In this contemporary world, consumers are inclining towards convenience packaging. In addition to this, their purchase decisions are mostly dependent on appealing and optimized package designs. Testing is an evaluating procedure, which plays a vital role in defining both the quality and quantity of products. Package testing is performed by using scientific instruments to determine the suitability of contact materials mainly within some types of packaging such as processed & frozen food, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and dangerous goods. Different packaging materials are tested to identify their ability to be recycled, degrade as surface litter, under composting conditions. Highly regulated industries such as pharmaceuticals, and food and beverage target to fulfill the complex package testing standards to build a brand name. Additionally, these industry players gain a notable packaging testing market share for their reliable quality delivery, as a part of the global packaging testing services. International Organization for Standardization, ASTM International, European Committee for Standardization, TAPPI, Military Standards, and ISTA (International Safe Transit Association) are some of the standard organizations that publish test methods for package testing. Presently, the end-user product manufacturers are concentrating on packaging testing to offer sturdy product packaging to end-users, which can withstand the rigors of transportation and environmental conditions, while offering durability, safety to products along with convenience to customer/consumer. Hence, all the above-mentioned factors are expanding the packaging testing market size.
The selection and validation of suitable packaging for pharmaceutical products play a significant role in the medical industry. Thus, the medical products & devices package testing go through a variety of testing services to ensure the integrity of the medical device packaging and compliance with ISO standards. Furthermore, there is a mandate in the pharmaceutical industry to assess the viability and ruggedness of packaging options for every product produced by manufacturers and also to maintain the sterility of the device until its point of use. The pharmaceutical companies and therapeutic packaging materials manufacturers are concentrating more on packaging testing equipment to upgrade the quality of packaging materials. Additionally, consumer product companies engaged in package testing to avoid damage to products through poor packaging and also to offer protection for products during shipments. Packaging engineers are playing a dominating role in testing the packaging materials, which provide suitable options for informed design decisions. Packaging testing mainly deals with the moisture vapor transmission rate, dimension testing, crack resistance testing, drop testing, vacuum testing, water-proof testing, anti-scraping testing, extractable and leachable testing, container closure integrity testing, containers testing, safe load testing, child-resistant packaging testing, and for shipping distribution. These varieties of testing procedures increase the quality of the product and brand name of the manufacturer as well, thereby boosts the packaging testing market revenue. The physical test methods, spectroscopy & photometric-based, chromatography-based technologies are highly applied in the packaging testing to obtain optimal results.
As a consequence, the Packaging Testing Market size was evaluated at $9.4 billion in 2018 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 12.11% during the forecast period 2019-2025, according to the global packaging testing market report.
This report evaluates the packaging testing market size based on type, material type, technology, and industry. Moreover, it provides a detailed analysis of prominent players and start-ups with their packaging testing market share, globally.
Prevalent Application of Plastic Material in the Packaging Industry:
Plastic material is preferred in the global packaging industry among other material types such as glass, metal, and paper & paperboard owing to the cost-to-performance ratio and custom-tailored for differentiation. The growing demand for plastic packaging is due to its advantageous properties which include low cost, lightweight, corrosion resistance, and an excellent barrier to water, oxygen, and carbon dioxide. Flexible plastic packaging is in demand because of its high product-to-package ratio, material efficiency, lower transportation costs, shelf life extension, reduced materials to landfill, high product-to-package ratio and beneficial life cycle metrics. Furthermore, the food & beverage sector is contributing to the steady growth of flexible packaging. In India, nearly 40% of the food items getting perish before reaching the market. Thus, this scenario creates a huge opportunity for plastic packaging manufacturers to develop a new packaging testing process. Consequently, this demand is increasing the share of food packaging to 56% by 2020. Increased consumer’s focus on nutritional value along with delivery services is acting as a driver of the big food packaging end-user industry. On the other hand, the microbiological testing for plastics declares the resistance of this material to fungi microbes and bacteria. This test is helpful to enhance the prominence of plastic material in the cosmetics and food packaging industries. Therefore, the plastics segment of packaging testing market is identified as the fastest-growing application with a CAGR of 6.91% throughout the forecast period.
Driving Forces of Packaging Testing Market:
· E-commerce Package Testing: Online retailers are intended to reduce product damage and eliminate packaging weakness because effective packaging leaves a long-term impact on a company’s reputation. They ensure that, whether the packaging is fit-for-purpose to tolerate in multiple shipping environments. Shipment damage of food contributes to increasing the wastage quantity. This is creating a new opportunity for the E-commerce food packaging testing to sustain in providing shipment packaging for non-perishable food.
· The packaging testing service assures the protection of the product from degradation during the transportation and distribution process. Therefore, this process helps to reduce packaging costs as it validates the protection levels and lowers the number of packaging materials necessity. Hence, the increment in the adoption of these services at several end-use industries is augmenting the global packaging testing market revenue.
· Growth of e-commerce, rapid change in customer preferences, CPG and retail margin compression testing are flourishing as the mega-trends in the plastic packaging industry. These factors are increasing the scope for packaging testing and boosting the packaging testing market demand.
Leading North America Packaging Testing Marketplace:
In North America, despite restrictions, there is evident growth recorded, especially in the case of flexible plastics. This is due to the lightweight trend and technological improvements in the plastic industry. For instance, the invention of stand-up pouches has led to many novel product launches as they provide lightweight and high consumer appeal. These new products are leading to the growth of packaging testing market in this region, as they undergo several testing procedures to get certified as a safe material according to industry standards. Moreover, the U.S. flexible packaging industry set to grow at a CAGR of 2.7% during 2017-2018 to reach $31.8 billion annual sales till 2018. Flexible packaging holds 19% in the $170 billion U.S. packaging industry, as of 2018. This steady growth in the U.S. flexible packaging industry is creating opportunities in the packaging testing market. Hence, North America has occupied a dominating share of 34% in the global packaging testing market, for the year 2018.
Prominent Players Involved in the Packaging Testing Marketplace – Competitive Landscape:
SGS S.A., Intertek Group Plc., Eurofins Scientific SE, Bureau Veritas SA, TÜV SÜD AG, Mérieux NutriSciences Corporation, ALS Limited, National Technical Systems, Inc., Microbac Laboratories, Inc., EMSL Analytical Inc., and Campden BRI are the foremost players, which are involved in the global packaging testing market. These players are implementing business strategies to mark their brand name as one among the packaging testing top companies, by increasing their market share for the same.
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