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  January 11th, 2023 | Written by

Returnable Packaging Market is Expected to Grow from USD 104 Billion in 2021 to USD 12.43 billion by 2029

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Returnable Packaging Market Size by Material Type (Plastic, Metal, Wood), By Product Type (Pallets, Drums & Barrels, Dunnage, Crates, IBCs, and Others), By End-User (Automotive, Food & Beverages, Healthcare, and Others), Regions, Segmentation, and forecast till 2029.

The market has been studied for the below mentioned-segmentation and regional analysis for North America, Europe, Asia, South America, and Middle East and Africa. These are the key regions where the returnable packaging market is operating currently and is predicted to expand in the near future. The manufacturers and suppliers involved in the returnable packaging market is present across various countries in the above-mentioned regions.

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The report provides detailed understanding of the market segments which have been formed by combining different prospects such as material type, product type, end-user, and others. Apart from this, the key driving factors, restraints, potential growth opportunities and market challenges are also discussed in the below paragraphs.

The significant players operating in the global Returnable Packaging market are Orbis Corporation, Nefab Group, UBEECO Packaging Solutions, Amatech Inc., CHEP, GWP Group, Plastic Packaging Solutions Midlands & East Ltd., Tri-Pack Plastics Ltd., Celina Industries, RPR Inc., Schoeller Allibert, DS Smith, SCHüTZ GmbH & Co. KGaA, and Mjsolpac Ltd, among others. To achieve a substantial market share in the worldwide Returnable Packaging market and strengthen their position, manufacturers are pursuing expansion methods such as current developments, mergers and acquisitions, product innovations, collaborations, and partnerships, joint ventures.

According to the Returnable Packaging Association (RPA), “returnable packaging” is any type of packaging that may be used again, including reusable pallets, racks, bulk containers, hand-held containers, and dunnage. Manufacturers, processors, suppliers, and customers generally employ reusable packaging in a well-managed supply chain with relatively small shipping loops. Returnable packaging is built to survive the severe treatment of a convenient transportation system using strong materials like metal, plastic, or wood. A “returnable pack,” or a vehicle that will travel to the destination and return, marks the start of the procedure. A semi-truck on the highway, for instance, is a returnable pack. Everything, even the Space Shuttle, is returnable. The containers inside a returnable pack and the dunnage inside the container containing a part are the two smaller parts that make up returnable packaging. Reusable packaging is made of strong materials and is intended for numerous uses over an extended period of time. Reusable packaging or containers are made to be used repeatedly without losing their protective properties. The terms “returnable” and “returnable” are commonly used synonymously, however t,he term can also refer to returning items for purposes other than resale, such as recycling, disposal, incineration, etc.

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Scope of Returnable Packaging Market Report

Report Metric Information
Study Period 2021-2029
Base Year             2021
Forecast Period 2022-2029
Market Share Unit USD Billion
Segments Covered By Material Type, By Product Type, By End-User, region
Regions Covered North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America and Middle-East and Africa
Major Players Orbis Corporation, Nefab Group, UBEECO Packaging Solutions, Amatech Inc., CHEP, GWP Group, Plastic Packaging Solutions Midlands & East Ltd., Tri-Pack Plastics Ltd., Celina Industries, RPR Inc., Schoeller Allibert, DS Smith, SCHüTZ GmbH & Co. KGaA, and Mjsolpac Ltd, among others

Segmentation Analysis

Metal segment is expected to be the fastest growing segment in 2021.

The material type segment is plastic, metal, and wood. Metal is expected to witness the highest growth rate during the forecast period. Due to metals’ great strength and superior sustainability compared to plastic, the metal material segment is predicted to increase at the fastest rate. However, it is anticipated that the heavier weight of metal-based products may partially impede category expansion. Pallets are primarily made from wood materials. When compared to plastic pallets, wooden pallets are less expensive and more widely available, which are the main reasons for their widespread use. The growth of the wood material sector is anticipated to be negatively impacted by the rising demand for plastic-based pallets due to their fewer maintenance requirements, ease of cleaning, high durability, and attractive appearance.

The automotive segment is expected to be the fastest-growing segment in 2021.

The end-user includes automotive, food & beverages, healthcare, and others. The automotive segment is expected to witness the highest CAGR during the forecast period. Returnable packing is largely used by automotive manufacturers to convey their finished and semi-finished auto parts, like body parts, from the suppliers to the assembly lines. Heavy and high-volume car components are transported frequently and over short distances, which increases the demand for strong, efficient, and long-lasting packaging materials including pallets, racks, and dunnage.

Regional Analysis                                                         

The regional analysis provides a detailed perception about the key regions and the countries. Some of the key countries analyzed for the Returnable Packaging include US, Canada, Mexico, Germany, France, U.K., Italy, Spain, Russia, China, Japan, India, Brazil, Peru, UAE, South Africa and Saudi Arabia.

  • Asia Pacific region witnessed a major share. The main driver of the regional market is the existence of numerous manufacturing firms in nations like China, India, Indonesia, and Vietnam. Additionally, the market expansion is anticipated to be aided by the Asia Pacific region’s quick industrialization due to the region’s low manufacturing costs. Due to the existence of TPP member countries, the Asia Pacific region has served as the center for the manufacturing industry.

Country Analysis

  • Germany

Germany’s Returnable Packaging market size was valued at USD 10.64 billion in 2021 and is expected to reach USD 15.36 billion by 2029, at a CAGR of 4.7% from 2022 to 2029. The market is anticipated to increase as a result of rising demand from numerous end-use industries for sustainable and long-lasting packaging goods. Major German companies in the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, and automotive industries are implementing sustainable business practices more and more, which is anticipated to support the expansion of the returnable packaging industry.

  • China

China Returnable Packaging’s market size was valued at USD 14.7 billion in 2021 and is expected to reach USD 22.38 billion by 2029, at a CAGR of 5.4% from 2022 to 2029Families with greater discretionary means are dining out more frequently and trying new foods. Global brands have entered China’s expanding food and beverage sector, which is projected to have a favorable effect on the region’s returnable packaging. China’s food and beverage business is developing more quickly than ever. Since the past decade, changes in consumer behavior, technology advancements, and governmental regulations have completely changed China’s food and beverage business.

  • India

India’s Returnable Packaging market size was valued at USD 12.39 billion in 2021 and is expected to reach USD 18.3 billion by 2029, at a CAGR of 5% from 2022 to 2029. The growth of the nation’s food and beverage industry drives the market. The sixth-largest food and grocery market in the world is in India, and 70% of its sales come through retail. Between April and October 2018, agricultural and processed food exports totaled roughly USD 21.61 billion, according to the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA).

Covid-19 Impact

Covid-19 had a major impact on almost all industries, such as chemical, food & beverage, semiconductors, manufacturing, automobile, etc. However, several companies operating in the chemical sector have seen increased revenue due to significant changes in consumer preferences toward such services. In addition, the pandemic has led to significant growth in technology across developing and developed countries.

Furthermore, the growth of this market is mainly driven owing to the rising demand for returnable packagings from various end-users, including healthcare and automotive.