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(as of June 2013)

  • The Flexible Packaging industry had $26.7 billion in sales in the United States in 2012.

  • Flexible packaging is the second largest packaging segment in the U.S., garnering about 18 percent of the U.S. $145 billion packaging market.

  • The flexible packaging industry directly employs approximately 79 thousand people.

  • Flexible packaging converters range from small manufacturing companies operating a single facility to large integrated corporations with up to 38 individual plant locations.

  • The average flexible packaging company employs about 195 people and serves a wide array of markets.

  • Exports account for nearly 6 percent of industry shipments.

  • The largest market for flexible packaging is food (retail and institutional), accounting for about 58 percent of shipments.

  • Other markets for flexible packaging include retail non-food at 12 percent; industrial applications at 8 percent; consumer products at 10 percent; institutional non-food at 3 percent; and medical and pharmaceutical at 9 percent.