Interplastica 2011 - summary

Like his German colleague, Mario Maggiani from the Italian plastic and rubber machinery association, Assocomaplast, is very optimistic about the positive trends in the Russian plastics and rubber industry. China and India evidently recovered faster from the impact of the crisis than Russia, but since the end of 2010 there has been considerable growth in demand here too. Italian exports of plastic and rubber machines to Russia in the first nine months of the year amounted to a total value of about €49 million. Russia is still one of the most important markets for Italian vendors, 72 of which are represented as exhibitors at Interplastica alone. This venue gives these companies the opportunity to meet interested customers who are eager to invest, and the number of concrete negotiations rose significantly in comparison to last year.”

This was the 14th time that the fair, organised by Messe Düsseldorf and its Russian subsidiary OOO Messe Düsseldorf Moscow, was held at the Krasnya Presnya Expocenter in Moscow. It featured exhibitors from 28 countries, with official national presentations from China, Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Portugal, Taiwan and Turkey. The largest numbers of exhibitors came from Russia, Germany and Italy.

Interplastica 2011 - summary

The trade visitors took the opportunity to get an overall impression of the market and recent innovations from around the world as well as to see the extensive range of products and services offered by the Russian exhibitors, which had grown considerably since last year. Many of the visitors were very well informed, came to Interplastica armed with specific questions, and exhibited particular interest in new technologies and system solutions.

Kautex Maschinenbau GmbH, Hubert Moritz, Sales Director
“We are very satisfied with how the fair has gone so far. We have had more visitors than expected, but you do still have to be willing to make compromises to attract customers when it comes to flexible finance options.”

Windmöller & Hölscher Vostok, Vasilij Novoselov, General Director
“Our stand was full the whole time, which is a good sign, as things were much quieter last year. It’s hard to make predictions, but our customers are somewhat more optimistic than they were a while ago.”

AZO GmbH + Co. KG, Wolfgang Schmitt, Head of the AZOPoly Division
“The enquiries from the visitors to our stand are becoming much more specific and we can see a slight improvement, which shows that our customers are now picking up projects that had been put on hold. The difficulties in financing them remain a problem for the time being though.“

Mikrosan, Berkay Sönmez, International Trading Director
“After a very quiet first day we had a lot of visitors on the second day of the fair. The crisis seems to be having less of an impact on our customers now than it was a while ago and we are looking forward to a good year in 2010.”

Brückner Maschinenbau GmbH & Co KG, Karl Zimmermann, Sales Director
“Our impression of the fair so far is very good. Although we aren’t completely out of the woods just yet, we are very confident that things will improve in the months ahead. There is certainly a positive trend, as we saw how our customers here are looking at new topics and projects again. What matters most, though, is that their problems with financing projects will be able to be solved in the future. It is also important, especially in Russia, to maintain a presence even in tough times and to stay in contact with customers. Only appearing once things are improving again is the wrong way to go about it.“