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Lifting of key sanctions = Potential opportunity

January 2016 saw economic sanctions lifted against Iran, opening the doors to trade and opportunity.

Iran has the second highest polymer demand in the region, at just over 3 million tonnes as well as the second largest market for engineering thermoplastics.

It boasts a buoyant automotive market that accounts for an estimated 10% of GDP, manufacturing approximately 1 million vehicles in 2015, with the aim of producing 3 million vehicles by 2020. Consumer and industrial packaging are both projected to grow, as is the building and infrastructure industry.

Whilst geopolitical risks will make investors cautious there is undoubtedly an abundance of opportunities within the Iranian plastics industry.

Tracking and discovering these changes is time consuming, costly and very difficult. AMI's database of Plastics Processors in Iran is the perfect tool to help you take advantage of the opportunities in the region. 

Posted by: Alfie Reynolds 23/05/2017

Injection Moulding Spain & Portugal

Cautious optimism – Injection moulding in Spain & Portugal

In 2007 Portugal's automotive industry was producing an estimated 170 000 light vehicles and by 2013 had recovered to 89% of that output, despite the global recession.

Being strategically important to the country, investments have been made to protect and retain the automotive sector, which is also boosted by a well-developed mould making industry helping to establish injection moulding as one of the most important sectors for the plastics industry in Portugal.

Spain's automotive industry is also important but not as much as its packaging and preforms sector. Supporting its mineral water and drinks industry, Spain is the leading supplier of preforms in Europe with major producers Retal, Resilux and Alpla having a manufacturing presence.

Over 10% of Spanish moulding sites closed between 2009 and 2015 whilst those industries that exhibit growth do so cautiously.

AMI's Database of Injection Moulders in Spain and Portugal provides information on 1011 manufacturing locations across the Iberian Peninsula and is the best tool to track the changes in the industry as slow and steady growth is projected over the coming years.

Posted by: Alfie Reynolds 23/05/2017

PE Film 2017

Small and steady yet positive growth none the less

In 2017 the European PE Film Extrusion industry has to remain resilient with increasing competition from the ever expanding Asian Market. However in Europe, polyethylene accounts for 80% of the polymers used in film production and polymer consumption has increased by 0.1 million tonnes in the past year.

With company sales targets expanding at a more significant rate, it has never been more important to have the correct tools for reaching goals.

Due to its central location and being home to four of the top 10 PE Film Extruder groups in Europe; Germany remains the leader of this resilient sector, followed by Italy, Spain and France.

Alongside the threat of the Asian market, PE film production will change, with C4 linear grade continuing to replace LDPE which will increase manufacturing costs.

AMI's Polyethylene Film Extruders directory gives a snapshot of 1207 film extruders, helping those with an interest in tracking this industry to keep in-line with their marketing objectives over the forthcoming years.

Posted by: Cathy Turbitt 27/01/2017