Healthcare Packaging Market Size & Share, by Product (Vials & Ampoules, Bottles & Containers, Cartridges & Syringes, Caps & Closures); Material Type (Glass, Polyethylene, Metal, Plastic, Paper & Paperboard); Administration Mode (Dermal, Inhalable, Oral, Injectable); Application (Medical Devices & Equipment, In-Vitro Diagnostic Products) - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2023-2035

  • Report ID: 4633
  • Published Date: Feb 23, 2023
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Global Healthcare Packaging Market Definition

Healthcare packaging serves many important functions, and its primary function is to protect a pharmaceutical or therapeutic product. Considering medicines can have strict standards and regularly need to be sterilized before packaging, therapeutic packaging is made to meet the stringent criteria and efficiently maintain the integrity of commodities. Thanks to variations in size, structure, hardness, permeability, and sanitation, everything from the most delicate pharmaceutical component to an enormous device or lot of medicines can be shipped in a correctly built box.

Pharmaceutical packaging serves a variety of important and varied objectives. Healthcare products must be packaged in order to be identified, to be stored, protected, sell and promote to various brands, and make it easier for consumers to use the medications. The most common types of healthcare packaging are primary, secondary, and tertiary. The substance that encases the pharmaceutical product is known as primary medication packaging, while secondary and tertiary packaging offers extra external security. Additionally, glass and plastic are the two materials that are utilized the most for healthcare packaging.

Healthcare businesses place a greater emphasis on the material's quality, longevity, and sustainability. Hence, the major players in the pharmaceutical industry are focusing more on modern methods of healthcare packaging which are mainly biodegradable packaging or recyclable packaging. Materials for packaging that are recyclable or biodegradable and meet these important criteria are nonetheless more expensive than the standard options available today. However, it was also observed that people are ready to spend more on sustainable packaging solutions. According to reports, nearly 80% of environmentally conscious consumers are willing to pay extra for environmentally friendly packaging, with a third being willing to pay more than 22% more.

Global Healthcare Packaging Market: Key Insights

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Base Year Market Size (2022)

~ USD 125 Billion

Forecast Year Market Size (2035)

~ USD 225 Billion

Regional Scope

  • North America (U.S., and Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
  • Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, NORDIC, Rest of Europe)
  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC North Africa, South Africa, Rest of the Middle East and Africa)

Global Healthcare Packaging Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2023 - 2035

The global healthcare packaging market is estimated to garner a revenue of USD 225 Billion by the end of 2035 by growing at a CAGR of ~10% over the forecast period, i.e., 2023 – 2035. Further, the market generated a revenue of USD 125 Billion in the year 2022. The growth of the market can be attributed to the expanding pharmaceutical industries, growing online sales of healthcare products and pharmaceuticals, and rising spending on medications. It was observed that approximately USD 1.5 trillion was spent globally on pharmaceuticals in 2021, and this sum is estimated to rise sharply in the years to come. Additionally, there are developing medication and pharmaceutical dependencies as well as advancements in laboratory technologies which frequently require the export and import of various healthcare chemicals and equipment across the world. Hence, all these factors are anticipated to boost the market growth during the forecast period.

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In addition to this, the increasing penetration of online shopping trends, including online pharmacy shopping, is estimated to boost the need for healthcare packaging over the ensuing years. Online pharmacy orders are frequently transported from one location to another, necessitating suitable and robust packaging to guarantee that the quality of the medications or medical supplies is not compromised. It was noted that in 2021, around 3 million people in India used online pharmacy applications to order medicines. Furthermore, the growing awareness among the people regarding social distancing owing to the pandemic havoc and the rising number of people living in assisted living care facility centers who are generally more dependent on doorstep services are anticipated to propel the market growth over the forecast period.

Global Healthcare Packaging Market: Growth Drivers and Challenges

Growth Drivers

  • Growing Pharmaceutical Industry Across the Globe – In 2021, the worldwide pharmaceutical industry was estimated to generate approximately 1 trillion in revenue. The pharmaceutical industry includes research and development, distribution, quality control, and the use of pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Owing to the growing need for medical supplies and medications, the market is expected to develop over the projected timeframe.

  • Rising Inclination of the Global Population Toward Early Diagnosis – Early diagnosis is a crucial public health approach in all settings as it improves outcomes by giving care at the earliest feasible time. Hence, the market is estimated to grow on the back of the rising number of laboratories and imaging centers across the globe, backed by the increasing purchase of test equipment and medicinal drugs. The market for diagnostic imaging devices was predicted to reach USD 45 billion in 2022.

  • Expanding Packaging Industries – Growing packaging industries around the world, which provide pharmacy manufacturers with a variety of cutting-edge packaging solutions, are anticipated to propel market expansion. It was found that in the United States, the packaging market was estimated to be worth USD 184 billion in 2021 and is projected to grow to USD 218 billion by 2027.

  • Growing Demand for Modern Medical Equipment– Modern medical equipment has made it possible to diagnose illnesses or diseases at an early stage, and the increasing production and sales of these medical devices from one area of the world to another are predicted to boost market growth as packaging is crucial during shipping. For instance, in 2022, the revenue generated by orthopedic devices was anticipated to be around USD 45 billion.

  • Increasing Spending on Medicines – The market is expected to increase as a result of the rising sales of over-the-counter medications and medicines sold through online channels, where vendors guarantee to deliver medications to customers' doorsteps in reliable, high-quality packaging. It was noted that, globally around 1.5 trillion USD was spent on medicine in 2021.


  • Low adoption of standard quality packaging - Government agencies often impose very strict regulations for healthcare packaging. Therefore, the low adoption of standard packaging requirements in low- and middle-income countries and poor public awareness of the need for uniform, durable pharmaceutical packaging is predicted to be the main hindrance to the market's growth.
  • Requirement for higher set-up cost
  • More packaging weight results in more expensive transportation

Market Segmentation

The global healthcare packaging market is segmented and analyzed for demand and supply by material type into glass, polyethylene, metal, plastic, paper & paperboard, and others. Out of these, the polyethylene segment is predicted to attain the largest market share over the projected time period. Polyethylene is one of the modern era's toughest polymer varieties. It is inexpensive and very chemical resistant too; this indicates that it can withstand various environmental risks. These qualities make polyethylene packaging superior to other packaging materials in most circles, including healthcare packaging. Furthermore, the rising demand for polyethylene across the globe is predicted to drive segment growth during the forecast period. For instance, in 2019, the total demand for polyethylene was estimated to be around 50 million tons. In addition to this, polyethylene packaging is more compact and lightweight than alternatives, resulting in reduced weights for vehicles and airlines and hence, lower shipping costs. Thus, this factor is also anticipated to support segment expansion throughout the forecast period.

The global healthcare packaging market is also segmented and analyzed for demand and supply by administration mode into dermal, inhalable, oral, injectable, and others. Among these, the oral segment is predicted to hold a notable market share over the forecast period. Owing to benefits including ease of oral drug administration, patient preference, cost-effectiveness, and simplicity of producing oral dosage forms on a wide scale, the oral route of administration is the most popular method of drug administration. Additionally, oral medication does not reach the bloodstream directly and dissolves properly through different channels, making it more adaptive for the body, and decreasing the chances of a reaction or allergy. Hence, the inclination towards oral medication is increasing, which in turn is expected to support the segment’s expansion. Moreover, the rising sales and manufacturing of oral drugs across the world is predicted to drive the segment growth over the ensuing years. It was noted that orally administered pharmaceutical medicines make up around 85% of the top-selling medications, which are currently worth about USD 35.1 billion worldwide.

Our in-depth analysis of the global healthcare packaging market includes the following segments:

          By Product

  • Vials & Ampoules
  • Bottles & Containers
  • Cartridges & Syringes
  • Caps & Closures
  • Others

           By Material Type

  • Glass
  • Polyethylene
  • Metal
  • Plastic
  • Paper & Paperboard
  • Others

         By Administration Mode

  • Dermal
  • Inhalable
  • Oral
  • Injectable
  • Others

         By Application

  • Medical Devices & Equipment
  • In-Vitro Diagnostic Products
  • Others

Global Healthcare Packaging Market Regional Synopsis

The North American healthcare packaging market, amongst the market in all the other regions, is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2035. The growth of the market can be ascribed to the expanding pharmaceutical sector, along with the rising healthcare expenditure in the region. Besides this, the growing consumption of medical packaging films for the distribution of medicinal drugs in the region is also estimated to further fuel the growth of the healthcare packaging market in the region. Furthermore, the growing dependency of people on medicines, and consumption of prescribed medical drugs, especially by old age people with chronic diseases or disabilities is predicted to propel the market growth in the region. For instance, around 65 percent of American adults, or more than 130 million people, consume prescription medicines, also age-related diseases and chronic illnesses are associated with higher utilization.

Additionally, the rising investment by the key market players in the region considering the boom in the demand for medicines and the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases in the USA and Canada are anticipated to propel the market growth in the region. For instance, recently on December 2022, one of the leading healthcare packaging company has declared to open a production facility in the USA. From three production facilities in Europe, Nelipak currently provides its market-leading assortment of healthcare flexible packaging products to clients all over the world. In order to meet the rising demand in the Americas region, Nelipak will replicate its current capabilities by opening a new flagship production site in America.

healthcare-packaging-market-share-imageTop Featured Companies Dominating the Global Healthcare Packaging Market

  • Toray Plastics (America), Inc.

    • Company Overview
    • Business Strategy
    • Key Product Offerings
    • Financial Performance
    • Key Performance Indicators
    • Risk Analysis
    • Recent Development
    • Regional Presence
    • SWOT Analysis
  • Amcor Limited
  • Dunmore Corporation
  • Gerresheimer AG
  • CCL Industries Inc.
  • DS Smith Plc
  • Winpak Ltd.
  • Huhtamäki Oyj
  • Berry Global, Inc
  • Sealed Ai


In the News

  • Toray Plastics (America), Inc. unveils its new product, Torayfan OPP label film portfolio and Toray Label Film (TLF) at the Labelexpo Americas 2022. These label films consist of new label material such as TLFC clear film in 48, TLFM matte film in a 59 gauge, moisture resistance, and an excellent ink adhesive, suitable for various packaging.

  • Amcor Limited to release sustainable packaging solutions for pharmaceuticals. The company is focused on expanding its pharma packaging portfolio by launching more sustainable High Shield laminates.

Author Credits:  Sadaf Naaz, Mohd Shadab

  • Report ID: 4633
  • Published Date: Feb 23, 2023
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Key Questions Answered in the Report

1) What are the major factors driving the growth of the healthcare packaging market?

Ans: Expanding pharmaceutical industry and the rising investment in the healthcare sector are the major factors driving the market growth.

2) What would be the CAGR of healthcare packaging market over the forecast period?

Ans: The market is anticipated to attain a CAGR of ~10% over the forecast period, i.e., 2023 – 2035.

3) What are the challenges affecting the healthcare packaging market growth?

Ans: Lack of awareness regarding quality packaging and high initial cost are estimated to be the growth hindering factors for the market expansion.

4) Which region will provide more business opportunities for growth of healthcare packaging market in future?

Ans: The market in the North America region is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2035 and provide more business opportunities in the future.

5) Who are the major players dominating the healthcare packaging market?

Ans: The major players in the market are Amcor Limited, Dunmore Corporation, Gerresheimer AG, CCL Industries Inc., DS Smith Plc, Winpak Ltd., Huhtamäki Oyj, Berry Global, Inc, and others.

6) How are the company profiles selected?

Ans: The company profiles are selected based on the revenues generated from the product segment, the geographical presence of the company which determines the revenue generating capacity as well as the new products being launched into the market by the company.

7) What are the segments in the healthcare packaging market?

Ans: The market is segmented by product, material type, administration mode, application, and by region.

8) Which segment captures the largest market size in material type in the healthcare packaging market?

Ans: The polyethylene segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2035 and display significant growth opportunities.


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