EghtesadOnline: German plastics and rubber machinery association VDMA has voiced its confidence in the Iranian market, as 46 German suppliers attended the Iranplast rubber and plastics show in Tehran this week.
The expo ran from September 24 to 26.
The association said in a statement that German machinery suppliers had “good reasons” to be optimistic about Iranplast, including “the easing of the sanctions and the increasing opening of the country [to foreign investors],” Plastics News Europe reported.
In the first half of 2017, German machinery export to Iran rose over 140% to €22.9 million, compared with the first six months of 2016, which saw €9.3 million worth of export to the country, Financial Tribune reported.
VDMA noted that within the first six months of 2016, sanctions had already been eased against Iran.
“The mere market forecasts suggest further growth,” explains Thorsten Kuhmann, managing director of the VDMA plastics and rubber machinery association.
“However, we are also familiar with the ongoing problems,” he added.
According to the official, political conditions remain difficult in the country while financial facilities are insufficient.
Iran’s market potential could also be seen by the levels of Chinese exports to the country.
According to VDMA figures, in 2016, China exported €149 million worth of plastics and rubber machinery up 15.2% from the previous year.
China led the table of suppliers to Iran, followed by Germany last year.
“Under the given general conditions and the expectation that the Iranian market is developing slowly but surely, the German plastics and rubber machinery manufacturers overall look optimistically into the future,” VDMA said.
Since 2015, VDMA organizes an Iran management meeting for its members.
According to the association, this year, about 20 member companies of VDMA met in the runup to the Iranplast to exchange information on Industry 4.0 and circular economy.