FIBCs were rugged sheets made up of heavy-duty PVC coated polyester or nylon are combined together to get the shape of containers and lifted using pallets. With increasing demand for low space consuming flexible packaging, these FIBCs paved the way for woven polypropylene bulk bags.
Although FIBCs are primarily used to ship hazardous chemicals only, owing to constant innovations in the structural and design features. According to Future Market Insights, the FIBCs are extensively used in mining, building and construction, food, and agriculture industries.
FIBCs not only offer bulk quantity packaging but also protect and guarantees the shelf life of the products. FIBCs with modified atmospheric packaging (MAP) technology prevents product decay by replacing oxygen with nitrogen in the packaging.
Recently, the use of such containers in the food industry has increased exponentially due to the ability to provide greater protection to the products’ shelf lives. Besides this, consumers are more inclined towards hygiene and cleanroom packaging formats.
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Hence, key players and end users are taking extra care to safeguard product from contamination. The UV-protected bags and the FIBCs made up of 100% virgin polypropylene fabric are the best suitable options for the outdoor applications and cleanroom packaging helps to eliminate chances of contamination.
As FIBCs are used to transport hazardous materials, the risk of fire is more during transportation especially in the high temperature regions. Hence, chemical industries transporting explosive materials have high demand for fire retardant bulk bags. The FIBCs produce with PP fabric and fire retarding chemicals ensures optimum fire safety and therefore such FIBCs are in huge demand in the past three years.
A list of Key Players Covered in the FIBC Market are:
- Berry Global Group
- Intertape Polymer Group.
- Conitex Sonoco
- LC Packaging International BV
- RDA Bulk Packaging Ltd.
- MANICARDI® srl
- J&HM Dickson Ltd.
- DS SMITH plc
- Sokuflex Behälter GmbH
- Bulk Containers Europe BV.
Key Takeaways from Global FIBC Market
- FIBC with a carrying capacity above 750 kgs is expected to hold major pie of 55% value share.
- Q bags with baffles are estimated to increase 1.7x of the current market value, by next decade.
- In terms of end use, chemicals & fertilizers segment is estimated to dominate the FIBC industry, registering CAGR of 5.8% in the global market.
- During the projected period, the U.S. FIBC market is expected to rise significantly.
- During the forecast period, the Indian FIBC market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.8% until 2032.
“Integration of smart technologies in the FIBCs is setting new sales benchmarks in the global market. MAP, UV resistant, fire-resistant, and data retrieval technologies based FIBCs are creating boom in the market. To capitalize on this trend, manufacturers are targeting e-commerce and food industries.” – Says FMI Analyst
Growth Drivers & Challenges of Global FIBC Market
One of the primary factors driving the growth is rapid industrialization around the world. FIBCs are rapidly being used by chemical and agriculture product makers to transport grains, rice, potatoes, cereals, and liquid chemicals.
Construction supplies such as carbon black, steel, alloys, minerals, cement, and sand are also stored and transported in these bags. Furthermore, rising environmental concerns, as well as increased demand for lightweight, biodegradable, bulk packaging materials for pharmaceutical products is driving market expansion.
Pharma-grade FIBC is used to store and prevent contamination of a variety of medical items. Product advancements, such as the development of FIBC variations as hygiene packaging solutions, are contributing to this rise.
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Global FIBC Market by Category
By Packaging Type:
- Baffle Bags
- Circular Bags
- Upto 250 Kg
- 250 kgs – 750 Kgs
- Above 750 Kgs
By End User:
- Building & Construction
- Chemicals & Fertilizers
- Food Products & Agriculture
- Pharmaceuticals Products
Flexible intermediate bulk containers (FIBCs) are also known as bulk bags, jumbo bags, and big bags. These are made of flexible woven material typically polypropylene (PP) and possess the capacity to hold 500 kg to 2,000 kg of weight. They are commonly used to store dry and flowable products such as grains, seeds, salts, chemicals, sands, clays, cement, and others. FIBC majorly finds application in various end-use industries including food, chemical, pharmaceutical, building & construction, mining, and others.
Countries in North America and Europe are the largest consumers of FIBC. Key product manufacturing countries are China, Turkey, and India. The global market players for flexible intermediate bulk containers majorly compete on the basis of price per unit. Therefore, in order to lower the cost of production, manufacturing companies and distributors of North America and Europe largely outsource manufacturing activities from the aforementioned countries.
The demand for flexible intermediate bulk containers in developed countries including the U.S., Japan, Germany, France, and others, is mainly driven by rising pharmaceutical industry owing to increasing aging population.
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