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Analysis of the European Packaging Machinery Market

  • January 2013
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  • Frost & Sullivan
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  • 165 pages

Need for Operational Efficiency Drives Demand for Innovative, Flexible Packaging Solutions

This study provides an analysis of the packaging machinery market in Europe. Despite being affected by the economic recession, the market has rebounded. This indicates growth opportunities over the forecast period. This study covers the drivers and restraints of the market and divides it into FCFC, FFS, grouping, wrapping, palletizing, and other packaging machinery. Furthermore, it covers the mega trends prevalent in this market and provides an analysis of the competitive structure of the market.

Background of the Research

What is the aim of this study?
• The aim of this study is to understand the packaging machinery market in Europe.
• The research service is an independent study and its scope includes analyses of the market drivers, restraints, challenges, trends, revenues (including a forecast period of five years) and competitive analysis.

Who is a potential reader of this study?
• This study has been created for innovative, growth seeking market participants to support them in the process of chalking out short- and long-term strategy.

Why is it this content valuable?
• This study helps to understand the market trends, identify the growth opportunities, and as a result facilitate sustainable development and long-term competitiveness for the market participants.

Executive Summary

Current Market Stage
The European packaging machinery market is currently in a mature stage. It was valued at $X million in 2011 and is expected to witness a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of X percent from 2011 to 2016.

Drivers for Adoption
The growth drivers for the European packaging machinery market are: change in consumer trends, demand for higher production control and efficiency, increasing demand for integrated, multi-functional solutions, and growing ecological requirements.

Market Restraints
The European packaging machinery market is mainly restrained by unfavorable economic conditions, maturity of the largest packaging machinery markets in Europe, and the high cost of packaging machinery.

Product Trends
The European packaging machinery market is witnessing a strong move towards integrated, multi-functional solutions. As a result, the demand for filling, closing, and filling and closing (FCFC), wrapping, and palletizing machinery is expected to be slower than the demand for form-fill-seal (FFS) machinery and grouping machinery. Therefore, these two segments are expected to increase at the highest growth rates from 2011 to 2016.

End-User Trends
The food and beverage industries accounted for the largest market share in the European packaging machinery market. Further growth of these end-user segments is driven by the increasing demand packaged convenience food. This market share of this sector is followed by the chemicals and petrochemicals, and pharmaceuticals sectors.

Geographic Trends
Germany and France are expected to remain the most important contributors to the total European packaging machinery market. However, as the markets are considered to be in a mature stage, further growth might be restrained due to saturation of the packaging machinery market in these regions. Thereby, growth of the European market is expected to be fueled by increasing demand from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), Scandinavia, and the United Kingdom.

CEO’s Perspective

1. Rising standard of living drives the demand for packaged convenience food and stimulates the need for flexible solutions enabling the packing of products of all shapes and sizes.
2. Increasing ecological requirements are expected to drive the demand for material-efficient machinery such as FFS or grouping machines.
3. Despite the impressive recovery in 2010, the European packaging machinery market is likely to witness saturation in the largest and most mature European economies.
4. Increasing competition among the European and Asian suppliers of packaging machinery is expected to drive down equipment costs and affect market revenue.

Scope of the Research

Product Segmentation
• Filling, closing, and filling and closing (FCFC) machinery
• Form-Fill-Seal machinery (FFS) machinery
• Wrapping machinery
• Group packaging machinery
• Palletizing machinery
• Others (include labeling, marking and cleaning equipment)

End-User Segmentation
• Chemicals and Petrochemicals
• Food
• Beverage
• Pharmaceuticals
• Confectionery and Tobacco
• Toiletries and Cosmetics
• Others (include electronic equipment, car parts, and other consumer products)

Geographic Segmentation
• Germany
• France
• Italy
• The United Kingdom
• Iberia
• Scandinavia
• Benelux
• Rest of Western Europe (Rowe)
• Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)


For this study, packaging machinery has been classified into the following categories:
• Filling, Closing, and Filling and Closing Machinery (FCFC)
This machinery segment includes all types of equipment that fill or close pre-formed bottles, bags, sacks, and boxes with solid or liquid products. These machines form the backbone of the packaging industry, as almost all packaging applications use one or all of these machines. This product segment covers a wide variation of processes involving filling and closing.
• Form-Fill-Seal Machinery (FFS)
Such machines merge the functions of several machines into a single piece of equipment. The packaging container is formed using FFS machinery, from a reel or sheet of packaging material, before filling and sealing the package. This is a continuous process and these machines are capable of delivering high throughputs.
• Wrapping Machinery
Such machinery is used for wrapping a film around a package or a group of packages to unitize them for shipment or storage. Wrapping protects the packages from damage during shipment or storage. Stretch-wrapping and shrink-wrapping machines are some of the commonly used wrapping machinery.
• Group Packaging Machinery
Such machinery performs the function of gathering individual items into cases, cartons, and other containers for shipment and display. Alternatively, the products may undergo an enveloping process using stretch film or shrink-wrapping machines.
• Palletizing Machinery
These machines provide a system of loading numerous products onto a reusable pallet or crate, and securing them together prior to shipping. Such systems may comprise robotic placement machinery or conveyor systems to arrange the products into batches, or to form display pallets. Methods of securing may include strapping, wrapping, or shrink filming, depending on the nature of the palletized products.
• Others
Other packaging machinery incorporates certain supplementary packaging processes that may be required before or after the primary packaging process, such as labeling or cleaning.

For this study, the end-user segments have been classified into the following categories:
• Chemicals and Petrochemicals
This industry includes companies that manufacture basic chemicals, chemicals used in manufacturing, chemical end-products (soaps and cosmetics), and specialty end products.
• Food and Beverages
The food industry consists of manufacturing plants that transform livestock and agricultural products into consumables. The beverage industry consists of manufacturers of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
• Pharmaceuticals
The pharmaceuticals industry includes companies primarily engaged in the manufacture of biological and medicinal products intended for internal and external consumption in various forms.
• Confectionery and Tobacco
The companies in this vertical acquire the principal raw materials from tobacco growers as well as paper fibers from mills, and combine them to manufacture smoking and smokeless tobacco products. This industry consists of units mainly engaged in manufacturing cigarettes, cigars, smoking or chewing tobacco, snuff, or in re-drying tobacco leaf.
• Toiletries and Cosmetics
This industry comprises management units primarily involved in the manufacture of cosmetic and toilet preparation products. The key products include cosmetics, perfumes (natural or synthetic), deodorants, lotions/creams, and hair care products.
• Others
Others include a wide range of verticals that were not specified in any other industry, such as electronic equipment, car parts, and other consumer product industries.

Geographic Scope

The study encompasses the following geographical regions:
• Germany
• France
• Italy
• The United Kingdom
• Scandinavia (Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden)
• Benelux (Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg)
• Iberia (Spain and Portugal)
• The Rest of Western Europe (Austria, Greece, the Republic of Ireland, and Switzerland)
• Central and Eastern Europe (Poland, Hungary, the Czech, Slovenia, Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Bulgaria, and Romania)
Currency Used: US Dollar

Exchange Rate
2009: 1 USD = XEURO; 1 USD = X GBP
2010: 1 USD = X EURO; 1 USD = XGBP
2011: 1 USD = X EURO; 1 USD = X GBP

Time Frame
Historic Period: 2008–2010, Base Year: 2011
Short Term: 2012–2013
Medium Term: 2014–2015
Long Term: 2016

Key Questions This Study Will Answer

• Is the market growing? How long will it continue to grow, and at what rate?
• What are the market drivers and restraints, and other factors affecting demand for packaging machinery?
• Are the products currently offered in the market meeting customer needs, or is additional development required?
• What are the technological trends observed in this market? Is the market expected to encounter any challenges regarding the customers’ needs?
• Which market competitive structure is more beneficial for further technology development?
• What are the market opportunities and threats? What are the strategic recommendations for the next five years?

Table Of Contents

Analysis of the European Packaging Machinery Market
Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary
2. Market Overview
3. Total Packaging Machinery Market
• External Challenges: Drivers and Restraints
• Forecasts and Trends
• Product Analysis
• Demand Analysis
• Market Share and Competitive Analysis
• Mega Trends and Industry Convergence Implications
4. Regional Breakdown
• Germany Breakdown
• France Breakdown
• Italy Breakdown
• The United Kingdom Breakdown
• Iberia Breakdown
• Benelux Breakdown
• Scandinavia Breakdown
• Rest of Western Europe Breakdown
• Central and Eastern Europe Breakdown
5. The Last Word
6. Appendix

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