Rigid plastics are plastic products that do not give easily when squeezed. Many are large, bulky items like lawn chairs, buckets, toddler toys, broken plastic shovels and sleds, etc. It is characterized by inflexibility of shape and form. Rigid packaging material are used in any packaging related application including high value-add closures and caps for the cosmetic sector to simple containers for yogurt, the applications of rigid packaging material are wide and varied.
The rigid plastic packaging market is primarily driven by rapid change in daily lifestyle, western persuade and rapid shift of consumer toward packaged food in the developing countries. The rigid plastic packaging market has gained sustainability owing to the consumer awareness towards maintaining healthy lifestyle, government approvals and standards related to the use of rigid plastic for packaging. The major factors hindering the growth of the market are strict government regulation with respect to the use of plastics and excessive cost associated with initial investment. The major trend followed in the rigid plastic packaging is the use and demand of biobased plastic due to increasing environment concern of the consumers globally. Before, recycling was more limited to only certain types and numbers of plastic. Now, though, rigid plastic, like to-go clamshell food containers, are being accepted much more for recycling purposes. Cities like New York have already embraced recycling efforts for containers like these, with many other cities to undoubtedly follow its lead.
The report analyses the rigid plastic packaging market on the basis of raw material, product type, end user and geography.
Based on raw material, the market is segmented into Bio plastics, Polyethylene (PE), Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET), Polystyrene (PS), Polypropylene (PP), Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), Expanded Polystyrene (EPs) and Others such as PC, PLA, Polyamide. Today, the bioplastic market is dominated by rigid packaging and consumer goods, which primarily include bio-based PET and PUR. Bio-based plastics, including 100% bio-based PET bottles, are expected to enter commercial production and establish significant market share over the next five years. Polyethylene comes in flexible (LDPE) and ranges to semi-rigid (HDPE). A very economical material, Polyethylene is good for plastic profile extrusion applications requiring low surface resistance. PET is among those plastics which are an important part of every industry. It is an important commercial polymer having application ranging from packaging, fabrics, films, moulded parts for automotive, electronics, etc. Polystyrene (PS) plastic is a naturally transparent thermoplastic that is available as both a typical solid plastic as well in the form of a rigid foam material. PS plastic is commonly used in a variety of consumer product applications and is also particularly useful for commercial packaging. PP has good chemical resistance, is strong, and has a high melting point making it good for hot-fill liquids. This resin is found in flexible and rigid packaging.
Furthermore, on the basis of product type the global rigid plastic packaging market is categorised into bottles & jars, rigid bulk products, trays, tubs, cups and other products such as syringe, specimen containers. Rigid plastic packaging includes cups, bottles, pots and cans and also closures. The rigid packaging material can be used in any packaging related application. From high value-add closures and caps for the cosmetic sector to apparently simple containers for yogurt, the applications of rigid packaging material are wide and varied. The production possibilities are just as varied and extensive as their areas of application.
Based on end user, this rigid plastic packaging market is classified into food, beverages, healthcare, cosmetics & toiletries, industrial packaging and other end users such as consumer food service and household care. Food is the largest end-use market for rigid plastic packaging. Materials that have traditionally been used in food packaging include glass, metals (aluminum, foils and laminates, tinplate, and tin-free steel), paper and paperboards, and plastics. Moreover, a wider variety of plastics have been introduced in both rigid and flexible forms. Today's food packages often combine several materials to exploit each material's functional or aesthetic properties. As research to improve food packaging continues, advances in the field may affect the environmental impact of packaging. With both the performance and cost demands currently being imposed on healthcare, rigid packaging continues to be a primary package of choice to protect and provide high levels of customization and convenience to hospitals and the healthcare industry. Rigid and semi-rigid paper board packages e.g. cartons, box, corrugated shippers are widely used in cosmetics industries. Varieties of rigid plastic materials like plastic bottles, boxes, vials, trays, sleeves and closures are used for the packaging of cosmetics products.
Geographically, the global rigid plastic packaging market is categorized into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Rest of the World. Rest of the world comprises of Latin America and Middle East & Africa. Asia Pacific region is projected to be the fastest growing region during the forecast period. The largest share is attributed to increasing food and beverage industries in the developing and developed countries including China and India and flourishing E commerce.
Key players of the global rigid plastic packaging market are 3M, Alto Packaging, Amcor Limited, Anchor Packaging, Bemis Company, Inc, Berry Global Inc, Consolidated Container Company, COVERIS, The Dow Chemical Company, DS Smith, ES-Plastic GmbH, Etimex Primary Packaging, Færch Plast A/S, Graham Packaging Company, Plastipak Holdings, Inc, Reynolds, RPC Group Plc and Silgan Holdings Inc among others. These companies have substantial presence in the market due to their strong clientele in the packaging industry and brand image. Moreover, mergers, acquisitions and new product launches are the key growth strategies adopted by major players to reinforce their positions in the international market. Additionally, many rigid plastic packaging manufacturers are employing more recycled and recyclable plastic packaging to reduce the environmental impact of packaging. Brand owners are employing more recycled and recyclable plastic packaging to reduce the environmental impact of packaging. Bioplastics are a popular choice for brand owners that seek to showcase their environmental credentials more demonstrably. In practice, the different approaches can be combined.
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