The European plastics processing industry includes 39,000 companies, 85% of them SMEs, with an annual turnover of 140 billion euro. Behind the United States, Europe ranks second in worldwide production, and employs more than one million workers, which means 4.5% of the labour force and 4% of the European manufacturing value added.
It can be stated that nowadays the main technological challenges of this sector are to maintain the technological leadership for high technological content plastic products and to face the economic disadvantage associated to higher costs of both human labour and tools.
Admitting that the battle associated to mould making costs and labour costs of plastic injection processing are virtually lost, a group of IAGs have made a strategic reflection, and have agreed that the only way for the European plastic converting industry to maintain its competitive and leadership position is to offer high technological content plastic products and an enhanced service content by means of efficient and added-value injection moulding processes.
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