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Packaging machines and machinery industry 2008 - 2017

Production of packaging machines growing like machinery industry, sales however as twice as high

Do the packaging machines show up as growth sector compared to machinery industry? Or rather do they lag behind to the machinery industry? Not really anything but a bit of everything – the result is differentiated and revealing.

Update June 11th, 2018 - This report compares production and sales of packaging machines with that of machinery industry during ten years from the pre-crisis year 2008 to the year 2017.


The differences will show up most clearly related to a common starting point. For this purpose we select the pre-crisis year 2008 setting the indices of production and sales turnover for that year at 100.

Production of packaging machines is growing as weak as the entire machinery industry

Compared to mechanical engineering, is the packaging machinery sector a growth sector when it comes to comparing quantities and production?


The answer is shown in the following diagram. The production of packaging machines and that of the entire mechanical engineering industry climbed out of the crisis together by 2011, but then the paths separated.

Comparison production packaging machines with machinery industry from 2008 to 2017.

In six years from 2011 to 2017, the production of packaging machines increased by 1% annually that of mechanical engineering by 0.8%. So the production of packaging machines developed slightly above average compared to mechanical engineering, but not in the form of a dynamic growth sector.


Only the course of production of packaging machines was much more dynamic than that of the mechanical engineering - but in both directions up and down, as the diagram shows.

These special features of the production development do not occur coincidentally, in fact, there is a reason, more exactly two coherent reasons. The first one leads us to the value of packaging machines or their sales.

Sales of packaging machines are growing almost twice as high at 4.2%

The sales1 of packaging machines shows an above-average development compared to mechanical engineering. The latter grew by 2.3% annually from 2012 to 2107, while sales of packaging machines were almost twice as high at 4.2%.

Sales packaging machines compared to machinery industry from 2008 to 2017.

So packaging machinery sector is typically developing above average compared to mechanical engineering with production slightly, sales clearly above average. However, periodic setbacks in production and sales prevent packaging machines from being declared a growth sector in mechanical engineering.


The reason for production and sales of packaging machines moving at different rates is unlocked by the shift of the export markets a separate report analyzes.


A further report compares the growth expectations regrading packaging machines to those in the machinery industry on the base of a market survey from Quest TechnoMarketing.

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