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Global Demand for Plastics Processing Machinery to Reach $28.9 Billion in 2015


January 18th, 2012

Global Information Inc. would like to present a new market research report, "World Plastics Processing Machinery" by Freedonia Group.

Global demand for plastics processing machinery is projected to rise 6.0 percent annually through 2015 to $28.9 billion, a rebound from market declines experienced during the recession-impacted 2005-2010 period. Sales growth will be driven by an acceleration in plastic product manufacturing, as well as by a favorable fixed investment environment worldwide. Many nations are building up their plastics manufacturing infrastructure, due to both rising domestic demand for plastics-consuming goods and export opportunities to developed nations. These and other trends are presented in World Plastics Processing Machinery.

Gains in developing nations will be the driving force behind advances in the global market for plastics processing equipment. China, for example, will account for over 40 percent of all additional global demand through 2015, with growth stimulated by strong increases in plastic manufacturing as industrialization efforts continue and income levels rise. Other nations in Asia with smaller, less-developed economies, such as India, Vietnam and Thailand, will also record healthy market gains. In developed areas of the world, most notably the US, Western Europe and Japan, demand will rebound after a period of decline, although sales advances will not be as strong as those in developing nations.

Among major product types, extrusion equipment will post the strongest gains through 2015, benefiting from growth in global construction spending, which will fuel demand for extruded goods like pipe and siding. Injection molding equipment will remain the largest product segment, accounting for 40 percent of demand in 2015.

The construction market will post the strongest gains through 2015, benefiting from acceleration in global construction spending. The consumer/institutional products market will also post solid gains, reflecting rising standards of living. The packaging market will post respectable gains due to rising manufacturing output and consumer demand for packaged products. In addition, plastic will continue to gain market share from other materials in applications such as bottles.

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