Europe Plastic Caps and Closures Market - Growth, Trends, Forecasts (2020 - 2025)

The Europe Plastic Caps and Closures Market is Segmented by Material (PET, PP, LDPE and HDPE), End-user (Food, Pharmaceutical and Healthcare, Cosmetics and Toiletries, Household Chemicals), and Country.

Market Snapshot

Study Period: 2020-2025
Base Year: 2019
CAGR: 4.7 %

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Market Overview

The Europe plastic caps and closures market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.7% during the forecast period. The rapid adoption of lightweight-packaging methods​ in line with the trend of packaged food is expected to intensify in the future and propel the growth of the plastic caps and closures during the forecast period.

  • Europe is one of the fastest-growing plastic packaging markets in the world. The region has large packaging companies, such as Amcor, Tetra Pak International SA, and Berry Global, which drive investments in innovation, research, and development activities. The leading trends in Europe for plastic packaging on the consumption end incline toward the demographics and demand for convenience packaging.​
  • The increasing technological advancements and end-user industry packaging applications are the significant factors driving the growth of the market studied. In most European countries, the population is growing, and the use of packaging per person is increasing. It is due to consumer behavior trends, such as the growth in the use of convenience products, and the increasing use of plastic as a substitute for other packaging materials.
  • Furthermore, food takeaway is a crucial segment of the food segment. For instance, in the United Kingdom, Just Eat PLC reported that household expenditure on takeaways increased from GBP 10.1 billion in 2017 to GBP 10.4 billion in 2018, and it is further expected to reach GBP 11.2 billion by 2021.​
  • The increasing plastic pollution has led the region to opt for bans, reduced production, increased recyclability, and innovations in the plastics. For instance, amongst the EU Plastics Strategy, over a dozen common single-use plastic products are being targeted by legislation with an intention to reduce the impact of plastic on the environment and promote the transition to a circular economy. ​
  • In 2020, new rules are expected to be proposed to ensure that by 2030, all plastic packaging on the EU market will be either reusable or recyclable in a cost-effective way. Currently, as per European Commission, in 2019, 2 million tons of plastic waste generated in EU, 30% was recycled, 39% was incinerated and 31% was dumped in landfills.
  • According to Packaging Europe, the leading publication in the European packaging industry, there will be challenges, and broader implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for plastic packaging in the region as most European countries are affected by the pandemic.

Scope of the report

The report studies various segments that are part of manufacturing different types of plastic materials such as PET, PP, HDPE, LDPE, and other materials.

The end-user industry of the caps and closure market includes beverage, food, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, cosmetics and toiletries, and other end-users, such as household chemicals, such as detergents, cleaners, soaps, and polishes, automotive cleaners, paints and coatings, and chemicals, among others.

Other Materials
Beverage (Bottled Water, Beer, Dairy, RTD, Wine, Spirits, etc.)
Pharmaceutical and Healthcare
Cosmetics and Toiletries
Household Chemicals (Detergents, Cleaners, Soaps, and Polishes)
Other End-users(Automotive Cleaners, Paints and Coatings, Chemicals, etc.)
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Investment in Food and Beverage Sector in Europe is Expected to Drive the Market

  • The food and beverage industry (according to FooDDrinK Europe), is the largest manufacturing sector in terms of turnover in the EU, with an annual turnover of EUR 1,109 billion, 46.1% in SME’s, and exports of EUR 110 billion as external trade in 2016. This is expected to drive the market for plastic caps and closure (owing to increased packaged food).
  • Bottled water in Europe holds a steady market share among other packaged non-alcoholic drinks, with 82% of consumers preferring to drink natural mineral water, and 15% of these consumers indicating their spring water preference.
  • Of all the non-alcoholic beverages, 48% is consumed as packaged water, 38% as soft drinks, 7% as juice and nectars, and 6% as dilutable (European Federation of Bottled Waters). Due to such high consumption of beverages, the demand for plastic caps and closures is expected to increase.
  • The food and beverage sector is the largest manufacturing sector in the United Kingdom, larger than the automotive and aerospace sector combined. The total food and beverage export figures worth more than GBP 23 billion, with an industry turnover of GBP 104 billion, accounting for 19% of the total UK manufacturing. The revenue generated from the manufacturing of food products in the United Kingdom amounted to USD 106.58 billion in 2018, and it is expected to reach USD 117.72 billion by 2024.
  •  In addition, with such a strong share, the food industry is one of the foremost contributors to the plastic caps and closures market in the region. The majority of the manufactured food products are packaged in PET containers, which are covered with metal lids and other plastic enclosures to protect them from contamination.

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High Demand from the Skincare Segment in Europe is Expected to Drive the Market

  • Europe is a global player in the cosmetics industry and a dominant cosmetics exporter. Cosmetics range from everyday hygiene products, such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, and toothpaste, to luxury beauty items, including perfumes and makeup. The demand for certified cosmetic ingredients is growing, mainly Organic and Fairtrade.
  • European consumers are more aware of the significance of a healthy lifestyle. They take more accountability for their individual health, integrating mental and physical well-being. Cosmetic products stored in bottles are being protected through various kinds of airtight plastic closures. Metal caps or closures are also used for the storage of products, such as moisturizers, typically stored in glass containers, ultimately driving the growth of the plastic caps and closures market.
  • Skincare packaging uses a variety of plastic cosmetic jars to suit various packaging needs. The need for packaging for skincare products is on the rise in Europe. Various skincare brands in the region are facing increased competition, and packaging suppliers are offering various brands to differentiate designs with ease-of-use, convenience, and advanced capabilities. ​
  • Plastic is a prominent material in the skincare packaging, due to its low cost, lightweight, flexibility, durability, and other factors. Additionally, it is odorless and offers a pleasant appearance. For personal care products, plastics are a material of choice for manufacturing shatterproof and "no-spill" bottles, jars, tubes, caps, and closures.​​
  • Newer filling technologies and the development of heat-resistant PET bottles ened up new possibilities and options in the market. While PET bottles are common in multiple segments, beverages, sanitary products, cosmetics, and detergents are predominantly sold in bottles that are made up of polyethylene (PE).​
  • Moreover, scientists are developing biodegradable packaging for the organic beauty market. BioBeauty project by the Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh is developing bio packaging. The new packaging is made from polylactic acid (PLA), which can be obtained from renewable resources, such as corn starch or sugar cane, and it is compostable and biodegradable.​

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Competitive Landscape

The Europe plastic caps and closures market is moderately concentrated due to higher initial investments. It is dominated by a few major players like Guala Closures Group, Tetra Pak International SA, BERICAP GmbH & Company KG, Coral Products PLC, and Pelliconi & C. SPA. These significant players, with a prominent share in the market, are focusing on expanding their customer base across foreign countries. These companies are leveraging strategic collaborative initiatives to increase their market share and increase their profitability. However, with technological advancements and product innovations, mid-size to smaller companies are growing their market presence by securing new contracts and tapping new markets.

  • November 2020 - Tetra Pak announced its acquisition of eBeam device development and manufacturing operations from Comet AG, a globally leading Swiss technology firm. The acquisition consolidates the development and manufacturing capabilities in Comet with Tetra Pak’s long-established eBeam development and application engineering for food packaging. This will further boost the company’s ability to deliver sustainable and higher efficiency filling lines for customers.
  • January 2020 - Guala Closures Group announced its partnership with Vigneti Massa, the historic winemaker, which is in the Tortonesi Hills in Piedmont, in the launch of the first bottles, with connected closures equipped with NěSTGATE NFC technology in Europe.

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 Value Chain Analysis

    3. 4.3 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.3.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.3.4 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

      5. 4.3.5 Threat of Substitute Products

    4. 4.4 Impact of COVID-19 on the Market

    5. 4.5 Market Drivers

      1. 4.5.1 Product Innovation to Aid Product Differentiation and Branding

      2. 4.5.2 Rising Demand for Smaller-sized Packs

    6. 4.6 Market Restraints

      1. 4.6.1 Lightweight and Cost-effective Stand-up Pouch Packaging Alternatives



    1. 6.1 Material

      1. 6.1.1 PET

      2. 6.1.2 PP

      3. 6.1.3 LDPE and HDPE

      4. 6.1.4 Other Materials

    2. 6.2 End-user

      1. 6.2.1 Beverage (Bottled Water, Beer, Dairy, RTD, Wine, Spirits, etc.)

      2. 6.2.2 Food

      3. 6.2.3 Pharmaceutical and Healthcare

      4. 6.2.4 Cosmetics and Toiletries

      5. 6.2.5 Household Chemicals (Detergents, Cleaners, Soaps, and Polishes)

      6. 6.2.6 Other End-users(Automotive Cleaners, Paints and Coatings, Chemicals, etc.)

    3. 6.3 Country

      1. 6.3.1 United Kingdom

      2. 6.3.2 Germany

      3. 6.3.3 Italy

      4. 6.3.4 Rest of Europe


    1. 7.1 Company Profiles

      1. 7.1.1 Guala Closures Group

      2. 7.1.2 Tetra Pak International SA

      3. 7.1.3 BERICAP GmbH & Company KG

      4. 7.1.4 Coral Products PLC

      5. 7.1.5 Pelliconi & C. SPA

      6. 7.1.6 Amcor plc

      7. 7.1.7 Berry Global

      8. 7.1.8 AptarGroup Inc.

      9. 7.1.9 BERICAP GmbH & Co. KG

      10. 7.1.10 SKS Bottle & Packaging Inc.

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Europe Plastic Caps and Closures Market market is studied from 2020 - 2025.

The Europe Plastic Caps and Closures Market is growing at a CAGR of 4.7% over the next 5 years.

Guala Closures Group , Tetra Pak International SA , BERICAP GmbH & Company KG , Coral Products PLC , Pelliconi & C. SPA are the major companies operating in Europe Plastic Caps and Closures Market.

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