Asia-Pacific Metal Packaging Coatings Market Overview
Asia-Pacific Metal Packaging Coatings Market size is forecast to reach US$1,990.4 million by 2027, after growing at a CAGR of 7.3% during 2022-2027. The preference for metal food & beverage containers in the Asia-Pacific region has been increasing rapidly, owing to its range of benefits such as better product protection, durability, sustainability, affordability, light-weight, and more in comparison to other types of packaging. The development of new coating technologies which include Bisphenol A non-intent (BPA-NI) coatings are further fueling the growth of the market in the Asia-Pacific region. Moreover, increasing demand for metal packaging coatings from the pharmaceutical industry are further accelerating the growth of the market in the Asia-Pacific region. Also, strict regulations regarding the use of plastics in various countries across the Asia-Pacific region along with increasing product launches and developments associated with metal packaging is expected to increase the demand for metal packaging coatings for use in various end-use industries over the forecast period.
The COVID-19 outbreak led to major economic problems and challenges for the food & beverage, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and other industries in the Asia-Pacific region. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the GDP growth of the Asia declined by 1.3% and Australia by 2.4% as indicated in the graphs, owing to the economic impact of COVID-19. The governments all across the Asia-Pacific region announced strict measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus and only the production of essential commodities were allowed, which impacted the non-essential commodity industries, thereby impacting the production of metal packaging coatings as well. However, economic stimulus packages allotted for multiple sectors in the Asia-Pacific region and the start of industrial production activities since 2021 is improving the metal packaging coatings market growth in the Asia-Pacific region by its increasing utilization in various industries.
The report: “Asia-Pacific Metal Packaging Coatings Market Report – Forecast (2022-2027)”, by IndustryARC, covers an in-depth analysis of the following segments of the Asia-Pacific metal packaging coatings industry.
By Packaging Types: Food (2 piece and 3 piece), Caps & Closure (External and Internal), and General Line (External and Internal)
By Coating Types: Water based, Solvent based, and Powder based.
By Resins Type: Acrylic, Fluoropolymer, Urethanes, Epoxy (BPA and Non-BPA), Amines, and Others.
By Application: Food (Sea Food, Meat, Infant Nutrition & Dairy, Vegetables, Catering, Biscuits, Cookies & Confectionary, Fats & Oils, Toppings, and Others), Pharmaceutical, Cosmetics, Personal Care, and Others.
By Country: China, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Rest of Asia-Pacific.
- China dominated the Asia-Pacific Metal Packaging Coatings Market in the year 2021. One of the key drivers driving the market is increasing use of metal packaging in food products such as fruits, vegetables, infant nutrition & dairy, bakery, and other similar products in order enhance the durability of metal packaging.
- Increasing product launches for phenolic resins that are primarily used in a wide range of metal packaging coatings employed in food, pharmaceuticals, and other applications which require a smooth, durable, and spotless finish, has driven the market growth. For instance, In June 2020, companies such as Allnex GMBH, which has its presence in the Asia-Pacific region launched its new eco-friendly phenolic resin for use in BPAni application for metal packaging coatings.
- Strict environmental regulations are driving metal packaging coating manufacturers in the Asia-Pacific region to adopt environmentally conscious practices, thus, the demand for water-based coatings are increasing significantly in the region.
Figure: Asia-Pacific Metal Packaging Coatings Market Revenue Share, by Application, 2021 (%)
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Asia-Pacific Metal Packaging Coatings Market Segment Analysis – By Coating Types
The water based coating segment held the largest share in 2021 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.2% by 2027. Water-based coating is an environmentally friendly surface treatment that disperses the resin used in the coatings using water as a solvent. They have a high degree of flexibility and reduce moisture and solar radiation absorption, thereby, resulting in fewer solvent emissions. The VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) content in the water-based coating is significantly low, and since there are regulations restricting the high VOC content in Asia-Pacific is resulting in its increasing adoption by metal packaging coating manufacturers based in the region. For instance, in 2021, China launched its 14th Five-Year Plan, the chemical sector refocused its environmental protection goals on low-carbon transformation and comprehensive control of VOC emissions, as well as a considerable emphasis on encouraging low VOC products. Furthermore, as compared to solvent-based coatings, water-based coatings for metal packaging require less coating to cover the same surface area, cost less, and do not require any additives, thinners, or hardeners because they provide higher adherence. Thus, water-based barrier coatings are utilized to protect the metal packaging from external and internal effects by sealing the substrate surface.
Asia-Pacific Metal Packaging Coatings Market Segment Analysis - By Application
Food sector held the largest share with 66% in the Asia-Pacific Metal Packaging Coatings Market in 2021 and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 7.4% during the forecast period 2022-2027. Metal packaging cans, containers, tins, and more are utilized for the packaging of the food because these types of packaging maintain the food filling's flavors and nutritional content ranging from months to several years. However, the direct contact between the metal packaging and food content filled inside the cans and other types of packaging are not safe. The direct contact between metal and food can degrade the food content, owing to this food-friendly coating are applied to safeguard the packaged food from corroding metal. The shifting the focus of Asia-Pacific packaging manufacturers from plastic to metal is expected to drive up the demand for metal packaging coatings for food cans. This is further projected to expand the market growth in the Asia-Pacific region. According to UACJ Corporation, between 2019 and 2022, global demand for aluminium used in cans will rise 11% to 6.61 million tons per year. Southeast Asian countries are likely to account for half of that demand, according to the report. Thus, rising demand for cans will accelerate the production for aluminium cans, which further benefits the metal packaging coatings demand.
Asia-Pacific Metal Packaging Coatings Market Segment Analysis – By Country
China dominated the Asia-Pacific Metal Packaging Coatings Market in terms of revenue with a share of 59% in 2021 and is projected to dominate the market during the forecast period (2022-2026). In China, the metal packaging coatings market is fueled by the growth of the country’s food & beverage sectors. For instance, according to the China Chain Store & Franchise Association, China’s food and beverage sector was valued at around US$ 595 billion in 2019, an increase of 7.8% in comparison to 2018. Metal cans offer a range of benefits such as better food protection, durability, sustainability, affordability, light-weight, and more in comparison to other types of packaging such as paper or plastic packaging. In August 2020, ORG technology, the Chinese manufacturer of food cans, launched its white paper on the strategic development of food cans. The company focused on coated iron metal cans with moisture-proof, environmental protection, safety, corrosion resistance, anti-extrusion, and other characteristics to gain traction in the market. In this way, such increasing food production along with the development of food cans in China, owing to its various benefits as mentioned above, is expected to increase the demand for metal packaging coatings to further enhance the durability of such food cans. This is expected to accelerate the growth of the market in China during the forecast period.
Asia-Pacific Metal Packaging Coatings Market Driver
Increasing Preference for Metal Containers in Food & Beverage Sector
Metal packaging coatings are primarily used to coat different metals such as steel, aluminum, tin-plate, and more that are used for food & beverage packaging in order to enhance its ability to resist corrosion. Metal containers offer a range of benefits such as better product protection, durability, sustainability, affordability, light-weight, and more in comparison to other types of packaging such as paper or plastic packaging. For instance, vegetables, fruits, pet food, soups, and meats are often packaged in metal cans. Canning foods help prolong their shelf life and can help people afford to make healthy dietary choices. Similarly, soda, beer, and even wine are usually packaged in aluminum cans since aluminum beverage cans are the most recycled category for aluminum products, with nearly 50 percent of all cans recycled annually. Thus, all of these benefits of metal containers are driving its demand over other types of packaging. As a result, many companies in the Asia-Pacific region have begun packaging their food & beverages in metal containers. For instance, in February 2021, Responsible Whatr, a brand based in India, launched spring water in aluminum beverage cans made by Ball Corporation, a leading manufacturer of aluminum packaging. The company intends to create a brand that signifies sustainability and become a significant contributor to the circular economy. In July 2020, Showa Aluminum Can Corporation (SAC), metal packaging manufacturer, launched its third aluminum can manufacturing facility in Vietnam with an overall plant capacity of 1.3 billion cans per year in order to meet the growing demand for metal packaging from the food & beverage sectors of the country. Thus, such increasing preference and use of metal containers in the Asia-Pacific region are expected to increase the demand for metal packaging coatings to further enhance the durability of the metal containers, thus, accelerating the growth of the market in the Asia-Pacific region.
Growing Demand from the Pharmaceutical Industry
Metal packaging coatings are primarily used in the pharmaceutical industry in order to provide protection to the metal from atmospheric corrosion and support decoration, labeling, and consumer information. Its range of benefits such as impermeability to light, moisture, gases, and water, durability, light-weight, and ease of printing labels directly onto the metal surface make them ideal for use in the pharmaceutical industry. Thus, an increase in pharmaceutical production in the Asia-Pacific region is expected to drive the market growth during the forecast period. According to Vietnam’s Ministry of Health, the pharmaceuticals industry is expected to grow at the rate of 10% per year from 2017 to 2028, owing to an increase in pharmaceutical production and sales in the country. Also, according to International Trade Administration, the local pharmaceutical production in Japan reached up to US$59,958 in 2017, US$62,570 in 2018, US$87,027 in 2019, and US$84,600 in 2020 respectively. thus, indicating an increase in pharmaceutical production in Japan per year. An increase in pharmaceutical production is expected to drive the demand for metal packaging coatings in the pharmaceutical industry, thus accelerating the growth of the market in the upcoming years.
Asia-Pacific Metal Packaging Coatings Market Challenges
Volatility of Raw Material Prices
Primary raw materials including resins, solvent, and more used in the production of metal packaging coatings are derived from crude oil. As a result, fluctuations in the prices of crude oil in the Asia-Pacific region may hinder the growth of the market. For instance, India’s Crude Oil Basket (COB) reached US$19.90 per barrel, which was the lowest record since February 2002. During the first 11 months of the year 2020-21, the average annual price of India’s COB was around US$42.72 per barrel, which decreased by 30% than the average COB price in 2019-20. Likewise, as per revised estimates for 2020-21, the COB has increased by around 35% from its initial budget estimate. Since October 2021, Vietnam has also witnessed a spike in demand for crude oil. According to the oil price, the price of light crude oil exceeded US$94.38 per barrel in February 2022, an increase of 3.63% that is equivalent to US$3.3, the highest record since November 2014. Similarly, the price of Brent crude oil also increased and reached up to US$95.39 per barrel, an increase of 1.98% which is equivalent to US$1.85.
Asia-Pacific Metal Packaging Coatings Industry Outlook
Technology launches, acquisitions, and R&D activities are key strategies adopted by players in the Asia-Pacific Metal Packaging Coatings Market. Asia-Pacific metal packaging coatings top 10 players include:
- The Sherwin Williams Company
- PPG Industries Inc.
- AkzoNobel N.V.
- Kansai Paint Co., Ltd.
- Altana AG (Actega)
- Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
- Axalta Coating Systems Ltd.
- Eason & Co.
- Toyochem Co., Ltd.
- Kangnam Jevisco Co., Ltd. and Others.
- In June 2021, AkzoNobel has invested in research and development activities associated with packaging coatings. The research is primarily focused on development of a new, and recyclable coating through use of bio-derived polyelectrolytes. These polyelectrolytes are 100% natural and are extracted from shrimp shells or waste from the wood processing industry. The versatility of natural polyelectrolytes will allow the company to become less dependent on synthesized polymers for packaging coatings.
- In May 2021, ALTANA completed its acquisition of the closure materials business of Henkel group, a chemical and consumer goods manufacturing company with a strong regional presence in the Asia-Pacific region. Within the ALTANA Group, the business will be integrated into the ACTEGA division and globally assigned to the metal packaging solutions business line including the Asia-Pacific region. The main objective of this acquisition is to strengthen the company’s focus on innovative specialty chemicals.
- In March 2021, Toyochem launched a new line of Bisphenol A non-intent (BPA-NI) internal coatings for metal beverage bottles and cans. These coatings are based on acrylic emulsion and polyester resins. The new BPA-NI internal sprays and coil coatings for stay-on tab (SOT) ends are specially formulated to achieve the required performance results, while addressing BPA-related health and food safety concerns from regulators and consumers in the Asia-Pacific region and worldwide.
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