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Metal Packaging Market: Information by Material Type (Steel, Aluminum), Product Type (Aerosols, Closures & Crown Corks), Application (Healthcare, Industrial), and Region — Forecast till 2029

Market Snapshot
Study Period:
Base Year:
Fastest Growing Market:
Asia Pacific
Largest Market:
North America
2.70 %
Key Players
Amcor Limited

Ardagh Group

Ball Corporation

Crown Holdings Inc.

Bway Corporation

Packaging is referred to the wrapping or bottling of products to keep them safe from damages during storage and transportation. Metallic containers have remarkable properties such as mechanical strength, gas impermeability, opacity, relative chemical inertness, thermal conductivity, and recyclability. Thus, they are widely used in various end-use industries such as food and beverage, healthcare, and personal care for storing and transporting goods.  Rapidly rising population, changing customer preference, improving disposable income, urbanization, increasing women workforce, internationalization of commerce, and rising demand for on-the-go food products drive the metal packaging market. 

Advent of Green Packaging: A Key Market Restraint

Although metal packages have high recyclability and can minimize the material used in the manufacturing process, they consume a large amount of energy in the manufacturing and recycling process. Today, energy conservation is of utmost importance; thus, customers are inclined toward resources that are sustainable and energy-efficient, further rising the demand for green packaging. Green packaging uses eco-friendly materials such as starch-based biomaterials, plant-based biomaterials, and biodegradable packing peanuts. These packaging have minimum to no impact on the environment and energy consumption.

Stringent government regulation guarding the use of metal packaging such as framework regulation (EC) 1935/2004 for food contact materials and (EC) No 242/2004 for inorganic tin is compelling the manufacturers to broaden their current portfolios and introduce green packaging. For instance, in May 2019, Walki Group acquired Plastiroll Oy, a sustainable packaging material producer from Finland, to broaden its sustainable packaging materials portfolio.

Metal Packaging Market Segmentation

Steel: The World’s Most Recyclable Metal

Steel packaging consists iron ore, coke coal, and limestone and has remarkable properties. Steel is considered the world’s most recyclable metal. Moreover, steel scraps can be used to make new steel products, which aids in reducing the emission of CO2 by 1.5 times. The market has been experiencing a deficient supply of steel in North America due to the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China. This has led to volatility in steel prices in many countries across the globe.  

Figure: - 1 Major Importers and Exporters of Steel

MAJOR-IMPORTERS-AND-EXPORTERS-OF-STEELAluminum to Dominate the Metal Packaging Market

The aluminum packaging segment dominated the metal packaging market in 2019 and will continue the same during the forecast period. The segment’s most prominent driver is its unique physical properties such as lightweight, easy transportability, higher efficiency, and lower CO2 emissions, making it the material of choice in the food and beverage and pharmaceutical industries. In the metal packaging industry, aluminum is used for rigid and semi-rigid packaging and flexible packaging.

The semi-rigid packaging comprises food and beverage cans, aerosol cans, caps & closures, and barrels and drums. Whereas, the flexible packaging includes thin laminated aluminum foils. The semi-rigid packaging has high aluminum content and recyclability rate. Thus, the semi-rigid packaging segment holds the highest share in the aluminum segment.

Figure 2: The U.S. Primary Aluminum Production


Table: 1 Key Sustainability Performance Indicators of Various Beverage Packaging Options

Key-Sustainability-Performance-Indicators-of-Various-Beverage-Packaging-OptionsIncreasing Disposable Income to Drive the Food & Beverage Segment  

The food & beverage segment held the largest market share in 2019 and is projected to dominate the metal packaging market during the forecast period. Rising consumption of alcohol and other refreshing drinks and shifting preference towards sustainable and recyclable beverage cans drive the market growth. The food & beverage industry has been growing at an unprecedented rate in the last few years. Thus, the manufacturers are focusing on environment-friendly and cost-efficient packaging, such as aluminum and steel. 

Changing customer preference, rising population, and increasing disposable income are compelling the manufacturers to employ advanced technologies to provide their customers with superior quality products. The demand for package and processed food has been increasing at a considerable rate in the last few years, which is further increasing the demand for metal packaging for the safe transport of food products from the manufacturer to customer.

Competitive Landscape

  • Amcor Limited
  • Ardagh Group
  • Ball Corporation
  • Crown Holdings, Inc.
  • Bway Corporation
  • CPMC Holdings Limited
  • Greif Inc.
  • Rexam PLC.
  • Silgan Holdings, Inc.
  • Ton YI Industrial Corp.
  • Alcoa corporated
  • Tata Steel Limited
  • Emballator Metal Group
  • BERICAP Holding GmbH
  • GM Metal Packaging Ltd.

Sustainability is one of the megatrends driven by changing customer preferences and their inclination towards sustainable products with high transparency. The prominent players in the market are actively working to gain maximum market share by competing in terms of cost, product quality, reliability, recyclability, and transparency. The players are also employing cutting edge technologies to reduce the production cost and increase recyclability rate. Additionally, the players are engaging in strategic collaboration, partnership, product launches, and mergers & acquisitions to gain a competitive edge and expand the customer base.

Key Developments

  • In April 2019, Ardagh Group announced the expansion of its beverage can facility in Manaus and Jacarei, Brazil, to meet the growing demand for infinitely-recyclable and sustainable aluminum packaging.
  • In February 2018, Ball Corporation announced the establishment of its beverage cans facility in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Similarly, the company established a one-line beverage can and manufacturing plant in Asunción, Paraguay, to serve the rising demand for beverage cans in Paraguay, Bolivia, and Argentina.

Metal Packaging Market Segmentation

By Material Type

  • Steel
  • Aluminum

By Product Type

  • Aerosols
  • Beverages cans & bottles
  • Closures & crown corks
  • Drums
  • Food cans
  • General lines
  • Specialty

By Application

  • Food & beverages
  • Healthcare
  • Personal care
  • Industrial

By Region

North America

  • The U.S.
  • Canada
  • Mexico


  • Germany
  • France
  • The U.K.
  • Italy
  • The Rest of Europe


  • China
  • Japan
  • India
  • South Korea
  • Australia
  • The Rest of Asia-Pacific

Central and South America and the Caribbean

  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Colombia
  • The Rest of Central and South America and the Caribbean

The Middle East

  • Saudi Arabia
  • The UAE
  • Oman
  • Bahrain
  • Turkey
  • The Rest of Middle East


  • Nigeria
  • South Africa
  • The Rest of Africa

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The Metal Packaging Market is studied from 2017-2029.
The Metal Packaging Market is growing at a CAGR of 2.70% during the forecast period 2017–2029.
Metal Packaging Market is segmented into Material Type, Product Type, Application, and Region.
The key players in the Metal Packaging Market are Amcor Limited Ardagh Group Ball Corporation Crown Holdings, Inc. Bway Corporation CPMC Holdings Limited Greif Inc. Rexam PLC. Silgan Holdings, Inc. Ton YI Industrial Corp. Alcoa corporated Tata Steel Limited Emballator Metal Group BERICAP Holding GmbH GM Metal Packaging Ltd
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