Then, after the crisis, he founded his own company, TIKO-plastic, which grew into one of the market leaders, Nizhny Novgorod businessman Igor Yesin. He owned the privatized Research and Design Institute for Urea and Organic Synthesis Products and sat without orders. To survive, he decided to open a side business for the production of plastic bags, and it turned out to be very profitable.
During the crisis of 2008, many small enterprises went bankrupt, and the rest began to expand production.
According to participants in the plastic bag market surveyed by RBC, there is not a single company with a share of more than 20%. “There are five to seven manufacturers that produce from 500 to 1000 tons of products per month,” says Andrey Novikov. “And there are several hundred, as a rule, regional producers with smaller volumes – 50-100 tons per month.”
“Large companies do not benefit from the bag production business, for them it is troublesome and much less profitable than the export of petrochemicals,” explains Igor Fomin from the Dar company, which produces about 6,000 tons of bags per year.
The main clients of bag manufacturers are non-chain retail, that is, small shops, as well as small and medium-sized wholesalers.
Retail chains place one-time orders for tens of millions of packages, but if you add up the annual sales volumes of packages in X5 Retail Group, Magnit, Dixy and Auchan, the figure will hardly exceed 2 billion pieces. That is, the four largest retail chains account for no more than 3% of the market.