Global Flexible Packaging Market: Snapshot

The global market for flexible packaging is estimated to witness massive growth in the years to come owing to their multiple use properties. Flexible packaging in general terms means the container or packaging that is created out of easily yielding or flexible materials. These materials when closed or filled can be changed structurally. The basic materials used for flexible packaging could be foil, plastic film or paper or even a combination of these.

The demand for flexible packaging has been rising at a rapid rate within the last couple of years because of its uses in different areas, whether food packaging or pharmaceutical products, or other consumer goods. Adding to that, the continuous advancement in the packaging industry in terms of materials is also seen to be accelerating the overall market for flexible packaging in coming years. Therefore the multiple use of flexible packaging in various other industries is boosting the future market revenue.

However, the use of multiple layers in different types of materials for flexible packaging makes it difficult to recycle. This, in turn turns as an environmental concern, and may further hamper market growth in future. Another fact that plastic can easily be recycled rather than its metal counterpart is also seen to be obstructing market growth for flexible packaging. Most importantly, the environmental norms and government restrictions regarding use of non-biodegradable products may affect the global flexible packaging market in negative light.

The global flexible packaging market is prognosticated to reach a value of US$358.7 bn towards the end of the forecast period that is set from 2017 to 2024. The CAGR is estimated to be 5.2%. The market figures depict a notable rise in value progressing from a valuation of US$238.5 bn as per the 2016 records.

Food and Beverage Sector to Offer Lucrative Growth Opportunities for Market

The global flexible packaging market is categorized on the basis of product type, material type, and application. With regard to material type, the global flexible packaging market is segmented into Cellulosic, Aluminum, Paper, and Polymer. Further classification of polymer includes Poly Styrene, Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol (EVOH), Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC), Polyamide (PA), Biaxially-oriented polyethylene terephthalate (BOPET), Cast Polypropylene (CPP), Biaxially-Oriented Polypropylene (BOPP), Polypropylene (PP), and Polyethylene (PE). Sub-segmentation of Polyethylene (PE) includes LLDPE, HDPE, and LDPE.

Based on segmentation by product type, the global flexible packaging market is divided into Retort Pouches, Squeezable Bottles, Converted Roll Stock, Laminated Tubes, Vacuum Pouches, Wicketed Bags, Gusseted Bags, and Stand-up Pouches. Out of these, the market seems to be drawing more revenue shares from the stand-up pouch segment.

With respect to application, the global market for flexible packaging is categorized into Industrial and Institutional, and Consumer. Further classification of Consumer group includes tobacco, pharmaceutical, personal care, and food and beverages. Among these, the market is seen to be dominated by the food and beverage group since it is more convenient for end users to carry their food around with sealed and proper packaging.

Europe to Continue Domination of Market with Industrial and Manufacturing Base

The global flexible packaging market is studied on the basis of key geographies Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and Africa, North America, and Europe. Among these, the market is seen to be dominated by the European region. It is also estimated to continue its domination in the years to come because of major players setting up main industries for their research and development and manufacturing hub in the European nations. Besides, Asia Pacific market may also offer lucrative growth opportunities in the coming years due to industrial development.

Global Flexible Packaging Market: Overview 

The emergence of bio-based and biodegradable films is the primary factor fuelling the growth of the global flexible packaging market. The use of these products is expected to offer sustainable solutions owing to the reduced dependency on fossil fuels. Moreover, government support toward the use of environment-friendly products is projected to supplement the growth of the global flexible packaging market in the coming years.

The research study has offered a detailed analysis of the market, focusing on the latest trends and promising opportunities that lie ahead. A detailed overview of the competitive landscape of the global flexible packaging market has been provided in the study to give a strong understanding of the market. The key decisions and strategies adopted by the leading companies have been presented to guide existing and new players in framing effective business policies in the coming years.

Global Flexible Packaging Market: Drivers and Restraints

The growing demand for flexible packaging for diverse applications is one of the primary factors augmenting the growth of the overall market. The growing need to ensure the quality and safety of products and preserve them from contamination and damage is driving the demand for innovative flexible packaging solutions worldwide. Key players in the market are emphasizing on introducing effective products and expanding their product portfolio in order to reach a larger audience. This is expected to fuel the market’s growth in the coming years. Furthermore, the growing awareness regarding hygiene and food safety and the increased shelf life enabled by flexible packaging are some of the other drivers anticipated to boost the global flexible packaging market.

On the other hand, concerns related to handling in specific applications and various recyclability issues are expected to restrict the growth of the market in the next few years. Nevertheless, the introduction of specialty films is likely to offer lucrative opportunities for market players.

Global Flexible Packaging Market: Region-wise Outlook

The global market for flexible packaging has been classified on the basis of geography into Latin America, North America, the Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific, and Europe. Among these, Europe is expected to lead the global flexible packaging market and account for a share of 32.80% by the end of 2024. Growth in this region can be attributed to the presence of a large number of manufacturing industries. Key players in Europe are focusing on introducing new packaging formats and multilayer films in order to extend the shelf life of products. This factor is projected to augment the flexible packaging market in the region.

Asia Pacific is expected to witness robust growth in the global flexible packaging market in the next few years. The lucrative opportunities offered by this region is attracting the attention of new entrants and established players looking to expand their market penetration. In addition, the swift economic development in Asia Pacific is boosting several industries, including personal care products, food and beverages, and pharmaceuticals. Countries in other regions are anticipated to witness a substantial rise in the consumption of packaging solutions owing to economic growth in developing countries.

Key Players Mentioned in the Research Report:

Constantia Flexibles Gmbh, Südpack Verpackungen, Wipak Group, Amcor Limited, Cellpack Packaging, Sealed Air Corporation, Mondi Group, Clondalkin Group, AR Packaging, Sonoco Products Co., Bischof + Klein International, Ampac Holdings, Llc, Huhtamäki Oyj, Bemis Company, Goglio Group, Schur Flexibles, and Berry Plastics Group, Inc. are some of the leading players operating in the flexible packaging market across the globe. The rising number of players participating in the market is expected to strengthen the competitive scenario in the next few years.

Key segments of the global flexible packaging market

Global Flexible Packaging Market, by Material Type

  • Polymer
    • Polyethylene (PE)
      • LDPE
      • HDPE
      • LLDPE
    • Polypropylene (PP)
    • Biaxially-Oriented Polypropylene (BOPP)
    • Cast Polypropylene (CPP)
    • Biaxially-oriented polyethylene terephthalate (BOPET)
    • Polyamide (PA)
    • Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC)
    • Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol (EVOH)
    • Poly Styrene
  • Paper
  • Aluminum
  • Cellulosic

Global Flexible Packaging Market, by Product Type

  • Stand-up Pouches
  • Vacuum Pouches
  • Retort Pouches
  • Converted Roll Stock
  • Gusseted Bags
  • Wicketed Bags
  • Laminated Tubes
  • Squeezable Bottles
  • Others

Global Flexible Packaging Market, by Application

  • Consumer
    • Food & Beverages
    • Dairy
    • Bakery & Confectionery
    • Ready to Eat Food
    • Frozen & Chilled Food
    • Tea
    • Others
    • Personal Care
    • Pharmaceutical
    • Tobacco
  • Industrial & Institutional

Global Flexible Packaging Market, by Geography 

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • U.K.
    • France
    • Spain
    • Italy
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • ASEAN
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Argentina
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa (MEA)
    • GCC
    • South Africa
    • Rest of MEA

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