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Flexible Packaging Facts & Figures
(as of June 2015)
The Flexible Packaging industry had $31.1 billion in sales in the United States in 2014.
Flexible Packaging is the second largest packaging segment in the U.S., garnering about 19 percent of the U.S. $164 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 34 individual plant locations.
The average flexible packaging company employs about 194 people and serves a wide array of markets.
Exports account for nearly 5.4 percent of industry shipments.
The largest market for flexible packaging is food (retail and institutional), accounting for about 60 percent of shipments.
Other markets for flexible packaging include retail non-food at 12 percent; industrial applications at 6 percent; consumer products at 10 percent; institutional non-food at 3 percent; and medical and pharmaceutical at 9 percent.