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07-02-2015

The Italian Packaging Industry Continues to Expand

According to the third National Statistical Survey conducted by the Ucima Research Department, the Italian automatic packaging machinery manufacturers industry retained its position as one of the healthiest and most dynamic segments of the Italian economy in 2014.

The 604 companies making up the sector employed 27,307 people and in the twelve months of last year generated a turnover of EUR 6.221 billion (+3.6%), yet another all-time record. Some 81.2% of this turnover was generated in international markets (EUR 5.048 billion ), and 18.8% from domestic market sales (EUR 1.172 billion).

The European Union was the top export area for Italian technologies in 2014 with 33.1% of the total, corresponding to EUR 1,578.4 million, 1.6% up on 2013. Asia was in second place with a value of EUR 1,270.9 million and a 26.7% share of turnover (up 11.9% on 2013). Non-EU European countries were in third position with EUR 531.6 million (0.7% down on 2013) and an 11.2% share of total turnover. Next were Central-South America (EUR 481.9 millioneuros, or 10.1% of the total and down by 14.9%), Africa and Oceania (EUR 460.1 million, 9.7% of the total and a fall of 5.5%) and North America (EUR 439.3 million, 6.6% down to 9.2% of the total).

The United States remained the largest market for Italian technologies, accounting for 8.4% of total exports or 398.2 million euros, followed by China (EUR 340.3 million), France (EUR 332 million euros), Germany (EUR 289.9 million) and Indonesia (EUR 209.6 million).

Italian domestic sales performed well to reach EUR 1,172 million, 15.6% up on the previous year. This included strong increases in sales of technologies for the pharmaceutical (up 48.9% to EUR 216.5 million), cosmetics (+49.4% to 88.7 million euros) and chemicals industries (+44.1% to EUR 64.6 million). However, the largest volumes of machinery sold in the domestic market were for the food and beverage sectors, which accounted for a turnover of EUR 669.6 million, 57.1% of the Italian total. Food industry machinery accounted for 31.8% of total turnover and beverage industry machinery 29.5%. Machinery for the pharmaceuticals industry came next at 16.1%, followed by machinery for the cosmetics industry at 4.7%, machinery for the chemicals industry at 4.2%, and other sectors (tissue, tobacco) at 13.3% of the total.

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