Returnable Packaging Market Report - Global Industry Forecast To 2027

Returnable Packaging Market By Material (Plastic, Metal, Wood and Others), Product Type (Pallets, Crates, Intermediate Bulk Container (IBC), Dunnage, Drums & Barrels, Bottles and Others), End Use (Automotive, Food & Beverages, Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare, and Consumer Goods) - Global Forecast till 2027

ID: MRFR/PNT/5428-HCR | February 2021 | Region: Global | 100 pages

Returnable Packaging Market Synopsis


Returnable packaging market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.2% during the forecast period.


Returnable packaging is used in various end-use industries such as food & beverages, automotive, pharmaceuticals & healthcare, and consumer goods. Geographically, the global market for returnable packaging has been divided into four major regions — North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the rest of the world. European region accounted for the largest market share, in 2017, followed by the North America and Asia-Pacific. Factors affecting the growth of this market are increased awareness about sustainable packaging and strong industrial base in this region. In addition, improvements in the economy of this region and increase in demand for packaged food & beverages driving the growth of the market.


Europe is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. Increasing awareness to reduce packaging waste and demand for bulk transportation are the major driving factors. North America is expected to be the fast growing market during the forecast period. Rapidly expanding consumer markets and abundantly available natural resources are the major factors driving the market in this region.  In Asia-pacific, China and India are expected to contribute significantly during the forecast period mainly due to rapid growth in industrialization and manufacturing activities. In rest of the world, the Middle East & Africa is expected to grow due to increasing demand from food & beverage and consumer goods in Middle East and manufacturing sector in Africa.


Key Players:


The prominent players in the returnable packaging market include Brambles (Australia), Schoeller Allibert (Netherlands), Menasha Corporation (US), DS Smith (UK), Myers Industries (US), Nefab Group (Sweden), Rehrig Pacific Company (US), IPL Plastics (Ireland), Schutz GmbH & Co. KGaA (Germany), and Vetropack Holding (Switzerland) among others.


Industry News


Econovus Packaging, an Indian company, is offering returnable packaging on assembly components and complete knock-down operations for automotive clients.


Global Returnable Packaging Market, By Segment


Returnable packaging Market


For the purpose of analysis, the global returnable packaging market has been divided on the basis of four segments: material, product type, end-use, and region. On the basis of material, the market has been segmented into plastic, metal, wood, and others. Under the material segment, plastic accounts for the largest market share. Plastic returnable packaging is preferred due to their extensive flexibility, reusability and cost effectiveness.


On the basis of product type, the market has been segmented as follows: pallets, crates, intermediate bulk containers (IBC), dunnage, drums & barrels, bottles and others. IBC containers to dominate the product type segment of the market and the same is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. Rise in demand from various end-use applications like food & beverages and petroleum & lubricants is driving the growth of this segment. IBC’s are preferred due various features such as high strength, durability and long span. Pallets segment is expected to contribute significantly during the forecast period mainly due to increase in demand for consumer goods.


On the basis of end-use, the market has been segmented as automotive, food & beverages, pharmaceuticals & healthcare, and consumer goods. Automotive dominates the end-use segment and is expected to grow at a highest CAGR during the forecast period. Increased us of returnable containers by automotive manufactures to transport different parts of automotive components to suppliers and the need for cost reduction for automotive manufactures to handle competition are the factors driving the growth of the market. Food & beverages segment is also expected to contribute significantly during the forecast period mainly due to increase in demand for storage and transportation of bulk food products and various beverages.


Returnable packaging is also termed as reusable packaging that is made of durable materials like polypropylene and corrugated plastics. It is designed for multiple trips and has extended shelf-life. Various features associated with returnable packaging are cost effectiveness, improved product safety and reusability.


Intended Audience:



  • End-Users

  • Government Associations

  • Research Institutes

  • Distribution vendors

  • Technology Innovators

  • Manufacturers



Report Scope:
Report Attribute/Metric Details
  Market Size   2027: Significant Value
  CAGR   6.2% CAGR (2020-2027)
  Base Year   2019
  Forecast Period   2020-2027
  Historical Data   2018
  Forecast Units   Value (USD Million)
  Report Coverage   Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends
  Segments Covered   Material, Product Type, and End Use
  Geographies Covered   North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World (RoW)
  Key Vendors   Brambles (Australia), Schoeller Allibert (Netherlands), Menasha Corporation (US), DS Smith (UK), Myers Industries (US), Nefab Group (Sweden), Rehrig Pacific Company (US), IPL Plastics (Ireland), Schutz GmbH & Co. KGaA (Germany), and Vetropack Holding (Switzerland)
  Key Market Opportunities

  • Increased awareness about sustainable packaging
  • Strong industrial base in this region
  •   Key Market Drivers

  • Improvements in the economy of this region
  • Increase in demand for packaged food & beverages


  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :


    The global returnable packaging market is recorded a substantial market valuation by 2027.

    The global returnable packaging market is projected to register a moderate 6.2% CAGR in the forecast period.

    The pharmaceutical and healthcare segment is slated to expand as the fastest-growing segment.

    A few major market players operating in the global returnable packaging market are Menasha Corporation (US), Brambles (Australia), Schoeller Allibert (Netherlands), DS Smith (UK), among others.