SPI machinery stats confirm strong U.S. equipment market


"We're riding the wave," Sonny Morneault, national sales manager for Wittmann Battenfeld, told PlasticsToday.

The Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI) recently released its Equipment Council's Committee on Equipment Statistics (CES) Cross Sector Analysis for Fourth Quarter 2012. The stats revealed that 2012 was a solid year for North American plastics machinery, with orders for injection molding machines, blown-film lines, auxiliary equipment, thermoforming equipment, and hot runners all up as 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%.

PlasticsToday talked with key players in their respective fields to get their take on the stats and overall market trends.

Morneault didn't have exact sales numbers for Wittmann Battenfeld, but said that the volume of molding machines sold in the U.S. exceeded expectations.
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