Multi-client: The Future of Adhesives for Flexible Packaging to 2021

Flexible packaging is a promising, growing sector for the packaging industry, forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 3% to 2020, reaching a value of $248 billion.


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Product type: Market report
Date of publication: 30 Dec 2016

Due to the growing consumer focus on convenience and sustainability, flexible packaging has been one of the fastest growing packaging areas over the past 10 years, and this rapid development is continuing and accelerating.

Adhesives are a vital element of this growing market, presenting considerable opportunities for suppliers.

Smithers Pira believes now is the right time to publish the definitive market study on adhesives for flexible packaging. The study will quantify the market (volume and value) and forecast growth over the next five years based on extensive new primary research.

The final study will contain quantitative market sizes and forecasts, segmented by adhesive type, end-use, region and country. In addition, the study will provide data on supply markets, technology forecasts and scenarios to 2021.

Market Segmentation

This report will examine historic and likely future trends in flexible packaging adhesives covering the years 2011-2021. Figures (tonnes, value) will be given for printed output on a geographic basis (regions, major national markets), broken down in terms of adhesive type and end-use sector.

Adhesive technologies

  • Water-based (waterborne)
  • Solvent-based
  • Solvent-free
  • Wax (hot melt)
  • Radiation cured

End-use markets

  • Food
    • Fruit and vegetables
    • Meat, fish & poultry
    • Frozen food
    • Chilled food
    • Ready meals
    • Dried food
    • Savoury snacks
    • Confectionery
    • Baked goods
    • Cheese/dairy
    • Hot beverages
    • Other food
  • Beverages (cold)
  • Pet food
  • Healthcare
  • Cosmetics (personal care)
  • Tobacco
  • Other consumer products


  • Western Europe
    • France
    • Germany
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • UK
    • Other Western Europe
  • Central & Eastern Europe
    • Poland
    • Russia
    • Other Central & Eastern Europe
  • Middle East & Africa
    • Turkey
    • Other Middle East & Africa
  • North America
    • Canada
    • Mexico
    • US
  • South & Central America
    • Brazil
    • Other South & Central America
  • Asia-Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • Other Asia-Pacific


The research for the project will comprise six distinct stages:

Stage 1 – subscriber input

Smithers Pira will gather input from all subscribers to fully understand the requirements of the project and to amend the market segmentation and scope if necessary. All subscriber input and the names of the subscribers will be kept confidential. A simple Input Form will capture this important feedback. If required, Smithers Pira consultants will discuss these requirements in depth.

Stage 2 – desk research

This stage will involve collecting and collating existing data Smithers Pira and other sources have published on adhesives and flexible packaging markets. Key sources will include our internal print market database, as well as past research into flexible packaging and adhesives markets, covered in a number of separate projects.

Stage 3 – primary research

In order to better understand the market, product segments, customer segments and supply segments in printed flexible packaging, Smithers Pira will survey 100 producers and users of adhesives and flexible packaging, with these interviews conducted by experienced materials/packaging researchers.

Stage 4 – in-depth expert interviews

Smithers Pira will conduct a series of expert interviews with senior personnel – mainly suppliers of raw materials and adhesive products, leading flexible packaging converters and packaging users.

Stage 5 – Delphi technique

All of the relevant secondary and primary information generated in the first three stages will be re-assessed using the Delphi1 research technique. Smithers Pira’s forecasting unit, RADAR (Research, Analysis, Development and Review), consisting of print and packaging experts, will moderate the research findings to ensure the highest possible degree of accuracy.

Stage 6 – final analysis

Using information collated from the first five stages, Smithers Pira will provide a final written report, which will include the following:

  • Introduction outlining our approach and methodology
  • Overview of the adhesives and flexible packaging industries
  • Summary of key drivers & trends in flexible packaging adhesive markets
  • Technological developments in flexible packaging adhesives
  • Analysis of the impact of food safety regulations on flexible packaging adhesive applications
  • Flexible packaging adhesive markets (by product, process, geography)
  • Review of supply markets for flexible packaging adhesives

We will also provide an accompanying Excel workbook including key data shown in the report in more detail.


Subscribers to this study will receive:

  • A detailed 150 page market report in hard copy assessing opportunities in flexible packaging adhesives
  • An electronic version of the report with global intranet licence allowing corporate access for the cost of one copy
  • Over 50 primary tables from a new market research survey ensuring that you have an unrivalled level of detail and the most up to date picture of the market available today
  • Electronic database in Excel containing all the data from the study, including volume and value figures for flexible packaging adhesives by product type and end-use sector
  • An independent and authoritative research report which provides you with an unbiased and accurate picture of the market guaranteeing you a vital business advantage over your competitors.

For your opportunity to participate in this essential business strategy survey please download and return the proposal for this multi-client study or contact Bill Allen, Business Development Manager - Europe, Asia by email: or by phone: +44 (0)1372 802086.