GCC Rigid Plastic Packaging Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The report covers GCC PET Packaging Market and is segmented by material (polypropylene (PP), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polyethylene (PE), polystyrene (PS), and expanded polystyrene (EPS), by product type (bottles and jars, trays and containers, caps and closures), end-user industry (food, beverage (carbonated soft drinks, dairy products, and bottled water), pharmaceutical and healthcare, cosmetics and personal care, and household care), and country (United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the rest of the GCC).


GCC Rigid Plastic Packaging Market Size

GCC Rigid Plastic Packaging Market Summary
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Study Period 2018 - 2028
Base Year For Estimation 2022
Forecast Data Period 2023 - 2028
Market Size (2023) USD 10.47 Billion
Market Size (2028) USD 12.85 Billion
CAGR (2023 - 2028) 4.18 %

Major Players

GCC Rigid Plastic Packaging Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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GCC Rigid Plastic Packaging Market Analysis

The GCC Rigid Plastic Packaging Market size is expected to grow from USD 10.47 billion in 2023 to USD 12.85 billion by 2028, at a CAGR of 4.18% during the forecast period (2023-2028).

The rise in real incomes, high rate of urbanization, and relatively young demographics are the major contributors to the growth of the packaging industry in the region. Countries, like Qatar, had GDP per capita of more than USD 69,600, in 2019. The GCC has one of the highest GDP per capita, hence, the increased consumer disposable income to spend on e-commerce retail, luxury retail, and retail in stores.

  • The higher consumption of consumer products has led to the growth of the packaging industry to cater to the needs of both the consumers and retailers. The growth of retail is expected to aid the growth of packaging needs in the food and beverage segment. This is because the region is one of the highest consumers of pre-packed food. As per data released by the Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority (SAGIA), the country is expected to experience a USD 59 billion worth of investment in its food industry by the end of 2021.
  • Rigid Plastics are expected to be among the highest consumed packaging types during the forecast period. This is further confirmed by the investments undertaken by Almarai to meet the growing need for PET bottles in the region. As the leader in the juice market, Almarai installed two new Sidel PET complete lines, each one handling 54,000 bottles/hr, in its Al Kharj central processing plant (CPP).
  • The spread of COVID-19 has impacted the rigid plastic packaging market in GCC in various ways. It has negatively impacted the small and medium level firms that play a crucial role in the industry. It is anticipated that the pandemic will boost the food and pharmaceutical rigid plastic packaging industry in the region. Hence, the packaging of non - perishable items like rice, pasta, and instant noodles, is expected to generate massive demand during the crises. Major players in the packaged food industry, like Majid Al Futtaim, are already taking steps to meet the demand and alleviate concerns of the local people in the region.

GCC Rigid Plastic Packaging Market Trends

Food Segment to Hold Significant Share

  • In GCC, food packaging is one of the most significant end-use industries of plastics. In the food industry, the demand for rigid plastic packaging is increasing. The industry is increasingly replacing traditional materials, such as paperboard, metals, and glass, due to beneficial plastic properties, such as lightweight and reduced cost.
  • Moreover, the GCC's urbanization growth, economic recovery, and the reopening of the hospitality and tourist industries are all projected to contribute to a moderate increase in food consumption. For instance, according to various research estimations, most GCC nations have an urbanization rate of more than 80%. This would significantly enhance the number of consumers visiting grocery stores, mostly finding food packaged in rigid containers. Further, the food industry in the GCC has remained mostly conservative and grown progressively in recent years due to concerns about the economy and international relations. Such factors would contribute to the rigid plastic packaging market growth.
  • The region includes significant countries such as Saudi Arabia, UAE, etc., where the food industry remains one of the most vital sectors in the overall economy. According to Foodex Saudi, the domestic food consumption in the country total is 3,130 calories per person per day. This creates a food sector annual consumption growth rate of 18.5%. Consumption rates are anticipated to expand by 55% through 2023. Such trends would significantly create demand for rigid plastic products in the region.
  • Also, the region is witnessing a paradigm shift in consumers' affinity toward fresh, frozen, and baked foods. This is driving the growth of the market studied. These shifts occur in phases, as consumers focus on consuming health-conscious foods and are willing to spend more on high-quality fresh products. Such trends would positively impact rigid plastic packaging products, which would be an ideal solution for food packaging demands.
  • Many packaging companies in the region have been expanding their manufacturing capabilities by building new production facilities to provide packaging solutions for food packaging, which indicates the market growth potential of the region.
GCC Rigid Plastic Packaging Market: Revenue of Online Food Delivery Market, by Delivery Service Solution, in USD billion, UAE, 2017 - 2022

United Arab Emirates to Register Fastest Growth

  • Saudi Arabia's demand for rigid plastic packaging solutions has been witnessing positive growth across end-user sectors such as food, beverage, consumer goods, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals. The demand is primarily attributed to rapid urbanization, which usually translates to increased consumer spending and production of consumer goods, a large expatriate population, and the changing dietary habits of the resident citizens.
  • Further, the country has been implementing several initiatives and regulatory reforms, such as Saudi Vision 2023 and the National Industrial Development and Logistics Program (NIDLP), that may increase regional industrial production. This is expected to create considerable demand for packaging products from the region's non-oil sector.
  • The country's food and beverage sector is emerging as one of the largest sectors to adopt rigid plastic packaging products such as food containers and plastic bottles. Moreover, the expansion of the food, beverage, and dairy sector in the country further proliferates the demand for rigid plastic packaging products. For instance, in February 2022, Danish company Arla Foods, one of the leading dairy firms with brands such as Lurpak, Puck, Kraft, and The Three Cows, announced an investment of USD 17 million in new production lines in Saudi Arabia to diversify the product range and further its exports to the Middle East region.
  • Further, in January 2022, Kerry officially opened a 21,500-square-foot facility in Saudi Arabia to produce sustainable food ingredients at its Jeddah operation. These will be distributed across the Middle East, particularly in the snack, meat, and bakery sectors. These new developments and the expansion of food manufacturing facilities would further drive the industry's growth of rigid plastic packaging solutions.
  • Furthermore, according to the Saudi Arabian General Authority for Investment (Sagia), spending on food services will increase by 6% per annum over the next five years. The increase in food delivery options is the separation between food preparation and consumption location. Additionally, Saudi Arabia is home to an increasing number of restaurants, and the food manufacturing sector benefits from the growth in population and income, lifestyle changes, state support, and favorable trade agreements. The demand for disposable packaged foods is growing, and more multinational companies are entering the market, thus driving significant growth opportunities for market vendors in the coming years.
GCC Rigid Plastic Packaging Market: Revenue of Food and Beverage Ecommerce Sales, in USD million, Saudi Arabia, 2017 - 2022

GCC Rigid Plastic Packaging Industry Overview

The rigid plastic packaging industry is highly fragmented in the GCC region, with market incumbents such as Takween, Zamil Plastics, and Packaging Products Company accompanied by several regional contract packaging firms. Although the barriers to entry for new players are high, regional packaging companies are witnessing value in foraying, especially in the rigid packaging industry, owing to significant demand from industrial, food, beverage, and other end-user industries.

In April 2023, Alujain Corporation, a Saudi industrial giant, collaborated with a global player for technology transformation for the manufacturing of polypropylene. In addition, the company reported receiving USD 2 billion in funds from the Ministry of Energy to initiate the petrochemical project in November 2022 and completed extensive engineering work for a new plant to manufacture propylene, polypropylene, and other specialty products.

In November 2022, Hotpack Global, a manufacturer of disposable food packaging products, inaugurated its largest production facility in Dubai's National Industrial Park. The company offers various rigid packaging solutions in the food industry.

GCC Rigid Plastic Packaging Market Leaders

  1. Zamil Plastic Industries Co.

  2. Takween Advanced Industries (Plastico SPS)

  3. Packaging Products Company (PPC)

  4. Al Rashid Boxes and Plastic Co., Ltd.

  5. Saudi Arabian Packaging Industry WLL (SAPIN)

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

GCC Rigid Plastic Packaging Market Concentration

GCC Rigid Plastic Packaging Market News

  • March 2023: Gulf Closures, a maker of closures for beverage goods in Bahrain, announced the majority share acquisition by Aptar Closures, a prominent packaging firm. Aptar Closures, with the purchase, might better serve its current clients in the Middle East while expanding its market reach and fortifying its regional presence. Gulf Closures is likely to benefit from Aptar Closures' manufacturing expertise, regional network, and experienced team.
  • November 2022: Hotpack Global, the UAE-based global company in food packaging products, launched its largest manufacturing plant in National Industries Park (NIP), Dubai. The company invested an estimated AED 250 million (USD 68.75 million) into the facility. The new facility's opening aligns with the company's vision to emerge as the premier global food packaging manufacturer by 2030. The purpose-built manufacturing plant will produce Hotpack's high-performance and sustainable PET (polyethylene terephthalate) packaging products.

GCC Rigid Plastic Packaging Market Report - 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 Supply 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 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

      1. 5.1.1 Demand for Recyclable Rigid Plastic Packaging is Expected to Increase with New Regulations

      2. 5.1.2 Increasing Demand for Rigid Plastic Packaging to Increase Shelf Life of the Products

    2. 5.2 Market Restraints

      1. 5.2.1 Environmental Concerns Over Safe Disposal and Price Volatility of the Raw Materials




    1. 8.1 Demographic and Socio-Economic Influences

    2. 8.2 Market Drivers & Challengers

    3. 8.3 Analysis of Various Rigid Plastic Packaging, By Country

    4. 8.4 Sustainability Trends in Packaging


    1. 9.1 By Material

      1. 9.1.1 Polypropylene (PP)

      2. 9.1.2 Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)

      3. 9.1.3 Polyethylene (PE)

      4. 9.1.4 Polystyrene (PS) and Expanded Polystyrene (EPS)

      5. 9.1.5 Other Types of Materials

    2. 9.2 By Product Type

      1. 9.2.1 Bottles and Jars

      2. 9.2.2 Trays and Containers

      3. 9.2.3 Caps and Closures

      4. 9.2.4 Other Product Types

    3. 9.3 By End-user Industry

      1. 9.3.1 Food

      2. 9.3.2 Beverage

        1. Carbonated Soft Drinks

        2. Dairy Products

        3. Bottled Water

        4. Other Beverages

      3. 9.3.3 Pharmaceutical and Healthcare

      4. 9.3.4 Cosmetics and Personal Care

      5. 9.3.5 Household Care

      6. 9.3.6 Other End-user Industries

    4. 9.4 By Country

      1. 9.4.1 United Arab Emirates (UAE)

      2. 9.4.2 Saudi Arabia

      3. 9.4.3 Qatar

      4. 9.4.4 Rest of GCC


    1. 10.1 Company Profiles*

      1. 10.1.1 Zamil Plastic Industries Co.

      2. 10.1.2 Takween Advanced Industries (Plastico SPS)

      3. 10.1.3 Packaging Products Company (PPC)

      4. 10.1.4 Al Rashid Boxes and Plastic Co., Ltd.

      5. 10.1.5 Saudi Arabian Packaging Industry WLL (SAPIN)

      6. 10.1.6 Arabian Plastics Industrial Company Limited (APICO)

      7. 10.1.7 National Plastic Factory LLC

      8. 10.1.8 AL-Ghandoura Plastic Co. (GhanPlast)

      9. 10.1.9 Al Nawakheth Factory Company

      10. 10.1.10 KANR For Plastic Industries

      11. 10.1.11 Saudi Plastic Factory Company

      12. 10.1.12 lnterplast (Harwal Group of Companies)

      13. 10.1.13 Precision Plastic Products Co. (L.L.C.)

      14. 10.1.14 Cristal Plastic Industrial LLC

      15. 10.1.15 Nuplas Industries

      16. 10.1.16 Al Jabri Plastics


**Subject to Availability

GCC Rigid Plastic Packaging Industry Segmentation

The GCC rigid plastic packaging market study undertaken provides relevant trends, drivers, restraints, and challenges pertaining to the various segments of the packaging industry in the region. The market has been analyzed, segmenting it into various material types and their subsequent product types. The analysis covers relevant end-user industries like food, beverage, and healthcare where these product types are utilized.

The GCC rigid plastic packaging market is segmented by material (polypropylene (PP), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polyethylene (PE), polystyrene (PS), and expanded polystyrene (EPS). By product type (Bottles & Jars, Trays & Containers, Caps & Closures), end-user industry (food, beverage (carbonated soft drinks, dairy products, bottled water), pharmaceutical & healthcare, cosmetics & personal care, household care), and country (United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the rest of the GCC). The market sizes and forecasts are provided in terms of value (USD million) for all the segments.

By Material
Polypropylene (PP)
Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
Polyethylene (PE)
Polystyrene (PS) and Expanded Polystyrene (EPS)
Other Types of Materials
By Product Type
Bottles and Jars
Trays and Containers
Caps and Closures
Other Product Types
By End-user Industry
Carbonated Soft Drinks
Dairy Products
Bottled Water
Other Beverages
Pharmaceutical and Healthcare
Cosmetics and Personal Care
Household Care
Other End-user Industries
By Country
United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Saudi Arabia
Rest of GCC

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GCC Rigid Plastic Packaging Market Research FAQs

The GCC Rigid Plastic Packaging Market size is expected to reach USD 10.47 billion in 2023 and grow at a CAGR of 4.18% to reach USD 12.85 billion by 2028.

In 2023, the GCC Rigid Plastic Packaging Market size is expected to reach USD 10.47 billion.

Zamil Plastic Industries Co., Takween Advanced Industries (Plastico SPS), Packaging Products Company (PPC), Al Rashid Boxes and Plastic Co., Ltd. and Saudi Arabian Packaging Industry WLL (SAPIN) are the major companies operating in the GCC Rigid Plastic Packaging Market.

GCC Rigid Plastic Packaging Industry Report

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