by Liz White, editor
“Last year, 2009, was for me personally the most horrible business year we ever had … [it was] just a nightmare.” — Frank Peters, KraussMaffei “As you can see we have a nice growth, thanks to new and existing customers expanding their business and upgrades to latest technology.” — Laader Berg AS “Where was growth good in 2009? Nowhere.” — Delmac SpA “We have not seen the negative effects of the recession impact our business. Our sales grew by 10 percent last year and we are on track to grow 20-30 percent this year.” — Con- Tek Machine Inc.
No representative data can be given for geographic sales breakdown, “because of a total market shift within the last 16 months.”— DESMA.Tec.
Last year was “a story of real success for CTM. We increased sales of Cannon metering units in the UK by nearly 100 percent by securing one single deal for 15 high-pressure machines.” — CTM UK.
This selection of comments from machinery suppliers to the PU sector for this year’s feature indicates that even in the worst economic recession for years, not all of the sector has suffered.
So no consistent pattern emerges from the results this year, except to say that many companies must be nodding in agreement with Frank Peters, general manager of KraussMaffei’s Reaction Process Machinery (RPM) division: it was a miserable year.
Top of this year’s listing once again is Cannon Group with sales in 2009 of PU machinery…