Plastics Industry Sees Demand Rebound
Buoyed by the improving economic situation, the domestic downstream plastics industry forecasts a recovery in the local demand for plastics products this year after the industry suffered an estimated loss of P20 billion due to slump demand since 2004.
The Philippine Plastics Industry Association Inc. (PPIA) said that local plastic product manufacturers expected between 5 to 10 percent growth in demand in the first quarter this year alone.
PPIA president Mary G. Ng expressed hope the trend would continue although the demand has somehow stabilized in the early part of the second quarter.
Industry players are apprehensive that the clamor to ban the use of plastic packaging would not impact on the projected growth this year.
Crispian N. Lao, PPIA vice-president, said the projected growth this year comes from the impact of lower cost of fuel prices and strong peso that would translate to a more stable price of their imported raw materials, which are also petroleum-based.
"We are praying for a reversal this year," this year.
PPIA data showed that domestic demand declined by 30 percent since its high in 2003. …