Technoplast: Profile extrusion growing in Europe

Austrian extrusion equipment supplier Technoplast will shortly complete its largest ever single order for the delivery of 294 lines for Chinese window profile manufacturer Dalian Shide, but says the European plastics profile market now also a market with “real promise”.
Technoplast marketing and sales director Rudolf Wessely said: “The roots of profile extrusion are clearly firmly in Europe. And Technoplast is turning back to these roots. This does not mean of course, that the markets in Asia and America are not highly interesting.”
The company said there has been a turnaround in the market, with strong demand coming especially from Germany now, but also in the UK for conservatories and winter gardens, and increasing demand for window profiles in the southern Europe. Wessely said eastern Europe will have plenty of strong growth for some years.
Further growth in China will depend on the new capacity becoming fully utilised, he said, but there are now boom conditions in other Asian countries.
However, he warned that European producers are hampered in the US by both exchange rate considerations and cheap exports of profiles, tools and machines from China.

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