DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY — Germany's plastics industry trade body has warned that the United States is set to emerge as a petrochemical superpower, thanks to the country's reserves of cheap-to-produce shale gas.
Speaking at a pre-K show press event in Düsseldorf this week, Josef Ertl, head of the Wirtschaftsvereinigung Kunststoff (WVK), said that thanks to cheap shale gas the United States had emerged as a "very serious competitor" in manufacturing terms and was "developing into a global hub for petrochemicals."
"If cheap gas, low-cost energy and low-cost petrochemical raw materials substantially improve the location conditions in the U.S., they will tend to worsen conditions in all the other economic areas," he said.
Ertl also reiterated the power of the domestic plastics industry operating "under a common umbrella."
Global production of plastics was estimated at 288 million metric tons last year, Ertl added.