Lonate Ceppino, Italy - Repi SpA, an Italian producer of colour pastes, says that it continues to have a very optimistic outlook for the future. The company will present its offerings to the international market with a bigger booth at the forthcoming UTECH Europe exhibition in Maastricht, the Netherlands.
Repi said that after last year's growth of more than 15 percent, it expects a similar increase for this year.
"This target - especially after a record year such as 2011- is certainly an ambitious one, but the current sales figures and orders do prove that it is not unrealistic," commented Michael Rath, managing director of Repi's PU Division.
He added that investments in 2011 in production and lab capacity have put Repi in a good position for the future.
"Last year we employed 10 new persons in production and lab and this year we plan to create an additional five jobs in our headquarters in Lonate Ceppino. Apart from that, we will need supplementary 10-15 new employees for our new site in Gastonia (North Carolina, USA) where we will start the production of PU pigment paste in April," Rath said.
Repi said it plans to gain further market share in North and South America with its new factory in North Carolina. It will be supported by PR Environment Srl Argentina who will sell Repi pigment pastes from US production to the southern states of South America.
The colour paste specialist also noted that although polyurethane consumption in Europe is growing considerably less than in Asia, it is focusing on the European PU processing industry.
"There is a growing demand for high quality products and technical support among the customers," Rath said. "For this reason we stress the importance of having well qualified personnel able also to overcome language barriers."
He added that all Repi employees working in technical support and sales speak at least three languages, and therefore well-positioned to take care of European clients.
Rath concluded, "Although we clearly think 'European,' the typical 'Italian' design of our booth [at UTECH Europe] cannot be denied. Visit us and you will see for yourself."
UTECH Europe will be held 17-19 April in MECC, Maastricht, the Netherlands.