FPA publishes 2017 State of the Flexible Packaging Industry Report

The U.S.-based Flexible Packaging Association’s (FPA) 2017 State of the Flexible Packaging Industry Report provides industry converters, suppliers, investors and analysts with insight into the performance (growth, revenue/volume expectations, profitability, capital spending) of the U.S. flexible packaging industry over the past year. A definitive source of data and information, it also examines several other aspects of the U.S. flexible packaging industry including:

  • Performance (growth, revenue/volume expectations, profitability and capital spending)
  • Materials and processes (printing and expected material usage)
  • End uses (end-use forecast and U.S. Census Bureau retail segments data)
  • Structure and consolidation (M&A activity)
  • Imports and exports (trade outlook)
  • Industry vision, challenges and critical issues

According to the Report, growth of the U.S. flexible packaging industry has been steady over the past 10 years with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 1.9% and a 2016 annual growth rate of 2.4%. The FPA estimates that the industry will increase to $31 billion by the end of 2017. Data available in the report was gathered through several industry sources including FPA members, the State of the Flexible Packaging Industry Survey, the FPA non-members Industry-Wide Converter Survey, the U.S. Census Bureau’s latest Annual Survey of Manufacturers, U.S. Departments of Labor and Commerce, industry analysts and consultants, investment banking reports, and the FPA long-term historical model of flexible packaging industry growth. The FPA 2017 State of the U.S. Flexible Packaging Industry Report is a benefit of FPA membership and is available in the Members Only section of www.flexpack.org. The Report is available to non-members of FPA for $3,500 (USD). For more information contact Bob Zaborowski, Director, Business and Economic Research at bzaborowski@flexpack.org.


Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.