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Blister Packaging Market Size By Technology (Thermoforming, Cold-forming), By Type (Carded, Clamshell), By Material (Aluminum Foil, Paper & Paperboard, Plastic Substrate), By Application (Pharmaceutical, Food, Consumer Goods, Industrial Goods), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2021 - 2027

  • Report ID: GMI1726
  • Published Date: Apr 2021
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry Trends

Global Blister Packaging Market size was valued at USD 24.4 billion in 2020 and will grow at a CAGR of around 6.2% from 2021 to 2027. The blister packaging industry will showcase growth owing to the rising demand for medical tablets along with development of innovative packaging solutions. The rapid industrialization in emerging economies and the growing demand for packaged fruits and meat products are expected to drive market growth.

Blister packaging solutions are molded pieces of plastics mainly sealed to a sheet of paper or aluminum and are used to pack products such as tablets or high-volume of low-price consumer electronic products. Mainly, three types of materials are used in this type of packaging, plastic substrates as a forming film and paper & paperboard or aluminum as lidding materials. This type of packaging offers a wide range of advantages over other packaging solutions including economic, easy handling, protection for each small packaged material, and others.

Blister Packaging Market Outlook

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The blister packs are used in the healthcare industry for packaging medical devices and drugs. Further, blister solutions are widely used in food and consumer goods packaging. Additionally, the production of blister requires limited resources, and the solutions occupy less shelf space, are easy to handle, excellent protection against environmental factor, and offer a good hang hook display characteristic. Requirement of limited resources and easy availability of raw materials along with high production rate enabled packaging manufacturers to offer cost-effective solutions for a wide range of customers, thereby driving the blister packaging market share.

The growing aging population in developed economies mainly in the U.S. and Europe is driving the demand for several healthcare facilities. According to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, by 2027 national health expenditure of the U.S. is expected to grow up to 19.4% of GDP as compared to 15% in 2016. This shows that a large number of elderly populations are expected to have some kind of medical emergency, and medical tablet consumption will rise by a considerable amount, driving the demand for blister packaging in the coming years as blister packaging is one of the popular pharmaceutical packaging types.

Several pharmaceutical products require excellent moisture protection, as these products are highly sensitive to moisture and extreme tropical conditions in Asia Pacific economies demanding advanced blister pack. The continuous R&D investment along with collaboration with pharmaceutical manufacturers is enabling industry players to enhance their packaging properties and developed high-protection packaging solutions. For instance, in June 2019, Amcor plc developed new Formpack Dessiflex Ultra blister packs for packaging of antibiotics manufactured by GSK. New packaging enabled GSK to offer easy to carry and excellent moisture protection against tropical weather conditions in the Asia Pacific region.

In recent COVID-19 pandemic, the blister packaging market growth is expected to witness a large demand for packaging solutions for pharmaceutical products. The exponential rise in demand for multivitamin tablets along with the rising demand for other medical products, such as syringes, medical blisters trays, etc., will drive the demand for blister packaging. Further, the establishment of new COVID-19 hospitals across the globe and exponential rise of new COVID-19 cases in some European and Asian economies.

Thermoforming technology dominates the market owing to a wide range of industry applications

Blister Packaging Market by Technology

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Thermoforming technology dominates the blister packaging market with over 85% volumetric share in 2020. Thermoforming technology is widely used in industries owing to high production output, ease of handling, and low costs of production. Almost all the plastic materials used in the forming film form are thermoformed. Further, thermoformed products are widely used in consumer goods, industrial goods, and food packaging applications. The development of new technologies, such as Activ-Blister Packaging, developed by Aptar enabled several drug manufacturers to protect their moisture-sensitive drugs efficiently with a long shelf life. Such technologies are expected to showcase higher demand for thermoforming products along with high growth as compared to cold-forming products.

Clamshell type of products showcase considerable growth in the blister packaging market and are expected to generate around USD 7.40 billion revenue by 2027. Clamshell packaging is widely made up of thermoformed plastics and used for food and consumer goods applications. Several advantages offered by clamshell products are transparent packaging, good protection, improved aesthetics, and easy customization as per product shape, driving the demand over the study timeframe. Several fitting methods, such as friction fitting, self-locking, among others, can be used for packaging of food and consumer goods. However, high production costs as compared to carded type products and risk of injury while handling such packaging may limit its growth over the study timeframe.

Aluminum foils are widely used in the pharmaceutical industry owing to excellent moisture protection characteristics

Packaging Market by Material

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Aluminum foil is expected to hold a nearly 15% volumetric share in 2027. Aluminum foils are widely used in pharmaceutical applications for packaging of several drugs. Excellent moisture protection characteristics of aluminum foil and high recyclability rate of these packaging solutions are supporting the demand for aluminum materials in the market. Further, the development of new aluminum packaging solutions along with the ease in handling new packaging solutions will drive the aluminum foil demand over the study timeframe. For instance, in September 2020, Uflex received the U.S. patent grant for its Alu-Alu blister packs that offer several benefits to consumers including easy tear-ability, child-resistant packaging, and others.

Consumer goods application is expected to showcase a growth rate of around 7% CAGR from 2021 to 2027 owing to the rising demand for blister packaging in electronics, toys, and other industries. The consumer goods segment uses blister packaging owing to affordable mass production of packaging along with improved aesthetic properties of these packaging solutions. The proliferating electronics industry in South Korea, Japan, and China along with the growing demand for thermoformed clamshell products in electronic parts packaging will drive the segment growth over the forecast timeframe.

The Asia Pacific industry will drive the market

Blister Packaging Market by Region


Asia Pacific is expected to hold dominance in the blister packaging market and held around 45% volumetric shares in 2020. The dominance is owing to strong economic growth of the region along with the positive outlook of the pharmaceutical industry. The presence of several pharmaceutical drug manufacturers along with the large population in the region is driving the product growth. The region is a manufacturing hub for electronics and other consumer goods industries along with home for around 60% of the world’s population. Further, the growing disposable income and higher healthcare expenditure across India, South Korea, and China are driving the blister packaging market growth.

Product launches, R&D investments, and new facilities set-up are amongst the key strategies in the competitive landscape

Key participants in the blister packaging industry include Amcor plc, Uhlmann, Sonoco Products Company, Constantia Flexibles, WestRock Company, Klöckner Pentaplast, Honeywell International Inc., among others. Industry payers are engaged in mergers & acquisitions, facility expansion, product launches, and R&D investments to enhance their market shares. For instance, in February 2020, Sonoco Products Company launched a new all-paper retail blister package, which is a good ecofriendly alternative to thermoformed plastic blister packaging. Further, in January 2019, Constantia Flexibles flexible launched blister packaging solution for dietary supplements, personal care, and oral dosage pharmaceutical pills application.

Global blister packaging market report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of volume in Kilo Tons & revenue in USD million from 2017 to 2027 for the following segments:

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By Technology

  • Thermoforming
  • Cold forming

By Type

  • Carded
  • Clamshell

By Material

  • Aluminum Foil
  • Paper & Paperboard
  • Plastic substrate

By Application

  • Pharmaceutical
  • Food
  • Consumer Goods
  • Industrial Goods

By Region

  • North America

    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Spain
    • Italy
    • Russia
  • Asia pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • Australia
    • Indonesia
    • Malaysia
    • South Korea
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
  • Middle East & Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    • South Africa
Authors: Kiran Pulidindi, Sayan Mukherjee

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Blister packaging market will register a CAGR of 6.2% through 2027 owing to increasing demand for medical tablets and rising development of innovative packaging solutions.

Consumer goods application segment will record a CAGR of around 7% CAGR through 2027 on account of increasing product demand in electronics, toys, and other industries.

Clamshell segment will register a valuation of around USD 7.40 billion by 2027 due to increasing product adoption in food and consumer goods applications.

Asia Pacific held around 45% volumetric share in 2020 owing to strong economic growth in the region coupled with the positive outlook for the regional pharmaceutical industry.

Aluminum foil segment will hold nearly 15% volumetric share by 2027 with increasing demand for pharmaceutical applications for packaging of various drugs owing to its superior moisture protection characteristics and high recyclability.

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  • Base Year: 2020
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