Middle East and Africa Glass Bottles and Containers Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Middle East and Africa Glass Bottles and Containers Market is Segmented By End-user Industry (Beverage, Food, Cosmetics) and Country.

Market Snapshot

Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2019
CAGR: 5.7 %

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Market Overview

The Middle East and Africa Glass Bottles and Containers Market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.8% during the forecast period (2020-2025). Pharmaceutical companies in Saudi Arabia are actively investing in their manufacturing expansion to meet the growing demand and new Saudi law that requires a proportion of manufacturing in the country, For instance, Pfizer Saudi invested over USD 50 million for a solid dose manufacturing facility for production and packaging, thereby driving the demand for glass bottles and containers in the sector.​

  • Since the past few years, the region has, additionally, witnessed growing focus in the glass bottles and containers market via setting up of new plants, the entry of new players via government funding, and expansion of existing capacities. For instance, the Qatar Industrial Manufacturing Company announced its plans towards investing 50% capital for setting up of the Gulf Glass Factory.
  •  In recent years, South Africa has become one of the largest container glass producers and consumers on the African continent. Two container glass producers, who operate a total of five container glass plants, account for the entire production of container glass products in the country.​ The South African glass bottles and containers market is highly competitive, and the players who are failing to streamline their operations are exiting the business. Nampak, a South Africa-based diversified packaging manufacturer, has been forced to sell its glass business due to high fixed cost and expenditures, leading to inadequate financial returns. It was sold to Isanti Glass (owned by Kwande Capital) for ZAR 1.5 billion.​
  • The impact of COVID-19 on glass bottle manufacturing has been depicted as an indirect linkage towards an essential business that has been allowed to function.​The Ethiopian glass container manufacturer, Addis Ababa Glass and Bottle Share Company, is overlooking the capacity expansions. Additionally, amidst coronavirus, the South African area sought after stringent measures, such as halting the production of all alcohol in the country by the concerned authorities to counter the spread of COVID-19. ​ Besides, Fitch, a credit rating agency, has estimated that the Coronavirus outbreak will negatively impact the short-term growth across sub-Saharan African areas, particularly in Ghana, Angola, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Zambia, South Africa, Gabon, and Nigeria. This is due to such countries having close export relations with China.​

Scope of the report

Glass bottles and containers provide an ideal way to keep the consumables safe, fresh, and healthy for a longer period and ease of transport. Glass bottles and containers are majorly used in the alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage industry, due to their ability to maintain chemical inertness, sterility, and non-permeability.

By End-user Industry
Other End-user Industry
By Country
United Arab Emirates
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

Increased Integration in Premium Packaging is Expected to Boost the Market Growth

  • Premium packaging helps companies achieve consumer satisfaction and increases the chances of them repurchasing and recommending it to others. Vendors operating in the glass packaging market are focusing on expanding their product lines by introducing numerous luxury glass packaging products for cosmetic and perfume applications. This is anticipated to increase the demand for this type of packaging over the forecast period. ​
  • The cosmetics industry is witnessing a higher demand for glass bottles and containers, which is majorly due to a more premium appearance of the glass packaging. Cosmetics products deployed in high volumes use glass bottles for packaging.​
  • The glass packaging for various liquid cosmetics over the use of plastic bottles is expected to increase in Saudi Arabia, due to the several regulations passed by the government over the use of plastic. Recently, according to the Saudi organization (SASO), plastic products must be made of an approved oxo-biodegradable material, which might restrict the import of plastics in the country. Hence, several factors are expected to change the adoption trends of glass bottles and containers in the country.​
  • Moreover, various recycling plants are being set up across the GCC region to meet the growing demand for glass. According to experts, the need for glass within GCC has been growing at 5% each year for the last few years. This has led to the recent establishment of the National Glass Recycling Co (NGRC) SAOC in Sohar, Oman, which is likely to have a capacity of 650 metric tons per day as a fully automated plant. ​
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United Arab Emirates (UAE) is Expected to Hold Major Share

  • The Middle East & Africa is experiencing fast growth in the glass bottles and containers market with the establishments of a number of plants, the entry of new players, and the expansion of production capacity of existing players. A new greenfield container glass plant was recently set up in Angola. The Embalvidro-owned facility is expected to produce beer bottles in amber and emerald green and begin the production of soft drinks bottles in flint glass in the near future.​
  • Moreover, the consumers in the United Arab Emirates spent USD 247 per capita on cosmetics and personal care, more than any other country in the Middle East. The expenditure is forecasted to grow to USD 294 by the end of 2020, with most people giving importance to their lifestyle, which fuels the upswing in the UAE cosmetics and skin care segments.​
  • Additionally, according to the United Nations Estimates, 93.0% of the country’s population lived in urban areas in 2019, with a median age of 33.5. The demographic figure is a good indicator of the demand for cosmetics, which indirectly also impacts the glass bottles and containers market.​
  •  The consumption rates of bottled water are highest in the United Arab Emirates as compared to the rest of the world. With growing environmental and recycling concerns, the majority of companies are moving toward water bottles with glass packaging, as glass is easily recyclable and eco-friendly.​
  • By 2021, the UAE National Agenda aims to reduce landfill by 75% and protect the environment from methane gas emitted by the same. The Emirate of Abu Dhabi pursued an ambitious plan to divert 85% of its waste from dumping grounds in 2018. Whereas, Dubai Municipality’s Integrated Waste Management Master Plan aims to reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill to zero, by 2032.​ ​All the above factors are contributing to the growth of glass bottles and containers in the Middle East and Africa.

Competitive Landscape

The Middle East and Africa Glass Bottles and Container market is highly competitive and fragmented, primarily owing to the presence of multiple players in the market operating in the domestic and international markets. The players in the market are adopting strategies like partnerships and expansions to increase their product functionality and expand their geographic reach.

  • In August 2019, Saverglass SAS launched its new product called Bubble. The spherical bottle helps in amplifying the visual characteristics of the product and has been designed with creative customization in mind.​

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 Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitutes

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    4. 4.4 Market Drivers

    5. 4.5 Market Restraints

    6. 4.6 Assessment of Impact of Covid-19 on the Industry


    1. 5.1 By End-user Industry

      1. 5.1.1 Beverage

      2. 5.1.2 Food

      3. 5.1.3 Cosmetics

      4. 5.1.4 Pharmaceuticals

      5. 5.1.5 Other End-user Industry

    2. 5.2 By Country

      1. 5.2.1 United Arab Emirates

      2. 5.2.2 Saudi Arabia

      3. 5.2.3 Bahrain

      4. 5.2.4 Oman

      5. 5.2.5 South Africa

      6. 5.2.6 Rest of Middle East & Africa


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles*

      1. 6.1.1 RAK Ghani Glass LLC

      2. 6.1.2 Unitrade FZE

      3. 6.1.3 Frigoglass SAIC

      4. 6.1.4 Saverglass SAS

      5. 6.1.5 Middle East Glass Manufacturing Company SAE

      6. 6.1.6 Majan Glass Company SAOG

      7. 6.1.7 Piramal Glass Private Limited

      8. 6.1.8 Saudi Arabian Glass Co. Ltd

      9. 6.1.9 Milly Glass Works Ltd

      10. 6.1.10 The National Company For Glass Industries (Zouja)

      11. 6.1.11 Bonpak (Pty) Ltd



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Frequently Asked Questions

The Middle East and Africa Glass Bottles and Containers Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Middle East and Africa Glass Bottles and Containers Market is growing at a CAGR of 5.7% over the next 5 years.

RAK Ghani Glass LLC, Middle East Glass Manufacturing Company SAE, Unitrade FZE, Saudi Arabian Glass Co. Ltd, Saverglass SAS are the major companies operating in Middle East and Africa Glass Bottles and Containers Market.

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