Blog - Potential benefits of plastic caps over metal counterparts

2020-12-30

DMI segments the Global Plastic Caps and Closures Market by geography into – North America, South America, Europe, Asia-Pacific (APAC), and Middle East and Africa.

Plastic caps and closures has evolved as the largest segment of the global caps and closures ecosystem in most of the industries.

Beside exemptions such as toxic chemicals, high temperate industrial oils and other tough applications, plastic caps is rapidly protruding into the space of metal closures

Low cost, versatility, easy availability, durability, and flexibility are driving the adoption of plastic caps in food, beverage, pharmaceutical and other key industries

The growing trend of e-commerce shopping is also influencing the use of plastic caps and closures. 

Plastic caps and closures are widely used in toiletries for producing the hair preparations products, face creams, lotions and perfumes due to rising emphasis on health and hygiene.

Several companies are preferring the plastic caps and closures due to their lower transportation cost, cost-effectiveness, durability, customizability, and chemical stability. 

New product launches and product diversification shall have a positive impact on the market. 

For instance, in March 2019, Aptar Beauty has launched a new dispensing closure made from 50% Post-consumer recycled resin (PCR) to be used on Ecover washing up liquid. It would ensure a leading position in the global transition to a circular economy and a sustainable future.

In addition, the trend of moving from unpacked goods to packed goods in the developing countries such as India and China is on an increase, which is expected to drive the plastic caps and closures market.

The average worldwide consumption of soft drinks is 89.8 liters per person per year. Americans drink 49.78 billion liters per year. Moreover, according to the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) stated that Americans favor bottled water over other packaged beverages. Moreover, as per International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), they consumed 13.8 billion gallons of bottled water in 2018. 

Hence, rising consumption of carbonated & non-carbonated drinks across the globe, and striking adoption of convenient packaging solutions are factors that are propelling growth of the plastics caps & closures market.

Alcoholic beverages including wine, spirit and beer are traditionally using metal caps and corks owing to their premium aesthetics and reliable performance. The development of plastic tamper-evident caps and attractive closure models is motivating the wine industry towards plastic closures. Companies such as Guala Closures are focused towards promising plastic caps for the wine industry. Europe region in particular may find significant growth potential in this spectrum.

Regulations are suggesting the market players to use recycled plastic over virgin plastic. Recycling collection and processing technology has improved, demand for the recyclable material has increased allowing the current caps on recycling message and process.

The Association of Plastic Recyclers Design Guide for Plastics Recyclability is published to help package design engineers at consumer brand companies and converters create packaging that is fully compatible with plastics recycling systems in North America.

Single-use plastics (SUP) regulation in Europe, was introduced for design requirements to connect caps to bottles, thereby increasing the number of closures which are collected and recycled, and the AB 319 California proposal in the US was introduced, which intended that plastic closures remain attached to containers.

The focus of the European sustainability agenda is single use plastics (SUP), which includes the handling of caps in a circular economy and promoting anti-littering solutions. As a result of Single Use Plastics directive drafted in 2018 (2018/0172 COD), of which Article 6 dictates a new norm to enforce closures to be connected/tethered with the bottle has been voted in by the European Parliament in March 2019. 

The tethered cap regulation will impact plastic beverage bottles under 3 litres, including composite containers (i.e. carton). By 2024 all beverage closures will have to be tethered by law.

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