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PACK EXPO Las Vegas Report: State of Packaging Remains Strong

PACK EXPO Las Vegas and co-located Healthcare Packaging EXPO 2019 opened amidst reports of sustained growth in the U.S. packaging machinery market, with forecasts exceeding $11 billion for the first time.

Based on the newly released State of the Industry U.S. Packaging Machinery Report by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technology, owner and producer of the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, packaging machinery shipments could reach $11.2 billion.

Per the State of the Industry report, the value of domestic shipments of packaging machinery rose 6% to $8.7 billion in 2018—and are forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of nearly 4% through 2024.

“The forecast for the packaging machinery market continues to be robust,” said Jorge Izquierdo, Vice President, Market Development, PMMI during a PACK EXPO Las Vegas press luncheon releasing the report. “We anticipate growth in major market segments such as pharmaceuticals, as well as food and beverage with flexible packaging continuing to make inroads on rigid packaging.”

The market for flexible packaging is growing quickly and at the expense of cartons and bottles, but the throughput rates of rigid packaging are still significantly higher than those of pouches, as rigid containers can be moved under greater rates of acceleration.

Food represents the largest packaging machinery sector in 2018, accounting for 38.8% of shipment revenues, followed by beverage at 23.6%. The pharmaceuticals sector is expected to grow the fastest to 2024, at a CAGR of 4.4%, but beverage isn’t too far behind, forecasting at 4.1%. While the largest machinery type category in 2018 was case handling at 15.1%, form/fill/seal equipment is forecast to grow the fastest to 2024, with a CAGR of 4.7%. Filling and dosing machinery—clearly paced by the expected growth in pharma—is forecast to grow the next fastest to 2024, with a CAGR of 4.1%.

The full 2019 State of the Industry Report is now available for download at Download the entire report, or get a free executive summary, at

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