From the United States

Plastic film demand grows

Marketing - Monday, 2 February 2015

According to a new study published by Freedonia, US demand for plastic film is expected to grow 1.5 percent per year through 2018 to 15.4 billion pounds, valued at 24.9 billion dollars. Expected price stabilization stemming from elevated plastic resin supply will improve the cost-competitiveness of plastic film versus other materials.  Increased penetration of pouches into new markets will also boost demand for plastic film...

Tami forecasts

Taiwan is going electric again

Marketing - Wednesday, 28 January 2015

According to forecasts by the Tami (Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry) plastic materials machinery committee, 70% of injection machines smaller than 1600 tons in operation in the country will, within a decade or so, be  electric-type ones, a trend that will also see local manufacturers...

Plast 2015

Online catalogue now active, waiting for the Smart Catalog

Marketing - Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Starting from January 22, 2015, the online catalogue of Plast 2015 exhibitors is online and it can be consulted through Expopage portal, according to search criteria available in the website of Plast. It will assure a great visibility to the exhibitors, well beyond the five days of the fair itself, until the...

European Business Awards

Amut in the running for the Ruban d’Honneur

Marketing - Wednesday, 21 January 2015

One of the Italian companies named national champion at the eighth edition of the European Business Awards was Amut, manufacturer of extrusion lines, thermoforming machines and recycling plants. And Amut is now in the running for the final prize, the national Ruban d’Honneur. “The European Business Awards...

Change at the top

Gerd Liebig is the new CSO at Sumitomo Demag

Marketing - Tuesday, 20 January 2015

As preannounced here on MacPlas Online (November 4, 2014), Gerd Liebig remained in the plastics sector and has recently joined Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Plastics Machinery. On January 19, in fact, the latter company announced the appointment of Liebig as Chief Sales Officer (CSO) from April 1st 2015...

Mexican packaging

Food and beverage drive plastics growth

Marketing - Wednesday, 14 January 2015

According to the reports and estimates provided by the market research company Smithers Pira, the market share of plastics in the Mexican packaging segment, which in 2012 reached 27.7%, compared to the 25.1% recorded in 2010, will show a growth rate exceeding 3% at least until 2017. This development will be driven...

Change in name

From Reifenhäuser Kiefel Extrusion to Reifenhäuser Blown Film

Marketing - Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Effective January 1, 2015, Reifenhäuser Kiefel Extrusion, the leading manufacturer of blown film extrusion lines has changed its name to Reifenhäuser Blown Film. Since 2009, the company belongs to the Troisdorf/North Rhine-Westphalia-based Reifenhäuser Group that underlines again the full integration of the company...

Season's Greetings from MacPlas

Marketing - Tuesday, 23 December 2014

On the occasion of the closing of the editorial office of MacPlas Online for Christmas holidays, the updating of the website will be suspended until January 7 and the next English newsletter will be sent on January 7. We wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.

Italian exports of plastics and rubber machines

Prudent preliminary balance

Marketing - Monday, 22 December 2014

Assocomaplast (the Italian trade association, belonging to Confindustria, which groups together some 170 machinery manufacturers) has compared Istat (the Italian institute of statistics) foreign trade data for January-September of the current year with data for the same period in 2013 and confirms further growth in...


Moretto opens news branch in Ohio

Marketing - Friday, 19 December 2014

Moretto Group opens its new branch, in Columbus, Ohio, continuing the build-up in local support for its world leading solutions. With over 30 years experience in the developing and manufacturing of plastics automation, Moretto Group wants to develop its local presence and consolidate a strong relationship...

SPI data

US machines on the rise

Marketing - Wednesday, 17 December 2014

According to data put together by SPI (Society of the Plastics Industry), US manufacturers of plastic and rubber processing machinery are currently recording increasing turnovers. In the third quarter of 2014, sales increased by 6% compared with the second quarter, in which they had recorded practically the same levels as in January-March...

Hall of Fame of the American plastics industry

Hans Reifenhäuser honoured in the United States

Marketing - Wednesday, 17 December 2014

The honour of being posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame was bestowed by the Plastics Industry Trade Association and the Plastics Academy on six individuals during Antec 2014 in Las Vegas. One of the inductees was Hans Reifenhäuser, entrepreneur and long-time president of Reifenhäuser Group, who deceased in 1999...