The Future of Packaging: Long-Term Strategic Forecasts to 2028

Total value in the global packaging industry in 2018 will reach $876 billion, with steady growth pushing this value past $1 trillion in 2023. By 2028 an additional $150 billion will have been added to this market.

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Product type: Market report
Date of publication: 05 Sep 2018
Product format: Hard copy, Digital copy
Number of tables: 100
  • This expansion is happening across a nexus of complimentary and competing market drivers – economic and demographic changes; material supply, sustainability and regulatory factors; converter production and technology developments; brand and retailers priorities. In its new study The Future of Packaging – Long-term Strategic Forecasts to 2028 Smithers Pira examines and identifies the key trends and quantifies their impact across 2018-2028.
  • Analysis is presented from a commercial perspective, to allow material suppliers, converters and designers in the packaging value chain to understand the implications of these changes and what their businesses must do to maximise profits across the next decade.

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Our exclusive content:

  • Comprehensive analysis of the key economic, technology, material supply, brand and retailer factors impacting the selection and use of packaging across 2018-2028.
  • Expert insight into how these will shape the future of packaging.
  • Exclusive market forecasts (by value and volume) for the global packaging market across the next decade.

What methodology is used?

The Future of Packaging – Long-term Strategic Forecasts to 2028 is based on extensive primary and secondary research. Primary research included interviews with material suppliers, packaging converters and printers, end users, and industry experts. The secondary research used information from an assortment of packaging industry journals, reports, white papers, analyst reviews and diverse corporate and government websites.

This was then combined with Smithers Pira’s own extensive proprietary of market data for the print, packaging and material segments to generate a model for forecasting the market across 2018-2028.

What will you discover?

  • An integrated strategic overview of how multiple factors from all stages of the packaging supply and use chain will impact the future use of packaging.
  • The key steps material suppliers and packaging converters need to take to position themselves for success in this evolving business and regulatory landscape.
  • Over 80 tables and figures segmenting the future packaging market across key metrics and identifying the highest growth sectors through to 2028.

Who should buy this report?

  • Packaging converters
  • Suppliers of packaging raw materials
  • Packaging equipment and machinery suppliers
  • Marketing and design agencies
  • Brand, retailers and logisitics partners
  • Industry consultants, investors, regulators and analysts

table of contents

Executive summary

Introduction and methodology

  • Scope
  • Objective
  • Research process
  • Methodology
  • Glossary and definitions

Packaging market long-term strategic impacts – Economic and demographic factors 2018-2028

  • Introduction
  • GDP growth
  • Population growth
  • Urbanisation and rising demand in transition economies
  • Increased single-person living
  • On-the go consumption
  • Healthy living trends
  • Aging populations
  • Overview economic and demographic factors in packaging 2018-2028

Packaging market long-term strategic impacts – Material supply, sustainability and regulatory factors 2018-2028

  • Introduction
  • Future trend in material pricing
    • Oil prices
    • Sustainable forestry
    • Infrastructure for commercial bioplastics (including new feedstocks)
  • Improved availability of recycled materials
    • Plastics
    • Paperboard/pulp
    • Metal
    • Glass
  • Regulatory demands for sustainability
    • EU Plastics Strategy
  • Food safety and substance restrictions legislation
  • Labelling requirements
  • Serialization of pharmaceutical and medical device packaging 
  • Minimising food waste
  • Overview material supply, sustainability and regulatory factors in packaging 2018-2028

Packaging market long-term strategic impacts – Converter production and technology factors 2018-2028

  • Introduction
  • Lightweighting
  • Format switching
  • New barrier protection solutions
  • Active packaging
  • Intelligent packaging
  • Pack printing
    • Lower print runs
    • Decorative effects
    • Serialisation/personalisation (digital print)
  • Overview converter production and technology factors in packaging 2018-2028

Packaging market long-term strategic impacts – Brand and retailers priorities 2018-2028

  • Introduction
  • Big data and marketing
  • Customer engagement
  • Sales and packaging via ecommerce
  • Internationalisation of brand identities
  • Counterfeiting and brand protection
  • Automated retailing
  • Brand sustainability goals
  • Customer convenience
  • Overview brand and retailers priorities in packaging 2018-2028

End-use product packaging trends and forecasts to 2028

  • Introduction
  • Consumer packaging
    • Food
      • Overview
      • Major trends/influences
      • Commercial priorities 2018-2028
    • Drinks
      • Overview
      • Major trends/influences
      • Commercial priorities 2018-2028
    • Healthcare
      • Overview
      • Major trends/influences
      • Commercial priorities 2018-2028
    • Cosmetics and personal care
      • Overview
      • Major trends/influences
      • Commercial priorities 2018-2028
    • Other consumer
      • Overview
      • Major trends/influences
      • Commercial priorities 2018-2028
    • Industrial and transit packaging
      • Overview
      • Major trends/influences
      • Commercial priorities 2018-2028

Packaging material trends and forecasts to 2028

  • Introduction
  • Flexible packaging
    • Overview
    • Major trends/influences
    • Technical/business challenges 2018-2028
  • Rigid plastics
    • Overview
    • Major trends/influences
    • Technical/business challenges 2018-2028
  • Paperboard
    • Overview
    • Major trends/influences
    • Technical/business challenges 2018-2028
  • Metal packaging
    • Overview
    • Major trends/influences
    • Technical/business challenges 2018-2028
  • Glass packaging
    • Overview
    • Major trends/influences
    • Technical/business challenges 2018-2028
  • Other packaging
    • Overview
    • Major trends/influences
    • Technical/business challenges 2018-2028

Geographical region packaging trends and forecasts to 2028

  • Introduction
  • Western Europe
    • Overview
    • National markets
    • Major trends/influences 2018-2028
  • Eastern Europe
    • Overview
    • National markets
    • Major trends/influences 2018-2028
  • North America
    • Overview
    • National markets
    • Major trends/influences 2018-2028
  • South and Central America
    • Overview
    • National markets
    • Major trends/influences 2018-2028
  • Asia
    • Overview
    • National markets
    • Major trends/influences 2018-2028
  • Middle East
    • Overview
    • National markets
    • Major trends/influences 2018-2028
  • Africa
    • Overview
    • National markets
    • Major trends/influences 2018-2028
  • Australasia
    • Overview
    • National markets
    • Major trends/influences 2018-2028

tables and figures

  • The global packaging market, 2013–2028 ($ billion)
  • Global packaging consumption by material type, 2018/2028 ($ billion)
  • Global packaging consumption by geographic region, 2016/2028 ($ billion)
  • Ten largest national packaging markets, 2018 ($ billion)
  • Ten fastest growing national packaging markets, 2018 ($ billion)
  • Packaging end-use sectors
  • World regions
  • Exchange rates in the major world economies 2013-18(=$1)
  • Population in the major world economies 2010-20 (millions)
  • GDP growth in the major world economies, 2013-23 (real, %)
  • Rate of urbanisation 2008-2028 (selected countries)
  • Average population age 2008-2018 (selected countries)
  • Average per capita consumption of prescription pharmaceutical 2008-2018 (selected countries)
  • Sample on the go consumption pack
  • Sample easy open packaging fixture
  • Overview economic and demographic factors in packaging 2018-2028
  • The packaged product life cycle
  • Circular economy schematic
  • Methods of achieving sustainability
  • EU Plastic Regulation polymer packaging recycling targets
  • EU Food Waste initiative – waste reduction targets
  • Biopolymer share of polymer volume demand by region, 2016 (%)
  • The global consumption of bioplastics, 2018-23 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Roadmap for pharmaceutical serialisation 2015-2028 (selected countries)
  • Overview material supply, sustainability and regulatory factors in packaging 2018-2028
  • Global market for lidding films in packaging 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Global market for barrier films in packaging 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Key performance characteristics of selected barrier films
  • Rigid plastic packaging market trends to 2028
  • Global active packaging market value by technology, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Global intelligent packaging market value by technology, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Global market for printed packaging, by packaging type, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Global market for printed packaging, by print process, 2013-2023 ($ million)
  • Print commission chain for traditional analogue packaging job
  • Print commission chain for wed-to-print packaging job
  • Overview converter production and technology factors in packaging 2018-2028
  • Projected value in Big Data services and marketing 2018-2028
  • Schematic for Blockchain logistics management
  • Sample photo of NFC connected packaging 
  • Sample consumer engagement e-commerce package
  • The distribution chain for ecommerce packaging 
  • Global rate of counterfeiting for FMCGs and estimated losses (units, $ million) 
  • Sample photo integrated anti-counterfeiting features
  • Brand sustainability goals for packaging and implementation timelines
  • Overview brand and retailers priorities in packaging 2018-2028
  • Total product packaging by end use 2018-2028 ($ million)
  • Food packaging by geographic region ($ million)
  • Top 10 largest markets for food packaging by value 2013, 2018, 2023, 2028 ($ million)
  • Top 10 fastest growing markets for food packaging, by value 2018-2028 ($ million)
  • Drinks packaging by geographic region ($ million)
  • Top 10 largest markets for drinks packaging by value 2013, 2018, 2023, 2028 ($ million)
  • Top 10 fastest growing markets for drinks packaging, by value 2018-2028 ($ million)
  • Cosmetics and personal care packaging by geographic region ($ million)
  • Top 10 largest markets for cosmetics and personal care packaging by value 2013, 2018, 2023, 2028 ($ million)
  • Top 10 fastest growing markets for cosmetics and personal care packaging, by value 2018-2028 ($ million)
  • Healthcare packaging by geographic region ($ million)
  • Top 10 largest markets for healthcare packaging by value 2013, 2018, 2023, 2028 ($ million)
  • Top 10 fastest growing markets for healthcare packaging, by value 2018-2028 ($ million)
  • Other consumer packaging by geographic region ($ million)
  • Top 10 largest markets for other consumer packaging by value 2013, 2018, 2023, 2028 ($ million)
  • Top 10 fastest growing markets for other consumer packaging, by value2018-2028 ($ million)
  • Industrial/transit packaging by geographic region ($ million)
  • Top 10 largest markets for industrial/transit packaging by value 2013, 2018, 2023, 2028 ($ million)
  • Top 10 fastest growing markets for industrial/transit packaging, by value2018-2028 ($ million)
  • Total product packaging by substrate, 2013-2028 ($ million)
  • Total flexible packaging by region, 2013-2028 ($ million)
  • Top 10 largest markets for flexible packaging, 2013, 2018, 2023, 2028 ($ million)
  • Top 10 fastest growing markets for flexible packaging, by value2018-2028 ($ million)
  • Total rigid plastic packaging by region, 2013-2028 ($ million)
  • Top 10 largest markets for rigid plastic packaging, 2013, 2018, 2023, 2028 ($ million)
  • Top 10 fastest growing markets for rigid plastic packaging, by value2018-2028 ($ million)
  • Total paperboard packaging by region, 2013-2028 ($ million)
  • Top 10 largest markets for paperboard packaging, 2013, 2018, 2023, 2028 ($ million)
  • Top 10 fastest growing markets for paperboard packaging, by value2018-2028 ($ million)
  • Total metal packaging by region, 2013-2028 ($ million)
  • Top 10 largest markets for metal packaging, 2013, 2018, 2023, 2028 ($ million)
  • Top 10 fastest growing markets for metal packaging, by value2018-2028 ($ million)
  • Total glass packaging by region, 2013-2028 ($ million)
  • Top 10 largest markets for glass packaging, 2013, 2018, 2023, 2028 ($ million)
  • Top 10 fastest growing markets for glass packaging, by value2018-2028 ($ million)
  • Total other packaging by region, 2013-2028 ($ million)
  • Top 10 largest markets for other packaging, 2013, 2018, 2023, 2028 ($ million)
  • Top 10 fastest growing markets for other packaging, by value2018-2028 ($ million)
  • Total packaging consumption by geographic region, 2013-2028 ($ million)
  • Western Europe packaging by packaging material, 2013-2028 ($ million)
  • Western Europe packaging by end-use application material, 2013-2028 ($ million)
  • Eastern Europe packaging by packaging material, 2013-2028 ($ million)
  • Eastern Europe packaging by end-use application material, 2013-2028 ($ million)
  • North America packaging by packaging material, 2013-2028 ($ million)
  • North America packaging by end-use application material, 2013-2028 ($ million
  • South & Central America packaging by packaging material, 2013-2028 ($ million)
  • South & Central America packaging by end-use application material, 2013-2028 ($ million)
  • Asia packaging by packaging material, 2013-2028 ($ million)
  • Asia packaging by end-use application material, 2013-2028 ($ million)
  • Middle East packaging by packaging material, 2013-2028 ($ million)
  • Middle East packaging by end-use application material, 2013-2028 ($ million)
  • Africa packaging by packaging material, 2013-2028 ($ million)
  • Africa packaging by end-use application material, 2013-2028 ($ million
  • Australasia packaging by packaging material, 2013-2028 ($ million)
  • Australasia packaging by end-use application material, 2013-2028 ($ million)