1. Market Research
  2. > Materials
  3. > Plastic Market Trends

Overview of the Plastics Market in Sub-Saharan Africa : Plastic Consumption to Witness Higher Uptake

  • October 2014
  • 64 pages
  • Frost & Sullivan
Report ID: 2466781


Table of Contents

Key Findings

•South Africa and Nigeria are the largest consumers of plastics in sub-Saharan Africa. They are the only two countries in the region to locally produce polymers.
•South Africa’s per capita consumption of plastics was kg in 2013. It uses plastics for a wide variety of applications and is more technologically advanced than other countries in the region.
•Meanwhile, Nigeria has the best consumer demographics in sub-Saharan Africa, as its population and GDP growth are the highest in the region. The Nigerian plastics market witnessed a xx% growth in 2013 over 2012. This is likely to attract greater investments in the country, as the potential for increased use of plastics in the consumer sector is high.
•Ghana is less favourable in terms of consumer demographics, as its population is small. Moreover, its import tariffs on raw materials are higher than those of its neighbouring countries. However, Ghana is one of the most politically stable nations in sub-Saharan Africa and has a favourable business environment.
•Although growth in the Kenyan plastics market is high, the consumer demographics are not as favourable as in West Africa. However, rapid economic expansion plans as well as increased exports to its neighbouring countries make Kenya a good supply hub in East Africa.
•Ethiopia has a large population, yet only xx% of it is urbanised and most of the shopping is informal. Its per capita consumption of plastics was a merexx kg in 2013. Government investments and efforts to grow the local economy will lead to an increase in plastics consumption over the long term of the forecast period.


•South Africa has a diverse economy and a well-established manufacturing sector, which contributes xx% to the country’s GDP and is expected to grow at a rate of between % and % during 2014'2019.
•The plastics market in South Africa accounts for xx% of the manufacturing sector and is at a mature stage. All activities—ranging from polymer production to using plastic components or intermediates in assembling finished products such as electronics—are carried out locally through the value chain.
•South Africa’ s plastic consumption was kg per capita in 2013. This includes all recycled plastics, which are witnessing a rapid uptake.
•The largest application area for plastics is the packaging sector, which was valued at nearly $xxmillion with a share of more than xx% of the South African plastics market in 2013. Other application areas include the automotive, medical, electrical, and construction sectors.
•The South African plastics market is led by six large companies with a combined market share of between xx% and xx% in 2013. The remaining market is highly fragmented and comprises close to xx converters.
•South Africa has a few local polymer producers, namely, Sasol, Safripol, and Hosaf. These companies produce polypropylene (PP), polyethylene (PE), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and polyethylene terephthalate (PET).
•Some polymers are not locally produced. Many distributors import such products and supply to converters, or converters directly import the polymers when their volume requirements are higher.
•Products that are imported and not locally produced are polystyrene, polyamides, acrylonitrile, butadiene styrene, and polyurethane systems.

Growth Trends

•Innovation in packaging design sets the great converters apart from the rest and attracts the bigger companies and multinationals (MNCs) due to their technical skills and advanced technology.
•Increased consumer awareness of brands and a larger variety of products on the shelves prompt companies to set their products apart from their competitors.
•Although consumers do not purchase a product for its packaging, it does assist in decision making. This is especially true in the home & personal care products sector.
•Going green is the new global trend for chemicals and materials in all applications. One of the ways to achieve this is by recycling plastics and using them, together with virgin plastics, to create more plastic products, thereby reducing the converters’ carbon footprint.
•The trend in plastics in the food packaging sector is for thinner but stronger light-weight plastics.
•Thinner and lighter packaging reduces the amount of polymers used, thereby reducing the cost of packaging in the most price-sensitive market application area.
•Stronger packaging reduces the amount of food that is wasted during transportation or general handling. This, therefore, reduces the hunger resulting from food loss due to damage or reduced shelf life.

Get Industry Insights. Simply.

  • Latest reports & slideshows with insights from top research analysts
  • 60 Million searchable statistics with tables, figures & datasets
  • More than 25,000 trusted sources
  • Single User License — provides access to the report by one individual.
  • Department License — allows you to share the report with up to 5 users
  • Site License — allows the report to be shared amongst all employees in a defined country
  • Corporate License — allows for complete access, globally.

Veronica helps you find the right report:


The research specialist advised us on the best content for our needs and provided a great report and follow-up, thanks very much we shall look at ReportLinker in the future.

Kate Merrick

Global Marketing Manager at
Eurotherm by Schneider Electric

We were impressed with the support that ReportLinker’s research specialists’ team provided. The report we purchased was useful and provided exactly what we want.

Category Manager at

ReportLinker gave access to reliable and useful data while avoiding dispersing resources and spending too much time on unnecessary research.

Executive Director at
PwC Advisory

The customer service was fast, responsive, and 100% professional in all my dealings (...) If we have more research needs, I'll certainly prioritize working with ReportLinker!

Scott Griffith

Vice President Marketing at
Maurice Sporting Goods

The research specialist provided prompt, helpful instructions for accessing ReportLinker's product. He also followed up to make sure everything went smoothly and to ensure an easy transition to the next stage of my research

Jessica P Huffman

Research Associate at
American Transportation Research Institute

Excellent customer service. Very responsive and fast.

Director, Corporate Strategy at

I reached out to ReportLinker for a detailed market study on the Air Treatment industry. The quality of the report, the research specialist’s willingness to solve my queries exceeded my expectations. I would definitely recommend ReportLinker for in-depth industry information.

Mariana Mendoza

Global Platform Senior Manager at
Whirlpool Corporation

Thanks! I like what you've provided and will certainly come back if I need to do further research works.

Bee Hin Png

CEO at
LDR Pte Ltd

The research specialist advised us on the best content for our needs and provided a great report and follow-up, thanks very much we shall look at ReportLinker in the future.

Kate Merrick

Global Marketing Manager at
Eurotherm by Schneider Electric

Purchase Reports From Reputable Market Research Publishers

Global Engineering Plastics market - Segmented by Product type, Application and Geography - Trends and Forecasts (2017 - 2022)

  • $ 7500
  • Industry report
  • February 2017
  • by Mordor Intelligence LLP

The global engineering plastics market was valued at USD 61,817.63 million in 2015 and is expected to reach USD 99,334.03 million by 2021, at a CAGR of 8.23%. Asia-Pacific, currently, dominates the market ...

Medical Plastics: Technologies and Global Markets

  • $ 6650
  • Industry report
  • February 2017
  • by BCC Research

Use this report to: - Learn about the global disposable and nondisposable medical plastics market. - Analyze various medical device plastic processes. - Gain insight into the recent patents issues related ...

Ampoules and Syringes Market, Plastic Ampoules, Cyclic Olefin Copolymers, and Cyclic Olefin Polymers; Syringe Product Type - Polymer Syringes and Glass Syringes - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2016 - 2024

  • $ 5795
  • Industry report
  • February 2017
  • by Transparency Market Research

Global Ampoules and Syringes Market: Overview This report provides forecast and analysis of the ampoules and syringes market on the global and regional level. The study provides historic data of 2015 along ...

Download Unlimited Documents from Trusted Public Sources

Plastic Industry in the US

  • May 2017
    4 pages
  • United States  

View report >

Plastic Market in Europe

  • May 2017
    2 pages
  • Plastic  

  • Europe  



View report >

Packaging Industry in the UK

  • May 2017
    6 pages
  • Packaging  

  • United Kingdom  


View report >

Polyethylene Industry

23 days ago

Related Market Segments :



Reportlinker.com © Copyright 2017. All rights reserved.

ReportLinker simplifies how Analysts and Decision Makers get industry data for their business.