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Published Date: 2017-10-05Number of Pages: 245

Metal IBC Market (Material Type - Carbon Steel, Stainless Steel; Capacity - Up to 500 L, 500 to 1000 L, 1000 to 1500 L, 1500 to 2000 L, Above 2000 L; Design - Cubic, Cylindrical; Content - Liquids, Solids and Semi Solids; Technology - Aseptic, Non-aseptic; End Use - Industrial Chemicals, Petroleum and Lubricants, Food and Food Ingredients, Building and Construction, Waste Disposal/Recycling and Silage, Pharmaceutical, Paints, Inks, and Dyes) - Global Industry Analysis and Forecast 2017 - 2027

Global Metal IBC Market: Snapshot

Metal IBCs are made up of stainless steel or carbon steel and are used for cross border bulk transportation. Metal IBCs have emerged as a crucial element of growth of cross border trade practices especially for end users such as industrial chemicals. Metal IBC have led to significant minimization of snapping and spillage cases of the bulk liquids due to which they have gained immense strategic significance. Additionally, the global metal IBC market is driven by the increasing manufacturing sector output and trade activities that requires the need of containers for exports and imports.

The global metal IBC market is envisaged to witness growth at a CAGR of 4.1% for the forecast period 2017-2027. In 2017, the market had secured a valuation of US$ 1,334.4 Mn. However, by 2027, it is envisioned to reach US$ 1,995.0 Mn. Containerization has led to significant low costs for the shipping industry which has further propelled the demand of the global metal IBC market.

A key trend prevailing among the multinational players operating in the global metal IBC market is the use of RFID technology to track and trace the IBCs to save cost as well as enhance customer service.

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Stainless Steel Likely to Dominate Metal IBC Market due to Favorable Physical Properties

On the basis of material type, the global metal IBC market is segmented into stainless steel and carbon steel. Stainless steel has high market share and growth rate as compared to carbon steel due to its better wear and tear properties as compared to the carbon steel IBCs.

On the basis of design type, the global metal IBC market is segmented into cubical and cylindrical wherein both the segments are further sub segmented into flat bottom and conical bottom. Cubical flat bottom segment is expected to account for a major market share as compared to the cylindrical segment.

Among the various capacity types, the 500-1000 liters and 1000-1500 liters segment is expected to lead the global market together accounting for a market share of more than 50% by the end of 2027

On the basis of content type, the global metal IBC market is segmented into liquids and solids and semi solids segment. Liquid segment accounts for a major revenue share as the intermediate bulk containers are mainly employed for the liquid transportation. Liquid segment is expected to account for a market revenue share of more than 85% by the end of 2027.

On the basis of technology, the metal IBC market is segmented into aseptic and non-aseptic technology. Aseptic technology is forecasted to continue its dominance during 2017-2027 expanding at a CAGR of 4.2%.

Global metal IBC market on the basis of end use is segmented into industrial chemicals, paints, inks, and dyes, food and beverages, petroleum and lubricants, waste disposal/recycling and silage, building and construction, and pharmaceutical and others. Industrial chemicals segment accounts for a major chunk in the global metal IBC market. Among the industrial chemicals sub segment, metal IBC are mainly used for the transportation of hazardous chemicals. The hazardous chemicals segment is expected to expand at a CAGR of 4.5% during the forecast period.

North America Likely to Dominate Demand from Metal IBC Market

Lastly, on the basis of region, the Global Metal IBCs market has been segmented into North America, Latin America, Middle East & Africa, Europe, and Asia Pacific. North America Metal IBCs market is estimated to constitute the highest market share in the global region followed by Europe. Metal IBCs market in Asia Pacific is expected to witness comparatively higher CAGR over the forecast period, 2017-2027. However, the rising demand for advanced transportation options for emerging end users such as the food and beverage industry and waste disposal is likely to enable steady dominance of North America in the global metal IBC market in the coming years.

Leading players in the global metal IBC market include Thielmann US LLC, Hoover Ferguson Group, Precision IBC, Inc., Snyder Industries Inc., Custom Metalcraft Inc., Time Technoplast Ltd., Metano IBC Services Inc., Sharpsville Container Corporation, Automationstechnik GmbH, Yenchen Machinery Co. Ltd., Transtainer, Pensteel Ltd., Titan IBC, Plymouth Industries, Hawman Container Services, CLA Containers Ltd., SYSPAL Inc., La Garde, and Acura Group. The global metal IBC market is likely to be intensely competitive over the coming years due to growing commercial prospects of the sector and the rising number of players carving out sizable shares in the global market.

Metal IBC Market: Overview

This Transparency Market Research report examines the Global metal IBC market for the forecast period 2017–2027. The primary objective of the report is to identify opportunities in the market and present updates as well as insights pertaining to various segments of the Global metal IBC market. 

The report begins with an overview of the Global metal IBC market, evaluating market performance in terms of revenue, followed by TMR’s analysis of key trends, drivers, and restraints witnessed in the global market. Impact analysis of the key growth drivers and restraints based on the weighted average model is also included in the report.

To compute the market size, in-depth secondary research is done.  Data points such as regional splits and market split by material type, design type, content type, technology type, capacity type, and end use has been assimilated to arrive at appropriate market estimates. The report comprises the forecast of the global revenue generated by the sales of metal IBC market.

Research Methodology

Market numbers have been estimated based on extensive secondary and primary research, average pricing of metal IBC by material type and the revenue is derived through regional pricing trends. Market size and forecast for each segment have been provided in the context of global and regional markets. The metal IBC market has been analyzed based on expected demand. Prices considered for the calculation of revenue are average regional prices obtained through primary quotes from numerous regional metal IBC manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors.


All key end users have been considered and potential applications have been estimated on the basis of secondary sources and feedback from primary respondents. Country demand patterns have been considered while estimating the market for various end users of metal IBC in the different regions. Bottom-up approach has been used to estimate the metal IBC market by regions. Global market numbers by material type, by capacity type, by technology, by design, by content type and by end use industry have been derived using the bottom-up approach, which is cumulative of each country’s demand. The same has also been validated from top-down approach. Company-level market share has been derived on the basis of revenues reported by key manufacturers. The market has been forecast based on constant currency rates.

TMR triangulates the data via different analysis based on supply side, as well as from the demand side TMR not only conduct forecasts in terms of value, but also evaluate the market on the basis of essential parameters, such as Year-on-Year (Y-o-Y) growth. This helps providers to recognize the future opportunities as well predictability of the market.

In order to understand and assess opportunities in this market, the report is categorically divided into five key sections on the basis of product type, diameter, material type, end use and region. The report analyses the Global metal IBC market in terms of value (US$ Mn) and volume (Units)

By Material Type

  • Stainless Steel
  • Carbon Steel

By Capacity Type

  • Upto 500 liters
  • 500-1000 liters
  • 1000-1500 liters
  • 1500-2000 liters
  • Above 2000 liters

By Design Type

  • Cubical
    • Flat Bottom
    • Conical Bottom
  • Cylindrical
    • Flat Bottom
    • Conical Bottom

By Content Type

  • Liquid
  • Solids & Semi Solids

By Technology

  • Aseptic
  • Non Aseptic

By End Use

  • Industrial Chemicals
    • Hazardous Chemicals
    • Non-Hazardous Chemicals
  • Petroleum & Lubricants
  • Paints, inks & dyes
  • Food & Beverages
  • Waste Disposal/Recycling & Silage
  • Building & Construction
  • Pharmaceutical & Others

By Region

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa

Another vital feature of this report is the analysis of the metal IBC market by region, material type, capacity type, content type, technology type, design type and end use; and the corresponding revenue forecast in terms of absolute dollar opportunity. This is traditionally overlooked while forecasting the market. However, absolute dollar opportunity is critical in assessing the level of opportunity that a provider can look to achieve as well as to identify potential resources from a sales perspective of the Global metal IBC market. 

To understand key segments in terms of their growth and performance in the metal IBC market, Transparency Market Research has developed a market attractiveness index. The resulting index should help providers identify existing market opportunities in the Global metal IBC market.

In the final section of the report, metal IBC market competitive landscape is included to provide a dashboard view of companies that manufacture and provide services of metal IBC market. The report contains company profiles of some of the key players in the Global metal IBC market.

Some of the key players in global metal IBC market include Thielmann US LLC, Hoover Ferguson Group, Snyder Industries, Inc., Precision IBC, Inc., Time Technoplast Ltd., Custom Metalcraft, Inc., Metano IBC Services, Inc., Automationstechnik GmbH, Yenchen Machinery Co., Ltd., Sharpsville Container Corporation, Pensteel Ltd., Titan IBC, Transtainer, CLA CONTAINERS LTD, Hawman Container Services, SCHÄFER WERKE GmbH, Brookeson Material Handling Ltd., Plymouth Industries, SYSPAL Ltd, Obal Centrum s.r.o., La Garde, and Acura Group.

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