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Zartu SA attends PRE & PRD conference and exhibition

pdm2014 returned to the Telford International Centre on 18 – 19 June 2014 and was co-located for the first time with launch event – Plastics Recycling Expo. pdm is the only exhibition specifically aimed at the design and moulding aspects of the plastics industry in Europe. PRE brought together key players from the plastics and recycling sectors in order to learn, network and capitalise on the business opportunities plastic recycling offers.

Michael Griffiths, Managing Director of Zartu attended the two days and comments on why the new circular economy means substantial business opportunities for the industry.

Zartu PRE/PDM 2014 Michael Griffiths interview

ExxonMobil declaration of Force Majeure for Lillebonne illustrates need for contingency planning

When ExxonMobil declared force majeure for polypropylene from Lillebonne on 22 May, following a “breakdown beyond our control”, it illustrated how even the largest multinationals can be caught by surprise and in this case, customers will be affected until the end of June 2014.

It’s one of the reasons that many  customers who have their own Ambient and Cryogenic Milling capabilities keep coming to Zartu. “Our customers appreciate the option of having Zartu supplement their own in-house capabilities. ” says Michael Griffiths, Zartu Managing Director. ” Not only are we there for a rainy day when our customers need a contingency plan, but we also provide them with incremental capacity to help with sudden demand or a specialist milling request. Zartu prides itself on being agile enough to meet short-notice requirements. It’s the kind of service and value that keeps our customers coming back” added Griffiths.

 

 

Zartu results positive against backdrop of declining Spanish plastics output

The production of plastics in Spain fell by 0.9% in 2013 and is expected to be stable this year, according to plastics industry producers’ association PlasticsEurope. The country’s plastics industry recorded revenues of EUR 23bn last year, representing 2.2% of GDP.

Plastics Europe is forecasting a “slight improvement” for the sector, in line with the slow, moderate recovery of the Spanish economy.

Michael Griffiths, Managing Director of Spanish Plastics Processing Company Zartu SA supports the view that the overall trend in Spain is improving. ‘The incentives introduced by the government in Spain to back leading and innovative sectors such as plastics to help support the country’s manufacturing industry appear to be working. We are seeing a positive improvement in orders at Zartu and we hope that initiatives taken on a national level, to ensure the competitiveness of our industry continue.” “In 2013 Spain’s plastics sector employed some 75,000 people across more than 4,000 companies – mostly SME’s like Zartu” added Griffiths.

PlasticsEurope reported that packaging is the leading plastics application, representing 46% of Spain’s plastics demand. Building and construction is the next largest application area, with 13% of demand, followed by automotive (8%) and agriculture (6%).