Argentine extruder producer still has its eyes on US growth

By Bob Moser
Correspondent

Published: June 18, 2014 3:39 pm ET
Updated: June 18, 2014 3:48 pm ET

Related to this story

Topics Film & Sheet, Machinery, United States, South America

BUENOS AIRES — Argentina's only local producer of extrusion and co-extrusion lines, Roberto O. Rodofeli y Cia. srl, is further pursuing sales in the United States after breaking into the market in recent years, and is actively looking to move its plant to a new site with more than twice the space, the company's director told Plastics News during Argenplás.

The 42-year-old Argentine company, which produces extrusion and co-extrusion lines capable of making film with up to nine layers, sold more than 70 machines last year, 50 percent of which were exported, primarily to clients in Central and South America.

The United States is a growth market Rodofeli is making a concerted effort to target this year. The company has sold 10 machines in the U.S. to four clients since 2011, with design adaptations made to meet unique demands there, including a 75-millimeter extruder and new versions of multi-layer lines, said Roberto Rodofeli in an interview during Argenplás in Buenos Aires June 16-19.

“We see the U.S. as a promising market where our machines can sell competitively, in comparison to other options from around the world,” he said. “The U.S. economy seems to be rebounding and strong, relative to some other export markets.”

The company's long-standing production facility of 4,300 square meters is located in the city of San Martin, Buenos Aires province, but Rodofeli said space constraints and a rise in criminal activity near the plant are prompting the firm to move.

Industrial park and undeveloped property options elsewhere in the province that can offer greater security are currently being explored, with as much as 10,000 square meters of operating space being targeted, he said. The move should occur within the next two years, though Rodofeli declined to estimate projected costs for the project.


Comments

Argentine extruder producer still has its eyes on US growth

By Bob Moser
Correspondent

Published: June 18, 2014 3:39 pm ET
Updated: June 18, 2014 3:48 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

2014 US machinery shipments up 6 percent

November 25, 2014 5:17 pm ET

Through the first nine months of 2014 U.S. shipments of primary plastics equipment — for injection molding, blow molding and extrusion —...    More

Image

Globalization brings sizable growth, primarily in Asia

November 25, 2014 1:40 pm ET

In 1990, the year after Plastics News published our first issue, there were 33,000 injection molding machines sold worldwide. Fast forward to 2013,...    More

Image

Taipei Plas vandal and German firm trade lawsuits

November 25, 2014 1:26 pm ET

Taiwan businessman Karma Tang, who splashed red paint at German firm Baumüller GmbH's Taipei Plas booth, is in a messy legal battle.    More

Image

Auxiliary equipment maker Ross expands in India

November 25, 2014 1:12 pm ET

U.S. auxiliary equipment maker Charles Ross & Son Co. is expanding in India, opening a new plant early next year in Pune.    More

Image

Deal adds U.K. plant to DelStar

November 25, 2014 12:47 pm ET

Schweitzer-Mauduit International Inc. (SWM) is acquiring certain assets from the advanced wound management division of London-based Smith & Nephew plc...    More

Market Reports

Plastics in Brazil - State of the Industry Report

This in-depth report examines the Brazilian plastics industry from a historical and geographical context. Our analysts provide insight on economic trends and forecasts, growing manufacturing sectors that utilize plastics, private investment opportunities, market environment challenges, and innovations in R&D.

Data tables and charts on producer prices, trade, plastics production and end market indicators is also included.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Injection Molders Market Report & Ranking 2014

This special package contains our 132-page 2014 Market Report on the Injection Molding segment and our exclusive 2014 RANKINGS database of 500+ Injection Molders for a discounted package price.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

October 27, 2015 - October 29, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - New York - 2015

More Events