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In-Mold Labels Market - By Material (Polypropylene, Polyethylene, Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, Polyvinyl Chloride), By Printing Technology (Flexographic, Offset, Gravure, Digital), By Technology, By End-user & Forecast, 2021 - 2027

  • Report ID: GMI5158
  • Published Date: Nov 2021
  • Report Format: PDF

In-Mold Labels Market Size

Global In-mold Labels Market size was registered at USD 1.8 billion in 2020 and is expected to showcase considerable growth at a CAGR of 6.9% from 2021 to 2027 due to changing customer preferences toward branded and quality products.

In-mold labeling is a decorative process during plastic packaging. It is widely used in the manufacturing industry owing to its easy processability, long-lasting & eye-catching appearance, and high impact resistance capacity. The in-mold labeling technique is notably applied for food & beverages, consumer durables, home & personal care products, and the automotive industry to offer maximum durability with a high degree of safety & quality requirements.

In-mold Labels Market Outlook

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In-Mold labels have started penetrating the market of emerging economies as a choice of labels due to growing need of incorporating sustainable labelling solution during packaging solutions. Various consumer durable and personal care industry players are actively looking for in-mold labels as a viable labelling solution. The growing product penetration in various emerging economies will further drive the in-mold labels market.


Growing need for product identification labels in consumer durable goods will cater to the product demand owing to their unique ability to withstand severe conditions. Rising disposable income coupled with the rapid adoption of modern lifestyles is likely to drive demand for consumer durables in recent years. Moreover, consumer electronics manufacturers are focusing on quality products with extended features at affordable prices, specifically in emerging economies.

According to the Retailers Association of India, sales of home appliances and electronics goods surged up by 23.5% at the end of the third quarter of FY21 compared to the same period in FY20. In-mold labels offer significant benefits to manufacturers due to their unique attributes such as product optimization and cost-effectiveness without affecting the product packaging. As the label becomes an integral part of the product, it provides exclusive solutions for product manufacturers to entice consumers and maintain brand identity.

In addition, factors including weather resistance, high resilience, and UV resistance properties for outdoor durable goods will stimulate the need for high-performance in-mold labels to reduce the loss of color quality in harsh weather conditions. Furthermore, the rising trend of decorative molded parts for automotive and consumer electronics is likely to propel the in-mold labels market share over the projected timeframe.

Easy availability of substitute labelling products is likely to restrain the business growth in the near future. Moreover, the recent COVID-19 pandemic has adversely impacted the industry size due to the economic downturn, low labor force, and supply chain disruptions across the globe. However, the lifting of government restrictions and quick recovery of the manufacturing sector will revive the in-mold labels market trends in the coming years.

In-Mold Labels Market Analysis

In-mold Labels Market by material

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Based on materials, polypropylene in-mold labels was valued at more than USD 350 million in 2020 and is likely to witness a 7.4% CAGR through 2027. The growth of this material is attributed to the rising demand for in-mold labeling in various end-use industries including automotive, food & beverages, pharmaceuticals, etc. This material is extensively used owing to its non-toxic, moisture resistance, and excellent clarity features, which will predominantly drive the business over the assessment period.

In-mold Labels Market by printing technology

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The flexographic printing technology is likely to grow at a rapid rate of 7.5% by 2027 due to its convenience, cost-efficient & high-quality output, this printing technology is gaining popularity in the labeling of mass-produced goods. Flexography can operate on absorbents, non-absorbent, porous, and non-porous materials, which contribute to the segment share and eventually boost the in-mold labels market share in the coming years.

Injection molding segment will witness CAGR of 7.1% during the forecast time period. Injection in-mold label is a suitable process for mass production by injecting molten plastic into the mold and then cooling down to get the desired shape & size. Injection technology allows design flexibility and improves productivity with aesthetic use of colors, effects & textures.

In-mold Labels Market by End user

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The food & beverage industry will capture a prominent market share over the years and will generate nearly USD 1.4 billion by the end of 2027. Rising public health concerns coupled with product authentication will augment a sharp increase in product demand in the near future. These labels provide a detailed description of the product including source, nutrition, ingredients, and additional information.

  in-mold labels market by region

Europe in-mold labels market is anticipated to grow at a sustainable rate and will acquire over 45% share through 2027. Countries including Germany, the UK, and France are consistently promoting in-mold technology in their growing packaging and manufacturing industries over the years. The increased penetration of In-mold labels in the region can be explained by the growing demand from various end-user industries.

The outlook for In-Mold labels in Europe remains positive on account of growing adoption of In-mold labels in various consumer durable products. Moreover, favorable government policies toward sustainable packaging and rising financial activities across the region are positively impacting the overall industry size throughout the projected period.

In-Mold Labels Market Share

The in-mold labels industry participants are actively involved in mergers & acquisitions to widen their market presence and uplift their revenue generation. The companies are also expanding their production capacity to meet the exceeding demand. In order to adapt to changing customer requirements, in-mold label manufacturers are forming strategic partnerships and increasing their research and development activities.

Production capacity expansion has been carried out to meet the growing demand for in-Mold labels by various market participants. Various in-mold industry players include

  • Heidelberg
  • Huhtamaki
  • Constantia Flexibles
  • Mold Tek Group
  • CCL Industries
  • Multicolor Corporation
  • Vintech Polymers
  • Papro
  • Cosmofilms
  • Smyth Company
  • Xiang-In
  • S.A Packaging
  • Monroe Mold
  • Weishida Printing Co., Ltd.

The In-Mold Labels Market report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of volume in Million Square Meters and revenue in USD Million from 2021 to 2027 for the following segments:

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By Material

  • Polypropylene (PP)
  • Polyethylene (PE)
  • Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS)
  • Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
  • Others

By Printing Technology

  • Flexographic
  • Offset
  • Gravure
  • Digital
  • Others

By Technology

  • Injection Molding
  • Blow Molding
  • Thermoforming

By End-User

  • Food & Beverage
  • Consumer Durables
  • Home & Personal Care
  • Automotive
  • Others

The above information is provided on a regional and country basis for the following:

By Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • Australia
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
  • Middle East & Africa
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
Authors: Kiran Pulidindi, Hiralkumar Patel

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

In-mold labels industry is slated to surpass $2.9 billion by 2027 and is anticipated to depict a CAGR of 6.9% between 2021 and 2027 driven by changing customer preferences towards branded and quality products.

Polypropylene in-mold labels market value surpassed USD 350 million in 2020 and will expand with the surging product demand across numerous end-use industries comprising food & beverages, automotive, pharmaceuticals, and others.

The market revenue from flexographic printing technology is expected to expand at a rate of 7.5% up to 2027 owing to its cost-efficient & high-quality output and convenience.

Europe in-mold labels market is estimated to record over 45% of the total industry revenue by 2027 impelled by the growing manufacturing and packaging industries across UK, Germany, and France.

Major companies in the in-mold labels industry comprise Mold Tek Group, Heidelberg, Multicolor Corporation, Smyth Company, ACTEGA, Constantia Flexibles, Monroe Mold, Huhtamaki, and others.

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  • Base Year: 2020
  • Companies covered: 15
  • Tables & Figures: 276
  • Countries covered: 16
  • Pages: 230
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