What do packaging capital expenditures look like for 2017?

By Lisa McTigue Pierce in Automation on March 08, 2017

In the last two years, respondents to the Packaging Digest Packaging CapEx study have said they expect their capital expenditures to be more than the previous year. Will this spending pattern for packaging machinery continue? We invite you take our short survey so we can report back on industry trends for 2017.

For example, can robotics and semi-automatic packaging machinery happily co-exist? Apparently so, according to survey results from the last two years regarding capital expenditures for packaging operations. The percentage of respondents saying they plan to buy semi-automated machinery increased from 2015 to 2016.

Yet the number of people whose plan includes robots also grew year over year.

Where on the packaging line have companies installed new systems in the last two years? That, too, has shifted. In 2015, respondents indicated that the equipment would be used for the middle of a packaging line—that is, for filling, capping and such. But in 2016, the attention for new packaging machines was at the end of the line, such as for case packing and palletizing.

We’ll report on highlights of the 2017 results a couple weeks after closing out the confidential survey, which should only take about 10 minutes to complete. Click here now to take the 2017 Packaging CapEx Survey.

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