Market Study: Bags and Sacks - Europe

Introduction

Polyethylene Most Common Material for Bags and Sacks in Europe

Bags and sacks can be found in a wide array of applications and in the most diverse forms. Depending on the application, they differ in material, size and their mechanical properties. Analysts at Ceresana forecast sales volume of bags and sacks in Europe to amount to approx. 9.12 million tonnes in 2020. This study covers the European market for bags and sacks manufactured from polyethylene films, other plastic films, woven plastics, and paper. Products made from cotton, jute etc. are not included. Polyethylene is the by far most common material for the production of bags and sacks. However, individual materials may account for highly different market shares in various applications. This study splits the market into the segments carrier bags, garbage bags and sacks, heavy duty and industry sacks, food packaging (including beverages) and the group of other applications.

We are also offering a market study on the global market of bags and sacks.

EU Combating One-Way Carrier Bags

The problem of one-way carrier bags made from plastic is not equally severe in all European countries. Besides per capita consumption and amount of reuse, negative effects on the environment also depend on the quality of the national waste management industry and the respective disposal and recycling systems. In part, these vary widely. The EU Commission stipulated the objective to reduce consumption of plastic carrier bags. An amendment of the corresponding directive 94/62/EG is supposed to allow for a national ban on certain types of carrier bags. In regard to the current situation, however, consistent action against one-way plastic carrier bags across the EU is unlikely to happen during the upcoming years.

Carrier Bags: Possible Solution Bioplastics?

Independent from EU legislation, individual countries already banned certain carrier bags or are trying to reduce consumption of various products by introducing extraordinary taxes and fees (e.g. Italy or France). Usually, thin one-way carrier bags made from polyethylene (PE) are targeted by these initiatives. Carrier bags made from bioplastics are often exempt from the bans and fees. These are plastics that are either made from renewable resources (e.g. corn starch) and/or are biodegradable. Importance and public reception of bags made from bioplastics has been increasing notably in the past years. This becomes apparent by the fact that national legislators make explicit reference to these products. But composting of these bags in dedicated facilities is not yet without problems. Until today, various circles continue to advertise the burning of these bags as the ecologically most sensible solution. Even though the market has been developing at highly dynamic rates in the past, carrier bags made from bioplastics alone will not provide the ultimate solution to the problem.

Substitution Effects in the Segment Heavy Duty and Industry Sacks

Heavy duty and industry sacks have gained importance during the past years, as a consequence of an increased exchange of goods between countries and individual companies. Some segments, however, have substituted conventional paper sacks for sacks made from plastics. In areas such as animal feed or construction materials, e.g. cement, paper sacks continue to play an important role, but given the good properties of sacks made from polyethylene (PE), they have the potential to gain additional market shares in these segments in the future. Also, development dynamics of individual types of sacks in a country is partly dependent on the amount of packaged goods that is produced (e.g. cement, sand, animal feed, dry fertilizers, seeds). Yet, conventional heavy duty sacks made from plastic films are faced with increasing competition from "Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers" (FIBC), in the segment bulk goods in particular. These FIBC are made from stable woven plastics, often polypropylene (PP), 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. Ceresana expects the European market for heavy duty and industry sacks made from plastic to grow by 1.8% p.a. during the next eight years.

Stand-Up Pouches Conquer Packaging Market

On the market for foodstuff packaging (includes beverages for the purposes of this study), an increasing trend towards plastic pouches becomes apparent. They are substituting metal tins and glass jars in particular. One advantage of plastic pouches is that they can adapt to the shape of the packaged good, which allows for the optimization of packaging size. Also, this packaging can be manufactured in microwaveable varieties, a property that becomes more and more important in the course of an increased focus on convenience products.
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, then fills and seals it in one continuous process.


Market Study in Brief:

Ceresana’s up-to-date analysis on the European bags and sacks market evaluates the market size, market share, and market trends of this industry.

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 and 23 individual countries. Additionally, it contains detailed information on demand for bags and sacks in the applications carrier bags, garbage bags and sacks, heavy duty and industry sacks, food packaging and other applications for the eight most important European countries (Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Poland, Russia, Spain, and Turkey). All figures are given in tonnes.

Chapter 2 offers an analysis of the applications for bags and sacks. Data on demand development in the segments carrier bags, garbage bags and sacks, heavy duty and industrial sacks, food packaging and other applications, split by the largest European countries, is given.

Chapter 3 analyses demand for bags and sacks in 23 European countries split by the materials polyethylene (PE), other plastics, woven plastics, and paper.

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 70 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., Papier-Mettler and Sealed Air Corporation.
(Note: The profiles are assigned to the country in which the company or holding is headquartered. Company profiles also include JVs and subsidiaries).

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
1.13 Lithuania
1.13.1 Demand
1.13.2 Production and Trade
1.14 Norway
1.14.1 Demand
1.14.2 Production and Trade
1.15 Poland
1.15.1 Demand
1.15.2 Production and Trade
1.16 Portugal
1.16.1 Demand
1.16.2 Production and Trade
1.17 Romania
1.17.1 Demand
1.17.2 Production and Trade
1.18 Russia
1.18.1 Demand
1.18.2 Production and Trade
1.19 Slovakia
1.19.1 Demand
1.19.2 Production and Trade
1.20 Spain
1.20.1 Demand
1.20.2 Production and Trade
1.21 Sweden
1.21.1 Demand
1.21.2 Production and Trade
1.22 The Netherlands
1.22.1 Demand
1.22.2 Production and Trade
1.23 Turkey
1.23.1 Demand
1.23.2 Production and Trade
1.24 United Kingdom
1.24.1 Demand
1.24.2 Production and Trade
1.25 Rest of Europe
1.25.1 Demand
1.25.2 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 Applications
2.5.1 Plastics
2.5.2 Paper

3 Materials
3.1 Polyethylene (Film)
3.2 Other Plastics (Film)
3.3 Plastics (Woven)
3.4 Paper4 Company Profiles
4.1 Austria (3 Producers)
4.2 Belgium (1)
4.3 Czechia (1)
4.4 Finland (2)
4.5 France (5)
4.6 Germany (16)
4.7 Ireland (1)
4.8 Italy (15)
4.9 Lithuania (1)
4.10 Spain (4)
4.11 Sweden (1)
4.12 Switzerland (3)
4.13 The Netherlands (3)
4.14 Turkey (4)
4.15 Ukraine (1)
4.16 United Kingdom (9)

List of Graphs

Graph 1: European demand for bags and sacks from 2004 to 2020
Graph 2: European production of bags and sacks from 2004 to 2020
Graph 3: Demand for bags and sacks in Austria from 2004 to 2020
Graph 4: Production of bags and sacks in Austria from 2004 to 2020
Graph 5: Demand for bags and sacks in Belgium from 2004 to 2020
Graph 6: Production of bags and sacks in Belgium from 2004 to 2020
Graph 7: Demand for bags and sacks in Bulgaria from 2004 to 2020
Graph 8: Production of bags and sacks in Bulgaria from 2004 to 2020
Graph 9: Demand for bags and sacks in Croatia from 2004 to 2020
Graph 10: Production of bags and sacks in Croatia from 2004 to 2020
Graph 11: Demand for bags and sacks in Czechia from 2004 to 2020
Graph 12: Production of bags and sacks in Czechia from 2004 to 2020
Graph 13: Demand for bags and sacks in Finland from 2004 to 2020
Graph 14: Production of bags and sacks in Finland from 2004 to 2020
Graph 15: Demand for bags and sacks in France from 2004 to 2020
Graph 16: Production of bags and sacks in France from 2004 to 2020
Graph 17: Demand for bags and sacks in Germany from 2004 to 2020
Graph 18: Production of bags and sacks in Germany from 2004 to 2020
Graph 19: Demand for bags and sacks in Greece from 2004 to 2020
Graph 20: Production of bags and sacks in Greece from 2004 to 2020
Graph 21: Demand for bags and sacks in Hungary from 2004 to 2020
Graph 22: Production of bags and sacks in Hungary from 2004 to 2020
Graph 23: Demand for bags and sacks in Italy from 2004 to 2020
Graph 24: Production of bags and sacks in Italy from 2004 to 2020
Graph 25: Demand for bags and sacks in Lithuania from 2004 to 2020
Graph 26: Production of bags and sacks in Lithuania from 2004 to 2020
Graph 27: Demand for bags and sacks in Norway from 2004 to 2020
Graph 28: Production of bags and sacks in Norway from 2004 to 2020
Graph 29: Demand for bags and sacks in Poland from 2004 to 2020
Graph 30: Production of bags and sacks in Poland from 2004 to 2020
Graph 31: Demand for bags and sacks in Portugal from 2004 to 2020
Graph 32: Production of bags and sacks in Portugal from 2004 to 2020
Graph 33: Demand for bags and sacks in Romania from 2004 to 2020
Graph 34: Production of bags and sacks in Romania from 2004 to 2020
Graph 35: Demand for bags and sacks in Russia from 2004 to 2020
Graph 36: Production of bags and sacks in Russia from 2004 to 2020
Graph 37: Demand for bags and sacks in Slovakia from 2004 to 2020
Graph 38: Production of bags and sacks in Slovakia from 2004 to 2020
Graph 39: Demand for bags and sacks in Spain from 2004 to 2020
Graph 40: Production of bags and sacks in Spain from 2004 to 2020
Graph 41: Demand for bags and sacks in Sweden from 2004 to 2020
Graph 42: Production of bags and sacks in Sweden from 2004 to 2020
Graph 43: Demand for bags and sacks in the Netherlands from 2004 to 2020
Graph 44: Production of bags and sacks in the Netherlands from 2004 to 2020
Graph 45: Demand for bags and sacks in Turkey from 2004 to 2020
Graph 46: Production of bags and sacks in Turkey from 2004 to 2020
Graph 47: Demand for bags and sacks in the United Kingdom from 2004 to 2020
Graph 48: Production of bags and sacks in the United Kingdom from 2004 to 2020
Graph 49: Demand for bags and sacks in the rest of Europe from 2004 to 2020
Graph 50: Production of bags and sacks in the rest of Europe from 2004 to 2020
Graph 51: European demand for bags and sacks from 2004 to 2020 - split by applications
Graph 52: European demand for bags and sacks from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials

List of Tables

Table 1: European demand for bags and sacks from 2004 to 2020 - split by countries
Table 2: European demand for bags and sacks from 2004 to 2020 - split by applications
Table 3: European demand for bags and sacks from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 4: European production of bags and sacks from 2004 to 2020 - split by countries
Table 5: European production of bags and sacks from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 6: Demand for bags and sacks in Austria from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 7: Production of bags and sacks in Austria from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 8: Important manufacturers of bags and sacks in Austria
Table 9: Import and export of bags and sacks in Austria from 2004 to 2020
Table 10: Demand for bags and sacks in Belgium from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 11: Production of bags and sacks in Belgium from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 12: Import and export of bags and sacks in Belgium from 2004 to 2020
Table 13: Demand for bags and sacks in Bulgaria from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 14: Production of bags and sacks in Bulgaria from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 15: Import and export of bags and sacks in Bulgaria from 2004 to 2020
Table 16: Demand for bags and sacks in Croatia from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 17: Production of bags and sacks in Croatia from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 18: Import and export of bags and sacks in Croatia from 2004 to 2020
Table 19: Demand for bags and sacks in Czechia from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 20: Production of bags and sacks in Czechia from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 21: Import and export of bags and sacks in Czechia from 2004 to 2020
Table 22: Demand for bags and sacks in Finland from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 23: Production of bags and sacks in Finland from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 24: Import and export of bags and sacks in Finland from 2004 to 2020
Table 25: Demand for bags and sacks in France from 2004 to 2020 - split by applications
Table 26: Demand for bags and sacks in France from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 27: Production of bags and sacks in France from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 28: Important manufacturers of bags and sacks in France
Table 29: Import and export of bags and sacks in France from 2004 to 2020
Table 30: Demand for bags and sacks in Germany from 2004 to 2020 - split by applications
Table 31: Demand for bags and sacks in Germany from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 32: Production of bags and sacks in Germany from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 33: Important manufacturers of bags and sacks in Germany
Table 34: Import and export of bags and sacks in Germany from 2004 to 2020
Table 35: Demand for bags and sacks in Greece from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 36: Production of bags and sacks in Greece from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 37: Import and export of bags and sacks in Greece from 2004 to 2020
Table 38: Demand for bags and sacks in Hungary from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 39: Production of bags and sacks in Hungary from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 40: Import and export of bags and sacks in Hungary from 2004 to 2020
Table 41: Demand for bags and sacks in Italy from 2004 to 2020 - split by applications
Table 42: Demand for bags and sacks in Italy from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 43: Production of bags and sacks in Italy from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 44: Important manufacturers of bags and sacks in Italy
Table 45: Import and export of bags and sacks in Italy from 2004 to 2020
Table 46: Demand for bags and sacks in Lithuania from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 47: Production of bags and sacks in Lithuania from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 48: Import and export of bags and sacks in Lithuania from 2004 to 2020
Table 49: Demand for bags and sacks in Norway from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 50: Production of bags and sacks in Norway from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 51: Import and export of bags and sacks in Norway from 2004 to 2020
Table 52: Demand for bags and sacks in Poland from 2004 to 2020 - split by applications
Table 53: Demand for bags and sacks in Poland from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 54: Production of bags and sacks in Poland from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 55: Import and export of bags and sacks in Poland from 2004 to 2020
Table 56: Demand for bags and sacks in Portugal from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 57: Production of bags and sacks in Portugal from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 58: Import and export of bags and sacks in Portugal from 2004 to 2020
Table 59: Demand for bags and sacks in Romania from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 60: Production of bags and sacks in Romania from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 61: Import and export of bags and sacks in Romania from 2004 to 2020
Table 62: Demand for bags and sacks in Russia from 2004 to 2020 - split by applications
Table 63: Demand for bags and sacks in Russia from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 64: Production of bags and sacks in Russia from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 65: Import and export of bags and sacks in Russia from 2004 to 2020
Table 66: Demand for bags and sacks in Slovakia from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 67: Production of bags and sacks in Slovakia from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 68: Import and export of bags and sacks in Slovakia from 2004 to 2020
Table 69: Demand for bags and sacks in Spain from 2004 to 2020 - split by applications
Table 70: Demand for bags and sacks in Spain from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 71: Production of bags and sacks in Spain from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 72: Important manufacturers of bags and sacks in Spain
Table 73: Import and export of bags and sacks in Spain from 2004 to 2020
Table 74: Demand for bags and sacks in Sweden from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 75: Production of bags and sacks in Sweden from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 76: Import and export of bags and sacks in Sweden from 2004 to 2020
Table 77: Demand for bags and sacks in the Netherlands from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 78: Production of bags and sacks in the Netherlands from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 79: Important manufacturers of bags and sacks in the Netherlands
Table 80: Import and export of bags and sacks in the Netherlands from 2004 to 2020
Table 81: Demand for bags and sacks in Turkey from 2004 to 2020 - split by applications
Table 82: Demand for bags and sacks in Turkey from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 83: Production of bags and sacks in Turkey from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 84: Important manufacturers of bags and sacks in Turkey
Table 85: Import and export of bags and sacks in Turkey from 2004 to 2020
Table 86: Demand for bags and sacks in the United Kingdom from 2004 to 2020 - split by applications
Table 87: Demand for bags and sacks in the United Kingdom from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 88: Production of bags and sacks in the United Kingdom from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 89: Important manufacturers of bags and sacks in the United Kingdom
Table 90: Import and export of bags and sacks in the United Kingdom from 2004 to 2020
Table 91: Demand for bags and sacks in the rest of Europe from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 92: Production of bags and sacks in the rest of Europe from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 93: Import and export of bags and sacks in the rest of Europe from 2004 to 2020
Table 94: European demand for bags and sacks from 2004 to 2020 - split by applications
Table 95: European demand for plastic carrier bags from 2004 to 2020 - split by countries
Table 96: European demand for paper carrier bags from 2004 to 2020 - split by countries
Table 97: European demand for plastic garbage bags from 2004 to 2020 - split by countries
Table 98: European demand for plastic heavy duty and industry sacks from 2004 to 2020 - split by countries
Table 99: European demand for paper heavy duty and industry sacks from 2004 to 2020 - split by countries
Table 100: European demand for plastic bags in the segment foodstuffs from 2004 to 2020 - split by countries
Table 101: European demand for paper bags in the segment foodstuffs from 2004 to 2020 - split by countries
Table 102: European demand for plastic bags and sacks in other applications from 2004 to 2020 - split by countries
Table 103: European demand for paper bags and sacks in other applications from 2004 to 2020 - split by countries
Table 104: European demand for bags and sacks from 2004 to 2020 - split by materials
Table 105: European demand for bags and sacks made from polyethylene from 2004 to 2020 - split by countries
Table 106: European demand for bags and sacks made from other plastics from 2004 to 2020 - split by major countries
Table 107: European demand for bags and sacks made from woven plastics from 2004 to 2020 - split by major countries
Table 108: European demand for bags and sacks made from paper from 2004 to 2020 - split by countries