Market Study: Flexible Packaging - Europe

Introduction

In Western industrialized countries, it is hard to imagine unpackaged goods with the exception of very few sectors. The amount of packaging used for protection, transport or presentation of the products can be enormous. Flexible packaging offers impressive options for ever more demanding consumer requirements. As a result, they are replacing rigid packaging in many segments. The definition of "flexible packaging" is by no means set in stone. This study takes the definition to encompass a much broader range of products than other studies with a similar title. It analyzes not only packaging for consumer goods sold to end customers in retail stores, but also secondary and tertiary packaging (e.g. shrink and stretch films) that are used for storage and transport of goods. Also included as flexible packaging in this study are heavy duty and industrial packaging like sacks or flexible intermediate bulk containers (FIBC). Other product groups covered in this publication are carrier bags (both made from films and woven) and labels. Included are packaging products made from plastics, paper, and aluminum. Analysts at Ceresana expect the European market for flexible packaging, i.e. all types of packaging and materials taken together, to reach a market volume of about 19.2 million tonnes in 2021. This market report covers all relevant data and facts on the European flexible packiging market, market trends, market size and market growth.

Convenience Packaging Has Its Fingers On The Pulse

The packaging industry is continuously reacting to changes in consumer requirements. A decisive current trend on the European market is an increasing demand for convenience products on the part of consumers. Lack of time and a desire for convenience and easy and practical use as well as attractive and innovative products are the mainsprings. Stand-up pouches are an important growth segment on the market for flexible packaging. This triumphant rise of stand-up pouches is not a coincidence: The use of low-weight composite films allows for a further reduction of weight compared to metal tins and rigid plastic containers. Resource consumption and transport costs fall simultaneously. Modern filling techniques in combination with sterilizable bags guarantee an ever increasing quality of products and rising filling speed. Disposable sachets also offer advantages to many consumers. In past years, an ongoing increase of time spent at work resulted in an increased to-go consumption and a desire to save time when preparing meals and drinks at home. Ready-dosed medicaments are a growth market for these single-portion packs, considering the aging population in many European countries.

BOPP Recovering – BOPET Growing

The choice of materials and material layers is determined by the specific properties and demand that a packaging needs to fulfil when used for a specific good. In many segments, flexible packaging made from biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) or PET (BOPET) has become much more important in the past. Especially in Western Europe the market for BOPP films performed weakly in recent years. But demand is projected to recover in the future. Thanks to its positive properties, consumption of flexible BOPET packaging will continue its dynamic development, especially across large areas in Eastern Europe.

Growing Market For Pharma Packaging - E-Commerce Supporting Transport

Since the average age in many European countries keeps rising, dynamics on the market for the packaging of pharmaceutical products will pick up speed in upcoming years. The sector flexible packaging will also profit from an increasing move towards one-portion packs. Following the decline in 2008 and 2009, the segment heavy duty and transport packaging is recovering. The market for transport packaging can capitalize on the increasing volume of products traded via the internet.


The Study in Brief:

Chapter 1 lists demand for flexible packaging (in tonnes) in Europe as a whole and 23 individual countries, split by the packaging types "Packaging films (plastics)", "Bags & sacks (plastics)", "Shrink & stretch films (plastics)", "Labels (paper)", "Bags & sacks (paper)", "Other packaging (paper)", and "Aluminum packaging". It also depicts demand in these countries split by the materials polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), other plastics, paper, and aluminum. Analysis for the eight largest markets (Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Poland, Russia, Spain, Turkey) and the aggregate of all remaining countries is additionally split by the applications "Food" (incl. beverages)", "Consumer non-food", "Heavy duty & transport", and "Carrier bags".

Chapter 2 offers a substantial analysis of various types of flexible packaging: Data on demand development for the packaging types "Packaging films (plastics)", "Bags & sacks (plastics)"; "Shrink & stretch films (plastics)", "Labels (paper)", "Bags & sacks (paper)", and "Other packaging (paper)", each split by 23 national European markets.

In chapter 3 demand for the packaging materials polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), other plastics, paper, and aluminum is analyzed, split by 23 European countries.

Chapter 4 examines the application areas for flexible packaging: Data on demand development in the segments "Food (incl. beverages)", "Consumer non-food", "Heavy duty & transport" and "Carrier bags", split by the eight largest market and the aggregate of the "rest of Europe".

Chapter 5 provides profiles of the largest manufacturers of flexible packaging, clearly arranged according to contact details, turnover, profit, product range, production sites, profile summary, products, and applications. Extensive profiles are provided for 80 producers, including alesco GmbH & Co, KG; Ampac Flexibles; Bemis Europe Flexible Packaging; Graphic Packaging Holding Company; Leipa Georg Leinfelder GmbH; Mitsubishi Polyester Film GmbH; Papier-Mettler; Polifilm GmbH; RKW SE; Sappi Europe; Südpack Verpackungen GmbH & Co, KG; Taghleef Industries LLC, and Treofan Group.

Table of Contents

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

2 Types of Packaging
2.1 Packaging Films - Plastics
2.2 Bags & Sacks - Plastics
2.3 Shrink & Stretch Films - Plastics
2.4 Labels - Paper
2.5 Bags & Sacks - Paper
2.6 Other Flexible Packaging - Paper

3 Materials
3.1 Polyethylene (PE)
3.2 Polypropylene (PP)
3.3 Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
3.4 Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
3.5 Other Plastics
3.6 Paper
3.7 Aluminum

4 Applications
4.1 Food (incl. Beverages)
4.2 Consumer Non-Food
4.3 Heavy Duty & Transport Packaging
4.4 Carrier Bags

5 Company Profiles
5.1 Austria (5 Producers)
5.2 Belgium (4)
5.3 Croatia (1)
5.4 Czechia (2)
5.5 Finland (2)
5.6 France (2)
5.7 Germany (20)
5.8 Greece (1)
5.9 Irland (2)
5.10 Italy (12)
5.11 Lithuania (1)
5.12 Luxembourg (1)
5.13 Poland (4)
5.14 Russia (1)
5.15 Spain (2)
5.16 Sweden (2)
5.17 Switzerland (3)
5.18 The Netherlands (2)
5.19 Turkey (1)
5.20 Ukraine (1)
5.21 United Kingdom (11)

List of Graphs

Graph 1: European demand for flexible packaging from 2005 to 2021
Graph 2: European demand for flexible packaging from 2005 to 2021 – split by types of packaging
Graph 3: European demand for flexible packaging from 2005 to 2021 – split by materials
Graph 4: European demand for flexible packaging from 2005 to 2021 – split by applications
Graph 5: Demand for flexible packaging in Austria from 2005 to 2021
Graph 6: Demand for flexible packaging in Belgium from 2005 to 2021
Graph 7: Demand for flexible packaging in Bulgaria from 2005 to 2021
Graph 8: Demand for flexible packaging in Croatia from 2005 to 2021
Graph 9: Demand for flexible packaging in Czechia from 2005 to 2021
Graph 10: Demand for flexible packaging in Finland from 2005 to 2021
Graph 11: Demand for flexible packaging in France from 2005 to 2021
Graph 12: Demand for flexible packaging in Germany from 2005 to 2021
Graph 13: Demand for flexible packaging in Greece from 2005 to 2021
Graph 14: Demand for flexible packaging in Hungary from 2005 to 2021
Graph 15: Demand for flexible packaging in Italy from 2005 to 2021
Graph 16: Demand for flexible packaging in Lithuania from 2005 to 2021
Graph 17: Demand for flexible packaging in Norway from 2005 to 2021
Graph 18: Demand for flexible packaging in Poland from 2005 to 2021
Graph 19: Demand for flexible packaging in Portugal from 2005 to 2021
Graph 20: Demand for flexible packaging in Romania from 2005 to 2021
Graph 21: Demand for flexible packaging in Russia from 2005 to 2021
Graph 22: Demand for flexible packaging in Slovakia from 2005 to 2021
Graph 23: Demand for flexible packaging in Spain from 2005 to 2021
Graph 24: Demand for flexible packaging in Sweden from 2005 to 2021
Graph 25: Demand for flexible packaging in the Netherlands from 2005 to 2021
Graph 26: Demand for flexible packaging in Turkey from 2005 to 2021
Graph 27: Demand for flexible packaging in the United Kingdom from 2005 to 2021
Graph 28: Demand for flexible packaging in the rest of Europe from 2005 to 2021
Graph 29: European demand for flexible packaging from 2005 to 2021 – split by types of packaging
Graph 30: European demand for flexible packaging from 2005 to 2021 – split by materials
Graph 31: European demand for flexible packaging from 2005 to 2021 – split by applications

List of Tables

Table 1: European demand for flexible packaging from 2005 to 2021 – split by countries
Table 2: European demand for flexible packaging from 2005 to 2021 – split by types of packaging
Table 3: European demand for flexible packaging from 2005 to 2021 – split by materials
Table 4: European demand for flexible packaging from 2005 to 2021 – split by applications
Table 5: Demand for flexible packaging in Austria from 2005 to 2021 – split by types of packaging
Table 6: Demand for flexible packaging in Austria from 2005 to 2021 – split by materials
Table 7: Important Austrian manufacturers of flexible packaging
Table 8: Demand for flexible packaging in Belgium from 2005 to 2021 – split by types of packaging
Table 9: Demand for flexible packaging in Belgium from 2005 to 2021 – split by materials
Table 10: Important Belgian manufacturers of flexible packaging
Table 11: Demand for flexible packaging in Bulgaria from 2005 to 2021 – split by types of packaging
Table 12: Demand for flexible packaging in Bulgaria from 2005 to 2021 – split by materials
Table 13: Demand for flexible packaging in Croatia from 2005 to 2021 – split by types of packaging
Table 14: Demand for flexible packaging in Croatia from 2005 to 2021 – split by materials
Table 15: Demand for flexible packaging in Czechia from 2005 to 2021 – split by types of packaging
Table 16: Demand for flexible packaging in Czechia from 2005 to 2021 – split by materials
Table 17: Demand for flexible packaging in Finland from 2005 to 2021 – split by types of packaging
Table 18: Demand for flexible packaging in Finland from 2005 to 2021 – split by materials
Table 19: Demand for flexible packaging in France from 2005 to 2021 – split by types of packaging
Table 20: Demand for flexible packaging in France from 2005 to 2021 – split by materials
Table 21: Demand for flexible packaging in France from 2005 to 2021 – split by applications
Table 22: Demand for flexible packaging in Germany from 2005 to 2021 – split by types of packaging
Table 23: Demand for flexible packaging in Germany from 2005 to 2021 – split by materials
Table 24: Important German manufacturers of flexible packaging
Table 25: Demand for flexible packaging in Germany from 2005 to 2021 – split by applications
Table 26: Demand for flexible packaging in Greece from 2005 to 2021 – split by types of packaging
Table 27: Demand for flexible packaging in Greece from 2005 to 2021 – split by materials
Table 28: Demand for flexible packaging in Hungary from 2005 to 2021 – split by types of packaging
Table 29: Demand for flexible packaging in Hungary from 2005 to 2021 – split by materials
Table 30: Demand for flexible packaging in Italy from 2005 to 2021 – split by types of packaging
Table 31: Demand for flexible packaging in Italy from 2005 to 2021 – split by materials
Table 32: Important Italian manufacturers of flexible packaging
Table 33: Demand for flexible packaging in Italy from 2005 to 2021 – split by applications
Table 34: Demand for flexible packaging in Lithuania from 2005 to 2021 – split by types of packaging
Table 35: Demand for flexible packaging in Lithuania from 2005 to 2021 – split by materials
Table 36: Demand for flexible packaging in Norway from 2005 to 2021 – split by types of packaging
Table 37: Demand for flexible packaging in Norway from 2005 to 2021 – split by materials
Table 38: Demand for flexible packaging in Poland from 2005 to 2021 – split by types of packaging
Table 39: Demand for flexible packaging in Poland from 2005 to 2021 – split by materials
Table 40: Important Polish manufacturers of flexible packaging
Table 41: Demand for flexible packaging in Poland from 2005 to 2021 – split by applications
Table 42: Demand for flexible packaging in Portugal from 2005 to 2021 – split by types of packaging
Table 43: Demand for flexible packaging in Portugal from 2005 to 2021 – split by materials
Table 44: Demand for flexible packaging in Romania from 2005 to 2021 – split by types of packaging
Table 45: Demand for flexible packaging in Romania from 2005 to 2021 – split by materials
Table 46: Demand for flexible packaging in Russia from 2005 to 2021 – split by types of packaging
Table 47: Demand for flexible packaging in Russia from 2005 to 2021 – split by materials
Table 48: Demand for flexible packaging in Russia from 2005 to 2021 – split by applications
Table 49: Demand for flexible packaging in Slovakia from 2005 to 2021 – split by types of packaging
Table 50: Demand for flexible packaging in Slovakia from 2005 to 2021 – split by materials
Table 51: Demand for flexible packaging in Spain from 2005 to 2021 – split by types of packaging
Table 52: Demand for flexible packaging in Spain from 2005 to 2021 – split by materials
Table 53: Demand for flexible packaging in Spain from 2005 to 2021 – split by applications
Table 54: Demand for flexible packaging in Sweden from 2005 to 2021 – split by types of packaging
Table 55: Demand for flexible packaging in Sweden from 2005 to 2021 – split by materials
Table 56: Demand for flexible packaging in the Netherlands from 2005 to 2021 – split by types of packaging
Table 57: Demand for flexible packaging in the Netherlands from 2005 to 2021 – split by materials
Table 58: Demand for flexible packaging in Turkey from 2005 to 2021 – split by types of packaging
Table 59: Demand for flexible packaging in Turkey from 2005 to 2021 – split by materials
Table 60: Demand for flexible packaging in Turkey from 2005 to 2021 – split by applications
Table 61: Demand for flexible packaging in the United Kingdom from 2005 to 2021 – split by types of packaging
Table 62: Demand for flexible packaging in the United Kingdom from 2005 to 2021 – split by materials
Table 63: Important British manufacturers of flexible packaging
Table 64: Demand for flexible packaging in the United Kingdom from 2005 to 2021 – split by applications
Table 65: Demand for flexible packaging in the rest of Europe from 2005 to 2021 – split by types of packaging
Table 66: Demand for flexible packaging in the rest of Europe from 2005 to 2021 - split by materials
Table 67: Important manufacturers of flexible packaging in the rest of Europe
Table 68: European demand for flexible packaging from 2005 to 2021 – split by types of packaging
Table 69: European demand for flexible packaging films from 2005 to 2021 – split by countries
Table 70: European demand for plastic bags and sacks from 2005 to 2021 – split by countries
Table 71: European demand for shrink and stretch films from 2005 to 2021 – split by countries
Table 72: European demand for paper labels from 2005 to 2021 – split by countries
Table 73: European demand for paper bags and sacks from 2005 to 2021 – split by countries
Table 74: European demand for other flexible paper packaging from 2005 to 2021 – split by countries
Table 75: European demand for flexible packaging from 2005 to 2021 – split by materials
Table 76: European demand for flexible PE packaging from 2005 to 2021 – split by countries
Table 77: European demand for flexible PP packaging from 2005 to 2021 – split by countries
Table 78: European demand for flexible PET packaging from 2005 to 2021 – split by countries
Table 79: European demand for flexible PVC packaging from 2005 to 2021 – split by countries
Table 80: European demand for flexible packaging made from other plastics from 2005 to 2021 – split by countries
Table 81: European demand for flexible paper packaging from 2005 to 2021 – split by countries
Table 82: European demand for flexible aluminum packaging from 2005 to 2021 – split by countries
Table 83: European demand for flexible packaging from 2005 to 2021 – split by applications
Table 84: European demand for flexible packaging in the segment Food from 2005 to 2021 – split by countries
Table 85: European demand for flexible packaging in the segment Consumer Non-Food from 2005 to 2021 – split by countries
Table 86: European demand for flexible packaging in the segment Heavy Duty & Transport from 2005 to 2021 – split by countries
Table 87: European demand for flexible packaging in the segment Carrier Bags from 2005 to 2021 – split by countries