On June 6, CESAP hosted the annual meeting of Assocomaplast. The association’s president, Giorgio Colombo, announced that the next Plast trade show will be held from May 5-9, 2015 in Milan, Italy.
Mr. Colombo went on to stress that Italian manufacturers of machinery, equipment and molds for plastics and rubber must devote ever greater efforts to continually innovating and improving their products, so as to maintain their ability to supply high-tech solutions targeted primarily at the many important export markets that are increasingly investing in advanced, energy-efficient machines, also in view of the ongoing slump of the domestic market.
Recalling the principal indicators that characterized the sector’s results for 2012, production output at 4 billion euros, i.e, around the same as in 2011, and exports up 6% to nearly 2.6 billion, Mr Colombo emphasized how it is once again foreign sales (which account for around 65% of the total) that are sustaining the industry.
This idea was also taken up by professor Marco Fortis of Università Cattolica, and Vice President of the Edison Foundation, who in his talk underscored how the weakness of the Italian market and of several other European countries, in marked contrast with other global economies, most notably the US, due in part to overly-stringent austerity policies adopted by governments, is heavily crippling the manufacturing sector, which instead needs an immediate and energetic impulse to thrust it out of the current recession.
To support the Italian companies in this sector, Assocomaplast has scheduled a series of promotional events, such as trade show participations, workshops and B2B, technical seminars, buyer missions etc, intended to foster, consolidate and improve awareness of Made in Italy plastics and rubber equipment across many global markets.