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

The Australia Plastic Packaging Market is Segmented by Rigid Packaging (material and product), Flexible Packaging (material and product), Industrial Plastic Film Market (Stretch Film, Agricultural Film), and end-user industry.

Market Snapshot

Australia Plastic Packaging Market Overview
Study Period: 2019- 2026
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: 2.14 %
Australia Plastic Packaging Market Major Players

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Market Overview

The Australia Plastic Packaging market was valued at USD 2,538.25 million in 2020, and it is expected to reach a value of USD 2,892.62 million by 2026, registering a CAGR of 2.14% over the forecast period( 2021 - 2026). Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is found in most plastic-packed products in the country. For instance, as per Macquarie University, Australians buy more than approximately 118,000 metric tons of plastic drink bottles every year, despite 250 stringent checks by the Australian water utilities for tap water. Based on such facts, the existing packaging manufacturers are increasing their capacities to bridge the gap of domestic demand.

  • Australia witnessed a significant increase in population in the previous decade. For instance, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the country’s population grew from 22 million in 2010 to over 25.6 million in 2020. This is anticipated to drive the demand for more consumables, like beverages, packaged meals, packaged drinking water, and convenience packages like microwave and oven safe, among others, which prefer plastic packaging medium over other alternatives, owing to high portability enabled by the lightweight of the plastics.
  • The country has also established its ambitious 2025 National Packaging Targets. The targets create a new sustainable pathway for the way companies manage their packaging in the country. The Australian industry and Government also support the 2025 National Packaging Targets (2025 Targets) in order to deliver a new and sustainable approach to packaging. These targets will be applied to all the packaging that is made, used, and sold in the country. Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) is the organization that the Government charges to facilitate the delivery of these 2025 Targets.
  • In response, the Australian Government realized the adoption of the Circular Economy model aligning with 100% sustainable packaging practice by 2025. Major FMCG companies have taken initiatives on these lines; for instance, Coca-Cola Amatil announced that by the end of 2019, 70% of its plastics bottles manufactured in the country would be made from recycled plastics. Also, earlier in 2018, Unilever launched Omo’s EcoActive laundry detergent with containers/bottles made from 25% PET, sourced in Australia itself.
  • However, the country is undertaking efforts to reduce plastic packaging, but its benefits in comparison to alternatives are enabling the manufacturers to continue production.

Scope of the Report

The market is divided into three key segments, rigid packaging, flexible packaging, and industrial plastic films. Rigid packaging considers products, such as plastic bottles and trays and containers made from PET, PP, PS, EPS, PVC, and PE. The flexible packaging segment considers all package films, pouches, bags, etc., other than the films and wraps used in industrial packaging applications.

The scope of industrial plastic films has been defined to include stretch wrap films and agricultural films usually made of LLDPE for wrapping pallets, agricultural haystacks, and rolls. The scope of the study covers Food, Beverage, Healthcare, among other industries.

Rigid Packaging
Polyethylene terephthalate (PET
Polypropylene (PP)
Polystyrene (PS) and Expanded Polystyrene (EPS)
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
Polyethene (PE)
By Product
Bottles and Jars
Trays and Containers
Other Product Types
Flexible Packaging
Polyethene (PE)
Bi-orientated Polypropylene (BOPP)
Cast polypropylene (CPP)
Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
Other Flexible Packaging Materials
Films & Wraps
Other Product Types
Industrial Plastic Film Market
Stretch Film
Agricultural Film
End-user Industry
Personal Care and Household
Other End-user Industries

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Demand from the Food Industry

  • The major force driving the growth of the plastic packaging market in Australia is the demand for single-serve and portable food packs due to lifestyle changes. Also, an increase in cross-border e-commerce, investments in improved logistics, and bilateral trade agreements are framing Australia as a prominent country in food exports.
  • For instance, according to Grain Trade Australia, in FY 2020, the value of almonds exported from the country amounted to approximately AUD 647.6 million, which was the highest valued horticulture export product. Also, in terms of fresh fruit, table grapes were the highest valued export product in the same year, which was around AUD 623 million.
  • On the production end, manufacturers have been increasing their output in order to cater to the local and international demands. This will directly boost the volume of plastic packaging in the country. For instance, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in FY 2020, the total production value of almonds in the country amounted to around AUD 954 million. Almonds were also the leading nut that was produced in the country in terms of in-shell weight.
  • Additionally, convenience food demand in Australia is on a rising trend due to consumers increasingly demanding foods that are healthy and convenient in terms of packaging and handling, leading to an increased usage of plastics in packaging.
Australia Plastic Packaging Market Key Trends

Increased Eco-friendly Packaging and Recycled Plastics

  • According to the government's 2025 waste recycling plans, regulation on the commitment to reduce packaging waste generated and to make it easier to be recycled was designed. In 2019, out of the 393,800 tons of plastics collected for reprocessing, approximately 52% were reprocessed in Australia, and 48% were exported.
  • The major plastic beverage bottler, Coca-Cola, previously produced the country's first carbonated soft drink bottles made from 100% recycled plastic. The company plans to replace all of Coca-Cola Amatil's single-serve plastic bottles in Australia with the new fully recycled materials going forward.
  • Such increased concerns for recyclability in the country are boosting innovations in the market from the packaging manufacturers as well as end-user sectors. Bioplastics, fiber-based paper packaging, and other innovations are witnessing growth because the blend within the materials is making the recycling process easier and cheaper and also reducing the decomposition time in landfills.
  • Similarly, Amcor launched its Amlite Ultra Recyclable, which was the first packaging product made from sustainable high-barrier polyolefin film. This laminate can package a range of food, home and personal care, and pharmaceutical products with ease in recyclability. Together with recyclability, such change aims to reduce a pack's carbon footprint by up to 64%.
Australia Plastic Packaging Market Growth Rate

Competitive Landscape

Australia's plastic packaging market is highly fragmented, and the current competitors in the market are striving to differentiate their offerings based on recycled content in packages and ease of recyclability of the plastic packaging. Vendors are also competing with international players who occupy a larger share in the market by constantly acquiring, innovating, and partnering, which is expected to intensify the rivalry. Some of the key players are Orora Packaging Australia Pty Ltd, Filton Packaging Pty Ltd., Flexible Packaging Solutions Pty Ltd., and Econopak Flexible Packaging.

  • August 2021 - Caspak introduced the L2025 Series Recyclable Barrier Shrink Lidding Film. The REDCycle-compatible lidding film meets performance requirements, ensuring that products arrive at their destination with intact product security and food safety.
  • In September 2021, TricorBraun has entered into an agreement to acquire Cormack Packaging, which will establish the former's footprint in Australia and New Zealand to serve the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, personal care, industrial, and household cleaning industries with rigid packaging.

Recent Developments

  • In February 2021, Rigid plastic packaging products provider Pact Group completed the acquisition of plastics and packaging solutions provider Flight Plastics. Flight Plastics will also complement and improve Pact’s capabilities in recycling in Australia and New Zealand, as well as allows the company to offer customers packaging containing food-grade recycled content that supports the New Zealand local circular economy.
  • In March 2021, Brilliants mind from leading companies such as Nestlé, CurbCycle, iQ Renew, Licella, Viva Energy Australia, LyondellBasell, REDcycle, Taghleef Industries, and Amcor collaborated together to collect and process soft waste plastic, turn it back into oil, and create a food-grade prototype wrapper for KitKat. KitKat became the first mover in Australia with its soft plastic food wrapper.

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 Forces Analysis

    3. 4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Assessment of COVID-19 impact on the industry

    5. 4.5 Export-Import Analysis

    6. 4.6 List of Flexible Packaging Printer/Convertors


    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

      1. 5.1.1 Increasing Demand from the Food Industry

      2. 5.1.2 Increased Eco-friendly Packaging and Recycled Plastics

    2. 5.2 Market Challenges

      1. 5.2.1 Fluctuating Raw Material (Plastic Resin) Prices

      2. 5.2.2 Stringent Environmental Regulations


    1. 6.1 Rigid Packaging

      1. 6.1.1 Material

        1. Polyethylene terephthalate (PET

        2. Polypropylene (PP)

        3. Polystyrene (PS) and Expanded Polystyrene (EPS)

        4. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)

        5. Polyethene (PE)

      2. 6.1.2 By Product

        1. Bottles and Jars

        2. Trays and Containers

        3. Other Product Types

    2. 6.2 Flexible Packaging

      1. 6.2.1 Material

        1. Polyethene (PE)

        2. Bi-orientated Polypropylene (BOPP)

        3. Cast polypropylene (CPP)

        4. Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)

        5. Other Flexible Packaging Materials

      2. 6.2.2 Product

        1. Pouches

        2. Bags

        3. Films & Wraps

        4. Other Product Types

    3. 6.3 Industrial Plastic Film Market

      1. 6.3.1 Stretch Film

      2. 6.3.2 Agricultural Film

    4. 6.4 End-user Industry

      1. 6.4.1 Food

      2. 6.4.2 Beverage

      3. 6.4.3 Healthcare

      4. 6.4.4 Personal Care and Household

      5. 6.4.5 Other End-user Industries


    1. 7.1 Company Profiles

      1. 7.1.1 Orora Packaging Australia Pty Ltd

      2. 7.1.2 Filton Packaging Pty Ltd

      3. 7.1.3 Flexible Packaging Solutions Pty Ltd

      4. 7.1.4 Gravure Packaging Ltd

      5. 7.1.5 Econopak Flexible Packaging

      6. 7.1.6 Pro-Pac Packaging Pty Ltd

      7. 7.1.7 A&M Packaging Pty Ltd

      8. 7.1.8 Caspak Products Pty Ltd

      9. 7.1.9 Synergy Packaging (RPC Group)

      10. 7.1.10 Visy Industries Australia Pty Ltd

      11. 7.1.11 Pact Group Holdings Australia Pty Ltd

      12. 7.1.12 Cospak Pty Ltd

      13. 7.1.13 Vacupack Pty Ltd

      14. 7.1.14 Plasmo Pty Ltd

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Australia Plastic Packaging Market market is studied from 2019 - 2026.

The Australia Plastic Packaging Market is growing at a CAGR of 2.14% over the next 5 years.

Pact Group Holdings Australia Pty Ltd ., Synergy Packaging (BERRY GLOBAL INC.), Pro-Pac Packaging Pty Ltd ., Orora Packaging Australia Pty Ltd, Amcor PLC are the major companies operating in Australia Plastic Packaging Market.

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