Study #: 3544 | Published: 11/2017 | Pages: 159 | Individual User License: US$ 5,300

US demand for protective packaging is projected to increase 4.9% per year to $7.8 billion in 2021, driven primarily by continued growth in retail e-commerce. Flexible products are expected to register the fastest growth, partly because of their dominance in e-commerce applications. And while foam products receive scrutiny for their environmental impact, their low cost, versatility, and strong performance characteristics have helped them retain a significant market position in manufacturing applications.

This study analyzes the US protective packaging industry. Products covered include flexible, foam, and rigid products. Excluded from the scope of this study are active insulated shipping containers employing electricity or other power sources to maintain a temperature-controlled environment inside an insulated enclosure. Information regarding insulated shipping systems which are classified as insulated mailers can be found in the “Protective Mailers” section and information on shipping containers that use materials other than foam as the insulating agent can be found in “Other Flexible Protective Packaging” and “Other Rigid Protective Packaging” sections. Retail packaging such as blister packs and clamshells are also excluded.

Markets for these products include durable goods manufacturing, nondurable goods manufacturing, e-commerce, and other markets.

Historical data (2006, 2011, and 2016) and forecasts for 2021 are presented for protective packaging demand in current US dollars (including inflation) by product and market. The terms “shipments”, “production”, and “output” are used interchangeably in the study, as are the terms “demand”, “sales”, and “market”, which are defined as domestic shipments, plus imports, minus exports.

Note: surface protection films are included in this study, and classified as flexible protective packaging. Previous versions of Freedonia’s US and World/Global Protective Packaging studies have excluded them.


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Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

OVERVIEW

Key Findings

Product Overview

Historical Market Trends

Pricing Trends

Material Trends

Functions

Environmental & Other Regulatory Considerations

Overview

Packaging Waste Recovery

Sustainable Materials

Customization & Source Reduction

Regulatory Considerations

PROTECTIVE PACKAGING MARKETS

Key Findings

Market Overview

Durable Goods Manufacturing

Nondurable Goods Manufacturing

E-Commerce

E-Commerce: Overview

E-Commerce: Protective Packaging Outlook

E-Commerce: Products

Other

FLEXIBLE PROTECTIVE PACKAGING

Key Findings

Demand Outlook for Flexible Protective Packaging

Flexible Protective Packaging Suppliers

Protective Mailers

Protective Mailers: Scope

Protective Mailers: Demand Outlook

Protective Mailers: Characteristics & Applications

Protective Mailers: Suppliers

Bubble Packaging

Bubble Packaging: Scope

Bubble Packaging: Demand Outlook

Bubble Packaging: Characteristics & Applications

Bubble Packaging: Suppliers

Air Pillows

Air Pillows: Scope

Air Pillows: Demand Outlook

Air Pillows: Characteristics & Applications

Air Pillows: Suppliers

Paper Fill

Paper Fill: Scope

Paper Fill: Demand Outlook

Paper Fill: Characteristics & Applications

Paper Fill: Suppliers

Dunnage Bags

Dunnage Bags: Scope

Dunnage Bags: Demand Outlook

Dunnage Bags: Characteristics & Applications

Dunnage Bag: Suppliers

Surface Protection Films

Surface Protection Films: Scope

Surface Protection Films: Demand Outlook

Surface Protection Films: Characteristics & Applications

Surface Protection Film: Suppliers

Other Flexible Protective Packaging Products

Other Flexible Protective Packaging Products: Scope

Other Flexible Protective Packaging Products: Demand Outlook

Other Flexible Products: Suppliers

FOAM PROTECTIVE PACKAGING

Key Findings

Demand Outlook for Foam Protective Packaging

Foam Protective Packaging Suppliers

Insulated Shipping Containers

Insulated Shipping Containers: Scope

Insulated Shipping Containers: Demand Outlook

Insulated Shipping Containers: Characteristics

Insulated Shipping Containers: Applications

Insulated Shipping Containers: Suppliers

Molded Foam

Molded Foam: Scope

Molded Foam: Demand Outlook

Overview

Molded Expanded Polystyrene

Molded Polyolefins

Molded Polyurethane

Molded Foams: Suppliers

Foam-in-Place Polyurethane

Foam-in-Place Polyurethane: Scope

Foam-in-Place Polyurethane: Demand Outlook

Foam-in-Place Polyurethane: Characteristics & Applications

Foam-in-Place: Suppliers

Polyolefin Rolled Foam

Polyolefin Rolled Foam: Scope

Polyolefin Rolled Foam: Demand Outlook

Polyolefin Rolled Foam: Characteristics & Applications

Polyolefin Rolled Foam: Suppliers

Loose Fill

Loose Fill: Scope

Loose Fill: Demand Outlook

Overview

Expanded Polystyrene

Biodegradable

Loose Fill: Suppliers

Other Foam Protective Packaging Products

Other Foam Protective Packaging Products: Scope

Other Foam Protective Packaging Products: Demand Outlook

Other Foam Products: Suppliers

RIGID PROTECTIVE PACKAGING

Key Findings

Demand Outlook for Rigid Protective Packaging

Rigid Protective Packaging Suppliers

Paperboard Protectors

Paperboard Protectors: Scope

Paperboard Protectors: Demand Outlook

Paperboard Protectors: Characteristics & Applications

Paperboard Protectors: Suppliers

Molded Pulp

Molded Pulp: Scope

Molded Pulp: Demand Outlook

Molded Pulp: Characteristics & Applications

Molded Pulp: Suppliers

Other Rigid Protective Packaging Products

Other Rigid Protective Packaging Products: Scope

Other Rigid Protective Packaging Products: Demand Outlook

Other Rigid Products: Suppliers

INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

Key Findings & Industry Composition

Market Share

Acquisitions & Divestitures

Marketing & Distribution

Competitive Strategies

List of Industry Participants

APPENDIX

Scope

Methodology

Sources

Related Freedonia Group Studies

Definitions

Abbreviations

Macroeconomic Assumptions

Economic Environment

Demographic Trends

Manufacturers' Shipments

Retail Sales & E-Commerce Outlook

Packaging Industry Outlook


List of Tables

OVERVIEW

Table 2-1 | Protective Packaging Demand by Type, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)

Table 2-2 | Protective Packaging Demand by Material, 2006 - 2021 (million pounds)

Table 2-3 | Protective Packaging Product Functionality

PROTECTIVE PACKAGING MARKETS

Table 3-1 | Protective Packaging Demand by Market, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)

Table 3-2 | Durable Goods Manufacturing Market for Protective Packaging, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)

Table 3-3 | Nondurable Goods Manufacturing Market for Protective Packaging, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)

Table 3-4 | E-Commerce Market for Protective Packaging, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)

Table 3-5 | Other Markets for Protective Packaging, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)

FLEXIBLE PROTECTIVE PACKAGING

Table 4-1 | Flexible Protective Packaging Demand by Product, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)

Table 4-2 | Flexible Protective Packaging: Selected Suppliers

Table 4-3 | Protective Mailer Demand by Type & Market, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)

Table 4-4 | Protective Mailers: Advantages, Disadvantages, & Key Applications

Table 4-5 | Bubble Packaging Demand by Market, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)

Table 4-6 | Bubble Packaging: Advantages, Disadvantages, & Key Applications

Table 4-7 | Air Pillow Demand by Market, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)

Table 4-8 | Air Pillows: Advantages, Disadvantages, & Key Applications

Table 4-9 | Paper Fill Demand by Market, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)

Table 4-10 | Paper Fill: Advantages, Disadvantages, & Key Applications

Table 4-11 | Dunnage Bag Demand by Material & Market, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)

Table 4-12 | Dunnage Bags: Advantages, Disadvantages, & Key Applications

Table 4-13 | Surface Protection Film Demand, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)

Table 4-14 | Surface Protection Films: Advantages, Disadvantages, & Key Applications

Table 4-15 | Other Flexible Packaging Demand, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)

FOAM PROTECTIVE PACKAGING

Table 5-1 | Foam Protective Packaging Demand by Product, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)

Table 5-2 | Flexible Protective Packaging: Selected Suppliers

Table 5-3 | Insulated Shipping Container Demand by Application & Market, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)

Table 5-4 | Insulated Shipping Containers: Advantages, Disadvantages, & Key Applications

Table 5-5 | Molded Foam Protective Packaging Demand by Material & Market, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)

Table 5-6 | Molded Foam: Advantages, Disadvantages, & Key Applications

Table 5-7 | Foam-in-Place Polyurethane Protective Packaging Demand by Market, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)

Table 5-8 | Foam-in-Place Polyurethane: Advantages, Disadvantages, & Key Applications

Table 5-9 | Polyolefin Rolled Foam Demand by Market, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)

Table 5-10 | Polyolefin Rolled Foam: Advantages, Disadvantages, & Key Applications

Table 5-11 | Loose Fill Protective Packaging Demand by Material & Market, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)

Table 5-12 | Loose Fill: Advantages, Disadvantages, & Key Applications

Table 5-13 | Other Foam Protective Packaging Product Demand, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)

RIGID PROTECTIVE PACKAGING

Table 6-1 | Rigid Protective Packaging Demand by Type, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)

Table 6-2 | Rigid Protective Packaging: Selected Suppliers

Table 6-3 | Paperboard Protector Demand by Market, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)

Table 6-4 | Paperboard Protectors: Advantages, Disadvantages, & Key Applications

Table 6-5 | Molded Pulp Protective Packaging Demand by Market, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)

Table 6-6 | Molded Pulp: Advantages, Disadvantages, & Key Applications

Table 6-7 | Other Rigid Protective Packaging Demand by Market, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)

INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

Table 7-1 | US Protective Packaging Sales by Company, 2016 (million dollars)

Table 7-2 | Selected Acquisitions & Divestitures

APPENDIX

Table 8-1 | Study Scope: US Protective Packaging Products & Markets

Table 8-2 | Relevant HS Codes

Table 8-3 | Relevant Industry Codes

Table 8-4 | Abbreviations & Acronyms Used in Study

Table 8-5 | Macroeconomic Indicators, 2006 - 2021 (billion 2009 dollars)

Table 8-6 | Population & Households, 2006 - 2021 (million persons)

Table 8-7 | Manufacturers' Shipments, 2006 - 2021

Table 8-8 | Retail & E-Commerce Sales, 2006 - 2021 (billion dollars)

Table 8-9 | Packaging Supply & Demand, 2006 - 2021 (billion dollars)


List of Figures

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Figure 1-1 | Key Trends in the US Protective Packaging Market

OVERVIEW

Figure 2-1 | Key Trends in the US Market for Protective Packaging

Figure 2-2 | Protective Packaging Demand by Market & Annual Growth, 2006 - 2016

Figure 2-3 | Protective Packaging Material Demand, 2016 (billion pounds)

PROTECTIVE PACKAGING MARKETS

Figure 3-1 | Key Trends for Protective Packaging Markets

Figure 3-2 | Durable Goods Market: Protective Packaging Product Mix, 2006 - 2021 (percentage)

Figure 3-3 | Nondurable Goods Market: Protective Packaging Product Mix, 2006 - 2021 (percentage)

Figure 3-4 | E-Commerce & Overall Retail Annual Growth, with E-Commerce's Share, 2006 - 2021 (percentage)

Figure 3-5 | E-Commerce Market: Protective Packaging Product Mix, 2006 - 2021 (percentage)

Figure 3-6 | Other Markets: Protective Packaging Product Mix, 2006 - 2021 (percentage)

FLEXIBLE PROTECTIVE PACKAGING

Figure 4-1 | Key Trends for Flexible Protective Packaging

Figure 4-2 | Protective Mailer

Figure 4-3 | Bubble Packaging

Figure 4-4 | Air Pillows

Figure 4-5 | Paper Fill

Figure 4-6 | Dunnage Bag

Figure 4-7 | Surface Protection Film

FOAM PROTECTIVE PACKAGING

Figure 5-1 | Key Trends for Foam Protective Packaging

Figure 5-2 | Insulated Shipping Containers

Figure 5-3 | Molded Foam

Figure 5-4 | Molded Foam Protective Packaging Product Mix, 2006 - 2021 (percentage)

Figure 5-5 | Molded Expanded Polystyrene Molded Foam Protective Packaging Demand by Market, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)

Figure 5-6 | Molded Polyolefin Molded Foam Protective Packaging Demand by Market, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)

Figure 5-7 | Molded Polyurethane Molded Foam Protective Packaging Demand by Market, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)

Figure 5-8 | Foam-in-Place Polyurethane

Figure 5-9 | Polyolefin Rolled Foam

Figure 5-10 | Loose Fill

Figure 5-11 | EPS & Biodegradable Loose Fill Protective Packaging: Share of Demand in Dollars, 2006 - 2021 (percentage)

RIGID PROTECTIVE PACKAGING

Figure 6-1 | Key Trends in Rigid Protective Packaging

Figure 6-2 | Paperboard Protectors

Figure 6-3 | Molded Pulp

INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

Figure 7-1 | US Protective Packaging Market Share, 2016

Figure 7-2 | US Protective Packaging Market Share: Leading Supplier

Figure 7-3 | US Protective Packaging Market Share: Second Leading Supplier

Figure 7-4 | US Protective Packaging Market Share: Third Leading Supplier

Figure 7-5 | US Protective Packaging Market Share: Fourth Leading Supplier

APPENDIX

Figure 8-1 | Annual Growth in Real GDP, 2000 - 2016, Compared to 1980 - 2005 Average (percent)

Figure 8-2 | Annual Population Growth, 2001 - 2016 (percent)


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