Thermoform Packaging Market Drives $77.78 Billion By 2032 | CAGR: 4.6%

Thermoform Packaging Market Size Worth $77.78 Billion By 2032 | CAGR: 4.6%

The global thermoform packaging market size is expected to reach USD 77.78 billion by 2032, according to a new study by Polaris Market Research. The report “Thermoform Packaging Market Share, Size, Trends, Industry Analysis Report, By Type (Skin packaging, Blister packaging, Clamshell Packaging, Others); By Material; By Heat-Seal Coating; By End-Use Industry; By Region; Segment Forecast, 2024- 2032” gives a detailed insight into current market dynamics and provides analysis on future market growth.

Thermoforming, a plastic molding technology, produces a diverse array of highly practical items by heating thin plastic sheets for enhanced manipulability. Once the plastic sheet attains a pliable temperature, it is shaped over a male or female mold, and the resulting product is trimmed to its final shape after cooling. The primary thermoforming techniques include vacuum forming and pressure forming. Vacuum forming utilizes heat and pressure to shape plastic sheets, employing a vacuum to mold the sheet over a form after heating. Pressure forming, similar to vacuum forming but with added pressure, offers increased precision and structure, making it an ideal choice for applications where aesthetics are crucial.

The growing demand for prepared foods, especially ready meals and packaged meat and fish products, is anticipated to propel market expansion. Additionally, the global proliferation of organized and e-retail channels is expected to contribute to market growth. In the thermoforming process, thermoplastic sheets are heated to soften, molded into the desired shape using molds, and subjected to heat, suction, and pressure to create the final products. Thin-gauge and thick-gauge thermoforming represent the two main categories of thermoforming.

Furthermore, thermoform packaging is a molded product created through the thermoforming process involving the application of heat and pressure to shape plastic into the desired form. It is a simpler and more cost-effective procedure compared to other plastic molding and forming methods. Thermoplastic sheets are heated to a malleable point, molded, and then cooled to produce the final product. Thermoform packaging is characterized by its protective qualities, lightweight nature, reusability, and cost-effectiveness. Widely utilized across various industries, including electronics, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, personal care, and automotive, it is experiencing increased demand in the food and beverage and pharmaceutical sectors for product packaging, contributing to market growth during the forecast period.

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Additionally, the opportunity in sustainable packaging solutions for the thermoform packaging market lies in addressing the growing demand and preference for environmentally friendly alternatives. With increasing awareness of environmental issues and a focus on sustainability, there is a significant market opportunity for thermoform packaging solutions designed to minimize environmental impact. Sustainable packaging involves using materials that are recyclable, biodegradable, or made from renewable resources. This approach aligns with the global push towards reducing plastic waste and adopting more eco-friendly practices.

Thermoform Packaging Market Report Highlights

  • In 2023, the PET segment led the Plastic category, propelled by its recyclable attributes, lightweight characteristics, and high tensile strength, thereby fostering comprehensive market expansion. PET's minimal water absorption guarantees limited interaction with food or beverages, establishing it as the favored option for packaging consumable goods.
  • The forecast period saw the food and beverage segment capture the highest revenue share. The increased adoption of various products such as trays, containers, and clamshells by both food service outlets and packaged food manufacturers significantly contributed to this segment's heightened share.
  • In 2023, North America emerged as the global market leader, boasting the largest market share. This dominance is attributed to the extensive presence of leading packaged food companies and the robust penetration of organized retail. Furthermore, the region's growth was spurred by major thermoform packaging manufacturers aiming to enhance their market share by introducing innovative product offerings.
  • The global key market players include Amcor, Constantia, D&W Fine Pack, Dart Container Corp., Display Pack, Inc., Lacerta Group, Inc., Pactiv LLC, Placon Corp., Rompa Group, RPC Group Plc, Silgan Holdings, Inc., Sinclair & Rush, Inc., Sonoco Products Company, Tray-Pak Corp.

Polaris Market Research has segmented the Thermoform Packaging market report based on material, type, heat-seal coating, end-use industry, and region:

Thermoform Packaging, Material Outlook (Revenue - USD Billion, 2019 - 2032)

  • Aluminum
  • Plastic
    • PE
    • PP
    • PET
    • Polystyrene
    • PVC
    • Others
  • Paper & Paperboard

Thermoform Packaging, Type Outlook (Revenue - USD Billion, 2019 - 2032)

  • Skin packaging
  • Blister packaging
  • Clamshell packaging
  • Other

Thermoform Packaging, Heat-Seal Coating Outlook (Revenue - USD Billion, 2019 - 2032)

  • Water-based heat seal coating
  • Solvent-based heat seal coating
  • Hot-melt-based heat seal coating

Thermoform Packaging, End Use Industry Outlook (Revenue - USD Billion, 2019 - 2032)

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Home & Personal care goods
  • Electronics
  • Food & Beverages
  • Others

Thermoform Packaging, Regional Outlook (Revenue - USD Billion, 2019 - 2032)

  • North America
  • U.S.
  • Canada
  • Europe
  • Germany
  • UK
  • France
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Russia
  • Netherlands
  • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Australia
  • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa
  • UAE
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Israel
  • South Africa
  • Rest of Middle East & Africa

Thermoform Packaging Market Report Scope

Report Attributes


Market size value in 2024

USD 54.30 billion

Revenue Forecast in 2032

USD 77.78 billion


4.6% from 2024 – 2032

Base year


Historical data

2019 – 2022

Forecast period

2024 – 2032

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD billion and CAGR from 2024 to 2032

Segments Covered

By Material, By Type, By Heat-Seal Coating, By End-Use Industry, By Region

Regional scope

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


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