N° 644 - Machines&Technologies - Actualité




Bobst entame l’année avec deux rachats
Le constructeur suisse Bobst a récemment annoncé l’acquisition de Yancheng Hongjing et vient d’entamer des négociations exclusives avec l’allemand Cito-System en vue de sa reprise. Tandis que la société chinoise fournit des outillages pour la découpe ainsi que des plieuses-colleuses, les allemands de Cito-System travaillent le façonnage et l’impression de carton. Le rachat de Yancheng Hongjing Machinery Technology vient étoffer l’offre de plieuses-colleuses pour l’emballage en carton plat de la filiale asiatique du groupe, Eterna, et devrait à terme devenir le centre de compétence (basé à Dongtai) de celle-ci. Quant à la future reprise de Cito-System, qui devrait être finalisée au cours du premier trimestre 2020, elle offre à Bobst une large gamme d’outillages pour la découpe et le façonnage d’emballages en carton plat et ondulé et en papier, ainsi que des formes d’impression pour l’offset.

Italian packaging machinery sets record turnover in 2019
According to the preliminary figures published by the Ucima Research Department, the sector has continued to grow during 2019 (up 1.8% on 2018), reporting positive performances both in Italy and in foreign markets. The Italian packaging machinery industry continues to grow, its total turnover exceeding the record figure of 8 billion euros registered in 2019. Specifically, the Italian market has grown by a further 3.2% to a total of 1.713 billion euros following last year’s excellent results, partly achieved thanks to the government’s Industry 4.0 incentives. Exports, which account for 78.6% of total turnover, also rose by 1.4% to 6.293 billion euros. The available disaggregated data reveal particularly high levels of performance for exports of Italian technologies to three macro regions: Asia (+12.7%), EU (+6.5%) and Africa/Oceania (+3%). The forecasts for 2020 therefore remain cautious. Areas of concern include the continued geopolitical turbulence in a number of markets, tariffs and trade tensions at an international level, and the failure of the Italian government’s policies to adequately address companies’ growth needs. “According to the macroeconomic forecasts, global GDP growth will continue to decelerate, and at a sectoral level order acquisition is currently less positive than in the past,” explained Enrico Aureli, chairman of Ucima. “We therefore believe that 2020 may be a year of consolidation after a period of strong and uninterrupted growth in recent years. But we remain optimistic about our sector’s medium- and long-term growth prospects”.