Wicketed Bags Market Projected to Garner Significant Revenues by 2028

Expert Teams Ensure Business Continuity amidst COVID-19

The coronavirus crisis continues to loom over the global society, economy, and various end markets. Companies in the wicketed bags market such as the Spectrum Plastics Group (SPG) is addressing this situation by establishing COVID-19 Response Teams to develop comprehensive action plans for ensuring business continuity. These plans are making manufacturers prepared for the uncertainties in demand and supply whilst complying with guidelines issued by the government institutions.

In order to adhere with the guidelines issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), manufacturers in the wicketed bags market are adopting protective measures across global operations for production and packaging of goods. Potential COVID-19 vaccines are anticipated to reopen manufacturing facilities and bring business activities to normalcy.

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Antistatic Systems Overcome Issues of Static Charge to Optimize Production Process

Wicketed bags are being extensively used in food, textile, and pharmaceutical applications. However, during the bag making process, many problems are caused due to static charges. Hence, manufacturers in the wicketed bags market are investing in antistatic systems for slow machines. In case of high-speed machines, manufacturers are making use of static control systems to optimize the production process.

Companies in the wicketed bags market are focusing on innovations to boost their credibility credentials. Mondi Group— a specialist in paper and packaging solutions has introduced its paper based EcoWicketBag, which is replacing plastic materials. Consumers have become conscious about growing plastic waste in the environment.

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Automated Robotic Bag Making Processes Reduce Downtime, Offer Product Consistency

In order to gain a competitive edge in the industry, manufacturers in the wicketed bags market are investing in state-of-the-art extrusion lines to gain proficiency in automated robotic bag making capabilities. For instance, ABX Innovative Packaging Solutions— a packaging company in Charlotte, North Carolina, is gaining recognition for its robust extrusion lines that offer unmatched machinability to reduce downtime during production processes.

Companies in the wicketed bags market are increasing their production capabilities in compression bags, bakery bags, and wipes refill bags to capitalize on value grab opportunities. They are utilizing automated bag making processes to improve operational efficiencies and offer consistency in product units.

Puncture Resistant Materials in Wicketed Bags for Bakery Products Reduce Waste

Different color graphics in wicketed bags are delivering increased shelf appeal, resulting in high product uptake. Apart from food and pharmaceutical products, manufacturers in the wicketed bags market are leveraging business opportunities in personal care products, such as wipes and on-the-go travel packs. They are providing tailored solutions with cost effective peel and reseal closures to create imaginative packaging for brands.

Companies in the wicketed bags market are bolstering their output capacities in high impact flexographic printing to increase product visibility at retail shelves and hypermarkets. Manufacturers are making use of puncture resistant materials for the packaging of bakery products in order to reduce waste at grocery stores.

Integrated Leisure Cores, Customized Printing Help Increase Retail Product Uptake

Customized printing is emerging as a recurring trend in the wicketed bags market. Packaging manufacturers are harnessing growth opportunities in feminine hygiene products, baby diapers, and meat packaging to broaden their revenue streams. Guang Zhou Novel Packaging— a manufacturer of plastic and laminated coated bags, is enabling easy dispensing in wicketed bags by integrating thin wires in units. Stakeholders in the food packaging industry are investing in automatic packaging equipment to achieve maximum efficiency during processes.

Manufacturers in the wicketed bags market are offering services in both clear wicketed bags as well as customized printing for products. They are increasing efforts to integrate leisure cores for easy opening and are adding a plastic handle for easy carrying of products.

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Wicketed Bags Market: Overview

  • According to Transparency Market Research’s latest market report on the wicketed bags market for the historical period 2015-2019 and forecast period 2020-2028, rising demand for flexible packaging over rigid and aesthetic dispensing of the food items via transparent packaging is projected to drive the market
  • Globally, the revenue generated by the wicketed bags market is projected to expand at a CAGR of 4.8%, in terms of value, during the forecast period

Sustainability Offered by Flexible Packaging Driving Wicketed Bags Market

  • There are a number of advantages over conventional packaging materials, as chemical properties possessed by flexible packings offer durability, added with sustainability. Furthermore, less raw material is also consumed while manufacturing the flexible packaging formats, their reduction in energy usage, relatively low waste produced, and lower carbon footprint.
  • Globally, governments are focusing on framing strict policies regarding recyclability and reusability of plastic materials. Imposition of such laws is expected to bolster the demand for sustainable flexible packaging in the future. The PET plastic is considered to be more sustainable as compared to other plastics and therefore, wicketed bags made of PET are expected to expand at a CAGR of 4.3% by 2028.

End Users Switching to Bio-Based Material from Traditional Packaging Materials

  • With the shift of using bio-based materials for the manufacturing of wicketed bags instead of toxic plastic is creating new growth opportunities in the market. Increasing government regulations and environment concerns have unlocked new doors for the manufacturers of wicketed bags to strive ahead toward innovation.
  • Many manufacturers have already launched sustainable wicketed bags; however, rest of the players are undergoing rigorous R&D to meet sustainability needs.
    • Manufacturers such as International Plastics Inc. and Friesen Plastics Inc. are eco-friendly wicketed bagss with FDA approved virgin raw materials added with the Global Food Safety Initiative (GSFI) benchmarking and compliant with AQMD standards
    • Indian manufacturer Ashok Polymers are manufacturing wicketed bagss made of oxo biodegradable material

Durable, Tear Resistant Properties Fueling Wicketed Bags Market Growth

  • Flexible packaging is widely preferred for properties such as cost effectiveness, durability, and low weight. Flexible packaging occupy smaller spaces during packaging and accommodation on shelves. Wicketed bags enhance the aesthetic appeal of a product and can augment product dispensing, along with durable packaging. Thus, an increasing inclination of product manufacturers toward the adoption of flexible packaging solutions over rigid packaging in primary packaging is observed.
  • Furthermore, wicketed bags are customizable and can be manufactured as per industry requirement. Flexibility in production allows stretch films to be one of the most sought after packaging solutions in retail & consumer, institutional, and industrial sectors. Moreover, wicketed bags also provide high puncture and tear resistant, and therefore offer high reliability when it comes to food packaging. All these factors are likely to accelerate the demand for wicketed bags among industry players.

Wicketed Bags Market: Key Findings

  • Among various applications, the retail & consumer segment is estimated to account for more than 70% of the market share by the end of 2028. There is a high demand for wicketed bags in the food & beverages industry, as they promise to offer various closure options, aesthetic dispensing, and are consumer-friendly.
  • The non-biodegradable plastic material segment of the wicketed bags market accounts for majority of the market share, in terms of value. Polyethylene (PE) plastics are widely used, as they offer clear packaging added with barrier properties. The segment is projected to expand by 1.4x its current value, creating an incremental opportunity of nearly US$ 133.4 Mn.
  • Among various plastics, PET plastic fulfils the sustainable criteria as compared to others. Therefore, the consumption of PET-based wicketed bags is expected to reach over 3.2 million units by the end of 2028. This can also be attributed to the favorable physical properties and cost economical nature of PET.
  • Asia Pacific is expected to outbid other regions in the global wicketed bags market. This market is forecast to create maximum incremental opportunity of US$ 241 Mn over the next eight years and witness a gain of 260bps of current market share by 2028.

Wicketed Bags Market: Competition Landscape

  • The global wicketed bags market is highly fragmented in nature. The large portion of market share is held by domestic and local market players. Some of the key players operating in the global wicketed bags market are
    • Berry Global Group Inc.
    • Bischof + Klein
    • Mondi Plc
    • Supreme Plastics Group
    • PAC Worldwide Corporation
    • Sonoco Products Company.
    • LPS Industries Inc.
    • St. John Packaging
    • Uflex Ltd.
    • Coveris Holdings S.A.
  • The tier structure is formulated on the basis of segmental revenue and market share of the company. As per the tier structure, Berry Global Inc., Mondi Plc, and Sonoco Products Company are the Tier 1 players in the wicketed bags market. These players are focusing on the expansion of their production capacity, acquiring local players to strengthen their customer base and enhancing their product quality to increase its footprint across the globe. Tier 2 players include Coveris, St. John Packaging and other market players.

COVID–19 to Augment Demand for Wicketed Bags

  • The advent of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is expected to have a positive impact on the global wicketed bags market
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in food & beverages sales, as both consumers and businesses practice social distancing to limit contact by choosing for online delivery. This is anticipated to increase the demand for wicketed bags.
  • Moreover, increased consumer awareness and need for hygiene has grown dramatically after the spread of the virus. Manufactures are focusing on using packaging materials, which have protective properties that offer a barrier to shield products from contaminants during transit to ensure the virus is minimally viable on the packaging surface. The pandemic has resulted in isolation of consumers at home where a brand hardly has any physical connection with the consumer.
  • However, some of the factors such as transit of product, supply chain, raw material availability, and workers’ isolation led to slowdown of manufacturing activities

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