U.S. packaging machinery shipments jump 19% in 2011 Shipments of U.S. packaging machinery grew 19% in 2011, reaching $7.7 billion, according toPMMI’s(PMMI.org) 2012 Shipments Study. PMMI’s annual research also shows total consumption in the United States climbing by 23% to $8.8 billion.
growth is always good news,” says Jorge Izquierdo, vice president, market
development, PMMI. “And within that 19 percent jump in U.S. packaging
machinery shipments, we saw 20 percent growth domestically and 16 percent in
packaging machinery sales also increased, by about $500 million, Izquierdo
points out, “U.S. companies spent 35 percent more on imported packaging
machinery in 2011.”
distribution of sales among market segments did not shift much, if at all
however. Food (36%) and beverage (24%) accounted for the vast majority of
sales, as they have since PMMI began conducting this study in the mid-1990s.
In 2011, the two categories combined to account for 60% of shipments.
machine category that didn’t see its greatest sales in food or beverage was
Blister, Skin/Vacuum Packaging Machines, in which 59% of its sales were to
the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device market.
then, foods accounted for 41 percent of category sales,” Izquierdo notes.
“The foods market led 16 of the 25 total categories, and beverages led in
machines - container/material manufacturing had the greatest dollar sales in
2011, the Shipments Study finds, with $760 million, about 10% of the total
market. “Coding, Printing, Marking Stamping and Imprinting (Not on a Label)”
followed, with $520 million (7%) of the market.
December 31, 2011, the backlog on orders was $2.3 billion, PMMI reports.
While the dollar figure for backlogs increased by 28% from 2010 ($1.8
billion), it was actually a smaller share of the total shipments figure - 30%
in 2011 vs. 33% in 2010.
2012 Shipments Study is free to the PMMI members who participated in the
survey. Non-participating members can purchase it for $1,500, and it’s
available to nonmembers for $3,500. Visit PMMI.org to