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Pharmaceutical Printed Cartons Market

Market Insights on Pharmaceutical Printed Cartons covering sales outlook, demand forecast & up-to-date key trends

Pharmaceutical Printed Cartons Market by Folding Type, Material, Application & Region | Forecast 2023 to 2033

Pharmaceutical Printed Cartons Market Snapshot 2023 to 2033

The global pharmaceutical printed cartons market is expected to register a market value of US$ 181.4 billion in 2023 and is projected to accumulate a valuation of US$ 310 billion by exhibiting a CAGR of 5.5 % in the forecast period 2023 to 2033. The Pharmaceutical Printed Cartons market registered a growth of 4.2 % CAGR in the historical period 2018 to 2022.

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Key Statistics

Expected Market Value in 2023

US$ 181.4 billion

Projected Market Value in 2033

US$ 310 billion

Growth Rate (2023 to 2033)

5.5 % CAGR

The thriving growth in the e-commerce sector is fuelling growth in the pharmaceutical printed cartons market since these are widely used for the packaging of medicines that are transported through online platforms. Most consumers across the globe are choosing e-commerce platforms as their shopping point for better convenience which is fuelling up product demand.

Due to this, the demand for printed carton packaging solutions is experiencing a sharp rise. Several pharmaceutical companies prefer to outsource the work for packaging the medicines as it is a vital aspect of keeping the drugs safe for use. Furthermore, people also prefer products that feature good interface, hygiene, and safety.

Along with this, the demand for a pharmaceutical printed carton is also increasing due to intense competition in the pharmaceutical industry. These cartons provide extra space for regulatory information and brand advertisement, which is limited to small bottles, vials, and containers.

The introduction of tamper-evident and child-proof packaging is the latest innovation in the printed pharmaceutical packaging market. These properties are achieved through a combination of material technology like strength properties and design, which is further fuelling the demand for pharmaceutical printed cartons.

The growth of the market is also credited to the numerous benefits of printed cartons like rigidity, flexibility, and excellent printability. Due to these features, the printed carton is being used for packaging purposes of pharmaceutical products like tablets, pills, syrup, etc.

On the other hand, government bans have restricted the use of single-use plastic packaging which has led to increased awareness of consumers towards sustainability. This has led to the adoption of eco-friendly and non-plastic packaging by manufacturing companies which will aid in market growth.

In addition, the rising practice of including anti-counterfeit measures in pharmaceutical packaging due to rising cases of counterfeiting is offering many opportunities for market expansion. There is also space for labeling on pharmaceutical printed cartons which helps in improving the product authenticity. Customized labels with cost efficiency and sustainability are the major features of these cartons that will augment market growth during the forecast period. The use of radio-frequency identification (RFID) smart labeling technology to prevent product duplication in the pharmaceutical market will further drive market growth.

Region-wise, Asia Pacific is expected to register the fastest CAGR of 5.4% during the projected period. Increasing health awareness among consumers especially in developing countries including India and China, along with the inflating disposable income levels is expected to boost the growth of the pharmaceutical sector which will positively influence the demand for its packaging. China is expected to lead the regional market and due to rising government initiatives, such as Healthy China 2020, expanding contract-manufacturing activities, and an ever-increasing aging population.

The market in Europe is anticipated to witness a significant CAGR of 5.2% during the forecast period. Factors such as increasing research & development activities and the advent of new medicines aimed at improving patient health and quality of life will drive market growth in this region.

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How Competitive is the Market?

Recent developments and breakthroughs in technology, mergers, acquisitions, collaborations, and partnerships within the companies involved in manufacturing Pharmaceutical Printed Cartons are expected to create lucrative opportunities for market growth during the forecast period.

  • Keystone Folding Box Company increased its manufacturing capabilities with the launch of new die-cutting and gluing equipment in its production facility. This investment will boost the company’s production capability of syringe and vial packaging by almost 25% which accommodates shorter lead times.
  • In March 2021, Graphic Packaging Holding Company purchased Greif Inc., for consumer packaging in many sectors like food, healthcare, and pharmaceuticals, among others.

Pharmaceutical Printed Cartons Market Overview

The global Pharmaceutical Printed Cartons market is expected to increase at a growth rate of around 7.5% to 8% during the forecast period

The pharmaceutical printed cartons market, folding boxboard material segment, and solid unbleached material segment revenue witnessed a significant share in 2021, according to the Annual Market Analysis conducted by Future Market Insights

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Pharmaceutical Printed Cartons Market: Market Outlook

The pharmaceutical industry is coming up with re-engineered packaging solutions now and then, printed pharmaceutical boxes meeting all the industry requirements are globally accepted. The printed carton boxes protect the pharmaceutical drugs & medicines packed inside from dust, moisture and temperature fluctuations, specially designed to solve the logistical problems and storage problems faced by the pharmaceutical industry.

Overall due to the exponential growth of the pharmaceutical sector and the demand for medicines witnessing growth is set to expand the pharmaceutical printed cartons market worldwide.

What Factors Are Contributing To The Growth of Pharmaceutical Printed Cartons Market?

The pharmaceutical printed cartons provide advertising space to the manufacturers and marketers to print information about the product, expiry date and the barcode on boxes allows to store and transport the products easily. Printed cardboard boxes are manufactured in various sizes, colours to suit the packaging needs for packaging pills, capsules, vaccinations and droplets.

By usage of pharmaceutical printed boxes, the product safety is ensured and it is prevented from any kind of tampering while transiting. All these factors contribute towards the growth of the pharmaceutical printed cartons market.

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Which Limitations Are Hampering Growth of Pharmaceutical Printed Cartons Market?

The Inks used to print on the pharmaceutical cartons is made from harmful chemicals and harms the environment, also laminated paperboard has plastic coatings and is only partially recyclable adding to the waste generated by the pharmaceutical industry. Despite a few limitations pharmaceutical printed cartons market will witness overall growth.

What Opportunities are Ensuring Future Growth of Pharmaceutical Printed Cartons Market?

The pharmaceutical printed cartons come with leak-proof and water-resistant features along with a premium look and feel that is trending among modern consumers. Manufacturers of cartons are producing packaging cartons in compliance with all the international safety standards for pharmaceutical packaging. Also, the cartons made from paperboard are easily recyclable and fit for re-use.

All the above-mentioned factors ensure the future growth of the pharmaceutical printed carton market.

Key Market Players of Pharmaceutical Printed Cartons Market

  • Essentra plc
  • CCL Industries
  • 3C! Packaging, Inc.
  • Keystone Folding Box Co.
  • Origin Pharma Packaging
  • Kane Packaging & Printing, Inc.
  • Körber AG

Key Market Players in Asia-Pacific Region of Pharmaceutical Printed Cartons Market:-

  • Online Print & Pack Private Limited
  • Raja Tradelinks Pvt. Ltd.
  • Packman Packaging Private Limited
  • Earth India
  • MrPaperCup
  • Shree Creations
  • Velpack Pvt Ltd

How will the USA Affect the Pharmaceutical Printed Carton Market?

The rising demand for counter drugs and medicines in the country and a developed healthcare system is offering a boost to the pharmaceutical printed carton market in the USA. An increasing number of pharmaceutical manufacturers in the country and also, the growing demand for attractive packaging and safekeeping solutions make the USA a major market for the pharmaceutical printed carton market.

What will be Germany’s Role in Growth Pharmaceutical Printed Carton Market?

The world’s biggest and most innovative pharmaceutical companies are located in Germany, along with that the health-conscious consumer base resulting in large demand for medicines & healthcare supplements. Demand for drugs produced in-country in all parts of the world makes Germany an advanced market for the pharmaceutical printed cartons market.

Why India and China are Major Markets for Pharmaceutical Printed Carton Market?

The rapid expansion of the pharmaceutical and packaging industry in the fastest countries, growth of government healthcare system and increasing reach till untapped rural masses, makes India a lucrative as a well important market for pharmaceutical printed carton market. The increasing number of manufacturers and easy availability of paperboard and raw materials makes China also a major market.

What Was The Impact of Covid-19 On Pharmaceutical Printed Cartons Market?

During the spread of the deadly Covid-19 virus in all parts of the world, all the countries were forced to impose a lockdown and all the manufacturing & logistics activities apart from the essential services were closed. But the demand for pharmaceutical drugs and medicines was recorded at an all-time high during the pandemic period, as the demand for over the counter medicines, vaccines and healthcare supplements went up.

Along with the increase in demand for pharmaceutical products, the demand for packaging solutions for pharmaceutical products also witnessed a sharp rise. Despite the outbreak of the deadly virus, the global pharmaceutical printed carton market recorded growth and is expected to record growth over the forecasted period of time.

Global Pharmaceutical Printed Cartons Market Segmentation

Folding Type:

  • Full Sealed End
  • Tuck Top Snap Lock Bottom
  • Reverse Tuck End
  • Tuck Top Auto Bottom
  • Straight Tuck End


  • Solid Bleached Board
  • Folding Boxboard
  • White Line Chipboard
  • Solid Unbleached Board


  • Pills
  • Tablet
  • Syrup
  • Liquid Drops


  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • South Asia
  • East Asia
  • Oceania
  • Middle East and Africa

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