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  • New Exhibition from AMI: COMPOUNDING WORLD EXPO 2018

    New Exhibition from AMI: COMPOUNDING WORLD EXPO 2018

    AMI and Compounding World magazine is pleased to announce the launch of a new exhibition - Compounding World Expo 2018 - which will take place 27-28 June 2018 at Messe Essen in Germany.

    The trade show will be the world's first focussed exclusivley on the compouding sector of the plastics industry.  It will feature an international array of suppliers of polymer additives and compounding machinery and eqiupment, as well as providors of related services.

    Admission to the show will be free of charge for delegates ensuring a large audience comprising of compounders from all sectors of the polymer industry including polyolefins, PVC, engineering plastics, TPEs, masterbatch and recycling.

    To book your stand or to find out more information on the show please contact Matt Wherlock, Exhibition Sales & Marketing Manager at mjw@amiplastics.com or by phone on +44 (0)117 3148122

    You can also visit our new website dedicated to the Expo: www.compoundingworldexpo.com 



    A new report from AMI Consulting details trends in the European plastics industry

    Polymer Demand in Europe is AMI Consulting's largest  data report in the Polymer Demand series, with the biggest country section to date, providing a comprehensive analysis of the largest 23 polymer markets in the region.

    Broadly speaking the region can be split into three distinct segments. Western Europe is driven by innovation, niche markets and evolving consumer desires. The region has long been at the forefront of technology and industry trends but the last decade has seen a slowdown, with polymer growth constrained to <1% as it falls victim to increasing globalisation, market maturity, slow economic growth and growing environmental concerns. Industry drivers include a revived automotive market, which with an average of 50kg of polypropylene used per vehicle, drove growth of the resin upwards by 2% in 2015.

    Central Europe has become the new manufacturing hub of the Europe. Benefitting from EU status and lower production costs than its Western European competitors, it has found itself home to a number of leading manufacturers. The plastics industry is no exception to the region's success and has grown by 15% in the last 5 years with growth forecast at over 2%/annum for the next 5 years.

    Untapped potential restrained by geopolitical tensions and poor economies has shaped the CIS in recent history. Polymer demand was boosted by the recent self-imposed food bans on European foods which has benefitted the country's packaging industry and seen polypropylene demand rise considerably in 2015. New lines in advanced film are being installed throughout the CIS and investments are taking place in spite of the economic environment.

    Overall growth in the European plastics industry is forecast to grow at 1.3%/year to 2020, ranging vastly from East to West.

    Polymer Demand in Europe is an AMI consulting data report. It provides detailed statistical data on the demand and end uses for all major thermoplastic materials on a country by country basis withforecasts until 2020. It covers all the issues affecting the industry and is designed to assist the reader in anticipating change within this broadly diverse continent.

    It has been built through decades of knowledge accumulated through AMI's position as the leading plastics consultancy and conference company in Europe, with a network of over 55,000 plastics processors and a global reach to all of the industry's polymer resin producers and leading players.

    This latest report covers 50 European countries with a comprehensive analysis of the markets' most significant players. It splits demand by polymer, process and end use. The report covers every aspect of the market from the overall structure of the industry, the economic environment, country specific industry commentary as well as process and polymer specific commentary. The report by AMI packages the market into a format easily absorbed by any reader. Containing over 500 tables and charts, the breakdown and depth delivered by AMI is unparalleled in the market of polymer analysis.



    A new report from industry consultants, AMI Consulting in cooperation with Plastic Technologies Inc., published in August 2016, is an authoritative comprehensive deep-dive analysis of the global Single Serve Beverage Capsules industry (aka coffee capsules). 

    No longer a niche market, the capsules industry has developed into a complex value chain over the years. Back in mid to late 1990s, the segment was a classic market example of an oligopoly, only limited to the pioneers of this segment: Nestlé (with Nespresso) and Keurig Green Mountain (with K-Cups). At that time, there were also a couple of Italy-centred systems for traditional espresso brewing (e.g. Lavazza Espresso Point). 

    Relatively recently (2000s), as the capsules format became more popularised, brands such as Dolce Gusto (by Nestlé), Tassimo (by Kraft, now Jacobs Douwe Egberts) and A Modo Mio (by Lavazza) found their successful, high margin niches on the market.

    The year 2012 marked the beginning of a dramatic market transformation, driven by the change of legal circumstances. The expiry of Nespresso and Keurig design patents in 2012 brought about disruptive changes in the supply chain, creating new opportunities for both end-users and converters to tap into this growing market segment. Albeit with some legal battles, these circumstances triggered the development of Nespresso-compatible brands and own label products that could now rely on the Nespresso machines instalment base, but offer a more competitive retail price for the capsules. Barriers to enter the capsules segment became lower (both from filling and moulding perspective). 

    On the other hand, the supply chain of capsules is rapidly losing its oligopolistic nature and the former dominance of major suppliers has been challenged as the market is expanding. A more fragmented supply chain affects the overall profit pool and the way consumers make their choices. Needless to say, that transformation had an adverse effect on the premium image of the segment: the average price was lowered and the quality of some capsules available on the market poorer (based on OTR and performance in brewing machines). The potential machine malfunction (or misuse) in correlation with compatibles introduced some operational challenges for Nestlé and its machine partners to do with machine servicing (i.e. increased service costs).

    AMI Consulting estimates that all plastic compatible capsules (across all systems) account for 22% of the Single Serve Beverage Capsules market worldwide by unit volume. The Nespresso system is world"s biggest selling system with volume of ca.17 billion units - that includes both Aluminium capsules and plastic Nespresso compatibles. 

    Interestingly, the North American market has not experienced an influx of Keurig imitations post-2012 to the extent comparable to Nespresso"s fate. 

    The development of new compatible offering is now in favour of the Nescafé Dolce Gusto system (another brand of Nestlé). The market penetration of Dolce Gusto compatibles is still low at the moment, but it is expected to grow strongly in the coming years.

    This report is aimed at assisting industry participants and investors in anticipating change, formulating response strategies, directing R&D investment, and proactively managing the threats. It analyses the global market opportunity and maps out the complex supply chain structure. 

    For further information please contact Sarah Phillips on +44 117 314 8147



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    The studies address the following issues:

    • Demand by film type and growth prospects within each country
    • Impact expected from material, machinery and a final product development
    • Raw material prices and the impact on production
    • End-use segments, growth prospects and the drivers
    • Changes in European industrial structure and the supply chain
    • Leading players and production volume by film type
  • Winners and Losers in European Plastics  Industry revealed in new AMI research.  Find out more

    Winners and Losers in European Plastics Industry revealed in new AMI research. Find out more

    New AMI research  show company numbers up in the Czech & Slovak Republics but down for injection moulders in France and Italy.  AMI is finalising complete reviews of the injection moulding industries of France (to be published in March 2015)  and Italy (to be published in May 2015)  and results confirm the long held views on the structural changes impacting the European plastics industry. In both countries the number of companies active in the sector have declined by around 2% from the players in the market in 2010. This result is in keeping with the findings of other research by AMI into the industries of Germany and the United Kingdom in the same period. The good news is that in all these large economies the number of active moulders is still likely to be in excess of one thousand.
    As a further indicator of change in the sector there is better news in AMI's new database directory on the processing industry in the Czech Republic and Slovakia (to be published in April 2015) , as a result of a more buoyant economy and inward investments the processing industry has grown by over 5% per annum with over 100 new plastics processors established in the last five years.  For more details and to place an order on any of these databases contact Régine Futter rf@amiplastics.com


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