[news] Chinese packaging plastic machinery industry in 2016 in North America and Europe have their own different sights, the German plastics machinery industry recorded the best growth, an increase of nearly 4%, while the plastic machinery industry of Italy and the United States is the general performance.
The 2016 North American flat machine industry
According to the American Plastics Industry Association report, the whole North America in 2016, sales of plastic machinery and 2015 basically flat, but the fourth quarter showed a decline. The Washington based trade group said the injection molding machinery industry began to grow again after the great depression from 2008 to 2009 2010. This is the first time the quarterly chain has fallen.
Total sales for the fourth quarter of 2016 were $361 million 700 thousand, down 7.4% from the fourth quarter of 2015, which is reported to be modest. For the whole year, sales of major injection molding equipment increased by 1.2% in 2016 compared with 2015.
"Plastic news" has reported that the injection molding machine industry leaders have said that in 2015 the United States injection molding machine sales of more than 4000 units, in 2016 will reach about 4100 units. The association did not report specific sales figures.
Plastic economist Bill Wood said: "six consecutive years of balanced growth, plastic equipment sales in 2016 reached a peak, the annual sales volume just to make the growth continued for seven years.". The first half of 2017, quarterly sales are not good forecast, but the basic situation of the economy will gradually improve. "
Germany continues to be in good shape
According to VDMA, a German trade group, German plastics and rubber machinery manufacturers made good growth in 2016, continuing the good trend of the past few years".
VDMA plastic rubber machinery association chairman Ulrich Reifenh user said: "by the growth of 4% higher than the original expected an increase of 2%. "The association also mentioned the pomp of the K show last October, and expressed optimism about the future of the industry.
In 2016, German rubber machinery manufacturers increased exports to the United States by 7.6% to US $835 million 400 thousand, increasing the United States' leading position in the second place china. Exports to China continued to decline, to $678 million 900 thousand, down 3.6%. Association also pointed out that the association members in China's factory output increased substantially, China is still "an important sales market."".
Mexico ranked third, in 2016 the procurement of German plastics and rubber machinery reached 275 million 200 thousand U. s.dollars, an increase of 51.9%.
Italy returns to pre crisis levels
Eight years ago, the global financial crisis caused Italy's domestic processing industry to fall into recession. By 2016, the plastics and rubber machinery market in Italy had finally shown a certain vitality.
Italy trade association Assocomaplast predicts that the value of plastics and rubber processing machinery produced by Italian company rose by 1.9% in 2016 to $4 billion 570 million.
Imports of machinery in Italy grew by 12.2% in 2016 to $918 million 800 thousand, according to official foreign trade data, which is essentially back to pre crisis levels".
Alessandro Grassi, President of the association, said: "we have seen the level that we have not been to before, and it has proved that the domestic market in Italy has finally been a bit alive after years of stagnation.". "
In 2016, exports of Italy rubber machinery manufacturers grew by 1.7% to $3 billion 200 million.
Sales to major EU countries are also growing, but exports to the US market have fallen by 11.5%, to $248 million 600 thousand. On the other hand, the largest increase in exports to Mexico reached 70%, with a total amount of $186 million 900 thousand.