Albany - NY, Oct. 20, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Dark colored glass bottles are often used in packaging beer, as glass deflects UV rays, thereby reducing the occurrence of "skunky" beer. Rise in global consumption of beer is expected to be one of the primary factors driving the glass packaging market. Growth of the healthcare industry and higher usage of glass bottles for storage of medicines due to its sterility and reusability is also anticipated to increase demand for glass packaging over the next few years. However, rising popularity of plastics and its increasing scope of application for packaging are likely to hamper market growth. Increasing consumer preference for glass for packaging of food, beverages and chemicals is anticipated to offer new opportunities for market growth in the near future.
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Alcoholic beverages (excluding beer) was the largest application segment of glass packaging, accounting for over 40% share of the global market in terms of volume in 2013. The segment is projected to witness the fastest growth during the forecast period, followed by beer, due to rising consumption of these beverages. Market dynamics of glass packaging for alcoholic beverages (excluding beer) and beer often interchange owing to changing patterns in consumption of drinks. Pharmaceuticals are anticipated to exhibit above-average demand for glass packaging in the next few years.
Asia Pacific was the largest market for glass packaging, accounting for over 35% of the market share in 2013. Rise in disposable income of consumers is expected to increase consumption of alcoholic beverages. This is anticipated to drive demand for glass over the next few years. Rest of the World is likely to experience a significant rise in market share due to growing consumption of alcoholic beverages.
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The market for glass packaging is highly fragmented, with the top six companies accounting for less than 35% share of the market in 2013. Companies such as Ardagh Group, Gerresheimer AG, Owens-Illinois Inc., Saint-Gobain S.A., Vetropack Holding AG and Vidrala SA lead the global glass packaging market. Companies such as Hindusthan National Glass & Industries Ltd., Piramal Glass, Koa Glass Co. Ltd., Heinz-Glas GmbH, Wiegand-Glas GmbH and Vitro Packaging Inc. are the prominent manufacturers of glass packaging products. A large number of small and medium scale glass container manufacturing companies also operate across various geographies. The report segments the global glass packaging market as follows:
Glass Packaging Market - Application Analysis
- Alcoholic beverages (excluding beer)
- Food & beverages
- Others (Including personal care products and chemicals)
Glass Packaging Market - Regional Analysis
Rest of the World
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