According to a new report from the Applied Market Information Group, a leading global market research consultancy, the Italian injection molding industry is now second only to that of Germany in terms of polymer consumption, and has the highest number of injection molding sites in Europe, with up to 5,000 businesses. The AMI report identifies more than 1,500 of these companies with detailed information on their activities.
The study shows an industry that has been innovative in the areas of design and engineering, with a strong position in the automotive, electrical, and domestic appliance industries. However, it is the packaging industry that is the major consumer of resins, accounting for nearly 27% of the 1.4 million metric tons consumed by Italian injection molders in 2001.
The packaging sector also has some of the largest molding groups such as PET preform manufacturer Alpla-Werke (owner of Tetra Pak), Schmalbach-Lubeca, Inca International and Cobarr, as well as closures manufacturers Crown Cork and Seal, Guala, and Bormioli Rocco & Figlio S.p.A. Furniture and household markets are also significant within the Italian industry.
AMI’s analysis shows that the consumption of thermoplastics within the injection molding industry grew by an average of 5.3% per year throughout the 1990s. During the 2000-2005 period, demand for injection molding in Italy is expected to grow above the average for thermoplastics overall, at about 4% per year