Thermoform Packaging Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

Thermoform Packaging Market is segmented by Material(Plastic, Paperboard, Aluminium), by Product Type(Blisters, Clamshell, Trays & Lids), End-user Industry(Pharmaceutical, Food & Beverage, Electronics) and Geography

Market Snapshot

Thermoform Packaging Market Size
Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 9 %
Thermoform Packaging Market Companies

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Market Overview

The thermoform packaging market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 9% over the forecast period (2021-2026). Thermoforming is used in the manufacturing of lids, trays, blisters, clamshells, and other products.

  • The thermoforming process offers benefits such as low production cost for smaller production quantities, quick product development, prototyping, and lower tooling costs, over other molding processes such as injection and rotational molding.
  • In May 2018, a new thermoforming grade called Luban HP1151K had launched Oman Oil Refineries & Petroleum Industries Company (Orpic) that would increase both productivity and the overall performance of transparent thermoformed cups, trays and containers.
  • According to SouthPack, thermoformed packaging can cost up to 15% less than packaging made from plastic injection molding. Such instances are indicative of the fact that the market is expected to witness increased adoption over the forecast period.
  • The rising trend for the development of sustainable packaging is expected to propel the players in the market to come up with product developments that enable them to meet the increasing demand. According to SouthPack, about 52% of consumers make decisions regarding the purchase based on the eco-friendly nature of the packaging material.
  • In February 2019, Quinn Packaging that manufacturers rigid and flexible thermoformed food packaging and supplies launched fully recyclable’ black plastic food trays.

Scope of the Report

Thermoform packaging involves the heating of plastic until it reaches a pliable state, and then forming the plastic into various shapes. This report segments the market by Material(Plastic, Paperboard, Aluminium), by Product Type(Blisters, Clam-shell, Trays & Lids), End-user Industry(Pharmaceutical, Food & Beverage, Electronics) and Geography.

By Material
By Product Type
Trays & Lids
By End-user Industries
Food & Beverage
Consumer Electronics
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Asia Pacific
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Latin America
Rest of South America
Middle East and Africa
United Arab Emirates
Saudi Arabia
Rest of Middle East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Food & Beverage is Expected to Hold the Largest Share

  • Packaging of food products requires the packaging solution to have good oxygen/moisture barriers, physical stress, temperature, contamination protection, and tamper resistance, all while incorporating the innovative, functional design. 
  • As thermoform packaging owing to its durability, resilience, tamper-resistance, enhanced sealing capabilities not only protects the products but also extend the product’s shelf life or allow easy access. Players in the industry are increasingly adopting thermoform packaging products.
  • In October 2019, GEA s launched a FoodTray created in collaboration with the Roba Group, Schur Flexibles Germany and Van de Velde Packaging, which combines thermoforming technology with cardboard and film.
  • The players in the food industry are increasingly looking for packaging solutions that enable them to reduce the carbon footprint. As thermoformed packaging are increasingly being manufactured using 100% recyclable products, the demand is expected to grow over the forecast period.
  • In October 2019,  Charpak Ltd. designed and launched a new thermoformed packaging tub that is 100% recyclable, tamper-evident, that can be used for ambient, chilled or frozen sectors, food, and non-food products.
Thermoform Packaging Market Trends

North America is Expected to Hold the Largest Share

  • North America is expected to dominate the market over the forecast period, owing to the presence of some significant players in the region such as Anchor Packaging Inc., Sonoco Products Company, D&W Fine Pack, amongst others. This, coupled with the extensive research & development activities, have resulted in the wide-scale adoption of the thermoformed packaging in the region.
  • In May 2018, Canada-based good natured Products Inc. signed an agreement to supply a US industry leader in thermoformed packaging. Plant-based packaging solutions for both food and general merchandise markets are covered under this agreement.
  • The market in the region is witnessing mergers and acquisitions, thereby offering lucrative opportunities to the companies that enable them to boost market growth over the forecast period.
  • In November 2019, Sonoco products company announced that it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire Thermoform Engineered Quality, LLC, and Plastique Holdings, LTD, from ESCO Technologies, Inc. for approximately USD 187 million in cash.
Thermoform Packaging Market Growth

Competitive Landscape

The competitive rivalry in the thermoform packaging market is high owing to the presence of some key players such as Amcor, Mondi group and many more. The thermoforming market has witnessed mergers and acquisitions by the players that enables them to not only the market footprint but also fuel the market growth. Also through continuous research and development activities, the players in the market have been able to bring about innovations in their offerings that allow them to provide sustainability to its consumers.

  • October 2019 - COEXPAN launched CorePET, the new 100% rPET sheet specifically formulated for the thermoform packaging market.
  • June 2019 - Mondi Group developed a fully-recyclable polypropylene film for usage in thermoforming of flexible films for modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) and vacuum packaging, with the ability to extend the shelf life of products such as meat and cheese. The development offers a 23% reduction in carbon footprint compared to existing packaging, top and bottom web, with an internal barrier layer that comprises less than 5% of the entire structure, making it fully recyclable in existing waste streams.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

      1. 4.2.1 Less Raw Material Consumption

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

      1. 4.3.1 Increasing Plastic Bans

    4. 4.4 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    5. 4.5 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Force Analysis

      1. 4.5.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.5.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.5.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.5.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.5.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Material

      1. 5.1.1 Plastic

      2. 5.1.2 Paper

    2. 5.2 By Product Type

      1. 5.2.1 Blisters

      2. 5.2.2 Clamshells

      3. 5.2.3 Trays & Lids

      4. 5.2.4 Containers

    3. 5.3 By End-user Industries

      1. 5.3.1 Food & Beverage

      2. 5.3.2 Pharmaceuticals

      3. 5.3.3 Personalcare

      4. 5.3.4 Consumer Electronics

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.4.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.4.3 Asia Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.4.4 Latin America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.4.5 Middle East and Africa

        1. United Arab Emirates

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. Rest of Middle East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Amcor PLC

      2. 6.1.2 Sonoco Products Company

      3. 6.1.3 DS Smith

      4. 6.1.4 Placon Corporation

      5. 6.1.5 Display Pack Inc.

      6. 6.1.6 WestRock Company

      7. 6.1.7 Tekni-Plex, Inc.

      8. 6.1.8 Anchor Packaging, Inc.

      9. 6.1.9 D&W Fine Pack

      10. 6.1.10 Sealed Air Corporation

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

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

The Thermoform Packaging Market is growing at a CAGR of 9% over the next 5 years.

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

North America holds highest share in 2021.

Amcor PLC, Sonoco Products Company, DS Smith plc, WestRock Company, Anchor Packaging, Inc. are the major companies operating in Thermoform Packaging Market.

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