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Medical Packaging Market Trends

ID: MRFR//0349-HCR | 128 Pages | Author: Snehal Singh| July 2024

Global Medical Packaging Market Overview


The medical packaging market size was valued at USD 27.89 Billion in 2023. The medical packaging industry is projected to grow from USD 30 Billion in 2024 to USD 49.86 Billion by 2032, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.56% during the forecast period (2024- 2032). Rising demand for sustainable packaging, the rising use of aluminum metal in the packaging of medical devices, and the increase in demand for innovative packaging solutions are the key market drivers enhancing the market growth.


Medical Packaging Market Overview


Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review


Medical Packaging Market Trends




  • The growing adoption of generic drugs in developing countries is driving market growth.




Market CAGR for medical packaging is driven by the increasing adoption of generic drugs in developing countries, which will fuel the medical packaging demand. A generic drug is a pharmaceutical drug with the same chemical ingredients, intended use, dosage, route of administration and side effects as the original drug. Many companies are investing in manufacturing generic drugs to provide medicinal treatments at a lower cost. Packaging plays an important role in the manufacturing process of generic drugs as they are needed to pack and protect drugs during storage and carriage. Hence, the rising demand for generic drugs will propel product usage.


Moreover, pharmaceutical companies' growing emphasis on sustainability and environmental responsibility fueled the need for eco-friendly packaging solutions. A growing market for recyclable and biodegradable packaging materials is creating a demand for cutting-edge packaging machinery that can handle these materials. The growing use of track and trace technologies also drives the market for medical packaging equipment. Advanced tracking and tracing technologies can be used to enhance the security and safety of pharmaceutical products and stop theft and counterfeiting.


Initiatives taken by governments to reduce the wastage of medicines have driven the medical packaging market revenue. In addition, increased access to healthcare insurance has led to an expansion in demand for customized medication. These drugs require special packaging for product sustainability, leading to a surge in the healthcare packaging market. In addition, increased awareness of environmental issues leading to a rise in the need for efficient and sustainable packaging has contributed to the market's growth. Moreover, rising disposable income in developed countries has led to greater healthcare investments.


Players are focusing on delivering value-added services to attract more clients. Major industry players have invested significant resources in developing several products and the technology used to manufacture them. For instance, In April 2022, Amcor launched new and more sustainable High Shield laminates to its pharmaceutical packaging portfolio. This is a low-carbon, recycle-ready, and moisture-resistant packaging solution, thus, end-use companies' recyclability agendas.

Constantia Flexibles announced the launch of a new pharmaceutical packaging solution called REGULA CIRC in July 2023 that uses coldform foil. The packaging replaces traditional PVC with a PE sealing layer, resulting in low plastic content and increased aluminum proportion. This optimization enhances sustainability and improves the recovery of materials during the recycling process.


Medical Packaging Market Segment Insights


Medical Packaging Type Insights


The medical packaging market segmentation, based on type, includes containers, pouches, trays, blister packets, clamshell packs, vials, and others. The pouches segment dominated the market, accounting for 35% of market revenue (9.74 Billion). In developing economies, category growth is driven by widely utilized containers for small- to medium-sized soft and semi-soft medical goods sold in unit quantities and are not vulnerable to damage during freight and storage. However, blister packets are the fastest-growing category due to the growing demand for over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, often packed in blister packs.


Medical Packaging End-User Insights


The medical packaging market segmentation, based on end-user, includes hospitals, clinics, medical & research centers, forensic departments, and others. The hospitals category generated the most income owing to the increasing demand for medicines. However, medical & research centers are the fastest-growing category owing to key players' growing investment in research and development.


Figure 1: Medical Packaging Market by End-User, 2022 & 2032 (USD Billion)


Medical Packaging Market by End-User, 2022 & 2032


Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review


Medical Packaging Material Insights


The medical packaging market segmentation, based on material, includes sterilization, Tyvek, foam, molded fiber, fabrics, plastics, films, adhesives, and others. The plastics category generated the most income (70.4%). Plastic is the most considerable raw material used in the production of packaging of pharmaceutical products. Plastics are easy to mold in any shape and size, offer protective properties, and are cost-effective, thus driving market growth. However, adhesives are the fastest-growing category owing to the significant demand for pressure-sensitive tapes and labels from the packaging industry.


Medical Packaging Application Insights


The medical packaging market segmentation, based on application, includes medical, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, plastic industries, chemicals & research, and others. The chemicals & research category generated the most income owing to rising requirements for precise dosing and more accurate and efficient packing procedures. However, pharmaceuticals are the fastest-growing category owing to the rising demand for pharmaceutical drugs and medicines.


Medical Packaging Regional Insights


By region, the study provides market insights into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Rest of the World. The North American medical packaging market will dominate this market, owing to the rising pharmaceutical industry. The growing demand for primary packaging products, surging disease prevalence, and increasing healthcare spending will boost market growth in this region. Further, the German medical packaging market held the largest market share, and the UK medical packaging market was the fastest-growing market in the North American region.


Further, the major countries studied in the market report are The US, Canada, German, France, the UK, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea, and Brazil.


Figure 2: MEDICAL PACKAGING MARKET SHARE BY REGION 2022 (USD Billion)


MEDICAL PACKAGING MARKET SHARE BY REGION 2022


Source: Primary Research, Secondary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review


Europe's medical packaging market accounts for the second-largest market share due to the rising government support toward the pharmaceutical industry, increasing healthcare spending, and rising prevalence of diseases. Further, the German medical packaging market held the largest market share, and the UK medical packaging market was the fastest-growing market in the European region.


The Asia-Pacific Medical Packaging Market is expected to grow at the fastest CAGR from 2023 to 2032. This is due to growing health awareness among consumers in the region, especially in developing countries, and rising disposable income levels. Moreover, China’s medical packaging market held the largest market share, and the Indian medical packaging market was the fastest-growing market in the Asia-Pacific region.


Medical Packaging Key Market Players & Competitive Insights


Leading market players are investing heavily in research and development to expand their product lines, which will help the medical packaging market grow even more. Market participants are also undertaking numerous strategic activities to enhance their footprint, with important market developments including new product launches, contractual agreements, mergers and acquisitions, higher investments, and collaboration with other organizations. To expand and survive in a more competitive and rising market climate, the medical packaging industry must offer cost-effective items.


Manufacturing locally to minimize operational costs is one of the key business tactics manufacturers use in the medical packaging industry to benefit clients and increase the market sector. Major players in the medical packaging market, including Amcor Limited (Australia), Chesapeake Limited (U.S.), DuPont (U.S.), Klöckner Pentaplast Group (Germany), and others, are attempting to increase market demand by investing in research and development operations.


Amcor Plc is a provider of packaging solutions. It offers plastic, fiber, metal, and glass packaging products such as pet bottles, plastic bottles and jars, capsules and closures, specialty folding cartons, free films, bags and pouches, wrappers, rigid containers, laminates, and flow packs. The company's products find applications in various industries, such as beverages, food, pharmaceutical, medical device, homecare personal care, pet care, specialty cartons, and other technical applications. It also serves medical-device, healthcare, pharmaceutical, personal care and home product markets. In April 2022, Amcor declared the addition of an innovative and sustainable High Shield laminate to its packaging portfolio of the pharmaceutical industry. Launching these low-carbon and easily recyclable packaging alternatives helps fulfill the industry's high barriers and performance requirements, along with supporting the recycling program of pharmaceutical manufacturers.


Constantia Flexibles Group GmbH, a subsidiary of Wendel SA, is a provider of flexible packaging solutions. The company produces and markets various plastic, metal and paper packaging products. Constantia Flexibles Group's product portfolio includes aluminum foils and container systems, pouches and bags, lidding films and laminates, die-cut lids, reel-fed lidding, cheese packaging, confectionery foil and film, coliform and blister packaging, cup sealing systems, sachets and capsule systems. Constantia Flexibles Group serves these products to food and beverage, pharmaceuticals and other industries. In June 2022, Constantia Flexibles declared the launch of an innovative and recycle-ready laminate with enriched chemical-resistant properties. The newest addition is combined with the guidelines of "design for recycling" and replaces several chemically harmful products like gel compositions or pharmaceutical liquids.


Key Companies in the Medical Packaging market include



  • Amcor Plc (Switzerland)

  • Gerresheimer AG (Germany)

  • SCHOTT AG (Germany)

  • Westrock (U.S.)

  • AptarGroup, Inc. (U.S.)

  • Berry Global, Inc (U.S.)

  • NIPRO (Japan)

  • CCL Industries Inc. (Canada)

  • West Pharmaceutical Services (U.S.)

  • SGD Pharma (France)

  • Ardagh Group S.A. (Luxembourg)

  • International Paper (U.S.)

  • Comar LLC (U.S.)

  • Vetter Pharma (Germany)


Medical Packaging Industry Developments


May 2022: Bormioli Pharma launched a label, EcoPositive. The label launch is beneficial for all the company's offerings of sustainable packaging. It also comprises recycled glass, plastics, bio-based or compostable solutions, and innovative polymer products.


October 2021: Bosch Packaging Technology launched a new filling and closing machine for pharmaceutical vials called the MLF 5088. This machine is designed for pharmaceutical manufacturing plants and offers high accuracy and flexibility in filling and closing vials of various sizes and types.


July 2021: Keystone Folding Box Company reported increased demand for corrugated cardboard-based blister packs for pharmaceutical packaging. This increase in demand was driven by increased demand for child-safe pharmaceutical packaging in the U.S. and the introduction of new environmental sustainability legislation in India.

In the year 2020, Amcor unveiled a recyclable high-barrier flexible pack, which can cut carbon footprint up to 64% by making it a product. Further, Amcor was the first-ever packaging company to announce that all its packages should be recycled or reusable by the year 2025. Because of these reasons given above, eco-friendly packaging solutions have propelled an upsurge in growth for the global pharmaceuticals & healthcare market.


Medical Packaging Market Segmentation


Medical Packaging Type Outlook



  • Container

  • Pouches

  • Trays

  • Blister Packets

  • Clamshell Packs

  • Vials

  • Others


Medical Packaging Material Outlook



  • Sterilization

  • Tyvek

  • Foam

  • Molded Fiber

  • Fabrics

  • Plastics

  • Films

  • Adhesives

  • Others


Medical Packaging End-User Outlook



  • Hospitals

  • Clinics

  • Medical & Research Centers

  • Forensic Departments

  • Others


Medical Packaging Application Outlook



  • Medical

  • Pharmaceuticals

  • Diagnostics

  • Plastic Industries

  • Chemicals & Research

  • Others


Medical Packaging Regional Outlook



  • North America

    • US

    • Canada



  • Europe

    • Germany

    • France

    • UK

    • Italy

    • Spain

    • Rest of Europe



  • Asia-Pacific

    • China

    • Japan

    • India

    • Australia

    • South Korea

    • Australia

    • Rest of Asia-Pacific



  • Rest of the World

    • Middle East

    • Africa

    • Latin America



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