According to the report, the global flexible packaging industry was estimated at $182.3 billion in 2020, and is anticipated to hit $325.6 billion by 2030, registering a CAGR of 6.2% from 2021 to 2030.

Drivers, restraints, and opportunities-

Rise in demand from various end-use industries and increasee in e-commerce sales drive the growth of the global Flexible Packaging Industry. On the other hand, stringent regulations concerning packaging restrain the growth to some extent. However, sustainable and new flexible plastics packaging solutions are expected to create lucrative opportunities in the industry.

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COVID-19 scenario-

  • Flexible packaging is primarily used in food & beverages, cosmetics, industrial, and personal care. Although the end-use industries were primarily affected during the initial phase of the pandemic and so was the Flexible Packaging Industry, the market is anticipated to recoup soon.
  • The companies are taking recourse to various techniques to escalate production volume and are attempting to develop innovative solutions at a cost-effective price that can cater to customer requirements at a lower cost and support the overall breakthrough.

The plastic segment to dominate by 2030-

Based on material, the plastic segment contributed to more than one-third of the global Flexible Packaging Industry share in 2020, and is anticipated to rule the roost by 2030, due to its low cost and various features leading to overall increase in the product shelf life. The paperboard segment, on the other hand, would register the fastest CAGR of 6.8% throughout the forecast period.

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The films segment to maintain the dominant share-

Based on packaging type, the films segment accounted for more than two-thirds of the global Flexible Packaging Industry revenue in 2020, and is expected to lead the trail by 2030, owing to increasing demand from the food & beverage industry. The stand-up pouch segment, however, would register the fastest CAGR of 9.4% during the forecast period.

Asia-Pacific, followed by North America, garnered the major share in 2020-

Based on region, Asia-Pacific garnered the major share in 2020, holding nearly two-fifths of the global Flexible Packaging Industry. This is attributed to the growing food & beverage industry in China, India, and other Asia-Pacific countries. However, the market across North America would cite the fastest CAGR of 8.2% from 2021 to 2030.

Key players in the industry-

  • Amcor Plc,
  • FlexPak Services LLC
  • Berry Global Inc.
  • Constantia Flexibles
  • Mondi Group
  • Transcontinental Inc.
  • Coveris Holding SA
  • Huhtamaki
  • Sonoco
  • Sealed Air Corporation 

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