported worth €1.62 billion annually.
Members of Plastics Ireland include the leading plastics processors as well as suppliers of raw materials, services and equipment to the industry. The association's principal role is to enhance the competitive position of its members by influencing the business environment and working on specific project to assist and promote the industry.
Our members' concerns range from upskilling workers to growing their market share of the global economy, from local energy costs, OHS/EHS, with the circular economy being an important area of focus with the EU setting out ambitious targets. By forging close working relationships with ministers, government agencies, policy makers, commissioners and other relevant governing bodies the Polymer Technology Ireland helps members navigate the challenges facing both multinational and indigenous medical device and diagnostic companies.
Please visit the Polymer Technology Ireland website, for more information on our strategy and the many services, events and training programmes we offer to support our members.
Plastics Ireland also operates the First Polymer Training centre in Athlone.