15.02.2021. / 11:52
BANJA LUKA – The plastics industry in Bosnia and Herzegovina, despite the coronary virus pandemic, recorded growth last year, which further reduced the imbalance between exports and imports in this sector.
Thus, the export of plastics and plastic products from BiH during 2020 increased by 16 million KM, while at the same time the import decreased by 39 million, according to the data of the Indirect Taxation Authority of BiH.
Unlike in 2019, when the value of exported plastics and plastic products amounted to 475,120,095 KM, in the past year the total value of exports increased to 491,293,939 KM.
On the other hand, during 2020, a total of plastic was imported in the value of 937,691,753 KM, while in 2019 that import amounted to 976,743,389 KM.
The largest quantities of plastics and plastic products from Bosnia and Herzegovina, during the past year, were exported to Germany, Croatia, Austria and the Netherlands, and most exported construction products made of plastics and products for transport and packaging of plastic goods, such as plugs, lids, caps and other closures of plastics.
It is interesting that plastic products from BiH arrived in Georgia, Morocco, Mauritania in Africa and Iraq in 2020.
And last year, most were imported from Germany, Serbia, Italy and Turkey.
According to the monetary value, the most imported are plastic pipes, hoses and accessories for them, followed by bars, rods and profile shapes made of plastic, as well as other plates, sheets, films, foils and plastic strips.
In terms of mass, the most imported polymers are ethylene in primary forms, followed by polyacetals, other polyethers and epoxy resins, in primary forms; polycarbonates, alkyd resins, polyallyl esters and other polyesters, in primary forms, but also bars, rods and profile shapes of plastics.
Some of these products in BiH also arrived from distant countries: Kenya, Belize, Kazakhstan and Tuvalu.
Despite the promising overall score, domestic producers recorded different business results last year.
Kristina Tabak from the company “Tabak plast” from Tomislavgrad, which manufactures PVC pipes, Pehd pipes, sewer pipes and other plastic products, says that they have increased exports over the past year despite the pandemic.
“Given the whole situation with the coronavirus pandemic, we did not stop production at any time and increased exports, and now, in late 2020 and early 2021, we have started producing larger quantities of sewer pipes,” Tabakova pointed out for “Nezavisne”.
On the other hand, Sanja Simeunović from the company “Euroterm” from Bijeljina, which manufactures semi-finished products, finished plastic products, as well as products on special request, says that last year they recorded lower exports, by 50 percent, and that this year is uncertain, as is the market itself.
Vitomir Pušić, owner of the company “Plastex” from Srbac, whose main production is plastic processing by extrusion, points out that out of the former 40 workers, there are now only four and that he is considering closing the company.
He says that the conditions for business are extremely difficult.
“I am the only producer of alkaten hoses in Republika Srpska and as such I have no job and I have to lay off workers,” Pusic stated.
School in Tešanj
Necessary knowledge for the production of plastic products, increasingly in demand on the domestic and foreign markets, was recently acquired by 30 participants in the training of plastic injection molding, which was held in Tešanj.
The School of Plastic Injection is part of the project “Improving the competitiveness of economic entities in the project area through the provision and improvement of quality of business development services”, implemented by the Tešanj Municipality Development Agency, with the support of the Environmental and Economic Management Project (MEG) Switzerland, and implemented by UNDP BiH.
“Everyone who passes the necessary tests after 200 hours of training has the opportunity to get a job,” claims Ismar Alagić, director of the Tešanj Development Agency. Independent newspapers
Source: Capital.ba – Informacija je capital by www.capital.ba.
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