Growth for the global labels market

The Future of Labels and Release Liners to 2021Economic, lifestyle changes and the focus on sustainable packaging will drive market growth by 5.4% annually during the period 2016-21 to $44.8 billion, according to a new report by Smithers Pira.
In "The Future of Labels and Release Liners to 2021"  Smithers Pira’s analysis shows label market growth is being driven by economic, social, demographic and lifestyle changes, brand owners’ increasing focus on source reduction and sustainable packaging, consumer demand for convenience food, and the growing presence of large retail chains. Label market demand is also being driven by the relatively low cost with which labelling can be replaced or changed; and a continuing need for barcodes and other secondary packaging applications that support food safety and pharmaceutical compliance issues.

Drinks markets are dominating label consumption; alcoholic drinks are the main end-use market for labels, accounting for a projected 27.5% share of global label consumption in 2016. The alcoholic drinks market growth is supported by the booming hospitality and tourism industries in large cities, the influence of western culture on young people in emerging economies, and increasing disposable incomes among the growing middle class in Asia.

“The outlook for label market growth will be negatively influenced by an expectation of moderate global economic growth over the forecast period.” states Dan Rogers, head of publishing at Smithers Pira. “The emerging and developing economies are forecast to grow at twice the rate of advanced countries and offer the best opportunities for label market growth.”

The growing trend for sustainability in packaging and labelling means linerless labelling systems are gaining in popularity, because they eliminate the need for non-recyclable release liners, and the absence of backing material means that reel changes are quicker and easier. Linerless technology also provides full-colour, high-end graphics, together with the option to print on the back of the label for promotional, coupon and instructional applications. Linerless labels also eliminate waste and reduce cost associated with label production.

For more information about this report, click HERE or sent an email to Julie Bostock.


Metal packaging market to reach 128 million USD by 2021

After a significant slowdown in the late 2000s, the global market for metal packaging has recovered its growth with the highest rates registered in Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
In its new report, Smithers Pira estimates the market will grow by around 3% in 2016 to reach $106 million, driven mainly by increasing demand for metal packaging in emerging and transitional economies at a time when demand in more mature markets is likely remain flat. Going forward, the global market metal packaging is forecast to grow at an annual average rate of 4% to reach 128 million USD by 2021.

In terms of global trade, many developing countries such as China, India and Brazil have long been associated with significant manufacture and international exports, providing goods for the world, but not consuming them domestically. This is no longer the case.

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Barrier films vs Alufoil

imageTransparent barrier films are replacing traditional materials such as flexible foil for various applications due to consumer demand for packaging transparency, feasibility and use of metal detectors and microwave ovens. According to The Future of Transparent Barrier Films versus Barrier Foil to 2021 – a new report from Smithers Pira, global demand for transparent barrier films is forecast to grow at an annual average rate of 3.9% reaching 1.9 million tonnes in 2021. Apparent consumption of flexible aluminium foil packaging is expected to increase at an average annual rate of 2.5% per year reaching almost 3.0 million tonnes by 2021.

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A record year for can sales

image2014  proved to be a record year for Can sales, with almost 63 thousand million cans filled in Europe, an increase of 4%, as reported by Canadean, commissioned by Beverage Can Makers Europe (BCME) . Carbonated Soft Drink (CSD) fillings increased by 5% to almost 32 thousand million cans, exceding, for the first time those of Beer. With an increase of 2%, Beer fillings has made a remarkable performance, considering the overall drop in beer sales of over 1% across the European
region. With 31 thousand million beer cans filled, cans represent 22% of total beer sales.

"These excellent results were delivered despite a moderate summer, whilst the Football World Cup proved beneficial, helping deliver a positive contribution to can consumption" – says BCME. The winning nation, Germany, saw Beer filling increase by 8%, confirming an accelerating positive trend within this market. The increasing range of Beverage Can styles and sizes now available to brand owners aids product differentiation, permitting a wider more diverse range of products to be packaged in cans and increasing consumer consumption occasions.

BCME members are the major European beverage can manufacturers Ball, Crown and Rexam.


Sustainability and mobility

People want to feel better in 2014. Two topics will have a major influence on the market for packaging: sustainability is one and includes the manufacturing of products, the other is the revolution in the retail trade due to the continued boom in mobile technology. Pro Carton has summarised the current forecasts of international trend agencies and added its own comments.

To read this useful summary, click HERE.

Global packaging market worths 797 billion USD

Global packaging sales are estimated to worth 797 billion (thousand million) USD in 2013 and forecasted to grow at an annual rate of 4% to 2018, according to a new market report by Smithers Pira (UK). These and many other estimastes and forecasts can be found in The Future of Global Packaging to 2018 a report now available.

Distribution (%) of Packaging Sales (2012)
by Region

Asia                                           36%        image_thumb[1]
Europe                                      28%
North America                         23%
Central and South America    5%
Middle East                                 3%
Australasia                                 2%
Africa                                           2%

Source: Smithers Pira

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SIMEI is back

The 25th edition of SIMEI, biennial international exhibition event dedicated to the wine, olive oil and beverage supply chains, will be held at the Fiera Milano Fairground at Rho (Milan) from next 12 to 16 November.

SIMEI offers a comprehensive overview of the high technological level achieved by the enological and beverages industries, showing a very wide range of different technical solutions compatible with specific needs, from the manufacturer to the bottling cycle. At SIMEI it is possible to find all types of equipment, material or accessory related to the beverage production cycle in general – wine and beer production, juice processing, preparation of carbonated drinks. The exhibition panorama also includes all kinds of equipment for beverage packaging for the steps after bottling.

Much more than the glass makers, the cork suppliers (with the usual strong presence of Portuguese companies) will be exhibiting again in Milan. After all, the wine-cork-glass troika is still ruling.


After a 2009 year of strong fall-off, the export of cellar processing machines and equipment highlighted a steady recovery trend in the following years and 2012 also shows strong signs of recovery marking a performance of /1,956 million euro, corresponding to a + 9% in comparison to the previous year. To lead export, also for 2012, is the sector of bottle filling, closing, encapsulating, labelling machines and of beverage carbonation equipment, with an export value of over one billion euro, which alone represents more than 63% of the whole trade flow.

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