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Key figures

for the rubber and polymers sector

The main figures available on changes to the rubber and polymers sector attest to the importance of clusters in assisting companies to remain competitive in their markets.


To deal with changes in the market, Elastopole has set up an ecosystem of entities, available to its members.


Rubber and polymers : two close industrial areas



Those involved

  • Several major groups : Michelin, Hutchinson, Plastic Omnium, Mecaplast, Faurecia
  • Medium size companies and a myriad of SMEs (3,500)
  • Number two in Europe behind Germany.

2008-2013 : a difficult time

  • A fallback in activity in market sectors : automotive, food and farming, construction, industry
  • Stagnant national consumption of consumer goods
  • Sales complicated by heightened international competition

A pincer effect

  • Increasing raw material and load prices
  • Energy prices set to increase
  • Constant pressure on selling prices
  • Extremely obdurate purchasing policies in some industrial sectors
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