The healthcare packaging market was valued at USD 117.36 billion in 2019, recording a CAGR of 6.35% over the forecast period (2020-2025). Increasing geriatric population, as a result of increased life expectancy rates globally, is creating a scope for medical device manufacturers and pharmaceuticals. The advent of novel products, owing to advancements in the fields of biopharmaceutical and biology, supported by the requirements for better compliance, is expected to drive the growth of the market further.
Governments across regions, globally, are making affordable healthcare mandatory, considering the need for healthcare access across all age groups, especially the aging population. For instance, the Affordable Care Act in the United States has allowed for almost 30 million more US citizens to obtain insurance.
Therefore, access to insurance results in greater consumer demand for pharmaceuticals and medical devices, along with an increased emphasis on personalized care. The need for customized medication requires label and packaging manufacturers to handle smaller batches with shorter lead times. As the packaging requirements across regions vary, the pharmaceutical companies are considering options to outsource their packaging needs.
The nature of pharmaceutical products implies that the majority of the containers used are disposable and only suitable for single use. Plastics dominate as the main type of material, owing to their performance, durability, and lightweight. However, these are not easily recyclable.
Of the global paper usage, the majority of the paper (approximately 51%, according to the Indian Paper Manufacturer Association, IPMA) is used for packaging purposes across several end users, including the healthcare packaging industry (for primary and secondary types of packaging). The regulations intended to reduce the usage of wood pulp in paper and cardboard manufacturing are also in place, considering environmental sustainability.
Scope of the Report
The healthcare industry has evolved from its erstwhile traditional form of practices to the current position. High-tech equipment and instruments are being deployed to improve efficiency, in addition to the increasing demand for sustainable packaging and processing operations. Increasing awareness regarding environmental issues and government regulations are pressurizing the pharmaceutical companies to move toward sustainable processes. These developments by the medical device and pharmaceutical vendors are providing scope for expansion to the healthcare packaging market.
Key Market Trends
Blister Packages are Expected to have the Highest Growth
Blister packages are one of the most popular and convenient dosing formats. The major companies that operate in the healthcare packaging industry provide non-PVC barrier blister packaging. This assists medical and pharmaceutical companies to meet sustainability objectives and shelf-life requirements, besides providing an economical alternative, in comparison to traditional market offerings.
Blister packs are used for medical instruments or devices, such as catheters and injection syringes. However, applications of blister packs in medical device packaging are lesser than their applications in pharmaceutical product packaging.
Blister packaging provides seal integrity and a high degree of the microbial barrier, to help keep the contents of the package sterilized, until use. Tyvek forms a strong seal bond with the thermoformed film, thus reducing the risk of contamination and package compromise, in case of impact to the lidding during shipping or storage.
Blister packaging has gained popularity to protect medication from moisture. Aligning to these trends, companies, like Burgopak and Ecobliss, have developed ingenious blister packaging that is child-proof. The rising compliances by the FDA, such as the CPG Sec. 450.500 (which requires providing visible evidence to consumers that tampering has occurred) have been driving the need for tamper-evident packaging. This has enabled security throughout the product’s lifecycle, including after purchase by a consumer. Blister packaging is the most used form of TEP, and has thus found an increased demand across the healthcare industry.
North America is Expected to Dominate the Market
North America is expected to remain the dominant regional segment over the forecast period in the healthcare packaging market. This can be primarily attributed to the strong presence of pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in the United States, as R&D investments of regional pharmaceutical companies have grown consistently over the past 15 years.
The United States is poised to remain the largest consumer of pharmaceutical packaging, as new sophisticated therapies with specialized packaging needs are being introduced. The increasing number of surgical operations, due to a rapidly growing population and stringent government standardizations, is expected to strengthen the US segment of the market studied, over the forecast period.
Sales of generic drugs in the United States reached an estimated USD 70 billion, representing a quarter of the global market. This can be attributed to a large number of drugs going off-patent as well as healthcare reforms favoring generics.
The healthcare packaging market is highly competitive and consists of several major players. In terms of market share, few of the major players currently dominate the market. These major players with prominent shares in the market are focusing on expanding their customer base across multiple countries. These companies are leveraging on strategic collaborative initiatives to increase their market shares and profitability. The companies operating in the market are also acquiring start-ups working on the healthcare packaging market to strengthen their product capabilities. For instance, on Nov 2018, WestRock Company announced that it has completed the acquisition of KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation. The company expects to achieve approximately USD 200 million in synergies and performance improvements by the end of fiscal 2021. The acquisition also strengthened WestRock’s presence on the West Coast of the United States and broadened WestRock’s portfolio of differentiated paper and packaging solutions with the addition of attractive paper grades and distribution capabilities.
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