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Global Form-Fill-Seal (FFS) Packaging Machine Markets 2020-2025 - Horizontal Form Fill Seal Equipment Expected to Gain High Market Growth -

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The "Form-Fill-Seal (FFS) Packaging Machine Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecasts (2020 - 2025)" report has been added to's offering.

The form-fill-seal packaging machine market is expected to reach a CAGR of 6.82% over the forecast period from 2020 to 2025

Continuous automatic Form-fill-seal (FFS) packaging machine is currently one of the most popular packaging machine types being used in the packaging industry. It has the advantage of high speed and efficiency compared to individual machines for forming, filling, and sealing of products. As consumer-packaged goods companies struggle with employee retention, machinery that helps with changeovers and troubleshooting problems is on the rise. FFS packaging machines now come with motion control and human-machine interfaces (HMIs), making it easier to execute the process.

Today's shoppers expect multiple choices in products and the type of packaging. That is one of the reasons a brand's number of SKUs is increasing. Also, flexible packaging continuing to dominate on rigid containers in several categories demands versatility and speedy changeover for machines that make these packages high.

Consumers are seeking simpler, less-processed clean label food products, as well as local ones, prompting many vendors to enter the market with unique creations that have limited retail distribution and are sold mostly online. As a result, food processing companies, including contract manufacturers, face a proliferation of shorter product runs and the need for frequent equipment changeovers. In this case, FFS machines are emerging as an ideal solution.

Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) snack, fresh-cut, and cheese applications typically require a longer seal time in the manufacturing of its packaging. This is why FFS machines are engineered to perform exceptionally well in these industries. The rise in demand for pet food packaging drives the market. The growing aseptic packaging industry also drives the market due to the potential of packaging to cater to the need for high and uniform product quality, higher nutrient retention, and avoid the bisphenol A (BPA) controversy.

VFFS packaging machines occupy less floor space on the factory floor than horizontal packaging machines and deliver speed and accuracy of operations across the food and pharmaceutical industries. These machines have sophisticated features such as computer interfaces and control systems, which make them easy to program and monitor.

There have been continuous product improvements by the players, which is causing them to remain competitive. In January 2020, Serac introduced Modulo nozzle on FFS packaging lines. The Modulo nozzle consists of a fixed part and several heads that are selected according to the product's texture and changed quickly. It is specially designed for yogurts and dairy dessert manufacturers as they experiment with various flavors.

In June 2020, ExxonMobil collaborated with Syntegon Technology India Private Limited for an FFS packaging trial. Trials were conducted on an SVZ 1803AR high-speed intermittent-motion vertical FFS machine. The compact, versatile, and operator-friendly bag maker consistently produces accurate bags and quality seals with a robust design suitable for abrasive and corrosive products.

The outbreak of COVID-19 has positively impacted the market growth, especially for food and beverage and pharmaceutical packaging machinery vendors. This is because of the increased demand for various food products and medicines from both online and offline channels. Packaging companies are working round the clock to fulfilling the increased request since people are purchasing in bulk to avoid frequent visits and stock up the products in case of any extended quarantine.

For instance, according to Bring! LABS AG, The demand for flour and rice was unusually high as of March 2020. As per IRI, Fresh and processed meat was the fastest growing fresh food category during the coronavirus outbreak in the United States in the four weeks ending April 5, 2020. Fresh and processed meat sales grew by 41.2% compared to the previous year.

Key Market Trends

Horizontal Form Fill Seal Equipment Expected to Gain High Market Growth

Horizontal Form-fill-seal (HFFS) machines are preferably used in the packaging of substantial items. These machines are designed with two molding stations and two sealing stations so that changing from one size of pack to another can be done automatically with no downtime. The product mostly uses for packaging is the stand-up pouch bag. Moreover, the HFFS packaging machine is used when the product is fragile and cannot withstand a high drop. Companies prefer these machines when the customer demands a stand-up pouch or a pouch with a zipper or with a spout that facilitates easy opening and comfortable consumption of products.

Asia-Pacific to Witness High Market Growth

Asia-Pacific to witness high market growth due to the presence of several emerging economies such as China and India, growing population, rising disposable income, and expansion of the food & beverage industry in the region are contributing to the market growth. Besides, changing lifestyles and the development of multi-national food retailers in the region also drives the growth of the bags market, which contributes to the more usage of form fill seal machinery.

Competitive Landscape

The form-fill-seal packaging machine market is fragmented as the major manufacturers in the market face stiff competition from smaller players. The companies present in the market are competing on price, distribution network, innovation, and brand reputation. Also, mergers and acquisitions, partnerships, and technological innovations are some of the primary strategies adopted by these companies to ensure long-term growth.

Key players are Winpak Ltd., HDG Verpackungsmaschinen GmbH.

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Last Updated: 04-Feb-2021