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Improvisations in material handling and logistics over time has brought sustainability in the mainstream, companies are increasingly focusing on implementing returnable packaging, so as to reduce transportation and handling losses and avoid repurchasing of disposable packaging. Within close loop supplies, manufacturers usually adopts ‘milk run’ to supply their products, returnable packaging systems marketforms crucial part of such supply chain, as manufacturers/suppliers do not need to invest again in disposable packaging. Returnable packaging proves beneficial and cost effective for businesses where timely and safe delivery of products is of utter importance. According to Reusable Packaging Association, the returnable packaging system market witnessed annual growth between 8–10% over past few years.

The returnable packages are available in form of reusable pallets, hand-held containers, racks, bulk containers, etc. returnable packaging systems has a longer life span as these are made from durable materials such as plastic, wood and metals. Returnable packaging systems offer other distinctive features such as appealing aesthetics, easier to clean and stronger than disposable packaging systems. Despite many operational benefits, returnable packaging systems may not be desired by every supply system due to its capital intensive nature. Returnable packaging systems are extensively used for FMCG and are significantly increasing their penetration in pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. Besides food and pharmaceutical industries returnable packaging systems find their application in automotive and electronics industry.

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Returnable Packaging Systems Market: Drivers and Restraints

The growth of returnable packaging systems market is driven by demands from food & beverage, consumer good, pharmaceuticals and automotive industry. Due to its durability and robust performance, returnable packaging is preferred in various end use applications which in turn surges demand for returnable packaging systems markets. Rising level of wages in developing countries is expected to significantly increase consumer spending which in turn will support growth of the returnable packaging systems market. Substantially increasing global vehicle production is also expected to support the growth of the market.

Returnable Packaging Systems Market: Segmentation

The global returnable packaging systems market is segmented as follows:

On the basis of product type:

  • Bulk Containers
  • Hand-held containers
  • Reusable pallets & totes
  • Protective Dunnage
  • Fabric Dunnage
  • Steel Racks
  • Others (sleeve systems, carts & dollies, etc.)

On the basis of material type:

  • Plastic
  • Metal
  • Wood

On the basis of end-use industry:

  • Food & beverage
  • Pharmaceutical & healthcare
  • Consumer electronics
  • Automotive

Returnable Packaging Systems Market: Region-wise Outlook

The production and demand trends in the global returnable packaging systems market varies from region to region. With highest manufacturing output across the globe, Asia pacific is expected to be the largest market for returnable packaging systems by volume. Further, rapidly growing industrialization in major countries in the region will boost revenue of the returnable packaging systems market. North America and Europe are expected to be next big market for returnable packaging systems.

Returnable Packaging Systems Market: Key Players

The Key players identified in the global Returnable packaging Systems Market are:

  • Returnable Packaging Resource Inc.
  • Nefab Group
  • Tri-Pack Plastics Ltd
  • Plastic Packaging Solutions Midlands & East Ltd.
  • Amatech Inc.
  • CHEP
  • Integra Packaging
  • Celina Industries
  • Lamar Packaging Systems
      • ORBIS Corporation

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