Chinaplas: Gloucester CEO says packaging market growing in Asia-Pacific


Gloucester Engineering Co. (GEC) President and CEO Carl Johnson says Asia-Pacific customers are demanding more sophisticated and larger machines.

"They want larger machines with higher outputs," he told PlasticsToday. "The demand for quality continues to grow."

Headquartered in Gloucester, MA, GEC is a designer and manufacturer of cast film, blown film, and foam extrusion lines, as well as bag making machines, and complementary auxiliary equipment from its subsidiaries, Future Design and Pearl Technologies. GEC has had a presence in the Asia-Pacific market for more than 25 years.

China's emerging middle class is changing many aspects of the country, including driving demand for packaging. In particular, packaging produced with polypropylene is a trend.

"There are more and more dual income families," Johnson said. "People are spending less time at the wet markets and there is a big push, especially here in China, for food packaging items."...
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