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Moulded Fibre Pulp Packaging Market By Product (Clamshell, Trays, End Caps), By Type (Thick Walled, Transfer Moulded, Thermoformed, Processed Pulp), By End Use (Consumer Durables & Electronics Goods (CDEG), F&B, Personal Care, Healthcare/Medical, Automotive Parts) - Growth, Future Prospects And Competitive Analysis, 2017 - 2025

Molded fiber pulp is widely used as primary and secondary packaging in various end-use industries. Strong protective cushioning properties combined with cost-effective packaging solutions drive the global molded fiber pulp packaging market. Because of its ease of reprocessing and biodegradability, molded fiber pulp packaging is becoming more popular. Furthermore, when compared to EPS and other foam products, molded fiber pulp products save 60-70% of storage space, lowering logistics costs. Molded fiber pulp packaging is used as a green packaging solution, making it the most popular among businesses looking to project a positive image of the environment.

The transfer-molded type accounts for the major share among the molded pulp types and offers products with wall thicknesses of 3 mm to 5 mm with a smooth surface finish on one side. The transfer-molded pulp-type segment is driven by factors such as high-volume production, uniform density, and short cycle time.

Asia Pacific accounts for a significant share of the global molded fiber pulp packaging market due to continued growth in food and electronic packaging. The key global players are capitalizing on these opportunities by increasing capacities and offering innovative products for regional markets. The market in Asia Pacific is fragmented, with the presence of various mid-sized and small players, especially in China.

Although challenges in recycling capability as weaker and shorter fibers are generated, the manufacturers are developing innovative as well as competitive pulp products with the addition of virgin fibers. This inclusion of virgin fibers is to offer high strength to avoid damage during transportation as well as a performance improver to outperform its substitute EPS. Some of the key players present in this market are Huttamaki Group, UFP Technologies, Inc., Brdrene Hartmann A/S, Pactiv LLC, Celluloses de La Loire, Keying, Inc., EnviroPAK Corporation, Keyes Packaging Group, Robert Cullen Ltd., and Hawk Group, among others.

The report titled "Global Moulded Fibre Pulp Packaging Market: Growth, Future Prospects, and Competitive Analysis, 2017–2025" offers strategic insights into the global molded fiber pulp packaging market, along with the market size and estimates for the duration of 2015–2025. The said research study covers an in-depth analysis of multiple market segments based on molded pulp type, end-use, and a cross-sectional study across different geographies. The study covers the comparative analysis of different segments for the years 2016 and 2025. The report also provides a prolific view of market dynamics, such as market drivers, restraints, and opportunities.

To assist strategic decision-makers, the report also includes profiles of the leading molded fiber pulp packaging manufacturers, as well as their product portfolios and key developments.

Other in-depth analysis provided in the report includes:

  • Market trends in the molded fiber pulp packaging industry will be used to justify the future attractiveness of markets.
  • Market fuelers, market impediments, and their impact on market growth
  • in-depth competitive environment analysis
  • Trailing 2-year market size data (2015–2016)
  • SRC (Segment, Region, Country) Analysis

Overall, the research study provides a comprehensive view of the global molded fiber pulp packaging market, including market size and estimates from 2017 to 2025, taking the aforementioned factors into account.

The global molded fiber pulp packaging market is segmented by product type for the purposes of this study:

  • Clamshell
  • Trays
  • End Caps
  • Others (containers, corners, edge protectors, etc.)

Among the product types, the trays segment accounted for the largest share in 2016 and is expected to remain dominant during the forecast period. Trays are widely used for egg, fruit, and wine packaging because they provide long-lasting quality. Shock protection and high efficiency with low breakage risks in handling and transportation are expected to drive moldable fiber pulp packaging sales revenue, particularly in the trays segment.

End caps are used in electronic packaging to protect the edges of electronic products and provide excellent vibration resistance. The increased demand for cost-competitive packaging for electronic applications is expected to drive the sales of end caps. The end caps segment is expected to register high growth, owing to the business's adoption of a cost-effective interior packaging portfolio.

The global molded fiber pulp packaging market is classified by type for the purposes of this study as follows:

  • Thick Walled
  • Transfer molded
  • Thermoformed
  • Processed Pulp

Molded fiber pulp packaging is the most versatile sustainable packaging with incredible design possibilities. Among the various molding technologies, the product to be packed and protected determines the molding technology to be considered. For instance, the transfer-molded products are formed by the transfer molding technique, which produces packaging with a wall thickness of 3 mm to 5 mm and a smooth surface finish on one side. This type of packaging is commonly used in the FMCG industry for egg trays and cartons, fruit and wine packaging, cup carriers, and other applications, and it accounts for a sizable portion of the molded fiber pulp packaging market.

With the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) projecting a 15% rise in the human population by the end of 2030, the consumption of eggs is anticipated to grow from 6.5 to 8.9 kilograms per person by 2030. In terms of value, the transfer molded pulp type was estimated to account for more than 30% of the market by 2016, owing to the increased demand for sustainable packaging in the FMCG industry and its economic benefits.

After transfer molding, thermoforming is the second-largest segment and is expected to grow steadily over the forecast period. The growing demand for a more aesthetically pleasing appearance, as well as a smoother, thinner surface finish, is expected to drive demand for thermoformed molded pulp. Also driving the thermoformed-molded pulp type is the growing demand for sustainable packaging in the luxury market, where appearance is important in order to increase the point of sale.

For the purposes of this study, the global market for molded fiber pulp packaging by end-use is divided as follows:

  • Consumer Durables and Electronics Goods (CDEG)
  • Food and Beverage (F&B)
  • Personal Care
  • Healthcare/Medical
  • Automotive Parts
  • Others (candles, flowers, gifts)

The development of environmentally responsive packaging coupled with reduced costs for various end-users was a challenge faced by packaging professionals. Molded fiber pulp packaging is a solution to this problem, with high efficiency in product nesting and stacking. Molded fiber pulp is the most preferred choice by various end-users because it is a cost-effective alternative to expanded polystyrene (EPS). Due to its retail-friendly packaging, food and beverage (F&B) is the largest segment, accounting for more than 25% of the market's value. Because moldable fiber pulp packaging is primarily used in egg and fruit packaging, the end-user segment is expected to dominate the market.

The consumer durables and electronics goods segment is expected to grow considerably over the forecast period, marking the second largest segment after food and beverage. This is attributed to the growing demand for less space and inexpensive yet superior protection packaging for electronic goods.

Geographically, the global molded fiber pulp packaging market is divided into the following regions and countries:

North America

  • U.S.
  • Canada


  • EU7
  • CIS
  • Rest of Europe

Asia Pacific

  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • Rest of Asia Pacific

Latin America

  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • rest of Latin America

Middle East and Africa

  • GCC Countries
  • South Africa
  • Rest of the Middle East and Africa

Asia Pacific leads the global molded fiber pulp packaging market with a share of more than 45% in terms of value in 2016. The market's growth is fuelled by its huge population base and the growth of end-user industries. The growth in demand for environmentally friendly packaging for food and beverage products is expected to boost the market in the region. China accounts for the majority of the share, owing to the robust export and supply of electronic items worldwide. Shipping costs are greatly reduced by molded fiber pulp packaging, which is one of the major factors driving the Asia Pacific molded fiber pulp packaging market.

The European molded fiber pulp packaging market is expected to expand steadily over the forecast period. The region's market is expected to be driven by technological advancements in molded fiber pulp packaging, particularly in Western Europe (EU countries), as well as the trend of using recycled paper waste for packaging. Factors such as ease of reprocessing, space and cost savings, and the availability of low-cost raw materials are expected to drive further growth in the global molded fiber pulp packaging market.

Frequently Asked Questions:

The market for Moulded Fibre Pulp Packaging Market is expected to reach USD 21,221.8 Mn By 2025.

The Moulded Fibre Pulp Packaging Market is expected to see significant CAGR growth over the coming years, at 6.0%.

The report is forecasted from 2017-2025.

The base year of this report is 2016.

Huttamaki Group, UFP Technologies, Inc., Brdrene Hartmann A/S, Pactiv LLC, Celluloses de La Loire, Keying, Inc., EnviroPAK Corporation, Keyes Packaging Group, Robert Cullen Ltd., and Hawk Group are some of the major players in the global market.

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Published Date:  Sep 2017
Category:  Chemicals
Report ID:   58715
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