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Packaging Market Good Perspectives for Packaging in Italy

| Editor: Dominik Stephan

The Italian packaging industry grew at 3.6 % in 2014: With turnovers reaching € 6.2 billion Euro and a rise ins exports by 1.2% to more than € 5 billion, there is no end to this boom, analysts predict.

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Turnover for Italy's packaging industry reaches 6.221 billion Euros, while exports rise by 1.2% to more than 5.048 billion Euros
Turnover for Italy's packaging industry reaches 6.221 billion Euros, while exports rise by 1.2% to more than 5.048 billion Euros
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The Italian automatic packaging machinery manufacturers industry retained its position as one of the strongest and most dynamic segments of the Italian economy in 2014. According to the third National Statistical Survey, the 604 companies making up the sector employed 27,307 people and in the twelve months of last year generated a turnover of € 6.2 billion (+3.6%), yet another all-time record. Some 81.2% of this turnover was generated in international markets (€ 5 billion), and 18.8% from domestic market sales (€ 1.172 billion).

Europe Remains Main Export Market

The European Union was the top export area for Italian technologies in 2014 with 33.1% of the total, corresponding to € 1.578 billion, 1.6% up on 2013. Asia was in second place with a value of € 1.270 billion and a 26.7% share of turnover (up 11.9% on 2013).

Non-EU European countries were in third position with € 531 million euros (0.7% down on 2013) and an 11.2% share of total turnover. Next were Central-South America (€ 482 million, or 10.1% of the total and down by 14.9%), Africa and Oceania (€ 460 million, 9.7% of the total and a fall of 5.5%) and North America (€ 439 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 million, followed by China (€ 340 million ), France (€ 332 million), Germany (€ 289.9 million) and Indonesia (€ 209 million).

Italian Sales up by 15.6%

Italian domestic sales performed well to reach € 1.172 billion, 15.6% up on the previous year. This included strong increases in sales of technologies for the pharmaceutical (up 48.9% to € 216.5 million), cosmetics (+49.4% to € 88.7 million) and chemicals industries (+44.1% to € 64.6 million).

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