Sector trends

Sector Overview

With a turnover of more than 6 billion euro, the Italian automatic packaging machinery sector is one of the most dynamic Italian industries.

It is one of the Italian sectors with the highest export propensity (more than 80%) and consists of some 200-250 industrial-sized companies, along with around 300 production units with artisanal characteristics.

It is a world-leading industry that competes with the German manufacturers for the international leadership position. More than 50% of all automatic packaging machinery sold worldwide is Italian or German.

The Italian automatic packaging machinery industry's leadership position is based on four essential factors: a high level of technology and product quality; an extremely high level of customisation and operating flexibility of machinery; rapid after-sales support in all world markets; and a high degree of competitiveness due to the combination of large integrated groups and highly specialised small and medium-sized enterprises that as a whole offer a full range of machinery for all types of products.

The companies are based prevalently in the regions of Emilia-Romagna (home to the highest concentration of sector companies anywhere in the world), Lombardy, Piedmont and Veneto, together accounting for more than 80% of the sector's companies. The manufacturing centre is in the so-called "Packaging Valley" in the province of Bologna.

Most of the packaging machinery produced is absorbed by the food sector (which accounts for around 60% of the industry's turnover) and pharmaceutics, cosmetics and toiletries (just under 25%). The rest is used in various sectors, particularly tobacco, where the Italian machinery industry has a long tradition, chemicals/petrochemicals and tissues.


4° Annual Statistical Survey: main results

Here below the summary data for the 4th National Statistical Survey of the packaging machinery sector (figures for 2015).

The next edition of the survey will be available in June 2017.

The complete study is reserved for member companies and industry professionals. Non members can purchase the study on MECS - Machinery Economic Studies

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