Plastics & Rubber Machinery in China


China has become the world’s largest market and production base for plastics and rubber machinery during the last five years. The largest plastic injection molding machine manufacturer in China, Ningbo Haitian, is now also the world's largest manufacturer in this field. 14 of today’s global top 30 rubber machinery companies are Chinese.

After having gained in size, Chinese manufacturers of plastics and rubber machinery are now striving for world-class technology: Further capacity expansion in the sectors automotive, medical, energy and environmental technologies, as well as the development of new industries like aircraft and railway construction will provide for a growing demand for high-end machines. Encouraged by their government, Chinese manufacturers of plastics machinery are eager to serve this segment by themselves and do not want to leave it to foreign companies any more. They have ambitious growth targets – not only at home, but also on the world market.


This development will have a significant impact on plastics and rubber machinery manufacturers and component suppliers from the early-industrialized countries, primarily by two aspects:

  • Attractive business opportunities in the world’s biggest market, promoted by a persistent lack of domestic know-how in the high-tech segment in the short-to-medium term.
  • Changing sales markets and emerging competitors in the medium-to-long term.


To accommodate this development, we conducted an in-depth analysis of the Chinese plastics and rubber machinery industry in summer 2012. In its sound approach and wide scope, this study is unique, so far. It has a modular structure and contains the following segments and machine types:

Plastics machineryRubber machinery
  • Plastic injection molding and die-casting
  • Extruders, blow-molding and film production lines
  • Others
  • Equipment for tire manufacturing
  • General machinery (extruders, mixers, calendars etc.)
  • Vulcanizing machines


1      Macro-Overview

  • Current market situation
  • Development during the past 10 years
  • Key sales markets
  • China’s place in the world – global production and demand for plastics and rubber machinery
  • Exports (Export destinations, exports by machine type)
  • Imports (Import sources, imports by machine type)
  • Comparison: Prices of imported vs. prices of exported machines

2      Industrial landscape plastics machinery

  • Major plastics machinery types
  • Industrial structure
  • Leading Chinese plastic injection molding and die-casting machine manufacturers
  • Foreign manufacturers of injection molding machines in China (including HK and Taiwan companies)
  • Leading Chinese extruder, blow molding machine and film production line manufacturers
  • International extruder, blow molding machine and film production line manufacturers in China

3      Industrial landscape rubber machinery

  • Equipment for tire manufacturing
  • General machinery (extruders, mixers, calenders etc.)
  • Vulcanizing machines

4      Clusters

  • Plastics machinery clusters, rubber machinery clusters

5      Current situation and trends

  • Evaluation of achievements in the Chinese plastics machinery industry during the 11th Five-Year-Plan period
  • Economic achievements
  • Internationalization of plastics machinery manufacturers
  • Strengthening financial power through IPOs
  • Product innovations of Chinese plastics machinery manufacturers during the 11th Five-Year Plan period
  • China Machinery Technology Awards 2011
  • China Key New Product Development Scheme and Torch Plan 2011
  • Product innovations of Chinese rubber machinery manufacturers during the 11th Five-Year Plan period
  • Problems during the 11th Five-Year-Plan and beyond

6      Development goals

  • Political support: Plastics machinery industry explicitely mentioned in major policy documents
  • Qualitative goals
  • Technological goals
  • Machine types to be developed during the 12th Five-Year Plan Period
  • Specific types of energy-saving machinery to be produced by domestic companies in the following years
  • Quantitative goals for the Chinese plastics machinery industry during the 12th Five-Year Plan period

7      Outlook

  • Outlook plastic machinery industry
  • Growth expectations in key sales markets for the plastics and rubber machinery in China
  • Capacity expansion projects and growth expectations of plastics machinery manufacturers
  • Targets for the Chinese rubber machinery industry during the 12th Five-Year Plan Period
  • Expansion plans rubber machinery manufacturers


There have been 118 Chinese and foreign machine manufacturers analysed by interviews and secondary information. The profiles contain the following information:

  • Contact details headquarters and manufacturing facilities
  • Numbers of employees, revenue
  • Product program, relative market share per segment
  • Ownership
  • Export activity
  • R&D centers 
  • Manufacturing facilities with number of employees, product lines and units produced
  • Important contact persons in management, sales and R&D


This study facilitates you

  • A detailed overview of an only scarcely researched growth market: Trends and emerging competitors.
  • In particular for component suppliers: An easier evaluation and control of existing sales activities. 
  • The direct, well-informed approach of new customers.    

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