US demand for flexible bulk packaging will grow 3.4 percent annually through 2011. Film wrap, plastic strapping and plastic shipping sacks will lead gains. Plastic such as polyethylene will remain the dominant material, with the limiting effect of downgauging softened by new applications and further inroads on paper sacks.
This study analyzes the $6.1 billion US flexible bulk packaging industry. It presents historical demand data for the years 1996, 2001 and 2006 and forecasts for 2011 and 2016 by material (plastic, paper, steel, textiles); product (e.g., shipping sacks, film wrap, strapping, liners, flexible intermediate bulk containers); and market (e.g., nondurable goods, durable goods).
The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles 40 major players including Illinois Tool Works, Exopack, Altivity Packaging, Berry Plastics, Sigma Plastics, Bemis, and AEP Industries.