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Sterile Barrier Packaging Market

Market Insights on Sterile Barrier Packaging covering sales outlook, demand forecast & up-to-date key trends

Sterile Barrier Packaging Market by Material, Type, Sterilization Process, End-Use Industry & Region | Forecast 2023 to 2033

Sterile Barrier Packaging Market Snapshot (2023 to 2033)

The global sterile barrier packaging market is projected to be valued at US$ 26 billion in 2023 and is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 5.1%. Owing to the advancements in packaging the market is likely to surpass a valuation of US$ 42.7 billion by 2033. The market for sterile barrier packaging registered a CAGR of 4.8% in the historical period 2018 to 2022.

Other factors supporting the market growth are -

  • Advancement in the Healthcare Industry
  • Growing Demand for Flexible Packaging
  • Increasing health awareness and growing concern for infection control
  • Growing application in the pharmaceutical and biological sector
  • North America dominates the market share of the sterile barrier packaging market

Sterile barrier packaging refers to minimum packaging that prevents contamination and helps to sterilize the main product. The need for sterile barrier packaging is expanding as a result of increasing demand for surgical devices, catheters, syringes, electro-surgical accessories, and medical equipment. Increasing awareness of surgical procedures with advanced technology and the growing prevalence of cardiovascular diseases across the globe are escalating the demand for good quality sterile barrier packaging solutions.

As the packaging industry is growing the market is expected to grow on the back of factors such as increased demand for reliable packaging solutions from the healthcare sector. Increasing demand for minimally invasive surgical procedures is also driving the sterile barrier packaging market. Minimally invasive surgeries require small medical devices and appropriate packaging solutions to ensure the safe delivery of these products to surgical sites.

The increased spread of infectious diseases is responsible for the increased demand and supply of pharmaceutical drugs, syringes, masks, and other medical supplies. The increased concern regarding the safety and risk of contamination is likely to boost the demand for sterile barrier packaging.

On the regional end, sterile barrier packaging in North America is expected to account for the highest share during the forecast period owing to the factors such as the rising pharmaceutical industry and increasing consumer healthcare spending.

Asia Pacific is expected to provide lucrative growth opportunities for players in the market due to the increasing number of surgical procedures, increases in the geriatric population, and advancement in the healthcare industry. Increasing investment by the respective government of the region in pharmaceutical research and development is projected to spur sales growth.

The key market players operating in the sterile barrier packaging market are SteriPack Group, Wipak Group, Bemis Company Inc., 3M Company among others. The market players are focusing on developing smart packaging solutions for protecting medical products. As the demand for sterile barrier packaging increases manufacturers are coming up with packaging solutions at a competitive price while still meeting the high standard of quality required by the industry.

For instance, Wipak and Winpak have joined forces to form a new global brand Wiicare® for healthcare packaging. The companies ensure that medical customers worldwide receive enhanced product performance through a jointly designed and uniform product portfolio of sterile barrier systems wherever sourced globally. The future of the sterile barrier packaging market is expected to be positive, driven by factors such as increasing awareness about sterilized medical solutions, rising incidents of infections, and growing demand for advanced packaging solutions.

The new entrants in the global sterile barrier packaging market are continually indulging in several collaborations and highly investing in research and development activities to provide more convenient solutions to industry verticals. For instance, DuPont Tyvek- Healthcare Packaging provides tear resistance, durable, breathable, clean peel, and superior microbial barrier to keep medical equipment and pharmaceuticals sterile throughout the lifecycle and protect health and well-being.

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Key Statistics

Expected Market Value in 2023

US$ 26 billion

Anticipated Market Value in 2033

US$ 42.7 billion

Growth Rate (2023 to 2033)

CAGR of 4.8%

Preservation of products from contamination is one of the primary function of sterile barrier packaging. Healthcare industry, food and beverage industry and personal care industry are adapting sterile barrier packaging. The demand for sterile barrier packaging is due to the advent of infections due to the use of non-sterile products.

Consumer awareness considering the infections is increasing and therefore the demand for sterile barrier packaging is anticipated to grow. Sterile Barrier Packaging improves the shelf life of the products. Transportation due to imports and exports of products across borders makes the hygiene and safety of products an important element of packaging. These factors are expected to impact the growth of sterile barrier packaging market.

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Sterile Barrier Packaging Market: Dynamics

Healthcare industry is rapidly growing as health care is an enormous part of a country’s economic growth and indicator for social safety facilities. Healthcare industry is anticipated to grow due rise in chronic illnesses and improvement and availability of healthcare facilities across the globe. This is likely to boost the demand for medical instruments and tools.

This might augment the market demand for sterile barrier packaging. Various OEM’s adaptability for sterile barrier packaging is increasing due to demand for minimizing the exposure risk of the medical products which can hamper the quality of products resulting in threat to human life. In FMCG sector sterile barrier packaging is used for products which have rapid microbicidal activity.

Moreover, regulatory compliances regarding the healthcare industry impacts the market demand for sterile barrier packaging. As per WHO, medical devices should impose low risk when in use. Thus, the medical and pharmaceutical packaging systems shall be such that the devices are delivered clean and sterile. This is likely to augment the market demand for sterile barrier packaging.

Sterile Barrier Packaging Market: Regional Outlook

Asia Pacific is likely to have a significant growth in the sterile barrier packaging owing to the factors such as increasing disposable income and expenditure on healthcare facilities. The growing population in the region are likely to raise demand for quality health facilities.

Government’s initiative and support for better healthcare facilities and increasing number of hospitals, clinics and medical institutions is likely to hike the market demand for sterile barrier packaging. North America is anticipated to have growth in sterile barrier packaging market due to their advancements and technology integration in healthcare and FMCG sector.

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Sterile Barrier Packaging Market: Key Players

Key players in the sterile barrier packaging market are as follows,

  • SteriPack Group
  • Wipak Group
  • Bemis Company, Inc.
  • West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.
  • Barger Packaging Inc.
  • 3M Company
  • E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
  • Sonoco Products Company
  • Amcor PLC
  • Baxter International Limited
  • Placon Corporation Inc

Sterile Barrier Packaging Market: Segmentation

Sterile Barrier Packaging can be segmented on the basis of material, type, sterilization process and end-use industry.

By Material, sterile barrier packaging can be segmented as:

  • Plastic
  • Glass
  • Paper Board
  • Metal

By Type, sterile barrier packaging can be segmented as:

  • Boxes and Containers
  • Bottles & Cans
  • Bags
  • Pouches
  • Vials and Ampoules
  • Others

By Sterilization Process, sterile barrier packaging can be segmented as:

  • Chemical sterilization
  • Radiation sterilization
  • High temperature/ pressure sterilization

By End-Use Industry, sterile barrier packaging can be segmented as:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Consumer goods
  • Others
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