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Industrial Packaging Market to be Worth USD 73.25 bn; Pharmaceutical and Electronics to Fuel Growth

The rise of wearable technology and increasing interest in smart gadgets are leading to a growth in the electronics market which in turn, is creating demand in the global industrial packaging market. Another market that is leading to growth in industrial packaging market is pharmaceuticals. With new medicines hitting the market and more yet to hit the market (10 major drugs lost patent in 2018, few more are up for expiration over the coming years). To add to this are new players entering the generic market. Besides there is an increase in the incidence of chronic diseases expecting. This again would create demand for suitable industrial packaging.

As per a Transparency Market Research report, these factors would contribute to the growth in Global Industrial Packaging Market at CAGR of 4.1% CAGR during 2016-2024, taking the market worth to an impressive USD 73.25 bn.

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Competition to Intensify

The already fragmented global industrial packaging market is set to witness new players entering the landscape, making it more competitive. Prominent players include Smurfit Kappa Group PLC, Cascades Inc., Sonoco Product Co., International Paper Co., and Greif Inc. To maintain a firm grasp on market share, most players resort to strategic partnerships and collaborations.

North America to Dominate Growth

As per TMR’s report, while the North American region will experience notable growth owing to great technological advancement in packaging technique and automation, it will forego some of its manufacturing advantage to the Asia Pacific (APAC) region due to Vietnam, India and China upping the ante. Few other factors that would work in the favour of APAC are low labor costs and increasing industrialization. Rise in OEM and drug production in the countries of this region will fuel growth further. Besides, there is much scope for foreign direct investments encouraged by governments such as that in India. However, United States will continue leading the market in terms of manufacturing.

Prominent Opportunities of Growth in Plastic Industrial Packaging Segment

Development in technology along with increase in investment in research and development across sectors such as chemicals, pharmaceutical, construction and electronics will lead to increased demand for industrial packaging material. Construction output alone is expected to grow by a stellar 85% by 2030. The market value for this sector is supposed to reach USD 15.5 trillion by the end of the said period. About 57% of this share will belong to China, US and India. By the end of 2024, consumer electronics market is expected to reach to USD 1700 bn (approx.).

As per IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science, pharma spending is set to reach a USD 1.5 trillion by 2023. Against this backdrop, industrial packaging market will be seeing demand for durable, weather resistant and extremely safe packaging. One of the segments it will boost therefore is that of plastic packaging. With the introduction of bioplastics, the segment will flourish.

Interactive Packaging Solutions to Expand Consumer Base

The packaging solution developed by Contantia Flexible allows the user to use smartphones to know more about a product. This acts a wow factor to the packaging and allows for a high level consumer engagement. This is changing the way the market operated prior. The use of digital content, whether it be videos or augmented reality keeps customers hooked, thereby, keeping businesses interested. This is all set to be the next gen packaging solution.

The information presented in this review is based on a Transparency Market Research report, titled, “Industrial Packaging Market (Materials - Metal, Plastic Paper, and Wood; Products - Drums, IBCs, Sacks, Pails, Crates, Tubes, and Bulk Boxes; Packaging - Rigid and Flexible; End Users - Agriculture And Horticulture, Automotive, Building & Construction, Chemicals And Pharmaceuticals, Engineering, Food & Beverages, Metal Products, Oil & Lubricants, Plastics And Rubber, Furniture, Electronics, and Tobacco) - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2016 – 2024.”

Key Segments of the Global Industrial Packaging Market


  • Metal
  • Plastic
  • Paper and Wood
  • Fiber


  • Drums
  • IBCs
  • Sacks
  • Pails
  • Crates
  • Bulk Boxes


  • Rigid
  • Flexible

End User

  • Agriculture and Horticulture
  • Automotive
  • Building and Construction
  • Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals
  • Engineering
  • Food and Beverages
  • Metal Products
  • Oil and Lubricants
  • Plastics and Rubber
  • Electronics
  • Tobacco


  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Latin America (LATAM)
    • Mexico
    • Brazil
    • Argentina
    • Rest of LATAM
  • Asia Pacific Excluding Japan (APEJ)
    • China
    • India
    • ASEAN
    • ANZ
    • Rest of APEJ
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • Spain
    • Italy
    • France
    • U.K.
    • Nordic Countries
    • Russia
    • Rest of Europe
  • Middle East and Africa (MEA)
    • GCC
    • North Africa
    • South Africa
    • Rest of MEA

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