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The packaging machinery industry is closely relevant with the boom and bust of the consumer goods industry. A rise in the demand for consumer goods is commonly reflected on the sales of packaging for these products and, therefore, in turn benefiting packaging machinery players. Currently, mounting environmental awareness, problems of waste disposal, a growing scarcity of raw materials and the consequent statutory regulations, are demanding a fast response from all industrial sectors, especially in packaging machinery arena. In response to the up-and-coming recycling concept, packaging machinery manufacturers must be prepared to invest in continual development of their products and technologies.
In China, the major exports included food grinding machines, mixer, juice extractor, food and beverage makers, cereal and bean processing machine. By the statistics, the largest growth lay in diary product processing and brewing equipment.
Thanks to the improved living standard and gradual shift of eating habit, the sales of food packaging machinery in China will continue to increase in the on-coming years. By a survey, in 2005, the overall demand is expected to hit RMB65 billion, highly potential as compared with the existing market scale of RMB30 billion, marking an average growth of more than 12 percent every year.
Fueled by growing proportion of food industrial output value, probably up from the current 0.3-0.4 percent to 0.5-1 percent, more and more industry players target Chinese market, seeing the coming years as hay days to expand their market share.
Rising meat consumption will boost the demand for meat processing in the food industry from the present four percent to 10 percent with the output reaching 6 million tons, together with the improved proportion of grain processing from eight percent to 15 percent and with the processing volume peaking 82.50 million tons. Meanwhile, the output of sugar will climb to 10 million tons in 2005, the output of diary products, 800,000 tons, various feed, 27 million tons, liquid milk, two million tons, edible oil, 30 million tons, and tin food, 3.80 million tons.Machinery , add a comment
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Tech Trend Watch
To cope with changing business environment, technical modernization is a sustaining challenge in all sectors of industry. As we saw in EMO Hannover 2005, process integration and reconfigurability make automation practicable and liable for large-scale users. Here, the concepts are elaborated on integrated system, for instance, machines equipped with robots, image processing systems and sophisticated materials handling capabilities, namely combining as many processing steps as possible in single gear to enable fast changeovers, thus allow numerous different products to be dealt with. Multifunctional gears not only provide optimized user-friendliness but also reduce machining times and the associated logistics, meanwhile with greater precision, enhanced productivity and space-saving advantage. The new robot application for bending tubes simplifies the programming of such automated installations by offering the same controller interface for all elements in the production line from the robot to the machine, meaning that the robot no longer required to be instructed.
Spurred by the up-and-coming nanotechnology, micro machining makes high-precision machining possible on larger workpieces from the tool and mould construction sectors. Surface qualities of fifty nanometres are now utilizable and workpieces no longer need to be polished in some cases. The minimum tools applied in micro machining have a diameter of 30 £gm for drills and 100 £gm for milling cutters. Still, machining with such tools is workable merely with modern and adapted machine concepts delivering a corresponding temperature control and superior damping properties. The greater precision makes miniaturization and microproduction possible with considerable future potentials. At the same time, it also largely raises process reliability.
Rapid prototyping and rapid tooling are significant in shortening the time to market of new products. Advanced and integrated coating techniques involve the sensor-based monitoring of machine components, the automatic correction of tool wear as well as remote information and diagnosis functions via mobile phone, the Internet and other communication media.
Global Market Watch
Japan is the world’s largest maker and second exporter of machine tools. According to Japan Machine Tool Builders Association (JMTBA), the orders in 2004 at $11.4 billion soared 45% from the year before, hitting the third largest level after the bubble economy years of 1990 and 1989. Exports surged by 38% thanks to the recovery of machine tool demand in the United States and Europe, besides the expansion in China and the emerging markets including East Europe. JMTBA predicts that overseas orders in 2005 and 2006 at $10.64 billion and $11.11 billion, respectively.
Germany is known as a major technology leader in the arena, also the world’s largest exporter and second producer with a 20% share of the market. In 2004, German machine tool makers sell 60% (or US$5.6 billion worth) of their machines outside the country. Exports grew by 10% in 2004 while domestic sales rising by 4%. In spite of the strength of the euro, overseas orders climbed by 25% during 2004, while domestic customers merely placed 11% more orders. China contributes to the biggest buyer of German-made machine tool, accounting for 17% of foreign demand and 13% of all exports. And the USA, the second biggest customer has been undergoing structural market changes. It was not until 2004 that exports began to increase again. An average 65,000 employees were employed in 2004, about 3% or approximately 1,900 employees less than the previous year. According to German Machine Tool Builders’ Association (VDW), a 4% growth in production is expected for 2005.
Italy remains the third producer and exporter and the fifth consumer in the world machine tool market with export up 17% to US$2.29 billion and imports up 4% to US$0.97 billion. In 2004, Italian machine tool builders experienced an increase of around 13% in their index of aggregate orders, yet mostly from foreign buyers. In the first quarter of 2005, the overseas orders placed to Italian builders of metal working machine tools have marked a 4.6% increase compared to the same period in 2004. However, the domestic market is still stagnant with extremely low value of the index, 30% lower in comparison with that of the base year.
China is the world’s biggest buyer of machine tools, followed by the USA, importing US$5.78 billion, hitting a 39% increase in 2004. Famous as so-called “world factory”, China has been in great demand for machinery products in recent years. In 2004, the consumption of metal-working machine tools reached US$9.46 billion. The country consumed 70,000 units of CNC metal-cutting machine tools, including 47,000 units of domestically-made CNC metal-cutting machine tools. At present, there are more than 2,055 machine-tool-specific enterprises. The domestic builders manufactured a total of 389,284 units of metal-cutting machine tools, a rise of 35.9% over the previous year; 51,861 units of CNC machine tools (+49.8%); 4,354 units of high precision machine tools (+75.3%); and 7,151 units of large-type machine tools (+72.0%).
Taiwan machine tool builders exported $2.29 billion worth gears, marked as world’s No.4 supplier. In 2004, 36.3% of exports were for Mainland China market while 17.9% were for the US market. In fact, the machine tool industry is one of the island’s largest industrial sectors. Among major products, there were 9911 units (+153%) of NC lathes manufactured; 26,636 units (+122%) of non-NC lathes; 1,147 units (+199%) of NC drilling machines; 33,104 units (+138%) of non-NC drilling machines; 1,951 units (+105%) of NC milling machines; 27,673 units (+117%) of non-NC milling machines; 86,751 units (+101%) of bench grinders and 191,007 units (+122%) of sawing machines.
South Korea exceeds US$2.0 billion, recording a brisk performance for the past three years, spurred by investment in production facilities by the major manufacturing industries such as automobile, shipbuilding, telecommunications, and electronics. The current size of the Korean market of imported machine tools is valued at US$1 billion, accounting for 40-50% of total market share. Korea’s metal working sector explains 25% of the total machine tools market share, followed by the automobile industry at 24%, the general machinery sector at 22%, the electronics industry at 11%, and the shipbuilding industry at 5%.Machinery , add a comment
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Boosted by bolstered BRIC economies (Brazil, Russia, India and China), new demands for plastic and rubber machinery are constantly being made on overall industry. Since end-products are changing frequently, machinery players have to exhibit a high degree of flexibility and willingness to provide customer-specific solutions. Those efforts also include increasing development in process engineering and continual optimization of machine and process controls and improvements in user friendliness and functional design in conjunction with active quality management such as microelectronics and computers now in standard use in quality assurance.
In the coming years, spurred by strong needs for finished product sector, the plastic rubber and rubber machinery industry will continue to grow in spite of slow-down economy. In fact, in some countries, rubber and plastic industry is the fastest growth sector. From the convenience of end-users, more and more plastic and rubber plants are set up near its buyers. Among plastic and rubber machinery, plastic injection molding machines are mostly frequently used gears to enjoy 54% market share. Others like extruders, blow molding machines and vacuum molding machines are also popular.
Listed as the largest consuming and manufacturing country of plastic/rubber-related products in the world, the demand for plastics processing machinery in U.S. will reach $2.8 billion in 2005, driven by further inroads plastics make against competitive materials. Growth will also result from more advanced machine designs which will benefit higher-end equipment as plastics processors seek to improve efficiency and quality.
In fact, in the country, rubber and plastic industry is the fastest growth sector, rising 35% in five years and posting US$ 392 billion in value. Although as the largest plastic and rubber machinery supplier, U.S. imports 45% of its total needs mainly from Germany, Canada, Japan, Italy and France. From the convenience of end-users, more and more plastic and rubber plants are set up near its buyers. Among plastic and rubber machinery, plastic injection molding machines are mostly frequently used gears to enjoy 54% market share. Others like extruders, blow molding machines and vacuum molding machines are also popular. In U.S. large tonnage presses and screw-diameter extruders are the top-2 best-selling machines.
Germany is world’s No.1 maker of plastic machinery with the overall employees totaling 27,500, ahead of Japan, Italy, U.S., France, Austria and Taiwan. 85% of country¡¦s output is for overseas markets with the total value of exports amounting to 3,081 million Euro. Noted as the biggest and most significant sector among German industries, the plastics and rubber machinery industry achieved the production value of 4,179 million Euro, grew by 8.5% compared to the year-ago level, in spite of strong Euro. New order income in 2003 increased by 13%, better than previous prediction of 5% increase. The new order income is anticipated to 5% increase as orders from Chinese processors continue to break record high.
Made up by some 300 manufacturing companies and with relevant workforce accounting for about 13,000 employees, Italian plastic and rubber machinery industry covers a wide variety of single and twin screw extruders from 20 to 400 mm, injection molding machinery from 20 to 10,000 ton clamping force, several kinds of extrusion and injection¡Vblow molding machines, suitable for producing both small bottles and very large containers, several lines of machinery for rigid and flexible polyurethane foams etc..
Benefiting from increasing orders from China, Iran and Russia, Italian plastic and rubber machinery production inched up by 3%, from 3,65 to 3,75 billion euro, whilst export increased by 2%, almost reaching 2,15 billion euro. The domestic market value remained practically unchanged, stopping under the value of 2,2 billion euro. The usual and great surplus of the trade balance further increased (almost 7%), thus reaching 1,6 billion euro. However, the orders to Italy are somewhat unstable owing to the lack of investments of the Italian processors and the uncertainty in several levels.
Listed as No.3 largest supplier nation in Europe after Germany and Italy, the French plastic & rubber equipments manufacturing industry is backed up with 2,000 employees with the total turnover reaching Euro 1,305 million. The major gears include injection molding machines (Euro 183,9 millions), blow molding machines (Euro 750 millions) and extrusion machines (Euro 42,3 millions).
Russian plastics industry currently produces 250,000- 300,000 kinds of plastic goods, excluding pipes, sheets, and films. Production of such a large range of products, which is annually adjusted and innovated by 20-25%, requires individual tooling and equipment with a wide range of sizes and technical specifications. Local machinery producers manufacture extruders for sheet production, polyethylene film production machines, machinery for small diameter pipe and hose production, polymer waste processing machines, and extrusion lines for various plastic products. Currently, imports dominate Russia’s market for plastics processing equipment and are led by Germany and Italy. Recently, machinery suppliers from China, Korea, and other Asian countries have aggressively penetrated the market with their low-cost equipment.