ASSAGO, Italy (Oct. 2, 2012)—Exports from Italy of extrusion machinery increased in the first half of 2012, while exports of injection molding machines fell, according to Assocomaplast, the trade group representing Italy's manufacturers of rubber and plastics machinery.
Total machinery and molds exports increased 11 percent to $1.57 billion in the first six months, while imports rose 6 percent. Assocomaplast said the lower import level is “a clear reflection of the persistent and extreme weakness of the domestic market.”
The group said that exports strengthened in the second quarter after relatively weak sales in early 2012. In the first half, exports of extruders rose by nearly 20 percent, and there were increases for blow-molding machines and molds.
Italian exports have increased to North and South America (with the exception of Brazil), Europe (especially countries outside the EU), Africa (especially countries in the sub-Saharan area) and Oceania.