Going PVC-free: An overview
PVC as a material has had turbulent times in terms of market acceptance. The government in many countries have agreed to restrict or ban the use of PVC in packaging and other applications, owing to its negative impact on human health. A number of countries such as Canada, Spain, South Korea, and Czech Republic, among others have decided to ban or restrict PVC packaging.
Several cities in the U.S., such as, Rahway, NJ and Glen Cove, New York have mandated that food packaging and utensils be PVC-free. The state of California has introduced the legislation to ban PVC, in 2009. A number of U.S. states have prohibited the use of certain metals packaging, which are specifically found in PVC packaging. As a result, many manufacturers have introduced PVC-free packaging formats to cater to the rising demand for such items. Give below are a list of PVC bans/restrictions implemented by key countries
Global PVC-free packaging market: Research methodology
A robust methodology was adopted to arrive at the market size for PVC-free packaging. Both supply-side and demand-side analysis were performed for the same.
Revenues of key manufacturers of PVC-free packaging were tracked, along with the segmental revenue generated from the sales of PVC-free packaging. The sources cited for the same include the companies’ annual reports and form-10Ks, along with paid databases.
To arrive at the market size for PVC-free packaging, a number of primary interviews were conducted with industry experts, including C-level executives, sales & marketing heads, and independent consultants, to estimate the demand for PVC-free packaging, as well as the market scenario. The market size for PVC-free packaging was then validated through bottom-up analysis.
Global PVC-free packaging market: Key players
Some of the key players operating in the global PVC-free packaging market are –
- Crown Holdings, Inc.
- Amcor Limited
- Sacmi Group
- Tekni-Plex, Inc.
- Constantia Flexibles Group GmbH
- Selig Group
- Technovinyl Polymers India Ltd.
- World Bottling Cap, LLC
- Danbury Plastics
- Manufacture Générale de Joints SAS
- Mexichem Specialty Compounds Inc.
PVC-free packaging: Significance
PVC has a high chlorine content which releases toxins, and makes its way up the food chain from animals’ fat. PVC exposure causes exposure to phthalates, which is harmful for human health. As a result, many packaging manufacturers are stressing the production of PVC-free packaging formats.
PVC-free packaging: Key developments and trends
Demand for environment friendly packaging has generated more demand for packaging solutions which are PVC-free
- In May 2017, Crown Holdings, Inc. launched a metal closure technology featuring a PVC-compound. The new metal closures are suitable for a wide range of pasteurized and sterilized products such as cooked vegetables. The closures are available with optional features such as spot gloss, gloss, metallic, matte, and embossed. These PVC-free closures are expected to be adopted by many food giants in the future, due to their sustainability.
- In April 2017, Evonik Industries AG, which is a Germany-based specialty chemicals developer developed a new generation of heat seal binders for PVC-free packaging, with dairy as the main application area.
The road ahead
PVC-free packaging products are expected to gain prominence in the packaging industry, as government organizations in various countries implement stringent rules and regulations against the use of PVC in packaging materials, as well as in other industries. The global push for a PVC-free future is expected to further strengthen sales and generate demand for PVC-free packaging solutions.
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Global PVC-free packaging market: Segmentation
Globally, the PVC-free packaging market has been segmented as –
On the basis of product type, the global PVC-free packaging market is segmented as -
- PVC-free Blisters
- PVC-free closures
- PVC-free Liners
*The pricing has been calculated on the basis of product type, wherein, the weighted average prices for product variants was calculated
On the basis of end use industry, the global PVC-free packaging market is segmented as -
- Food & Beverages
- Cooked vegetables
- Pasteurized products
- Cosmetics & Personal Care
- Chemical & Fertilizers