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Export structure of packaging machines 2022

Packaging machines less focused on growth markets

Symbol picture for exports.

This report compares the export markets and export regions of packaging machines with those of mechanical engineering for 2022. And it highlights the export markets, which absorb the lion's share of packaging machines.

Update October 2nd, 2023 - A comparison with mechanical engineering clearly shows that packaging machines are somewhat less focused on growth markets.

A report about global industrial production since 2008 and another report about the development of machine exports from Germany to these regions examine the extent to which these are growth markets.

The manufacturers of packaging machines

  • export to the stagnant countries of the European Union with 38% export share1 relatively fewer than the machinery industry altogether with 45%

  • are less strongly focused with 12% on the somewhat more dynamic BRIC countries and on the still growing China (8%) than the machinery industry with 14% resp. 9%

  • use less strongly the growth dynamics of the MIST countries with 5% export share than the machinery industry with 6%

  • are still more focused on the US with 14% than the machinery industry with 13%.

In short: 52% of the export of packaging machines goes to the EU and the USA, only 17% to BRIC and MIST countries - focus therefore on highly developed industrial countries.

The export shares of packaging machines in the EU, the USA, to China, the BRIC countries and the MIST countries 2022 compared to machinery industry.

65% of exports of packaging machines going to 10% of the export countries

The export structure of packaging machines is highly concentrated.

  • 65% of the machine exports going only to 10% of the export countries.

The ten export-strongest EU countries for packaging machines cover 31% of all exports. These are in descending order the EU countries France, Austria, the Netherlands, Poland, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Czech Republic and Irland.

Shares of exports and export countries with packaging machines 2022.

Further ten export countries cover 34% of all exports. These are the four BRIC countries (12%), the four MIST countries (6%), the US and Japan (16%). The remaining 172 export countries for packaging machines take in contrast only 35% of all exports.


1 The official statistics determines value as production, evaluated to selling prices without value added tax. So the difference to the turnover lies mainly in changes of inventories, i.e. value may be understood as turnover with good approximation.