Plastic Labware Market - Global Outlook & Forecast 2023-2028

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The Plastic Labware Market Size, Share, & Trends Analysis Report by

  • Product: Consumable, Reusable, and Others
  • Material: Polystyrene, LDPE, HDPE, PP, and Others
  • End-users: Academia/Research, Pharmaceutical, CROs, IVF Clinics, Diagnostic Labs, and Others
  • Distribution Channel: Direct Channel and Indirect Channel
  • Geography: North America, Europe, APAC, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa

Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast 2023–2028.

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5 Regions


25 Countries


34 Companies


5 Market Segment


Report Attribute Details
Market Size (2028) USD 19.83 Billion
Market Size (2022) USD 9.94 Billion
CAGR (2022-2028) 12.20%
Base Year 2022
Forecast Year 2023-2028
Market Segments Product, Material, End-users, Distribution Channel, and Geography
Geographic Analysis North America, Europe, APAC, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa
KEY PLAYERS Bellco Glass, Corning, DWK Life Sciences, Sartorius, and Thermo Fisher Scientific


The global plastic labware market was valued at USD 9.94 billion in 2022 and is expected to reach USD 19.83 billion by 2028, growing at a CAGR of 12.20% during the forecast period. The diagnostics and hospitals, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical sectors, among others, are the most important end-users. Pipettes, burettes, funnels, test tubes, and beakers are examples of plastic labware used in scientific studies.

Plastic labware is the equipment used in scientific activities, such as discovering new pharmaceuticals and performing numerous experiments in research laboratories. The growing use of plastic labware in academic and diagnostic institutes, hospitals, and forensic laboratories has increased demand in recent years. Furthermore, the growing number of R&D laboratories and the increasing demand for plasticware products drive demand in the global market. Researchers use plasticware goods because they are lightweight, recyclable, cost-effective, and non-breakable. Government funding for pharmaceutical and drug development will drive global labware market growth during the projected period.


Increased Investments in R&D
Increased research and development (R&D) operations for plastic labware have increased demand globally for these items. Researchers and scientists have been drawn to creating novel and modern plastic labware with better features and usefulness, resulting in increased demand for these goods.

Plastic labware producers are investing in R&D to develop products that can endure severe temperatures, resist chemical corrosion, and have increased precision and repeatability as technology advances and new materials emerge. Advancements in the plastic labware market have broadened its usage outside typical laboratory settings, such as in the medical and biotechnology sectors. Increased R&D activity for plastic labware has also created eco-friendly and biodegradable goods, addressing the environmental problems connected with traditional plastic labware. This breakthrough has piqued the interest of governments and institutions seeking to lower their carbon impact.

Rising Preference For Plasticware
Manufacturers improve the quality of test findings while enhancing the value of their products by altering the surface qualities of polymer labware. One of the things boosting the value of plastic labware is plasma treatment. Millions of multi-well plates, pipettes, flasks, bottles, vials, culture plates, Eppendorf tubes, and other polymer labware products are produced each year for use in research, drug development, and diagnostic testing. Although many are simple, low-cost consumables, a growing percentage are now surface treated with gas plasma or have functional coatings that are precisely constructed to improve research quality and diagnostic sophistication. Traditional glassware is composed of borosilicate glass, which is non-recyclable because of its heat-resistant qualities.

Plasticware, on the other hand, is long-lasting and easy to clean and reuse. Researchers are also gravitating towards plasticware products because they are lightweight, durable, and non-breakable; these products are robust and able to absorb more shock when bumped or dropped, providing superior protection for researchers, a lower risk of losing valuable samples, and lower costs for container replacement or lost time due to personnel injury.


Stringent Regulations
Plastic labware legislation differs by country; however, there is a global movement towards decreasing the use of single-use plastics and encouraging sustainability. Manufacturers must adapt to these restrictions to remain competitive in the plastic labware market and invest in sustainable alternatives.

Plastic-related rules and legislation have recently been established in several nations, regions, and towns. These are designed primarily to reduce consumption and improve waste management through use and disposal. Over 60 countries have banned or taxed plastic packaging and plastic single-use/disposable garbage. These restrictions and standards make it more difficult for plastic labware producers to function in the market. They must adhere to laws, which can raise production costs and impact product prices. Furthermore, the regulations and guidelines make marketing plastic labware products to increasingly environmentally conscious customers who prefer eco-friendly or biodegradable alternatives more difficult.


The global plastic labware market by product type is divided into consumables, reusables, and others. These classifications are based on the intended usage of plastic labware goods. Consumables are plastic labware products for single-use applications sold in APAC and Europe. They are disposable and are thrown away after usage. Plastic pipettes, Petri dishes, sample cups, test tubes, and other similar items are examples of consumables. They're common in clinical and diagnostic labs, university research labs, and the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors. Due to an increase in patient population, an increase in chronic diseases, an increase in government initiatives in the health care sector, an increase in the number of diagnostic laboratories, and an increase in research and development activities in core industries, as well as usage on academia, emerging economies offer greater opportunities to the laboratory consumable products market.

The global plastic labware market may be divided into segments depending on the materials used to make the items. Polystyrene is extensively utilized in cell culture and microbiology, although polypropylene is favored in chemical and biochemical applications. Polyethylene is used in clinical and diagnostic laboratories because of its low cost and durability. Polycarbonate, PVC, and other materials used in plastic labware are used for various purposes.

The academia and research held the largest global plastic labware market share in the end-users segment, accounting for over 30% in 2022. A primary reason driving the growth of general laboratory equipment is the rising demand from quality testing and research laboratories in manufacturing industries such as the pharmaceutical sector. At the onset of the pandemic, substantial study is being conducted. Ongoing progress in new medication discovery and vaccine development boosts demand for laboratory equipment from these end-use sectors.

The producer directly sells plastic labware to end-users such as laboratories, research institutions, and hospitals through direct distribution channels in the global plastic labware market. The producer controls the product's pricing, advertising, and distribution. Direct distribution channels enable manufacturers to have stronger contact with their customers, collect product feedback, and better understand their requirements and preferences. In B2B sales, direct distribution methods are more frequent.

Indirect distribution methods, on the other hand, require the employment of middlemen to supply plastic labware to end users. Wholesalers, distributors, and retailers are examples of intermediaries in the global plastic labware market. These middlemen buy plastic labware in bulk from the manufacturer and resell it to end users at a higher price. In B2C sales, indirect distribution methods are increasingly frequent.


North America is expected to dominate the global plastic labware market, accounting for over 33% share in 2022. Factors such as the rising number of diagnostic tests, increased usage of laboratory consumables, and the introduction of specially designed plasticware are driving the growth of the plastic labware market in the region. The U.S. and Canada are the major countries in this region. North America has been one of the leaders in innovation and research. To retain its top position, the U.S. is continuing to invest in R&D, which is expected to boost the plastic labware market in the region during the forecast period.

The APAC plastic labware market is the fastest-growing market globally. The region’s biotechnology industry is on a continuous surge that is increasing the adoption rate of laboratory instruments, thereby driving the labware market in the region. Developing countries such as China, India, and South Korea are implementing effective R&D in biotechnology; even though their economic development is not precisely in sync, each of these countries has been innovating developing countries in biotech research in recent years. Further, Latin America and the Middle East are also projected to have profitable development in the plastic labware market in the future years.


The global plastic labware market is extremely competitive, with many manufacturers and suppliers participating. In addition to the market's major companies like Thermo Fisher Scientific, Eppendorf, and others, there are many smaller producers and suppliers. These businesses may specialize in certain types of plasticware or operate in specific geographic areas.

Focusing on innovation and product development distinguishes the competitive global plastic labware market. To address the changing demands of the laboratory industry, manufacturers are always producing new goods and upgrading old ones. In addition, manufacturers focus on manufacturing more sustainable plasticware goods in response to increased environmental concerns. Further, the global plastic labware market's competitive characteristics are the elements that define the market competitiveness of manufacturers and suppliers. Some of the market's important competitive parameters are product quality, innovation, price, and more. Companies that excel in these parameters are more likely to succeed in the industry and gain a larger share of customers.

Frequently Asked Questions

How big is the plastic labware market?

The global plastic labware market size was valued at USD 9.94 billion in 2022 and is expected to reach USD 19.83 billion by 2028.

What is the growth rate of the global plastic labware market?

The global plastic labware market share is growing at a CAGR of 12.20% from 2022-2028.

What are the growing trends in the plastic labware industry?

The growing trends in the plastic labware industry are rising preference for plastic labware, increasing demand from emerging economies, and development in covid and other diseases surfacing.

Which region holds the most significant global plastic labware market share?

North America dominated the global plastic labware market share, accounting for over 33% in 2022.

Who are the key players in the global plastic labware market?

Bellco Glass, Corning, DWK Life Sciences, Sartorius, and Thermo Fisher Scientific are the key players in the global plastic labware market.

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The global plastic labware market size is expected to grow at a CAGR of approximately 12.20% from 2022 to 2028.

The following factors are likely to contribute to the growth of the plastic labware market during the forecast period:

  • Increasing Investments in R&D
  • Growth of Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Industries
  • Opportunity for Exports in Developing Countries

Base Year: 2022

Forecast Year: 2023-2028

The report considers the present scenario of the plastic labware market and its market dynamics for 2023−2028. It covers a detailed overview of several market growth enablers, restraints, and trends. The study covers both the demand and supply sides of the industry. It also profiles and analyzes leading companies and several other prominent companies operating in the industry.

Key Company Profiles

  • Bellco Glass
    • Business Overview
    • Product Offerings
    • Key Strategies
    • Key Strengths
    • Key Opportunities
  • Corning
  • DWK Life Sciences
  • Sartorius
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific

Other Prominent Vendors

  • Borosil
    • Business Overview
    • Key Highlights
  • Citotest Labware Manufacturing
  • Crystalgen
  • Eppendorf
  • Glacier Glass Works
  • Glassco Laboratory Equipments
  • Naugraexport
  • PerkinElmer
  • Quark Glass
  • Bel-Art Products
  • Tarsons
  • Greiner Bio-One International
  • VWR International
  • BrandTech Scientific
  • Polylab
  • KANGJIAN Medical Apparatus
  • Labcon North America
  • Simport Scientific
  • Labnet
  • CELLTREAT Scientific Products
  • Gilson
  • Bio-Rad Laboratories
  • Socorex Isba
  • Medline Industries

Segmentation by Product

  • Consumable
  • Reusable
  • Others

Segmentation by Material

  • Polystyrene
  • LDPE
  • HDPE
  • PP
  • Others

Segmentation by End-users

  • Academia/Research
  • Pharmaceutical
  • CROs
  • IVF Clinics
  • Diagnostic Labs
  • Others

Segmentation by Distribution Channel

  • Direct Channel
  • Indirect Channel

Segmentation by Geography

  • North America
    • The U.S.
    • Canada
  • APAC
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Australia
    • Singapore
    • Rest of APAC
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • France
    • The U.K.
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia
    • Netherlands
    • Rest of Europe
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa
    • UAE
    • Saudi Arabia
    • South Africa
    • Rest of Middle East & Africa

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