China's food industry has been in a state of rapid growth for more than 20 years. Although the growth rate has slowed down in recent years, it still has unlimited prospects. The development of the food industry is inseparable from the promotion of the food machinery industry. At the same time, changes in consumer demand for food are also stimulating continuous technological improvements and product upgrading of food machinery.
The efficiency and flexibility of food machinery will be the future of enterprise competition
Global food growth continues to stimulate demand in the machinery market
According to statistics, Chinese food has been growing at a relatively high rate for the past 24 years, reaching 10.89 trillion in 2014 and 11.6 trillion in 2015. Another data shows that in the past five years, the growth rate of sales of packaged foods in the world averages 2% annually, reaching 750 million tons in 2015. At the same time, international trade in global food processing and packaging machinery has grown by a total of 52% over the past 10 years, reaching 38 billion Euros in 2015.
It can be seen that the continuous growth of foods worldwide has stimulated the market demand for related food processing and packaging machinery. Although China, as the largest developing country in the world, is a big producer and consumer of food, the largest demand for machinery still comes from Europe. European countries account for 33% of all sales.
At present, Asia has developed into the second largest sales area. In 2015, the value of machinery and equipment purchased in Asia reached 8.2 billion euros, accounting for 22% of the world's total exports. North America ranks third, accounting for 13%. According to industry analysts, emerging economies are increasingly becoming the driving force behind the growth of food processing and packaging machinery, with half of the demand for equipment coming from emerging economies in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa.
Changes in the food market place higher demands on machinery and equipment
Food and related processing, packaging machinery market complement each other. Although continuous food growth can stimulate the market demand for machinery, it also puts forward higher requirements. As the consumer market changes, higher quality, innovative, suitable and personalized foods will be favored by the market.
To remain competitive, the food industry needs to respond to changing consumer trends in a very short period of time and quickly introduce new products to the market. This is a huge challenge. The variety of foods is rich and varied and keeps increasing. The life cycle of products is getting shorter and shorter, and the batch volume is also decreasing. At the same time, production costs need to be kept to the lowest possible level, while rising wage levels, energy consumption, and raw material prices will continue to increase costs, and margins will narrow even more.
Therefore, companies pay more and more attention to their performance, productivity and flexibility when investing in machinery and equipment.
Mechanical efficiency and flexibility will play a key role in market competition
For food processing and packaging, efficient and reliable processes are critical. The scope involved is not only to optimize the availability of machinery, the entire production process must run smoothly to ensure the maximum effectiveness of the entire system and minimize costs. The two main factors that increase performance are: reducing downtime and minimizing material waste.
The technology used in food processing and packaging must be responsive and adaptable. When using new ingredients, the processing flow must be able to quickly change, such as taking a new processing temperature or weighing process. Automatic recipe management, coupled with continuous information flow and connection to process control, will result in highly automated processes, regardless of the type of ingredients used in each market.
For the packaging industry, flexibility is equally important. Diversity does not stop at the product, but rather at the packaging of the product. Companies must meet the market's demand for various packaging sizes, from disposable packaging to home packaging. Therefore, the packaging machinery and the production line must have a high degree of flexibility in order to be able to produce a variety of styles of products and to be able to quickly realize various styles without the use of tools. In particular, people's preference for small-batch packaging requires shorter conversions and the shortest start-up time.
To meet the production needs of food companies and to meet market changes requires food processing and packaging machinery to be effective and flexible. In the future, the competition in the food industry will intensify. It can be imagined that the machinery and equipment with superior performance will have more markets.
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