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High Barrier Packaging Films for Pharmaceuticals Market: Global Industry Analysis 2012 - 2016 and Opportunity Assessment 2017 - 2027

High Barrier Packaging Films for Pharmaceuticals Market: Global Industry Analysis 2012 - 2016 and Opportunity Assessment 2017 - 2027

High barrier films are widely used due to growing awareness about their properties. These properties include moisture barrier, gas barrier or oxygen barrier, odor barrier, and light barrier. The barrier films with thickness of more than 25µm are considered as high barrier films. The growing popularity of high barrier packaging films is helping the market increase its application among several end-use industries. Food industry is the largest end user, while the pharmaceuticals industry is the fastest growing. Growing importance of quality packaging of pharmaceuticals is the primary factor boosting market growth. In terms of application, high barrier packaging films includes bags & pouches and blisters. Blisters are the most preferred format of packaging for pharmaceuticals due to unit dosing feature and high protection from contamination of the primary product. Bags and pouches are largely used for packaging pharmaceutical powders or bulk medication.

Other packaging formats with high barrier films are still in the development stage and are more likely to be introduced in a few years. Among these applications, blisters lead the segment with a huge margin. The market for blisters is expected to reach a valuation of over US$ 400 Mn by the end of 2027, growing at a robust CAGR of 6.1% during the forecast period. The growing demand for blisters is mainly contributed by the pharmaceuticals industry. Pharmaceuticals that need to be transported for long distances might be required to be stored for a longer period of time and require proper material for packaging to bear several stresses. Thus, high quality packaging materials such as high barrier materials with multilayer structure incorporating high strength base material are in demand. Various qualities of blister packs such as unit dosing packaging format and others has led to more than half of the solid drugs and pharmaceuticals packed into blisters packs.

Pharmaceutical products need to be protected from various environmental situations. The medication needs to be protected from UV rays, water vapour, oxygen, chemicals and harmful microbiological contamination. Typical plastic materials are generally preferred for pharmaceutical packaging due to low cost production of the packaging, but the barrier against moisture and gases is not effectively achieved. However, manufacturers have now come up with a new active packaging technology. It helps tackle the various environmental situations affecting the quality of the medication. The most common type of active technology packaging is antimicrobials incorporation in packaging materials. This prevents harmful bacterial growth by releasing antibacterial chemicals that aid in expanding the shelf life of the product. Active packaging technology is widely used on polymer materials such as Polyethylene (PE), Polypropylene (PP), Polystyrene (PS), Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET), Polyamide (PA), and Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol (EVOH).

The global market may witness a growth of alternate barrier material in some regions, which may replace high barrier packaging films

EVOH is considered to hold excellent barrier properties that aid in increasing the shelf life of pharmaceutical products. Yet, vendors are attracted towards alternative material such as Polyethylene (PE) and Polypropylene (PP) that have moderate barrier properties and also reduce the cost of flexible packaging. Among PE, HDPE MVTR grades are known to have enhanced moisture barrier properties than LDPE. PE and PP have poor oxygen barrier properties, but can be combined (coaxed, blended, or laminated) with other materials to provide high Moisture Vapor Transmission Rate. Similarly, saponified EVA is also in use to produce barrier films.


1. Executive Summary
1.1. Market Overview
1.2. Market Analysis
1.3. FMI Analysis and Recommendations
1.4. Wheel of Fortune
2. Market Introduction
2.1. Market Definition
2.2. Market Taxonomy
3. Market Viewpoint
3.1. Porter’s Five Forces Analysis for High Barrier Packaging Films Market for Pharmaceuticals
3.2. PESTLE Analysis for High Barrier Packaging Films Market for Pharmaceuticals
3.3. Parent/Associated Market Overview
3.4. Macro-Economic Overview
3.4.1. Global Plastic Production Growth
3.4.2. Global GDP Growth
3.4.3. Global Export/Import Trade Assessment
3.5. Opportunity Analysis
4. Global High Barrier Packaging Films Market for Pharmaceuticals Analysis
4.1. Market Volume Projection
4.2. Market Size and Y-o-Y Growth
4.3. Absolute $ Opportunity
5. Global High Barrier Films for Pharmaceutical Packaging Value Chain Analysis
5.1. High Barrier Films for Pharmaceutical Packaging Value Chain
5.1.1. List of Raw Material Suppliers
5.1.2. List of High Barrier Films for Pharmaceutical Packaging Manufacturer/Supplier
5.1.3. List of End Users
6. Global High Barrier Packaging Films Market for Pharmaceuticals Analysis By Product Type
6.1. Introduction
6.2. Historical Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume (Tons) Analysis 2012-2016 By Product Type
6.2.1. Cold Formable Films
6.2.2. Co-extruded Films
6.2.3. Thermo-formable Films
6.3. Current Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume (Tons) Forecast 2017-2027 By Product Type
6.3.1. Cold Formable Films
6.3.2. Co-extruded Films
6.3.3. Thermoformable Films
6.4. Market Attractiveness Analysis By Product Type
7. Global High Barrier Packaging Films Market for Pharmaceuticals Analysis By Application
7.1. Introduction
7.2. Historical Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume (Tons) Analysis 2012-2016 By Application
7.2.1. Bags & Pouch
7.2.2. Blisters
7.3. Current Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume (Tons) Forecast 2017-2027 By Application
7.3.1. Bags & Pouch
7.3.2. Blisters
7.4. Market Attractiveness Analysis By Capacity Type
8. Global High Barrier Packaging Films Market for Pharmaceuticals Analysis By Material Type
8.1. Introduction
8.2. Historical Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume (Tons) Analysis 2012-2016 By Material Type
8.2.1. Aluminum
8.2.2. PVC/PVdC
8.2.3. Polypropylene (PP)
8.2.4. Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol (EVOH)
8.2.5. Polyamide (PA)
8.2.6. Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
8.2.7. Polyethylene (PE)
8.2.8. Others (COC, PCTFE, etc.)
8.3. Current Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume (Tons) Forecast 2017-2027 By Material Type
8.3.1. Aluminum
8.3.2. PVC/PVdC
8.3.3. Polypropylene (PP)
8.3.4. Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol (EVOH)
8.3.5. Polyamide (PA)
8.3.6. Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
8.3.7. Polyethylene (PE)
8.3.8. Others (COC, PCTFE, etc.)
8.4. Market Attractiveness Analysis By Material Type
9. Global High Barrier Packaging Films Market for Pharmaceuticals Analysis By Region
9.1. Introduction
9.2. Historical Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume (Tons) Analysis 2012-2016 By Region
9.2.1. North America
9.2.2. Latin America
9.2.3. Western Europe
9.2.4. Eastern Europe
9.2.5. Middle East and Africa
9.2.6. Asia Pacific Excluding Japan
9.2.7. Japan
9.3. Current Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume (Tons) Forecast 2017-2027 By Region
9.3.1. North America
9.3.2. Latin America
9.3.3. Western Europe
9.3.4. Eastern Europe
9.3.5. Middle East and Africa
9.3.6. Asia Pacific Excluding Japan
9.3.7. Japan
9.4. Market Attractiveness Analysis By Region
10. North America High Barrier Packaging Films Market for Pharmaceuticals Analysis
10.1. Introduction
10.2. Historical Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume (Tons) Analysis 2012-2016 By Country
10.2.1. U.S.
10.2.2. Canada
10.3. Current Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume (Tons) Forecast 2017-2027 By Country
10.3.1. U.S.
10.3.2. Canada
10.4. Historical Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume (Tons) Analysis 2012-2016 By Product Type
10.4.1. Cold Formable Films
10.4.2. Co-extruded Films
10.4.3. Thermoformable Films
10.5. Current Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume (Tons) Forecast 2017-2027 By Product Type
10.5.1. Cold Formable Films
10.5.2. Co-extruded Films
10.5.3. Thermoformable Films
10.6. Historical Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume (Tons) Analysis 2012-2016 By Application
10.6.1. Bags & Pouch
10.6.2. Blisters
10.7. Current Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume (Tons) Forecast 2017-2027 By Application
10.7.1. Bags & Pouch
10.7.2. Blisters
10.8.Historical Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume (Tons) Analysis 2012-2016 By Material Type
10.8.1. Aluminum
10.8.2. PVC/PVdC
10.8.3. Polypropylene (PP)
10.8.4. Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol (EVOH)
10.8.5. Polyamide (PA)
10.8.6. Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
10.8.7. Polyethylene (PE)
10.8.8. Others (COC, PCTFE, etc.)
10.9.Current Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume (Tons) Forecast 2017-2027 By Material Type
10.9.1. Aluminum
10.9.2. PVC/PVdC
10.9.3. Polypropylene (PP)
10.9.4. Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol (EVOH)
10.9.5. Polyamide (PA)
10.9.6. Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
10.9.7. Polyethylene (PE)
10.9.8. Others (COC, PCTFE, etc.)
10.10. Key Representative Market Participants
10.11. Competitor Market Presence (Intensity Map)
11. Latin America High Barrier Packaging Films Market for Pharmaceuticals Analysis
11.1. Introduction
11.2. Historical Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume (Tons) Analysis 2012-2016 By Country
11.2.1. Brazil
11.2.2. Mexico
11.2.3. Rest of Latin America
11.3. Current Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume (Tons) Forecast 2017-2027 By Country
11.3.1. Brazil
11.3.2. Mexico
11.3.3. Rest of Latin America
11.4. Historical Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume (Tons) Analysis 2012-2016 By Product Type
11.4.1. Cold Formable Films
11.4.2. Co-extruded Films
11.4.3. Thermoformable Films
11.5. Current Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume (Tons) Forecast 2017-2027 By Product Type
11.5.1. Cold Formable Films
11.5.2. Co-extruded Films
11.5.3. Thermoformable Films
11.6. Historical Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume (Tons) Analysis 2012-2016 By Application
11.6.1. Bags & Pouch
11.6.2. Blisters
11.7. Current Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume (Tons) Forecast 2017-2027 By Application
11.7.1. Bags & Pouch
11.7.2. Blisters
11.8. Historical Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume (Tons) Analysis 2012-2016 By Material Type
11.8.1. Aluminum
11.8.2. PVC/PVdC
11.8.3. Polypropylene (PP)
11.8.4. Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol (EVOH)
11.8.5. Polyamide (PA)
11.8.6. Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
11.8.7. Polyethylene (PE)
11.8.8. Others (COC, PCTFE, etc.)
11.9. Current Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume (Tons) Forecast 2017-2027 By Material Type
11.9.1. Aluminum
11.9.2. PVC/PVdC
11.9.3. Polypropylene (PP)
11.9.4. Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol (EVOH)
11.9.5. Polyamide (PA)
11.9.6. Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
11.9.7. Polyethylene (PE)
11.9.8. Others (COC, PCTFE, etc.)
11.10. Key Representative Market Participants
11.11. Competitor Market Presence (Intensity Map)
12. Western Europe High Barrier Packaging Films Market for Pharmaceuticals Analysis
12.1. Introduction
12.2. Historical Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume (Tons) Analysis 2012-2016 By Country
12.2.1. Germany
12.2.2. Italy
12.2.3. France
12.2.4. Spain
12.2.5. U.K.
12.2.6. BENELUX
12.2.7. Rest of Western Europe
12.3. Current Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume (Tons) Forecast 2017-2027 By Country
12.3.1. Germany
12.3.2. Italy
12.3.3. France
12.3.4. Spain
12.3.5. U.K.
12.3.6. BENELUX
12.3.7. Rest of Western Europe
12.4. Historical Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume (Tons) Analysis 2012-2016 By Product Type
12.4.1. Cold Formable Films
12.4.2. Co-extruded Films
12.4.3. Thermoformable Films
12.5. Current Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume (Tons) Forecast 2017-2027 By Product Type
12.5.1. Cold Formable Films
12.5.2. Co-extruded Films
12.5.3. Thermoformable Films
12.6. Historical Market Size (US$ Mn) and Volume (Tons) Analysis 2012-2016 By Application
12.6.1. Bags & Pouch
12.6.2. Blisters

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