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Converted Flexible Packaging


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Converted Flexible Packaging

US demand to exceed $21 billion in 2017
Demand for converted flexible packaging in the US market is expected to rise 3.5 percent annually to more than $21 billion in 2017, or 9.1 billion pounds. Growth will be driven by the packaging market’s ongoing investment in specialty film and advanced materials for higher-value offerings. These offerings emphasize longer shelf life, performance features, source reduction and protection from outside contaminants. The converted flexible packaging market also is boasting greater acceptance from major brand owners. With a proliferation of new products on the retail market in a variety of niche applications, high volumes of a single package are not as critical, diminishing the advantages of rigid packaging and its ability to produce more packages at lower cost. Furthermore, consumer buying behavior also is playing a role, as shoppers demand packages offering portability and ease of handling. Recent market penetration in such categories as soups, condiments, baby food, noncarbonated beverages, foodservice containers, fresh-cut produce, and snack food bode well for continued gains.

Pouches to be fastest growing
The pouch market will continue to showcase above-average gains, penetrating segments that had once been considered hallmarks of rigid packaging. Standup pouches offer the most promise for growth in converted flexible packaging, and a large variety of new pouches with specialty features has entered the retail market. Bolstering the pouch’s repeated gains over rigid alternatives have been new technology introductions that include innovative fitments and closures and more sophisticated reseal features, which bring higher value to pouches. The use of thinner film, fewer coextrusion layers and laminates, and a new focus on recyclable materials are driving sustainability efforts and lowering production and freight costs. Many producers are considering mono-material structures that avoid the use of foil or other barrier materials, helping enhance production and potential recyclability. Advances in metalized and oriented films have improved both barrier and decorative qualities. The pet food market, once considered the province of multiwall bags, has become a key area of emphasis, as are snack foods, frozen food, confectionery, and meat and poultry. Pouches are expected to continue their rapid acceleration and take share from rigid packaging.

Bags to remain largest product segment
Bags, both in plastic- and paper-based materials, will not grow as quickly as pouches but represent the largest segment of converted flexible packaging. Many applications in this segment are stable and face limited competition from other materials, but they are also in maturing market sectors. Higher barrier and reclosability features and the high graphics appeal of certain films will help plastic bags record gains from multiwall paper alternatives, especially for pet food, home improvement, and lawn and garden products. New medical and pharmaceutical applications also offer ripe opportunities for bags. Paper bags will remain a stable, healthy format, and the material’s recyclability advantages and use of natural materials will help them continue to carve a strong niche among environmentally minded consumers. In overwraps, the advent of modified atmosphere packaging, perforated, and breathable structures has led to newer applications in meat and poultry and cheese packaging, helping stem the issue of food spoilage and align with safety concerns.


  • INTRODUCTION
  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • Table CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING DEMAND (million dollars)
  • MARKET ENVIRONMENT
    • General
    • Macroeconomic Outlook
      • Table MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS (billion 2005 dollars)
    • Demographic & Household Trends
      • Table POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS (million persons)
    • Consumer Income & Spending
      • Table PERSONAL CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURES (billion dollars)
    • Food & Beverage Industry Overview
      • Table FOOD & BEVERAGE SHIPMENTS (billion dollars)
      • Consumer Preferences
      • Distribution Trends
    • Retail Sales Outlook
      • Table RETAIL SALES (billion dollars)
    • Packaging Trends
      • Table PACKAGING SUPPLY & DEMAND (billion dollars)
      • Paper
      • Plastic
      • Metal
      • Glass & Wood
      • Performance
      • Aesthetics
    • Competitive Packaging Materials
    • Pricing Trends
      • Table SELECTED RAW MATERIAL PRICES (dollars per pound)
    • Technological Developments
    • Environmental & Regulatory Factors
    • International Outlook
  • MATERIALS
    • General
      • Table CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING MATERIAL DEMAND BY TYPE (million pounds)
      • Table CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING MATERIAL DEMAND BY TYPE, 2012 (8.3 billion pounds)
    • Plastic Film
      • Table PLASTIC FILM DEMAND IN CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING BY RESIN (million pounds)
      • Table PLASTIC FILM DEMAND IN CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING BY RESIN, 2012 (6.0 billion pounds)
      • Polyethylene Film
        • Table POLYETHYLENE FILM DEMAND IN CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING BY TYPE & MARKET (million pounds)
        • Table POLYETHYLENE FILM DEMAND IN CONVERTED FLEXIBLE FOOD PACKAGING BY TYPE & MARKET (million pounds)
        • Table POLYETHYLENE FILM DEMAND IN CONVERTED FLEXIBLE FOOD PACKAGING BY MARKET, 2012 (2.4 billion pounds)
        • Table POLYETHYLENE FILM DEMAND IN CONVERTED FLEXIBLE NONFOOD PACKAGING BY TYPE & MARKET (million pounds)
        • Table POLYETHYLENE FILM DEMAND IN CONVERTED FLEXIBLE NONFOOD PACKAGING BY MARKET, 2012 (1.4 billion pounds)
      • Polypropylene Film
        • Table POLYPROPYLENE FILM DEMAND IN CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING BY TYPE & MARKET (million pounds)
        • Table POLYPROPYLENE FILM DEMAND IN CONVERTED FLEXIBLE FOOD PACKAGING (million pounds)
        • Table POLYPROPYLENE FILM DEMAND IN CONVERTED FLEXIBLE FOOD PACKAGING, 2012 (1.2 billion pounds)
        • Table POLYPROPYLENE FILM DEMAND IN CONVERTED FLEXIBLE NONFOOD PACKAGING (million pounds)
      • Polyester Film
        • Table POLYESTER FILM DEMAND IN CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING BY MARKET (million pounds)
        • Table POLYESTER FILM DEMAND IN CONVERTED FLEXIBLE FOOD PACKAGING (million pounds)
        • Table POLYESTER FILM DEMAND IN CONVERTED FLEXIBLE NONFOOD PACKAGING (million pounds)
      • Polyvinyl Chloride Film
        • Table POLYVINYL CHLORIDE FILM DEMAND IN CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING BY MARKET (million pounds)
        • Table POLYVINYL CHLORIDE FILM DEMAND IN CONVERTED FLEXIBLE FOOD PACKAGING (million pounds)
        • Table POLYVINYL CHLORIDE FILM DEMAND IN CONVERTED FLEXIBLE NONFOOD PACKAGING (million pounds)
      • Nylon Film
        • Table NYLON FILM DEMAND IN CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING BY MARKET (million pounds)
      • Polystyrene Film
        • Table POLYSTYRENE FILM DEMAND IN CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING BY MARKET (million pounds)
      • Polyvinylidene Chloride Film
        • Table POLYVINYLIDENE CHLORIDE FILM DEMAND IN CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING BY MARKET (million pounds)
      • Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol Film
        • Table ETHYLENE VINYL ALCOHOL FILM DEMAND IN CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING BY MARKET (million pounds)
      • Biopolymer Films
        • Table BIOPOLYMER FILM DEMAND IN CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING BY TYPE & MARKET (million pounds)
      • Other Films
        • Table OTHER PLASTIC FILM DEMAND IN CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING BY MARKET (million pounds)
    • Paper
      • Table PAPER DEMAND IN CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING BY TYPE & MARKET (million pounds)
      • Kraft & Sulfite
        • Table KRAFT & SULFITE PAPER DEMAND IN CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING BY MARKET (million pounds)
        • Table KRAFT & SULFITE PAPER DEMAND IN CONVERTED FLEXIBLE FOOD PACKAGING (million pounds)
        • Table KRAFT & SULFITE PAPER DEMAND IN CONVERTED FLEXIBLE NONFOOD PACKAGING (million pounds)
      • Glassine & Greaseproof
        • Table GLASSINE & GREASEPROOF PAPER DEMAND IN CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING BY MARKET (million pounds)
        • Table GLASSINE & GREASEPROOF PAPER DEMAND IN CONVERTED FLEXIBLE FOOD PACKAGING (million pounds)
        • Table GLASSINE & GREASEPROOF PAPER DEMAND IN CONVERTED FLEXIBLE NONFOOD PACKAGING (million pounds)
      • Oiled & Waxed
        • Table OILED & WAXED PAPER DEMAND IN CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING BY MARKET (million pounds)
    • Aluminum Foil
      • Table ALUMINUM FOIL DEMAND IN CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING BY MARKET (million pounds)
      • Food Packaging
      • Nonfood Packaging
  • PRODUCT & MARKET OVERVIEW
    • General
      • Table CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET (million dollars)
      • Table CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE, 2012 ($16.2 billion)
    • Bags
      • Table BAG DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars)
    • Pouches
      • Table POUCH DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars)
    • Other
      • Table OTHER CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars)
  • FOOD PACKAGING
    • General
      • Table FOOD PACKAGING MARKETS FOR CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING (million dollars)
      • Table FOOD PACKAGING MARKETS FOR CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING, 2012 ($11.3 billion)
    • Meat & Related Products
      • Meat & Related Products Outlook
        • Table MEAT & RELATED PRODUCTS CONSUMPTION (billion pounds)
      • Converted Flexible Packaging Demand
        • Table MEAT & RELATED PRODUCTS: CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE (million dollars)
      • Materials
        • Table MEAT & RELATED PRODUCTS: CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MATERIAL (million pounds)
    • Baked Goods
      • Baked Goods Outlook
        • Table BAKED GOODS SHIPMENTS (billion dollars)
      • Converted Flexible Packaging Demand
        • Table BAKED GOODS: CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE (million dollars)
      • Materials
        • Table BAKED GOODS: CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MATERIAL (million pounds)
    • Snack Food
      • Snack Food Outlook
        • Table SNACK FOOD SHIPMENTS (billion dollars)
      • Converted Flexible Packaging Demand
        • Table SNACK FOOD: CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE (million dollars)
      • Materials
        • Table SNACK FOOD: CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MATERIAL (million pounds)
    • Produce
      • Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Outlook
        • Table FRESH PRODUCE CONSUMPTION (billion pounds)
      • Converted Flexible Packaging Demand
        • Table PRODUCE: CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE (million dollars)
      • Materials
        • Table PRODUCE: CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MATERIAL (million pounds)
    • Candy & Confections
      • Candy & Confections Outlook
        • Table CANDY & CONFECTION SHIPMENTS (billion dollars)
      • Converted Flexible Packaging Demand
        • Table CANDY & CONFECTIONS: CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE (million dollars)
      • Materials
        • Table CANDY & CONFECTIONS: CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MATERIAL (million pounds)
    • Frozen Food
      • Frozen Food Outlook
        • Table FROZEN FOOD SHIPMENTS (billion dollars)
      • Converted Flexible Packaging Demand
        • Table FROZEN FOOD: CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE (million dollars)
      • Materials
        • Table FROZEN FOOD: CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MATERIAL (million pounds)
    • Dairy Products
      • Dairy Products Outlook
        • Table DAIRY PRODUCT SHIPMENTS (billion dollars)
      • Converted Flexible Packaging Demand
        • Table DAIRY PRODUCTS: CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE (million dollars)
      • Materials
        • Table DAIRY PRODUCTS: CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MATERIAL (million pounds)
    • Pet Food
      • Pet Food Product Outlook
        • Table PET FOOD SHIPMENTS (billion dollars)
      • Converted Flexible Packaging Demand
        • Table PET FOOD PRODUCTS: CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE (million dollars)
      • Materials
        • Table PET FOOD PRODUCTS: CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MATERIAL (million pounds)
    • Beverages
      • Beverage Products Outlook
        • Table BEVERAGE SHIPMENTS (billion dollars)
      • Converted Flexible Packaging Demand
        • Table BEVERAGES: CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE (million dollars)
      • Materials
        • Table BEVERAGES: CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MATERIAL (million pounds)
    • Grain Mill Products
      • Grain Mill Products Outlook
        • Table GRAIN MILL SHIPMENTS (billion dollars)
      • Converted Flexible Packaging Demand
        • Table GRAIN MILL PRODUCTS: CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE (million dollars)
      • Materials
        • Table GRAIN MILL PRODUCTS: CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MATERIAL (million pounds)
    • Other Foods
      • Converted Flexible Packaging Demand
        • Table OTHER FOODS: CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE (million dollars)
      • Materials
        • Table OTHER FOODS: CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MATERIAL (million pounds)
  • NONFOOD PACKAGING
    • General
      • Table NONFOOD PACKAGING MARKETS FOR CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING (million dollars)
      • Table NONFOOD PACKAGING MARKETS FOR CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING, 2012 ($4.9 billion)
    • Pharmaceuticals
      • Pharmaceuticals Industry Outlook
        • Table PHARMACEUTICAL SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Converted Flexible Packaging Demand
        • Table PHARMACEUTICALS: CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE (million dollars)
      • Materials
        • Table PHARMACEUTICALS: CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MATERIAL (million pounds)
    • Medical Products
      • Medical Products Outlook
        • Table MEDICAL PRODUCT SHIPMENTS (billion dollars)
      • Converted Flexible Packaging Demand
        • Table MEDICAL PRODUCTS: CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE (million dollars)
      • Materials
        • Table MEDICAL PRODUCTS: CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MATERIAL (million pounds)
    • Paper & Textile Products
      • Paper & Textile Products Outlook
        • Table PAPER & TEXTILE SHIPMENTS (billion dollars)
      • Converted Flexible Packaging Demand
        • Table PAPER & TEXTILE PRODUCTS: CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE (million dollars)
      • Materials
        • Table PAPER & TEXTILE PRODUCTS: CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MATERIAL (million pounds)
    • Agricultural & Horticultural Products
      • Agricultural & Horticultural Industry Outlook
        • Table SELECTED AGRICULTURAL & HORTICULTURAL INDICATORS
      • Converted Flexible Packaging Demand
        • Table AGRICULTURAL & HORTICULTURAL PRODUCTS: CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE (million dollars)
      • Materials
        • Table AGRICULTURAL & HORTICULTURAL PRODUCTS: CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MATERIAL (million pounds)
    • Chemicals
      • Chemical Products Outlook
        • Table CHEMICAL PRODUCT SHIPMENTS
      • Converted Flexible Packaging Demand
        • Table CHEMICALS: CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE (million dollars)
      • Materials
        • Table CHEMICALS: CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MATERIAL (million pounds)
    • Rack & Counter
      • Converted Flexible Packaging Demand
        • Table RACK & COUNTER: CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE (million dollars)
      • Materials
        • Table RACK & COUNTER: CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MATERIAL (million pounds)
    • Other Nonfood Markets
      • Converted Flexible Packaging Demand
        • Table OTHER NONFOOD PRODUCTS: CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE & APPLICATION (million dollars)
      • Materials
        • Table OTHER NONFOOD PRODUCTS: CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY MATERIAL (million pounds)
  • INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
    • General
      • Table US CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING SALES BY COMPANY, 2012 (million dollars)
    • Market Share
      • Table US CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING MARKET SHARE BY COMPANY, 2012 ($16.2 billion)
    • Acquisitions & Divestitures
      • Table SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES
    • Marketing Strategies
    • Channels of Distribution
    • Research & Development
    • Competitive Strategies
    • Cooperative Agreements
      • Table SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS
    • Company Profiles
      • Amcor Limited
      • American Packaging Corporation
      • Ampac Packaging LLC
      • Bancroft Bag Incorporated
      • Bemis Company Incorporated
      • Berry Plastics Corporation
      • Bryce Corporation
      • Clear Lam Packaging Incorporated
      • Clondalkin Group Holdings BV
      • Coating Excellence International LLC
      • Constantia Flexibles Group GmbH
      • Coveris
      • Dow Chemical Company
      • DuPont (EI) de Nemours
      • Expera Specialty Solutions LLC
      • Exxon Mobil Corporation
      • Graphic Packaging Holding Company
      • Hilex Poly Company LLC
      • Honeywell International Incorporated
      • Hood Companies
      • Innovia Films Limited
      • InterFlex Group Incorporated
      • Kuraray Company Limited
      • Liqui-Box Corporation
      • Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation
      • Mondi Group
      • Oracle Packaging Incorporated
      • Printpack Incorporated
      • Prolamina Corporation
      • Scholle Corporation
      • Sealed Air Corporation
      • Shields Bag and Printing Company
      • Sigma Plastics Group
      • Sonoco Products Company
      • Taghleef Industries LLC
      • Toray Industries Incorporated
      • Tredegar Corporation
      • Wihuri Oy
    • Additional Companies Mentioned in the Study

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