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Flexible Paper Packaging Market Share, Size, Trends, Industry Analysis Report, By Packaging Type (Pouches, Rollstock, Shrink Sleeves, Wraps, Others), By Printing Technology, By Embellishing Type, By Application; By Region; Segment Forecast, 2022 - 2030

  • Published Date: Apr 2022
  • Pages: 132
  • Format: PDF
  • Report ID: PM1309
  • Base Year: 2021
  • Historical Data: 2018 - 2020

Report Summary

The global flexible paper packaging market was valued at USD 64.35 billion in 2021 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.2% during the forecast period. The rising inclination toward flexible packaging paper solutions compared to plastic packaging solutions and increasing technological developments lead to the introduction of innovative packaging is the primary driving factor for the market growth for flexible paper packaging.

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In addition, the imposition of stringent regulatory rules & regulations for plastic packaging, coupled with the growing awareness of environmentally friendly and sustainable packing, is also stimulating the market demand across the globe.

Furthermore, the rising application of flexible paper packaging in various end-use industries such as healthcare, consumer goods, personal care, food & beverages, along with the increasing disposable income, growing working population, and surging demand for packed food, also attributes to the market growth for flexible paper packaging in the near future.

During the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the flexible paper packaging market continued to exhibit a progressive growth rate across the globe. The Covid-19 outbreak was followed by the various lockdown restrictions imposed by governments globally that have negatively influenced the capital investments in numerous sectors, which hampers the market growth worldwide.

In this global crisis, healthcare and e-commerce witnessed considerable growth. However, the gradual opening of the lockdown and expansion of the food & beverage industry is anticipated to act as a catalyzing factor for the flexible paper packing demand, accelerating the market growth for flexible paper packing over the forecast period.

Industry Dynamics

Growth Drivers
The rising application of flexible paper packing is the major driving factor for market growth. These solutions are increasingly adopted by the various end-use industries for cost-efficient, lightweight and sustainable packaging. The growing popularity of frozen and ready-to-eat food products is witnessing the flourishing growth of flexible paper packaging.

Various manufacturers are inclined to opt for this kind of solution and the adoption of advanced technologies for innovative solutions. Factors such as changing lifestyles, increasing disposable income, growing working population, and rising need for convenience food items are attributed to the market growth for flexible paper packaging.

Moreover, these lightweight solutions are majorly used in packaging products such as fruits & vegetables, dairy products, bakery and confectionaries, food grains, and other ready-to-eat products. The growing consumer base of these food items in developing and underdeveloped nations contributes to market growth for flexible paper packaging.

Furthermore, governments execute various stringent regulations for plastics to protect and conserve the environment and encourage paper packing solutions as they are recyclable and biodegradable. Hence, the thriving growth of the food industry and growing trend of opting for eco-friendly solutions, and the availability of favorable government policies for flexible packaging paper are surging the market demand across the globe.

Report Segmentation

The market is primarily segmented on the basis of packaging type, printing technology, embellishing type, application, and region.

By Packaging Type

By Printing Technology

By Embellishing Type

By Application

By Region

  • Pouches
  • Rollstock
  • Shrink Sleeves
  • Wraps
  • Others
  • Rotogravure
  • Flexography
  • Digital Printing
  • Others
  • Hot Coil
  • Cold Coil
  • Others
  • Food
  • Spirits
  • Beverages
  • Healthcare
  • Beauty & Personal Care
  • Others
  • North America (U.S., Canada)
  • Europe (France, Germany, UK, Italy, Netherlands, Russia, Spain)
  • Asia Pacific (Japan, China, India, Malaysia, Indonesia. South Korea)
  • Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Argentina)
  • Middle East & Africa (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Israel, South Africa)

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Insight by Embellishing Type

The hot coil segment is recorded to hold the largest revenue share. The hot coil embellishment is majorly used across a variety of end-use verticals. Hot foil is also commonly called hot stamping foil. It is a method of transferring foils to a surface at a hot temperature.

The segment is highly adopted for the packaging of food and beverages such as wine and liquor bottles, premium chocolate, and other premium foods, along with the packaging of electronics, greeting cards, business cards, artwork, and business cards. Therefore, these factors surge the segment demand in various applications, leading to segment growth.

The cold coil segment is projected to witness a progressive growth rate in the forecasting years. The cold foil will be set down completely flat against the label surface and used with various colors on paper. The rapid industrialization, growing investment in the R&D activities by the leading industry players, and increasing technological developments are anticipated to fuel the segment demand over the projected period.

Geographic Overview

North America accounted for the largest revenue share in the global market. The increasing technological developments, growing investment in R&D activities, and rising environmental concerns are the major factors fostering growth across the region. In addition, increasing digital printing, growth of the e-commerce sector, and increasing focus on sustainability are anticipated to fuel revenue growth of the flexible paper packaging market.

Moreover, the leading market players in the region are Sonoco Products Company, Innovia Films, Berry Plastics Group, Inc., FlexPak Services LLC, Bemis Company, Inc., Printpack, and Transcontinental Inc. is, also accelerating the market demand for flexible paper packaging across the region.

Moreover, the Asia Pacific is anticipated to exhibit the highest CAGR over the forecasting years. The increasing industrialization and growing public and private sector investments are the major factors contributing to the regional growth.

In addition, the increasing working population, the growth of the food industry, and the development of emerging economies such as India, China, and Australia are further act as catalyzing factors for market growth.

For instance, as per the Indian Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF), the Indian food and grocery industry ranked sixth globally, with retail contributing 70% of the sales. Also, the Indian food processing sector is recorded with 32% of the nation’s total food market, one of the major industries across India that ranked fifth in terms of export, consumption, and production.

Competitive Insight

Some of the major players operating in the global market for flexible paper packaging include Mondi Group, Sealed Air Corporation, Sonoco Products Company, Amcor Limited, Sappi Global, DS Smith, Huhtamaki OYJ, Coveris Holding SA, Wihuri, and Sabert.

In September 2020, Berry Global Inc. collaborated with Conagra Brands Inc. to manufacture sustainable packing solutions. This partnership aims to unveil its new sustainable packaging for its products developed in collaboration. Hence, the food industry's growth and the region attracting various global companies further create lucrative opportunities in the forecasting years.

Flexible Paper Packaging Market Report Scope

Report Attributes


Market size value in 2021

USD 64.35 billion

Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 92.78 billion


4.2% from 2022 - 2030

Base year


Historical data

2018 - 2020

Forecast period

2022 - 2030

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million/billion and CAGR from 2022 to 2030

Segments covered

By Packaging Type, By Printing Technology, By Embellishing Type, By Application, By Region

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America; Middle East & Africa

Key companies

Mondi Group, Sealed Air Corporation, Sonoco Products Company, Amcor Limited, Sappi Global, DS Smith, Huhtamaki OYJ, Coveris Holding SA, Wihuri, and Sabert.

Key Take-Away
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