Moulded Fibre Packaging Europe and North America 2023


Moulded Fibre Packaging Europe and North America 2023

To be published: February 2023


Moulded fibre is a complimentary material to plastic for traditional plastic packaging businesses and can offer a route to extend portfolio as well as to manage risks associated with the potential loss of customer base. Likewise, moulded fibre is another portfolio product for paper packaging converters.

Whilst conventional paper packaging companies have chosen to use an anti-plastic narrative in recent marketing communications, the industry needs to manage how both solutions are marketed to end-users as viable options. This alignment offers consolidation opportunities across packaging industries.

The European SUP directive and the Packaging Waste Directive provide a regulatory context to move away from non-recyclable materials used in packaging and single use items. This context has caused a dramatic shift away from PS in the thin wall packaging space into recyclable alternatives, such as polymers with established recycling streams (PET, PP), compostable materials (PLA based), cellulose and natural materials such as bagasse.

Sustainability has now become a key driving force behind new policies and legislation within Europe, bringing new and increased targets for the recycling of plastics and conventional materials. With this, we are seeing investments in new technologies from both a material and manufacturing perspective. 

This brand new report looks at the opportunities for the use of moulded fibre in packaging applications in the context of thin wall packaging plastic replacement as well as new markets. 

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The report answers questions such as:

  • What are the trends in the use of moulded fibres for thin wall packaging and how they will shape future material requirements?
  • Which end-use applications are most relevant and what is the scale of opportunity?
  • What is the status of commercialisation of moulded fibres?
  • What are the current technical challenges and where are the research & development efforts being directed?
  • What is the level of investment required and how are production efficiencies achieved?
  • Who is currently active in this value chain and how is this likely to change? 
  • What are the trends relating to scale and integration in the supply chain?


End use applications

The report will review and identify applications and packaging formats that are most relevant for moulded fibre with most likely segmentation being: Foodservice disposables, Fruit & vegetables, Delicatessen, Yellow fats, Chilled meals, Ambient foods and premium electronics.

The report focusses on developed markets where the most research & development efforts are currently delivered, and where packaging and waste disposal is duly regulated.

Data is reported for 2 geographies as follows:

  • Europe
  • North America

Technological scope: The study reviews and quantifies the following technologies:

  • Dry Moulding
  • Wet Moulding

The analysis identifies opportunities for other technology providers, such as automation, decoration, die-cutting, etc.

Data is provided on the years 2019, 2022 and forecasts for 2027 and 2032.

The report is supplied as a downloadable PDF with an enterprise-wide license agreement. One printed hard copy of the report is also provided.

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