Contract Packaging Market

Contract Packaging Market Share, Size, Trends and Report Analysis 2023-2028

IMARC Group’s report titled “Contract Packaging Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2023-2028”. The global contract packaging market size reached US$ 63.0 Billion in 2022. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the market to reach US$ 103.0 Billion by 2028, exhibiting a growth rate (CAGR) of 8.05% during 2023-2028.

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Factors Affecting the Growth of the Contract Packaging Industry:

  • Rising Demand for Specialized Packaging Services:

The increasing complexity of packaging requirements, especially in industries like pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and food and beverage (F&B), is contributing to the market growth. These industries are facing stringent regulatory compliance, necessitating specialized packaging solutions that ensure product safety, extend shelf life and enhance user experience. Contract packagers offer expertise in advanced packaging technologies, such as modified atmosphere packaging, aseptic packaging, and child-resistant packaging. This expertise is crucial for companies looking to navigate the evolving regulatory landscape and user demands. Additionally, contract packagers are providing value-added services, including serialization and track and trace capabilities, which are vital for supply chain security, especially in the pharmaceutical industry.

  • Cost-Effectiveness and Operational Flexibility:

Contract packaging allows companies to convert fixed costs into variable costs, offering significant cost advantages. By outsourcing packaging needs, businesses can avoid the capital expenditure associated with packaging equipment and technology, as well as the ongoing costs of maintenance, labor, and facility management. This flexibility is particularly beneficial for companies with fluctuating demand or those expanding into new markets without the need to invest heavily in local packaging operations. Contract packagers provide scalable solutions that can adapt to changing market demands, enabling companies to respond quickly to market trends and seasonal peaks without the burden of managing a dedicated packaging facility. This agility in packaging operations is crucial for businesses to maintain competitiveness in a rapidly evolving marketplace.

  • Advancements in Packaging Technologies and Sustainability:

Contract packagers are adopting innovative packaging solutions that are not only efficient and cost-effective but also environment-friendly. This includes the use of biodegradable materials, lightweight packaging, and improved recyclability. Individuals and regulatory bodies are demanding sustainable practices, which is prompting companies to turn to contract packagers who can provide eco-friendly packaging solutions that align with their sustainability goals. Furthermore, advancements in smart packaging technologies, such as quick response (QR) codes, near-field communication (NFC), and radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, are being leveraged by contract packagers to enhance product traceability and user engagement. These technological advancements not only provide operational efficiencies but also enable brands to enhance the appeal of their products and align with the shift toward sustainable practices.

Leading Companies Operating in the Global Contract Packaging Industry:

  • Aaron Thomas Company Inc.
  • AmeriPac
  • Assemblies Unlimited Inc.
  • Co-Pak Packaging Corporation
  • Hollingsworth
  • Kelly Products Incorporated
  • Marsden Packaging Ltd.
  • Multi-Pack Solutions LLC
  • Reed-Lane. Inc.
  • Sonic Packaging Industries Inc.
  • Sterling Contract Packaging Inc.
  • Unicep Packaging LLC (Silgan Holdings Inc.)

Contract Packaging Market Report Segmentation:

By Packaging Type:

  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Tertiary

Primary exhibits a clear dominance in the market as it involves the direct containment and protection of products.

By Material:

  • Plastic
  • Metal
  • Glass
  • Paper and Paperboard

Plastic holds the biggest market share due to its versatility, cost-effectiveness, and durability, which makes it widely preferred for a variety of packaging solutions.

By Service:

  • Bottling
  • Bagging/Pouching
  • Lot/Batch and Date Coding
  • Boxing and Cartoning
  • Wrapping and Bund
  • Labelling
  • Clamshell and Blister
  • Others

Bottling accounts for the majority of the market share attributed to the rising demand for bottling solutions in the food and beverage industry.

By End Use Industry:

  • Food and Beverage
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Electronics
  • Personal care
  • Others

Food and beverage represent the largest segment driven by the need for extensive and varied packaging solutions to ensure product safety, longevity, and compliance with regulatory standards.

Regional Insights:

  • North America (United States, Canada)
  • Asia Pacific (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, Others)
  • Europe (Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Russia, Others)
  • Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Others)
  • Middle East and Africa

North America dominates the market, owing to the presence of many consumer goods manufacturers and increasing demand for advanced packaging technologies in various industries.

Global Contract Packaging Market Trends:

The growing integration of advanced technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), the internet of things (IoT), and robotics into packaging lines to improve operations is offering a favorable market outlook. These technologies enable enhanced efficiency, accuracy, and speed in packaging processes, leading to cost savings and improved output quality. Automation reduces labor costs and the potential for human error, while AI and IoT offer predictive maintenance and real-time monitoring capabilities. This technological development allows contract packagers to provide more sophisticated, reliable, and scalable packaging solutions, meeting the evolving needs of diverse industries.

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