The Future of Flexible Packaging to 2024

New research from Smithers Pira charts how total sales for flexible packaging worldwide will reach $228 billion in 2019 and grow at an annual average rate of 3.3% reaching $269 billion in 2024.

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Product type: Market report
Date of publication: 23 May 2019
Product format: Hard copy, Digital copy
Number of tables: Over 110
  • Total volume consumption will rise at a greater rate of 4.0% year-on-year from 29.9 million tonnes to 36.4 million tonnes across the same period.
  • Flexible formats will continue to innovate across the forecast period and will successively penetrate new end-use applications as brand manufacturers embrace these products. The industry is also having to respond to increased demand for sustainability in packaging with improved material selection and green design principles. 
  • This study examines these market drivers to analyse this fast-developing packaging segment in depth. 

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Our exclusive content:

  • Comprehensive data and forecasts for the demand of all flexible packaging materials across 2014-2024
  • Over 110 tables and data figures segmenting the market in unparalleled detail
  • Expert analysis of the challenge of sustainability to flexible formats in packaging and examination of key related technologies.

What methodology is used?

This report is based on a new in-depth research program. This has a dual foundation in both primary and secondary research. Primary research included refinement of Smithers Pira’s databases on global and national packaging and print databases, supported by interviews with key individuals at leading companies across the flexible packaging value chain.

Secondary research includes full scrutiny of trade press, company websites and press releases, and frequent attendance at all major print industry trade shows and conferences. This is combined with wider analysis of national and supranational legislation, overall economic forecasts, changing retail patterns, environmental imperatives, and technology developments in print and retail.

What will you discover?

  • How demand for flexible packaging is shifting across 18 end-use applications; 24 national and geographic regions; and 10 flexible materials – including polymers, foil, and paper
  • How opportunities in e-commerce, digital print on flexible substrates, and more sustainable solutions will create new scope for profit for flexible packaging converters
  • What the impact of evolving demand for barrier performance and other key technical parameters in industrial and consumer flexible packaging will be
  • What the key future innovations in flexible formats are.

Who should buy this report?

  • Flexible plastic, foil and paper suppliers
  • Packaging converters
  • Brand owners and packaging buyers
  • Packaging and filling machinery manufacturers
  • Private and public-sector Industry consultants, investors, and analysts.

table of contents

Executive summary        1

  • Overview            1
  • Geographic Markets and Forecasts           4
  • Substrate Markets and Forecasts              6
  • End-use Sector Market and Forecast        7

Introduction and methodology 9

  • Introduction       9
  • Objectives          10
  • Scope    10
    • Material Type    10
    • Packaging Type 10
    • End-Use               10
    • Demographic Region      1
  • Definitions          2
    • Plastics 2
    • Paper    2
    • Aluminium Foil  1
    • Aluminium/Paper            1
    • Aluminium/Paper            1
    • Paper/Plastic     1
    •  Stand-Up Pouches           1
    • Plastic Stand-Up Pouches             1
    • Aluminium/Plastic Stand-Up Pouches     1
  • Data       2
  • Methodology    2

Market overview             2

  •  Introduction       2
    • Key Drivers and Challenges          2
      • Sustainability     3
      • E-Commerce      4
      • Product Protection          5
      • Supply Chain Efficiency  5
      • Digital Printing   6

Technological advancements     7

  • Introduction       7
    • Sustainability     8
    • Digital Printing   9
    • Barrier Developments   10
    • Active Packaging               11

Substrates market and forecasts 2014-2024

  • Introduction       13
  • Flexible Plastics 14
    • Bi-orientated Polypropylene (BOPP)        15
    • Cast polypropylene (CPP)             16
    •  Bi-orientated Polyamide (BOPA) 17
    •  Bi-orientated Polyester Film (BOPET)       18
    •  Polyethene (PE) 20
    • Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) 21
    • Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol (EVOH)    22
    • Regenerated Cellulose Fibre (RCF)            23
  • Aluminum Foil   24
  •  Paper    25

End-Use Markets and Forecasts 2014-2024

  •  Introduction       27
  •  Food      28
    • Fruit &Vegetables           28
    • Meat, Poultry & Fish       30
    • Frozen Food       31
    • Chilled Food       32
    • Ready Meals      33
    •  Dried Food          34
    •  Savoury Snacks 36
    • Confectionery   37
    •  Baked Goods     38
    • Cheese & Dairy  39
    • Tea & Coffee     40
    • Other Food         42
  • Beverages           43
  • Pet Food              44
  • Cosmetics & Toiletries    46
  •  Pharmaceuticals & Medical          47
  • Tobacco               49
  •  Other Non-Food               50

Geographical Markets and Forecasts 2014-2024

  • Introduction       51
  • Western Europe               53
    •  France  56
    • Germany             59
    • Italy       62
    • Spain     64
    •  UK          67
    • Other Western Europe  70
  • Eastern Europe 70
    • Russia   73
    • Poland  76
    •  Other Eastern Europe    79
  • North America   80
    • US          82
    •  Other North America      85
  • South and Central America          87
    • Brazil     90
    • Other South and Central America              93
  • Asia-Pacific         96
    •  Japan    98
    •  China     101
    •  India      104
    • Other Asia-Pacific             107
  •  Middle East and Africa   109
    • Turkey  112
    • Other Middle East and Africa      114

tables and figures

  • Figure 0.1 - Global Forecast of Flexible Packaging Consumption by Material Type, 2014-2024 ($ million)           xi
  • Figure 0.2 - Global Consumer/Industry Breakdown       xiii
  • Figure 0.3 - Global Consumer Packaging Consumption (%)            xiii
  • Figure 0.4 - Global Forecast of Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by Region, 2014-2024 ('000 tonnes) xv
  • Figure 0.5 - Global Forecast of Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by Substrate, 2014-2024 ('000 tonnes)             xvi
  • Figure 0.6 - Global Forecast of Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by End-Use Market, 2014-2024 ('000 tonnes)    xvii
  • Table 4.1 Global: Forecast Flexible Packaging Consumption by sector and by material, 2014-2024 ($ million, current prices to 2017, constant 2018 prices & exchange rates for 2019 & 2024) 13
  • Table 4.2 - Global: Forecast Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by Substrate, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes) 14
  • Table 4.3 - Global: Forecast Share of Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by Substrate, 2014-2024 (%)   15
  • Table 4.4 - BOPP: Flexible Packaging Consumption by Region, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)   16
  • Table 4.5 - CPP: Flexible Packaging Consumption by Region, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)     17
  • Table 4.6 - BOPA: Flexible Packaging Consumption by Region, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)   18
  • Table 4.7 - BOPET: Flexible Packaging Consumption by Region, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes) 19
  • Table 4.8 - PE: Flexible Packaging Consumption by Region, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)       20
  • Table 4.9 - PVC: Flexible Packaging Consumption by Region, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)     21
  • Table 4.10 - EVOH: Flexible Packaging Consumption by Region, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes) 23
  • Table 4.11 - RCF: Flexible Packaging Consumption by Region, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)    24
  • Table 4.12 - Paper: Flexible Packaging Consumption by Region, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes) 26
  • Table 5.1 - Global: Flexible Packaging Consumption by End-Use Market, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)    27
  • Table 5.2 - Food: Flexible Packaging Consumption by Region, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)    28
  • Table 5.3 - Fruit & Vegetables: Flexible Packaging Consumption by Region, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes) 29
  • Table 5.4 - Meat, Fish & Poultry: Flexible Packaging Consumption by Region, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)             30
  • Table 5.5 - Frozen Food: Flexible Packaging Consumption by Region, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)         31
  • Table 5.6 - Chilled Food: Flexible Packaging Consumption by Region, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)         32
  • Table 5.7 - Ready Meals: Flexible Packaging Consumption by Region, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)        34
  • Table 5.8 - Dried Food: Flexible Packaging Consumption by Region, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)           35
  • Table 5.9 - Savoury Snacks: Flexible Packaging Consumption by Region, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)     36
  • Table 5.10 - Confectionary: Flexible Packaging Consumption by Region, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)     38
  • Table 5.11 - Baked Goods: Flexible Packaging Consumption by Region, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)      39
  • Table 5.12 - Cheese & Dairy: Flexible Packaging Consumption by Region, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)   40
  • Table 5.13 - Tea & Coffee: Flexible Packaging Consumption by Region, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)      41
  • Table 5.14 - Other Food: Flexible Packaging Consumption by Region, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)         42
  • Table 5.15 - Beverages: Flexible Packaging Consumption by Region, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)          44
  • Table 5.16 - Pet Food: Flexible Packaging Consumption by Region, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)            45
  • Table 5.17 - Cosmetics & Toiletries: Flexible Packaging Consumption by Region, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)         47
  • Table 5.18 - Pharmaceuticals & Medical: Flexible Packaging Consumption by Region, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)  49
  • Table 5.19 - Tobacco: Flexible Packaging Consumption by Region, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)             50
  • Table 5.20 - Other Non-Food: Flexible Packaging Consumption by Region, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes) 51
  • Table 6.1 -Global Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by Region, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)    52
  • Table 6.2 - Global Consumer Flexible Packaging Sales by Region, 2014-2024 ($ million)   53
  • Table 6.3 - Western Europe Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by Region, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)     54
  • Table 6.4 - Western Europe Consumer Flexible Packaging Sales by Region, 2014-2024 ($ million)     54
  • Table 6.5 - Western Europe Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by Substrate, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes) 55
  • Table 6.6 - Western Europe Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by End-Use Market, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)       55
  • Table 6.7 - France Consumer Flexible Packaging Sales by sector and material, 2014-2024 ($ million) 57
  • Table 6.8 - France Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by Substrate, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)               57
  • Table 6.9 - France Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by End-use Market, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)     58
  • Table 6.10 - Germany Consumer Flexible Packaging Sales by Sector and Material, 2014-2024 ($ million)           59
  • Table 6.11 - Germany Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by Substrate, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)         60
  • Table 6.12 - Germany Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by End-use Market, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes) 61
  • Table 6.13 - Italy Consumer Flexible Packaging Sales by Sector and Material, 2014-2024 ($ million)  62
  • Table 6.14 - Italy Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by Substrate, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes) 63
  • Table 6.15 - Italy Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by End-use Market, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)       63
  • Table 6.16 - Spain Consumer Flexible Packaging Sales by Sector and Material, 2014-2024 ($ million) 65
  • Table 6.17 - Spain Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by Substrate, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)               66
  • Table 6.18 - Spain Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by End-use Market, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)     66
  • Table 6.19 - UK Consumer Flexible Packaging Sales by Sector and Material, 2014-2024 ($ million)    68
  • Table 6.20 - UK Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by Substrate, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)  68
  • Table 6.21 - UK Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by End-use Market, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)         69
  • Table 6.22 - Other Western Europe Consumer Flexible Packaging Sales by Sector and Material, 2014-2024 ($ million)       70
  • Table 6.23 - Eastern Europe Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by National Market, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)       71
  • Table 6.24 – Eastern Europe Consumer Flexible Packaging Sales by National Market, 2014-2024 ($ million)      72
  • Table 6.25 -Eastern Europe Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by Substrate, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes) 72
  • Table 6.26 - Eastern Europe Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by End-Use Market, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)       72
  • Table 6.27 - Russia Consumer Flexible Packaging Sales by Sector and Material, 2014-2024 ($ million) 74
  • Table 6.28 - Russia Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by Substrate, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)             74
  • Table 6.29 - Russia Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by End-Use Market, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)    75
  • Table 6.30 - Poland Consumer Flexible Packaging Sales by Sector and Material, 2014-2024 ($ million)              77
  • Table 6.31 - Poland Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by Substrate, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)            77
  • Table 6.32 - Poland Consumer Flexible Packaging Sales by Sector and Material, 2014-2024 ($ million)              78
  • Table 6.33 - Other Eastern Europe Flexible Packaging Sales by Sector and Material, 2014-2024 ($ million)         79
  • Table 6.34 - North America Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by National Market, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)       80
  • Table 6.35 - North America Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by Substrate, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes) 81
  • Table 6.36 - North America Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by End-Use Market, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)        81
  • Table 6.37 - US Consumer Flexible Packaging Sales by Sector and Material, 2014-2024 ($ million)    82
  • Table 6.38 - US Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by Substrate, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)   83
  • Table 6.39 - US Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by End-use Market, 2014-2024 ('000 tonnes)          83
  • Table 6.40 - Other North America Consumer Flexible Packaging Sales by Sector and Material, 2014-2024 ($ million)          85
  • Table 6.41 - Other North America Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by Substrate, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)        85
  • Table 6.42 - Other North America Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by End-use Market, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)               86
  • Table 6.43 - South and Central America Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by National Market, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)      88
  • Table 6.44 - South and Central America Consumer Flexible Packaging Sales by National Market, 2014-2024 ($ million)      88
  • Table 6.45 - South and Central America Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by Substrate, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes) 88
  • Table 6.46 - South and Central America Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by End-Use Market, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)      89
  • Table 6.47 - Brazil Consumer Flexible Packaging Sales by Sector and Material, 2014-2024 ($ million) 91
  • Table 6.48 - Brazil Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by Substrate, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)               91
  • Table 6.49 - Brazil Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by End-use Market, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)     92
  • Table 6.50 - Other South and Central America Consumer Flexible Packaging Sales by Sector and Material, 2014-2024 ($ million)        94
  • Table 6.51 - Other South and Central America Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by Substrate, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)      94
  • Table 6.52 - Other South and Central America Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by End-use Market, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Table 6.53 – Asia-Pacific Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by National Market, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)            96
  • Table 6.54 - Asia-Pacific Consumer Flexible Packaging Sales by National Market, 2014-2024 ($ million)             97
  • Table 6.55 - Asia-Pacific Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by Substrate, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)      97
  • Table 6.56 - Asia-Pacific Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by End-Use Market, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)             98
  • Table 6.57 - Japan Consumer Flexible Packaging Sales by Sector and Material, 2014-2024 ($ million) 99
  • Table 6.58 - Japan Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by Substrate, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)              99
  • Table 6.59 - Japan Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by End-use Market, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)     100
  • Table 6.60 - China Consumer Flexible Packaging Sales by Sector and Material, 2014-2024 ($ million) 102
  • Table 6.61 - China Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by Substrate, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)              102
  • Table 6.62 - China Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by End-use Market, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)     103
  • Table 6.63 - India Consumer Flexible Packaging Sales by Sector and Material, 2014-2024 ($ million) 104
  • Table 6.64 - India Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by Substrate, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes) 105
  • Table 6.65 - India Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by End-use Market, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)      105
  • Table 6.66 - Other Asia-Pacific Consumer Flexible Packaging Sales by Sector and Material, 2014-2024 ($ million)               107
  • Table 6.67 - Other Asia-Pacific Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by Substrate, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)             107
  • Table 6.68 - Other Asia-Pacific Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by End-use Market, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)    108
  • Table 6.69 - Middle East and Africa Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by National Market, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)            110
  • Table 6.70 - Middle East and Africa Consumer Flexible Packaging Sales by National Market, 2014-2024 ($ million)             110
  • Table 6.71 - Middle East and Africa Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by Substrate, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)      110
  • Table 6.72 - Middle East and Africa Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by End-Use Market, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)            111
  • Table 6.73 - Turkey Consumer Flexible Packaging Sales by Sector and Material, 2014-2024 ($ million)              112
  • Table 6.74 - Turkey Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by Substrate, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)             113
  • Table 6.75 - Turkey Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by End-use Market, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)    113
  • Table 6.76 - Other Middle East and Africa Consumer Flexible Packaging Sales by Sector and Material, 2014-2024 ($ million)               115
  • Table 6.77 - Other Middle East and Africa Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by Substrate, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)             115
  • Table 6.78 - Other Middle East and Africa Consumer Flexible Packaging Consumption by End-use Market, 2014-2024 (‘000 tonnes)    116