Summit Highlights

  • Market Development Prospects of Global and Asia Flexible Packaging Industry: e-commerce packaging, digital printing and supply chain impacts, challenges and solutions
  • Specialty Films and Flexible Packaging Market Development in SEA and Impact on Vietnam
  • A Brand Owners Perspective: Material Selection and Consumer Messaging for Flexibles
  • The End-of-Life Challenge for Flexible Packaging - Multilayer Films, Barrier Structures and Pouches
  • Flexible packaging in Vietnam – market status of bio-degradable products in Vietnam
  • Market Trend Emerging Technology in Flexible Packaging — India and Global Perspective
  • Digital Printing for Flexible Packaging & Labels
  • Functional barrier films and flexible packaging
  • Technology Innovation and market trends for Flexible Packaging Recycling
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Conference Background

The global flexible packaging market will grow at a rate of 3.5% with an estimated value of over $231 billion by the year of 2020, according to a major new study by Smithers Pira. The impressive rate of development and market expansion is mainly propelled by rising demand from consumer goods, food and beverage industries in developing economies. The whole Asia Pacific region still constitutes the largest emerging market for flexible packaging with China, Vietnam and India embracing the highest growth rate and greatest market potential through 2018, which is also the reason that recent years have been witnessing increased strategic partnerships, mergers and acquisitions, asset exchanges, capacity expansions and establishment of new manufacturing facilities in Asia Pacific region.

Rapid replacement of rigid containers with flexible packaging, together with the growing applications of converted flexible packaging in end-use sectors, including food & beverage, snacks, baked products, health & beauty and pharmaceuticals, are helping polish up the market's prospects. Flex packs featuring environmental friendly features, convenience, and superior barrier protection properties are expected to witness the highest market gains. Technical advances have also dramatically changed how flexible packaging is viewed. It’s no longer just a low-cost or expedient option for industrial goods and produce, flexible packaging has gained more popularity across a wide variety of consumer products, increasingly replacing metal cans, glass and rigid plastic bottles, and cartons. Product differentiation, technical development and innovation will continue to reign as key growth drivers for the industry.

In addition, new application breakthroughs in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries are providing ample growth opportunities for flexible packaging raw materials suppliers, chemicals and converters. Packaging design provides the opportunity to maximize consumer appeal and ease of use, but it must incorporate a degree of price awareness, because many markets function with economics as a primary driving force. Sustainable packaging is the ultimate goal closely associated with the whole flexible packaging value chain, including, packaging brand owners, flexible packaging manufacturers & converters, raw materials & check suppliers, etc. Product safety is a top priority particularly for food and pharmaceutical products, which is receiving increasing attention worldwide.

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