An Overview of
The Flexible Packaging Industry
A Flexible Package Is
a package or container made of flexible or easily yielding materials that, when filled or closed, can be readily changed in shape. They are used for consumer and institutional products and in industrial applications, to protect, market, and distribute a vast array of products. Flexible packaging may be constructed using any combination of the following materials: paper, plastic film, foil; and typically take the shape of a bag, film, lidding, liner, overwrap, pouch, rollstock, sleeve, or wrap.
The Flexible Packaging Industry has
been leading the way in packaging innovation since the early 1950s, and is at the forefront of important packaging trends in product protection, packaging design and performance, consumer convenience, and sustainability. The attributes of flexible packages positively impact the environment, consumers and businesses.
The Flexible Packaging Association is
the leading trade association for converters of flexible packaging and suppliers to the industry. In 2013, the U.S. flexible packaging industry grew 2.8 percent to $27.2 billion in annual sales and the 2014 forecasted growth is 3.8% to $28.2 billion. The flexible packaging industry continues as one of the fastest growing packaging segments in the U.S.
Technology and Innovation Play a Key Role
Flexible packaging is at the forefront of important packaging trends that positively impact the environment, consumers and businesses.