Development trend and analysis of drug packaging machine

In recent years, with the aggravation of aging and the improvement of people’s consumption level, the drug market demand shows a growing trend, driving the rapid development of the drug packaging industry, and the market scale continues to expand. According to the prediction of China Commercial Industry Research Institute, the market size of the pharmaceutical packaging industry will reach US $108.2 billion by 2021. As a large pharmaceutical production country, the market size of the pharmaceutical packaging industry in China has exceeded 100 billion yuan.


In the context of the rapid development of the pharmaceutical packaging industry, it is a great development opportunity for the pharmaceutical packaging equipment industry. Relevant insiders in the industry said that the pharmaceutical packaging equipment industry is an industry with increasingly strict quality requirements and needs continuous innovation and upgrading. With the development of the pharmaceutical packaging market and the continuous investment of pharmaceutical enterprises, the automation of pharmaceutical packaging equipment will become a major trend, boosting the pharmaceutical packaging industry to accelerate its transformation and upgrading.


Current situation of pharmaceutical packaging equipment industry


After years of struggle, China’s pharmaceutical packaging equipment industry has made considerable progress. It is mainly reflected in two aspects: on the one hand, the industry has made a large number of relevant research achievements from the original dependence on imports to imitation and then to gradual self-improvement, and the domestic packaging technology has made continuous progress, which has basically met the needs of domestic drug packaging; On the other hand, the number of pharmaceutical packaging equipment enterprises is increasing, and the market scale is gradually expanding. According to a report made by the market research company MarketsandMarkets, it is estimated that by 2022, the drug packaging equipment market will rise significantly from $5.933 million in 2017 to $824 million, with a compound growth rate of about 6.8%. As a large manufacturer of drug packaging equipment, China’s market scale will also continue to expand.


Although China’s pharmaceutical packaging equipment industry has made the above achievements, on the whole, compared with the packaging equipment in developed countries, there is still a big gap between domestic packaging equipment and those in developed countries, which is highlighted in the following aspects:


1、 The output is not high. Domestic drug packaging equipment is mainly produced at a low level, and its stability is not high, leading to low output and low efficiency of equipment. For pharmaceutical enterprises with large production capacity and a wide range of products, low production capacity equipment cannot be well matched.

2、 Unstable operation of the equipment often leads to problems such as lack of tablets, fragments, mixed with trace impurities, as well as empty boxes, lack of weight, and small amount of drugs in the process of drug packaging, which will not only affect the entire packaging line, but also bring hidden dangers to drug safety.

3、 Low standardization of parts. Standardized management is the core for enterprises to achieve cost control and ensure long-term competitiveness. However, most pharmaceutical packaging equipment enterprises are unable to build a complete and effective parts standardization system in product design and development, and lack the concept of standardized management, which leads to a significant increase in cost and time costs, and also affects the design efficiency.


Future development trend of drug packaging machine


In the face of the current problems in the pharmaceutical packaging equipment industry, while considering learning from each other to improve their own level, the relevant equipment enterprises also need to identify the future development trends. The main trends are as follows:

First, humanization. That is to say, in the process of design, we should focus on “people” and pay more attention to the evaluation of “convenience”, “comfort”, “reliability”, “value”, “safety” and “efficiency” of products. For example, in view of the current situation that modern pharmaceutical enterprises frequently update drugs, because drugs have different forms and characteristics, even if the packaging process is the same, it will also involve different molds, feeding methods and other issues. Therefore, it is necessary to improve the compatibility of drug packaging equipment. Module combination can be used to enhance the flexibility and applicability of the equipment.


Second, automation. Drug packaging automation has become a major trend, but there is still some distance to complete automation, during which a series of problems such as detection and automatic adjustment may be encountered. This also requires equipment enterprises to innovate production technology, pay attention to the control and automatic detection of automatic drug packaging, improve the sensitivity, anti-interference and long-term operation stability of equipment, and improve the detection capability of metal foreign matters.

Third, green design. The pharmaceutical packaging industry needs to follow the green development trend, and the corresponding equipment industry also needs to follow the green packaging concept. The industry believes that from the perspective of green design, the design direction of packaging machinery can be considered from the aspects of structure, process combination and packaging raw materials.


In general, under the background of rapid development of the pharmaceutical industry, the market development space of the pharmaceutical packaging equipment industry is still broad. But for equipment enterprises, while seizing opportunities, they also need to break through bottlenecks to complement their weaknesses, grasp the industry development trend, and constantly innovate and upgrade, so as to have a stronger core competitiveness in the future market competition.

Post time: Oct-09-2022