Global Plastic Caps & Closures

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Caps and Closures

This study analyzes the global market for plastic caps and closures. The main categories of plastic closures include:

  • threaded closures
    • standard threaded closures (also known as screw caps);
    • pressurized
    • vacuum
  • unthreaded closures
    • lids
    • overcaps
    • aerosol closures
    • synthetic cork
  • dispensing closures
  • child-resistant closures

A significant degree of overlap exists among product categories. For example, some trigger dispensers are outfitted with child-resistant features. For purposes of this report, a closure is categorized by the primary function of the closure. In the example here, the closure would be categorized as a child-resistant closure.

Excluded from the scope of this study are:

  • caps and closures that are an integral part of the container (e.g., aerosol can valve assemblies)
  • home canning and bottling closures
  • closures for industrial bulk containers
  • flexible closures such as twist ties or foil lidding
  • caps and closures used in nonpackaging applications (e.g., valve covers, distributor caps, pen caps, food storage containers lids, liquor decanter closures)

Markets for these products include:

  • beverages
    • bottled water (still and sparkling)
    • carbonated soft drinks
    • milk (dairy milk)
    • other beverages (such as wine, beer, fruit drinks, ready-to-drink coffee and tea, and sports drinks, liquor and spirits, alternative milk products)
  • food
  • pharmaceuticals
  • other markets (e.g., personal care products, household cleaning products, automotive chemicals, paints and coatings, durable goods such as art supplies)

Historical data (2009, 2014, and 2019) and forecasts for 2024 and 2029 are presented for caps and closures demand in units and current US dollars (including inflation) by product and market on a country-by-country and region-by-region basis. 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.

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