Folding Intermediate Bulk Container (IBC) Market

Folding IBCs Market: Use of Folding IBCs in Handling Hazardous Chemicals to Increase in the Coming Years: Global Industry Analysis 2012 - 2016 and Opportunity Assessment, 2017 - 2027

  • 2018-02-15
  • REP-GB-4476
  • 299 pages
  • Format: PDF/PPT/Excel

An Incisive, In-depth Analysis on the Folding Intermediate Bulk Containers Ibc Market

This study offers a comprehensive, 360 degree analysis on the Folding Intermediate Bulk Containers Ibc market, bringing to fore insights that can help stakeholders identify the opportunities as well as challenges. It tracks the global Folding Intermediate Bulk Containers Ibc market across key regions, and offers in-depth commentary and accurate quantitative insights. The study also includes incisive competitive landscape analysis, and provides key recommendations to market players on winning imperatives and successful strategies.

Automotive and mechanical segments to outrun the chemicals segment with a higher growth rate expected during the forecast period

The folding IBCs are made from FDA approved and 100% recyclable materials that provides a safe and secure reusable package. Folding IBCs can withstand the effects of sun, wind, rain, ice or snow and allow for a long-term outdoor storage. These are highly preferred by manufacturers for storage of their products. Most of the demand for folding IBCs packaging comes from food and beverage industry. However, with the growing popularity of folding IBCs, it is also finding its application in many other industries such as chemicals, petrochemicals, cosmetics, etc. According to the market analysis, chemicals segment is expected to hold the highest market value of over US$ 220 Mn by the end of 2027. Most of the demand for folding IBCs to carry chemicals is contributed by hazardous chemicals, which holds a market share of over US$ 200 Mn by the end of 2027. However, in terms of growth rate, automotive and mechanical parts is expected to dominate the market with a CAGR of 5.3% during the forecast period.  

Containerisation and returnable transport packaging for several applications is paving the way for cost optimisation

Folding IBCs is a part of the latest trend in the packaging industry where various applications are demanding containerization and returnable transport packaging. Containerization has made it possible for the shipping industry to transport products without being a financial burden. Earlier, a crew of 1000 people were required for shipping purposes as well as handling heavy containers; however, with the advent of intermediate bulk containers, a maximum of 21 crew members are enough, which has significantly reduced shipping costs and in turn created opportunities for increased revenue influx for the industry. Logistics companies are looking to capitalize on this by opting for folding IBCs as a viable solution for shipment of goods. The folding IBCs are also stackable. This helps in maintaining the efficiency of storage at warehouses.  

Folding IBCs have also streamlined the trade between countries. As the emerging economies are now witnessing the rise in trade activities and are expecting to double the amount of trade that is carried out, there is an increase in demand for folding IBCs. Folding intermediate bulk containers offer several advantages such as reusability, leading to their wide applicability across various end users. Another factor which drives the need for folding intermediate bulk containers is their minimum contamination issue since IBCs are made mostly through aseptic technology which minimizes the need of drilling and consequently reducing the chances of contamination. Intermediate bulk containers are used for exports of almost every type of product which is a strong factor driving the growth of this market.

Easy availability of alternate packaging products for various applications to limit the growth of the folding IBCs market

There is a growing demand for packaging products, especially for sustainable packaging. This has fuelled the growth of biodegradable polymer materials such as polypropylene, leading to an alternative replacement for the rigid form of bulk packaging, such as, folding IBCs. Moreover, manufacturers, in order to reduce logistics cost, ensure that they use forms of packaging products that render efficiency in shipping and handling, leading to competitive advantage. Another alternative available to them is the flexible IBC. Flexible IBC carrier is simple to use and cost effective. Moreover, flexible IBC offers advantages over folding IBCs such as flexibility, variety in dimension, energy saving, and anti-static properties. Such properties attract many manufacturers which in turn hinders the growth of global folding IBCs market.

The research report on analysis of folding IBCs market, briefs the scenario of the market during the forecast period. The report is a logical presentation of the data collected by a team of expert analysts who have carried out an extensive research program for the target market. It depicts the future as well as the present condition of the market and the key players in it.

The report majorly consists of different sections that are the most important aspects of the market analysis, like market value, pricing analysis, Y-o-Y growth, market segmentation, dynamics and competitive analysis. To give a better understanding of the report to readers, it initiates with a market summary and market introduction. The summary presents the highlights or a summarized version of all the major outcomes of the research, to help the readers know what is being shown in the report. This is also followed by the market introduction. Market introduction depicts the basic definition of the market and also about the products it provides. Another important section of the report is dedicated to the segmentation of the market. This segmentation bifurcates the market into different segments based on different parameters including the regional segmentation. This helps in simplifying the process of research as well as understanding of the report. The report also individually analyses every segment, in turn letting the readers know about the most lucrative segment in the industry.

Research methodology

For the research report, in-depth interviews and discussions with a wide range of key industry participants and opinion leaders were conducted. Primary research represented the bulk of research efforts, supplemented by an extensive secondary research. It includes review of key players’ product portfolio, annual reports, press releases and relevant documents for competitive analysis and market understanding. Secondary research also includes a search of recent trade, technical writing, internet sources, and statistical data from government websites, trade associations and agencies. This has proven to be the most reliable, effective and successful approach for obtaining precise market data, capturing industry participants’ insights and recognizing business opportunities.

The primary interviews were conducted on an ongoing basis with the industry participants and commentators in order to validate data and analysis. A typical research interview fulfills the following functions:

  • It provides first-hand information on the market size, market trends, growth trends, competitive landscape, outlook, etc.

  • Helps in validating and strengthening the secondary research findings

  • Further develops the analysis team’s expertise and market understanding

  • Primary research involves e-mail interactions, telephonic interviews as well as face-to-face interviews for each market, category, segment and sub-segment across geographies

Assumptions made during the research

  • Yearly change in inflation rate has not been considered while forecasting the market numbers

  • Average Selling Price (ASP) has been considered to determine market

  • values

  • Bottom-up approach has been used to counter-validate the market estimations

  • All values for market size are presented in US$ (US Dollar)

  • Currency: All the indicated denominations are in US$ (US Dollar)

Market Segmentation





Packaging Content

  • North America

  • Asia Pacific excluding Japan

  • Latin America

  • Western Europe

  • Eastern Europe

  • Middle East & Africa

  • Japan

  • Metal

    • Carbon Steel

    • Stainless Steel

  • Plastic

  • Up to 500 L

  • 500 to 1000 L

  • 1000 to 1500 L

  • Above 1500 L

  • Chemicals

    • Hazardous

    • Non-Hazardous

  • Petrochemical Products

  • Paints, Inks, Dye

  • Food & Beverage

  • Automotive & Mechanical Parts

  • Cosmetic & Toiletries

  • Others

  • Liquids

  • Solids & semisolids

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