Industrial equipment packaging

Machines of all kinds - from small to large - need to be shipped across the globe. In addition, spare parts and consumables for these machines are critical for proper operation and need to be shipped with care. The machines and parts packaging market is a major and growing segment. Asia is the largest market followed by North America and Europe. 

On the basis of packaging type, the industrial equipment packaging market is segmented into reusable packaging and disposable packaging.

Industrial equipment packaging include steel racks, drums, intermediate bulk containers (IBC) and cases, sacks, pails, crates/totes, pallets, foam, folding carton, corrugated boxes, bags & pouches.

Corrugated packaging products remain in high demand due to their versatility, light weight, high strength, biodegradable nature and easy recycling.


The main challenge for all machinery suppliers is to ensure that the products and related spare parts reach the end-user in proper condition. The benefits of proper packaging are significant. Mechanical damage can occur when the product is loaded, transported, unloaded or stored. Other examples of damage are corrosion, contamination, dust, heat, light and theft. Proper packaging will protect the product, but can also protect the environment from products that are hazardous, prevent the handlers from hurting themselves on the product if the product has sharp edges, assure customers that the product is new and untouched, make the handling of industrial goods more convenient and more effective. incl. inspections during transit, communicate information about the product incl. safety and security information.

The amount of money spent on primary, secondary and tertiary packaging for industrial equipment has been growing over the years and many suppliers put specific processes in place to streamline the processes incl. proper material selection. The development of Just In Time with on-line ordering requires packaging to play an even stronger role.

Sustainability is gaining traction in the industrial equipment packaging market. Sustainable solutions focus mainly on two areas: downgauging (lightweighting, new design, less material consumption) and the established ‘3Rs’: reduce, reuse and recycle.

BOBST solutions

Industrial equipment packaging can take any shape. The BOBST DRO family has been designed to accommodated the most sophisticated jobs. The range of machines enable complex designs combined with high graphics quality if needed. The BOBST DRO 1624/28/32 NT RS is as the most productive press on the market. The BOBST FFG 924 or 1228 are the most productive machines delivering up to 33.000 boxes per hour. For high format boxes production, the FFG 1232/1636 NT RS are the best solutions on the market. For brown boxes in very high productivity, the BOBST FFG 8.20 EXPERT is the industry benchmark in terms of speed and fast order change for a fully automated complete line.

When industrial equipment is sold to consumers, high end packaging is required. Laminated board solutions are needed to combine the offset printing with the strength of corrugated board. MASTERFLUTE TOUCH in-line laminating solutions of BOBST provides highly efficient production lines for litho-laminated corrugated board.

When manufacturing high added-value packaging in substrates from micro-flute to double-wall, MASTERFLEX-HD is the most powerful flexo printing press in its category. This perfect flexographic alternative to offset printing manages up to 8 colors with outstanding sheet transport and super inking control.

The BOBST die-cutter EXPERTCUT 145 PER is the perfect match for medium volume production and unbeatable product quality thanks to a precise and powerful register. Even high volume productions find a solution with the most automated and productive die-cutter MASTERCUT 145 PER capable to run up to 9'500 sheets/hour.

When it comes to flat-bed die-cutting of corrugated board and litho-laminated board, the MASTERCUT 1.7/2.1 is the pioneering solution that delivers higher running speeds, fewer stops, shorter make-readies, and matchless quality. And whatever type of corrugated board or litho-laminated boxes produced, the EXPERTFOLD 165 has been designed to give you complete control during the folding process. With its straight-line, crash-lock, 4&6-corner capabilities and quick setting times, this folder-gluer provides the versatility and flexibility needed to meet whatever request your clients might have. The highly productive and fully automatic packer, STREAMPACK will allow you to realize the full potential of your folding-gluing line. This patented equipment bundles a large range of box formats and types, from solid board up to double wall corrugated board.

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