Sustainable manufacturing — that is, the use of processes that minimize negative environmental impacts; conserve energy and natural resources; are safe for employees, communities, and consumers; and are economically sound — is a practice that is being driven both by market forces and regulation. U.S. packaging machinery manufacturers are not exempt from these forces, as they operate in a global supply chain that faces increasing demands for more sustainable products and services.
This report, the result of more than a year of research and interviews, examines the changing business environment for U.S. packaging machinery manufacturers, looks at sustainability as a means to gain competitive advantage, and offers case studies of five leading manufacturers in this sector. Supplementary materials offer details about sustainable design options for packaging machinery as well as a total cost of ownership calculator that incorporates environmental performance features.
This publication is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative Sector Focus Study Series. Click here to read the complete report, Packaging Machinery: Sustainability and Competitiveness.