Fiber Drum Market Research Report - Global Forecast 2027

Global Fiber Drum Market Research Report: Information by Closure (Metal Closure, Plastic Closure and Fiber/Cardboard Closure), Capacity (Up to 25 Gallons, 26–50 Gallons, 51–75 Gallons and Above 75 Gallons), End-Use Industry (Chemical, Food & Beverage, Pharmaceuticals, Building and Construction and others) and Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East & Africa and South America) - Forecast till 2027

ID: MRFR/PNT/7060-HCR | February 2021 | Region: Global | 110 pages

Please note that the assessment period of report has been updated from 2019-2025 to 2020-2027. Cordially fill the sample form for updated data.

Market Overview

Fiber drums are made of thin paperboard or unbleached kraft paper windings and contain circular cross-sections with parallel sidewalls. These are used for storing and transportation of materials. The cardboard barrel demand was increasing day-by-day for its quality and convenient features like durability, lightweight, availability of various sizes, easy to open, and are recyclable. For its lightweight feature, the shipping expenses are reduced. 

As the fiber drums, the interior layer is made up of paper and is coated with foil or poly lining, it has better corrosion resistance compared to steel or plastic drums. To reduce product contamination, the fiberboard lids are to be used in the place of metal or plastic rings. Fibre drums are widely used for the storage and transportation of chemicals & fertilizers, food, plastics, agricultural products, etc. The global fiber drum market size is USD 800 billion in 2018 and is expected to 5.8% CAGR during the forecast period. The global fiber drum industry is largely organized in Asia-Pacific and North America regions. In the USA market, the applications like chemical, food, and agro-based industries are expected to have high demand on the fiber drum market outlook.

COVID-19 Analysis:

The COVID-19 has impacted negatively on the business sector, electronics, foods & beverages, and chemical sector. Especially in the manufacturing sector due to the government regulations, continuous lockdowns, temporary shut down of industries, lack of resource crunch at production sites are affecting the supply chain. The banned items from China also hampers the growth of the fiber drum industry because the lack of raw materials which need to import from China has stopped.

The regions like East Asia and South Asia are considered to have the highest growth rates for their continuous expansion in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries. Further, slowly supply chains restore the demand for food, pharmaceutical industries for an increasing number of patients with COVID-19. Food and pharmaceuticals are drivers that increase the market growth. Fiber drums are used for storing and shipping various types of products like food products, dye, and colorants, adhesives, and various hazardous chemicals. 

Market Dynamics:


Fiber drums for their portability and easy handling can easily be adopted with maritime containers and trucks. The drum is lightweight and is ideal for the transportation and storage of liquid products. These factors increase the demand for fiber drum market analysis. Fiber drum is 100% recyclable and is the major driver of the fiber drum industry.

Apart, the growing retail sector and the rise in intercontinental trade are increasing the fiber drum market growth. In the Asia-Pacific region, fiber drums are adopted as a packaging solution for dry chemicals. To check the quality of the fiber drum, two fundamental tests- drop test and stacking or compression test.


Due to lack of agility in industrial packaging, the market is affecting, and supply chain complexities make it difficult. Hence the fiber drum manufacturers are back in the supply chain. Fiber drums cannot be handled by forklifts. These factors may hinder the growth of the fiber drum industry. This fiber drum is not suitable for transporting some types of liquids. 


For the rising concerns for packaging solutions, renowned players have made better quality fiber drums. This increases the demand for the global fiber drum market. For transportation and storage of liquid products, it can be lined with different coatings or insoluble materials as silicon, polyethylene, or polyester.

Study Objectives -

  • To provide detailed information about the fiber drum industry structure along with various forecast segments and subsegments for the next 10 years.
    To provide the factors that are affecting the growth of fiber drum market analysis.

  • To analyze the fiber drum market-based porter’s five force analysis, factors-price analysis, supply chain analysis, etc.

  • To provide history and forecast revenue segments and sub-segments of the fiber drum market share for the five main geographies and their countries.

  • To provide the country-level analysis of the current fiber drum industry size and future prospective.

  • To provide country-level analysis of the fiber drum industry growth by region, form, and application.

  • To provide a strategic profile of the key players in the market, analyze their core competencies, and draw a landscape of the global fiber drum industry market growth.

  • To track and analyze new product developments, strategic alliances, and global fiber drum industry research.

Segment Overview:

The global fiber drum market research has been segmented based on the closure type, capacity, end-use industry, and region.

Based on Closure Type

The global fiber drum market based on the closure type segmented into three types as metal closure fiber drums, plastic closure fiber drums, and fiber closure fiber drums. Out of these, the metal closure fiber drums hold the largest share of the fiber drum industry in 2018 and during the forecast period, it is expected to have the highest growth. 

Based on Region

The fiber drum market is segmented into five regions like North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and the Middle East & Africa. Asia-Pacific region holds the largest market share in 2018 followed by North America and Europe.

Based on Capacity

Based on capacity, the fiber drum industry has been divided into below 25 gallons, 25-50 gallons, 51-75 gallons, and above 75 gallons. Among them, 51-75 gallons holds the largest market share in 2018. By increasing the use of fiber drums in the food & beverage industry may rise the growth of the fiber drum market revenue. 

Based on End-use Industry

The global fiber drum market is segmented into five segments like chemical, food and agro-allied, pharmaceutical, building, construction, and others. During the forecast period, the chemical industry is expected to heavily dominate the market. 

Regional Analysis -

The global fiber drum industry is divided into five regions like Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa. Out of these regions, the Asia-Pacific region holds the largest market share compared to others in 2018 for their presence of an increasing number of manufacturing units and presence of emerging economies in countries such as China, India, Australia, and Indonesia. These are the countries that are exporting packaging materials worldwide. In this region, due to low labor costs and availability of domestic raw materials, manufacturers prefer this production unit for the packaging industry.

Competitive Landscape

The prominent key players in the global fiber drum market are the following:

  • Grief (US)

  • Fibrestar Drums (UK)

  • Schutz Container Systems (US)

  • Mauser Group (US)

  • CL Smith (US)

  • Industrial Container Services (ICS) (Florida)

  • TPL Plastech (India)

  • Sonoco Product (US)

  • Three Rivers Packaging (US)

  • Enviro-Pak (US)

  • Orlando Drum & Container (US) and

  • Great Western Container (Canada)

Greif Inc. is the top leading player among the others. They launch many innovations with several advanced features. Major key players in this market always look forward to expansion through organic and inorganic methods like product launches, acquisitions, and mergers, etc...

Recent Developments

  • In February 2020, Grief launched the new expansion of plastic operations on the West Coast of the United States. They are installing a plastic drum blow molding machine in their Merced, CA facility. It is expected to operate in the second quarter of 2020.

  • In June 2019, at Vadodara, Gujarat, Balmer Lawrie & Co.Ltd started a new industrial packaging plant for manufacturing steel drums. This company is India’s largest 210L MS Drum manufacturer with a market share of 34%. It aims to cater superior products and services to the chemical industry.

  • In October 2016, due to the increasing cost of raw material and other input costs, Grief announced an increase in the prices of fiber and plastic drums. Customers noticed an increase of 5.8% on fiber drums and an increase of 6.6% on plastic drums.

  • In September 2015, Schutz Container Systems, Inc launched a service called Schutz Ticket service that collects and recondition the empty fiber drums.

Report Overview:

This global fiber drum market research includes the Market Overview, COVID-19 analysis, Market Dynamics, Study Objectives, Segment Overview, Regional Analysis, Competitive Landscape, Recent Developments, Segmentation Table and FAQs. The market dynamics include the fiber drum industry drivers, restraints, and opportunities. The stand-up pouches market is segmented into type, application, materials, and region.

Segmentation Table

The fiber drum industry research outlook is segmented into closure type, capacity, end-use industry, and region..

By Closure Type

Metal closure fiber drums, plastic closure fiber drums, and fiber closure fiber drums

By Region

Divided into five regions like Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa

By End-user Industry

Chemical, food and agro-allied, pharmaceutical, building, construction, and others.

By Capacity

25 gallons, 25-50 gallons, 51-75 gallons, and above 75 gallons


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

A 5.8 % CAGR is predicted to motivate the market in the impending period.

The applications in chemical, pharmaceutical products, food, and agriculture are estimated to shape the market in the impending period.

The APAC region is predicted to contribute in a prominent way to the expansion of the global market.

Three Rivers Packaging (US), TPL Plastech (India), Industrial Container Services (ICS) (Florida), and Sonoco Product (US) are the few of the market stakeholders.

The inability to handle the fiber drums with material handling equipment such as forklifts is estimated to restrict the expansion of the market.