Officials of German injection moulding machinery group Arburg expect 2012 turnover will be similar to the 2011 figure of €471m, although they hesitated to predict sales for next year. “We are more than satisfied with the business trend for 2012 so far,” said Managing Director Michael Hehl, at a news conference 16 October, the first day of the Fakuma 2012 exhibition in Friedrichshafen. Hehl and other company officials said, during a question and answer session, that Arburg's total number of machines sold in 2012 will be lower than in 2011, but this will be counterbalanced by an improvement in the value of the machines sold vs. last year. The consolidated turnover figure includes Arburg in Lossburg, Germany, and other small subsidiaries. Consolidated turnover was €378m in 2010. Arburg has increased employment by 2% this year, to a total of 2,220, Hehl said. About 1,840 of those work in Germany.