The plastics packaging industry views the development of exports in Q3 rather more critically. Here, IK reports, the figure has dropped by nearly 30 points. The association sees this as confirmation of the gradual worsening of the economic situation in numerous EU countries, as the euro crisis increasingly impacts medium-sized businesses in Germany.
Against this backdrop, the renewed avalanche in electricity costs through the feed-in electricity (EEG) surcharge will become an additional risk for packaging manufacturers. Experts predict a rise from 3.59 cents to 5 cents in 2013, which would be an increase of 40% within a year. In the Bundestag, the opposition is calling for an even higher levy on industry in favour of private consumers. Ulf Kelterborn, IK general manager, fears not only that this will put jobs and investments at risk, but also that it will trigger an increasing migration of industrial companies to countries with much lower electricity prices.