Winners and losers: Polypropylene woven bags and sacks gaining ground over polyethylene packaging

Polypropylene sacksFor reasons of cost, strength and the environment, laminated polypropylene woven bags and sacks continue to dwarf their non-laminated counterparts—laminated polypropylene (PP) woven bags and sacks account for 60% of global sales. The PP woven bags and sacks market is expected to record a moderate 4% compound annual growth rate in volume between 2018 and 2028, according to research conducted by Fact.MR (Pune, India).

Environmental hazards associated with polyethylene (PE) have spurred adoption of PP woven bags and sacks as a more sustainable alternative, according to the study, "Polypropylene Woven Bags and Sacks Market." Rapid inroads paved by the retail industry in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector, which has resulted in the proliferation of retail outlets, will continue to bode well for the growth of the PP woven bags and sacks market, said Fact.MR.

Countries are passing legislation to prohibit the use of plastic bags and levying taxes to offset the environmental impact resulting from their production and disposal. Single-use plastic bags, depending on their thickness, typically fall under the prohibition.

As a result of bans on thin-film plastic bags, PP non-woven bags are in rigorous demand, according to Fact.MR. “Despite the fact that the materials used in polypropylene woven bags and sacks are not completely biodegradable, [the bags] can be reused and recycled, thereby being a greener alternative. In fact, the manufacturing of polypropylene woven bags and sacks is emerging as a lucrative small-business idea, in light of steadily surging demand,” said Fact.MR.

Sensing evolving requirements of consumers and end-use industries alike, manufacturers of PP woven bags and sacks have introduced a wide range of products. Open-mouth and valve bags continue to dominate the PP woven and sacks market, collectively accounting for more than 50% market share, in terms of both value and volume. This will be complemented by steady demand from block-bottom and gusseted bags.

Asia-Pacific, excluding Japan, will remain preeminent in the PP woven bags and sacks market, led by the FMCG sector in the region that “coattails” the surging middle-class demographic. Most of Asia-Pacific’s PP woven bags and sacks market will remain concentrated in China and India, following plastic bag ban initiatives that have gained widespread acceptance across these countries. 

With rising demand for packaging products, key players have shifted their focus to the production of PP woven bags and sacks to become the most reliable manufacturers of custom woven fabric. Some companies based in emerging markets, such as China and India, export more than half of their output to nations including the United States, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Australia, Germany and Britain. These players also are accelerating entry into Eastern European and South African markets, said Fact.MR.

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