Recycling a bright spot for compounding extruder suppliers
Compounding extruder suppliers report U.S. business was flat or down in 2019, reflecting a weaker automotive business and some general delays in capital investments — but recycling lines and turnkey systems are holding up.
Meanwhile, big extrusion lines for manufacturing polyolefins have been a bright spot.
Even though several compounding equipment makers say the market is more difficult, they don't see a return to the big cyclical swings that the sector experienced before the Great Recession of 2008-09.
Spending on compounding machinery is not falling off a cliff, but it's not robust either, said Charlie Martin, president and general manager of Leistritz Extrusion in Somerville, N.J.