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HDPE Packaging Market Size, Share & COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Product Type (Bottles & Canisters, Caps & Closures, Tubes, Trays, and Others), By End Use (Food & Beverages, Pharmaceuticals, Personal Care & Cosmetics, Home Care, Chemicals, and Others), and Regional Forecast, 2023-2030

Last Updated: April 29, 2024 | Format: PDF | Report ID: FBI105366



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The global HDPE packaging market size was valued at USD 17.10 billion in 2022 and is projected to be worth USD 17.96 billion in 2023 and reach USD 26.25 billion by 2030, exhibiting a CAGR of 5.57% during the forecast period.

HDPE packaging is a product packaging solution developed with the use of high-density polyethylene material and is commonly used for producing bottles, containers, tubes, and other products. HDPE material is mainly derived from fossil fuels and is the most widely utilized type of plastic for packaging various products. The versatility and durability of the material makes it an ideal choice for packaging and is gaining massive traction among several end-use industries across the world. Moreover, the material’s outstanding tensile strength and considerable strength-to-density ratio are expected to boost the HDPE packaging market growth.


Growing Pharmaceutical Industry Boosted Market Growth During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic affected a vast majority of end-use industries worldwide. The outbreak of the virus led to the shutdown of businesses as well as production units in the packaging industry. However, the high sales recorded by the global pharmaceutical industry greatly impacted the growth of the market. HDPE material is widely used to pack pharmaceutical drugs in bottles, tubes, canisters, and other products. The need for timely supply of pharmaceutical products increased during the pandemic. Owing to the rising demand for such products, the market witnessed a massive growth. The market is also expected to grow with the strong expansion of the global pharmaceutical sector.

HDPE Packaging Market Trends

Increasing Demand for R-HDPE to Emerge as Major Market Trend

The growing demand for R-HDPE from several manufacturers has emerged as a critical trend in the market. The high demand for sustainable packaging solutions, such as R-HDPE from the food & beverage, pharmaceuticals, and home care sectors is expected to support the market growth across the world. The rising utilization of R-HDPE in non-food-grade and food-grade HDPE packaging is also generating exponential growth opportunities for the market. Packaging products made from recycled HDPE, such as recycling bins, shampoo bottles, grocery bags, chemical & cosmetic containers, beverage bottles, caps & closures for food & beverage packaging, and many more are gaining major traction. The chemical-resistant and water-repellent features of R-HDPE will boost its usage in a wide range of packaging applications, further contributing to the market growth.

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HDPE Packaging Market Growth Factors

Increasing Demand for HDPE Bottles and Containers in Several End-use Industries to Boost Market Growth

There is a strong demand for HDPE bottles and containers among various end-use industries across the globe. Packaging products that are manufactured with HDPE material are an ideal choice for the food & beverage industry. This is because they prevent the entry of air, moisture, and other substances that may contaminate the food items. HDPE-based containers and bottles also provide excellent barrier properties, preserve the product’s freshness & quality, reduce food wastage, and extend the shelf life, owing to which they have gained significant traction in the food & beverage industry. HDPE containers are lightweight and have a robust protection feature, due to which they are an ideal choice for shipping and handling e-commerce products, further driving the market growth. The light weight of these containers also eliminates the carbon footprint during transportation, which in turn fulfils the sustainability goals of several e-commerce brands. The rising demand for reliable and efficient packaging solutions, such as HDPE bottles and containers among food & beverage, e-commerce, and other industries is propelling the market growth.

Rising Usage of HDPE Packaging in Pharmaceutical Sector to Fuel Market Growth

HDPE is a versatile plastic material that offers exceptional strength, durability, and moisture-resistance, owing to which it is widely used in the pharmaceutical industry for packaging drugs and medicines. It is favored for its durability, lightweight, and cost-effective characteristics. Unlike other materials, such as glass, HPDE does not break when dropped, which, in turn, is boosting its demand among pharmaceutical product manufacturers. The bottles, containers, and canisters manufactured using HDPE are widely used for packaging over-the-counter medicines, supplements, vitamin tablets, and several other drugs. Such high demand for HDPE packaging will significantly contribute to the market’s growth. Moreover, the chemical and moisture-resistant features of HDPE products make them an ideal choice for pharmaceutical products that are required to be stored at a specific temperature. Hence, the potential benefits offered by the material, combined with its eco-friendly nature, will boost its usage in the pharmaceutical industry, further propelling the market growth.


Volatility in Raw Material Prices & Availability of Substitutes to Hamper Market Growth

Fluctuating raw material prices can significantly hamper the market growth. HDPE utilizes a large amount of ethylene, which is a material made in the oil & gas industry. The fluctuating prices of ethylene and shortage of petroleum-based byproducts are hampering the production of HDPE for product packaging solutions. Such concerns will continue to limit the market growth in the coming years. Moreover, the availability of substitutes, such as LDPE for packaging is also predicted to restrict the market growth. LDPE is tensile and offers excellent flexibility, high fatigue life, and high-impact strength, owing to which it is utilized by several packaging manufacturers, further limiting the market growth.

HDPE Packaging Market Segmentation Analysis

By Product Type Analysis

Bottles and Canisters Gains Major Traction Due to Their Durability

Based on product type, the market is segmented into bottles & canisters, caps & closures, tubes, trays, and others.

The bottles & canisters segment dominates the market as these products are highly utilized for packaging many HDPE products. HDPE bottles are robust and lightweight. These bottles and canisters do not damage or break when they come in contact with any hard surface. Owing to the robust nature & durability of the product, manufacturers in several end-use industries utilize HDPE bottles and canisters as they are an assurance that the packaged item will remain safe.

The tubes segment is the second-dominating segment. Tubes produced from HDPE are affordable, UV-resistant, stiff, and non-leaching, owing to which they are highly utilized by personal care & cosmetic manufacturers.

By End Use Analysis

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Excellent Chemical Resistance Increases Product Use in Pharmaceutical Industry

Based on end use, the market is segmented into food & beverages, pharmaceuticals, personal care & cosmetics, home care, chemicals, and others.

The pharmaceuticals segment is the leading segment. The segment is also expected to grow considerably over the forecast period. The use of HDPE for packaging pharmaceutical drugs is growing at an appreciable pace. This material is used for packing medicines as it offers outstanding resistance to several chemicals. HDPE also offers effective moisture resistance, assuring that the packaged drugs remain dry and uncompromised in their quality.

The home care segment is the second-dominating segment. The chemical-resistant feature of HDPE packaging ensures that they do not react with the packaged home care product, preserving its quality and integrity and further boosting the segment’s growth.


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

Asia Pacific HDPE Packaging Market Size, 2022 (USD Billion)

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Asia Pacific accounts for the largest HDPE packaging market share. The booming pharmaceutical, food & beverage, and personal care & cosmetic sectors, coupled with continuous product development by leading manufacturers, is set to propel the market growth in Asia Pacific.

North America is anticipated to be the second-most dominating region and projected to witness robust growth over the forecast period. The growing food & beverage industry and exponential growth in the packaging industry are majorly contributing to the regional market’s growth. Moreover, the rising demand for several home care products by consumers in the region will generate profitable growth opportunities for the regional market.

Europe is the third-dominating and fastest-growing region in the market. The rising demand for HDPE material for packaging cosmetic products will significantly contribute to the regional market’s growth. In addition, the growing number of lifestyle-related diseases is boosting the sales of pharmaceutical products, further leading to the high demand for HDPE material for packaging.

The Latin American market will witness moderate growth in the coming years. The region's food & beverage and homecare sectors primarily generate high demand for HDPE packaging products.

The Middle Eastern and African markets will experience steady growth due to the growth of the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors in these regions.

List of key HDPE Packaging Market Companies

Key Market Participants to Witness Significant Growth Opportunities with New Product Launches

The HDPE packaging market is highly fragmented and competitive. A few prominent players are dominating the market by offering innovative packaging solutions in the packaging industry. These companies are constantly focusing on expanding their customer base in various regions by innovating their existing product range.

The report also focuses on several key players in the HDPE packaging industry, including Mauser Packaging Solutions, Alpla, Amcor, DS Smith, Huhtamaki, Sonoco Products Company, and others. Numerous other companies operating in the market are focused on delivering advanced packaging solutions.

List of Key Companies Profiled:

  • Mauser Packaging Solutions (U.S.)

  • Alpla (Austria)

  • Amcor (Switzerland)

  • DS Smith (UK)

  • Huhtamaki (Finland)

  • Sonoco Products Company (U.S.)

  • Berry Global Inc. (U.S.)

  • Hoffmann Neopac AG (Switzerland)

  • Origin Pharma Packaging (UK)

  • Silgan Holdings, Inc. (U.S.)

  • Greiner Packaging (Austria)

  • Dahl-Tech, Inc. (U.S.)

  • Alpack, Inc. (U.S.)

  • Canyon Plastics Inc. (U.S.)

  • Frapak (Netherlands)


  • December 2022 Austria-based packaging producer Alpla Group announced the launch of a carbon-optimized prototype solution, specifically for beauty product brand owners, in the form of a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) bottle. The bottle is made entirely of recycled-content HDPE (rHDPE).

  • October 2022 The ALPLA Group, along with the presence of the South African Environment Minister, announced the opening of a state-of-the-art production site in Johannesburg. The new production site will serve as the firm’s headquarters for Sub-Saharan Africa, the internationally active plastic packaging expert took over manufacturing operations of five previous factories in South Africa.

  • September 2021 Huhtamaki declared the strategic acquisition of Elif, which is a major supplier of sustainable, flexible packaging to global brand owners. With the acquisition, Huhtamaki reinforced its position as a top flexible packaging manufacturer in developing markets and strengthened its existing flexible packaging business.

  • May 2021 INEOS and LACTEL partnered with each other to manufacture the world’s first HDPE milk bottles through advanced recycling. INEOS O&P EUROPE also made a significant investment to produce a comprehensive portfolio of circular solutions, especially for the packaging industry.

  • October 2020 Berry Global announced the launch of a new HDPE closure. The 2-inch flip-top tube closure manufactured with high-density polyethylene (HDPE) that, when combined with one of their squeezable polyethylene (PE) tubes, generates a sustainable single-substrate package.


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The report provides detailed market analysis and focuses on key aspects, such as top market players, competitive landscape, product/service types, market segmentation, porters's five forces analysis, and leading end uses of the product. Besides, it offers insights into the market trends and highlights key industry developments. In addition to the abovementioned factors, the report encompasses several factors that have contributed to the market's growth in recent years.




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Growth Rate

CAGR of 5.57% from 2023 to 2030


Value (USD Billion)


By Product Type

  • Bottles & Canisters

  • Caps & Closures

  • Tubes

  • Trays

  • Others

By End Use

  • Food & Beverages

  • Pharmaceuticals

  • Personal Care & Cosmetics

  • Home Care

  • Chemicals

  • Others

By Region

  • North America (By Product Type, By End Use, and Country)

    • U.S. (By End Use)

    • Canada (By End Use)

  • Europe (By Product Type, By End Use, and Country)

    • Germany (By End Use)

    • UK (By End Use)

    • France (By End Use)

    • Italy (By End Use)

    • Spain (By End Use)

    • Russia (By End Use)

    • Poland (By End Use)

    • Romania (By End Use)

    • Rest of Europe (By End Use)

  • Asia Pacific (By Product Type, By End Use, and Country)

    • China (By End Use)

    • India (By End Use)

    • Japan (By End Use)

    • Australia (By End Use)

    • South Korea (By End Use)

    • Southeast Asia (By End Use)

    • Rest of Asia Pacific (By End Use)

  • Latin America (By Product Type, By End Use, and Country)

    • Brazil (By End Use)

    • Mexico (By End Use)

    • Argentina (By End Use)

    • Rest of Latin America (By End Use)

  • The Middle East & Africa (By Product Type, By End Use, By End Use, and Country)

    • Saudi Arabia (By End Use)

    • UAE (By End Use)

    • Oman (By End Use)

    • South Africa (By End Use)

    • Rest of the Middle East & Africa (By End Use)

Frequently Asked Questions

The Fortune Business Insights study shows that the global market size was valued at USD 17.10 billion in 2022.

The market is projected to record a CAGR of 5.57% during the forecast period.

The market size of Asia Pacific was valued at USD 5.57 billion in 2022.

Based on end use, the pharmaceuticals segment is dominating the market.

The market value is expected to reach USD 26.25 billion by 2030.

The key market drivers are increasing demand for HDPE bottles & containers in several end-use industries and rising usage of HDPE packaging in the pharmaceutical sector.

The top players in the market are Mauser Packaging Solutions, Alpla, Amcor, DS Smith, Huhtamaki, Sonoco Products Company, and others.

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