Definition: Packaging Technology Segment in Mechanical Engineering

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Packaging is used in many areas where goods are transported. The packaging should enable optimal stowage, facilitate transport handling and protect transported goods from damage. Whereas in earlier times packaging was a manual process, today packaging technology is used for this purpose. This article is based on the unique List of the 200 largest mechanical engineering companies in Germany.

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Every third packaging machine from Germany

Packaging technology comprises technical units that perform essential functions in packaging processes. These can be semi-automatic or fully automatic packaging processes. In the case of semi-automatic packaging technology, manual operations are still required, whereas in the case of fully automatic packaging technology, the packaging process is carried out completely by machine.

A distinction is made between strapping devices and packaging machines. The – often semi-automatic – strapping tools are primarily used to secure pallets. Packaging machines take over the fast and safe packaging of goods. There is a large variety of types. It ranges from the simple film wrapping station to the complex packaging system, which completely handles loading or filling, cartoning and labelling. Many packaging machines are custom-made products that are developed and manufactured specifically according to customer requirements.

Germany is the world market leader in packaging machine manufacturing. Every third packaging machine on the globe comes from here. The industry consists of around 250, predominantly medium-sized companies, which generated sales of around 7.3 billion euros in 2019. The largest single foreign sales market is the USA (2019: 786 million euros), followed by China (2019. 451 million euros). Half of the exports (2019: approx. 3 billion euros) go to European countries. One of Germany’s leading manufacturers of packaging technology is Krones AG in Neutraubling, which focuses on beverage filling and packaging. Windmöller & Hölscher in Lengerich (Tecklenburger Land) specializes in extrusion, printing and processing machines for flexible packaging as well as bagging systems.

Mechanical Engineering in GermanyIn our industry report of the German mechanical engineering industry you will find detailed information on areas of activity, an overview of the locations and clusters of the mechanical engineering industry, key financial figures as well as insights into the gender distribution and sustainability efforts of the sector.


Source: ResearchGermany – Mechanical Engineering Industry Report

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