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Vito Graziano, who joined Interconnection in 2016, is an expert for industry analyses and the development of forecast models. In addition to his analytical competence, his international customers benefit from his perfect language skills such as English, Italian, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, and even Korean. Prior to Interconnection, Mr. Graziano worked for a Chinese industrial company in marketing and sales in Southern China. He graduated with a degree in Politics and Economics.

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Hope for Better Times in the Market for Blow Moulding Machines

The European market for blow moulding machines and blow moulds will suffer severe losses this year due to the economic consequences of the pandemic. Business disruptions, cancelled investments, and massive uncertainty among market players have caused an extremely difficult business climate. A new study by Interconnection Consulting predicts a 7.1% drop in sales of blow-moulding machines.

Little Momentum

Even before the crisis, Europe was the least dynamic market in terms of growth compared to all other regions of the world. Sales of blow-moulding machines in Southern and Eastern Europe saw a growth of only 1.8% in 2019. The market for blow moulds, however, was more dynamic. Overall growth in Europe last year was 3.7%, with Western Europe (+6.5%) and the CEE countries posting the highest growth rates of 4.8%.

Principle of Optimism

The regions of Western and Southern Europe in particular are severely affected by the pandemic. Sales of blow-moulding machines are set to drop by 9.2% and 8.4% respectively in 2020. Despite the bitter setback the industry expects sales to pick up again as early as 2021. The economic outlook remains optimistic thereafter. The study expects market volume to exceed pre-crisis levels by 2023 at the latest. In terms of machine types, stretch blow-moulding machines (linear and rotary) dominate the European market with a share of 56.2%. This is followed by extrusion blow moulding machines with around a quarter (23.2%) of the total market, and injection blow moulding machines with a share of around a fifth of the total market. The highest growth rates in 2019 were achieved by the injection-blow moulding machine segment, with a market growth of around 4.5% in value terms.

Sustainability is an Opportunity for Europe

A key issue for the blow moulding industry is the global trend towards banning the use of disposable plastic materials and the focus on sustainability and recyclable plastic materials. Especially the highly developed industrialised countries in Europe, governed by strict laws and regulations, are pioneers in this respect. “Major brands have been forced to minimize the use of non-recyclable disposable plastic materials,” explains Daniel Kollar, the author of the study.


Regions analyzed:

Northwestern Europe (UK, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland)

Western Europe (France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg)

Central Europe (Germany, Austria, Switzerland)

Eastern Europe (Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Slovakia, the Baltics, Bulgaria, Russia, the Ukraine, CIS)

Southern Europe (Spain, Portugal, Greece, Italy)

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Blow Moulding Machines Plunge Through Crisis

In the long term, the market for blow moulding machines and blow moulds is in for stable worldwide growth. However, the pandemic is also causing a global slump in this sector, with sales down 5.9% in 2020. Overall, the pre-crisis market level is not expected to be reached again until 2022 at the earliest, as shown in a study by Interconnection Consulting.

China Leading Producer

The market for blow moulding machines will be affected by the worldwide economic impact of the pandemic in 2020, and will therefore also see a decline in market volume in all regions. The biggest falls are expected in Latin America (-11.6%), Southern Europe (-9.2%) and Western Europe (-8.4%). The worldwide sales volume for blow-moulding machines will decline from 3.1 billion euros last year to 2.9 billion euros in 2020. The global market is dominated by China & Taiwan, which account for around a fifth of the total market (21.0%). The second-largest market for blow-moulding machines is South & East Asia (14.4%), followed by the USA & Canada (13.9%). In 2019, the highest growth was achieved in the region South & East Asia with an increase of 11.9%, followed by India (+9.8%). The lowest growth was recorded in the regions Southern & Eastern Europe with +1.8% each in value terms. In terms of machine types, stretch blow moulding machines (linear and rotary) dominated the market with 57.3%. Blow moulding machines hold the second place with a share of around a quarter of the total market, followed by extrusion blow moulding machines with 17%. The blow-moulding segment reached a market volume of €568.9m in 2019. Here, too, China & Taiwan are in the lead with a share of 15.7%, followed by India (14.8%) and the region USA & Canada (13.5%). The strongest growth markets in this segment in 2019 were India (+9.0%) and Africa (+8.7%).

Sustainability is the Main Industry Issue

A key issue for the blow moulding industry is the global trend towards banning the use of disposable plastic materials and the focus on sustainability and recyclable plastic materials. Different regions of the world vary drastically in terms of reducing the use of plastics. The highly developed industrialised countries show a greater reduction in the use of plastics, mainly due to stricter laws and regulations. “Major brands have been forced to minimise the use of non-recyclable disposable plastic materials,” explains Daniel Kollar, author of the study.

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China Continues to Fuel Hot Runner Systems

On account of the positive economic trends in Europe and China, global sales in the hot runner systems market grew by 8.2% in 2017. However, the intensifying trade war between China and the USA, as well as the EU, is dampening prospects. According to a study by Interconnection, average annual growth through 2021 is expected to be only 5.7%. Overall, the global market volume was EUR 2.4 billion.


Quality Standards on the Rise in China

In spite of the strong growth, the times of double-digit growth rates in the hot runner systems market seem to be a thing of the past. Markets such as Central Europe and the USA have matured to a point that impedes high-level growth. China was once again the clear driving force in the market, with an 11.8% growth rate and a market volume of EUR 735 million. With a 30.7% share of global sales, China thus remains the largest market for hot runner systems – and its dominance is only expected to increase. The Chinese market is benefiting from both lower production costs and rising quality standards. The growth in China is being fueled to a large extent by the auto industry, though it is not just a matter of production. China is also witnessing a rising demand for cars due to an increase in disposable income. So it is not surprising that rising production costs are forcing production to drift more and more to India from China.


Protectionism Helping the US Auto Industry

The North American market grew 6.2% in 2017, a slight increase over the previous year. The market volume was EUR 432.6 million. Nonetheless, the slowing economic trends are showing all the signs of a saturated market. Even if the current economic conditions are sound, forecasts have been downgraded on account of Trump’s protectionist policies. And yet the US auto industry is actually expected to benefit from Trump’s protectionism and will remain the driving force behind the hot runner sector. Interconnection forecasts a 4.8% average annual growth in the sector through 2021.


Eastern Europe Compensates for Brexit

In Europe, the market volume in 2017 was EUR 639.1 million following an uptick in growth to 6.3%. The economic boom in Eastern, Central, and Southern Europe was thereby able to more than make up for the weak developments in Great Britain, which has been stagnating on account of Brexit. Eastern Europe’s growth in 2017 was 8.1% and will continue to stimulate European growth. Average annual growth through 2021 is expected to be 5.9%. In Europe as well, the market for hot runner systems is also being fueled by the auto industry. The higher production volume in Eastern and Southern Europe, along with the increasing number of new car models, is responsible for the upsurge in the industry.



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Urbanization in Asia Fueling Thermoplastic Industry

The global market for the use of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) machines and molds will increase by 7.2% in 2018. According to a new study by Interconnection Consulting, this significant growth is expected to continue in the years come, with average annual growth through 2021 estimated at 7.0%.


Beverage Market Enlivening the PET Market

The largest force in the PET market is the food and beverage industry, which continues to replace more and more glass and other materials with PET bottles. With a market value of EUR 1.5 billion and a 7.5% growth rate, beverage packaging represents the largest share of the PET industry. By 2021, the beverage industry’s market share is expected to climb from 54.9% to 57.2%. Though it has a relatively small market share of 9.7%, cosmetics is currently considered the dynamo of the market, with a 7.7% projected annual growth rate through 2021.


Asia the Global Driving Force

The highest growth rates can be found in the emerging markets of China (+9.4%), India (+10.0%), and Southeast Asia (+9.6%). China is the largest market in Asia, and on account of above-average growth in the future, its current global share of 16.7% will to continue to expand and is expected to hit 17.3% by 2021. Chinese growth is largely driven by the heavy migration to the cities. Increased spending on food has led to strong growth in the food and beverage industry, which, with a share of 74.6%, also constitutes the most important segment of the Chinese market.


New Lifestyle Boosts PET Industry

America is the second-largest market for PET machines and molds, with a growth of 6.1% last year. This upward trend is set to continue, reaching a CAGR of 6.4% between 2018 and 2021. New lifestyles and critical consumers are largely behind the sharp rise in the highly diversifying market for PET blow molds especially in the USA and Canada. Europe’s market posted comparatively moderate growth rates of 2.2% at a market volume of EUR 586.7 million. No individual national market in Europe can keep pace with the rate of global growth, even though growth rates are expected to cool back down somewhat in the upcoming years (CAGR of 3.8%).


Tight Competition

The largest producers in the PET mold market hail from Germany, Italy, Japan, France, China, and the USA. The stretch blow molding machine market is dominated by Germany and France. The linear stretch blow molding market is dominated by the Japanese company Nissei ASB.

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Chinas Glasmaschinenmarkt bremst sich ein

Der globale Markt für Glasmaschinen betrug 2017 rund 3,1 Mrd. Euro und wird bis 2020 auf 3,5 Mrd. Euro anwachsen. Insgesamt stieg der Markt im vergangenen Jahr weltweit um 2,0%. Aufgrund der niedrigen Arbeitskosten sind vor allem Osteuropa, Indien, Asien und Lateinamerika die Märkte mit dem größten Wachstum.


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Loader Cranes Soon Return to Growth

The world market for loader cranes is expected to decline by 9.4% this year. However, a new study by Interconnection Consulting expects a fast recovery of the industry. The market volume is expected to return to pre-crisis levels in 2023.

The market for loader cranes is very dependent on the GDP in the individual countries as well as on the construction industry. The picture is heterogeneous in the individual regions of the world. While the US and Europe have seen strong growth in residential construction in recent years, Japan and Australia have seen a negative development in this sector. Other countries, such as China or Brazil, have increased their output, especially in the non-residential construction sector. Overall, the construction projects worldwide caused the market for loader cranes to grow by an average of 2.3 annually between 2016 and 2019. The largest market for loader cranes is Europe with a share of 30.2%, ahead of the USA with 21.1% and China with 17.4%. Like many other regions, the European market is expected to shrink this year in the double-digit range, as are China (-11.3%), Australia and Japan. The US is doing slightly better, with an expected decline of less than seven percent.

Different Speeds

The post-crisis renaissance of the European market will take place in different regions at different speeds. Germany will recover fastest. By 2023, the market volume there will already have reached a significantly higher level than before the crisis. In France, however, the catching-up process will take longer. Between 2020 and 2023 the market there will decline by -3.1% per year on average.

Kuckle Booms Dominate

Kuckle booms are the dominant product group with a market share of 85.8%. The other two important product groups are recycling cranes with a market share of 7.6% and timber cranes. On top of their dominance, the kuckle boom cranes are also the product group with the highest growth rate. Kuckle boom cranes are set to grow by 2.8% per year in value until 2023. The boom for this segment can be seen all over the world. Th sales share of this product is above 80 percent in all regions of the world. Cranes with a height of 10-20 metres are the strongest segment with a sales volume of 36.5%. This height is even more dominant  in China than in most other regions of the world, where this segment accounts for almost three quarters of all cranes. By comparison, the share of this segment in Europe is only 22.8%, holding the third place. Here, cranes up to a height of 10 metres hold first place with around a third of sales.

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Eastern Europe is Reliable Market for Profile Machines

The global market for profile machines for window and door production was €896.9 million in 2020, 0.7% lower than in 2019. This market experienced strong growth in the last few years before the pandemic and was not hit as hard as other sectors. The market will also catch up quickly once the crisis is over, as a new study by Interconnection Consulting shows. 

Europe Leads the Way out of the Crisis

The global market for profile machines for window and door production is linked to the sales situation and the development of the window market. In Europe, the CEE region has seen itself as a motor for the industry in recent years. The region is responsible for 30.1% of the global output of profile machines. The growth of the industry in this region was up to ten per cent in the years before Corona, also due to the demand for PVC machines from Germany. In 2019, the CEE region displayed a growth of around seven per cent. While the outlook for the European markets is good even after the crisis with good expected growth rates, the other side of the Atlantic is in for less rosy times. Growth in the NAFTA region as well as in Latin America will be less dynamic than in Europe. In Asia, China is the clear market leader with a share of over 70 per cent. The young market for profile machines in Asia is still dominated by local manufacturers. Growth rates in the Asia-Pacific region were 7.2% in 2019, the highest in the world. The market there benefits not only from cheaper production costs, but also from rising quality standards and network effects between window and profile manufacturers. Of the three machine types (PVC, aluminium, steel), PVC has the greatest growth potential for the future and the largest market share with over 60 percent. One driver for PVC profile machines is the Chinese window market, where PVC is the most popular window frame material.

New Global Players from China

The market for profile machines is highly concentrated. The top ten companies worldwide occupy more than 50 percent (56.9%) of the world market. The market is dominated by European companies and here again mainly by German companies like Urban, Rotox, Schirmer and Italian companies like Voilàp, FOM Group or Graf Synergy, the Italian PVC specialist. Apart from other big European players, there are only US companies and Turkish manufacturers that are involved in the world market. Also in China, after dominating their local market, some manufacturers are trying to jump into the global market like Zhongwang or Xingfa, which will make competition tougher worldwide in the future.


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