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Film and sheet extrusion

Founded by the Milani brothers in 1958, today Amut employs 165 people and has an average turnover of EUR47 million, 84% from sales abroad. The company produces profile/pipe and film/sheet machinery as well as thermoforming systems. In the 1980s, it also began producing recycling plants for industrial and postconsumer plastics. Amut’s CEO Mauro Drappo says the minority stake by Fondo will support its future growth plans. He also said that Amut will continue the process of strengthening and consolidating its position in foreign markets, where it has been present for 50 years and that the funding will also allow it to step up its R&D efforts. Partaking in market trends Another German extrusion machinery firm Brückner Maschinenbau claims leadership when it comes to BOPP film lines, especially in China, said Christian Aigner of the Marketing Department. Speaking to PRA at the May Chinaplas event, he said the company had sold around 11 BOPP lines in China over the last two years. He said that the global BOPP market has a capacity of 5.2 million tonnes and is growing at 6.8%. “BOPET capacity in China was around 1 million tonnes last year and currently 1.2 million tonnes/year of additional capacity is expected to come on stream soon, so our focus is on BOPP line installations.” He also expects the Chinese film industry to grow by

8-10% over the next three years and says that there are other trends noticeable, especially for thick PET sheet lines (of 200 microns) for solar back panels. Another interesting prospect is shrink film lines for sleeves, which is a big market in China, according to Aigner. “There are many PVC applications for shrink film though PVC is usually not a first choice and we expect PETG applications to grow,” he said, adding that the company had sold 40 lines in China to date for processing BOPET, BOPP, PET thick film and PETG. India is the company’s second biggest market, after China, and it has sold a number of BOPP and polyester lines. “Historically, the country has been a very polyester-focused market, accounting for 35% of the world polyester market. It also processes around 260 tonnes of PP and now this is gaining a higher market share,” he explained, adding that the company had sold a number of high performance lines with high outputs for BOPP processing. Apart from the two large market bases, Aigner says Vietnam is an interesting prospect. “It is a small but not a high investment base for mainly CPP and shrink film lines,” he added. The rest of Southeast Asia also offers opportunities, especially Thailand and Indonesia, where there are tendencies for speciality barrier film lines, and South Korea and Taiwan, where Brückner has sold BOPET lines for optical film processing, said Aigner. ◆

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Plastics and Rubber Asia October-November 2011 Issue  

Plastics and Rubber Asia October-November 2011 electronic issue

Plastics and Rubber Asia October-November 2011 Issue  

Plastics and Rubber Asia October-November 2011 electronic issue