09/25/2012

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Italian plastics and rubber machinery exports and imports continue to grow in Q1/2012

Overseas sales increased by 17 % year-on-year, however this result represents a moderate slowdown in growth, due to a weakness in exports of extrusion plants and injection moulding machines, while exports of moulds and blow moulding machines improved. Imports increased by 22 % year-on-year, an improvement on previous surveys, driven by increased purchasing of moulds and extruders. Exports to Germany, the highest ranking in the "top ten” destination markets, increased by 19 % year-on-year, reaching almost EUR 90 million, with moulds accounting for two thirds. Conversely, sales to China have decreased by 19 %, resulting in the country slipping to third position in the "top ten” destination markets, with exports valued at EUR 34 million. Sales to France, second in the export rankings, increased by 37 % year-on-year, to the USA (+34 %), Poland (+30 %), Brazil (+28 %), and Turkey (+17 %). Italian imports and exports of plastics and rubber machinery, equipment, auxiliaries, and moulds (January - March) in EUR 1,000 Imports Exports   2011 2012 2011 2012 Flexographic printing machines 2,262 4,019 20,427 22,677 Plants for mono- and multi-filaments 238 508 6,665 12,387 Injection moulding machines 16,153 17,408 19,357 27,001 Extruders 4,545 7,853 54,687 60,064 Blow moulding machines 5,303 1,937 24,909 29,859 Thermoforming machines 391 1,851 13,242 13,112 Presses for tyres and inner tubes 425 375 6,227 6,394 Presses 3,208 1,453 16,064 18,645 Machinery for moulding and forming 1,778 2,858 30,180 37,025 Machines for reactive resins 213 203 7,811 8,057 Machines for foamed materials 856 865 5,207 4,933 Size reduction equipment 962 381 3,386 3,477 Mixers 189 277 3,671 9,635 Cutting, splitting, and peeling machines 435 643 2,738 3,280 Other machines 4,724 6,607 70,627 80,603 Parts and components 30,623 37,849 87,959 78,491 Moulds 55,580 71,152 125,773 168,613 Total 127,885 156,239 498,930 584,253

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