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Flexitank Market Size, Share & COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Reusability (Single Use and Reusable), By Layer (Monolayer and Multilayer), By Loading Type (Top Loading and Bottom Loading), By Application (Food-Grade Liquids [Alcoholic Beverages, Edible Oils, Juices, Syrups, and Concentrates, and Others], Non-Hazardous Liquids, and Pharmaceutical Liquids), and Regional Forecast, 2023-2030

Last Updated: May 27, 2024 | Format: PDF | Report ID: FBI103047

 

KEY MARKET INSIGHTS

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The global flexitank market was valued at USD 676.65 million in 2022 and is projected to grow from USD 757.63 million in 2023 to USD 1,795.24 million by 2030, exhibiting a CAGR of 13.12% during the forecast period.


Flexitank is a soft, lightweight, high-strength, and disposable plastic bladder utilized for bulk shipments of non-hazardous liquid materials within a standard 20-foot ISO shipping container. It facilitates the transportation of non-hazardous chemicals and food-grade liquids across oceans at significantly lower costs compared to other methods of bulk liquid transportation, such as Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs) and ISO tanks. It holds around 30% more payload than these options when fitted in the container and resist bulking on the container sidewalls, making bulk transportation of liquids secure and safe.


Container Owners Association (COA) has set stringent guidelines regarding the manufacturing, installation, and application of flexitanks. Furthermore, these tanks must meet standards the U.S. FDA, EU, and Halal certification agencies set to ship food-grade liquids. With exports of food products, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals crossing the mark of USD 3 trillion in 2018, the market growth opportunities are plenty, and the participants in the market are expanding their portfolio by new product launches to facilitate high-volume transportation with reduced cost for their clients.


COVID-19 IMPACTS


Market Plunged amid Pandemic Due to the Negative Demand from Customers


The coronavirus spread affected the growing and established economies. Several markets witnessed declining demands from consumers, and others observed positive and moderated growth while some have remained untouched. This market witnessed negative growth during this period due to lowered demand from customers and almost negligible trade activities globally. The transportation of food grade liquids, such as edible oil, concentrates, and syrups, among others, was at a halt. The demand from the pharmaceutical industry was high, although it did not assist the market to grow positively. The post-pandemic phase has seen an increase in the growth of this market due to increasing demand from the food-grade liquid and non-hazardous liquid segment.


Flexitank Market Trends


Development of Flexitanks using Renewable and Recyclable Materials to Facilitate Lightweight and Enhanced Design Quality


Traditionally, these tanks were manufactured using rubber materials, however plastics completely replaced rubber in the early 90s. Moreover, concerns regarding environmental damage caused by conventional plastics have warranted the development of tanks from recyclable and renewable materials. Currently, recyclable polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) are majorly used to manufacture flexitanks. Furthermore, companies have collaborated with material developers such as Dow to research materials such as low-density and high molecular weight Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE), improving the toughness of manufacturing tanks. Such research shall bring about materials that are high in strength and safe for transporting food products and chemicals.


Currently, only non-hazardous liquids can be transported using these tanks, and companies are seeking materials that can resist chemical corrosion, facilitating the transport of all liquids with enhanced safety. This trend shall provide novel growth pathways for the companies operating in this market.


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Flexitank Market Growth Factors


Increase in Transportation of Commodity Products to Drive the Demand for Flexitanks


According to a report by the World Trade Organisation, the export of manufactured goods increased by 22% in 2021 after a decline of 5% in 2021. The growth is expected to continue its path upward with the increasing dependence of countries on each other for various commodities. Food products, chemicals, petroleum products, and pharmaceuticals are some of the major commodities expected to show maximum traction in the near future. Their transportation is expected to be increasingly safeguarded to avoid potential losses. As these are preferable for the transportation of these goods in liquid form due to ease of loading and unloading and low losses during transportation, this is expected to drive the market growth during the forecast period.


Cost Effectiveness of Flexitanks over Other Bulk Liquid Transportation Methods to Provide Growth Pathways


Flexitanks are not the only option for the transportation of liquid products, yet they are very cost-effective compared to other alternatives, such as IBCs and drums. While the cost of manufacturing is higher than other conventional products, their installation requires almost a quarter of the time and a very low amount of labor. According to SIA Flexitanks, standard flexitanks can hold up to 24 tons of payload, about 15% more than IBCs and 40% more than drums. This facilitates the reduction of transportation costs. Furthermore, these tanks attract lower demurrage costs at unloading ports compared to other storage solutions, which leads to a lower cost of transportation compared to IBCs and drums, and thus, it is expected to drive the growth of the market.


RESTRAINING FACTORS


Tearable and Inability to Sustain High Pressure Restrict the Adoption of Flexitanks


Flexitanks are used in the transportation and storage of liquids and are highly prone to wear & tear if the proper lining of the shipping container is not carried out, as any sharp object or corner can easily tear the product, leading to loss of payload. Furthermore, while loading material, if the pressure inside the tank increases beyond the specified level, there is a possibility of the bursting of the tank. The pressure-sustaining capacity of these tanks is considerably lower than other bulk liquid transportation methods, which further restricts its adoption for the carriage of high-density liquids.


Flexitank Market Segmentation Analysis


By Reusability Analysis


Single Use Segment Holds the Largest Share Due to Low Cost of the Product


Based on reusability, the market is classified into single use and reusable. The single use segment accounts for the largest share of the market on account of low cost and ease in the disposal of the tank. Single use tanks reduce the cost of unloading the payload as the remnant material is discarded as compared to complete removal of products from reusable flexitanks to reduce the chances of future contamination. Furthermore, many manufacturers have started manufacturing flexitanks using recyclable material to meet the demand for environmentally sustainable operations, further driving single use segment growth.


On the other hand, the reusable segment is expected to grow at a significant rate over the forecast period. This is due to the usage of reusable flexitanks for the transportation of oils and non-hazardous liquid chemicals less prone to contamination detriments.


By Layer Analysis


Multilayer Segment Accounts for the Largest Share Due to Potential Benefits Offered


Based on type of layer, the market is divided into monolayer and multilayer segments. The multilayer segment holds the largest flexitank market share. The multilayer solutions have high benefits over the monolayer ones. These include high strength and durability, which are required to transport bulk liquids. The multilayer tanks also prevent the cargo from getting contaminated by providing oxygen and moisture barriers.


By Loading Type Analysis


Bottom Loading Segment to Gain Market Share Due to Convenience of Loading & Unloading Procedures


Based on loading type, the market is categorized into top and bottom loading segments. Initially, the flexitanks were designed with top loading configurations. However, bottom loading offered benefits such as easy loading & unloading procedures and reduced losses of payload during the unloading process. These benefits have led the bottom loading segment to gain considerable market share in the past and shall continue the same during the forecast period.


On the other hand, the top loading segment holds the second largest share in the market. This is owing to higher demand for these tanks from fruit juice and alcoholic beverage manufacturers. These liquids form lower bulk heads during the loading process and do not require special configuration to stop the backpass of liquids. The economical option of top loading is preferred by the customers operating in these sectors.


By Application Analysis


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Food-Grade Liquids Segment to Dominate due to Rising Government Emphasis on Strengthening Food Security


In terms of application, the market is segmented into food-grade liquids, pharmaceutical liquids, and non-hazardous liquids. Food-grade liquids are further categorized into alcoholic beverages, edible oils, juices, concentrates, syrups, and others. The food-grade liquids segment holds the largest share in the market and is estimated to be the fastest-growing segment. This comes as governments of developing countries such as India, China, Brazil, and South Africa emphasize on strengthening their food security. These governments are ensuring the same for their citizens by importing processed food products such as fruit juices, sauces & condiments, and other beverages from developed nations, which in turn shall create demand for shipping products such as flexitanks in the near future.


On the other hand, the demand for pharmaceutical liquids is set to observe an enormous spike after the occurrence of the COVID-19 pandemic as people become increasingly concerned about their health and well-being. This shall create massive demand for packaging and logistics products, including flexitanks for the shipment of medicines during the forecast period.


REGIONAL INSIGHTS


Geographically the market is studied across North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa.


Asia Pacific Flexitank Market Size, 2022 (USD Million)

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Asia Pacific region is expected to lead the market owing to the region's heavy density of food products and chemical manufacturing hubs. Furthermore, governments of China, India, and Southeast Asian countries have focused on increasing their exports, which shall present a significant growth opportunity for this market in the Asia Pacific.


North America will grow on account of significant exports of fruit juices and syrups from the region to the eastern countries. Moreover, the transport of liquids via rail-based containers has expanded tremendously in North America, creating a demand for flexitanks in the region.


On the flip side, the European market will mirror the growth of pharmaceutical exports from the region. According to FTS Container Packaging Co., Ltd., about 30% of the global wine shipping is done via flexitanks. Additionally, the trade data provided by the UN shows that Europe accounts for the largest share of wine and other alcoholic beverages exports globally. This represents an attractive opportunity for market growth in the region.


Latin America will show significant growth over the study period. This is due to an increase in alcoholic beverages and fruit juices exported from the region to food processing industries in North America and Europe.


The Middle East & Africa based market is expected to grow during the forecast period as demand for petrochemicals expands across the globe. Furthermore, demand for flexitank is expanding for transportation of base oil to Sub-Saharan Africa from the Middle East, which is expected to drive the growth of the market in the region.


List of Key Flexitank Market Companies


Key Market Players Focus on Capacity Expansion to Maintain Their Authority in the Market


The competitive landscape of the market depicts a highly consolidated market, with the top 10 companies accounting for a majority share. Many new players have emerged considering the attractive opportunity present in the market, while key players present in the market are investing a large number of resources to expand their footprint across multiple regions to gain market share.


Furthermore, players operating in the market have sought alternative transportation routes where flexitank can be utilized. These include railways and roadways to serve their customers efficiently. This trend will positively impact the global market during the forecast period.


LIST OF KEY COMPANIES PROFILED:



KEY INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENTS:



  • June 2022 – Mediterranean Shipping Company became one of the companies to provide in-house liquid cargo solutions by introducing flexibag for shipping liquid cargo. Flexibags can carry up to 24,000 liters of non-hazardous liquids such as wine, edible oils, petroleum products, and chemicals, offering a cost-effective and safe alternative to other bulk liquid transportation solutions.

  • March 2022 – SIA Flexitanks launched its innovative trinity tank. This three-pod reefer flexitank system would enable shippers to load multiple flexitanks in the same container to transport the bulk liquids. The tank has a total capacity of 27,000 liters, and one of the triple tanks can hold 9,000 liters.

  • October 2020 – Hillebrand launched pulse Flexitank, which is designed to transport liquids with high density or that tend to solidify. Such liquid includes drilling mud, paint slurries, oleochemicals, and vegetable oils.

  • January 2020 – VTG Tanktainer GmbH expanded its liquid goods transportation facilities range via the launch of flexitanks. The move was made for providing efficient and multiple transportation solutions to its customers.

  • September 2019 – SIA Asia, the subsidiary of SIA Flexitanks, reaffirmed its progress in the Asia Pacific market. The company opened warehouse facilities and a new office in Malaysia. The facilities would benefit the company through the provision of efficient service to customers and enhancing its footprint throughout the Asia Pacific region.


REPORT COVERAGE


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The market research report provides a detailed analysis of the market and focuses on key aspects such as leading companies, product types, and leading applications. Besides this, the report offers insights into the market trends and highlights key industry developments. In addition to the aforementioned factors, the report encompasses several factors that have contributed to the growth of the market over recent years.


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Report Scope & Segmentations






















































ATTRIBUTE



DETAILS



Study Period



2019-2030



Base Year



2022



Estimated Year



2023



Forecast Period



2023-2030



Historical Period



2019-2021



Growth Rate



CAGR of 13.12% from 2023 to 2030



Unit



Value (USD Million)



Segmentation



By Reusability



  • Single Use

  • Reusable



By Layer



  • Monolayer

  • Multilayer



By Loading Type



  • Top Loading

  • Bottom Loading



By Application



  • Food-Grade Liquids

    • Alcoholic Beverages

    • Edible Oils

    • Juices

    • Syrups

    • Concentrates

    • Others



  • Non-Hazardous Liquids

  • Pharmaceutical Liquids



By Region



  • North America (By Reusability, Layer, Loading Type, Application, and Country)

    • U.S. (By Application)

    • Canada ( By Application)



  • Europe (By Reusability, Layer, Loading Type, Application, and Country)

    • Germany (By Application)

    • U.K. (By Application)

    • France (By Application)

    • Italy (By Application)

    • Spain (By Application)

    • Russia (By Application)

    • Poland (By Application)

    • Romania (By Application)

    • Rest of Europe (By Application) 



  • Asia Pacific (By Reusability, Layer, Loading Type, Application, and Country)

    • China (By Application)

    • India (By Application)

    • Japan(By Application)

    • Australia (By Application)

    • South Korea (By Application)

    • Southeast Asia (By Application)

    • Rest of Asia Pacific (By Application) 



  • Latin America (By Reusability, Layer, Loading Type, Application, and Country)

    • Brazil (By Application)

    • Mexico (By Application)

    • Argentina (By Application)

    • Rest of Latin America (By Application) 



  • Middle East & Africa (By Reusability, Layer, Loading Type, Application, and Country)

    • Saudi Arabia (By Application)

    • UAE (By Application)

    • Oman (By Application)

    • South Africa (By Application)

    • Rest of Middle East and Africa (By Application)





 





Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the global market size was USD 676.65 million in 2022 and is projected to reach USD 1,795.24 million by 2030.

In 2022, the market value stood at USD 676.65 million.

Growing at a CAGR of 13.12%, the market will exhibit rapid growth during the forecast period (2023-2030.

By application, the food-grade liquids segment is expected to be the leading segment in this market during the forecast period.

An increase in the transportation of commodities is the key factor driving the growth of the market.

Asia Pacific held the highest market share in 2022.

The top players in the market are Infinity Logistics and Transport Venture Limited, TRUST Flexitanks, Sun Flexitanks, Bulk Liquid Solutions and United Accredited Company (UAC) among others.

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