Unsurprisingly growth in the sector closely mirrors that of the FMCG industry which, according to McKinsey, has seen a 40% expansion in demand for packaged goods over the last five years. This has contributed to a compound annual growth rate of roughly 12% over that same period for packaging producers, according to UK consultancy PCI Films. In spite of the slowdown in consumer spending following the recession, McKinsey expects this relatively steady growth to continue – albeit somewhat slower – at 7% CAGR over the next decade.

Supplying Nigeria’s growing plastics industry will remain a one-firm operation for some time despite particularly promising growth the plastic packaging industry. Locally-owned Quantum Petrochemical Company Limited will begin operations by Q1 2018 at its $1.5 billion methanol plant in Nigeria’s Akwa Ibom State. Workers broke ground on the 150 hectare facility three years ago. When completed, it will produce up to 3,000MT of methanol per day at full capacity.

The new plant will double the number of firms currently involved in polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) production, which is key input for the country’s flexible packaging manufacturers. Currently, according to the Raw Materials Research & Development Council of Nigeria, local PE and PP supply is dominated by Port Harcourt-based Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals Limited.

In addition to the pending arrival of Quantum Petrochemical, domestic conglomerate Dangote Group has also begun work on an $18 billion project in Lagos which will bring more than double current capacity. Once it is completed in 2019, the plant will have a nameplate capacity of 780,000MT of PP and 500,000MT of PE. The complex will also include an integrated single-line oil refinery and fertilizer plant.

The increase in investment is not surprising, given the surge in demand for plastics in Nigeria, particularly from packaging firms.

Source: Asoko Insight October 2017