Global glass packaging market size was estimated at USD 48.97 billion in 2013. Rising demand for alcoholic beverages along with rapid increase in the beer industry in Eastern Europe and Asia Pacific is expected to augment growth over the next six years.
Growing consumption of glass packaging in pharmaceuticals along with food & beverages sector on account of its non-corrosive nature is expected to drive the demand. In addition, various properties including recyclability, non-permeability, and zero rate of chemical interaction make it suitable as a packaging material for various applications including beer, soft drinks, beverages, and medical.
Increasing consumer health awareness along with high living standards will increase glass demand in pharmaceutical packaging. Glass being eco-friendly along with numerous ongoing R&D to develop packaging, which is 50% lighter as compared to traditional forms, is expected to witness immense potential over the next six years.
Plastic bottles and metal cans can be used as substitutes to glass on account of their light weight and low cost. Growing demand for plastic bottles and metal cans in chemicals, perfumes, and aerosols is expected to restrain the demand. Rising consumer awareness towards hygienic packaging in food & beverage sector is likely to open new avenues over the forecast period.
North America glass packaging market revenue by application, 2012-2020, (USD Million)
Alcoholic beverages dominated the global market accounting for over 50% of the volume share. The segment is expected to witness significant gains over the forecast period on account of aesthetic appeal offered by the glass as compared to plastic. Rising demand for an alcoholic beverage in various countries including India, China, Brazil, Germany, and the U.S. is likely to stimulate market expansion.
Beer accounted for a significant revenue share on account of its growing intake by the younger generation, particularly in Eastern Europe and Asia Pacific. In addition, availability of various shape, color, and graphics in beer packaging is expected to be a major factor responsible for the high growth rate. The segment is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.8% from 2014 to 2020.
Mounting demand in pharmaceuticals applications owing to its non-toxicity and reusability is expected to promote market growth. Moreover, expanding pharmaceutical sector in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, India, China, and Saudi Arabia will boost industry growth. Food & beverages sector is expected to reduce its share as a result of increasing demand for flexible packaging including paper and plastics.
Asia Pacific glass packaging market accounted for over 35% of the global volume share in 2013. The regional market is expected to grow owing to the accelerating use of glass in various end-use industries including food & beverages, pharmaceuticals, and alcoholic beverages in China and India. Also, high availability of raw materials including silica is expected to propel industry growth.
Europe glass packaging market was valued at USD 15,713.2 million in 2013, and will witness significant growth in light of increasing beer industry mainly in France and Germany. Moreover, high consumption of glass packaging in Russia and Turkey is further expected to stimulate growth.
North America is expected to show high growth in pharmaceutical packaging on account of technical advancements along with high manufacturing base in this region. Saudi Arabia is expected to witness immense growth potential on account of growing pharmaceutical industry over the forecast period.
Owens Illinois Inc., Saint-Gobain, Ardagh, Gerresheimer, and Vetropack dominated the global glass packaging market share in 2013 accounting for over 33%. Other participants include Amcor, Nihon Yamamura, Tamron Co., Ltd., and Piramal Glass Limited. The global market is highly fragmented in nature owing to the presence of numerous small- and medium-sized companies. Various players have to comply with the FDA, the EU, and the U.S. EPA regulations regarding manufacturing, usage, and disposal of glass.
Companies offer packaging for numerous applications including beer, wine, spirits, non-alcoholic beverages, food, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food, and cosmetics. In addition, ongoing product innovation and technological advancements to make glass bottles lighter, thereby reducing the energy required to produce and transport them are expected to generate growth opportunities in future.
Owens Illinois Inc. offers transparency and purity with packaging options across a broad array of sizes, shapes, and colors, which improve the image of beverage product, including juice, soda, juice, ready-to-drink coffees, milk, and bottled water
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