Workers in the plastic industry, critical towards raw material industry
The European plastic workers branch organization, EuPC, is attacking with sharp criticisms against raw material industry, that lately announced big increase in pricing. The producers of raw material seems to have bad knowledge about the conditions under which we work, says EuPC:s president Alexandre Dangis.
In EuPC:s yearly economical report Dangis fired a broad side against the producers of raw material. During the fall they have announced vast price increases in order to compensate the earlier low sales volume. The market is still to fragile to cope with increases like this, notes Alexandre Dangis. The Processors have no possibilities to charge such increase to its customers.
The producers of raw material endanger the whole economical recovery for the plastic industry through its bad knowledge about the conditions under which we are working, he warned.
Alexandre Dingis and EuPC can look back on a lousy year for the European plastic industry. The fall of the production during the first 6 months in 2009, was approx 20% compared to 2008. Worse are, however, plastic raw material-and plastic machinery producers. Plastic raw material industry lost 32% of its sales while plastic machinery producers lost in whole 69% of its sales.
Worst off are the workers in Italy and Spain with a fall of 27 and 26%. Germany have done better with an raise for 1,2%. Figures for the Nordic countries are not reported by EuPC.
The sector that has been doing alright is the plastic packing industry with a decline of 15% while the producers of plastic components has watched their production de-crease with 26%.
Source: Plastforum / plastnet.se