Packaging Materials

The foundation of Frost & Sullivan’s Packaging Research, for personal care, pharmaceuticals and medical devices is based on dynamics of four key Mega Trends; comfort, convenience, personalization, health and wellness that impact the potential growth of the entire value chain.

Frost & Sullivan’s Packaging Market Research

Frost & Sullivan’s wealth of market research, deep industry knowledge, customer data, and trend analysis, across diverse industry sectors makes it capable of developing effective go-to-market strategies for packaging opportunities in relevant application segments.

Food & Beverage

Household Care Products

Personal Care & Cosmetics

Healthcare Diagnostics & Medical Devices


Industrial Electricals & Electronics

Consumer Electricals & Electronics

Consumer Packaged Goods & Toys

Bulk Chemicals & Materials

Automotive & Industrial Spares & Supplies

Garden & Agricultural Products

Global Rigid Plastics Packaging Market—Value Chain

Rigid Plastics Packaging Market: Value Chain, Global, 2018

Feedstock Suppliers

Saudi Aramco
China National Petroleum Corporation

Raw Material Suppliers

Saudi Aramco
DowDuPont Inc.
Chevron Corp.
Eastman Chemical Company
SABIC (Saudi Arabia Basic Industries Corporation)
Ineos Group Limited
Eni S.p.A. (Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi)
LG Chemical

Packaging Companies or Brand Owners

Berry Global Group Inc.
Sealed Air Corp.
Silgan Holdings Inc.
Hitech Corporation Ltd
IPL Plastics plc
RPC Group Plc
Berry Plastics Corporation
Reynolds Group Holdings
Weener Plastics
Nuconic Packaging
Reagent Plast Group
AptarGroup, Inc.
Plastipak Holdings, Inc.
Consolidated Container Company
Amcor Limited
Jokey Plastik Wipperfürth GmbH

End-user Industries

Global Trends

Process Technologies

Machinery manufacturers are developing more functional and easy-to-use machines that are flexible with multiple production series and have minimal downtime during the switch between series.

Preference for Convenience

Convenience packaging caters to on-the-go consumers, with considerations such as easy-to-open and reusable packs that are easy to carry and store. Companies that develop newer and safer packaging will be competitive.

Sustainability Factors

With an increased emphasis on sustainability, packaging companies are trying to find a balance between investing in innovation to establish cost-effective and environment friendly processes, and maintaining price levels.

Market size

Product differentiation with great importance to Pricing is essential.
Possible product differentiation options include Flexible Technology, Product Format adaptability and Sustainability Factor


Global Flexible Packaging

20.7Mn MT


North America and Europe High Barrier Film Market

1232 KT


North America and Europe Flexible Film

8.1 Mn MT


North America & Europe High Barrier Film (F&B)

900 KT

Outlook for Pharmaceutical Packaging – A Snapshot

Pre-filled syringes
Pre-filled inhalers

Medical adherence drive
Outbursts of generic drugs

Focus on smart and functional packaging
Bio-based packaging
Media-enhanced packaging

Legible information
Visual appearance
Value-added benefits

Product and trends
Pricing trends
Promotional and access trends

Outlook for Smart Packaging– A Snapshot


  • Bio based resins
  • Plastic, polymer, resins
  • Paper and board
  • Metals
  • Films
  • Glass
  • Wood


  • Brand enhancement
  • Product Differentiation
  • Drug safety and patient compliance
  • Traceability
  • Growth Strategies
  • Sustainability


  • Bioactive polymers
  • Nano-enabled packaging
  • Sensing and indicating
  • Oxybiodegrability
  • Improved sterlization
  • Media-enhanced packaging
  • Smart packaging
  • Anti-counterfeiting packaging
  • Active packaging
  • Intelligent packaging

Bioplastics in Packaging

For many years, polymers have been used as the most common packaging materials. This is because, in addition to other desirable properties, polymers are soft, lightweight, and transparent.

Hence, polymers find applications as packaging materials in many sectors like food and beverage, personal care, and others. However, the increased use of synthetic polymers in packaging has also led to deleterious ecological problems due to non-biodegradability.

Although the complete replacement of synthetic polymers with environment-friendly products is impossible to achieve at a short notice, at least for the sector like food packaging, the use of bio-plastics should be made mandatory in the near future.

Biodegradable packaging is generally made of eco-friendly materials that decompose into natural aerobic (composting) and anaerobic (landfill) components, such as carbon dioxide, water, and other inorganic compounds.

This mainly includes biodegradable materials or bio-based degradable material used for packaging. Biodegradable plastics are mainly injection molded or made into films and other packaging items.