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The Global Pharmaceutical Packaging Market is expected to record a positive CAGR of ~9% during the forecast period (2022-2028) and is expected to reach nearly US$ 180 billion by 2028, owing to several factors including the surging demand for pharmaceutical products to treat various diseases including chronic diseases, digestive disorders, and others, which ultimately boosting the demand for pharmaceutical packaging to protect medicines or drugs from chemical, physical damage, and microbial contamination.

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Key Growth Drivers

  • Growing demand for eco-friendly and sustainable pharmaceutical packaging products and the rising prevalence of chronic diseases increasing the demand for pharma products drive market growth.
  • The increasing concern related to the harmful impact of packaging on the environment among consumers and manufacturers is surging the demand for eco-friendly and sustainable packaging in the pharmaceutical industry. The growing demand for sustainable packaging is likely to create immense opportunities for the growth of the pharmaceutical packaging market in the forthcoming years.
  • In April 2022, Amcor plc launched a new sustainable packaging named High Shield laminated, which provides a high barrier and performance to pharmaceutical products. The new product is a recycle-ready and low carbon packaging option that comprises stick pack, sachet, and strip pack packaging and is available in two options, paper-based, and polyolefin-based materials.
  • The rising prevalence of various diseases including cardiovascular diseases, digestive disorders, infectious diseases, and others increased the demand for pharmaceutical products and their packaging, which is expected to aid the growth of the global pharmaceutical packaging market.
  • According to World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 17.9 million people die each year due to cardiovascular diseases including rheumatic heart disease, coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, and other conditions.
  • Shortage of raw materials and counterfeit pharmaceutical products hindering the market growth
  • The availability of counterfeit pharmaceutical products along with the shortage of raw materials to manufacture pharmaceutical packaging products is the most significant barrier to the growth of the pharmaceutical packaging industry globally. The shortage of basic materials such as paper, plastic, glass, and other raw material has upended the manufacturing process including pharmaceutical packaging. Paper Mills failed to fulfill the demand for paper packaging products due to the shortage of wood pulp.
  • According to the USA Bureau of Labor Statistics, the cost of pulp and paper increased by over 25% between 2020 and 2021, making it more expensive to procure paper as a raw material for the packaging industry.
  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, the disrupted supply chain affected the production capacity and supply of pharmaceutical packaging material. In April 2020, the COVID-19 lockdown affected the pharma sector including pharmaceutical packaging due to the shortage of raw material, workforce, and restrictions on transport. To curb the situation, the governmental bodies imposed several regulations on industries, resulting in supply chain disruption.

Key Trends by Market Segment:

By Material:  Plastics & polymers segment held the largest share of the Global Pharmaceutical Packaging Market in 2021, owing to the various advantages offered by plastic and polymers such as durability, recyclability, flexibility, leakage resistance, lightweight, and others. The demand for various types of plastic including polypropylene (PP), PET, HDPE, PVC, and others is increasing to manufacture caps, lids, trays, plates, blister packages, bottles, bags, and others, which is anticipated to propel the growth of the pharmaceutical packaging market globally.

The surging demand for recyclable, biodegradable, and lightweight materials for pharmaceutical use is encouraging manufacturers to launch new packaging products made from plastic and polymers in the market.

In May 2022, Bormioli Pharma launched Eco Positive Packaging for pharmaceutical products. The packaging includes bio-based, biodegradable, or compostable plastic solutions, recycled glass and plastics, and advanced polymer products. The company aimed to provide sustainable solutions and expand its product portfolio.

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By Packaging Type:  Primary pharmaceutical packaging segment held the largest share of the Global Pharmaceutical Packaging Market in 2021, owing to the growing demand for packaging products that provides quality assurance, safety during transportation, and prevention from contamination. The primary pharmaceutical packaging includes products such as bottles, tubes, blister packs, and others. It comes in direct contact with the drug or medicines, enveloping it and protecting it from environmental contaminations. In addition, the increasing demand for easy-to-open and convenient packaging options is further expected to augment the growth of the segment in the market.

  • In August 2022, SEA Vision and Marchesini Group collaborated to launch a new solution for the healthcare industry's primary pack serialized blister and aggregation solutions. The new solution comprised a complete range of technology to inspect, print, and pack serialized blisters. The company aims to offer solutions for pharmaceutical packaging to reduce counterfeiting drugs or medicines in the market.

By Product Type:  Bottles segment held the largest share of the Global Pharmaceutical Packaging Market in 2021, due to the growing demand to store liquid drugs, powders, capsules, and others to preserve, protect, and store pharmaceutical products. Moreover, the demand is increasing owing to its durability, easy usage, child resistance, and convenience for the end-users. In addition, increasing government initiatives to promote bottles for pharmaceuticals products as safe packaging, is anticipated to augment the growth of the market.

  • In March 2021, National Green Tribunal (NGT) declared polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles safer for the packaging of pharmaceutical products. Both government, the scientific community, and the pharmaceutical industry endorsed PET bottles and have approved their usage based on scientific facts. PET is considered a strong, safe, clear, lightweight, and completely recyclable material for pharmaceutical packaging.

By Drug Delivery Mode: The oral drugs segment accounted for the majority share of the Global Pharmaceutical Packaging Market in 2021, owing to the surge in storage and protection of oral drugs as the most preferred administration route due to its convenience, high patient compliance, noninvasiveness, and non-requirement of any specific sterile conditions. In addition, the increase in initiatives taken by pharmaceutical manufacturers to develop oral drugs as these are easy to manufacture, cost-effective, and patient-friendly is anticipated to further propel the growth of the segment in the market.

  • In January 2022, Catalent introduced a new Xpress Pharmaceutics service, which is designed to accelerate the development of oral drugs through Phase 1 clinical studies. The new service allows the company to work alongside clinical research organizations and innovators and also provides clinical trial material that can ease the process of clinical studies.

By End-User: Pharma manufacturing segment accounted for the largest share in 2021 of the Global Pharmaceutical Packaging Market attributed to increasing demand for medicines or drugs along with the rising population and increasing prevalence of various diseases namely cardiovascular disease, physiological, hereditary, infectious, and other diseases. In addition, an increase in the geriatric population requires additional medical assistance, thereby boosting pharmaceutical manufacturing activities. The above-mentioned factors are expected to augment the growth of the global pharmaceutical packaging market.

In January 2020, West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. introduced a new packaging component named AccelTRA for packaging injectable drugs for generic drug manufacturers in India. The new product launch aimed to enhance the company’s product portfolio and to offer high quality, speedy packaging, and simple products to pharma manufacturers.

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By Geography: North America accounted for the largest share in 2021 of the Global Pharmaceutical Packaging Market due to the presence of many pharmaceutical packaging manufacturers in the region along with the strong production capacity for pharmaceutical products and packaging. In addition, the rising adoption of smart, advanced, and sustainable packaging for pharmaceutical products is anticipated to propel the growth of the region in the market.

  • In March 2020, Berry Global, Inc. launched a new oval tube for packaging pharmaceuticals and other products. The oval tube is formed, extruded, and decorated at the USA manufacturing facility. The oval tube has a unique shape and helps manufacturers and brands to differentiate their products from other brands’ products.

Asia-Pacific is the fastest growing region in the Global Pharmaceutical Packaging Market owing to the growing demand for pharmaceutical products and their packaging. Moreover, the supportive regulations laid by the governmental bodies related to the safety of drugs are further expected to boost the growth of the region in the Pharmaceutical Packaging Market.

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Competitive Landscape

The pharmaceutical packaging market is highly competitive with ~300 players that include globally diversified players, regional players as well as a large number of country-niche players having their niche in pharmaceutical packaging.

Regional players control over 45% of the market share, while the global players hold the second largest share. Some of the major players in the market include Amcor plc, BD, AptarGroup, Inc., Gerresheimer AG, West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc., WestRock Company, CCL Industries, Berry Global, Inc., Nipro Europe Group Companies, and Mondi plc among others.

The leading global pharmaceutical packaging companies such as Amcor plc, West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc., and AptarGroup, Inc. are highly focused on research and development for creating innovative sustainable pharmaceutical packaging products or solutions.

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Recent Developments Related to Major Players

  • In November 2021, Gerresheimer AG launched a new drug delivery device named SensAIR for drugs with high viscosity. The new primary packaging is launched to deliver newly developed biologics and other medical and diagnostic products.
  • In May 2021, Nipro Europe Group Companies acquired Piramida, a Croatian glass pharmaceutical packaging manufacturer. The acquisition helped the company in catering to the growing demand for glass packaging in the Central European market and aimed to expand its business globally.


The Global Pharmaceutical Packaging Market is forecasted to continue a moderate growth, primarily driven by the rising demand for pharmaceutical products coupled with an increase in the introduction of new medicines, biologics products, and other drugs to improve patient health and their quality of life. In addition, the growing demand for reliable and innovative packaging for pharmaceutical products to prevent, preserve, and protect them from any chemical, physical, or microbial damage is anticipated to propel the growth of the market globally Though the market is highly competitive with over 300 participants, few regional players control the dominant market share and global players also hold a significant market share.

Note: This is an upcoming/planned report, so the figures quoted here for a market size estimate, forecast, growth, segment share, and competitive landscape are based on initial findings and might vary slightly in the actual report. Also, any required customizations can be covered to the best feasible extent for Pre-booking clients and report delivered within a maximum of two working weeks.

Ken Research has recently published report titled, Global Pharmaceutical Packaging Market Size, Segments, Outlook, and Revenue Forecast 2022-2028. In addition, the report also covers market size and forecasts for the four region's pharmaceutical packaging market. The revenue used to size and forecast the market for each segment is US$ billion.

Market Taxonomy

By Material
  • Plastics & Polymers
  • Paper & Paperboard
  • Glass
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Others
By Packaging Type
  • Tertiary Pharmaceutical Packaging
  • Secondary Pharmaceutical Packaging
  • Primary Pharmaceutical Packaging
By Product Type
  • Bottles
  • Caps & Closures
  • Pre-Fillable Inhalers
  • Pre-Fillable Syringes
  • Vials & Ampoules
  • Blister Packs
  • Bags & Pouches
  • Jars & Canisters
  • Cartridges
  • Others
By Drug Delivery Mode
  • Oral Drugs
  • Injectables
  • Topical
  • Ocular/ Ophthalmic
  • Nasal
  • Pulmonary
  • Transdermal
  • IV Drugs
  • Others
By End-User
  • Pharma Manufacturing
  • Contract Packaging
  • Retail Pharmacy
  • Institutional Pharmacy
  • Others
By Geography
  • North America
    • US
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Spain
    • Italy
  • Asia-Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • India
    • Indonesia
    • Australia
    • Latin America
    • Middle East
    • Africa
Key Companies
  • Amcor plc
  • Becton D
  • AptarGroup, Inc.
  • Gerresheimer AG
  • West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.
  • WestRock Company
  • CCL Industries
  • Berry Global, Inc.
  • Nipro Europe Group Companies
  • Mondi plc



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