The plastic processing machinery market is expected to reach a value of USD 31.42 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach USD 42.44 billion by 2026, registering a CAGR of 5.24% over the forecast period of 2021 - 2026.
- Plastic molding processing technology has been widely used in the manufacturing of various products, such as auto parts, connectors, displays, mobile phones, 3C electronic products, plastic optical lenses, biomedical application products, and general daily necessities, etc. With the growing trend of diversification of product usage and variability in functional requirements, plastic molding processing technology is booming day by day.
- Compared to other materials, such as metal, stone, and wood, plastic has the advantages of low cost and strong plasticity. Thus it is widely used in the economy and daily life. The plastic products and industry occupies an extremely important position in the world; the production of plastic products has developed rapidly all over the world for many years. According to PlasticsEurope (PEMRG) data, the global production of plastics in 2018 stood at 359 million metric tons and seeing steady growth.
- Owing to the sheer growth in demand for plastic products, the industry is seeing significant growth in demand for plastic processing equipment. Amongst all the techniques, plastic injection molding is one of the most commonly-used plastic formation techniques with numerous industrial applications, the market demand for the technology is continually expanding and evolving. Custom made plastic injection molding parts offer the perfect solution for numerous industries that are striving to produce a great volume of high-quality and cost-efficient parts.
- The growing need for upgrades combined with the modernization of plastics processing plants in developing nations is expected to spur the replacement demand for injection molding machinery and other equipment demand. The growth is also augmented by the technological developments which are driving down the equipment cost and increasing affordability of equipment in price-sensitive markets.
Key Market Trends
Increasing Demand for Plastics from the Packaging Industry
- The global demand for plastic packaging from industries such as food & beverages, consumer goods, electronics, and even industrial is on the rise, owing to the benefits offered by plastic packaging as it reacts with less number of products and helps keep items safe, also the materials used can be made odourless, helps in protection of item from environmental conditions, and product can be even sealed for leakage proofing; such benefits are driving the demand for plastic packaging in the market.
- North America is one of the major market for plastic packaging as a prominent share of the retail sector is organised and highly regulated which regulate safe keeping of items in various segments, owing to this the demand is significantly higher. For instance, according to the data by the US Census Bureau, the industry revenue of plastic packaging material and unlaminated films in the US in 2024 is expected to reach USD 38 Billion.
- The lightweight property of the plastic is driving the growth of the plastic packaging in Europe. Glass is much heavier compared to plastic, which means more trips would be required while transporting. This translates to a more significant environmental impact. Glass is also much heavier for the end consumer, whereas plastic is lightweight and much easier to carry.
- As per the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), they consumed 13.8 billion gallons of bottled water in 2018. Also, according to a new national survey conducted online by The Harris Poll on behalf of the IBWA, more than nine in 10 Americans expect bottled water to be available wherever other drinks are sold.
Asia-Pacific is Expected to Hold the Largest Share
- China, being an emerging economy in the Asia-Pacific region, is witnessing an exponential rise in the number of manufacturing activities, which would require high-performance components that consume plastic in various end-user industries.
- Within the types of plastic processing machinery, injection molding machinery is expected to hold a significant share in China. Some of the prominent players operating in this segment of the market include Haitian International Holdings Limited, The Chen Hsong Group, L.K. Technology Holdings Limited, Cosmos Machinery Enterprises Limited, and FU CHUN SHIN Machinery Manufacture Co. Ltd, among others.
- Also, the production data of bottled drinking water is indicative of the fact that the injection molding machinery market in China is poised to grow over the forecast period. According to DCC China, the production of bottled drinking water, by volume, is expected to reach a total annual consumption of 49 million metric ton by the end of 2020.
- Similar to China, injection molding machinery is expected to hold a significant market share among the types of plastic processing machinery, in the country. Some of the prominent players operating in this segment of the market include Arburg GmbH, Engel Machinery India Pvt Ltd, Haitian Huayan Machinery (India) Pvt Ltd, and Husky Injection Molding Systems Pvt Ltd, among others. According to the India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF), the plastics industry hosts more than 2,000 exporters and comprises o more than 30,000 processing units. About 85-90% of these units are small- and medium-sized enterprises.
- The government of Japan plans to reduce its carbon footprint by EVs, which has resulted in substantial investments toward EV infrastructure development. Japan witnessed an increase in the number of EV charging stations, to support the rising number of EVs, on account of the introduction of government subsidies for EV buyers.
The competitive rivalry in the plastic processing machinery market is high owing to the presence of some key players such as Brown Machine Group, Haitian International Holdings Limited amongst others. Through research and development, these companies have gained a competitive advantage by continually innovating their offerings. These players through innovation and mergers and acquisitions have been able to gain a strong footprint in the market as well as being able to further develop the technology.
September 2020 - Engel Austria expanded the series of e-speed mould injection into the lower clamping force ranges, with a particular focus on manufacturers of thin-walled containers, buckets and matching lids. The new e-speed with a clamping force of 2800 kN will produce 1-litre round containers made of polypropylene in thin-wall technology
April 2020 - Hillenbrand Inc. announced that it entered a definitive agreement under which Hillenbrand acquired Milacron in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately USD 2 billion, including net debt of approximately USD 686 million as of March 31, 2019. This transaction represented a pivotal step in Hillenbrand's vision to become a world-class global diversified industrial company by adding new strategic businesses in hot runner systems and injection molding to Hillenbrand's portfolio through Milacron's leading brands, including Mold-Masters and Milacron injection molding.
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