Global rigid plastic packaging consumption is projected to grow by 4.7% in 2021. This report provides an overview of the rigid plastic packaging market, analysing the main trends impacting the industry over the next five years, including key applications, emerging technologies, sustainability and regulatory factors, and more.
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- The key applications for rigid packaging where growth has slowed, such as carbonated soft drinks, mineral water, home care products and personal care products, which are very mature and saturated markets
- The new product development areas for rigid plastic packaging, which focus mainly on sustainability and the circular economy
- Digital direct printing systems for beverage bottles are now appearing on retail shelves and are likely to become more popular for short-run bespoke plastic bottles.
Rigid plastic packaging is under attack on several different fronts and is facing public pressure as a result of the impact of waste packaging on the environment. Governments around the world have introduced bans on single-use plastic packaging and are encouraging plastics recycling. At the same time, large retail chains across many countries are examining more environmentally friendly pack options at the expense of plastic packaging.
What will you discover?
What methodology is used?
- Rigid plastic packaging demand is closely linked to changes in consumers’ disposable incomes, and hence, changes in the economic performance of a country
- The important influence demographic factors, such as population growth and distribution, have on packaging demand
- The social influences that play an important role; including growing urbanisation and busier lifestyles, growing number of single-person households, and health and wellness trends
- Rigid plastic packaging has benefited from its replacing of traditional packaging formats such as glass bottles and metal cans.
This report is based on extensive primary and secondary research. Primary research consisted of targeted interviews with packaging material suppliers, converters and experts drawn from key markets.
This was supported by secondary research in the form of extensive literature analysis of published data, official government statistics, domestic and international trade organisation data, company websites, industry reports, trade press articles, presentations, and attendance at trade events.
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About the author
- Brand owners and packaging buyers
- Packaging converters
- Packaging and materials suppliers
- Private and public-sector industry consultants, investors and analysts.
David Platt is a freelance business researcher and writer with a broad range of experience in the plastics and packaging industry. He has authored over 50 market reports for Smithers on subjects including global packaging, rigid plastic packaging, PET packaging, flexible packaging, bioplastics, specialty plastics, high-performance packaging film, and pouches, caps & closures. He has participated in consultancy projects and has authored two books for Smithers, and writes for Sustainable Plastics