• Flexible packaging is highly popular due to its durable, light-weight and highly aesthetic materials. Flexible packaging market is poised to develop at over 4% CAGR until end of decade. In the last couple of years, flexible packaging has led the food packaging industry from the forefront. Plastics accounted for over 70% of the market share in 2012, and the growth trend for this market will rise significantly in the next coming years. However, with a growing awareness for ecology conservation in the industry, consumer demand for packaging materials in biodegradable form has boosted the demand for cellulose. Rapid economic development seen in the Asia-Pacific regions which accounted for the highest demand, is expected to keep this region as the fastest growing region to 2019. Read more in Escalating demand from Asia Pacific to drive growth of global flexible packaging till decade-end
  • Amid ongoing trend towards wider use, Europe's flexible packaging industry has seen few inflationary pressures in consumption growth for two consecutive years in volume terms. This market remains one of the largest and most sophisticated in the world, accounting for just over 20% of the global total. However, underlying long term volume growth in the region at less than 2% pa has been modest. A unique feature of this industry is its importance as a global exporter: around 10% of production of mostly sophisticated higher added-value products is sold outside the region. To know characteristics, trends and developments, growth regions, the leaders and laggards, read Europe maintains slow but consistent growth in flexible packaging market in 2014
  • The rigid plastic packaging industry has developed largely at the expense of traditional pack types such as glass bottles and jars, liquid cartons and metal cans. In response to public pressure to reduce the environmental impact of plastic packaging, packagers are reducing weight and using materials that are either biodegradable or derived from sustainable sources. The rate of expansion of flexible packaging is higher than the gross domestic product (GDP), suggesting that this market is growing more quickly than well-developed and traditional rigid packaging markets, and rapidly gaining market share. With a growing focus on convenience and particularly on sustainability, traditional pack types are being replaced by innovative and flexible options designed to meet these consumer needs. For the latest flexible packaging market trends, as well as to gain an insight into the main advantages of flexible packaging over more traditional rigid packaging solutions, read Trends shift from rigid packaging to flexible packaging
  • Conscious consumers are changing buying habits in line with global environmental issues, actively seeking sustainable packaging. Brands are working towards sustainability that can be communicated on the packaging and works to attract the buyer, and establish brand identity. Since sustainability seems to be an essential part of future business planning, several players in the packaging industry are working towards innovations. To know more about a carton package that has a unique 8-sided shape and easy grip; innovation in closure technology designed to suit facial geometry & provide optimal control of beverage flow; lightest heat-set PET container; a PET bottle made from natural sugars derived from sugarcane plants, read Award winning sustainable plastics packaging
  • Packaging, though a vital part of any industry, has certain limitations- product loss that inevitably occurs when the packaged product sticks to the sides of the container, and almost never comes out. Product clinging to the sides of the container is a problem faced by consumers of food and beverage, paint, cosmetics and even oil, besides other industries. A research team has developed a coating that makes the inside of the bottle permanently wet and slippery. As a result, the product quickly slides to the nozzle or back down to the bottom. The idea is to make the inside surface slippery so product would slide back into the can instead of sticking to the lid and drying there. Read more in The end of product loss that occurs when the packaged product sticks to container sides