2012 was a capital year for North American plastics capital equipment, with orders for injection molding machines, blown-film lines, auxiliary equipment, thermoforming equipment, and hot runners all up compared to 2011. Even for single-screw extruders, where annual orders were down, albeit less than 2% (13 units), the full-year dollar value was up a gaudy 38% compared to 2011. The only market truly off in 2012 was the blowmolding segment. There, the total number of new of blowmolding machines ordered in 2012 was 67 units, down 18 from 2011, with the full-year dollar value off 34%. All this data and more can be found in the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI) Equipment Council's Committee on Equipment Statistics (CES) Cross Sector Analysis for Fourth Quarter 2012.
Injection molding shipments back over 3000
There were 3080 injection molding machines shipped in North America in 2012, with a value of $846.9 million. Fourth quarter 2012 injection molding machines orders totaled 844 units, up 13% compared to the third quarter of 2012, and 15% higher than the fourth quarter of 2011. The annual total for the number of injection molding machines ordered in 2012 was up 16% when compared to 2011, and the value of those machines was up 20%....