Rigid Packaging Market Size & Trend Report

Rigid Packaging Market Size & Trend Analysis By Material (Plastic, Metal, Paper, Bioplastic), By Application (Food & Beverages, Pharmaceuticals) By Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America), And Segment Forecasts, 2014 - 2025

  • Published Date: Dec, 2016
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2015
  • Report ID: GVR-1-68038-233-4
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2013-2015
  • Number of Pages: 100

Industry Insights

The global rigid packaging market size was valued at USD 472.19 billion in 2015. Growing demand for packaged food such as ready-to-eat meals, frozen foods, and dried processed foods is expected to further drive industry growth.

Rigid packaging is characterized by high robustness, impact strength, and barrier properties. The product is available in various forms such as jars, bottles, cans, and containers,among others. It is of particular importance while transporting goods over long distances courtesy its high strength and sturdiness.

U.S. rigid packaging market, by material, 2014-2025 (USD Billion)

U.S. rigid packaging market

Plastic held the largest share in terms of value in the U.S., in 2015. The industry is expected to witness growing demand from emerging economies such as China and India. Growing end-use industries such as food & beverages, pharmaceuticals, and personal care in these countries are expected to be major drivers of the market in this region.

Material Insights

Plastic, metal, paper & paperboard, glass, and bioplastic were the main materials used in manufacturing rigid packaging products. Bioplastic is an upcoming material, that helps in reducing carbon dioxide emission and hence, is eco-friendly. It is projected to witness the highest CAGR from 2016 to 2015, courtesy these sustainable properties.

The material segment was dominated by plastic in 2015, accounting for over 39% of the market. Plastic can be used to protect fragile goods and can help cut down transportation and storage costs. Various polymers of plastics such as Polyethylene terephthalate (PET), Polyethylene (PE), Polypropylene (PP) are used in making rigid packaging products.

Application Insights

Rigid packaging found application in industries such as food & beverages, pharmaceuticals, personal care, and electronics. This segment was dominated by the food & beverages segment with a revenue share of over 55% in 2015. Growing demand for convenience food such as packaged food due to change in lifestyles of people is expected to drive growth.

Global rigid packaging market, by application, 2015 (%)

Global rigid packaging market

The pharmaceuticals segment is expected to be the fastest growing end-use segment in the rigid packaging market from 2016 to 2025. This industry is projected to occupy more than 15% of the market by 2025. This growth is attributed to innovations and emergence of new technologies in the pharmaceutical industry, coupled with growth in population.

Regional Insights

The Asia Pacific was the largest region for rigid packaging in 2015. It occupied more than 48%, by value in the same year. This region is driven by growing food & beverage and pharmaceuticals industries. The industry in this region is dominated by countries such as China, India, and Japan, which are projected to witness high CAGRs.

Other factors such as growing demand for sustainable and eco-friendly packaging due to stringent regulations regarding recycling of materials are expected to play an important role in the growth of this industry in Asia Pacific. This region is projected to grow at the highest CAGR of over 7.6% from 2016 to 2025.

North America held the second largest share in 2015. This region is dominated by the U.S., which accounted for more than 78% in the same year. This region is characterized by increasing use of bioplastic as a raw material for rigid packaging, due to regulations regarding the reduction of carbon footprints.

Growing demand for packaged frozen foods as well as ready-to-drink beverages due to hectic lifestyles of the people is expected to play a key role in the growth of the industry in North America. Besides, increasing spending on medicines is expected to have a positive impact on the growth here.

The market in Europe is considered to be mature. It is driven by growing demand from countries such as Germany and UK. Some of the countries in this region are yet to completely overcome the after-effects of the economic depression from 2007 to 2009. Thus, this region is projected to witness a sluggish CAGR over the forecast period.

Competitor Insights

The rigid packaging industry is highly fragmented. A large number of manufacturers and suppliers are present throughout the world. Amcor Limited, Bemis Company, Inc., Reynolds Group Holding, and DS Smith PLCare some of the major players.

Other well-known global players include Coveris Holdings S.A, Berry Plastics Corporation, Sealed Air Corporation, Silgan Holdings, Inc., Plastipak Holdings, Inc., Consolidated Container Company, and Ball Corporation. Mergers and acquisitions were some of the major development strategies adopted by these companies from 2011 to 2016.

In July 2015, Bemis Company Inc. signed an agreement with Emplal Participações S.A. to acquire its South American rigid plastic packaging business. This acquisition consolidated the company’s position in the South American region.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historic data

2014 - 2015

Forecast period

2016 - 2025

Market representation

Revenue in USD Billion, volume in Kilo tons & CAGR from 2016 to 2025

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America and Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S., UK, Germany, Japan, China, Brazil

Report coverage             

Revenue forecast, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

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Segments covered in the report

This report forecasts revenue and volume growth at global, regional & country levels and provides an analysis on the latest trends in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the rigid packaging market on the basis of material, application, and region:

  • Material Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Billion, 2014 - 2025)

    • Plastic

    • Metal

    • Paper & Paperboard

    • Glass

    • Bioplastic

  • Application Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Thousand, 2014 - 2025)

    • Food & beverages

    • Pharmaceuticals

    • Personal care

    • Others (Industrial and Electronics)

  • Regional Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Thousand, 2014 - 2025)

    • North America

      • U.S.

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • UK

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • Japan

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa


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