Dallas, TX - World demand for aseptic packaging is projected to grow 9.1% per year to $35.8 billion in 2015. Advances will be stimulated by the increasing number of applications and the cost and convenience benefits associated with aseptic packaging. Strong growth is expected in developing countries, where the lack of a cold supply chain infrastructure will continue to fuel demand for shelf stable products packaged aseptically.
Aseptic packaging is a type of packaging used with beverages, liquid food and pharmaceuticals. In aseptic processing and packaging, the contents and the container are commercially sterilized separately and are then combined in a sterile environment to prevent microbiological contamination. In food and beverage applications, the process results in packaging that is shelf stable at ambient temperatures. Aseptically packaged products generally have a shelf life of six to twelve months or more without refrigeration and the process does not require the use of preservatives to achieve the shelf life.
Aseptic cartons make up nearly half the global market
In 2010, aseptic cartons accounted for 44 percent of the global aseptic packaging market. Gains will be supported by their widespread use in milk packaging applications worldwide. Other factors providing momentum include expanding liquid food and dairy beverage applications, and favorable consumption trends in other beverages such as teas and soy milk. Good opportunities will also exist in other product segments, especially for high-value pharmaceutical packaging products. For instance, prefillable syringes will see rapid growth due to growing applications in the delivery of critical care, emergency and patient-administered parenteral medication. Furthermore, advances in biotechnology and other life science fields will broaden the range of potential drugs adaptable to prefillable syringes.
Beverages will continue to represent more than half of the global aseptic packaging market. Demand for aseptic packaging in beverage applications will benefit from output growth coupled with expanding applications resulting from cost and sustainability benefits of aseptic packaging, especially in terms of offering the ability for dairy and other perishable beverages to be moved through unrefrigerated trucks and stored at ambient temperatures. Gains in the food market will be driven by expanding applications with liquid, low-particulate and pumpable foods, often via the replacement of metal cans and glass jars. Demand for aseptic packaging in pharmaceutical applications will be fueled by preferences for unit-dose and other convenient drug delivery formats combined with the increasing availability and consumption of biotechnology-based drugs, which require aseptic packaging to prevent contamination and assure product sterility.
Asia, South America to see fastest growth in demand
The most rapid growth will be seen in Asia, with India and China expected to experience the most rapid increases in the world. Between 2010 and 2015, China alone will account for 28 percent of global aseptic packaging market value gains. Central and South America will also experience above-average advances, albeit from smaller bases. Brazil in particular will continue to see double-digit annual growth through the forecast period and beyond, boosted by advances in the large beverage market and expanding food and pharmaceutical applications.