Thermoform Packaging Market Size, Share, Growth, Trends, Consumption, Company Analysis and Forecast 2020-2027

The global thermoform packaging market size was valued at around USD 40.51 in 2019 and is expected to reach approximately USD 60.50 billion by 2026, growing at a CAGR of slightly above 5% between 2020 and 2027.

The demand for thermoform packaging is increasing on account of growing sales of retail products, such as electronics, personal care, and cosmetics. Incorporation of innovative packaging techniques, such as modified atmosphere packaging, by the food manufacturers to extend the shelf life of packaged food is likely to support market growth. Moreover, these products are lightweight, which makes them user-friendly and enables easy transportation.

The thermoform plastic molding process offers multiple advantages, such as extensive design options, less tooling as well as prototype development cost over the other plastic molding processes. Furthermore, the thermoforming allows minimum raw material wastage and easy product customization, due to which, food & beverage manufacturers prefer these packaging solutions. The increasing penetration of e-food delivery platforms is another factor driving the demand for thermoform packaging products, such as containers, trays & lids, and clamshells.

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In 2019, Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)-based thermoformed packaging accounted for the largest revenue share of 45%. Incorporation of Recycled PET (R-PET) for the manufacturing of packaging products to develop sustainable packaging trends is one of the key factors driving the demand for PET. Moreover, low cost, sustainability, and versatility in the molding of the material augment the segment growth.

The Polyethylene (PE) material segment is expected to grow at the fastest CAGR of 6.2% over the projected period. Polyethylene has two grades namely, Low-density PE (LDPE) and High-density PE (HDPE). The LDPE grade has a high demand for meat and seafood product packaging, whereas HDPE is primarily used across several industrial applications.

Polypropylene (PP) is one of the most widely used plastics in the world. The demand for PP-based packaging is expected to grow on account of the superior toughness of PP. It also exhibits several favorable properties, such as high puncture resistance, clarity, strength, and good heat resistance, which make it suitable for various applications. Polypropylene helps in retaining the freshness of food items, owing to which, it is widely used in the food packaging industry.

The containers segment led the market in 2019 and accounted for more than 26% of the global revenue share. Wide usage of these products in the foodservice industry resulted in its significant market share.

The demand for clamshell packaging is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period. Electronics and homecare industries prefer these products on account of their benefits, including lucrative design, ease of use, transparency, and tamper-evident properties.

In 2019, food & beverage emerged as the largest end-use industry and accounted for 51% of the overall revenue share. Rising demand for thermoformed packaging solutions for the dairy and related industries is anticipated to have a positive impact on market growth. Furthermore, high demands for these products for the transportation of fruits and vegetables is likely to drive segment growth.

The consumer electronics segment is driven by various factors including new product developments, shorter product life cycles coupled with high consumer spending on electronic gadgets. In the electronics industry, blister packs are used for the packing of mobile accessories, headphones, batteries, etc. E-commerce plays an important role in the sale of various electronic products. The growth of the retail e-commerce sector is likely to propel the demand for the blister packs in the electronics and homecare segment over the forecast period.

North America accounted for the largest revenue share of 28% in 2019 on account of high technology penetration along with the presence of well-established food & beverage and pharmaceutical sectors in the region. Furthermore, frequent new product launches by the thermoform manufacturing companies in the region are expected to support market growth.

The market in APAC is estimated to register the maximum CAGR from 2020 to 2027. India, in particular, is anticipated to grow at the fastest rate over the forecasted period. Heavy local and international investments in the food & beverage, electronics, and pharmaceutical sectors in the country to cater to the increasing demand are likely to have a positive impact on the regional market growth.

Europe is also estimated to have significant growth from 2020 to 2027. The regional growth is attributed to high product demand from the pharmaceuticals sector as a result of the increasing geriatric population, which needs intensive medical care.

Some of the prominent players in the global thermoform packaging market include:

  • DS Smith

  • Amcor Ltd.

  • Sonoco Products Company

  • Placon Corp.

  • Display Pack, Inc.

  • Pactiv LLC

  • Dart Container Corp.

  • Constantia Flexibles GmbH

  • Huhtamaki Group

  • Tray-Pak Corp.

  • D&W Fine Pack

  • Anchor Packaging, Inc.

  • Lacerta Group, Inc.

  • RPC Group Plc

  • Silgan Holdings, Inc.

Segments Covered in the Report

Material Outlook

    • PET

    • PVC

    • PS

    • PP

    • PE

    • Others

Product Outlook

    • Blister Packaging

    • Clamshell Packaging

    • Skin Packaging

    • Trays & Lids

    • Containers

    • Others

End-use Industry Outlook

    • Food & Beverage

    • Personal Care & Cosmetics

    • Pharmaceuticals

    • Electronics

    • Homecare

    • Others

Regional Outlook

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • Italy

      • France

      • U.K.

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • Japan

      • India

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa

      • Saudi Arabia


The report provides revenue of the global thermoform packaging market for the period 2016–2027, considering 2019 as the base year and 2027 as the forecast year. The report also provides the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for the global market during the forecast period. The global thermoform packaging market studies past as well as current growth trends and opportunities to gain valuable insights of these indicators of the market during the forecast period from 2020 to 2027.

It is pertinent to consider that in a volatile global economy, we haven’t just conducted thermoform packaging market forecasts in terms of CAGR, but also studied the market based on key parameters, including Year-on-Year (Y-o-Y) growth, to comprehend the certainty of the market and to find and present the lucrative opportunities in market.

The report includes an elaborate executive summary, along with a snapshot of the growth behavior of various segments included in the scope of the study. Furthermore, the report sheds light on the changing competitive dynamics in the global thermoform packaging market. These indices serve as valuable tools for existing market players as well as for entities interested in entering the global thermoform packaging market.

The report delves into the competitive landscape of the global thermoform packaging market. Key players operating in the global thermoform packaging market have been identified, and each one of these has been profiled for distinguishing business attributes. Company overview, financial standings, recent developments, and SWOT are some of the attributes of players in the global thermoform packaging market that have been profiled in this report.

In this study, the years considered to estimate the market size of thermoform packaging are as follows:

  • History Year: 2016-2019
  • Base Year: 2020
  • Forecast Year 2020 to 2027

Key Questions Answered in thermoform packaging Market Study
- What are the key factors influencing the thermoform packaging market in each region?
- What will be the CAGR of the global thermoform packaging market between 2016 and 2027?
- What is the future scope and changing trends in technologies in the global thermoform packaging market?
- Which factors will impede the growth of the global thermoform packaging market during the forecast period?
- Which are the leading companies in the global thermoform packaging market?
- Which region is set to expand at the fastest CAGR during the forecast period?
- What is the volume (Units) of different thermoform packaging across all regions during the forecast period?
- Which segment will have the highest revenue globally in 2027 and which segment will expand at the fastest CAGR during the forecast period?

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