Containers & Packaging

The German packaging industry is responsible for the production of packaging for the logistics sector and end consumer products. The sub-sectors include paper, plastic, metal, glass and wood. The packaging industry is in a difficult situation as it has to react quickly to changes in customer needs.

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    Executive Summary

Current Developments

Sustainability and digitalisation as drivers for the sector

In recent years, sustainability has emerged as one of the most important trends. Consumers are paying more and more attention to the environmental friendliness and multi-purpose suitability of their packaging.

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Smart Packaging

Processes that aim to improve and enhance the properties and functionalities of packaging units. Annual growth rates in this area are 15%-20%.


Our Sector Transactions
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Number of M&A transactions - DACH region, 2021 (as of August)
Significant Transactions
  • CVC Capital Partners Limited x AR Packaging Group AB
  • PACCOR Packaging GmbH x Miko Pac NV

Future Trends

The digital printing sector will continue to grow in the coming years. Drivers of this trend are the variety of products, shorter product cycles and a trend towards individualisation and serial numbering of packaging. Another important topic is the safety of products and food. The main issue here is that 40 % of food still spoils before it reaches the customer.

Our View

The packaging industry market in the DACH region is fragmented and smaller medium-sized companies cannot keep up with the challenges in the long term. Smart and green packaging continue to gain importance, while digital packaging and bio-plastics stand out as growth drivers. Therefore, material properties and functionality are becoming increasingly important in the packaging sector.

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