The key end-user markets for the packaging industry are food and beverages, carbonated and mineral drinks, and pharmaceutical. Food and beverages contribute 60% to the total value of the packaging market. The study of The analysis of packaging industry market size is from 2006 through 2010 and forecasts till 2015 (market size and production trends of paper and board ; Packaging equipment market size and forecast Industry dynamics: five forces analysis of paper and board segment...).

The regulations for packaging materials in Germany, which are mainly directed toward the reduction of waste and the reusability of packaging materials, have been able to successfully transfer the cost of managing packaging waste from the public to the private sector. The regulations make the packaging industry responsible for packaging at the end of its lifecycle, including the costs of collecting, sorting and recycling packaging after consumers discard it.

Market Share and Production Trend Analysis by Segment
The German paper and board, and rigid and flexible plastic segments are among the top three globally in terms of market share, with rigid plastic being the fastest growing domestic packaging segment during the review period (2006 to 2010). Although the rapid growth of plastic packaging has been a worldwide phenomenon due to its low per unit cost and flexibility in packaging design and convenience, Germany is a leading producer of wood in the European region , and the per unit cost in the paper and board packaging segment also remains low because of the country's large forest reserves.

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