Form Fill and Sealing (FFS) Equipment
Global Form Fill and Sealing (FFS) Equipment Market to Reach $11.4 Billion by 2026
Form fill seal (FFS) technology is an automated packaging technology that is used for creating sterile products. Form fill seal machines are used for creating packages, filling them with products and then sealing the packs. The automated machines feature automated interfaces as well as control systems, and find use in a range of industries including food & beverages, pharmaceuticals and electronics. The versatile nature of machinery makes it suitable for used in diverse end-use sectors. The machines can also operate in constrained floor spaces and can be used under contamination-free environment. FFS machines are used for manufacture of standard pouches, spouted pouches and retort pouches. With increasing demand for single serve packs, form-fill-seal machines are witnessing many takers currently, particularly from the food sector. Dynamics of the FFS equipment market closely follow the trends in the overall packaging industry, especially the flexible packaging market. The dynamics of the larger packaging equipment market also influences trends in the FFS equipment market. The growing need for automation in various end-use industries is a major driving force for the market. Rapid growth of the food retailing industry and the increased demand for smaller portions and single serve packs is propelling demand for FFS machines. The rising demand for a range of consumer products and the burgeoning flexible packaging industry, due to the shift away from cans, are also favoring growth in the FFS machinery market. Increasing demand for retort packaging with longer shelf life favors market growth. The growing shift from rigid packaging towards flexible packaging is driving the demand for customized packaging equipment including Vertical Form Fill Seal (VFFS), Horizontal Fill Seal, sachets machines, and Multi-lane stick pack among others.
Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the global market for Form Fill and Sealing (FFS) Equipment estimated at US$9.1 Billion in the year 2022, is projected to reach a revised size of US$11.4 Billion by 2026, growing at a CAGR of 6.1% over the analysis period. Horizontal FFS Equipment, one of the segments analyzed in the report, is projected to grow at a 5.9% CAGR to reach US$5.4 Billion by the end of the analysis period. After a thorough analysis of the business implications of the pandemic and its induced economic crisis, growth in the Vertical FFS Equipment segment is readjusted to a revised 6.2% CAGR for the next 7-year period. This segment currently accounts for a 54.7% share of the global Form Fill and Sealing (FFS) Equipment market. Horizontal FFS Equipment are increasingly being used for making stand-up pouches by using laminate or film. They are commonly used for packaging of food & confectioneries, and medical products. The machines also find use in modified atmosphere packaging (MAP), in which the internal atmosphere of package is altered to enhance the product`s shelf life. The Vertical FFS Equipment category holds a significant share of the market due to its numerous advantages including faster setup and changeovers, reduced operating cost, ease of operation, consistency of results, and minimal need for maintenance.
The U.S. Market is Estimated at $2.4 Billion in 2022, While China is Forecast to Reach $2.4 Billion by 2026
The Form Fill and Sealing (FFS) Equipment market in the U.S. is estimated at US$2.4 Billion in the year 2022. The country currently accounts for a 27.08% share in the global market. China, the world`s second largest economy, is forecast to reach an estimated market size of US$2.4 Billion in the year 2026 trailing a CAGR of 9.2% through the analysis period. Among the other noteworthy geographic markets are Japan and Canada, each forecast to grow at 3.3% and 5.4% respectively over the analysis period. Within Europe, Germany is forecast to grow at approximately 3.9% CAGR while Rest of European market (as defined in the study) will reach US$2.5 Billion by the end of the analysis period. In developed economies of North America, growing demand for consumer-friendly and sustainable packaging formats and growing need for convenience packaging solutions are driving demand for FFS machinery. In Europe, the increased focus on adoption of highly automation and efficient packaging machinery from varied end-use markets constitutes the key driving force for the FFS market. The high demand for low cost machinery that also ensures quality of products is fueling demand for FFS machinery in the Asia-Pacific region. Changing lifestyles, rapid urbanization and the subsequent increase in demand for packaged foods is driving demand for food packaging machinery, particularly FFS equipment that find use in manufacture of single serve packages. China remains the leading manufacturer and supplier of FFS equipment. Strong growth in industries such as food & beverage, pharmaceutical and consumer sectors augurs well for China`s FFS equipment market.
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