International snippets: South Africa, Poland, Hungary
South Africa’s glass industry was operating at 93.9 percent of its overall production capacity in August this year, as compared with 90.4 percent of capacity in the same month in 2007, according to a Nov. 7 Statistics South Africa report. The main reason given by glass industry companies for not operating at full capacity in August 2008 was low demand from consumers.
According to another Statistics South Africa report Nov. 13, manufacturers of glass and glass products in South Africa recorded sales worth ZAR4.45 billion ($438 million) in the first nine months of this year, as compared with ZAR4.20 billion ($414 million) in the same period in 2007.
The average price of glass and glass products sold by manufacturers in Poland in the first eight months of this year was 3.8 percent lower than in the same period in 2007, according to a Nov. 7 report from Poland’s Central Statistical Office. In comparison, the average price of industrial goods sold in Poland was 2.6 percent higher year-on-year.
The production of glass and glass products in Hungary in the first nine months of this year was 14.8 percent higher than in the same period in 2007, according to a Nov. 14 report from Hungary’s Central Statistical Office. Glass and glass products manufacturers’ sales in the January-to-September period were 14.6 percent higher year-on-year, with an increase in sales of 13.3 percent on the domestic Hungarian market and 15.4 percent higher sales on export markets.