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MAR 2018

Package Testing Market - Segmented by Type (Drop Tests, Vibration Tests, Shock Tests, and Compression Testing), Primary Materials (Glass, Paper, Metals, and Plastics), and Region - Growth, Trends and Forecast (2018 - 2023)

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The global package testing market was valued at USD 8.25 billion in 2017 and is expected to reach a value of USD 17.18 billion by 2023 at a CAGR of 12.62% over the forecast period (2018-2023). The package testing market report is segmented by primary packaging material used and by the type of testing method employed. Plastic, paper, metal, and glass are the different materials used in packaging and each of the following materials has different testing procedures. The types of testing methods, in package testing, include drop test, vibration tests, shock tests, temperature testing, atmospheric pressure testing, shelf life testing, compression testing, and others. This market report is further segmented by regions into North America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East & Africa, and Asia-Pacific.

The packaging now behaves as a primary face of the brand and the quality of the packaging now affects the perceived “quality” of the product, therefore, the need for package testing has increased. The primary objectives for the same are to ensure higher shelf life and the reduction of costs normally associated with damaged goods.

Moreover, the governments all over the world have set strict regulations to ensure the safety of the package, thus, mandating the testing packaging for safety and durability. Rigorous control regulations and administration, along with qualification demands all over the world are increasing the demand for package testing.

However, the costs associated with the testing of packaging are quite high, making it harder for small-scale manufacturers and industries to invest in this process, thereby, hindering the growth of this market.

The paper packing industry is growing at a decent rate and is expected to maintain a healthy growth during the forecast period. With increased consumption of consumer goods and packaged food around the world, the industry is expected to expand. Overall, the market is expected to double in size by 2020, while it is expected to register considerable growth in Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and European regions.

Demand for Longer Shelf Life is Driving the Market Growth

With more and more products being launched globally and increased trading of consumer goods, the demand for package testing is growing as well. Industries are now investing on reliable package testing solutions, the need for longer shelf life under varying conditions is driving the growth of this industry.

Depending on the packaging material, the shelf life of the package varies according to atmospheric conditions. Paper packaging has a very low shelf life in regions with high humidity and moisture, whereas, plastic and metal packaging can affect the quality of the contents in regions with high temperatures. Hence, package quality and shelf life are heavily dependent on the environment. Hence, it has to be made sure that packaging can handle the different atmospheric conditions and provide a long shelf life. Thus, manufacturers are now dependent on package testing to ensure the quality and durability of the product packaging.

Globalization has facilitated manufacturers of products to expand their markets all around the world. In addition, the demand for imported goods has increased in the past decade all around the world. It is further reported that beverages held the largest import share (43%) in UK in 2016, thus, providing opportunities for solution providers in the segment.

North America to Hold the Largest Market Share

North America is one the biggest consumers in the package testing industry. Globally, North America holds more than 28% market share of the global packaging industry. With high concentration of consumer goods, manufacturers, and packaged goods manufacturers, the package testing industry in this region is well established. The increasing demand for consumer goods and packaged food has resulted in the growing need for package testing in this region. Strict government regulations and standards are responsible for the increased adoption of package testing processes. The plastic & paper package testing segment holds the majority share in this region. Heavy consumption of canned food in North America is also responsible for the increase in growth of the metal package testing industry. The packaging of products is also affecting consumer behavior, manufacturers are now keen on providing durable and quality packaging solutions for their products. Manufacturers are now integrating package testing into the product life cycle of packaging solutions so as to ensure quality and reduce costs associated with testing. The growing logistics industry in this region is also contributing to the growth of the package testing. The logistics industry needs durable and strong packages so as to ensure that the product is delivered safely, without any damage. Hence, this industry is testing different kinds of package designs and methods to ensure safe delivery. North America is also one of the largest global consumers of pharmaceutical. Strict regulations for the safety of pharmaceuticals and drugs in this region have resulted in the employment of stringent testing procedures for package safety and durability. This is also boosting the growth of medical package testing in this region. The United States holds the largest share in this segment, followed by Canada. This industry is expected to register healthy growth rate during the forecast period.  

Key Developments in the Market

  • November 2017 - DDL is offering photostability testing at its Eden Prairie, MN lab facility to assess the response to light exposure of pharmaceutical & combination products, cosmetics and other products.

Major Players: DDL Inc., Intertek Group, SGS SA, and Cascade Tek, among others.

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