Statistics, news & updates: everything you need to know about the Packaging Industry in India


  • Summary
  • COVID-19 Impact
  • Industry Clusters
  • Growth Drivers
  • Key Players
  • Market Stats


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As the Packaging Industry in India grows, this sector is becoming very interesting for investors and producers. Subsequently, the largest part of the industry still is rigid packaging with laminate. However, flexible packaging is on the growth path. Consequently, the sector is inter-related with other industries, such as food processing or pharmaceuticals. Therefore, their growth impacts the packaging industry as well.

Either way, it has also helped pro-longing the shelf life of many products. In fact, this validates the increasing demand for packaged consumer goods. Moreover, in India, one can find a large base of raw materials to manufacture packaging products. Besides, there is an increasing trend of using eco-friendly or recyclable materials in packaging. Conversely, the comparatively low manufacturing costs opens opportunities to foreign companies and technology. Moreover, in 2019, the size of the global packaging industry was at USD 278.59 billion. Furthermore, out of this, the Packaging Industry in India stood at USD 75.95 billion in 2019. Also, with many innovations happening, it will reach USD 103.32 billion by 2025. Therefore, this makes it a good opportunity for companies wanting to enter or expand the market.

COVID Impact

Valued at USD 31.7 billion in 2015, the Indian packaging industry was pegged to touch USD 72.6 billion by 2020, as per the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India. The spread of Coronavirus side-tracked the forecasts considerably. However, the impact of the pandemic has varied, largely dependant on the end-user industry. Even with the ongoing- pandemic, the industry has continued to steadily rise—though not at the same scale as pre- Covid times—with the emergence of online retail and e-commerce brand.

China, which is the leader in the packaging sector, lost its clients, and its economy is likely to decrease up to 50% during and after the pandemic. This is because all the companies who were relying on China for packing are now shifting their businesses to other second-world countries such as India. Following the pandemic, packaging companies will need to rebalance sustainability goals that incorporate heightened hygiene, normalize e-commerce, and take product cost into consideration.

Demand will rise sharply for packaging for groceries, healthcare products, and e-commerce transportation. At the same time, demand for industrial, luxury, and some B2B-transport packaging could decline. The impact of the pandemic will have a positive effect on performance because these new trends will highlight customers’ needs across the industry.

Map – Industry Clusters

Map- Clusters - Packaging Industry

Growth Drivers

  • In addition to this, India sees growth & potential in consumer packaged goods.
  • Moreover, the market has been growing due to solid demand from the food and pharma industries.
  • As a result, the growth is driven by key factors such as rising population, increase in income levels, and changing lifestyles.
  • Also, the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector represents the largest opportunity for flexible packaging.
  • India has a good export market.

Key Players in India


  • 3M,Tetra Pak, Huhtamaki, Perfect Pack S.r.l., Ecobliss, Multivac, Bosch


  • Essel Propack, Uflex, Balmer Lawrie, Ess Dee, max India Ltd., Ecoplast, Oricon Ent, Bajaj, AMD Industries, Jindal Poly Films Ltd., Flexituff, Polyplex Corp., Xpro India, Time Technoplast Ltd.

Market Stats

  • The packaging industry is the fifth largest sector in India’s economy.
  • As a matter of fact, the packaging industry in India was valued at USD 75.95 billion in 2019.
  • Furthermore, it is expected to reach USD 103.32 billion by 2025. This is at a CAGR of 5% over the forecast period 2020 – 2025.
  • However, according to the Packaging Industry Association of India (PIAI), the sector is growing at 24% to 27% per annum.
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