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  • Published On : Dec 2022
  • Code : CMI728
  • Industry : Advanced Materials
  • Pages : 190
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In-mold labels (IML) are used for labeling or decoration of an object, while it is formed in the mold. Integration of decoration process and molding process cuts total production cost, however, increases manufacturing time. In-mold labels are designed to provide flexibility and lower production costs over conventional post-molding labels and decorating technologies. IML uses a variety of colors, special effects, and textures. IML are durable and aesthetically appealing. In-mold labeling and decorating is completed using plastic injection molded process, and the films do not undergo any secondary procedures, thus excluding post-molding labeling, labor cost required for decorating, equipment costs, and time. As the packaging and labeling are prepared using the same material, the package is fully recyclable. Due to the lightweight of films and ability to be stacked tightly, it results in decreased delivery discharges, less wasted space, and a much smaller transportation footprint. IML have lesser risk of break waste and is safer than glass and metals. In-mold labeling is gaining popularity, as it is increasingly used as a front-line marketing and branding tool for consumer goods.

Global in-mold label market was valued at US$ 3.96 Bn in 2021 in terms of revenue, exhibiting a CAGR of 5.94 % during the forecast period (2022 to 2030).


One of the key factors driving the Global In-Mold Label Market growth is the growing global manufacturing output that has shown

Figure 1. Global In-Mold Label Market Value Share (%), By Region, 2021

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Market Restraints

One of the key challenges to the global in mold labelling market growth is the high initial investments. Numerous machines, as well as raw materials, are required for developing in-mold labels of different sizes with varying degrees of flexibility. The demand for new materials and designs from end user companies increases the overall production and manufacturing cost for label vendors. Other costs, such as maintenance costs, training and licensing costs, and costs directly related also require investment, which the manufacturers must do at the initial stage of establishing the business. The general cost of labels is US$ 0.20 to US$ 1.10, while the cost of printing 1,000 labels is US$ 200 to US$ 1,000.

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In-Mold Label Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2021 Market Size in 2021: US$ 3.96 Bn
Historical Data for: 2017-2020 Estimated Year: 2022
Forecast Period 2022 to 2030 CAGR: 5.94 % Forecast Period: 2022-2030
Geographies covered:
  • By Region: North America, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Africa
Segments covered:
  • By Process: Injection Molding, Extrusion Blow Molding and Thermoforming
  • By Material: Polypropylene, Polyethylene, ABS Resins Polyvinyl Chloride and Others
  • By Ink Type: UV Curable Inks, Water Soluble Inks, Thermal-cure Inks, and Others
  • By End-use Industry: Personal Care, Automotive, Food and Beverages, Healthcare, Chemicals, and Others 
Companies covered:

Avery Dennison, CCL Industries, Constantia Flexibles, Jindal Films Americas LLC, Coveris, EVCO Plastics, and Inland labels. 

Growth Drivers:
  • Growing application of In-mold labels in home & personal care industry
  • Increasing product penetration in consumer durable market
  • Rising product demand from food & beverage industry 
Restraints & Challenges:
  • Easy availability of substitute labeling products 

Market Trends

Advances in in-mold labeling technologies is one of the key in mold labelling market trends that is expected to impact the industry positively in the forecast period. The advances in in-mold labeling technologies, such as 3-D labeling will further boost the demand for in-mold labeling. 3-D labeling increases the depth of draw on the label by 3 inches when compared with conventional films, which have a depth of draw of only 0.5 inches. The innovations result in an increase in the durability of the labels and prevent distortion of the images printed on them. The rising adoption of 3D-printed labels and graphics will increase the demand for in-mold labels during the forecast period.

Figure 2. Global  In-Mold Label Market value Share (%), By Material, 2021

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Recent Developments

  • In September 2021, CMG Plastics from the U.S. announced the expansion of in-mold labelling capabilities to fulfil increasing demand for these labels among customers.
  • In April 2021, Australia based company, Herrods is acquired by Multi-Color Corporation (MCC). Herrods is one of the leading provider of in-mold labels in Australia and New Zealand markets. With the help of additional capacity of Herrods, MCC is planning to serve new and existing customers in Australia and New Zealand.
  • In April 2021, Muller Technology, one of the specialist for manufacturing in-mold labels has launched a new IML automation system

Competitive Section

Major players operating in the global in-mold label market include Avery Dennison, CCL Industries, Constantia Flexibles, Jindal Films Americas LLC, Coveris, EVCO Plastics, and Inland labels.

In-mold label involves the use of labels during manufacturing of containers by processes such as extrusion blow molding, injection molding, and thermoforming. The label works as an integral part of the final product, which is later delivered as pre-decorated item. Combining the decoration process with the molding process not only cuts the total costs, but also increases the manufacturing time.

IML is most commonly used for consumer products that have a short life span, such as food containers, cosmetic and personal care containers and household product containers. The in-mold labels are employed in high speed, thin walled, multi-cavity injection mold machines. The labels are usually printed on polypropylene and are only a few tenths of a millimeter thick.

Market Dynamics

IML is gaining immense traction globally due to the increasing demand for efficient, innovative, and premium labels. This is attributed to the increasing consumer awareness about the trends related to packaged food and rising consumption of containers and bottled packaging. The growth of the IML market is due to its growing customer base and increasing demand for packaged and branded products especially among the emerging markets such as China and India. The advent of e-retail as well as the increasing cross-border trading have helped leading brand-owners to promote sales of their international brands in the fastest-growing economies of Asia Pacific.

Manufacturers that are engaged in offering in-mold labels are focusing on R&D activities, in order to increase their presence in the market. For instance, In April 2019, CCL Industries Inc., a leading global label leader, has acquired Hinsitsu Screen (Vietnam) Company Limited.

Key features of the study:

  • This report provides in-depth analysis of global in-mold label market size (US$ Billion) and Cumulative Annual Growth Rate (CAGR %) for the forecast period (2022 – 2030), considering 2021 as the base year
  • It elucidates potential revenue opportunity across different segments and explains attractive investment proposition matrix for this market
  • This study also provides key insights about market drivers, restraints, opportunities, new product launches or approval, regional outlook, and competitive strategy adopted by the leading players
  • It profiles leading players in the global in-mold label market based on the following parameters – company overview, financial performance, product portfolio, geographical presence, distribution strategies, key developments and strategies and future plans
  • Key companies covered as a part of this study include Avery Dennison, CCL Industries, Constantia Flexibles, Coveris, EVCO Plastics, and Inland labels.
  • Insights from this report would allow marketers and the management authorities of the companies to make informed decision regarding their future product launch, product type up-gradation, market expansion and marketing tactics
  • The global in-mold label market report caters to various stakeholders in this industry including investors, suppliers, in-mold manufacturers, distributors, new entrants, and financial analysts
  • Stakeholders would have ease in decision-making through the various strategy matrices used in analyzing the global in-mold label market

Detailed Segmentation:

  •  Global In-mold Label Market, By Production Process:
    • Injection Molding
    • Extrusion Blow Molding
    • Thermoforming
    • Others
  • Global In-mold Label Market, By Material:
    • Polypropylene
    • Polyethylene
    • ABS Resins
    • Polyvinyl Chloride
  • Global In-mold Label Market, By Printing Technology:
    • Flexographic Printing
    • Offset Printing
    • Gravure Printing
    • Digital Printing
    • Others
  • Global In-mold Label Market, By Ink Type:
    • UV Curable Inks
    • Water Soluble Inks
    • Thermal-cure Inks
    • Others
  • Global In-mold Label Market, By End-use Industry:
    • Personal Care
    • Automotive
    • Food and Beverages
    • Healthcare
    • Chemicals
    • Others
  • Global In-mold Label Market, By Geography:
    • North America
      • U.S
      • Canada
    • Europe
      • U.K.
      • Germany
      • Italy
      • France
      • Russia
      • Rest of Europe
    • Asia Pacific
      • China
      • India
      • Japan
      • ASEAN
      • Australia
      • South Korea
      • Rest of Asia Pacific
    • Latin America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Mexico
      • Rest of Latin America
    • Middle East
      • GCC
      • Israel
      • Rest of Middle East
    • Africa
      • Northern Africa
      • Central Africa
      • South Africa
  • Company Profiles
    • Avery Dennison.*
      • Company Overview
      • Product Portfolio
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Strategies
      • Recent Developments
      • Future Plans
    • CCL Industries
    • Constantia Flexibles Group GmbH
    • Coveris
    • EVCO Plastics
    • Inland labels
    • Cenveo Inc
    • Fuji Seal International, Inc.

Frequently Asked Questions

Global in-mold label market was valued at around US$ 3.96 Bn in 2021.
The market was valued at US$ 3.96 Bn in 2021 in terms of revenue, exhibiting a CAGR of 5.94 % during the forecast period (2022 to 2030). 
Increasing product penetration in consumer durable market.
Low in-mold labeling costs, sustainable nature of in-mold labels, and rising demand for packaging from various end-use industries such as food and beverages industry are some of the major factors that are expected to propel growth of the market over the forecast period.
Major players operating in the market include Avery Dennison, CCL Industries, Constantia Flexibles, Jindal Films Americas LLC, Coveris, EVCO Plastics, and Inland labels
The market is estimated to grow at around 5.94 % CAGR in the forecast period (2022-2030).

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