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Welcome to the Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association
The Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association is one of the largest of 38 industry-specific associations within VDMA. The many different engineering products produced in this field make it a very heterogeneous sector.
More than 300 member companies manufacture bakery machines,meat processing machines, beverage production and dairy technology, confectionery machines, machines and equipment for vegetable raw material processing, packaging machines, and machinery and installations for producing pharmaceutical and cosmetic products.
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary edition of "Lebensmitteltechnik", Dr. Peter Golz, deputy managing director of the Fachverband Nahrungsmittelmaschinen und Verpackungsmaschinen (German Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association), comments on the future prospects of the German food processing and packaging machinery industry.
This year's general meeting of the department "Machinery and Equipment for Pharmaceuticals and Cosmetics" will take place on Tuesday, 17 March 2020 in Frankfurt (industry meeting with dinner the evening before). Invitation and agenda will be sent to the member companies of the "Machinery and Equipment for Pharmaceuticals and Cosmetics" department in the second half of January.
The VDMA trade association publication No. 10 (new edition 2016) specifies Aspergillus brasiliensis (DSM 1988/ATCC 16404) as the test germ for the validation of packaging disinfection using the pulse light method. On the basis of the test commissioned by ClaraNor, the issuing VDMA working group "Schnittstellenproblematik bei Aseptikanlagen" names Penicillium chrysogenum DSM 844 (spore suspension produced by Fraunhofer IVV, Freising) as a further test microorganism for the validation of packaging disinfection using the Pulsed Light process.
In September, incoming orders in the food processing and packaging machinery sector fell by 10 percent in real terms compared with the previous year. Orders from Germany fell by 28 percent and from abroad by 6 percent.
In August, incoming orders in the food processing and packaging machinery sector fell by 17 percent in real terms compared with the previous year. Orders from Germany fell by 11 percent and from abroad by 18 percent.
In July, order intake in the food processing and packaging machinery sector exceeded the previous year's figure by a total of 11 percent in real terms. Orders from Germany increased by 17 percent, orders from abroad by 10 percent.
In June, incoming orders in the food processing and packaging machinery sector rose by 1 percent in real terms over the previous year. Domestic orders rose by 14 percent, while orders from abroad remained at the previous year's level.
In April, incoming orders in the food processing and packaging machinery sector fell by 8 percent in real terms compared to the previous year. Orders from Germany rose by 7 percent over the weak prior-year figure, while demand from abroad fell by 10 percent.
In the first quarter, incoming orders in the food processing and packaging machinery sector were 17 percent down on the same period last year (Germany: plus 1 percent, abroad: minus 20 percent). Sales in the first quarter were up 15 percent year-on-year.
According to preliminary data from the Federal Statistical Office, the production of food processing and packaging machinery increased by 8 percent to 15.1 billion euros in 2018. A new record was thus reached.
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