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Global Bulk Container Packaging: Snapshot

The global bulk container packaging market is driven by their use in the transportation of dry and free-flowing chemicals or materials. The growing exportation of vegetable oil from Southeast Asia is driving the growth of this market. Similarly the rise in the exportation of wine from Europe will fuel the demand for bulk container packaging. the low cost and high operational efficiency is a key reason behind the use of bulk container packaging such as tank containers, barrels, and drums. Use of flexitanks lowers the cost of glass and bottling and hence used for exporting wine. It also reduces the cost of import duties and overall transportation cost of wine. The growth of the global bulk container packaging is thus predicted to be a healthy one.

Shale gas is produced in high quantities in the U.S. and this gas is used as a feedstock for the production of other chemicals. The abundance of low cost feedstock across the globe is attracting many investors towards the chemicals industry and this is anticipated to create specific packaging and transportation requirements for which bulk container packaging will suit perfectly, driving the growth prospects of this market in the years to come.

Cost Fluctuation of Raw Materials to Hamper Growth of Bulk Container Packaging Market

The volatility in the pricing of raw materials such as polyethylene and polypropylene, which are required for the manufacturing of flexitanks, bulk container lining, and FIBC will be a key factor hampering the growth of the bulk container packaging market. These raw materials also happen to be petrochemical derivatives and thus with the fluctuation of crude oil price, the cost of these materials also get influenced. This will also act as a challenge for market players. However, the growing commodity trade in BRICS nations will create potential growth opportunities for the bulk container packaging market.

Asia Pacific to Be Most Lucrative Market for Bulk Container Packaging in Future

Among regions such as Europe, Asia Pacific, North America, and the Rest of the World, it is estimated that Asia Pacific will most likely witness the fastest expansion or growth rate. The growth is attributed to the escalating exports of bulk chemicals and oils to Europe and North America. Europe is estimated to experience moderate growth in the bulk container packaging market. The high export of wines will be supporting the growth of this market in Europe. The Rest of the World (RoW) is anticipated to emerge as the second fastest expanding market for bulk container packaging on account of the increasing export of bulk chemicals and food products.

Chemical Segment to Continue to Retain Dominant Hold

By application, it is estimated that the chemical segment will continue to lead in the market but witness moderate growth in the forecast period. The demand for bulk container packaging in applications such as pharmaceuticals and others will grow at a sluggish pace. The food and beverage segment is estimated to emerge as the second largest segment to lead in the market in the years to come. The need to prevent contamination of food as well as maintain hygienic standards will drive the demand for bulk container packaging in the food and beverage sector. The increasing exports from Europe and Southeast Asia are another reason for the growth of this segment.

Bulk container packaging includes products used for bulk or high volume packaging. These are transported in containers via road, sea or railways. This report studies the bulk container packaging market for three products: flexitanks, flexible intermediate bulk containers (FIBC) and bulk container liners. Other bulk container packaging products available in the market such as drums, barrels and boxes have not been considered in the report. Flexitanks is a flexible bladder or a container manufactured using polyethylene and polypropylene to transport non-hazardous liquids in a standard 20ft container. FIBCs are also termed big bags or jumbo bags. These are made up of woven fabric for storage and transport of dry and free flowing products. These bags are available in large variations in the market with different product types that suit various materials that are to be transported. They are most widely used in sizes of 1 ton or 2 tons. Bulk container liners are made up of woven polyethylene or polypropylene and are available in different sizes depending upon customer requirement. However, the most widely used liners are 20ft and 40ft containers globally. 
This study includes market estimate and forecast of the bulk container packaging market from demand side in terms of revenue from 2013 to 2020. Major products analyzed include flexitanks, FIBC and bulk container liners. Application segments include food & beverages, chemicals and others (including pharmaceuticals, etc.). Each of these product types and applications have been estimated and forecast on the global as well as regional level. We have segmented the global market in four regions: North America, Europe (including Western Europe, Central & Eastern Europe, Russia, and CIS), Asia Pacific and Rest of the World (Including the Middle East, Latin America and Africa). The global as well as regional market for each product type and application has been estimated from 2013 (as a base year) and forecast from 2014 to 2020 in terms of revenue (US$ Mn).
Higher operational and cost efficiency of flexitanks is one of the major factors driving the global bulk container packaging market. Rise in exports of vegetable oil from Southeast Asia coupled with increase in bulk wine trade is anticipated to boost the market. However, volatility in prices of polypropylene and polyethylene is expected to hamper market growth. Increase in commodity trade in BRICS nations is likely to create new opportunities for bulk container packaging manufacturers in the market. The report comprises a detailed value chain analysis in order to study value addition at each stage of the value chain. The study includes Porter’s five forces model to analyze competition in the market and its impact on buyers, suppliers, substitutes, new entrants and degree of competition. It also includes market attractiveness analysis to gauge highly attractive markets for investment in future. Factors taken into consideration for evaluating attractive markets include regional demand, growth rate, commodity trade, demography, and economic conditions. The study also provides market share analysis of major manufacturers of flexitanks operating in the market.
The report includes profiles of major companies operating in the market. It covers parameters such as overview, business strategy, financial overview, product portfolio and recent developments. Companies covered in the report include Shandong Anthente New Materials Technology Co., Ltd., BLT Flexitank Industrial Co. Ltd., Braid Logistics, Büscherhoff Spezialverpackung GmbH & Co. KG, Environmental Packaging Technologies Inc., KriCon, K Tank Supply Limited, Qingdao LAF Packaging Co. LTD., MY FlexiTank, SIA Flexitanks Ltd., Bulk Liquid Solutions Pvt. Ltd., Shanghai Yunjet Plastic Packaging Co. Ltd., Trust Flexitanks and Trans Ocean Bulk Logistics Ltd.
The report segments the global bulk container packaging market as follows:
  • Bulk Container Packaging Market - Product Segment Analysis
    • Flexitanks
    • Flexible intermediate bulk containers (FIBC)
    • Bulk container liners
  • Bulk Container Packaging Market - Application Analysis
    • Food & beverages
    • Chemicals
    • Others (Including pharmaceuticals, etc.)
  • Bulk Container Packaging Market - Regional Analysis
    • North America
    • Europe
    • Asia Pacific
    • Rest of the World (RoW)

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