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Packaging Automation Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

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  • 159 Pages
  • August 2022
  • Region: Global
  • Mordor Intelligence
  • ID: 4773655
The packaging automation market was valued at USD 60.34 Billion in 2021, and it is expected to reach a value of USD 94.33 Billion by 2027, registering a CAGR of 7.81% during the forecast period (2022-2027). Over the last few decades, production lines across the world have undergone a significant transformation with the advent of automation and robotics. High levels of competition and growing focus on reducing the turnaround time have prompted manufacturers across the world toward automation in a bid to retain high levels throughout and efficiency.

Key Highlights

  • The demand for global packaging automation solutions industry is driven by the increase in the rate of industrialization & manufacturing activities due to the growing population, reduction in the labor cost as automated packaging requires fewer manual inputs, and a rise in industries using this solution, including food & beverage, healthcare & pharmaceuticals, and e-commerce & logistics industry, and others.
  • The industries are focusing on gaining a higher cost realization by achieving higher efficiency and cost reduction in the overall operation. Labor wage is one of the large chunks of expense for any manufacturer. The trend toward less staff per line has been driving the need for intuitive control units, such as Human & Machines (HMI), to Interact with multi-touch. Hence, by adopting packaging automation systems, manufacturers gain efficient and cost-effective packaging solutions.
  • Decarbonization continues to be a major trend in nearly every industry. Reducing energy consumption is a very high priority for packaging companies, and CPG (Consumer Packaged Goods) manufacturers are searching for ways to control energy use in their facilities better. As a result, many are outfitting the new machines and retrofitting existing machines with airflow sensors.
  • Companies are now adopting industry 4.0, and it is coupled with the rise in the need for supply chain integration. Manufacturers are moving toward packaging automation solutions due to their ability to interact with the stakeholders and the optimization of complicated logistics schedules.
  • In recent years, Industry 4.0 developed at a surprising rate and is expected to reach USD trillion by early 2030, according to industry experts. This technological advancement is the perfect opportunity for manufacturers in the packaging industry to speed up their digitalization strategy and respond to customers’ requirements in an efficient way.
  • However, the advantages of adopting the packaging automation systems are significant and driving the market, but the requirement of higher initial capital is restricting smaller organizations from its adoption further amidst the pandemic.

Key Market Trends

Pharmaceutical Industry to Show Significant Growth

  • The pharmaceutical industry has been undergoing massive changes due to covid 19, and there have been various advancements in technologies. The industry has adopted digitized supply chain management solutions driven by critical factors increasing the value and complexity of the supply chain ecosystem. For instance, the rise of novel techniques for vaccines and biologics requires specific materials and temperature conditions for proper packing and transport, and visibility and transparency are needed.
  • According to PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, the pharmaceutical industry is undergoing a fundamental shift in product formats with the growth of injectables and customized medicines, requiring manufacturers to rethink their production and packaging strategies. Manufacturers are looking to use the potential of digitized data to drive efficiency improvements throughout operations.
  • A recent study by FDANews stated that around 80% of the deviations observed could be attributed to human error. Also, in the United States, 90% of the prescriptions have generic drugs but only generate 28% of the revenue of the pharmaceutical revenue, resulting in an increasing demand for small batch production. With packaging automation, consistent quality, even for small batch production, can be achieved.
  • The adoption of industry 4.0 in the pharmaceutical industry has shown significant growth. Its ability for continuous process control for all the operations, including packaging, provides analytical insights and helps in drawing quicker decisions where attention is needed and reduces human interventions.
  • Further, with the decreasing cost of robotics systems such as parallel robots, and arms robots, pharmaceutical companies are starting to accept the fiscal advantages of robotics components over obsolete equipment as they offer automation with sustainability and flexibility.

Asia Pacific to Hold a Major Market Share

  • Due to the high penetration of packaging machinery in the region, Asia Pacific accounts for a significant market share. The formation of Strategic Partnerships and collaborations by key vendors in the region add growth to the market. For instance, in February 2022, Honeywell announced its collaboration with Walvax Biotechnology Co. Ltd in providing automation control solutions to achieve highly intelligent and digitized vaccine production for China's first mRNA COVID-19 vaccine production plant. The plant will utilize Honeywell's intelligent plant technology and industry-leading experience for digital production and operation of the plant, promote the digitalization of the vaccine industry, and realize the goal of building an intelligent plant.
  • Automation became more prevalent with the unfortunate spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. China is expected to be one of the critical markets for packaging automation, considering the increasing investments and the growing size of the retail market sector. The rising consumption rate of goods accelerates the need for more packaging, thus influencing the demand for packaging robots.
  • The packaging market in Japan is experiencing healthy growth. The demand for corrugated packaging in the country has been fueled by the growth of beverages and packaged food. The growing processed food industry in Japan is also expected to act as one of the critical drivers for the packaging automation market.
  • In addition, the introduction of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) into packaging equipment is also gaining popularity in the region, which may not only improve the efficiency of packaging lines but also pave the way for the digital future of packaging equipment over the next decade, by opening new opportunities for improved machinery, machine infrastructure, and operators.
  • As per Invest India (National Investment Promotion and Felicitation Agency), the Indian packaging market will reach USD 204.81 billion by 2025, registering a CAGR of 26.7% from 2020-to 2025. One of the major export markets for Indian production of PE bags is the United States (50% share of all exports), the United Kingdom, and all Western European countries.
  • However, the Indian packaging industry has been one such sector that witnessed rapid changes owing to the COVID-19 measures. The pharmaceutical and food industry absorbed the most heat compared to other regions. The demand was relatively high for packaged food due to the lockdown and the rising demand for medical supplies and pharmaceutical products.

Competitive Landscape

The competition in the market is anticipated to be high over the forecast period, as a significant share of the market lies with the major market players. Innovation and collaboration among the key players are further adding growth in the market.
  • March 2022 - ULMA Packaging announced that its machines now feature BETTER-SEAL, an innovative system that improves the sealing in mono-material solutions. The addition of this feature is a step forward in its innovation strategy and its commitment to the environment.
  • January 2022 - MULTIVAC announced the acquisition of the complete holdings of TVI in Bruckmühl. TVI is a provider of portioning machines and has been part of the MULTIVAC Group since January 2017. This acquisition is an essential component for the further alignment of MULTIVAC as a complete supplier of packaging and processing solutions.

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Table of Contents

1.1 Study Assumption and Market Definition
1.2 Scope of the study
4.1 Market Overview
4.2 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis
4.2.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.2.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers
4.2.3 Threat of New Entrants
4.2.4 Threat of Substitutes
4.2.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
4.3 Assessment of the Impact of Covid-19 on the Industry
4.4 Industry Value Chain Analysis
5.1 Market Drivers
5.1.1 Increasing Number of Automation for Secondary Packaging
5.1.2 Increasing Adoption of Automation Solutions Across Various Industries
5.2 Market Challenges/Restraints
5.2.1 High Capital Cost and Cybersecurity Concerns Due to Low In-Depth Knowledge of Manufacturers
5.2.2 Huge Scope of Growth in the E-commerce and Retail Sectors
6.1 By Product Type
6.1.1 Filling
6.1.2 Labelling
6.1.3 Case Packaging
6.1.4 Bagging
6.1.5 Palletizing
6.1.6 Capping
6.1.7 Wrapping
6.1.8 Other Product Types
6.2 By End-user
6.2.1 Food
6.2.2 Beverage
6.2.3 Pharmaceuticals
6.2.4 Personal Care and Toiletries
6.2.5 Industrial and Chemicals
6.2.6 Other End-users
6.3 By Geography
6.3.1 North America United States Canada
6.3.2 Europe United Kingdom Germany France Rest of Europe
6.3.3 Asia-Pacific China Japan India South Korea Rest of Asia-Pacific
6.3.4 Latin America
6.3.5 Middle-East and Africa
7.1 Company Profiles
7.1.1 Multivac Group
7.1.2 Coesia Spa
7.1.3 ULMA Packaging
7.1.4 Syntegon Technology
7.1.5 Swisslog Healthcare
7.1.6 Rockwell Automation Inc.
7.1.7 Sealed Air Corporation
7.1.8 Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
7.1.9 Automated Packaging System LLC (Sealed Air Corporation)

Companies Mentioned

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • Multivac Group
  • Coesia Spa
  • ULMA Packaging
  • Syntegon Technology
  • Swisslog Healthcare
  • Rockwell Automation Inc.
  • Sealed Air Corporation
  • Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
  • Automated Packaging System LLC (Sealed Air Corporation)