PET bottles are made from a thermoplastic polymer known as polyethylene terephthalate which is produced by the polymerisation of ethylene glycol and terephthalic acid. These bottles are mostly used for packaging water, carbonated beverages and various other food and pharmaceutical products. Moreover, PET bottles are recyclable which makes them environment friendly and also reduces the cost of manufacturing. A new research report by IMARC Group, titled “PET Bottle Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2018-2023”, estimates that the global PET bottle market reached a volume of 17 Million Tons in 2017. The report further anticipates the market to reach a volume of 19 Million Tons by 2023, at a projected CAGR of around 2% over the forecast period.
Global PET Bottle Market Drivers/Constraints:
- The numerous characteristics of PET bottles, including light-weight, high strength, impermeability to atmospheric gases have resulted in the rising demand for PET bottles across various industries.
- An increasing demand for bottled beverages coupled with the growth in the FMCG (fast-moving consumer goods) sector has led to a hike in the sales of PET bottles across the globe.
- The increasing focus on unique packaging and different-sized packs as an important tool for brand differentiation has facilitated the demand for PET bottles with customised shapes, designs and colours, in turn, boosting the market growth.
- The manufacturing of PET bottles consumes oil which is already a scarce natural resource. Apart from this, these bottles take longer to degrade and can be harmful if consumed by the animals which acts as a major deterrent to the PET bottles market.
Based on end-use, packaged water represents the largest end-use segment of PET bottles. This can be accredited to the increasing consumption of bottled water as it ensures the availability of healthy and safe quality of water. This segment is followed by carbonated soft drinks/CSD, food bottles and jars, non-food bottles and jars, fruit juice and beer.
Region-wise, Asia-Pacific is the leading market for PET bottles, holding the majority of the total global share. This can be attributed to factors such as rapid population growth, rising disposable incomes and urbanisation in the region. Asia-Pacific is followed by North America, Europe, South America, and Middle East and Africa.
The market is highly fragmented with the presence of numerous small and large manufacturers. There is an intense competition in the market due to little product differentiation. Some of the leading players operating in the market are:
- Tetra Laval
- Crown Holdings
- Ball Corporation
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