Population growth and climate change have turned water into a scarce resource. The infrastructure measures required to meet the resulting demand over the long term imply higher sales of plastics products, such as pipes. The top executive at one of the world's leading extrusion systems manufacturers, Jürgen Arnold, CEO of battenfeld-cincinnati Holding GmbH (Bad Oeynhausen, Germany), shared in an exclusive interview with MPW his insights into the construction industry. Arnold's company, with manufacturing facilities in Germany, Austria, China, and the U.S., makes extrusion lines for pipe, profile, and sheet extrusion.
MPW: From your perspective as CEO of a globally active extrusion systems manufacturing company, what trends currently are impacting the construction industry?
Arnold: We have to make distinctions here because the individual applications are developing in very different ways. In the case of products for housing construction, such as profiles for windows and doors, the market continues to be subdued with no signs of growth. On the other hand, there are improved prospects in terms of sales potential with respect to infrastructure measures. Population growth, particularly in East Asia, India, and Africa, ...