Contract packaging refers to the outsourcing of packaging activities to third party vendors. In the recent years, manufacturing companies tend to subcontract these non-core services in which they don't have expertise to third party vendors. However, over the past decade, the market have been witnessing a high growth owing to increasing focus on R & D among the pharmaceutical companies across the globe.
The global contract packaging market was valued at USD 22 billion in 2016 and is projected to reach USD 39 billion by the end of 2021, at a CAGR of 10% over the five-year forecasted period. Rapid advancement in the technologies, developments of the retail chains, increasing investments in the R & D and growing usage in end-user industries are some of the factors augmenting the growth of the market. However, some of the key impediments hindering the growth of the market are in-house packaging along with the increasing lead time & logistics costs.
The market for global contract packaging has been broadly segmented by services and verticals. As per services, the market has been segmented into primary packaging, secondary packaging and tertiary packaging. Whereas, by verticals the market has been segmented into beverages, food, pharmaceuticals, home and fabric care, beauty care and others.
In 2014, F & B industry leads the market while, the pharmaceutical industry is estimated to drive the market during the forecast period. For FMCG products, for the same brand name, the sales are highly dependent on the impact created by packaging on the customer during the point of purchase, and thus, contract packagers work along with the product manufacturing companies and are regarded as an extension of their arm. On the other hand, for pharmaceutical products, stringent regulation posed by the government requires them to perform the activities in Class X clean rooms and as such, these activities are outsourced to contract packaging companies who have all the relevant infrastructure and expertise to perform these activities.
The market has also been geographically segmented into North America (the United States and Canada), Europe (the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and others), Asia-Pacific (China, India, Japan, Australia and others), Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and others) and Middle East and Africa (United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and others).
In 2014, the U.S. was the major market for contract packaging, while India is estimated to be the fastest growing market owing to its cost competitiveness and quality packaging capabilities. Today, companies are opting for less number of vendors to take volume advantage and at the same time, reduce logistics costs across the globe. Several organizations are striving to minimize costs and reduce the product development time, while at the same time being productive and efficient.
Contract packaging industry is estimated to have a huge potential and as such, third party logistics providers like DHL are entering into this segment by providing secondary packaging services. With the arrival of 3PL providers, the industry dynamics is changing, since companies are preferring 3PL providers for contract packaging as well over traditional co-packers since it reduces costs and lead time.
Some of the companies mentioned in the report are DHL, Berkeley Contract Packaging, Unicep, MJS Packaging, Stamar Packaging and Sharp Packaging Services.
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