Plastic Packaging Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The market is segmented by Type of Packaging (Rigid Plastic Packaging -- By Material, By Product, By End-user Industry and By Geography; Flexible Plastic Packaging -- By Material, By Product, By End-user Industry and By Geography).

Market Snapshot

Plastic Packaging Market Overview
Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: 3.47 %
Plastic Packaging Market Major Players

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Market Overview

The plastic packaging market registered a CAGR of 3.47% over the forecast period, 2021-2026. Compared to other packaging products, consumers have shown an increasing inclination toward plastic packaging, as plastic packages are lightweight and easier to handle. Similarly, even the big manufacturers prefer to use plastic packaging solutions because of their lower cost of production.

  • The packaging is the largest end-user segment for plastic products, accounting for more than 40% of the total plastic usage in the world. With bottles and bags being the most produced and used plastic packaging material in the world, it is estimated that more than 2 million single-use plastic bags and over 1 million plastic bottles are distributed worldwide every minute. This number is expected to reach half a trillion by 2020.
  • The introduction of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) polymers has expanded plastic packaging applications in the liquid packaging segment. High-density polyethylene plastic bottles are among the popular packaging choice for milk and fresh juice products.
  • Also, the rise in the working women population in many countries is also increasing the overall demand for packaged food as these consumers also contribute to both a significant spending power and a busy lifestyle.
  • However, with the increasing awareness about health concerns and the prevention of waterborne diseases, the consumers are continuously purchasing packaged water. With the increased sales of bottled drinking water, the demand for plastic packaging is rising, hence driving the market.
  • Since the start of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, consumers and businesses have had to alter the way they view packaging health and safety. Since the early days of the pandemic, single-use plastic has been gaining importance, this is because consumers were concerned that reusable packaging would increase the risk of transmission.
  • However, as per Vanden Recycling Ltd, there been no reduction in demand for PET and HDPE for use in plastic bottles and other polymers are also in demand for other plastic packing applications.

Scope of the Report

Plastics are used in the packaging of materials, such as food, beverage, oil, etc. Plastics are primarily used because of their performance, cost-effectiveness, and durability. Based upon the type of material being transferred, plastics can be of different grades and different material combinations like polyethylene, polypropylene, poly vinyl chloride, etc.

RIGID PLASTIC PACKAGING
Material
Polyethylene (PE)
Polyethylene terephthalate (PET)
Polypropylene (PP)
Polystyrene (PS) and Expanded polystyrene (EPS)
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
Other Rigid Plastic Packaging Materials
Product
Bottles and Jars
Trays and containers
Other Product Types
End-User Industry
Food
Beverage
Healthcare
Cosmetics and Personal Care
Other End-User Industries
Geography
North America
Material
End-User Industry
Country
United States
Canada
Europe
Material
End-User Industry
Country
United Kingdom
Germany
France
Italy
Spain
Rest of Europe
Asia Pacific
Material
End-User Industry
Country
China
India
Japan
Australia
South Korea
Indonesia
Rest of Asia Pacific
Latin America
Material
End-User Industry
Country
Brazil
Argentina
Mexico
Rest of Latin America
Middle East and Africa
Material
End-User Industry
Country
United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle East and Africa
FLEXIBLE PLASTIC PACKAGING
Material Type
Polyethene (PE)
Bi-orientated Polypropylene (BOPP)
Cast polypropylene (CPP)
Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol (EVOH)
Other Material Types
By Product Type
Pouches
Bags
Films & Wraps
Other Product Types
End-User Industry
Food
Baked Food
Snacked Food
Meat, Poultry & Sea Food
Candy/Confections
Pet Food
Others
Beverage
Cosmetics & Personal Care
Other End-User Industries
Geography
North America
Material
End-User Industry
Country
United States
Canada
Europe
Material
End-User Industry
Country
United Kingdom
Germany
France
Rest of Europe
Asia Pacific
Material
End-User Industry
Country
China
India
Japan
Rest of Asia Pacific
Latin America
Material
End-User Industry
Country
Brazil
Argentina
Mexico
Rest of Latin America
Middle East and Africa
Material
End-User Industry
Country
United Arab Emirates (UAE)
South Africa
Rest of Middle East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

"Food Segment" to Occupy Major Share

  • The food segment, is the largest source of demand for PET packaging products. According to the British Plastic Federation (BPF), over 70% of the soft drinks in the global market, are being packaged in PET plastic bottles, while, only 30% of them gets packed across other variety of packaging materials, such as glass bottles, metal cans, and paper-based cartons.​
  • Food packaging is one of the largest users of plastics. The demand for rigid plastic packaging for the food industry is witnessing demand, as they are increasingly replacing traditional materials such as paperboard, metals, and glass, owing to their beneficial properties, such as lightweight and reduced cost. ​​
  • The food packaging segment includes packaging solutions for sauces and condiments, dairy products, pickles and syrups, jam, processed vegetables and fruits, and baby food. ​​
  • In 2020, a continued transparency in food packaging is seen trending. Going beyond just the listed ingredients on the label, consumers also want to see the physical product before purchase. Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles are taking over for glass in the single-serve ketchups, condiments and barbecue sauce markets.
  • Consumers, especially millennials, are becoming more aware of the impact of food production, food packaging, and food waste on the environment. According to a Stora Enso survey, an entire 59% of millennials think that packaging should be sustainable throughout the value chain.
Plastic Packaging Market Trends

North America to Hold the Largest Market Share

  • North America is one of the fastest-growing regions when it comes to plastic packaging. According to the Plastic Oceans Foundation, more than 100 billion plastic bags are used by Americans every year. With such substantial consumption rates, 109 kg per capita, the United States is expected to continue as the leading market during the forecast period.
  • Packaging industry in the North American region has undergone a drastic change in the recent years and the growth of e-commerce, along with innovations in digital printing, and sustainability are driving the market. Due to this, there has been an increased demand for sustainable flexible packaging. ​
  • For instance, according to Flexible Packaging Association, more than 60% of consumers in North America are keen to pay more for tangible and functional packaging benefits, such as product protection, shipping friendly, and supply chain efficacy, among others.​
  • Flexible packaging is mainly used for food, which contributes to more than 60% of the total market. The US flexible packaging industry is witnessing a healthy growth, as the industry was able to implement innovative solutions for the many packaging challenges it faced. According to the Flexible Packaging Association, brand owners are taking on films, pouches, and bags as a go-to packaging solution, acknowledgements in part to extensive acceptance by American consumers.​
  • The United States holds the key market share in the market studied, due to the existence of established industries, like pharmaceutical and food and beverage. Due to the changing consumer habits, the beverage industry in the United States has noticed a substantial growth. According to PMMI’s 2018 Beverage Report, the North American beverage industry is expected to grow by 4.5% during 2018-2028. The major portion of the beverage sales in North America is achieved by sellers in the United States.​
Plastic Packaging Market Growth

Competitive Landscape

The plastic packaging market is competitive because of the presence of many players running their business in national and international boundaries. The market is mildly concentrated with the presence of major players like Alpla, AMCOR Limited, Bemis Company Inc., Berry Plastics Corporation, among others.

  • June 2020 - Amcor partnered with Espoma Organic to innovate more sustainable packaging and launch a new bio-based polymer package. The polyethylene (PE) film contains 25% bio-based material, derived, in this case, from sugarcane.
  • Sept 2020- Amcor collaborated with Nestle to launch recyclable flexible retort pouches that will improve the environmental footprint of consumer packaging by up to 60%, starting with wet cat food. The new pouch meets the packaging guidelines for a circular economy recently published by the CEFLEX Consortium.

Table of Contents

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study

  2. 2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

  3. 3. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  4. 4. MARKET DYNAMICS

    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 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    4. 4.4 Assessment of the Impact of the Ongoing Pandemic COVID-19 on the Market Studied

    5. 4.5 Market Drivers

      1. 4.5.1 Growing Geriatric Population and Prevalence of Diseases

      2. 4.5.2 Product Innovations such as Downsizing coupled with Relatively Low Costs

    6. 4.6 Market Restraints

      1. 4.6.1 Dynamic Nature of Regulations and Inability to Support Heavy Goods

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION

    1. 5.1 RIGID PLASTIC PACKAGING

      1. 5.1.1 Material

        1. 5.1.1.1 Polyethylene (PE)

        2. 5.1.1.2 Polyethylene terephthalate (PET)

        3. 5.1.1.3 Polypropylene (PP)

        4. 5.1.1.4 Polystyrene (PS) and Expanded polystyrene (EPS)

        5. 5.1.1.5 Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)

        6. 5.1.1.6 Other Rigid Plastic Packaging Materials

      2. 5.1.2 Product

        1. 5.1.2.1 Bottles and Jars

        2. 5.1.2.2 Trays and containers

        3. 5.1.2.3 Other Product Types

      3. 5.1.3 End-User Industry

        1. 5.1.3.1 Food

        2. 5.1.3.2 Beverage

        3. 5.1.3.3 Healthcare

        4. 5.1.3.4 Cosmetics and Personal Care

        5. 5.1.3.5 Other End-User Industries

      4. 5.1.4 Geography

        1. 5.1.4.1 North America

          1. 5.1.4.1.1 Material

          2. 5.1.4.1.2 End-User Industry

          3. 5.1.4.1.3 Country

            1. 5.1.4.1.3.1 United States

            2. 5.1.4.1.3.2 Canada

        2. 5.1.4.2 Europe

          1. 5.1.4.2.1 Material

          2. 5.1.4.2.2 End-User Industry

          3. 5.1.4.2.3 Country

            1. 5.1.4.2.3.1 United Kingdom

            2. 5.1.4.2.3.2 Germany

            3. 5.1.4.2.3.3 France

            4. 5.1.4.2.3.4 Italy

            5. 5.1.4.2.3.5 Spain

            6. 5.1.4.2.3.6 Rest of Europe

        3. 5.1.4.3 Asia Pacific

          1. 5.1.4.3.1 Material

          2. 5.1.4.3.2 End-User Industry

          3. 5.1.4.3.3 Country

            1. 5.1.4.3.3.1 China

            2. 5.1.4.3.3.2 India

            3. 5.1.4.3.3.3 Japan

            4. 5.1.4.3.3.4 Australia

            5. 5.1.4.3.3.5 South Korea

            6. 5.1.4.3.3.6 Indonesia

            7. 5.1.4.3.3.7 Rest of Asia Pacific

        4. 5.1.4.4 Latin America

          1. 5.1.4.4.1 Material

          2. 5.1.4.4.2 End-User Industry

          3. 5.1.4.4.3 Country

            1. 5.1.4.4.3.1 Brazil

            2. 5.1.4.4.3.2 Argentina

            3. 5.1.4.4.3.3 Mexico

            4. 5.1.4.4.3.4 Rest of Latin America

        5. 5.1.4.5 Middle East and Africa

          1. 5.1.4.5.1 Material

          2. 5.1.4.5.2 End-User Industry

          3. 5.1.4.5.3 Country

            1. 5.1.4.5.3.1 United Arab Emirates (UAE)

            2. 5.1.4.5.3.2 Saudi Arabia

            3. 5.1.4.5.3.3 South Africa

            4. 5.1.4.5.3.4 Rest of Middle East and Africa

    2. 5.2 FLEXIBLE PLASTIC PACKAGING

      1. 5.2.1 Material Type

        1. 5.2.1.1 Polyethene (PE)

        2. 5.2.1.2 Bi-orientated Polypropylene (BOPP)

        3. 5.2.1.3 Cast polypropylene (CPP)

        4. 5.2.1.4 Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)

        5. 5.2.1.5 Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol (EVOH)

        6. 5.2.1.6 Other Material Types

      2. 5.2.2 By Product Type

        1. 5.2.2.1 Pouches

        2. 5.2.2.2 Bags

        3. 5.2.2.3 Films & Wraps

        4. 5.2.2.4 Other Product Types

      3. 5.2.3 End-User Industry

        1. 5.2.3.1 Food

          1. 5.2.3.1.1 Baked Food

          2. 5.2.3.1.2 Snacked Food

          3. 5.2.3.1.3 Meat, Poultry & Sea Food

          4. 5.2.3.1.4 Candy/Confections

          5. 5.2.3.1.5 Pet Food

          6. 5.2.3.1.6 Others

        2. 5.2.3.2 Beverage

        3. 5.2.3.3 Cosmetics & Personal Care

        4. 5.2.3.4 Other End-User Industries

      4. 5.2.4 Geography

        1. 5.2.4.1 North America

          1. 5.2.4.1.1 Material

          2. 5.2.4.1.2 End-User Industry

          3. 5.2.4.1.3 Country

            1. 5.2.4.1.3.1 United States

            2. 5.2.4.1.3.2 Canada

        2. 5.2.4.2 Europe

          1. 5.2.4.2.1 Material

          2. 5.2.4.2.2 End-User Industry

          3. 5.2.4.2.3 Country

            1. 5.2.4.2.3.1 United Kingdom

            2. 5.2.4.2.3.2 Germany

            3. 5.2.4.2.3.3 France

            4. 5.2.4.2.3.4 Rest of Europe

        3. 5.2.4.3 Asia Pacific

          1. 5.2.4.3.1 Material

          2. 5.2.4.3.2 End-User Industry

          3. 5.2.4.3.3 Country

            1. 5.2.4.3.3.1 China

            2. 5.2.4.3.3.2 India

            3. 5.2.4.3.3.3 Japan

            4. 5.2.4.3.3.4 Rest of Asia Pacific

        4. 5.2.4.4 Latin America

          1. 5.2.4.4.1 Material

          2. 5.2.4.4.2 End-User Industry

          3. 5.2.4.4.3 Country

            1. 5.2.4.4.3.1 Brazil

            2. 5.2.4.4.3.2 Argentina

            3. 5.2.4.4.3.3 Mexico

            4. 5.2.4.4.3.4 Rest of Latin America

        5. 5.2.4.5 Middle East and Africa

          1. 5.2.4.5.1 Material

          2. 5.2.4.5.2 End-User Industry

          3. 5.2.4.5.3 Country

            1. 5.2.4.5.3.1 United Arab Emirates (UAE)

            2. 5.2.4.5.3.2 South Africa

            3. 5.2.4.5.3.3 Rest of Middle East and Africa

  6. 6. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 DS Smith PLC

      2. 6.1.2 ES Plastic GmbH

      3. 6.1.3 Alto Packaging Ltd

      4. 6.1.4 Bemis Company Inc

      5. 6.1.5 Anchor Packaging Ltd

      6. 6.1.6 APPE Packaging Ltd

      7. 6.1.7 Binggrae Co. Ltd

      8. 6.1.8 ALPLA-Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Co. KG

      9. 6.1.9 Amcor Limited

      10. 6.1.10 American Packaging Corporation

      11. 6.1.11 Berry Global Inc.

      12. 6.1.12 Constantia Flexibles Group GmbH

      13. 6.1.13 Mondi PLC

      14. 6.1.14 Novolex Holdings Inc.

      15. 6.1.15 Printpack Inc.

      16. 6.1.16 Reynolds Group Holdings Ltd

      17. 6.1.17 RPC Group PLC

      18. 6.1.18 Sealed Air Corp.

      19. 6.1.19 Sigma Plastics Group Inc.

      20. 6.1.20 Sonoco Products Company

      21. 6.1.21 Tetra Pak International SA

      22. 6.1.22 Toppan Printing Co. Ltd

      23. 6.1.23 Transcontinental Inc.

      24. 6.1.24 Winpak Limited

      25. 6.1.25 Huhtamaki Group

    2. *List Not Exhaustive
  7. 7. INVESTMENT ANALYSIS

  8. 8. FUTURE OF THE MARKET

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Plastic Packaging Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Plastic Packaging Market is growing at a CAGR of 3.47% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2020.

Alpla Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Co. KG, AMCOR Limited, Bemis Company, Inc., Berry Plastics Corporation, Mondi PLC are the major companies operating in Plastic Packaging Market.

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