The Italian manufacturers of machines and equipment are also reporting an increase in the requirements made by customers in Russia and the neighbouring countries. Mario Maggiani, AMAPLAST Director: “What have been sold in recent months have primarily been high-quality extrusion lines and other core machinery with high added value, often manufactured in accordance with the customer’s specifications. Russian processors are investing not only to expand their production lines but also to increase their quality. Italian manufacturers are benefitting from this, because they have a good reputation in the country and are in a position to supply turnkey high-tech equipment that meets the most demanding of quality and productivity requirements.” Maggiani does not expect sales levels reached by Italian plastics machinery manufacturers in 2007, for example, with a total volume of more than EUR 200 million, to be matched in the foreseeable future: “That will be neither easy nor possible in the short term. Demand in the Russian plastics processing sector for mature technologies to satisfy customers’ needs for high-quality products will definitely be continuing to increase, however. The positive response from the market makes the Italian suppliers optimistic. They feel vindicated, since they continued to believe in the potential of the market even in difficult times and maintained a consistent presence as a result.” More than 50 companies from Italy, about 40 of which exhibited on the joint AMAPLAST stand, experienced lively demand during the trade fair and are expecting good business as they follow up the event.
Innovative technologies for all areas of plastics processing were presented not only on the stands of the 650 interplastica exhibitors but also in the lectures and discussions held at the Polymer Plaza in Hall 1 as well as in the context of the special 3D fab-+print Russia show. In technical talks and demonstrations, Russian and international experts focussed on developments in and the potential of additive manufacturing. For Petra Cullmann, Global Portfolio Director Plastics & Rubber at Messe Düsseldorf, the well-attended conference and exhibition were a clear indication of the need to concentrate on this topic in future as well: “There is strong demand for information about this technology. About half of the visitors to interplastica already reported that they went or planned to go to the special 3D fab+print show when the event premiered in 2017. This is clear confirmation to us that we should give particularly high priority to this increasingly important subject in the coming year too, making sure that high-profile experts are available to share their expertise.”
The next interplastica in Moscow is taking place from 29 January to 1 February 2019, again at the same time as upakovka.
Source: Messe Duesseldorf