Growth Forecast as PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO Brings the Industry Together

The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, packaging machinery shipments could reach $12.8 billion in 2026, growing at a CAGR of 5.2 percent.

Las Vegas, NV.; Sept. 27, 2021 — The world's most comprehensive packaging and processing event in 2021 - PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO (Sept. 27-29; Las Vegas Convention Center) - opened today, accompanied by projections of aggressive growth for the U.S. packaging machinery market moving into 2022. Based on the newly released State of the Industry U.S. Packaging Machinery Report by show owner and producer PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, packaging machinery shipments could reach $12.8 billion in 2026, growing at a CAGR of 5.2 percent.

"We are excited to welcome the industry together for the first time in 18 months," says Jim Pittas, president and CEO, PMMI. "Now more than ever, it is critical for companies to keep up with the new innovations in our industry, and with 1,500 exhibiting companies, there is no better place to do it than here at PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO."

After a challenging 2020, the packaging industry faced operational as well as workforce challenges exacerbated by COVID-19 while at the same time experiencing unprecedented demands for consumer products. As PMMI's State of the Industry report highlights, the packaging industry responded to these challenges with automation and innovation.

2020 was a record year for packaging machinery. The total size of the market in the U.S. went up to $12.3 billion, growing 14.4 percent, and in the case of domestic shipments 14.7 percent growth reached $9.4 billion. This unparalleled growth in demand generated a significant backlog of 22.3 percent to reach a level of $3.14 billion for U.S. manufacturers. While this increase in demand stretched delivery times in 2021, complications in the supply chain at all levels continue to challenge delivery times, pushing them even longer.

"As our industry continues to experience aggressive growth, operational priorities have shifted," says Jorge Izquierdo, vice president, market development, PMMI. "Our research indicates the top five operational priorities for packaging and processing manufacturers this year are: workforce, automation, productivity, growth and supply chain. These priorities will continue for the foreseeable future, framing an environment for accelerated investment in packaging and processing technology."

Food represents the largest packaging machinery sector in 2020, accounting for 40.2 percent of shipment revenues, followed by beverage at 21 percent. The household, industrial and agricultural chemicals sector is expected to grow the fastest to 2026, at a CAGR of 8.6 percent, followed by the pharmaceuticals sector, forecasting at 8 percent. The filling and dosing, bottling line and form, fill and seal machinery types are forecast to grow the fastest of all machinery categories to 2026 with CAGRs of 6.5, 6.1 and 5.9 percent, respectively.

As the industry continues to experience growth, there is no better place to see the latest technologies up close and personal than PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO. The show features targeted, world-class education sessions and countless networking opportunities spread across four expansive halls at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

To keep track of all the new additions as well as old favorites, attendees can use My Show Planner to check the schedule of booth activities, add itinerary sessions and plan routes around the show floor. The show's mobile app, sponsored by ProMach, is the perfect on-the-go solution to search exhibitors, products and education sessions, create and save a personal agenda and navigate from booth to booth using the interactive map - plus, it syncs with your My Show Planner. Search "PACK EXPO" in the App Store or Google Play, or visit

The Executive Summary of the 2021 State of the Industry Report is now available for download at For more information, contact Paula Feldman, senior director, business intelligence, PMMI at

PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO is open now and runs through Wednesday, Sept. 29. Registration is $130 and is available onsite or online at

Visit the show website for information on the PACK Ready health and safety plan.

About PMMI
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, represents more than 900 North American manufacturers and suppliers of equipment, components and materials as well as providers of related equipment and services to the packaging and processing industry. We work to advance a variety of industries by connecting consumer goods companies with manufacturing solutions through the world-class PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, leading trade media and a wide range of resources to empower our members. The PACK EXPO trade shows unite the world of packaging and processing to advance the industries they serve: PACK EXPO International, PACK EXPO Las Vegas, Healthcare Packaging EXPO, PACK EXPO East, Enlace EXPO PACK, EXPO PACK México and EXPO PACK Guadalajara. PMMI Media Group connects manufacturers to the latest solutions, trends and innovations in packaging and processing year-round through brands including Packaging World, Automation World, Healthcare Packaging, Contract Packaging, ProFood World, Mundo PMMI and OEM. PMMI Business Drivers assist members in pursuing operational excellence through workforce development initiatives, deliver actionable business intelligence on economic, market and industry trends to support members' growth strategies and actively connect the supply chain throughout the year.

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