Industry & Economic Information

Resources for the Flexible Packaging Industry

Industry Resources

The Flexible Packaging Association promotes a general financial and economic understanding of the flexible packaging industry by gathering, analyzing and disseminating industry and economic information that monitors the health and performance of key industry attributes.

Disaster Recovery Plans

This document contains a list of FPA members who are interested in developing agreements between members to help with disaster recovery plans. One of the issues generally addressed in these plans is how a company with only a single manufacturing facility will fulfill their supply commitments in the event of a disaster. Given the current Coronavirus crisis, FPA updated the list of companies who are interested in signing agreements to assist in this regard.

Flexible Packaging Business Statistics

State of the Flexible Packaging Industry Report. This flagship FPA annual report provides a comprehensive view of the total U.S. packaging and flexible packaging segment of the industry.

Pulse of the Industry Report. FPA conducts a quarterly survey to gather data and report back to members regarding performance against several key industry attributes.

Earnings Report. The report includes financial expense and manufacturing cost information with key areas including materials, direct labor, sales, marketing, administrative, research and development, other manufacturing costs, and where applicable data on corporate allocations and interest expenses.

  • The reports are available only to FPA converter members who participate by returning completed surveys.

Operating Cost/Ratio Report. The report is done on an annual basis and includes detailed profit/loss breakdowns of key financial expenses and manufacturing cost information for members to use for financial benchmarking purposes.

  • The reports are available only to FPA converter members who participate by returning completed surveys.

Flexible Packaging U.S. Market Profile & Segmentation Report

This report provides a profile of the U.S. flexible packaging market size (volumes and revenue) and composition by material for various flexible packaging categories including bags, wrappers, stand-up pouches, retort pouches, lidding, shrink sleeves and labels, shrink wrap, stretch films, retail carry bags, storage and trash bags, and medical packaging.

Polyethylene Report

Polyethylene & COVID: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Report. Prepared exclusively for FPA by Chemical & Polymer Market Consultants, this report complements the presentation “Polyethylene & COVID: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly,” conducted by Esteban Sagel during FPA’s annual meeting in Bonita Springs, Florida on March 25, 2022.

After more than two years of living with COVID, this report discusses how the pandemic impacted the polyethylene industry, affecting not only its current status but its future outlook as well. Besides the loss of human life, the COVID pandemic impacted consumptions habits, the ability to move commodities and goods around the world, as well as the U.S. and global economy.

Polypropylene Report

Polypropylene: What’s Going On? Report. Prepared exclusively for FPA by Chemical & Polymer Market Consultants, this report complements the presentation “Polypropylene: What’s Going On?” conducted by Esteban Sagel during FPA’s Fall Executive Conference in Chicago, Illinois on October 13, 2022.

During the last decade, North America has seen a reduction in propylene availability, due to changes in the type of hydrocarbons we are using to feed the petrochemical industry as well as a reduction in the supplies from refineries. This has made propylene and polypropylene prices both expensive and volatile. The volatility and expensive nature of polypropylene, as well as concerns about how these two factors could impact demand growth, affected investment in new capacity in the region.

Flexible Packaging Online Conversations Overview

This bi-annual report is prepared for FPA by The Cyphers Agency and provides information on online news conversations and social media relating to flexible packaging. The FPA Online Conversation Monitoring Report is for FPA Members only.

Flexible Packaging Industry Compensation Report

FPA publishes the Flexible Packaging Industry Compensation Report on an annual basis. Surveys are sent to FPA converter member companies, and only those companies who return completed surveys are eligible to receive the report. The Compensation Report provides participating members a wealth of information regarding both hourly and salaried flexible packaging compensation and benefits data.

Additional Associations

View a comprehensive list of additional associations within the packaging industry.


Packaging Schools

View a comprehensive list of the colleges and universities offering packaging-related programs and degrees.


FPA's Press Room

FPA compiles a collection of articles, press releases, regulations, and other flexible packaging related publications across a variety of categories.

FPA's Industry News covers recent updates in the flexible packaging industry while Trends in Packaging keeps you apprised of packaging trends that positively impact the environment, consumers and businesses.


FPA'S Industry Resource Publications

FPA's releases e-books, studies, and reports throughout the year. Keep up to date with their newest Industry Resources.