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news Italy’s injection machine exports up


Italy’s injection moulding machinery manufacturers posted a 23% increase in exports during the first half of 2013 to reach €57m, according to the latest data from machinery association Assocomaplast. Italian exports of plastics machinery overall held fairly firm during the first half, with the total value falling by just 2% to €1.2bn. However, imports were down by more


than 6% to €279m, reflecting the continuing weak state of the Italian economy. “The downturn in imports is


a symptom of a domestic market that still struggles to recover,” says the association. Assocomaplast’s most


recent survey of business confidence, carried out at the beginning of last month, showed producers were “moderately optimistic”. ❙ www.assocomaplast.org


Italian plastics machinery exports H1 2012 v H1 2013 (€1,000s) 2012


2013 flexographic printers


injection moulding machines extruders and extrusion lines blow moulding machines thermoforming machines various presses other machines


parts and components moulds total


51,534 46,174


159,818 65,757 26,938 51,104


319,735 167,948 345,887


53,899 57,183


151,972 60,895 22,686 49,744


307,278 165,794 344,885


1,234,895 1,214,336 ∆%


2013/2012 4.6


23.8 -4.9 -7.4


-15.8 -2.7 -3.9 -1.3 -0.3 -1.7


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Aerosol packaging group Lindal has appointed two new sales directors. Alex Piagnarelli takes on the role for North America and Tony Harman for Germany. Both report to Lindal group sales director Phil Lever.


PolyOne has appointed Michael A Garratt senior vice president of its Performance Products and Solutions business, replacing Robert M Rosenau who retires after 37


8 Michael A Garratt


years. A seasoned industry executive with more than 20 years of experience in specialty polymers, Garratt


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joins PolyOne from Marmon Utility where he held the post of president. Prior to that he worked at Excel Polymers and before that spent 10 years with Dow Chemical, part of that time in Euope.


Scott Drake has been appoint- ed Midwest account manager at US-based plastics moulding machinery and service group Cincinatti Process Technolo- gies. Drake will be based in Chicago.


Absolute Group has an- nounced two new appoint- ments to its recently formed Absolute Robot operation. Ellen Reed joins from HyRobotics and takes on the role of territory sales manager and director of business development. She will also manage the southeast territory for sister company Absolute Haitian. Bob Shingledecker joins Absolute Robot from ACS to become director of operations.


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