Advanced Materials in Packaging – Thematic Research

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Advanced materials are highly advantageous to FMCG brands looking to provide solutions that benefit the business and the consumer. Factors such as wide availability of raw materials, low cost, improved flexibility through a combination of different materials, mechanical strength, printability, low weight, reuse, and recycling after use have made paper and paperboard the most currently favored packaging material. Seemingly, the market is now seeing a reversion from simple polymer plastics towards more alternative packaging materials that retain their intrinsic value when recycled, such as aluminum beverage cans.

Advanced Materials in Packaging: Key Trends

The key trends associated with the advanced materials in packaging theme can be classified into three categories: sustainability trends, technology trends, and regulatory trends.

  • Sustainability trends: Some of the key sustainability trends impacting the advanced materials in packaging include plant-based packaging alternatives, bioplastics, more usage of recycled plastic, and smart packaging among others.
  • Technology trends – Some of the key technology trends impacting the advanced materials in packaging theme include portability, traceability, and circular economy.
  • Regulatory trends – The key regulatory trends impacting the advanced materials in packaging theme include legal challenges, single use plastic bans, and recycling challenges.

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Advanced Materials in Packaging: Industry Analysis

Several major challenges have been exacerbated by COVID-19. As COVID-19 impacted the market, dips in both the soft drinks and beer and cider packaging markets were observed, with a lasting impact on each. However, with the trends in tee-totalism and drink moderation, the growth in soft drinks packaging volume appears to be growing at a steeper rate than before, as opposed to packaging for beer and cider which is forecast to stagnate from 2021 to 2023. However, with a surge in demand as pubs and restaurants reopen in 2021, beer and cider package manufacturers will need to be mindful of the highly competitive environment that will come because of high demand following lockdown restrictions. 

The advanced materials in packaging industry analysis also cover:

  • Market size and growth forecasts
  • Impact of advanced materials on FMCG, retail, and foodservice
  • The impact of COVID-19
  • Case studies
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Advanced materials timeline

Advanced Materials in Packaging - Value Chain Analysis

The advanced materials value chain is split into consumer drivers and product and service attributes.

Traceability: General consumer concerns coupled with rising packaging waste continue to drive more stringent legislation and regulations worldwide. More focus is required on the quality of material for recycling. Sustainable secondary markets should be taken advantage of to be able to consistently trace packaging materials to the point where tracing is reliable and maybe universal in the future.

Advanced Materials in Packaging Value Chain Analysis

Advanced Materials in Packaging Value Chain Analysis

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Leading Paper & Board Packaging Companies

Some of the leading paper & board packaging public companies making their mark are DS Smith, International Paper Co, Nine Dragons Paper, Oji Holdings, and Suzano Holdings.

Leading Glass Packaging Companies

Some of the leading glass packaging private companies making their mark are Industry Corp, Vidrala SA, and Vitro SAB de CV.

Leading Flexible Packaging Companies

Amcor and Sonoco are the top two leading flexible packaging companies.

Leading Rigid Metal and Plastics Packaging Companies

The two leading firms ruling over the rigid metal and plastics packaging industry are Ardagh Group SA and Ball Corp.

Packaging Sector Scorecard

At GlobalData, we use a scorecard approach to predict tomorrow’s leading companies within each sector. Our sector scorecards have three screens: a thematic screen, a valuation screen, and a risk screen. The power sector scorecard has two screens:

  • The thematic screen tells us who are the overall leaders in the 10 themes that matter most, based on our thematic engine.
  • The valuation screen ranks our universe of companies within a sector based on selected valuation metrics.

Advanced Materials in Packaging- Thematic Screen

Advanced Materials in Packaging- Thematic Screen

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Advanced Materials in Packaging Report Overview

Report Pages 47
Regions Covered Global
Key Trends Technology Trends, Sustainability Trends, and Regulatory Trends
Value Chains Consumer Drivers and Product and Service Attributes
Paper & Board Packaging Companies DS Smith, International Paper Co, Nine Dragons Paper, Oji Holdings, and Suzano Holdings
Glass Packaging Companies Industry Corp, Vidrala SA, and Vitro SAB de CV
Flexible Packaging Companies Amcor and Sonoco
Rigid Metal & Plastics Packaging Companies Ardagh Group SA and Ball Corp


  • As progress in advanced materials continues amid a growing focus on recyclable materials, increased taxation, and rising bans on single-use plastics, materials such as PVC, LDPE, and HDPE will be less favorable options for packaging.
  • Materials that are easier to recycle, bio-derived plastics, rPET and bespoke resins for 3D printing are expected see wider adoption over the coming years.
  • Opportunities are certainly present for brands to substantially increase their share in the industry with well-placed mergers and acquisitions that play into a wider strategy that attracts eco-aware and convenience-seeking consumers. On top of this, regulatory bodies are putting pressure on other packaging companies to follow suit.
  • Consumer goods packaging are incorporating advanced materials to bring more focus on towards key selling points that offer more than simply aesthetics, particularly with regards to household and beauty products.
  • Minimized production, localized production, or even the transfer of packaging responsibility to the end consumer may can help reduce manufacturing costs and drive sales, thanks to the versatility of advanced materials.

Reasons to Buy

  • Understand the impact of the advanced materials in packaging on various FMCG industries, including food, drinks, and beauty and grooming, using key trends and examples to help companies understand how they can adapt and understand this theme.
  • Discover ways that packaging companies are working alongside FMCG, foodservice and retail companies, to tap into the theme.
  • GlobalData’s thematic research ecosystem is a single, integrated global research platform that provides an easy-to-use framework for tracking all themes across all companies in all sectors. It has a proven track record of identifying the important themes early, enabling companies to make the right investments ahead of the competition, and secure that all-important competitive advantage.

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Ball Corp
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