The figures for the first nine months of 2019 offer little reason for optimism, says Amaplast, who is forecasting a negative year-end result for the Italian plastics and rubber processing machinery industry.
"In Germany, a sausage is completely traceable, from the cow to the packaging. All the ingredients are known. The field the cow grazed in is known ... Can we set up some kind of same system for plastics?"
For 2019, uncertainty became the new normal for suppliers of injection moulding machines to North America, as they adapted to the unknown, prepared for the unexpected and struggled to convert interest into hard sales.
Nissei Plastic Industrial Co. Ltd. is buying Italian machinery maker Negri Bossi SpA in a move that will add large-tonnage injection molding machines and a greater geographic reach to its product line.