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Vietnam’s plastics industry to reduce dependence on imported raw materials

30/10/2023    160

The plastics industry has achieved growth of 12-15% a year for the last five years, chairman of the Vietnam Plastics Association Ho Duc Lam said.

Its revenues topped 25 billion USD, with exports accounting for 22%, he said while speaking at the association’s congress for the 2023-2028 tenure held in Ho Chi Minh City on October 25.

The industry imports 70% of its raw materials, he said.

They jumped to 7.1 million tonnes in 2022 from 5.5 million in 2018.

Domestic supply comes from Long Son, Dung Quat and SCG oil refineries and Hyosung polypropylene plant.

Their output is nearly three million tonnes a year, and Lam said it is expected to increase in the next few years, resulting in the reduction of imports.

Vietnam exports plastics products to 160 countries and territories and they have grown at an average of 12-20% annually, reaching 5.5 billion USD last year.

Lam said there is ample room to increase exports on the back of trade deals like the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA).

The EVFTA provides Vietnamese plastic products with a significant competitive advantage when entering the EU market with zero tariffs, he said.

Vo Tan Thanh, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the plastics industry, with its high growth rate in recent years, is one of the Government’s priority sectors.

With new policies related to the circular economy and sustainable development, the plastics industry nevertheless faces many challenges along with opportunities, he said.

Vietnamese plastic manufacturers need to be well prepared to switch to eco-friendly products, he added.

There are around 4,000 plastics companies in the country, of which 90% are small or medium-sized enterprises, the vast majority of them in the South./.

Source: Vietnam Plus