The European Packaging Competitive Landscape to 2023

Smithers Pira and Packaging Europe, both leaders in their markets, have pooled their shared industry knowledge and insight to produce The European Packaging Competitive Landscape: Strategic Forecasts to 2023.

This brand new publication examines the current competitive landscape in Europe and its future evolution through to 2023.

Smithers Pira data shows the value of the European packaging market in 2018 will be €195 billion and forecasts it will reach €214 billion in 2023, a year-on-year increase of 1.9% for this period.

Smithers Pira and Packaging Europes publication provides in-depth profiles of the key strategic players in Europe’s packaging industry including:

  • Analysis of product development
  • R&D
  • Future corporate strategy across the next five years

This publication provides the ideal  strategic tool for companies competing in, or looking to better understand, the European packaging landscape.

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Table of Contents

Executive summary

Chapter 1 Introduction and methodology

  •  Introduction      
  •  Objectives        
  •  Report scope and market segmentation           
    •  Packaging material        
    •  End-use sector  
    • Geographic markets       
  •  Data      
  • Methodology    
  • List of polymer abbreviations    
  • Exchange rates 

Chapter 2 Key strategic drivers for the European packaging industry

  •  Introduction     
  •  Economic influences      
  •  Lifestyle and consumer trends   
    •  Growing awareness of health and wellness       
    •  Rising urbanisation and busy lifestyles   
    • More women in the workforce 
    • More single-parent and single-person households        
  • Demographic trends     
  •  New consumer requirements and behaviour      
  •  Packaging technology developments    
    • High-barrier packaging  
    •  Bio-based renewable bioplastic materials            
    • Multilayer packaging film recycling           
    • Polymer nanocomposites           
    • Downsizing / lightweighting       
  • Competitive landscape trends   
  • European packaging regulatory developments  

Chapter 4 European packaging market forecast to 2023

  •  Overview           
  • Country / region            
    • France  
    • Germany             
    • Italy       
    • Spain     
    • UK         
    • Netherlands    
    • Other Western Europe 
    •  Russia  
    •  Poland  
    •  Other Eastern Europe   
  •  Packaging materials     
    • Flexible packaging          
      • Flexible plastic packaging             
      •  Flexible foil         
      •  Flexible paper   
    • Rigid plastic        
    • Board   
      • Corrugated board packaging      
      •  Folding cartons 
      •  Liquid packaging board (LPB)    
    •  Metal    
      • Beverage cans   
      • Aerosols              
      • Food cans            
    •  Glass     
    • Other packaging materials          
  • End-use markets            
    • Food    
    • Drinks  
      • Soft drinks          
      • Alcoholic drinks 
      •  Hot drinks       
    • Pharmaceuticals & healthcare   
    •  Cosmetics          
    • Other consumer products            
    •  Industrial/transit           

Chapter 4 Company profiles of key participants in the European packaging market

  • The packaging supply chain        
  •  Packaging industry consolidation             
  •  Company profiles           
    • Albéa   
      • Packaging products        
      •  Packaging developments and R&D focus            
      •  Company developments and strategic focus      
    • Alpla      
      • Product range   
        • Preforms            
        • Plastic bottles    
        • Caps & injection moulding parts             
      • Packaging developments and R&D focus         
      • Company developments and strategic focus     
    •  Amcor Group     
      •  Packaging products         
      • Packaging developments and R&D focus           
      • Company developments and strategic focus      
    •  AptarGroup       
      •  Packaging products       
        •  Beauty + Home 
        • Pharma                
        •  Food + Beverage            
      • Packaging developments and R&D focus           
      • Company developments and strategic focus      
    • ÅR Packaging    
      •  Packaging products    
      •  Packaging developments and R&D focus            
      • Company developments and strategic focus       
    • Ardagh Group   
      •  Packaging products       
      •   Packaging developments and R&D focus              
      •  Company developments and strategic focus     
    •  Armando Alvarez Group              
      • Packaging products       
      • Packaging developments and R&D focus              
      • Company developments and strategic focus      
    •  Ball Packaging  
      • Packaging products       
      • Packaging developments and R&D focus           
      •  Company developments and strategic focus      
    • Bericap 
      • Packaging products       
        •  Food & beverage markets         
      •  Packaging developments and R&D focus               
      • Company developments and strategic focus       
    •    Bischof + Klein  
      • Packaging products       
        • Clean-room packaging  
        • Converted flexible packaging  
      •  Packaging developments and R&D focus            
      • Company developments and strategic focus      
    • Clondalkin Flexible Packaging     129
      • Packaging products       
      •  Packaging developments and R&D focus              
      • Company developments and strategic focus       
    •  Constantia Flexibles      
      • Packaging products     
      • Packaging developments and R&D focus           
      •  Company developments and strategic focus       
    •  Coveris
      •  Product range   
      • Packaging developments and R&D focus               
      • Company developments and strategic focus      
    •  Crown Holdings Inc.        
      • Packaging products      
      • Packaging developments and R&D focus               
      • Company developments and strategic focus     
    • DS Smith Ltd      
      • Packaging products       
      •  Packaging developments and R&D focus            
      •  E-commerce activities    
        •  DS Smith DISCS™ system             
        • DS Smith Made2Fit system        
      • Company developments and strategic focus    
    • Elopak   
      •  Packaging products        
      • Packaging developments and R&D focus              
      • Company developments and strategic focus      
    •  Faerch Plast     
      •  Packaging products         
      • Packaging developments and R&D focus              
      • Company developments and strategic focus    
    • Gerresheimer AG        
      • Packaging products         
      •  Plastics & devices            
      •  Primary packaging glass 
      •  Packaging developments and R&D focus             
      •  Company developments and strategic focus      
    •  Greif Inc.           
      • Packaging products       
        •  Rigid industrial packaging and services   
        •  Paper packaging          
        •  Flexible products and services  
      • Packaging developments and R&D focus             
      •  Company developments and strategic focus    
    • Greiner Packaging International               
      •  Packaging products       
      • Packaging developments and R&D focus       
      • Company developments and strategic focus      
    •  Huhtamaki Oy  
      •  Packaging products         
        •  Foodservice packaging 
        •  Food and beverage packaging   
        •  Non-food packaging      
        • Branded cartons             
      • Packaging developments and R&D focus              
      • Company developments and strategic focus      
    • Klöckner Pentaplast      
      •  Packaging products       
      •  Food and consumer products    
        • Pharma and medical devices      
        •  Specialities        
      •   Packaging developments and R&D focus               
      •  Company developments and strategic focus    
    •  Mauser Group  
      • Packaging products       
      • Packaging developments and R&D focus            
      •  Company developments and strategic focus      
    • Mayr-Melnhof Packaging          
      • Packaging products         
      •  Packaging developments and R&D focus             
      •  Company developments and strategic focus       
    •  Mondi Group    
      •  Packaging products       
      •  Packaging developments and R&D focus              
      • Company developments and strategic focus       
    •   Owens-Illinois Inc.          
      •  Packaging products      
      • Packaging developments and R&D focus      
      •   Company developments and strategic focus    
    •  Plastipak Packaging Inc. 
      • Packaging product range              
      •  Packaging developments and R&D focus         
      • Company developments and strategic focus      
    • Polifilm 
      •  Packaging products        
      •  Packaging developments and R&D focus               
      • Company developments and strategic focus      
    • RKW Group       
      • Packaging products        
      • Packaging developments and R&D focus              
      • Company developments and strategic focus     
    •  RPC Group plc 
      •  Packaging products       
      • RPC Bebo          
        •  RPC bpi group  
        • RPC Bramlage  
        • RPC M&H           
        • RPC Promens     
        • RPC Superfos     
      •  Packaging developments and R&D focus             
      • Company developments and strategic focus      
    • Schütz GmbH & Co.       
      • Packaging products       
      •  Packaging developments and R&D focus               
      • Company developments and strategic focus       
    •  Schur Flexibles 
      •  Packaging products         
      •  Packaging developments and R&D focus             
      • Company developments and strategic focus     
    •   Sealed Air Corporation (Cryovac)          
      • Packaging products         
      • Packaging developments and R&D focus               
      •  Company developments and strategic focus      
    •  SIG Combibloc   
      • Packaging products        
      • Packaging developments and R&D focus            
      • Company developments and strategic focus       
    •   Silgan Holdings  
      •  Packaging products     
      •   Packaging developments and R&D focus           
      •  Company developments and strategic focus       
    •   Smurfit Kappa   
      •  Packaging products       
      • Packaging developments and R&D focus               
      • E-commerce activities    
      •  Company developments and strategic focus       
    •  Sonoco
      • Packaging products         
      • Packaging developments and R&D focus              
      • Company developments and strategic focus       
    • Tetra Pak          
      •  Packaging products       
      •  Packaging developments and R&D focus              
      • Company developments and strategic focus      
    •  Treofan               
      •   Packaging products       
      • Packaging developments and R&D focus            
      • Company developments and strategic focus       
    •  Wipak Group    
      • Packaging products         
      • Packaging developments and R&D focus             
      •  Company developments and strategic focus      

Chapter 5 Opportunities and threats to the European packaging industry competitive landscape

  •  Introduction       
  • Sustainable packaging    1
  • E-commerce      
  •  Smart & intelligent packaging     
  •  Growth territories           
  •  Digital printing   
  • High growth packaging segments          
    • Plastic drums (new and reconditioned) 
    • Rigid intermediate bulk containers (IBCs)             
    • Stand-up pouches          
    •  Bioplastics        
    •  Shrink sleeve labels        
    •  High-barrier packaging film          
    •  Paper-based packaging 

Tables and Figures

Tables 

  • Table E.1 European packaging market value by region, 2013–2017, 2018 projected and 2023 forecast (€ million) 
  • Table E.2 Packaging industry consolidation by material segment                   
  • Table E.3 European packaging market: top 20 packaging producers, 2017                     
  • Table 1.1 Exchange rates, 2013–17 (=US$1)                  
  • Table 2.1 European packaging industry: summary of key market drivers and trends to 2023    
  • TABLE 2.2 Europe: GDP growth trends, annual percentage change, 2013–2023        
  • Table 2.3 Europe: population trends by country, 2013–23, millions           
  • Table 2.4 Current barrier technologies for rigid plastic packaging, 2018   
  • Table 2.5 Key European mergers and acquisitions in the packaging industry, 2015–2018            
  • Table 3.1 European packaging market value by country, 2013–2017, 2018 projected and 2023 forecast (€ million)
  • Table 3.2 France: key economic and demographic data, 2013–18                
  • Table 3.3 France: packaging market value by end-use sector, 2013–2017, 2018 projected and 2023 forecast (€ million)
  • Table 3.4 France: packaging market value by material type, 2013–2017, 2018 projected and 2023 forecast (€ million)
  • Table 3.5 Germany: key economic and demographic data, 2013–18         
  • Table 3.6 Germany: packaging market value by end-use sector, 2013–2017, 2018 projected and 2023 forecast (€ million)   
  • Table 3.7 Germany: packaging market value by material type, 2013–2017, 2018 projected and 2023 forecast (€ million)       
  • Table 3.8 Italy: key economic and demographic data, 2013–18                    
  • Table 3.9 Italy: packaging market value by end-use sector, 2013–2017, 2018 projected and 2023 forecast (€ million)
  • Table 3.10 Italy: packaging market value by material type, 2013–2017, 2018 projected and 2023 forecast (€ million)
  • Table 3.11 Spain: key economic and demographic data, 2013–18                
  • Table 3.12 Spain: packaging market value by end-use sector, 2013–2017, 2018 projected and 2023 forecast (€ million)
  • Table 3.13 Spain: packaging market value by material type, 2013–2017, 2018 projected and 2023 forecast (€ million)
  • Table 3.14 UK: key economic and demographic data, 2013–18                  
  • Table 3.15 UK: packaging market value by end-use sector, 2013–2017, 2018 projected and 2023 forecast (€ million)
  • Table 3.16 UK: packaging market value by material type, 2013–2017, 2018 projected and 2023 forecast (€ million)
  • Table 3.17 Netherlands: key economic and demographic data, 2013–18                      
  • Table 3.18 Netherlands: packaging market value by end-use sector, 2013–2017, 2018 projected and 2023 forecast (€ million)                   
  • Table 3.19 Netherlands: packaging market value by material type, 2013–2017, 2018 projected and 2023 forecast (€ million)                     
  • Table 3.20 Other Western Europe: key economic and demographic data, 2017         
  • Table 3.21 Other Western Europe: packaging market value by end-use sector, 2013–2017, 2018 projected and 2023 forecast (€ million)                 
  • Table 3.22 Other Western Europe: packaging market value by material type, 2013–2017, 2018 projected and 2023 forecast (€ million)                   
  • Table 3.23 Russia: key economic and demographic data, 2013–18            
  • Table 3.24 Russia: packaging market value by end-use sector, 2013–2017, 2018 projected and 2023 forecast (€ million)         
  • Table 3.25 Russia: packaging market value by material type, 2013–2017, 2018 projected and 2023 forecast (€ million)
  • Table 3.26 Poland: key economic and demographic data, 2013–18          
  • Table 3.27 Poland: packaging market value by end-use sector, 2013–2017, 2018 projected and 2023 forecast (€ million)      
  • Table 3.28 Poland: packaging market value by material type, 2013–2017, 2018 projected and 2023 forecast (€ million)
  • Table 3.29 Other Eastern Europe: key economic and demographic data, 2017            
  • Table 3.30 Other Eastern Europe: packaging market value by end-use sector, 2013–2017, 2018 projected and 2023 forecast (€ million)                    
  • Table 3.31 Other Eastern Europe: packaging market value by material type, 2013–2017, 2018 projected and 2023 forecast (€ million)                       
  • Table 3.32 European packaging market value by material type, 2013–2017, 2018 projected and 2023 forecast (€ million)      
  • Table 3.33 European flexible packaging market value by material type, 2013–2017, 2018 projected and 2023 forecast (€ million)           
  • Table 3.34 European flexible plastic packaging market value by country, 2013–2017, 2018 projected and 2023 forecast (€ million)        
  • Table 3.35 European flexible foil packaging market value by country, 2013–2017, 2018 projected and 2023 forecast (€ million)               
  • Table 3.36 European flexible paper packaging market value by country, 2013–2017, 2018 projected and 2023 forecast (€ million)         
  • Table 3.37 European rigid plastic packaging market value by country, 2013–2017, 2018 projected and 2023 forecast (€ million)              
  • Table 3.38 European paperboard packaging market value by country, 2013–2017, 2018 projected and 2023 forecast (€ million)          
  • Table 3.39 European metal packaging market value by country, 2013–2017, 2018 projected and 2023 forecast (€ million)   
  • Table 3.40 European glass packaging market value by country, 2013–2017, 2018 projected and 2023 forecast (€ million)     
  • Table 3.41 Other European packaging materials value by country, 2013–2017, 2018 projected and 2023 forecast (€ million)                    
  • Table 3.42 European packaging market value by end-use sector, 2013–2017, 2018 projected and 2023 forecast (€ million)   
  • Table 3.43 European food packaging market value by country, 2013–2017, 2018 projected and 2023 forecast (€ million)       
  • Table 3.44 European drinks packaging market value by country, 2013–2017, 2018 projected and 2023 forecast (€ million)    
  • Table 3.45 European pharmaceuticals & healthcare packaging market value by country, 2013–2017, 2018 projected and 2023 forecast (€ million)              
  • Table 3.46 European cosmetics packaging market value by country, 2013–2017, 2018 projected and 2023 forecast (€ million)                   
  • Table 3.47 Other European consumer packaging market value by country, 2013–2017, 2018 projected and 2023 forecast (€ million)    
  • Table 3.48 European industrial/transit packaging market value by country, 2013–2017, 2018 projected and 2023 forecast (€ million)   
  • Table 4.1 Packaging industry consolidation by material segment                
  • Figure 4.1 The packaging industry supply chain            
  • Table 4.2 European packaging market: top 20 packaging producers, 2017                       
  • Table 4.3 Albéa: key facts             
  • Table 4.4 Alpla: key facts            
  • Table 4.5 Amcor Group: key facts                   
  • Table 4.6 AptarGroup: key facts                       
  • Table 4.7 ÅR Packaging: key facts                   
  • Table 4.8 Ardagh Group: key facts                 
  • Table 4.9 Armando Alvarez Group: key facts                   
  • Table 4.10 Ball Packaging: key facts               
  • Table 4.11 Bericap: key facts      
  • Table 4.12 Bischof + Klein: key facts            
  • Table 4.13 Clondalkin Flexible Packaging: key facts   
  • Table 4.14 Constantia Flexibles: key facts                        
  • Table 4.15 Coveris: key facts      
  • Table 4.16 Crown Holdings Inc: key facts  
  • Table 4.17 DS Smith Ltd: key facts              
  • Table 4.18 Elopak: key facts        
  • Table 4.19 Faerch Plast: key facts                   
  • Table 4.20 Gerresheimer AG: key facts      
  • Table 4.22 Greiner Packaging International: key facts                  
  • Table 4.23 Huhtamaki Oy: key facts             
  • Table 4.24 Klöckner Pentaplast: key facts                        
  • Table 4.25 Mauser Group: key facts              
  • Table 4.26 Mayr-Melnhof Packaging: key facts              
  • Table 4.27 Mondi Group: key facts                
  • Table 4.28 Owens-Illinois: key facts               
  • Table 4.29 Plastipak Packaging Inc.: key facts                
  • Table 4.30 Polifilm: key facts    
  • Table 4.31 RKW Group: key facts                   
  • Table 4.32 RPC Group plc: key facts              
  • Table 4.33 Schütz GmbH & Co: key facts   
  • Table 4.34 Schur Flexibles: key facts            
  • Table 4.35 Sealed Air: key facts                       
  • Table 4.36 SIG Combibloc: key facts            
  • Table 4.37 Silgan Holdings: key facts            
  • Table 4.38 Smurfit Kappa: key facts              
  • Table 4.39 Sonoco: key facts      
  • Table 4.40 Tetra Pak: key facts  
  • Table 4.41 Treofan: key facts      
  • Table 4.42 Wipak Group: key facts  threats     
  • Table 5.2 Additive and compound suppliers: opportunities and threats    
  • Table 5.3 Packaging converters: opportunities and threats         
  • Table 5.4 Packaging equipment suppliers: opportunities and threats         
  • Table 5.5 Brand owners: opportunities and threats  195
  • Table 5.6 European packaging markets: summary of key business opportunities and threats to 2023      
  • Table 5.7 Transition table for sustainable packaging trends, 2018 and 2023                
  • Table 5.8 GDP growth rates by major country group, 2016, 2017, 2018 and forecast to 2023                         
  • Table 5.9 Top 10 fastest-growing world economies, 2018–23  

Figures

  • Figure E.1 European packaging market value by country, projected percentage share, 2018   
  • Figure E.2 European packaging market value by material, projected percentage share, 2018  
  • Figure E.3 European packaging market value by end-use sector, projected percentage share, 2018