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Functional Coatings for Flexible Packaging: Technology Impact Assessment

Functional Coatings for Flexible Packaging: Technology Impact Assessment

Flexible packaging is a simple and well accepted type of packaging which provides a wide range of possibilities in customization and design flexibility according to the needs of the product being packaged. While conventional coatings applied to package substrates act as a protective layer with aesthetic appeal, recent developments in functional coatings have achieved the ability to incorporate changes in the surface and bulk properties of the coating, thereby enabling functionalities, such as scratch resistance, hydrophobicity, antimicrobial protection, gas and moisture permeation resistance and cohesive strength. These coatings are defined as functional coatings for flexible packaging. Considering the importance given to extending the shelf-life of products and improving the reusability of packaging material, there is significant interest in developing new coating materials that could enhance the functional capabilities of flexible packaging and offer quality retention and protection in different environment.This research service titled “Functional Coatings for Flexible Packaging – Technology Impact Assessment” discusses the types of flexible packaging and the importance of barrier coatings in different application sectors. An overview of the different types of barrier coatings is provided along with an overall application landscape has been discussed.In specific, the need for barrier coatings in flexible packaging is discussed to give an understanding of the benefits in different use cases. A listing of top innovators and innovation focus areas is included along with insights on technology adoption trends in different regions, namely North America, Europe, APAC (including China and Japan). An impact assessment of evolving technologies is performed to analyze how different stakeholders in the barrier coatings industry value chain are working to meet the unmet needs in flexible packaging.


  • Executive Summary
    • Research Scope
    • Research Methodology
    • Product Owners Must Reduce Material Use, Enhance Protection, and Attract Consumers
    • Food Industry Leads the Move toward Sustainable Packaging
  • Technology Introduction
    • Consumer Trends Drive the Transition to Flexible Packaging
    • Application Segments in the Food and Beverage Industry
    • Application Segments in Pharma, Personal and Home Care Industries
    • Types of Flexible Packaging: Simple Pouch Forms Get Better in Capacity and Sealing Integrity
    • Types of Flexible Packaging: New Packages Aim to Improve Barriers and Replace Rigid Forms
    • Types of Flexible Packaging: Stand-up Pouches Enhance Consumer Interaction On-the-shelf
    • Barrier Coatings Well Suited for Changing Packaging Trends
    • Need for Barrier Coatings in Three Flexible Substrate Classes
    • Four Major Types of Barrier Coatings Used in Flexible Packaging
    • Fresh Produce and Personal Care Products Widely Featured in IP Filings
    • New Barrier Coating Technologies Target Beverages and High Value Industrial Chemicals
  • Industry Overview
    • Urbanization and Economic Growth Top Influencers on Regional Trends
    • Developed Regions Adopt Early and Invest in Sustainable Coatings
    • Asia Pacific and Middle East Africa are Key Demand Centers
    • Packaging Companies Invest in Capacity Expansion to Meet Growing Demand
    • Building New Capabilities through Acquisition Proving Profitable
    • EU Funded Projects Focus on Sustainable Barrier Coatings
    • New Alternatives Required to Close Gaps in Barrier Performance
      • Table New Alternatives Required to Close Gaps in Barrier Performance
    • Ease of Application and Coating Durability Key for Adoption
    • Transparency and Clarity in Barrier Coatings a Critical Factor
    • Stakeholders Offer a Portfolio of Water-based Barrier Coatings
    • SiOx and PVdC Coatings in Pharma and Food Industries
    • New Product Launches Promote Biodegradability and Bio-based Barrier Coatings
    • Developments in Chlorine-free Ultra-high Barrier Coatings
    • Developments in Multifunctional Recyclable Barrier Coatings
  • Analyst Perspective
    • Roadmap of Technology Development in Top 3 Growth Segments
    • Transition to Thinner Flexible Packaging Enabled by Barrier Coatings
    • Push for Sustainable Packaging Creates New Opportunities for Technology Developers
  • Key Contacts
    • Key Contacts

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