Recently held in Moscow trade shows reflected the improvement of the Russian packaging market. About 800 exhibitors from 33 countries presented their novelties to 23,000 visitors from Russia and neighboring countries (in 2016 there were 20,900 visitors). Western companies are expecting an upturn and consider this a confirmation of their policy of maintaining business contacts in difficult years. This positive outlook relates in particular to the plastics and packaging industries, as well as the food processing industry. Great demand for foreign technologies in Russia remains, and there is a special need for further optimization of the production of consumer goods, food and packaging. According to VDMA research agency, the volume of imported food processing and packaging equipment in Russia amounted to about $2 billion.
The Russian market of food production equipment is highly competitive and price sensitive. The following equipment manufacturers work in the Russian market: Wynveen International BV, Nivoba BV, Meyn Food Processing Technology BV (Netherlands), Winkler und Dünnebier Süßwarenmaschinen GmbH, Kraft Foods Deutschland Services GmbH & Co. KG (Germany), Bühler AG (Switzerland), Ferrero SpA (Italy), Haarslev Industries A / S (Denmark), Franz Haas Waffelmaschinen GmbH (Austria) and others.
At the moment, German manufacturers continue to lead the list of suppliers of food and packaging machinery (e.g. for the first 11 months of 2016, Russia imported German products and packaging machines valued at 304 million Euros).
The Russian packaging market consists of the following segments: metal (10%), glass (12%), soft plastic (21%), hard plastic (21%), paper and cardboard (36%). There are currently more than 2,000 companies involved in the packaging process in Russia's six major regions (Central, Ural, Siberian, North-Western, Volga and Southern regions). There are about 900 companies involved in the production or distribution of packaging machinery.
Russian food and processing industry enterprises often buy equipment directly from manufacturers. Large businesses usually equip their facilities with imported equipment. Many companies are faced with a choice to buy new or used equipment. Cheap second-hand models are purchased by small and medium business, especially for new producers. Sub-Sector Best Prospects:
There is demand for equipment in many categories of food and drinks production and processing. The best opportunities exist for the equipment for higher value-added processing and energy-efficient equipment:
• Meat and poultry processing equipment (the highest demand is in turkey processing and packaging)
• Food processing equipment for the restaurant industry
• Rendering equipment
• Fruit and vegetable processing and packaging equipment
• Dairy processing and packaging equipment
• Baking equipment, both for small bakeries and large bread making factories
Consumer market development stimulates the Russian packaging market and the demand for innovative machinery and technologies producing materials for packaging solutions in all sectors - from the food industry and the cosmetics and pharmaceuticals sector to the chemical and consumer goods industries. To develop Russia's autonomy in meat, poultry, dairy products and fruit sectors, there is an increasing focus on food processing machinery, packaging processes and packaging designs. Whether it is hygiene, storage or design, packaging and process technologies play an important role. The suppliers of these machines benefit from this development. Foreign and Russian producers invest in modern and flexible machinery to offer consumer-oriented product performance.