Ampoules Packaging Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The ampoules packaging market is segmented by Material (Glass and Plastic), End-user Industry (Pharmaceutical, Personal Care and Cosmetic), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

ampoules packaging market
Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 7.4 %

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Market Overview

The ampoules packaging market was valued at USD 4.1 billion in 2020, and it is expected to reach a value of USD 6.27 billion by 2026 at a CAGR of 7.4%, during the forecast period (2021-2026). Packaging is considered to be a critical stage in the manufacturing process, where the value addition process is one of the significant trends. The pharmaceutical industry has been using ampoules, especially glass, for a very long period, as a primary packaging solution.

  • The surge in government initiatives to increase the adoption of generic products, government support to start a generic medical store, and a high prevalence of infectious diseases in the region are some factors that are anticipated to boost the generic injectables market in the region, during the forecast period.
  • The emergence of plastic ampoules in the market has been to counter some of the concern relating to glass particles entering in the contents, during the breaking of the ampoules. This is expected to create an opportunity for the plastic ampoules manufacturers, and may be impacted by regulatory upgradations and standards present in the respective nation.
  • Since the usage for ampoules is profoundly impacted by its demand in the pharmaceutical and life sciences’ end users, the market remains highly inclined toward these end-users for demand variations.
  • Regulatory and advisory bodies overseeing vaccine quality and safety, governments across industrialized and developing countries, and pooled procurement agencies are some of the leading entities driving the demand for the vaccine market across the world. This is expected to give a boost to ampoule production capacity in the near term.
  • Asia-Pacific may witness a significant growth in the market, as developing countries, such as India, witness exceptional growth in a pharmaceutical market where players, like SGD Pharma India Ltd. produces 4,000 metric ton of tubular vials and ampoules annually (corresponding to more than 700 million pieces at the Vemula glassworks of SGD Pharma (India)) to meet the demand for the ampoules in the market.
  • Likewise, manufacturers of the ampoules are significantly investing in the capacity to expand their foothold in the market. For instance, in October 2019, Schott AG Kaisha planned to invest INR 50 crores on the plant, to set up a production capacity of 360 million ampoules.
  • The spread of COVID-19 has negatively impacted the market, due to disruptions in the supply chain initially as a result of delayed production, globally. However, the scenario changed significantly. For instance, FEVE (Federation of European manufacturers of glass containers and machine-made glass) called on the authorities to recognize the critical role of container glass manufacturing, and subsequently led the manufacturing continuity across all plants to supply people with food, beverages, and pharmaceutical goods.

Scope of the Report

An ampoule is a small sealed glass or plastic sealed bottle, which is used to contain and preserve a sample, usually a solid or liquid. The ampoules packaging is being used in pharmaceutical, personal care, and cosmetic industries. Ampoules packaging is mostly used to protect liquid or solution from air and contaminants.

By Material
By End-user Industry
Personal Care and Cosmetic
Other End-user Industries
North America
End User
Personal Care And Cosmetic
United States
End User
Personal Care And Cosmetic
United Kingdom
Rest Of Europe
Asia Pacific
End User
Personal Care And Cosmetic
Rest Of Asia Pacific
Latin America
End User
Personal Care And Cosmetic
Rest Of Latin America
Middle East and Africa
End User
Personal Care And Cosmetic
Saudi Arabia
Rest of Middle East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Plastic Ampoules Packaging to Hold a Significant Share

  • Demand for plastic ampoules is witnessing significant growth from the pharmaceutical industry, Features that led to increased pharmaceutical adoption are barrier against moisture, high dimensional stability, high impact strength, resistance to strain, low water absorption, transparency, resistance to heat and flame, and extension of expiry dates.​ Moreover, the high demand for low-cost packaging is another significant driver to the same.
  • Glass containers are characteristically fragile and have been found to cause concerns involving the drug and container interaction. These storage limitations have led to the growing interest in plastic ampoules that can be effectively filled, shipped, stored, and administered safely while following strict regulatory standards.
  • With an increase in liquid dosage forms, the need for plastic packaging is on the rise. These are often the preferred choice for premium products that require extreme protection from foreign particle interference.
  • Liquid/semisolid drug dosages are widely used for children for different medication needs. Children need smaller doses due to difficulty in swallowing tablets or capsules. Over the last few years, there has been increasing pressure to ensure that drugs are available in the form which is suitable for administration to children.​
  • On the other hand, unit dose parenteral packaging as a choice for consumers over multi-dose packaging has been increasing. Plastic ampoules offer fixed dosages that help pharmaceutical companies control costs by reducing drug overfill and inefficiencies in the manufacturing process. Therefore, the use of plastic ampoules is particularly advantageous for companies dealing with costly drugs.
  • For instance, in the United States, as per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations, unit dose plastic ampoules account for almost 24% for pharmaceutical packaging. The segment is expected to generate above-average growth opportunities to ampoule packaging.
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Latin America To Show Significant Growth Over Long Term

  • In Latin America, the market growth is impacted, as the countries are proactively working to reduce these counterfeit medicine, vaccines, and drugs from reaching the consumers. 
  • Brazil, for instance, is among the most prominent pharmaceutical markets in the region, with projections estimating it to emerge as a significant player on the global level. Brazil’s pharmaceutical business is now positioned as the sixth in the world and is projected to be in the top five, by 2021.
  • Similarly, Mexico is globally positioned on 11th rank, on the list of countries in the pharmaceutical market. On the other hand, Argentina is considered the third-largest market in the region. These countries with the promising future of the pharmaceutical industry present a high opportunity for ampoules.
  • Moreover, Latin America’s geriatric base is increasing rapidly. In 2010, 10% of the region’s population was above 60 years, and by the end of 2040, this number is estimated to more than double, reaching 21%, according to Pharmaphorum. With this increasing aging population, chronic diseases are principally driven, because over 80% of adults aged over 60 years have at least one chronic disease.
  • The 2014 World Diabetes Day in Mexico City, which is a model for the kind of prevention the region needs, and the International Diabetes Foundation (IDF), including more than 15,000 people, aim to educate the population about lifestyle choices and provided services, such as simplified blood sugar testing, healthy cooking workshops, and exercise classes, which is boosting the demand for glass ampoules. 

Competitive Landscape

The ampoules packaging market is fragmented. The surge in government initiatives, and increasing demand for injectables and other medicines, provide lucrative opportunities in the ampoules packaging market. Overall, the competitive rivalry among existing competitors is high. Moving forward, expansion and mergers of large companies in different pharmaceutical industries are expected to increase the demand of ampoules packaging. Key players are Schott AG, Amposan SA, Gerresheimer AG, etc.

  • April 2019 - The technology group, SCHOTT, invested BRL 50 million in its pharmaceutical tubing production in Rio de Janeiro, as part of its global growth strategy. As the demand in pharmaceutical industries is increasing, SCHOTT is contributing to manufacture 100% inspection of glass tubing to detect possible defects.
  • March 2019 - Gerresheimer invested EUR 40-70 million in the new plant in the North Macedonian capital of Skopje, first in South-Eastern Europe. The plant is expected to initially manufacture medical plastic ampoules, prior to adding prefillable glass syringes lines.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Force Analysis

      1. 4.2.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.2.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.2.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.2.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.2.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    3. 4.3 Market Drivers

      1. 4.3.1 Demand for Tamper-proof Pharmaceutical Product Packaging

      2. 4.3.2 Commodity Value of Glass Increased with Recyclability

      3. 4.3.3 Government Regulations and Standards

    4. 4.4 Market Restraints

      1. 4.4.1 Concerns Regarding Dumping of Used Ampoules

    5. 4.5 Impact of the Covid-19 on the Ampoules Packaging Market


    1. 5.1 Introduction to Market Drivers and Restraints

    2. 5.2 Market Drivers

      1. 5.2.1 Demand for Tamper-proof Pharmaceutical Product Packaging

      2. 5.2.2 Government Regulations and Standards

    3. 5.3 Market Restraints

      1. 5.3.1 Concerns Regarding Dumping of Used Ampoules


    1. 6.1 By Material

      1. 6.1.1 Glass

      2. 6.1.2 Plastic

    2. 6.2 By End-user Industry

      1. 6.2.1 Pharmaceutical

      2. 6.2.2 Personal Care and Cosmetic

      3. 6.2.3 Other End-user Industries

    3. 6.3 Geography

    4. 6.4 North America

      1. 6.4.1 End User

        1. Pharmaceutical

        2. Personal Care And Cosmetic

      2. 6.4.2 Country

        1. United States

        2. Canada

    5. 6.5 Europe

      1. 6.5.1 End User

        1. Pharmaceutical

        2. Personal Care And Cosmetic

      2. 6.5.2 Country

        1. United Kingdom

        2. France

        3. Germany

        4. Rest Of Europe

    6. 6.6 Asia Pacific

      1. 6.6.1 End User

        1. Pharmaceutical

        2. Personal Care And Cosmetic

      2. 6.6.2 Country

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. Rest Of Asia Pacific

    7. 6.7 Latin America

      1. 6.7.1 End User

        1. Pharmaceutical

        2. Personal Care And Cosmetic

      2. 6.7.2 Country

        1. Brazil

        2. Mexico

        3. Rest Of Latin America

    8. 6.8 Middle East and Africa

      1. 6.8.1 End User

        1. Pharmaceutical

        2. Personal Care And Cosmetic

      2. 6.8.2 Country

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. Egypt

        3. Rest of Middle East and Africa


    1. 7.1 Company Profiles*

      1. 7.1.1 Schott AG

      2. 7.1.2 Gerresheimer AG

      3. 7.1.3 Stevanato Group

      4. 7.1.4 ESSCO Glass

      5. 7.1.5 AAPL Solutions

      6. 7.1.6 Global Pharmatech Pvt Ltd

      7. 7.1.7 James Alexander Corporation

      8. 7.1.8 Nipro Pharma Packaging International NV



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Frequently Asked Questions

The Ampoules Packaging Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Ampoules Packaging Market is growing at a CAGR of 7.4% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2020.

Schott AG, Gerresheimer AG, James Alexander Corporation, ESSCO Glass, Stevanato Group are the major companies operating in Ampoules Packaging Market.

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