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Key facts and figures about the extruded polystyrene foam industry

  • The XPS industry is an important contributor to the thermal insulation sector in Europe.
  • It is estimated that there are roughly 40 conversion plants located across the EU 27 [2018], resulting in direct employment of more than 1,300 people and indirect employment of more than 3,300 people*. 
  • It is an industry sector that continues to grow.

* Source: CMAI Review of the Styrenics Industry in the Enlarged EU, 2011. Note: when the Review was conducted, the EU comprised 27 countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.