COVID-19 IMPACT SURVEY MAY 2020
The global market for Plastics Processing Machinery is projected to reach US$24.3 billion by 2025, driven by the ubiquitous consumption of plastics in virtually all consumer-oriented, industrial and commercial sectors. From plastic bottles, plastic bags to automotive, aerospace and electronics grade plastics, the world remains addicted to plastics despite the growing burden of plastic waste. Plastics are important manufacturing materials as they have high resistance for electricity conduction, are lightweight, durable, malleable, strong, cost effective and affordable. Engineered plastics are additionally fire-resistant, bacteria resistant and have greater mechanical strength. Continuous innovations in plastics are driving large scale displacement of metals with plastics. The rise of recycled plastics and bioplastics are deflecting the heat raised by the environmental footprint of traditional plastics, promising to provide plastics a strong place even in the emerging sustainable, circular economy. Injection plastics molding technologies are increasingly being adapted to process various types of biodegradable plastic resins in the wake of the soaring eco-conscious in the consumer market. Biodegradable plastic resin compatible with plastic injection molding technology include Thermoplastic Starch-based Plastics (TPS); Polybutylene Succinate (PBS); Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA); Polylactic Acid (PLA); and Polycaprolactone (PCL).
The need for upgrades and modernization of plastic processing plants in developing countries will spur replacement demand for injection molding machinery. Growth is also benefiting from technology developments which are driving down equipment costs and increasing affordability of equipment in price sensitive emerging markets. With the industry being technology driven, demand is on the rise for high-end machinery designed to offer improved flexibility, higher output, superior energy efficiency, and higher ROI on invested plant assets. Other equally important noteworthy trends in the market include strong demand for ultra-big precision molding machines; growing commercial value of machines embedded with smart concepts for energy savings and reduced environmental footprint; growing focus on operational efficiency and the ensuing demand for electric and electric-hydraulic hybrid injection molding machines; robust growth of the medical device manufacturing sector and a parallel increase in demand for micro injection molding machines for producing high-quality implants and surgical, diagnostic devices; rise of 3D printing and additive manufacturing techniques and growing need for custom injection molding machines with 3d printed tooling. The United States, China and Europe represent large markets worldwide with a combined share of 65.5% of the market. China also ranks as the fastest growing market with a CAGR of 3.5% over the analysis period supported by the surge in domestic demand for plastics in packaging, construction, automotive and industrial sector and the ensuing demand for smart, intelligent machines. In the United States and Europe, growth is encouraged by the trend towards reshoring of plastics and rubber production.