Market Study: Bags and Sacks - Europe

Introduction

European Market for Bags and Sacks Until 2024

In the case of the popular environmental issue of light-weight plastic carrier bags, first consequences of the EU directive 2015/720 can be observed: In the meantime, most states of the European Union have regulations, often in accordance with the respective trade associations, to reduce the consumption of plastic bags. Carrier bags made of paper are frequently exempt from these regulations; their manufacturers could become the ones who benefit from the EU directive. However, carrier bags make up only a small part of the total European market for bags and sacks that was analyzed already for the second time by Ceresana. The current study also examines, for example, the development of heavy duty and industry sacks and of pouch packaging for foodstuffs. The analysts of Ceresana expect the European market for bags and sacks to reach a volume of approx. 8.77 million tonnes until 2024.

Wafer-Thin Films

The study covers the European market for bags and sacks manufactured from polyethylene film, other plastic films, woven plastic bags, and paper. Polyethylene is by far the most frequently used material. However, individual materials may account for highly different market shares in various applications. This study divides the market into the segments carrier bags, garbage bags, heavy duty and industry sacks, food packaging, and the group of "other applications". Packaging made of cotton, jute or other materials are not included. Furthermore, Ceresana also offers a market study on the global market for bags and sacks.

Demand for More Commitment of Laggards

The implementation of the EU directive for the reduction of light-weight plastic carrier bags consumption has not been tackled equally consequently in all countries. Currently, the EU commission is addressing the four countries Greece, Italy, Poland, and Cyprus once again to dun a more determined implementation of the directive. The initial position and urgency are very different from country to country: Therefore, the particular national circumstances and initiatives are discussed in the respective country profiles.

Carrier Bags: Positive Signals for Bioplastics

More and more countries, ban certain types of carrier bags already, or, with the aid of special taxes and fees, try to regulate the demand for several products. Usually, light-weight plastic carrier bags made of polyethylene are targeted by these initiatives. Carrier bags made of bioplastics are often exempt from these bans and fees. These are plastics that are either made of renewable resources (e.g. corn starch) or at least are biodegradable. Importance and public reception of bags made of bioplastics have been increasing considerably in the past years. This becomes apparent by the fact that national legislators make explicit references to these products. In spring 2017, the EU commission once again commented positively on the use of bioplastics in the segment packaging or carrier bags. Even if the market has developed very dynamically in the past years, bioplastics alone are not the ultimate and ecologically perfect solution propagated for a long time. For example, composting of bioplastics does still not work flawlessly in the commonly used facilities.

Robust Sacks for Heavy Loads

Heavy duty and industry sacks have gained importance during the past years. Some segments have substituted conventional paper sacks by sacks made of plastics. In areas such as animal feed or construction materials, e.g. cement, paper sacks continue to play an important role, but given their good properties sacks made from polyethylene have the potential to gain additional market shares in the future. Yet, conventional heavy duty sacks made from plastic films are faced with increasing competition from "Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers" (FIBC), in the segment bulk material. These FIBC are made from a stable plastic, often polypropylene, and can reach a capacity of up to 1,500 liters. They are often used as transport packaging for construction materials, fertilizers, grain or other bulk goods. Dynamics of the market for heavy duty sacks depends to a large extent on the economic development of the country as well as on the construction industry and the demand for construction material. These two factors are therefore examined closely in the corresponding country profiles.

Stand-Up Pouches Instead of Cans

Mainly metal cans and glass jars are replaced by stand-up pouches. One advantage of flexible plastic pouches is the adaptation to the size of the packaged good, which helps to optimize the packaging size. Furthermore, this packaging can be produced in a microwaveable way. It is also possible to print on them increasingly better. In regard to lightweight packaging bags and sacks as well as heavy industry sacks, modern Form-Fill-Seal-Processes are becoming more important: suitable machinery forms the package, fills it and seals it in one continuous process.

The Study in Brief:

With this market study, you receive the most comprehensive and up-to-date analysis on the European bags and sacks market. Thereby, Ceresana evaluates the market size, market share and market trends of this industry. The market study is divided into following chapters:

Chapter 1 lists production (split by plastics and paper), demand (split by polyethylene, other plastics, woven plastics, and paper) as well as import and export (split by plastics and paper) for Europe as a whole and 23 individual countries. Additionally, detailed information is given on demand for bags and sacks split by applications for the eight most important European countries (Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Poland, Russia, Spain, and Turkey). The production of bags for these countries is also split by materials (LDPE, LLDPE, HDPE, other plastics, woven plastics, and paper).

Chapter 2 analyzes the application areas of bags and sacks. Data on demand development within the eight most important markets in Europe are depicted for the following application areas:

  • Carrier Bags - Plastics
  • Carrier Bags - Paper
  • Garbage Bags and Sacks - Plastics
  • Heavy Duty and Industry - Plastics
  • Heavy Duty and Industry - Paper
  • Food Packaging - Plastics
  • Food Packaging - Paper
  • Other Applications - Plastics
  • Other Applications - Paper (including garbage bags)

Chapter 3 analyzes demand for bags and sacks split by the materials polyethylene, other plastics, woven plastics, and paper, split by 23 European countries.

Chapter 4 provides profiles of the largest manufacturers of bags and sacks, clearly arranged according to contact details, turnover, profit, product range, production sites, profile summary, products, and applications. Extensive profiled of XX manufacturers are provided, including Amcor Ltd., Bemis Europe, British Polythene Industries Plc, Clondalkin Group, Constantia Flexibles Group, Coveris, DS Smith Plc, Huhtamaki Group, Korozo Ambalaj San. Ve Tic. A.S., Mondi plc, Papier-Mettler, Sealed Air Corporation, Smurfit Kappa Group Plc, UDG Healthcare Plc, and Vicat SA.

Table of Contents

1 Market Data
1.1 Europe
1.1.1 Demand
1.1.2 Production
1.2 Austria
1.2.1 Demand
1.2.2 Production and Trade
1.3 Belgium
1.3.1 Demand
1.3.2 Production and Trade
1.4 Bulgaria
1.4.1 Demand
1.4.2 Production and Trade
1.5 Croatia
1.5.1 Demand
1.5.2 Production and Trade
1.6 Czechia
1.6.1 Demand
1.6.2 Production and Trade
1.7 Finland
1.7.1 Demand
1.7.2 Production and Trade
1.8 France
1.8.1 Demand
1.8.2 Production and Trade
1.9 Germany
1.9.1 Demand
1.9.2 Production and Trade
1.10 Greece
1.10.1 Demand
1.10.2 Production and Trade
1.11 Hungary
1.11.1 Demand
1.11.2 Production and Trade
1.12 Italy
1.12.1 Demand
1.12.2 Production and Trade
1.14 Lithuania
1.14.1 Demand
1.14.2 Production and Trade
1.15 Norway
1.15.1 Demand
1.15.2 Production and Trade
1.16 Poland
1.16.1 Demand
1.16.2 Production and Trade
1.17 Portugal
1.17.1 Demand
1.17.2 Production and Trade
1.18 Romania
1.18.1 Demand
1.18.2 Production and Trade
1.19 Russia
1.19.1 Demand
1.19.2 Production and Trade
1.20 Slovakia
1.20.1 Demand
1.20.2 Production and Trade
1.21 Spain
1.21.1 Demand
1.21.2 Production and Trade
1.22 Sweden
1.22.1 Demand
1.22.2 Production and Trade
1.23 The Netherlands
1.23.1 Demand
1.23.2 Production and Trade
1.24 Turkey
1.24.1 Demand
1.24.2 Production and Trade
1.25 United Kingdom
1.25.1 Demand
1.25.2 Production and Trade
1.26 Rest of Europe
1.26.1 Demand
1.26.2 Production and Trade

2 Applications
2.1 Carrier bags
2.1.1 Plastics
2.1.2 Paper
2.2 Garbage Bags and Sacks
2.3 Heavy Duty and Industry Sacks
2.3.1 Plastics
2.3.2 Paper
2.4 Food Packaging
2.4.1 Plastics
2.4.2 Paper
2.5 Other fields of application
2.5.1 Plastics
2.5.2 Paper

3 Materials
3.1 Polyethylene (Films)
3.2 Other Plastics (Films)
3.3 Plastics (woven)
3.4 Paper

4 Company Profiles
Austria (2 Producers)
Belgium (3)
Bulgaria (1)
Croatia (1)
Czechia (2)
Finland (5)
France (9)
Germany (15)
Greece (1)
Ireland (3)
Italy (14)
Luxembourg (1)
Norway (1)
Poland (2)
Portugal (2)
San Marino (1)
Spain (3)
Sweden (2)
Switzerland (3)
The Netherlands (6)
Turkey (4)
Ukraine (1)
United Kingdom (12)

List of Graphs

Graph 1: European demand for bags and sacks from 2008 to 2024
Graph 2: European demand for bags and sacks from 2008 to 2024 – split by applications
Graph 3: European demand for bags and sacks from 2008 to 2024 – split by materials
Graph 4: European production of bags and sacks from 2008 to 2024
Graph 5: Demand for bags and sacks in Austria from 2008 to 2024
Graph 6: Production of bags and sacks in Austria from 2008 to 2024
Graph 7: Import and export of bags and sacks in Austria from 2008 to 2024
Graph 8: Demand for bags and sacks in Belgium from 2008 to 2024
Graph 9: Production of bags and sacks in Belgium from 2008 to 2024
Graph 10: Import and export of bags and sacks in Belgium from 2008 to 2024
Graph 11: Demand for bags and sacks in Bulgaria from 2008 to 2024
Graph 12: Production of bags and sacks in Bulgaria from 2008 to 2024
Graph 13: Import and export of bags and sacks in Bulgaria from 2008 to 2024
Graph 14: Demand for bags and sacks in Croatia from 2008 to 2024
Graph 15: Production of bags and sacks in Croatia from 2008 to 2024
Graph 16: Import and export of bags and sacks in Croatia from 2008 to 2024
Graph 17: Demand for bags and sacks in Czechia from 2008 to 2024
Graph 18: Production of bags and sacks in Czechia from 2008 to 2024
Graph 19: Import and export of bags and sacks in Czechia from 2008 to 2024
Graph 20: Demand for bags and sacks in Finland from 2008 to 2024
Graph 21: Production of bags and sacks in Finland from 2008 to 2024
Graph 22: Import and export of bags and sacks in Finland from 2008 to 2024
Graph 23: Demand for bags and sacks in France from 2008 to 2024
Graph 24: Production of bags and sacks in France from 2008 to 2024
Graph 25: Import and export of bags and sacks in France from 2008 to 2024
Graph 26: Demand for bags and sacks in Germany from 2008 to 2024
Graph 27: Production of bags and sacks in Germany from 2008 to 2024
Graph 28: Import and export bags and sacks in Germany from 2008 to 2024
Graph 29: Demand for bags and sacks in Greece from 2008 to 2024
Graph 30: Production of bags and sacks in Greece from 2008 to 2024
Graph 31: Import and export of bags and sacks in Greece from 2008 to 2024
Graph 32: Demand for bags and sacks in Hungary from 2008 to 2024
Graph 33: Production of bags and sacks in Hungary from 2008 to 2024
Graph 34: Import and export of bags and sacks in Hungary from 2008 to 2024
Graph 35: Demand for bags and sacks in Italy from 2008 to 2024
Graph 36: Production of bags and sacks in Italy from 2008 to 2024
Graph 37: Import and export of bags and sacks in Italy from 2008 to 2024
Graph 38: Demand for bags and sacks in Lithuania from 2008 to 2024
Graph 39: Production of bags and sacks in Lithuania from 2008 to 2024
Graph 40: Import and export of bags and sacks in Lithuania from 2008 to 2024
Graph 41: Demand for bags and sacks in Norway from 2008 to 2024
Graph 42: Production of bags and sacks in Norway from 2008 to 2024
Graph 43: Import and export of bags and sacks in Norway from 2008 to 2024
Graph 44: Demand for bags and sacks in Poland from 2008 to 2024
Graph 45: Production of bags and sacks in Poland from 2008 to 2024
Graph 46: Import and export of bags and sacks in Poland from 2008 to 2024
Graph 47: Demand for bags and sacks in Portugal from 2008 to 2024
Graph 48: Production of bags and sacks in Portugal from 2008 to 2024
Graph 49: Import and export of bags and sacks in Portugal from 2008 to 2024
Graph 50: Demand for bags and sacks in Romania from 2008 to 2024
Graph 51: Production of bags and sacks in Romania from 2008 to 2024
Graph 52: Import and export of bags and sacks in Romania from 2008 to 2024
Graph 53: Demand for bags and sacks in Russia from 2008 to 2024
Graph 54: Production of bags and sacks in Russia from 2008 to 2024
Graph 55: Import and export of bags and sacks in Russia from 2008 to 2024
Graph 56: Demand for bags and sacks in Slovakia from 2008 to 2024
Graph 57: Production of bags and sacks in Slovakia from 2008 to 2024
Graph 58: Import and export of bags and sacks in Slovakia from 2008 to 2024
Graph 59: Demand for bags and sacks in Spain from 2008 to 2024
Graph 60: Production of bags and sacks in Spain from 2008 to 2024
Graph 61: Import and export of bags and sacks in Spain from 2008 to 2024
Graph 62: Demand for bags and sacks in Sweden from 2008 to 2024
Graph 63: Production of bags and sacks in Sweden from 2008 to 2024
Graph 64: Import and export of bags and sacks in Sweden from 2008 to 2024
Graph 65: Demand for bags and sacks in the Netherlands from 2008 to 2024
Graph 66: Production of bags and sacks in the Netherlands from 2008 to 2024
Graph 67: Import and export of bags and sacks in the Netherlands from 2008 to 2024
Graph 68: Demand for bags and sacks in Turkey from 2008 to 2024
Graph 69: Production of bags and sacks in Turkey from 2008 to 2024
Graph 70: Import and export of bags and sacks in Turkey from 2008 to 2024
Graph 71: Demand for bags and sacks in the United Kingdom from 2008 to 2024
Graph 72: Production of bags and sacks in the United Kingdom from 2008 to 2024
Graph 73: Import and export of bags and sacks in the United Kingdom from 2008 to 2024
Graph 74: Demand for bags and sacks in the rest of Europe from 2008 to 2024
Graph 75: Production of bags and sacks in the rest of Europe from 2008 to 2024
Graph 76: Import and export of bags and sacks in the rest of Europe from 2008 to 2024
Graph 77: European demand for bags and sacks from 2008 to 2024 – split by applications
Graph 78: European demand for bags and sacks from 2008 to 2024 – split by material

List of Tables

Table 1: European demand for bags and sacks from 2008 to 2024 – split by countries
Table 2: European demand for bags and sacks from 2008 to 2024 – split by applications
Table 3: European demand for bags and sacks from 2008 to 2024 – split by materials
Table 4: European production of bags and sacks from 2008 to 2024 – split by countries
Table 5: European production of bags and sacks from 2008 to 2024 – split by material
Table 6: Demand for bags and sacks in Austria from 2008 to 2024 – split by material
Table 7: Production of bags and sacks in Austria from 2008 to 2024 – split by material
Table 8: Import and export of bags and sacks in Austria from 2008 to 2024
Table 9: Demand for bags and sacks in Belgium from 2008 to 2024 – split by material
Table 10: Important manufacturers of bags and sacks in Belgium
Table 11: Production of bags and sacks in Belgium from 2008 to 2024 – split by material
Table 12: Import and export of bags and sacks in Belgium from 2008 to 2024
Table 13: Demand for bags and sacks in Bulgaria from 2008 to 2024 – split by material
Table 14: Production of bags and sacks in Bulgaria from 2008 to 2024 – split by material
Table 15: Import and export of bags and sacks in Bulgaria from 2008 to 2024
Table 16: Demand for bags and sacks in Croatia from 2008 to 2024 – split by material
Table 17: Production of bags and sacks in Croatia from 2008 to 2024 – split by material
Table 18: Import and export of bags and sacks in Croatia from 2008 to 2024
Table 19: Demand for bags and sacks in Czechia from 2008 to 2024 – split by material
Table 20: Production of bags and sacks in Czechia from 2008 to 2024 – split by material
Table 21: Import and export of bags and sacks in Czechia from 2008 to 2024
Table 22: Demand for bags and sacks in Finland from 2008 to 2024 – split by material
Table 23: Important manufacturers of bags and sacks in Finland
Table 24: Production of bags and sacks in Finland from 2008 to 2024 – split by material
Table 25: Import and export of bags and sacks in Finland from 2008 to 2024
Table 26: Demand for bags and sacks in France from 2008 to 2024 – split by applications
Table 27: Demand for bags and sacks in France from 2008 to 2024 – split by material
Table 28: Production of bags and sacks in France from 2008 to 2024 – split by material
Table 29: Important manufacturers of bags and sacks in France
Table 30: Import and export of bags and sacks in France from 2008 to 2024
Table 31: Demand for bags and sacks in Germany from 2008 to 2024 – split by applications
Table 32: Demand for bags and sacks in Germany from 2008 to 2024 – split by material
Table 33: Production of bags and sacks in Germany from 2008 to 2024 – split by material
Table 34: Important manufacturers of bags and sacks in Germany
Table 35: Import and export bags and sacks in Germany from 2008 to 2024
Table 36: Demand for bags and sacks in Greece from 2008 to 2024 – split by material
Table 37: Production of bags and sacks in Greece from 2008 to 2024 – split by material
Table 38: Import and export of bags and sacks in Greece from 2008 to 2024
Table 39: Demand for bags and sacks in Hungary from 2008 to 2024 – split by material
Table 40: Production of bags and sacks in Hungary from 2008 to 2024 – split by material
Table 41: Import and export of bags and sacks in Hungary from 2008 to 2024
Table 42: Demand for bags and sacks in Italy from 2008 to 2024 – split by applications
Table 43: Demand for bags and sacks in Italy from 2008 to 2024 – split by material
Table 44: Production of bags and sacks in Italy from 2008 to 2024 – split by material
Table 45: Important manufacturers of bags and sacks in Italy
Table 46: Import and export of bags and sacks in Italy from 2008 to 2024
Table 47: Demand for bags and sacks in Lithuania from 2008 to 2024 – split by material
Table 48: Production of bags and sacks in Lithuania from 2008 to 2024 – split by material
Table 49: Import and export of bags and sacks in Lithuania from 2008 to 2024
Table 50: Demand for bags and sacks in Norway from 2008 to 2024 – split by material
Table 51: Production of bags and sacks in Norway from 2008 to 2024 – split by material
Table 52: Import and export of bags and sacks in Norway from 2008 to 2024
Table 53: Demand for bags and sacks in Poland from 2008 to 2024 – split by applications
Table 54: Demand for bags and sacks in Poland from 2008 to 2024 – split by material
Table 55: Production of bags and sacks in Poland from 2008 to 2024 – split by material
Table 56: Import and export of bags and sacks in Poland from 2008 to 2024
Table 57: Demand for bags and sacks in Portugal from 2008 to 2024 – split by material
Table 58: Production of bags and sacks in Portugal from 2008 to 2024 – split by material
Table 59: Import and export of bags and sacks in Portugal from 2008 to 2024
Table 60: Demand for bags and sacks in Romania from 2008 to 2024 – split by material
Table 61: Production of bags and sacks in Romania from 2008 to 2024 – split by material
Table 62: Import and export of bags and sacks in Romania from 2008 to 2024
Table 63: Demand for bags and sacks in Russia from 2008 to 2024 – split by applications
Table 64: Demand for bags and sacks in Russia from 2008 to 2024 – split by material
Table 65: Production of bags and sacks in Russia from 2008 to 2024 – split by material
Table 66: Import and export of bags and sacks in Russia from 2008 to 2024
Table 67: Demand for bags and sacks in Slovakia from 2008 to 2024 – split by material
Table 68: Production of bags and sacks in Slovakia from 2008 to 2024 – split by material
Table 69: Import and export of bags and sacks in Slovakia from 2008 to 2024
Table 70: Demand for bags and sacks in Spain from 2008 to 2024 – split by applications
Table 71: Demand for bags and sacks in Spain from 2008 to 2024 – split by material
Table 72: Important manufacturers of bags and sacks in Spain
Table 73: Production of bags and sacks in Spain from 2008 to 2024 – split by material
Table 74: Import and export of bags and sacks in Spain from 2008 to 2024
Table 75: Demand for bags and sacks in Sweden from 2008 to 2024 – split by material
Table 76: Production of bags and sacks in Sweden from 2008 to 2024 – split by material
Table 77: Import and export of bags and sacks in Sweden from 2008 to 2024
Table 78: Demand for bags and sacks in the Netherlands from 2008 to 2024 – split by material
Table 79: Important manufacturers of bags and sacks in the Netherlands
Table 80: Production of bags and sacks in the Netherlands from 2008 to 2024 – split by material
Table 81: Import and export of bags and sacks in the Netherlands from 2008 to 2024
Table 82: Demand for bags and sacks in Turkey from 2008 to 2024 – split by applications
Table 83: Demand for bags and sacks in Turkey from 2008 to 2024 – split by material
Table 84: Important manufacturers of bags and sacks in Turkey
Table 85: Production of bags and sacks in Turkey from 2008 to 2024 – split by material
Table 86: Import and export of bags and sacks in Turkey from 2008 to 2024
Table 87: Demand for bags and sacks in the United Kingdom from 2008 to 2024 – split by applications
Table 88: Demand for bags and sacks in the United Kingdom from 2008 to 2024 – split by material
Table 89: Production of bags and sacks in the United Kingdom from 2008 to 2024 – split by material
Table 90: Important manufacturers of bags and sacks in the United Kingdom
Table 91: Import and export of bags and sacks in the United Kingdom from 2008 to 2024
Table 92: Demand for bags and sacks in the rest of Europe from 2008 to 2024 – split by materials
Table 93: Production of bags and sacks in the rest of Europe from 2008 to 2024 – split by material
Table 94: Important manufacturers of bags and sacks in the Rest of Europe
Table 95: Import and export of bags and sacks in the rest of Europe from 2008 to 2024
Table 96: European demand for plastic carrier bags from 2008 to 2024 – split by major countries
Table 97: European demand for paper carrier bags from 2008 to 2024 – split by major countries
Table 98: European demand for plastic garbage bags and sacks from 2008 to 2024 – split by countries
Table 99: European demand for plastic heavy duty and industry sacks from 2008 to 2024 – split by major countries
Table 100: European demand for paper heavy duty and industry sacks from 2008 to 2024 – split by major countries
Table 101: European demand for bags and sacks in the segment plastic food packaging from 2008 to 2024 - split by countries
Table 102: European demand for bags and sacks in the segment paper food packaging from 2008 to 2024 – split by countries
Table 103: European demand for other plastic bags and sacks from 2008 to 2024 – split by countries
Table 104: European demand for other paper bags and sacks from 2008 to 2024 – split by countries
Table 105: European demand for bags and sacks made of polyethylene from 2008 to 2024 – split by countries
Table 106: European demand for bags and sacks made of other plastic films from 2008 to 2024 – split by countries
Table 107: European demand for bags and sacks made of woven plastics from 2008 to 2024 – split by countries
Table 108: European demand for paper bags and sacks from 2008 to 2024 – split by countries