The paper aims to present the main tendencies on the global and European natural polymer markets in recent years from the point of view of the requirements and achievements of the European Commission that have been expressed in recent programs and Strategies, with special reference to the Circular Economy New Action Plan and the European Green Deal—the EU Strategies for Climate Neutrality. Natural polymers play an important role among biodegradable products whose role in the production and international trade has been systematically increasing, especially since the middle of the last decade of the new century (2015). Natural polymers are also recommended by the EU from the point of view of their specific importance in the group of biodegradable products.
- Global market
- European Union Market
- circular economy
- European Green Deal
In recent years, the natural polymers market has become a good developing market in the modern world and European economy. Natural polymers play an important role among biodegradable products whose role in the production and international trade has been systematically increasing, especially since the middle of the last decade of the new century (2015). Natural polymers are also recommended by the EU from the point of view of their specific importance in the group of biodegradable products. The leaders of the global export market of natural polymers include China, the USA, Sweden, France, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands, Japan, Spain, Denmark, Singapore, Czech Republic, Belgium, Canada, Thailand, Israel, Switzerland, South Korea, Brazil, and Poland (cf. test results presented in the Statistical Annex).
The article is divided into two parts: The first part presents the results of the analysis of foreign trade in natural polymers at the global and European level, while the second part presents case studies of the results of research on natural polymers and their application in economic practice based on the achievements of the Łukasiewicz Network—Institute of Biopolymers and Chemical Fibers.
In the new Action Plan of the European Union (EU), concerning the circular economy for a greener and more competitive Europe, the European Commission announced that it would undertake initiatives to restore natural resources to the economy, and concerning the entire life cycle of products, from the design and production stage to their use, repair, reuse, and recycling. The EU plan addresses areas where action at the supranational level adds value. This plan forms the basis of the
This part of the article aims to present the results of the analysis concerning the dynamically developing global and European market of natural polymers in recent years. The research and analysis of the research results were carried out using the statistical data of EUROSTAT and Comtrade-UN databases for 2018–2019 for world imports and exports, broken down into major importers and exporters of polymers. The analysis took into account both the values of imports and exports, the dynamics of imports and exports of individual trading partners, and their share in global imports and exports in the analyzed years. The research results for the EU countries and Poland were analyzed and assessed similarly. The global exports of natural polymers in the latest years of 2018–2019 where data is available amounted to approximately USD 2 billion and showed a growing tendency. The first group of the 20 largest exporters of these polymers in the last analyzed year 2019 was China, the USA, Sweden, France, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Japan, Spain, Denmark, Singapore, Czech Republic, Belgium, Canada, Thailand Israel, Switzerland, South Korea, Brazil, and Poland. Other countries exporting natural polymers worth more than USD 1 million are Great Britain, India, Ireland, Russian Federation, Estonia, Iceland, Vietnam, Malaysia, Portugal, South Africa, Argentina, Australia, Lithuania, China-Hong Kong, Peru, Slovenia, and Taiwan (see Table 1) in the Statistical Annex.
It should be emphasized that the dominant position in the global market of natural polymers was held by China, the USA, and Sweden (totaling an almost 56% share in it), and after additionally including the exports of France, Italy, Germany, and the Netherlands, the total share in the global market of the above-mentioned countries exceeded 80% (see Table 1).
The analysis of the dynamics of exports of natural polymers in 2019 compared to 2018 shows that several developing countries or countries transforming their economies towards a market economy (countries in transition), such as Mauritius, Azerbaijan, the Russian Federation, Ecuador, Cyprus, Namibia, and Georgia, displayed particularly high export growth. This can be explained by the dynamic development of their exports as a result of many international corporations locating their production in these countries.
The EU (27) is one of the leading players in the global export market of natural polymers, with almost half of the share (50%) among all countries in the world in 2019. The market leaders in the EU were three countries, i.e., Sweden, France, and Italy (the total share of these countries in the EU export of natural polymers amounted to 31.3%). The following eight countries were among the next group of the largest exporters of natural polymers in the EU: Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Belgium, and Poland (on a par with Ireland). The share of the ten largest exporters of natural polymers in the EU reached the level of 47.9% among all 27 EU member states in the year 2019 (see Table 2).
Poland is one of the major exporters of natural polymers, reaching the twentieth position in world exports in 2019, with high export dynamics in 2019 compared to the previous year, exceeding 18%. The main recipients of natural polymers exported from Poland were four countries, i.e., Germany, Denmark, Great Britain, and the United Arab Emirates. Exports to these countries accounted for 46.8% of the total exports of natural polymers from Poland. Other recipients in the top 10 include Mexico, the Czech Republic, France, Spain, the Russian Federation, and Belarus. Italy, Cyprus, Ukraine, the Netherlands, Egypt, and India occupied a further position (see Tables 1, 4, and 5).
The global import demand for natural polymers was in the last years where data is available for 2018–2019 at the level of over USD 2 billion was characterized by a growing trend. The top ten importers of this product group were the USA, Japan, Germany, South Korea, France, China, Belgium, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Spain, whose share in global imports exceeded 61% in 2019. Further positions exceeding the share of 1% in global imports were taken by the following countries: Italy, Russian Federation, Great Britain, Canada, Mexico, Singapore, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, India, Thailand, and Taiwan. Own elaboration based on Comtrade Database, SITC rev. 4;
Own elaboration based on Comtrade Database, SITC rev. 4;
Poland has the 25th position in the world import of natural polymers. The analysis of the dynamics of import of natural polymers in 2019 compared to 2018 shows that several developing countries are transforming their economies towards a market economy (countries in transition); in particular, Mauritania, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Serbia, Samoa, Comoros, Romania, and Azerbaijan recorded a particularly high export dynamics, which can be explained (as has already been mentioned in the case of exports) by the dynamic development of trade flows of international corporations locating their production in these countries under outsourcing As above.
The EU (27) is one of the major players in the global import market for natural polymers, with almost a third of the share in 2019 (32.1%, with a slight downward trend compared to 2018, when its share was 32.2%). The top ten importers of natural polymers in the EU include Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Poland, Austria, and Denmark. The share of this group of countries is almost 29% of the global import of natural polymers in 2019. The remaining EU27 countries accounted for only approximately 3% of the global import of the analyzed group of polymers (see Table 3).
Poland imports natural polymers mainly from China, Sweden, and the USA, from which more than 50% of the supplies of this product come. Important suppliers are also countries such as Pakistan, Germany, Saudi Arabia, France, Austria, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Israel, South Korea, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. The share of these countries in the import of natural polymers by Poland constitutes about 40% of other foreign supplies (see Table 6). Among the 27 EU member states, Poland was ranked 8th in imports (see Table 7).
Cellulose is the most common natural polymer in the world. Currently, several fibrous plants are used globally on an industrial scale. These include cotton (CO), linen, hemp, kenaf, jute, and sisal. However, this biopolymer is most often obtained from wood material. A valuable source of this raw material can also be waste plant biomass, e.g., straw residues after harvesting of annual plants . In accordance with the current economic policy, but above all, taking into account an ecological approach to the economy, the raw materials must be obtained locally so that they constitute one of the elements of the “circular economy.” According to the Polish Statistical Office, in 2018 the production of wheat grain in Poland, besides other cereals, amounted to over 110 million tons . In the case of wheat the grain/straw ratio is on average 1:1, so even assuming that about half of the straw is utilized (left in the field as a natural fertilizer, used as fodder), tens of millions of tons of valuable raw material are left for disposal.
Cellulose is a valuable material not only in the pulp and paper industry. It can be used to produce intermediates such as nanoparticles, nanowhiskers, or cellulose nanofibers. Łukasiewicz—IBWCh has developed a technology for the treatment of textile industry wastes and annual plant stems to obtain cellulose micro/nanofibers (EP 3172378). The stems purified from non-cellulosic fractions were subjected to enzymatic treatment using cellulolytic complexes, which contributed to the reduction of the number and/or energy of intermolecular hydrogen bonds of cellulose. This facilitated the penetration of water molecules into the pulp and better swelling of the fibers and thus facilitated further mechanical defibration. Using two-stage enzymatic and mechanical treatment, it was possible to obtain nanofibers with a diameter in the range of 25–400 nm and a length from several hundred nanometers to several micrometers [1, 2]. The obtained nanofibers were used as a filler improving the sound-absorbing parameters of composites with a thermoplastic matrix (PL 227654). The developed layered composite is constructed of alternately arranged layers of needle-punched non-woven consisting of standard staple fibers, cellulose micro/nanofibers, which constitute up to 30% of the weight of the composite and a thermoplastic polymer. In the case of the composite with cotton (CO) fibers content of 50% and cellulose micro/nanofibers, the sound absorption coefficient in the frequency range of 500–2,500 Hz increases to about 0.8, and in the range of 2,500–6,000 Hz, it is almost constant [3, 4].
Another source of cellulose nanofibers can also be so-called bacterial cellulose (BC) produced by some strains of bacteria, in particular, from the genus
Wider industrial use of BC, especially in non-medical applications, is limited due to the high cost of medium components and relatively low biosynthesis efficiency—the wet film contains only 0.5–1.0% cellulose, the remainder is water bound to the structure. Hence the new direction of research emerged in relation to the development of nutrient media based on plant waste materials. In Łukasiewicz—IBWCh, the research is conducted on the preparation of BC on substrates prepared on the basis of food industry wastes as well as liquid and solid waste remaining after the separation of cellulose fibers from the
In Łukasiewicz—IBWCh, during the biorefining of plant biomass, not only cellulose was isolated but also another group of polysaccharides called hemicelluloses. Research results show that hemicellulose fractions, depending on the share of individual polysaccharides, have bacteriostatic or plant growth stimulating properties. Besides, they can be used as bioactive additives in composite materials based on biodegradable polymers .
From the beginning of its activity, at the Institute of Biopolymers and Chemical Fibers, research and development work into the production of cellulose fibers was carried out. Until the 1990s of the twentieth century, these were cellulose fibers produced by the viscose method. The Institute has a specialized pilot-scale line from Blaschke (Germany) for the production of viscose spinning solution and a spinning machine for the formation of cellulose fibers. Based on this pilot line, it was possible to improve the viscose process and study the influence of various pulps on the properties of viscose spinning solution and cellulose fibers. The developed new spin finish compositions and spinning methods were implemented in the following viscose fiber factories in Poland: “Wistom” in Tomaszów Mazowiecki, “Chodakowskie ZWCh” in Sochaczew, “Wiskord” in Szczecin, “Celwiskoza” in Jelenia Góra, and “Viscoplast” in Wrocław.
In the early 1990s, there was a new period of intense research in the development of technologies alternative to viscose for the production of cellulose fibers. The management of the Institute put main emphasis on the development of a Polish method of cellulose carbamate synthesis. Several methods have been developed for the synthesis of carbamate based on the pulp used in the above-mentioned cellulose fiber plants [patents xx]. High quality of carbamate, homogeneity, and high nitrogen content (2.5–3.0%) allowed for the preparation of stable alkaline solutions with high polymer content up to 14%, from which staple and continuous fibers and films were formed [1,2,3,4,5,6,7]. In the Viscoplast plant in Wrocław, lines for the production of cellulose carbamate were built, which allowed for industrial trials of fiber formation. In “Wistom” in Tomaszów Mazowiecki the batches of staple fibers were produced from alkaline carbamate solutions of appropriate purity. The “Viscoplast” plant in Wrocław produced batches of adhesive wound plasters based on fibers made with the carbamate method. At the same time, research on rayon formation was carried out at the “Wiskord” plant in Szczecin from alkaline solutions of cellulose carbamate. The advantage of alkaline carbamate solutions was the possibility of mixing them with viscose solutions in various ratios . The mechanical properties of rayon obtained from cellulose carbamate were comparable to those of viscose rayon. The Institute's achievements in the synthesis of cellulose carbamate and the production of fibers allowed for establishing international cooperation, initially with a scientific institute and a company producing cellulose rayon from Slovakia, and then with Zimmer AG from Germany.
It was possible to obtain high-quality cellulose carbamate on the basis of previously activated cellulose. Many methods of cellulose activation have been investigated, ranging from alkaline, enzymatic, hydrothermal to radiation treatment .
Parallel to the cellulose carbamate synthesis, the studies were carried out to obtain cellulose directly soluble in an aqueous solution of sodium hydroxide (NaOH) based on the experiments of Kamide, who dissolved cellulose in 9% NaOH and then formed cellulose fibers [8, 9]. This opened up new research opportunities by directly dissolving the activated cellulose in an aqueous NaOH solution. Most of the above-mentioned activations carried out under appropriate conditions caused changes in the cellulose structure, supermolecular structure, and degree of polymerization, which allowed for obtaining cellulose spinning solutions. Numerous Polish, European, and American patents are evidence of the innovative solutions developed at the Institute in the Natural Polymer Fibers Group [12,13,14,15,16]. Our achievements have been noticed by specialists in the field of cellulose and the formation of cellulose fibers. The members of the Group carried out many international projects, for example, Biocelsol, Marie-Curie ITN, a project within the European Polysaccharide Network EPNOE, Wobama, or Elmo [17,18,19,20,21,22]. The Group has experience in forming classic cellulose fibers from alkaline cellulose solutions and cellulose fibers modified with other biopolymers, such as polysaccharides, or hydrolysates of plant proteins [22, 23] and animal proteins, such as fibroin and keratin [24, 25]. Due to the introduction of biopolymers into the structure of cellulose fibers, the properties of the fibers, including bioactivity, were changed. A great achievement of the Group is the development of a method of forming flame retardant cellulose fibers based on alkaline cellulose solutions, characterized by high values of the limiting oxygen index (LOI) . The hydrothermal cellulose activation method developed at the Institute deserves a special mention. This treatment allows for obtaining cellulose with a much lower polydispersity index, which is completely soluble in 9% NaOH . Currently, we provide research services in this area for industrial partners.
The carbamate or CELSOL technologies based on modified cellulose soluble in an aqueous solution of NaOH are still of great interest due to ecological reasons, low cost, and the possibility of using an existing viscose machinery and equipment.
The most advanced technology for the production of cellulose fibers—the Lyocell method—based on the solvent N-Methylmorpholine-N-oxide (NMMO) should also be mentioned. In the Institute of Biopolymers and Chemical Fibers research was conducted into the production of cellulose nonwovens directly from cellulose solutions in NMMO by pneumo-thermal spinning method. High-strength Lyocell cellulose fibers are produced by the world leader in fiber production, Lenzing AG, Austria [28, 29]. Currently, these fibers and products are also available in the Polish market.
Worth mentioning is the latest technology for the production of cellulose fibers based on ionic liquids (IL) as cellulose solvents. Since the discovery of an ionic liquid as a cellulose solvent by Roger in 2002, and the preparation of a cellulose spinning solution in an ionic liquid and the production of fibers by Swatloski, one can speak of a new alternative method of fiber formation . Currently, Prof. Sixta from Aalto University, Finland, is developing the Ioncell-F technology based on IL . Cellulose fibers obtained with this technology are characterized by tensile strength above 56 cN/tex. This promising and safe for the environment technology allows the production of new generation cellulose fibers. From cellulose solutions in IL, it is possible to form fibers and high-strength films [17, 20, 31].
At the beginning of the 1990s, the Natural Polymer Fibers Group at Institute of Biopolymers and Chemical Fibers made the first attempts to form chitosan fibers and developed a method of forming fibers from chitosan derived from krill produced at the Sea Fishing Institute in Gdynia, Poland [32, 33]. In the following years, commercial chitosans with suitable fiber-forming properties have been sought. It was only discovered during the development of microfibrids from natural polymers that the properties of chitosan, the homogeneity of its molecular weight, and the degree of deacetylation influence the quality of the spinning solution . During the dissolution of chitosan, the presence of micro-gels in the spinning solution was observed. The selection of high-quality chitosan and the development of suitable conditions for the preparation of spinning solutions and coagulation allowed for the formation of continuous multifilament chitosan fibers made the Institute of Biopolymers and Chemical Fibers a leader among manufacturers of chitosan fibers. Chitosan yarn was used for knitting partially resorbable surgical mesh [35, 36]. The research was so interesting that, after establishing cooperation with Partners, the production of chitosan fibers with the assumed properties was commissioned. While carrying out the research into modifying chitosan fibers, interesting results were obtained by modifying chitosan fibers with fibroin, keratin, and collagen [37,38,39]. A very important stage of our research was the development of a technology for forming alginate-chitosan fibers . After publishing the results, the Institute established contacts with an industrial company that tested the suitability of the supplied chitosan for the production of continuous chitosan fibers. During the research project, the conditions for the preparation of the chitosan solution and the fiber-forming conditions were developed to obtain continuous chitosan fibers with satisfactory mechanical properties . As part of the project, the production of functional chitosan fibers modified with nanoparticles was developed [41,42,43]. The introduction of carbon nanotubes had a positive effect on the increase in tensile strength up to 30 cN/tex. An innovative method of producing hydroxyapatite nanoparticles in chitosan solution was developed, and then hydroxyapatite modified chitosan fibers were formed [42,43,44]. The obtained fibers were characterized by higher wet strength values and the 100-fold higher calcium content. The content of calcium phosphates in chitosan fibers positively influences their suitability for medical applications . The silver nanoparticles were introduced into the chitosan solution, from which the chitosan fibers containing 40 ppm silver were formed, which were characterized by bactericidal and bacteriostatic properties against gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. Staple and continuous chitosan fibers modified with nanoparticles were used to produce chitosan nonwovens and chitosan knitted fabrics [46, 47]. Nonwovens and knitted fabrics with appropriate mechanical and barrier properties were obtained. The production of special chitosan fibers in the form of a bundle of elementary filaments arranged in parallel allowed for the construction of a peripheral nerve prosthesis in cooperation with the Medical University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland. It has been found out that the growth of nerve cells on chitosan fibers in the prosthesis is very promising [48, 49].
In the new Action Plan of the EU, concerning the circular economy for a greener and more competitive Europe, the European Commission announced that it would undertake initiatives to restore natural resources to the economy, and concerning the entire life cycle of products, from the design and production stage to their use, repair, reuse, and recycling.
A circular economy model, where value and resources remain in the economy for as long as possible and the generation of waste is limited, reduces pressure on natural resources and encourages the production of biodegradable products, as well as environmental protection, including, in particular, respect for biodiversity.
The Action Plan adopted a number of proposals for a range of industries for which a comprehensive policy framework was announced that will aim to strengthen industrial competitiveness and eco-innovation by supporting the EU market for more durable products and the re-use of waste to make new products.
Natural polymers play an important role among biodegradable products, whose role in the production and international trade has been systematically increasing, especially since the middle of the last decade of the new century (2015).
The global exports of natural polymers in the latest years of 2018–2019 where data is available amounted to approximately USD 2 billion and showed a growing tendency. The first group of the 20 largest exporters of these polymers in the last analyzed year 2019 was China, the USA, Sweden, France, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Japan, Spain, Denmark, Singapore, Czech Republic, Belgium, Canada, Thailand Israel, Switzerland, South Korea, Brazil, and Poland.
It should be emphasized that the dominant position in the global market of natural polymers was held by China, the USA, and Sweden (totaling an almost 56% share in it), and after additionally including the exports of France, Italy, Germany, and the Netherlands, the total share in the global market of the above-mentioned countries exceeded 80%.
The EU (27) is one of the leading players in the global export market of natural polymers, with almost half of the share (50%) among all countries in the world in 2019. The market leaders in the EU were three countries, i.e., Sweden, France, and Italy (the total share of these countries in the EU export of natural polymers amounted to 31.3%). The following eight countries were among the next group of the largest exporters of natural polymers in the EU: Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Belgium, and Poland (on a par with Ireland).
Poland is one of the major exporters of natural polymers, reaching the twentieth position in world exports in 2019, with high export dynamics in 2019 compared to the previous year, exceeding 18%.
The role of the Institute of Biopolymers and Chemical Fibers in the field of research and commercialization of natural polymers is leading in Poland, which is confirmed by numerous publications and research projects on a national and international scale.
World exports (of main group of 78 exporters) of natural polymers and modified natural polymers (code 57595), n.e.s. (USD, %) – ranking for 2019
|1||China||461 093 563||480 067 312||4.1%||23.7%||23.9%|
|2||USA||333 231 588||330 990 990||−0.7%||17.1%||16.5%|
|3||Sweden||283 004 858||310 628 639||9.8%||14.6%||15.5%|
|4||France||181 818 439||170 405 909||−6.3%||9.4%||8.5%|
|5||Italy||119 309 213||147 090 475||23.3%||6.1%||7.3%|
|6||Germany||94 406 708||88 885 653||−5.8%||4.9%||4.4%|
|7||Netherlands||80 656 751||84 696 331||5.0%||4.2%||4.2%|
|8||Japan||57 550 445||50 096 761||−13.0%||3.0%||2.5%|
|9||Spain||58 405 336||47 276 641||−19.1%||3.0%||2.4%|
|10||Denmark||37 354 846||41 636 364||11.5%||1.9%||2.1%|
|11||Singapore||32 348 702||39 234 329||21.3%||1.7%||2.0%|
|12||Czechia||34 866 719||34 987 319||0.3%||1.8%||1.7%|
|13||Belgium||23 940 786||24 751 998||3.4%||1.2%||1.2%|
|14||Canada||19 890 786||20 189 974||1.5%||1.0%||1.0%|
|15||Thailand||13 043 960||18 922 149||45.1%||0.7%||0.9%|
|16||Israel||2 253 000||10 731 000||376.3%||0.1%||0.5%|
|17||Switzerland||11 733 714||10 433 075||−11.1%||0.6%||0.5%|
|18||Rep. of Korea||10 486 650||10 304 421||−1.7%||0.5%||0.5%|
|19||Brazil||8 711 672||7 797 962||−10.5%||0.4%||0.4%|
|21||United Kingdom||8 815 477||6 702 236||−24.0%||0.5%||0.3%|
|22||India||6 656 957||6 562 373||−1.4%||0.3%||0.3%|
|23||Ireland||2 494 607||6 110 487||144.9%||0.1%||0.3%|
|24||Indonesia||8 201 728||5 240 546||−36.1%||0.4%||0.3%|
|25||Russian Federation||727 030||4 323 190||494.6%||0.0%||0.2%|
Exports from Poland to the main Polish world recipients of natural polymers and modified natural polymers (code 57595), n.e.s. (USD, %) – ranking for 2019
|1||Germany||563 820||984 459||74.6%||9.7%||14.3%|
|2||Denmark||588 312||774 498||31.6%||10.1%||11.2%|
|3||United Kingdom||235 611||735 927||212.3%||4.0%||10.7%|
|4||United Arab Emirates||270 593||728 383||169.2%||4.6%||10.6%|
|5||Mexico||482 072||547 807||13.6%||8.3%||7.9%|
|6||Czechia||129 482||514 975||297.7%||2.2%||7.5%|
|7||France||532 302||372 596||−30.0%||9.1%||5.4%|
|8||Spain||686 114||300 937||−56.1%||11.8%||4.4%|
|9||Russian Federation||775 122||221 401||−71.4%||13.3%||3.2%|
|10||Belarus||23 672||207 318||775.8%||0.4%||3.0%|
|11||Italy||98 923||172 921||74.8%||1.7%||2.5%|
|13||Ukraine||176 560||140 312||−20.5%||3.0%||2.0%|
|14||Netherlands||168 650||123 076||−27.0%||2.9%||1.8%|
|16||India||21 295||68 882||223.5%||0.4%||1.0%|
Imports of natural polymers and modified natural polymers to Poland from major global suppliers (code 57595), n.e.s. (USD, %) – ranking for 2019
|1||China||3 993 451||4 840 246||21.2%||21.7%||24.7%|
|2||Sweden||2 761 811||2 996 518||8.5%||15.0%||15.3%|
|3||USA||1 943 332||2 442 453||25.7%||10.5%||12.5%|
|4||Pakistan||1 428 924||1 540 786||7.8%||7.8%||7.9%|
|5||Germany||1 544 267||1 419 347||−8.1%||8.4%||7.2%|
|6||Saudi Arabia||864 556||1 127 708||30.4%||4.7%||5.8%|
|7||France||919 290||870 083||−5.4%||5.0%||4.4%|
|8||Austria||774 274||666 778||−13.9%||4.2%||3.4%|
|9||Canada||561 900||551 705||−1.8%||3.0%||2.8%|
|10||Denmark||808 323||542 107||−32.9%||4.4%||2.8%|
|11||Italy||761 090||407 374||−46.5%||4.1%||2.1%|
|12||Netherlands||302 607||406 306||34.3%||1.6%||2.1%|
|13||Israel||271 900||303 423||11.6%||1.5%||1.5%|
Exports from Poland to EU-27 countries of natural polymers and modified natural polymers (code 57595), n.e.s. (USD, %) – ranking for 2019
|1||Germany||563 820||984 459||74.6%||18.1%||26.5%|
|2||Denmark||588 312||774 498||31.6%||18.9%||20.8%|
|3||Czechia||129 482||514 975||297.7%||4.2%||13.8%|
|4||France||532 302||372 596||−30.0%||17.1%||10.0%|
|5||Spain||686 114||300 937||−56.1%||22.1%||8.1%|
|6||Italy||98 923||172 921||74.8%||3.2%||4.6%|
|8||Netherlands||168 650||123 076||−27.0%||5.4%||3.3%|
|10||Estonia||47 955||49 106||2.4%||1.5%||1.3%|
|11||Hungary||46 545||46 320||−0.5%||1.5%||1.2%|
|12||Bulgaria||55 659||40 930||−26.5%||1.8%||1.1%|
|13||Lithuania||31 363||30 209||−3.7%||1.0%||0.8%|
|14||Latvia||22 290||25 450||14.2%||0.7%||0.7%|
|15||Croatia||39 899||19 663||−50.7%||1.3%||0.5%|
|16||Austria||12 326||18 883||53.2%||0.4%||0.5%|
|17||Slovakia||26 619||15 045||−43.5%||0.9%||0.4%|
|18||Romania||19 419||14 530||−25.2%||0.6%||0.4%|
|19||Belgium||5 475||3 667||−33.0%||0.2%||0.1%|
EU-27 imports of natural polymers and modified natural polymers (code 57595), n.e.s. (USD, %) – ranking for 2019
|1||Germany||147 751 673||152 073 643||2.9%||21.4%||21.4%||6.9%||6.9%|
|2||France||118 550 612||118 752 013||0.2%||17.2%||16.7%||5.5%||5.4%|
|3||Belgium||77 432 927||85 453 232||10.4%||11.2%||12.0%||3.6%||3.9%|
|4||Netherlands||76 781 816||78 776 317||2.6%||11.1%||11.1%||3.6%||3.6%|
|5||Spain||56 007 162||61 349 792||9.5%||8.1%||8.6%||2.6%||2.8%|
|6||Italy||59 998 802||59 994 109||0.0%||8.7%||8.4%||2.8%||2.7%|
|7||Sweden||17 298 261||22 829 132||32.0%||2.5%||3.2%||0.8%||1.0%|
|9||Austria||19 994 543||18 257 903||−8.7%||2.9%||2.6%||0.9%||0.8%|
|10||Denmark||14 635 564||16 686 162||14.0%||2.1%||2.3%||0.7%||0.8%|
|11||Slovenia||8 333 332||12 419 966||49.0%||1.2%||1.7%||0.4%||0.6%|
|12||Czechia||11 481 496||10 565 529||−8.0%||1.7%||1.5%||0.5%||0.5%|
|13||Romania||4 166 491||10 041 453||141.0%||0.6%||1.4%||0.2%||0.5%|
|14||Ireland||22 407 166||7 635 187||−65.9%||3.2%||1.1%||1.0%||0.3%|
|15||Estonia||6 598 168||7 624 522||15.6%||1.0%||1.1%||0.3%||0.3%|
|16||Finland||6 425 380||6 840 360||6.5%||0.9%||1.0%||0.3%||0.3%|
|17||Hungary||4 885 312||5 117 802||4.8%||0.7%||0.7%||0.2%||0.2%|
|18||Greece||6 007 628||4 842 815||−19.4%||0.9%||0.7%||0.3%||0.2%|
|19||Portugal||2 989 949||4 223 718||41.3%||0.4%||0.6%||0.1%||0.2%|
|20||Bulgaria||2 919 022||2 824 295||−3.2%||0.4%||0.4%||0.1%||0.1%|
|21||Lithuania||1 967 605||2 048 906||4.1%||0.3%||0.3%||0.1%||0.1%|
|22||Croatia||1 360 074||1 073 551||−21.1%||0.2%||0.2%||0.1%||0.0%|
|23||Slovakia||2 442 639||1 039 448||−57.4%||0.4%||0.1%||0.1%||0.0%|
|24||Latvia||528 849||544 490||3.0%||0.1%||0.1%||0.0%||0.0%|
|25||Malta||87 379||197 587||126.1%||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%|
|26||Cyprus||614 619||73 447||−88.0%||0.1%||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%|
EU-27 exports -of natural polymers and modified natural polymers (code 57595), n.e.s. (USD, %) – ranking for 2019
|1||Sweden||283 004 858||310 628 639||9.8%||30.2%||31.8%||14.6%||15.5%|
|2||France||181 818 439||170 405 909||−6.3%||19.4%||17.5%||9.4%||8.5%|
|3||Italy||119 309 213||147 090 475||23.3%||12.7%||15.1%||6.1%||7.3%|
|4||Germany||94 406 708||88 885 653||−5.8%||10.1%||9.1%||4.9%||4.4%|
|5||Netherlands||80 656 751||84 696 331||5.0%||8.6%||8.7%||4.2%||4.2%|
|6||Spain||58 405 336||47 276 641||−19.1%||6.2%||4.8%||3.0%||2.4%|
|7||Denmark||37 354 846||41 636 364||11.5%||4.0%||4.3%||1.9%||2.1%|
|8||Czechia||34 866 719||34 987 319||0.3%||3.7%||3.6%||1.8%||1.7%|
|9||Belgium||23 940 786||24 751 998||3.4%||2.6%||2.5%||1.2%||1.2%|
|11||Ireland||2 494 607||6 110 487||144.9%||0.3%||0.6%||0.1%||0.3%|
|12||Estonia||3 702 249||4 109 314||11.0%||0.4%||0.4%||0.2%||0.2%|
|13||Portugal||4 720 229||3 280 621||−30.5%||0.5%||0.3%||0.2%||0.2%|
|14||Lithuania||2 283 537||1 882 990||−17.5%||0.2%||0.2%||0.1%||0.1%|
|15||Slovenia||767 741||1 116 091||45.4%||0.1%||0.1%||0.0%||0.1%|
|16||Slovakia||890 585||546 541||−38.6%||0.1%||0.1%||0.0%||0.0%|
|17||Romania||233 172||416 978||78.8%||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%|
|18||Hungary||332 470||328 538||−1.2%||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%|
|19||Greece||716 127||323 064||−54.9%||0.1%||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%|
|20||Finland||126 651||277 081||118.8%||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%|
|21||Cyprus||27 221||248 006||811.1%||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%|
|22||Croatia||398 416||213 461||−46.4%||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%|
|23||Bulgaria||151 780||59 323||−60.9%||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%|
|24||Latvia||36 087||56 619||56.9%||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%|