Sales advances in developing parts of the world will outpace demand in the Triad countries of the U.S., Western Europe, and Japan. China will register the largest gains of any national market in value terms. Packaging equipment demand in the country will expand by more than $3.3 billion from 2007 to 2012, and China will surpass Western Europe and the U.S. to become the largest market in the world. Increases are also expected to be healthy in Russia, India, and Mexico, as well as in lower-volume markets in Asia, the Africa/Mideast region, and Eastern Europe.
Packaging machinery demand will rise as well in developed parts of the world, although growth is expected to be relatively sluggish in a number of nations, including the U.K., Germany, Italy, and Japan. Although demand will grow slowly, the outlook for packaging equipment production in these areas is somewhat more favorable. Industry output will increase at a faster rate in developing countries, but new manufacturing capacity is being added in industrialized nations as well, and in 2012 Western Europe, Japan, and the U.S. will continue to account for over two-thirds of packaging machinery production.
Labeling and coding equipment will record the fastest gains of any packaging machinery type through 2012, driven by rising consumption of label-intensive nondurable goods, a growing need for shippers to accurately track items for safety and security reasons, and an expanding number of labeling regulations. However, filling and form/fill/seal equipment will remain the most widely used type of packaging machinery, accounting for close to one-quarter of 2012 demand with above-average growth. Demand for wrapping, bundling and palletizing equipment will also climb at a slightly above-average pace.
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