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Linerless Labels Market - By Product (Primary, Variable Information Print), By Printing Ink (Water Based, Solvent Based, UV Curable), By End-Use Industries (Food, Beverage, Home & Personal Care, Pharmaceuticals, Retail) & Forecast, 2023 – 2032

  • Report ID: GMI7413
  • Published Date: Nov 2023
  • Report Format: PDF

Linerless Labels Market Size

Linerless Labels Market was valued at around USD 1.87 billion in 2022 and is estimated to reach USD 2.87 billion by 2032. The market refers to the segment of the labeling industry that utilizes self-adhesive labels without a liner or backing paper. These labels are designed for various applications and offer advantages such as eco-friendliness, cost-effectiveness, and improved efficiency in labeling processes.

Linerless Labels Market

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In recent years, the market has experienced notable growth driven by the increasing demand for sustainable packaging solutions, the expansion of retail and e-commerce industries, and the need for streamlined labeling operations in various sectors. This growth is expected to continue as businesses seek innovative and environmentally friendly labeling options to meet evolving consumer preferences and regulatory requirements.


Linerless labels, though environmentally advantageous and cost-effective, have limitations due to their applicability. Their suitability relies on packaging materials and environmental conditions, constraining their use in certain industries and product contexts. Irregular or porous surfaces may pose challenges for adhesion, limiting their application in related sectors. Moreover, extreme temperature variations, moisture, or exposure to chemicals can impact their durability.

COVID-19 Impact

The COVID-19 pandemic left a dual imprint on the Linerless Labels Market. On one hand, the increased demand for essential products and the surge in e-commerce highlighted the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of linerless labels, making them more relevant than ever. These labels played a crucial role in conveying vital information about safety and handling during a time of heightened hygiene concerns. Moreover, their sustainability appeal gained traction as environmental awareness grew. However, supply chain disruptions and limitations in terms of aesthetics and applicability in certain industries also posed challenges. As the world adapted to the new normal, linerless labels demonstrated their versatility in an evolving marketplace shaped by the pandemic's impact.  

Linerless Labels Market Trends

The market is witnessing several notable trends. Sustainability remains a prominent theme, with an increasing emphasis on eco-friendly packaging and linerless labels being recognized for their reduced waste and environmental benefits. Digital printing technology is on the rise, enabling greater customization and shorter production runs, which aligns well with the demand for niche products. E-commerce's continued growth is driving the need for efficient labeling solutions, with linerless labels streamlining the process. Additionally, smart packaging incorporating QR codes and RFID technology is gaining traction, enhancing product traceability and consumer engagement. As the market evolves, it's clear that innovation, sustainability, and adaptability to changing consumer preferences are key drivers of Linerless Labels' future.

Linerless Labels Market Analysis

Linerless Labels Market Size, By Resin, 2021 - 2032 (USD Million)

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Based on product, the market is segmented as primary and variable information print. Primary held a majority market value of USD 1.12 billion in 2022. The Variable Information Print segment in the market has experienced significant growth driven by the increasing demand for personalized and variable data on labels. This growth is attributed to various factors, including the need for product traceability, regulatory requirements for detailed labeling information, and the rise of e-commerce, which often requires individualized packaging and labeling. As businesses seek to engage consumers with relevant information and branding, the Variable Information Print segment has become a critical component of label production.

Linerless Labels Market Revenue Share (%), By Backing Material, (2022)

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Based on printing ink, the linerless labels market is segmented as water based, solvent based, uv curable, and others. Water Based held a dominant market share of around 39% in 2022 and is expected to grow at a lucrative pace by 2032. The segments of Solvent Based, UV Curable, and Others in the market have exhibited diverse growth patterns. Solvent-based printing inks, while effective, have faced some challenges due to environmental concerns and regulations, prompting a shift towards more eco-friendly alternatives. UV Curable inks, on the other hand, have experienced notable growth, driven by their quick curing time, durability, and adherence to sustainability trends.

The "Others" category, which encompasses various alternative ink types, has shown some innovation, particularly in the development of water-based inks, which offer reduced environmental impact. Overall, the market is witnessing a transition towards more sustainable and versatile ink options, with UV Curable inks leading the way, and ongoing experimentation within the "Others" category to address changing industry demands.

Based on end use industry, the linerless labels market segmented as food, beverage, home & personal care, pharmaceuticals, retail, and other. The food industry has seen steady expansion, driven by increased consumer demand for product information and packaging sustainability. The beverage sector has been marked by innovation, with premium labeling and the surge in craft beverages fostering growth.

Home and personal care products have experienced robust development, primarily due to a focus on appealing aesthetics and eco-friendly packaging. Pharmaceuticals have emphasized safety and regulatory compliance, prompting growth in labeling requirements. The retail industry, amid e-commerce's ascent, has had a growing need for efficient and customizable labeling solutions. The "Other" category has shown adaptability to niche markets, presenting unique opportunities.

U.S. Linerless Labels Market Size, 2020- 2032 (USD Million)

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U.S. dominated the North American region with majority market share and a revenue of USD 431.8 Million in 2022 and is anticipated to expand at a significant pace from 2023-2032. This growth is attributed to a range of factors, which may include increased demand for eco-friendly labeling solutions, the adoption of advanced printing technologies, and the evolving needs of various industries within the region.

Linerless Labels Market Share

Major players operating in the linerless labels industry include:

  • 3M
  • CCL Industries
  • R.R. Donnelley & Sons
  • Avery Dennison
  • Multi-Color Corporation
  • Hub Labels
  • Reflex Labels
  • Skanem AS
  • NAStar, Inc.
  • Ritrama S.p.A.
  • Lintec Corporation
  • SATO Europe
  • Label Traxx
  • ITW Texpack
  • ProMark Label Solutions

3M Company and CCL Industries have achieved substantial market shares in the Asia-Pacific linerless labels industry, owing their success to a combination of factors. These companies' strong market presence is a result of their commitment to innovation, quality, and sustainable solutions. They have leveraged advanced printing technologies and eco-friendly labeling options, aligning with the growing demand for sustainable packaging.

Additionally, their ability to cater to the diverse needs of industries within the Asia-Pacific region has made them preferred choices for businesses seeking efficient and reliable labeling solutions. With a focus on regulatory compliance and cost-efficiency, 3M Company and CCL Industries have established themselves as key players in this dynamic and competitive market.


Linerless Labels Industry News

  • In July 2023, 3M and UPM Raflatac have formed a partnership to develop and market linerless labeling solutions for the food and beverage industry. The partnership will combine 3M's adhesive technology with UPM Raflatac's linerless label materials to create innovative and sustainable labeling solutions.
  • In September 2023, Sticky Labels has partnered with Chopt Creative Salad Co. to provide linerless labeling solutions for its salads. The partnership is helping Chopt to reduce waste and improve its operational efficiency.

Linerless Labels Market research report includes an in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD Million & Million Square Meters from 2018 to 2032, for the following segments:

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Market, By Product

  • Primary
  • Veriable information print

Market, By Printing Ink

  • Water Based
  • Solvent Based
  • UV Curable
  • Others

Market, By End Use Industry

  • Food
  • Beverage
  • Home & Personal Care
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Retail
  • Other

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Spain
    • Italy
    • Netherlands
    • Poland
    • Russia
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • Australia
    • South Korea
    • Indonesia
    • Thailand 
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
  • Middle East & Africa
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE


Authors: Kiran Pulidindi, Kunal Ahuja

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Linerless labels industry was valued at around USD 1,879.7 Million in 2022 and is estimated to reach USD 2,877 Million by 2032.

Variable information print segment is experiencing significant growth driven by the increasing demand for personalized and variable data on labels.

The U.S. linerless labels market share was worth USD 431.8 Million in 2022 and is anticipated to expand at a significant pace from 2023 to 2032 attributed to increased demand for eco-friendly labeling solutions, the adoption of advanced printing technologies, and the evolving needs of various industries within the region.

3M, CCL Industries, R.R. Donnelley & Sons, Avery Dennison, Multi-Color Corporation, Hub Labels, Reflex Labels, Skanem AS, NAStar, Inc., Ritrama S.p.A., Lintec Corporation, SATO Europe, Label Traxx, ITW Texpack, and ProMark Label Solutions.

Linerless Labels Market Scope

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  • Base Year: 2022
  • Companies covered: 15
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