Global Flexible Packaging Market: Snapshot
Flexible packaging is gaining grounds in the field of primary packaging. Advancements in material science have allowed manufacturers to create flexible packaging the food and beverage industry better than before. This packaging can maintain the primary function of protecting its contents while providing the advantages of lower weight, better performance, and a much lower scope of contamination. Flexible packaging is also easier to handle and store, making transportation of goods a lot smoother.
Apart from food and beverages, flexible packaging is also used by other consumer markets for the purpose of creating more appealing packaging. The intense competition in the consumer goods industry has created a big scope for the introduction of flexible packaging, which is what has happened over the past few years. New pre-cooked, processed, and packed foods are now being introduced in flexible packaging and giving way to trends such as modified atmosphere packaging and vacuum packaging.
The problem with flexible packaging, however, is the fact that a large number of flexible packaging are not easy to recycle. A lot of flexible packaging are multi-layered with each layer composed of different materials. This makes recycling a much tougher task than compared to rigid packaging.
The global market for flexible packaging is expected to expand at a CAGR of 5.2% in terms of revenue, from 2016 to 2024. This revenue is expected to reach US$238.5 bn by the end of 2016 and US$358.7 bn by the end of 2024.
Europe to Remain Dominant in Flexible Packaging Demand
Europe is expected to stay a highly attractive market for the manufacturers of flexible packaging over the coming years. By the end of 2024, Europe is expected to generate a revenue of US$117.7 bn in flexible packaging. Although this increment in demand is expected to stagnate soon, the overall requirement is already large enough to be a very lucrative market for existing players. Similar scope is expected to be seen in North America
On the other hand, Asia Pacific is expected to provide a key opportunity for flexible packaging manufacturers owing to a massive demand for better packaging and a growing consumer goods industry. The increasing disposable income of individuals is expected to solidify the consumer goods industry and thus provide a solid foundation for growth of new entrants.
Consumer Goods Industry Demand for Flexible Packaging to Increase Further
By the end of 2024, the consumer goods industry is expected to generate a demand of US$278.4 bn for flexible packaging. This demand is expected to grow at a relatively stagnant rate, but is still expected to remain the dominant one due to the sheer volume of its current stable demand. A large part of its modest growth rate is attributed to the growing rate of urbanization in emerging economies, the increasing number of nuclear families, and a high demand for ready-to-eat foods.
Apart from the consumer goods industry, the sectors of personal care, pharmaceuticals, and tobacco are all showing a very high growth in demand for flexible packaging.
The key manufacturers of flexible packaging from a global standpoint include Amcor Limited, Bemis Company, Sealed Air Corporation, Berry Plastics Group, Inc., Mondi Group, Sonoco Products co., Huhtamäki Oyj, Constantia Flexibles Gmbh, Ampac Holdings, Llc, Bischof + Klein International, Wipak Group, AR Packaging, Goglio Group, Schur Flexibles, Clondalkin Group, Flair Flexible Packaging Solution, Cellpack Packaging, and Südpack Verpackungen.
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
- Polyethylene (PE)
- 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
- Polyethylene (PE)
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
Global Flexible Packaging Market, by Application
- Food & Beverages
- Bakery & Confectionery
- Ready to Eat Food
- Frozen & Chilled Food
- Personal Care
- Industrial & Institutional
Global Flexible Packaging Market, by Geography
- North America
- Rest of Europe
- Asia Pacific
- Rest of Asia Pacific
- Latin America
- Rest of Latin America
- Middle East & Africa (MEA)
- South Africa
- Rest of MEA
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