Converted Flex-Pack to Grow


CLEVELAND, OH—Demand for converted flexible packaging is expected to increase more than 4%/yr to $14.4 billion in 2009, says a new study from The Freedonia Group. According to Converted Flexible Packaging, this growth will come from cost, performance, and source reduction advantages over most forms of rigid packaging. Heightened barrier requirements in many markets will drive increased demand for value-added materials to enhance shelf life or product protection.

US Converted Flexible Packaging Demand
(million dollars)
% Annual Growth
Item 1999 2004 2009 04/99 09/04
Converted Flexible Packaging 9,574 11,780 14,420 4.2 4.1
Bags 5,747 6,472 7,310 2.4 2.5
Pouches 2,895 4,210 5,790 7.8 6.6
Other 932 1,098 1,320 3.3 3.8
® 2006 by The Freedonia Group Inc.

Contributing to growth will be technological advances such as breathable films and resealable stand-up pouches, as well as demands by manufacturers for higher performance packaging with enhanced graphics capabilities. Pouches will offer the best opportunities, the study says, with demand expected to rise 6.6%/annum to $5.8 billion in 2009.

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