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FLEXO Magazine : September 2014
Segmented, stand up pouches are expected to see demand grow 6.5 percent annually, maintaining their reputation as a major player. e format will continue to be a consumer darling because of their lighter weight and lower material use, relative to rigid containers, along with their ability to grab attention on store shelves. Flat pouches will have a 4.0 percent growth in demand, thanks to four side seal pouch advancements in the pharmaceutical and medical markets, along with food applications such as: • Meat • Poultry • Seafood • Sauces and condiments at's in addition to non food usages like soaps and detergents. PHARMACEUTICAL PACKAGING Pharmaceutical packaging product demand is expected to rise 4.9 percent annually, through 2018, to $22.1 billion. Of that amount, approximately two thirds will consist of primary containers. e remaining third will be made up of: • Closures • Secondary containers • Labels • Various other packaging accessories Chief among the primary containers category is plastic bottles, like those used to store prescription and over the counter drugs. ese will continue to command the largest share of demand. Vying for the No. 1 demand position will be blister packaging, which will demonstrate above average revenue growth, attributed to "adaptability to unit dose and clinical trial dosage formats with expanded label content, high visibility and built in track and trace features." Pre lled inhalers, too, will outpace average demand. While those solutions see greater growth, pharmaceutical pouch de- mand is forecasted to grow at a slightly below average pace, thanks to fewer use cases. Also on the decline are glass pharmaceutical bottles, which are being replaced with plastic bottles and blister packs. Among accessories, dispensing closures, parenteral stoppers, security enhanced labeling and intelligent components will see the greatest revenue growth. "Led by pre llable syringes, vials, and premixed IV systems, paren- teral containers will post the fastest growth in both revenue and unit demand as new injectable and infusion therapies based on biotech- nology and other advanced life sciences are introduced into the marketplace," according to Freedonia Group analyst Bill Martineau. "Demand for these containers will exceed that for blister packaging and will generate the second largest share of value demand among primary pharmaceutical containers in 2018." U.S. Pharmaceutical Packaging Demand (in millions of dollars) Item Pharmaceutical Packaging Demand % Annual Growth 2008 2013 2018 2008-2013 2013-2018 Plastic bottles 3,130 3,810 4,600 4.9 4.9 Blister Packaging 2,070 2,710 3,590 5.5 5.8 Parenteral Containers 1,770 2,580 3,610 7.8 6.9 Other Primary Containers 1,910 2,300 2,800 3.8 4.0 Packaging Accessories 4,810 5,960 7,500 4.4 4.7 24 FLEXO | SEPTEMBER 2014