flexible packaging market research report

Flexible Packaging Market - Global Outlook and Forecast 2019- 2024

PUBLISHED DATE : Sep 2019 | Pages : 276

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Flexible Packaging Market Size, Share, & Trends Analysis Report By Material (Flexible Plastic, Flexible Paper, and Foil), By Product (Bags and Sacks, Pouches, and Others), By Printing (Flexographic, Rotogravure, and Others), By Application (Consumer Packaging, and Industrial Packaging), By End-user (F&B, Medical, Personal Care, Petfood, and Others), and Geography (North America, Europe, APAC, Latin America, and MEA) Global Analysis Report, Global Outlook, Market Trends, Competitive Landscape, Share, Growth Potential & Forecast, 2019 – 2024

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276 Pages

70 Tables

124 Charts

5 Regions

22 Countries

27 Companies

6 Market Segment


Report Attribute Details
Market Size (Revenue) USD 186 BILLION (2024)
CAGR 4% (2018-2024)
Base Year 2018
Forecast Year 2019-2024
Market Segments By Material (Flexible Plastic, Flexible Paper, and Foil), By Product (Bags and Sacks, Pouches, and Others), By Printing (Flexographic, Rotogravure, and Others), By Application (Consumer Packaging, and Industrial Packaging), By End-user (F&B, Medical, Personal Care, Petfood, and Others)
Geographic Analysis North America, Europe, APAC, Latin America, and MEA
Countries Covered China, India, Australia, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, US, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, South Africa, and UAE


The application of high barrier films to pack premium food products is a major driver

The increase in processed and packaged food consumption is one of the major driving factors in the global flexible packaging market. Flexible packaging solutions meet all the requirements of food manufacturers and consequently has been adopted widely by the packaged food industry. The global increase in disposable income and the growing population have been increasing the consumption of processed food and packaged products.

Further, the market growth is linked to the performance of the economy in general, and hence, it is necessary for vendors to diversify or expand the scope/scale of operations to negate recessionary trends in certain regions. The market is highly fragmented with the presence of many large vendors operating on a global scale and regional vendors catering to their respective regions.

The increasing pressure on food and beverages, consumer goods, and pharma companies to reduce dependency on plastic is driving vendors to adopt sustainable packaging. Sustainability as a practice focuses on recovering plastic products and recycling them.

The use of flexible packaging material has expanded as this type of packaging is eco-friendly. The cost of raw materials, low production expenditure, lightweight nature, which, in turn, reduces the transportation cost, are the major driving factors for the growth of the market. Developing countries with low per capita offer increased business opportunities for packaging vendors. The global flexible packaging market size is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 3% during the period 2018–2024.


This research report includes detailed segmentation by material, product, printing, application, end-users, and geography.


The increasing application of four-sided sealed pouches for packing meat, poultry, and seafood is expected to witness the highest growth rate

The food industry, which constitutes a share of more than 60%, is the major demand contributor for flexible plastic pouches. Pharma and beverage industries are the other major application areas of flexible plastic pouches. Plastic pouches bags have gained prominence due to their ability to extend the shelf life of food products.

Flexible paper packaging has wider applications in the healthcare sector, tobacco packing, and Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG). Pouches and wraps constitute the highest share in the market. The application of paper wraps in the foodservice industry is growing at an annual rate of 7%, which is driven by the demand from the dry and pet foods.

APAC is currently the largest producer of aluminum foils. China is the leading producer and consumer of aluminum foil. As several vendors are based out of the US, the demand is high in the North American region.


The use of recycling packaging content will be a new unique selling point in Europe and North America

The consumer segment is growing moderately on account of increased consumption of ready to eat food and per capita incomes. The market in emerging economies is expected to fetch three-times more revenue than developed economies. The use of recycling content will be a new unique selling point in Europe and North America.

The industrial segment is driven by bulk demand from several end-users. Chemicals and pharma industries account for more than 40% of the industrial packaging applications. 


Modified atmosphere and vacuum packaging are currently used for the packing of meat, poultry, and seafood in the food industry

The food & beverage (F&B) industry dominates the global market. The need to increase shelf life of food items and eatables is one of the major factors for the adoption in the F&B industry. Furthermore, the rise of nuclear families, the shift from urban to rural areas and increased household incomes are pushing the growth. The application of modified atmospheric packaging technology is adopted in the bakery, thereby increasing the demand for packaged bakery and confectionery products.

The presence of child-resistance packing, senior-friendly functionalities, and other push through the feature of blister packaging is increasing the demand from pharma companies. Also, smaller pack sizes such as mini packs and/or micro packs are gaining traction as they provide ample scope for brands to experiment for new products. Also, the demand for bioplastic packing is expected to gain momentum as plastic is detrimental to the environment.


The increasing automation of the food processing industry in developing countries is driving the pouch segment

The growth of the segment is largely driven by retail carry bags, storage bags, bread bags, diaper bags, sacks and produce bags. The segment is influenced by monolayer PE films as they do not require advanced machinery.

The increasing automation of the food processing industry in India, China, and Middle East countries is driving the pouch segment. Further, the replacement of traditional machinery with advanced technology equipment will contribute to the segment growth.

Films, wraps, and flexible lidding constitute the other segment. The market share of lidding is declining as aluminum foils are high-cost material and are being replaced by advanced plastic films. 


The versatility of flexo press along with the low operational cost is the major reason for increased adoption of flexographic printing

While flexographic printing is most widely adopted in North America and South America, rotogravure printing has a significant share in the APAC region. Factors such as low labor costs, low press footprint, and less energy requirements are the key factors for a high market share of flexographic printing.

Rotogravure printing is extensively used for printing packaging of items such as polythene packs, soap wrappers, bread wrappers, milk pouches, and other materials.


The highly developed retail scenario in Europe is pushing the flexible printing market to adopt better print technology

The demand from food, pharma, and industrial secondary/tertiary packaging is expected to push the APAC market. Japan is expected to provide high growth opportunities, due to the increased demand for packed food from the elderly population (above 65 years). Also, China, India, and other southeast Asian countries are emerging as growth drivers for the APAC region.

The expansion in supermarkets has led to the increased demand for shelf-ready packaging, thus driving the shrink packaging in Europe. The highly developed retail scenario in the region is pushing the market to adopt better print technology and opt easy open and closure portions in flexible pouches.

The demand from F&B, pharma, personal care, and industrial application are expected to lead the flexible packaging market in North America. Factors such as increased consumer spending, high frequency of eating outlets, growth in the retail industry growth, and better household incomes are the factors that are likely to open new growth avenues.  

Increased per capita incomes and the expansion of the retail sector are likely to drive the market in South America and MEA. The flexible packaging industry in Latin America is expected to witness high growth during the forecast period due to the large middle-class population with high disposable incomes


The market has very few vendors who have breached the $1 billion in revenue. Small and medium-scale enterprises dominate the market. Larger players have been aggressively adopting inorganic growth strategy to expand their operations in many regions. Amcor Limited, Edgewell, Berry Global, Mondi Group, Sealed Air, TC Transcontinental, Sonoco Products Company, and Huhtamaki are the leading market players.

Many new companies have sprung up in APAC as the e-commerce industry has increased the demand for protective packaging. Stretch films, protective wraps, and pouches have witnessed high demand in the last few years. The key competitive factors in the industry include – price, quality, adherence to newly evolving regulations, distribution network, and R&D investments. Constantia Flexibles provides flexible packaging solutions majorly for food, pet food, and pharma industries. 

The flexible packaging market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with revenues & forecasts for the following segments:

 By Material

  • Flexible Plastic
  • Flexible Paper
  • Foil

By Product

  • Bags and Sacks
  • Pouches
  • Others

By Printing

  • Flexographic
  • Rotogravure
  • Others

By Application

  • Consumer Packaging
  • Industrial Packaging

By End-user

  • F&B
  • Medical
  • Personal Care
  • Petfood
  • Others

By Geography

  • APAC
    • China
    • India
    • Australia
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • New Zealand
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • France
    • UK
    • Italy
    • Spain
  • North America
    • US
    • Canada
  • Latin America
    • Argentina
    • Brazil
    • Chile
    • Mexico
  • MEA
    • Turkey
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Egypt
    • South Africa
    • UAE

Frequently Asked Questions

The global increase in disposable income and the growing population have been increasing the consumption of processed food and packaged products.
The FMCG market is a high-volume segment in the Indian market, and majorly utilizes flexible packaging.
The leading players in the flexible packaging market are Amcor, Edgewell, Berry Global, Mondi, Sealed Air, TC Transcontinental, Sonoco, and Huhtamaki.
The competition among brands in the Chinese market is very high, and there is a rising demand for innovative packaging that is eye-catching among brand owners.
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