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Plastics machinery: German producers´ sales drop 30%

Sales of plastics machinery made in Germany fell by 30% in 2009 to a production value of EUR 5.6 bn, according to an estimate by the plastics and rubber committee KuG in the machinery manufacturers association VDMA (www.kug.vdma.org). Nevertheless, the setback against 2008 was less severe than feared last summer. On the basis of business development up to April 2009, the association last July predicted a sales slump of 40%.

Sales of plastics machinery to German customers were down 35%, foreign sales down by 28%, with sales to companies in the euro zone showing a somewhat steeper fall.

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