Study #: 3704 | Published: 02/2019 | Pages: 181 | Individual User License: US$ 5,400

Demand for rigid bulk packaging in the United States is forecast to increase 2.4% annually to $7.3 billion in 2023. Growth will be driven by key market factors, including:

  • increased output of chemicals and pharmaceuticals, products which commonly use rigid bulk packaging
  • healthy construction activity, which will boost production of paints, coatings, and other building materials that are packaged in pails, drums, and other such containers

Key Findings in the Rigid Bulk Packaging Study:

Opportunities for Higher Value Reusable Containers that Support Sustainability Targets

Efforts to cut costs and improve environmental profiles will continue to spur investment in durable, higher value packaging – such as material handling containers – that is reusable and operates in pooling systems. These systems contribute to source reduction, which can help a firm meet sustainability targets. While longer lasting containers somewhat reduce sales of new units, value demand will be supported by the higher prices of these products. Furthermore, with the corresponding reduction in new sales, firms can generate additional revenue in complementary services such as container reconditioning.

Refurbished and Reconditioned Bulk Packaging Will Moderate Demand for New Units

In markets where rigid bulk packaging is common, refurbished and reconditioned drums and rigid intermediate bulk containers (RIBCs) present increasing competition for new production unit sales. Reconditioned units offer significant cost savings over new ones, although regulations in some markets require products to be packaged in new containers.

Rigid Bulk Packaging Continues to Face Competition from Flexible Formats

While still less prevalent for liquid products, flexible containers provide distinct advantages over rigid bulk packaging when used with dry and granulated products. Flexible packaging units represent substantial weight and cost savings. They also present the greatest competition to rigid formats in agricultural and horticultural markets, as well as some dry chemicals. Firms commonly produce and supply both rigid and flexible bulk containers to hedge against industry shifts.

Recent Consolidation in Rigid Bulk Packaging Industry Mirrors Overall Packaging Trend

Throughout the packaging industry, consolidation is making an impact, and the rigid bulk packaging segment is no different. In recent years, most of the leading suppliers of rigid bulk packaging to the US market have been involved in merger and acquisition activity, frequently with other leading suppliers. Additionally, suppliers of new containers are purchasing firms that recondition containers, allowing the acquiring company to capture downstream revenue and offer their customers increased choice.

Study Coverage

This Freedonia industry study analyzes the $6.5 billion US rigid bulk packaging market. It presents historical data (2008, 2013, and 2018) and forecasts for 2023 by product (pails, drums, bulk boxes, material handling containers, rigid intermediate bulk containers (RIBCs)) and market (chemicals and pharmaceuticals, food and beverages, durable goods, plastic and rubber products, petroleum and lubricants, agricultural and horticultural products, other markets (e.g., hazardous waste storage and handling)). The study provides company market share and analyzes industry competitors including Greif, International Paper, Mauser, Menasha, and RPG Group.


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Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

OVERVIEW

Key Findings

Historical Market Trends

Pricing Trends

International Trade

Environmental Issues

Reconditioned & Refurbished Packaging

Reconditioning Overview

Steel Drums

Plastic Drums

Regulatory Factors

Competition from Flexible Bulk Packaging

Raw Materials Input

Raw Material Demand Forecast

Plastic

Steel

Paperboard & Wood Panels

PRODUCTS

Key Findings

Rigid Bulk Packaging Demand by Product

Scope

Demand Forecast

Pails

Scope & Demand Forecast

Plastic Pails

Scope & Demand Forecast

Demand by Market

Key Suppliers

Steel Pails

Scope & Demand Forecast

Demand by Market

Key Suppliers

Drums

Demand Forecast

Steel Drums

Scope & Demand Forecast

Liners & Coating Technologies

Demand by Market

Key Suppliers

Fibre Drums

Scope & Demand Forecast

Fibre Drum Recycling

Demand by Market

Key Suppliers

Plastic Drums

Scope & Demand Forecast

Demand by Market

Key Suppliers

Bulk Boxes

Demand Forecast

Demand by Market

Key Suppliers

Material Handling Containers

Scope

Demand by Material & Type

Plastic Totes

Plastic Crates

Steel Material Handling Containers

Demand by Market

Key Suppliers

Rigid Intermediate Bulk Containers

Scope

Demand Forecast by Material

Plastic

Metal

Other Materials

Demand by Market

Key Suppliers

MARKETS

Key Findings

Demand by Market

Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals

Demand Forecast

Industrial Chemicals

Paint & Coatings

Pharmaceuticals

Detergents & Cleaners

Agricultural Chemicals

Other Chemicals

Food & Beverages

Durable Goods

Plastic & Rubber

Petroleum & Lubricants

Agricultural & Horticultural Products

Other Markets

INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

Key Findings & Industry Composition

Market Share

Acquisitions & Divestitures

Competitive Strategies

Manufacturing & Development

Marketing & Distribution

List of Industry Participants

APPENDIX

Scope

Definitions

Abbreviations

Freedonia Methodology

Study-Specific Methodology

Sources

Associations & Agencies

Related Studies & Reports

Macroeconomic Assumptions

Economic Environment

Demographic Trends

Manufacturers' Shipments

Packaging Industry Overview


List of Tables

OVERVIEW

Table 2-1 | Rigid Bulk Packaging Demand, 2008 - 2018

Table 2-2 | Rigid Bulk Packaging Pricing Trends, 2008 - 2023 (dollars per unit)

Table 2-3 | Rigid Bulk Packaging Supply & Demand, 2008 - 2023 (million dollars)

Table 2-4 | Raw Material Use in Rigid Bulk Packaging, 2008 - 2023 (million pounds & million dollars)

Table 2-5 | Plastic Use in Rigid Bulk Packaging by Product, 2008 - 2023 (million pounds)

Table 2-6 | Steel Use in Rigid Bulk Packaging by Product, 2008 - 2023 (million pounds)

Table 2-7 | Paperboard & Wood Panel Use in Rigid Bulk Packaging by Product, 2008 - 2023 (million pounds)

PRODUCTS

Table 3-1 | Rigid Bulk Packaging Demand by Product, 2008 - 2023 (million dollars)

Table 3-2 | Pail Demand by Material, 2008 - 2023 (million units & million dollars)

Table 3-3 | Plastic Pail Demand, 2008 - 2023 (million units & million dollars)

Table 3-4 | Plastic Pail Demand by Market, 2008 - 2023 (million dollars)

Table 3-5 | Steel Pail Demand, 2008 - 2023 (million units & million dollars)

Table 3-6 | Steel Pail Demand by Market, 2008 - 2023 (million dollars)

Table 3-7 | Drum Demand, 2008 - 2023 (million units & million dollars)

Table 3-8 | Steel Drum Demand, 2008 - 2023 (million units & million dollars)

Table 3-9 | Steel Drum Demand by Market, 2008 - 2023 (million dollars)

Table 3-10 | Fibre Drum Demand, 2008 - 2023 (million units & million dollars)

Table 3-11 | Fibre Drum Demand by Market, 2008 - 2023 (million dollars)

Table 3-12 | Plastic Drum Demand, 2008 - 2023 (million units & million dollars)

Table 3-13 | Plastic Drum Demand by Market, 2008 - 2023 (million dollars)

Table 3-14 | Bulk Box Demand, 2008 - 2023 (million units & million dollars)

Table 3-15 | Bulk Box Demand by Market, 2008 - 2023 (million dollars)

Table 3-16 | Material Handling Container Demand, 2008 - 2023 (million units & million dollars

Table 3-17 | Material Handling Container Demand by Market, 2008 - 2023 (million dollars)

Table 3-18 | Rigid Intermediate Bulk Container Demand, 2008 - 2023 (thousand units & million dollars)

Table 3-19 | Rigid Intermediate Bulk Container Demand by Market, 2008 - 2023 (million dollars)

MARKETS

Table 4-1 | Rigid Bulk Packaging Demand by Market, 2008 - 2023 (million dollars)

Table 4-2 | Chemical & Pharmaceutical Rigid Bulk Packaging Demand by Market & Product, 2008 - 2023 (million dollars)

Table 4-3 | Industrial Chemical Rigid Bulk Packaging Demand by Product, 2008 - 2023 (million dollars)

Table 4-4 | Paint & Coatings Rigid Bulk Packaging Demand by Product, 2008 - 2023 (million dollars)

Table 4-5 | Pharmaceutical Rigid Bulk Packaging Demand by Product, 2008 - 2023 (million dollars)

Table 4-6 | Detergent & Cleaner Rigid Bulk Packaging Demand by Product, 2008 - 2023 (million dollars)

Table 4-7 | Agricultural Chemical Rigid Bulk Packaging Demand by Product, 2008 - 2023 (million dollars)

Table 4-8 | Other Chemical Market Rigid Bulk Packaging Demand by Product, 2008 - 2023 (million dollars)

Table 4-9 | Food & Beverage Rigid Bulk Packaging Demand by Product, 2008 - 2023 (million dollars)

Table 4-10 | Durable Goods Rigid Bulk Packaging by Market & Product, 2008 - 2023 (million dollars)

Table 4-11 | Plastic & Rubber Rigid Bulk Packaging Demand by Product, 2008 - 2023 (million dollars)

Table 4-12 | Petroleum & Lubricant Rigid Bulk Packaging Demand by Product, 2008 - 2023 (million dollars)

Table 4-13 | Agricultural & Horticultural Rigid Bulk Packaging Demand by Product, 2008 - 2023 (million dollars)

Table 4-14 | Other Market Demand Rigid Bulk Packaging by Application & Product, 2008 - 2023 (million dollars)

INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

Table 5-1 | US Rigid Bulk Packaging Sales by Company, 2018 (million dollars)

Table 5-2 | Selected Acquisitions & Divestitures

Table 5-3 | Competitive Strategies

APPENDIX

Table 6-1 | Relevant Industry Codes

Table 6-2 | Relevant Trade Codes

Table 6-3 | Abbreviations & Acronyms Used in Study

Table 6-4 | US Macroeconomic Indicators, 2008 - 2023 (billion 2012 dollars)

Table 6-5 | US Population & Households, 2008 - 2023 (million persons)

Table 6-6 | US Manufacturers' Shipments, 2008 - 2023

Table 6-7 | Packaging Supply & Demand, 2008 - 2023 (billion dollars)


List of Figures

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Figure 1-1 | US Rigid Bulk Packaging Market

OVERVIEW

Figure 2-1 | Key Trends in the US Rigid Bulk Packaging Market

Figure 2-2 | Rigid Bulk Packaging Demand & Manufacturers' Shipments, 2008 - 2018

PRODUCTS

Figure 3-1 | Key Trends In Rigid Bulk Packaging Products

Figure 3-2 | Pails: Product Examples

Figure 3-3 | Plastic Pails: Common Configurations & Features

Figure 3-4 | Steel Pails: Common Configurations & Features

Figure 3-5 | Drums: Product Examples & Demand Share by Material, 2018

Figure 3-6 | Steel Drums: Advantages & Disadvantages

Figure 3-7 | Steel Drums: Common Configurations & Features

Figure 3-8 | Fibre Drums: Common Configurations & Features

Figure 3-9 | Fibre Drums: Advantages & Disadvantages

Figure 3-10 | Plastic Drums: Advantages & Disadvantages

Figure 3-11 | Plastic Drums: Common Configurations & Features

Figure 3-12 | Applications for Plastic Drums in Selected Markets

Figure 3-13 | Bulk Boxes: Common Configuration & Example

Figure 3-14 | Bulk Boxes: Advantages & Disadvantages

Figure 3-15 | Material Handling Containers: Examples of Product & Demand Share by Material, 2018

Figure 3-16 | Material Handling Containers: Advantages & Disadvantages

Figure 3-17 | Plastic Crates: Common Configuration & Features

Figure 3-18 | Advantages of Welded Wire & Corrugated Steel Material Handling Containers

Figure 3-19 | Rigid Intermediate Bulk Containers: Examples & Demand Share by Material, 2018

Figure 3-20 | Plastic RIBCs: Common Configurations & Features

Figure 3-21 | Metal RIBCs: Common Configurations & Features

Figure 3-22 | Other RIBCs: Common Configurations & Features

MARKETS

Figure 4-1 | Key Rigid Bulk Packaging Market Trends

INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

Figure 5-1 | US Rigid Bulk Packaging Market Share, 2018 (billion dollars)

Figure 5-2 | US Rigid Bulk Packaging: Leading Supplier

Figure 5-3 | US Rigid Bulk Packaging: Second Leading Supplier

Figure 5-4 | US Rigid Bulk Packaging: Third Leading Supplier

Figure 5-5 | US Rigid Bulk Packaging: Fourth Leading Supplier

Figure 5-6 | US Rigid Bulk Packaging: Fifth Leading Supplier


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