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Smithers Pira forecasts global rigid plastic packaging market to reach $222.4 billion by 2024

The rigid plastic packing industry is reacting to new challenges around competition with innovative flexible packaging designs, and the exploration of new markets in transition economies.

Smithers Pira’s latest market report, ‘The Future of Rigid Plastic Packaging to 2024’ forecasts rigid plastic packaging sales to grow from a projected $181.1 billion in 2019 at an annual rate of 4.2% during 2019–24 to reach $222.4 billion in 2024. Economic, demographic and lifestyle trends are key drivers of rigid plastic packaging market growth.

With shifts in end-use demands increasing at a fast rate across the five years to 2024, ‘The Future of Rigid Plastic Packaging to 2024’ identifies the following key drivers and trends for the rigid plastic packaging industry today:

Lifestyle and social influences – Are driving consumer demand for convenience products packed in rigid plastic packaging.

Cost and availability of materials – The cost and availability of standard thermoplastics has a major impact on the profit margins of rigid plastic packaging processors.

Rigid plastics replace traditional packaging materials - Rigid plastic packaging will continue to benefit from the drive to replace materials like glass and metal with lightweight, cost-effective, and high-performance plastic materials in various markets.

Rigid plastic packaging challenged by flexibles - Flexible packaging has gradually taken market share from rigid pack formats in many different end-use applications.

Sustainable packaging - Brand owners and retailers are responding to consumer demand for more sustainable packaging in order to reduce the environmental impact of packaging.

Consumer concern about food waste and food safety – The packaging industry has introduced various active and intelligent packaging technologies in response to this concern.

Regulatory developments for packaging and packaging waste - The European Union has introduced regulations in relation to food contact, recycling of packaging waste and greater use of recycled plastics in product packaging.

Smithers Pira’s latest report, ‘The Future of Rigid Plastic Packaging to 2024’ provides analysis of rigid plastic packaging market trends for the period 2014–19 and presents consumption forecasts for 2019–24 by material, end-use sector, packaging product, and production process. It also presents consumption and market value forecasts for geographic markets, including a detailed analysis for 13 major countries.