Q2 shipments of plastics equipment total estimated $299.3 million

22.09.2014

The U.S. plastics machinery market looked pretty strong for Q2.

Shipments of primary plastics equipment (injection molding, extrusion, blow molding and thermoforming equipment) for reporting companies totaled an estimated $299.3 million in Q2, according to the Committee on Equipment Statistics (CES) of SPI. This was slightly below the strong total of $300.3 million in Q1 of this year, but it represented a gain of 10% when compared with the total from Q2 of 2013. For the year to date, the total value of primary equipment shipments is 10% ahead of last year.

A closer look at the CES data show that the shipments value of injection molding machinery increased 9% in Q2 of 2014 when compared with the total from Q2 of last year. The shipments value of single-screw extruders slipped 2%, but the value of shipments of twin-screw extruders (which includes both co-rotating and counter-rotating machines) jumped 63 percent. The shipments value for blowmolding machines edged down 2% in Q2.

The CES also compiles data on the auxiliary equipment segment (robotics, temperature control, materials handling, etc.) of the plastics machinery industry. New bookings of auxiliary equipment for reporting companies totaled a recordbreaking $108.0 million in Q2. This represented a spike upward of 21% when compared with the total from Q2 of 2013.
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