Thermoformed Plastic Market Size & Share, by Type (Polyethylene, Polypropylene); End-user (Packaging, Automotive, Healthcare) - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2023-2035

  • Report ID: 5166
  • Published Date: Aug 16, 2023
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Global Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2023 - 2035

Thermoformed Plastic Market size is anticipated to reach USD 20 billion by the end of 2035, growing at a CAGR of 8% during the forecast period, i.e., 2023 – 2035. In the year 2022, the industry size of thermoformed plastic was over USD 10 billion. Thermoformed plastics are widely used in the packaging industry due to their versatility, cost-effectiveness, and ability to protect products during transportation. Improvements in plastic materials, including biodegradable and compostable options, have expanded the range of applications for thermoformed plastics and driven market growth.

Thermoformed is a manufacturing process where plastic sheets are heated to a pliable forming temperature, shaped into a specific mold, and then trimmed to create a final product. It is commonly used for packaging materials, disposable containers, automotive parts, medical equipment, and various other applications. The automotive sector was also a key driver of the thermoformed plastic market, with the increasing use of thermoformed parts in vehicle interiors and exteriors.

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Thermoformed Plastic Sector: Growth Drivers and Challenges

Growth Drivers

  • Increasing demand for packaging solutions: The global flexible packaging sales were estimated to be valued at around USD 900 billion in the year 2020. Thermoformed plastics are widely used for packaging applications due to their cost-effectiveness and versatility.
  • Growth in the healthcare industry: Thermoformed plastics are used in the healthcare sector for medical device packaging, providing a sterile and protective solution.
  • Advancements in material technology: The development of advanced thermoforming materials, including high-performance polymers, biodegradable plastics, and recycled materials, has expanded the application scope of thermoformed plastics.


  • Competition from other packaging materials: Thermoformed plastics face competition from other packaging materials, such as glass, metal, paper, and flexible packaging. Each material has its unique advantages and disadvantages, and the choice of material often depends on specific application requirements and environmental concerns.
  • Environmental concerns and sustainability
  • Regulatory restrictions and bans

Thermoformed Plastic: Key Insights

Base Year


Forecast Year




Base Year Market Size (2022)

~ USD 10 Billion

Forecast Year Market Size (2035)

~ USD 20 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 Middle East and Africa)
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Thermoformed Plastic Segmentation

Type (Polyethylene, Polypropylene)

The polypropylene segment is estimated to gain the largest market share of 64% in the year 2035. Polypropylene is widely used in the automotive sector for various interior components like dashboards, door panels, and storage compartments due to its lightweight and cost-effectiveness. The global automotive sales were valued at over USD 4.5 trillion in the year 2020. Polypropylene is utilized in consumer goods such as disposable cups, cutlery, storage containers, and toys due to its excellent molding properties and affordability.

End User (Packaging, Automotive, Healthcare)

The healthcare segment is expected to garner a significant share in the year 2035. Ongoing advancements in thermoformed technology have improved the manufacturing process, allowing for the production of more complex and precise medical device packaging and components. Emerging markets, especially in Asia and Latin America, are witnessing increased access to healthcare services. As healthcare infrastructure improves in these regions, there will be a growing demand for thermoformed plastic products used in medical equipment and packaging.

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


  • Polyethylene
  • Polypropylene



           End User

  • Packaging
  • Automotive
  • Healthcare

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Thermoformed Plastic Industry - Regional Synopsis

APAC Market Forecast

The thermoformed plastic market in the Asia Pacific region is projected to hold the largest market share of 38% by the end of 2035. Asia Pacific is experiencing rapid industrialization and urbanization, with a projected urban population of approximately 3.1 billion by 2050. The growth of industries and urban infrastructure drives the demand for thermoformed plastic products in various applications, such as packaging, automotive, electronics, and construction.

North American Market Statistics

The thermoformed plastic market in the North America region is projected to hold the second-largest share during the forecast period. The North American automotive industry is one of the largest globally, with the United States and Mexico being significant contributors. The automotive vehicle sales in North America were valued at over USD 1 trillion in 2020 and are expected to witness steady growth. Thermoformed plastics are widely used in various automotive components, such as interior trims, dashboards, and door panels.

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Companies Dominating the Thermoformed Plastic Landscape

    • Pactiv LLC
      • Company Overview
      • Business Strategy
      • Key Product Offerings
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Performance Indicators
      • Risk Analysis
      • Recent Development
      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • Sonoco Products Company
    • Anchor Packaging, Inc.
    • Genpak LLC
    • D&W Fine Pack LLC
    • Placon Corporation
    • RPC Group Plc
    • Tray-Pak Corporation
    • Dart Container Corporation
    • Silgan Holdings Inc.


In The News

  • Anchor Packaging Inc. will close its Mount Vernon, Ky., thermoforming plant and move production of its Microlite deli containers from there to Jonesboro, Ark., by mid-August. The closure is part of a restructuring plan that will also see the company lay off 100 employees at its headquarters in St. Louis.
  • Food packaging major Anchor Packaging Inc. has acquired a building in Jonesboro. Ark., that it is converting to a warehouse in which it eventually will introduce manufacturing. The company plans to invest USD 10 million in the building and create 50 new jobs.

Author Credits:  Smruti Ranjan, Rajrani Baghel

  • Report ID: 5166
  • Published Date: Aug 16, 2023
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Increasing demand for automotive is the major factor driving the market growth.

The market size of thermoformed plastic is anticipated to attain a CAGR of 8% over the forecast period, i.e., 2023 – 2035.

The major players in the market are Pactiv LLC, Sonoco Products Company, Anchor Packaging, Inc., Genpak LLC, D&W Fine Pack LLC, Placon Corporation, and others.

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

The market in the Asia Pacific region is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2035 and provide more business opportunities in the future.
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