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Ernst Rumpeltes

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Ernst Rumpeltes, Senior Consultant, has been responsible for the preparation of studies and consulting projects at Interconnection Consutling since 2010. He is an expert in market intelligence, brand image analysis and customer behavior. Ernst Rumpeltes studied Business Administration at the Vienna University of Economics and Business.

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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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