FIBC Market Size, Share, Companies Insight Report 2033

FIBC Market Size, Trends, Outlook, Growth Rate | 5.42% CAGR

The report covers FIBC Market Companies, Insights and Segments by Packaging (Q-Bags, Baffle Bags, 6 Panel, Circular Bags, Others), Capacity (Up to 250 Kg, 250 Kg – 750 Kg, Above 750 Kg), End-User (Chemical And Fertilizers, Building And Construction, Food And Beverages, Mining, Pharmaceutical Products), and Region (North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, LAMEA). The report offers the value (in USD Billion) for the above segments.

Market Overview

The Flexible Intermediate Bulk Container (FIBC) market size was valued at US$ 7.63 billion in 2023 and is predicted to reach USD 12.93 billion by 2033, representing CAGR of 5.42% from 2024 to 2033. The rising demand for new-edge packaging materials for the transportation of different types of products is driving the growth of the FIBC market.

FIBC Market Revenue 2023 - 2033

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Key Takeaways

  • Asia Pacific led the FIBC market in 2023.
  • North America is expecting considerable growth during the forecast period.
  • By capacity, the above 750kgs segment dominated the market in 2023.
  • By packaging type, the Q-bags segment dominated the market in 2023.
  • By end-user, the chemical & fertilizers segment is the major consumer of the FIBCs.

FIBC, also known as the flexible intermediate bulk container, is a large bulk container or sack that is used to store or transport various types of products or materials. FIBC bags are the cost-effective solution to the expensive shipping or transporting of materials such as plastic and wooden pallets and containers. The flexible intermediate bulk containers are made from a variety of materials, and the increasing demand for efficient and cost-effective packaging solutions from a wide range of end-use industries is driving the growth of the FIBC market. FIBC has various properties such as durability, environment friendliness, practicality, and reusability that make it the ideal choice for a sustainable packaging solution. These types of bags come in different shapes and sizes as per the requirements of industries and can carry weight loads up to 5000 pounds per bag.

There are different names used for the FIBC bags, such as bulk bags, bulk sacks, super sacks, bulk totes, big bags, jumbo totes, super bags, one-ton bags, and others. There are different types of bags used in different industrial applications based on the weight and size of the product. FIBC bags are generally made from polypropylene, which is a flexible, soft, and lightweight thermoplastic material that makes them durable and have a long lifespan. The global packaging market size is growing at a 3.16% CAGR between 2023 and 2032.

Growth Factors

  • The rising industrialization all around the world and the increasing demand for efficient packaging solutions for a variety of products and materials for safer storage and transport activities are driving the growth of the FIBC market.
  • The rise of the national and international supply chain for transporting various materials, components, and other products from various industries, such as food and beverages, chemicals and materials, healthcare, construction, consumer goods, and other end-use industries, is contributing to the growth of the FIBC market.
  • FIBC, a flexible intermediate bulk container, is an effective packaging solution that can store or transport any kind of material, such as liquid chemicals or solid materials, from the manufacturing unit to its required destination.
  • The rising international trade of industries like pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and food and beverages products such as medicines, food items, liquid chemicals, and other materials to other countries with the minimized risk of losses and spoilage is accelerating the adoption of FIBCs for transportation.
  • FIBC, a flexible intermediate bulk container, is 100% made from food-grade material, which makes it the preferred packaging material for industrial products like food and beverages, healthcare, and pharmaceutical products.
  • FIBC packaging is made from several types of materials that make it easy and lightweight to handle. It is also durable and has a long lifecycle, which makes it lower in maintenance. All these properties are driving the adoption of FIBCs by several end-use industries.

Market Dynamics

Driver

Rise in the e-commerce industry

The rapid development of the e-commerce industry globally is contributing significantly to the expansion of the market. The rising disposable income in the population and lifestyle standards are driving the consumer goods industry that is fueling the e-commerce industry. The increase in the e-commerce industry and consumer goods is accelerating the demand for the cost-effective and robust packaging solution that drives the adoption of the FIBC market.

Restraint

Quality issues

The degradation of bag quality presents a significant obstacle to the growth of the FIBC market. This issue can arise due to various factors, such as environmental conditions, rough handling during transportation, and inadequate material selection. Quality degradation not only affects the durability and reusability of the bags but also jeopardizes the safety of goods during transit. To address this challenge, manufacturers must focus on utilizing high-quality materials, implementing stringent quality control measures, and educating users about proper handling and storage practices. By emphasizing these strategies, the FIBC market can overcome the hurdle of quality degradation and ensure a more sustainable and reliable packaging solution.

Opportunity

Rising international trades

The increasing international trade of various products from one country to another. The rising economic development in several countries is driving the import and export trades, which drives the demand for packaging solutions for products of different sizes and weights, which drives the adoption of FIBCs. Thus, the rising international trade is driving the opportunities in the growth of the FIBC market.

Report Highlights

Capacity Insights

The above 750kgs segment dominated the FIBC market in 2023. The FIBC bags come in different shapes and sizes for different industrial applications and packaging solutions. FIBC bags come in various capacities that include up to 250 kg, 250 kg – 750 kg, and above 750 kg. The 750 kg category is considered the preferred choice by several end-use industries, especially the chemical and construction industries. The 750 kg bulk bags have enough space and capacity for storage of heavy materials with durable made-up material. The 750 kg bulk bags are considerably used by various end-use industries for transporting products like construction materials, equipment, chemical materials like petroleum products, and other laboratory chemicals. The use of 750 kg bulk bags is highly adopted by several industries due to its consumer's very little space for storing as per their weight. They are the most cost-effective medium for transporting and storing products compared to other traditional packaging solutions.

Packaging Type Insights

The Q-bags segment dominated the FIBC market in 2023. The Q-bags, also known as the baffle bags, are the best solution for efficient packaging and can retail the square shape of the bag; they have the most efficient available space. Q-bags are efficient for different types of packaging solutions for different industrial applications or products such as chemicals, sand, petroleum, minerals, and agricultural products. They are efficient materials for storage, packaging, and transportation purposes. Q-bags are made with 30% more storage than other types of bulk bags. These types of bags are effectively used for storing and transporting dry and liquid products. The Q-bags are steady, durable, firm, and strong, which makes them easy to carry and safer for stored products.

FIBC bags come in a variety of packaging bags that are further subdivided into circular bags, 6-panel bags, and other types of bulk bags. All these bags are generally made from polypropylene, a petroleum product that makes them durable, recyclable, and temperature-resistant. Moreover, the adoption of all these types of FIBC bulk bags by several industrial applications drives the growth of the FIBC market.

End User Insights

The chemical & fertilizers segment held the largest share of the FIBC market. The chemical and fertilizers industries are the largest consumers of flexible intermediate bulk containers due to the higher demand for the large amount of bulk packaging of chemicals and fertilizers that can be used in agriculture as well as in other end-use industries. Chemicals and fertilizers are the fastest growing industry due to the rising demand for chemicals and fertilizers in agricultural use. The agriculture industry plays an important role in the economic development of the countries, and the rising global population is accelerating the demand for the agriculture industry due to the rising demand for food products.

The increasing transportation of chemicals and fertilizers from the manufacturing units to the end user is driving the demand for bulk bags that can be efficiently used for transportation purposes. The chemicals and fertilizers are transported in bulk quantities and are heavy in weight. Thus, the FIBC bags are the ideal solution for catering to the demand for the packaging of chemicals and fertilizers.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific held the largest share of the FIBC market due to the rising industrial production units in regional countries like China, India, Japan, and South Korea for industries such as consumer electronics, healthcare, pharmaceutical, and other industries that are driving the demand for the packaging material that drives the growth of the market. The continuously increasing population of the regional countries is one of the major factors for the industrial demand and development to cater to the increasing demand for consumers. The rising demand for sustainable, recyclable, and cost-effective packaging solutions is driving the demand for the FIBC market in the region.

The rising urbanization and industrialization in India and China are driving the expansion of production units that are driving the demand for the market. Furthermore, the rising foreign investment in the development of industries and rising foreign trade in the countries are further expanding the demand for the FIBC market in the countries.

North America is observed to grow at the fastest rate owing to the higher availability of large-scale manufacturing units and the number of end-use industries that are continuously in demand for efficient and cost-effective solutions to the packaging of products. The rising demand for sustainable, recyclable packaging material for the large-scale packaging of products is driving the growth of the market. The rising investment in industrial development and the launch of new manufacturing units in the region are anticipated to drive the demand for the FIBC market.

The U.S. is expecting equivalent growth in the market with the rising presence of major industrial manufacturing hubs such as pharmaceutical, automotive, food and beverages, chemical, etc., which will contribute to the expansion of the market. Additionally, the increasing awareness about recyclability and sustainability in packaging, as well as in other industries due to the increasing global warming, is also one of the factors positively impacting the growth of the FIBC market in the country.

Recent Developments in the FIBC Market

  • In June 2024, KITE PACKAGING launched Flexible Intermediate Bulk Container (FIBC) Bags, which are manufactured for bulk handling operations in various industries. These bags are efficiently used for managing and storing pourable dry goods such as fertilizers, sand, chemicals, and granular products.
  • In May 2023, Packem Umasree introduces a range of sustainable FIBC jumbo bags designed with PET or PCR materials.
  • In March 2023, RISHI FIBC SOLUTION PVT. LTD. India's leading players in the exporter and manufacturer of pharma-grade bulk bags and food-grade bulk bags have been awarded as the largest exporting and manufacturing company in Mysore at the event of Times Business Awards, Mangaluru, Mysuru, Hubli 2023.
  • In April 2024, Packem Umasree, a combined venture between Umasree Texplast of India and Packem SA of Brazil, launched 100% sustainable rPET recycled polyethylene terephthalate) bottle to FIBC bag plant.

FIBC Market Companies

  • Global-Pak
  • Bulk Lift International
  • Isbir Sentetik
  • Greif
  • Bag Corp
  • Berry Global Group, Inc.
  • Rishi FIBC Solutions
  • Jumbo Bag Limited
  • Taihua Group
  • Masterpack Group
  • Conitex Sonoco
  • DS SMITH plc.
  • Bulk Container Europe BV
  • LC Packaging International BV

Segments Covered in the Report

By Packaging

  • Q-bags
  • Baffle bags
  • 6 panel
  • Circular bags
  • Others

By Capacity

  • Upto 250 kg
  • 250kg – 750 kg
  • Above 750 kg

By End-User

  • Chemical and fertilizers
  • Building and construction
  • Food and beverages
  • Mining
  • Pharmaceutical products

By Region

  • North America
  • Asia Pacific
  • Europe
  • LAMEA

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About The Author

Asmita Singh is a renowned author and consultant in the packaging industry, known for her deep passion for knowledge discovery and commitment to delivering actionable insights. With extensive experience in implementing advanced research methodologies, Asmita generates high-quality data and meaningful results that drive innovation and efficiency in packaging solutions. Her expertise spans the globe, offering valuable consulting services to businesses aiming to enhance their packaging strategies. Asmitas work is characterized by a dedication to excellence and a keen understanding of the latest trends and technologies shaping the future of packaging.

FAQ's

The FIBC market size is predicted to reach USD 12.93 billion by 2033.

5.42% is the growth rate of the FIBC industry.

Global-Pak, Bulk Lift International, Isbir Sentetik, Greif, Bag Corp, Berry Global Group, Inc., Rishi FIBC Solutions, Jumbo Bag Limited, Taihua Group, Masterpack Group, Conitex Sonoco, DS SMITH plc., Bulk Container Europe BV, LC Packaging International BV are the prominent players operating in the FIBC market.

Asia Pacific region leads the global FIBC market.