The manufacturing sector has witnessed growth at an average annual rate of 4% in the past few years. This sector has largely emphasized on adopting processes that are precise, efficient, and safe. Automation within machineries can help cater to these burgeoning demands. Various end-of-line packaging solution providers are integrating automation to increase the end user throughput and operability of machines. Moreover, the need to modernize manufacturing facilities is anticipated to drive the demand for end-of-line packaging machineries. Today, the enterprises with profitable businesses are strategizing to reduce costs to achieve a better bottom line. Industries, especially in the developing countries (such as BRICS), are faced with high labor costs and lack of skilled labor and high turnover. End-of-line packaging solutions eliminate the need to constantly find and train a new workforce, and allows employers to allocate available workforce more value adding tasks, which in turn can reduce labor turnover through improved workplace conditions.

Installation of robots in packaging operations at production facilities has increased largely due to the urge from operators to increase production efficiency. Robotic installation in packaging lines offers high-speed efficiency and reduces manual dexterity of product picking, packing, and palletizing. It facilitates increased equipment efficiency at low operational costs and offers impressive returns on investment. Furthermore, robotics can be more efficient in handling lightweight packaging. These robots are likely to cause less package damage as compared to conventional packaging methods. These value-added benefits offered by robotic automation is influencing key manufacturers to install robotic automation systems at manufacturing and packaging facilities.

Revenue generated from the sales of end-of-line packaging is estimated to be valued at US$ 4,070.5 Mn by the end of 2016 and is expected to increase at a CAGR of 4.0% over the forecast period. Increasing demand for high degree of automation in packaging lines and its added advantage of reducing the labor and packaging cost is expected to drive the demand for end-of-line packaging solutions over the forecast period.  

On the basis of technology, the end-of-line packaging market is segmented into automatic and semi-automatic. On the basis of function type, the global market is segmented into standalone and integrated. The standalone segment is further segmented into machineries used for palletizing, carton erecting, packaging and sealing, stretch wrapping, and labelling among others. The global end-of-line packaging market is also segmented based on end-use industries such as food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, automotive, electronics and semiconductor, and chemical products among others. On the basis of received order type, the global market is segmented into standard order and customized order. 

Top companies in the packaging market are focused on innovation in packaging format and cost-effective solutions. These factors are expected to drive demand for customized integrated solutions, which are anticipated to offer cost-effective solutions by reducing labor costs as well as innovative end-of-line packaging.  On the basis of function type, the integrated end-of-line packaging segment is estimated to create highest incremental opportunity over the forecast period. On the basis of application, the pharmaceuticals segment is expected to witness the highest growth at a CAGR of 5.0% in terms of value over the forecast period. The food and beverages segment is expected to remain dominant throughout the forecast period. Automotive segment is identified as second most promising market for end-of-line packaging suppliers. Revenue from automatic segment is also anticipated to increase at a CAGR of 4.6% in terms of revenue, however the growth is impressive as per the data received from end-of-line packaging suppliers. Size and design of warehouse and production facilities are crucial factors driving demand for customized end-of-line packaging. Since end-use industries are increasingly showing preference for customized end-of-line packaging solutions, the share of this segment is anticipated to increase over the forecast period.

On the basis of geography, Europe is anticipated to dominate the global end-of-line packaging market throughout the forecast period. Europe is followed by North America and Asia Pacific. Revenue generated from the sales of end-of-line packaging in Asia Pacific is expected to increase at the highest CAGR of 5.5% over the forecast period. Sales of end-of-line packaging is likely to remain moderate with regular crest and trough in demand, whereas in developing countries it is likely to reflect vertical upward growth trend. This is primarily because of increasing demand for high degree of automation across end use industries. Latin America and MEA are expected to witness relatively slower growth as compared to other regions. 

Key players in the global end-of-line packaging market include Krones AG, IMA S.p.A., Bosch Packaging Technology, DS Smith Plc., Pro Mach, Inc., Combi Packaging Systems LLC, Festo Corporation, Schneider Packaging Equipment Co. Inc., and Gebo Cermex. 

This report provides forecast and analysis of end-of-line packaging market on the global and regional level. It provides the historical data of 2015 along with forecast from 2016 to 2026 in terms of revenue (US$ Mn). The report also includes macroeconomic indicators along with an outlook on global packaging market. It includes drivers and restraints of the end-of-line packaging market along with their impact on each region during the forecast period. The report also comprises the study of current issues with end users and the opportunities offered for end-of-line packaging solution providers. It also includes the detailed regional pricing analysis and value chain analysis with list of vendors/suppliers, and industry stake holders at each node in the value chain.

In order to provide the users of this report with comprehensive view of the market, we have included detailed competitiveness analysis and company players with unique selling propositions. The dashboard provides detailed comparison of equipment manufacturers, integrators, and equipment manufacturers plus integrators on parameters such as operating margin, unique selling propositions, collective market share, and geographic concentration. The study encompasses market attractiveness analysis, by technology, function type, received order type, and end-use industries.

The report includes revenue generated from sales of end-of-line packaging in all the regions and important countries in these regions. The technology segment includes present and forecast demand for automatic and semi-automatic end-of-line packaging solutions. The function type segment includes demand for standalone and integrated end-of-line packaging machinery. The standalone segment is further segmented into machinery used for palletizing, case erector, packaging and sealing, stretch wrapping, labeling, and others. End-use industry segment includes demand for end-of-line packaging in industries such as food & beverages, pharmaceuticals, electronics and semiconductor, automotive, and others (chemical products and consumer products).

Market numbers have been estimated based on average consumption of standalone and integrated end-of-line packaging machinery and the revenue is derived through regional pricing trends. Market size and forecast for each segment have been provided in the context of global and regional markets. End-of-line packaging market has been analyzed based on expected demands. Prices considered for the calculation of revenue are average regional prices obtained through primary quotes from numerous regional manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors. All key end-users have been considered and potential applications have been estimated on the basis of secondary sources, and feedback by primary respondents. Regional demand patterns have been considered while estimating the market for various end-users of end-of-line packaging in different regions. Top down approach has been used to estimate the end-of-line packaging market and split by regions. The market numbers for global function type, technology, and received order type segments has been derived using the bottom-up approach, which is cumulative of each region’s demand. Market share of companies has been derived on the basis of revenues reported by key manufacturers. The market has been forecast based on constant currency rates.

A number of primary and secondary sources were consulted during the course of the study. Secondary sources include Factiva, Packaging Digest, Pack World, PMMI (The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies), Institute of Packaging Machinery Manufacturers of India, Hoover’s, and company annual reports and publications among many others.

The report provides detailed competitive outlook including market shares and company profiles of key participants operating in the global market. Key players in the global end-of-line packaging market include Krones AG, IMA S.p.A., Bosch Packaging Technology, DS Smith Plc., Pro Mach, Inc., Combi Packaging Systems LLC ,  Festo Corporation, Schneider Packaging Equipment Co. Inc., and Gebo Cermex. Company profiles include attributes such as company overview, financial overview, business strategy, SWOT analysis, and recent developments.

The market has been segmented as below:

End-of-line Packaging Market – Technology

  • Automatic
  • Semi-automatic

End-of-line Packaging Market – Function

  • Standalone
    • Palletizing
    • Carton erector, packing and sealing
    • Stretch wrapping
    • Labelling
    • Others
  • Integrated

End-of-line Packaging Market – Received Order Type

  • Standard
  • Customized

End-of-line Packaging Market – End-use Industries

  • Food & beverages
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Electronics and semiconductor
  • Automotive
  • Others (chemical products and consumer products)

End-of-line Packaging Market – Regional Analysis

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Argentina
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • France
    • U.K.
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific (APAC)
    • China
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Japan
    • ASEAN
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East and Africa (MEA)
    • GCC Countries
    • South Africa
    • Rest of MEA