Why plastprintpack iraq?

EUROMAP clearly confirms high double-digit annual growth for Iraq between 2009 and 2018

The EUROMAP-European Plastics and Rubber Machinery's country cluster clearly confirms high double-digit annual growth for Iraq between 2009 and 2018.

Iraq: Great potential for importers of plastics in primary forms with an annual growth rate of 37%!

Since all raw materials are imported, mainly from the Middle East, Asia and Europe, the Iraqi market has great potential for commodity exporters. Between 2007 and 2017, the import of plastic raw materials grew by 37% annually, from 9 kt to 210 kt, a plus of one thousand percent!

Source: EUROMAP

Iraq's plastic consumption

The country's plastic consumption shows an annual growth of 29% over the same period. It has grown 16-fold from 15 kt in 2009 to 249 kt in 2018 and is estimated at 404 kt in 2022.

Source: EUROMAP

Iraq's plastic consumption per capita

Per capita plastic consumption in Iraq has grown by 25% annually over the past ten years, from 0.5 kg in 2009 to 6.2 kg in 2018 and is estimated at 9.2 kg in 2022.

Source: EUROMAP

Iraq's plastic consumption by application

59% of consumption is accounted for by packaging, 21% by the construction industry, 3% for electrical, electronics and telecom, 3% for automotive and the remainder by various items.

Source: EUROMAP

Iraq's plastic consumption by processing method

In plastics processing, extrusion leads with 48%, followed by injection molding with 17%, PET preform & stretch blow molding with 15%, blow molding with 10% and EPS foam molding with 1% and the remainder by various items.

Source: EUROMAP

Iraq‘s imports of plastics technology climbed by 35% in 2018 - One of the four most important Arab Middle East countries

  • Iraq‘s imports of plastics technology in the years 2012 to 2017 were relatively stable.
  • In 2018, however, Iraq‘s imports of plastics technology climbed by 35%, from 20 to 27 million euros. This makes Iraq one of the four most important importing Arab Middle East countries, along with Saudi Arabia, UAE and Oman.
  • For the coming years, imports are expected to rise sharply in the context of the country‘s industrialization.
Source: VDMA

Iraq is one of the largest importing countries of printing & paper technology in the Arab Middle East

  • From 2017 to 2018, Iraq’s printing & paper technology imports increased by 144%.From 5 to 12 million euros.
  • This makes Iraq one of the largest Arab importing countries of printing & paper technology in the Arab Middle East.
  • Continuous growth is expected in the coming years.
Source: VDMA

Iraq is the third largest Arab importing country of packaging technology in the Middle East

  • From 2014 to 2018, Iraq’s packaging technology imports increased by 11.9% annually. From 30 to 47 million euros.
  • This makes Iraq the third largest Arab importing country of such technology in the Middle East.
  • A clear signal of the political will to expand local food production and the „Made-in-Iraq“ trend.
  • Continuous growth is expected in the coming years.

Iraq’s imports of packaging technology

Source: VDMA 2019 / Graph: fairtrade