Packaging textiles comprise all types of textile packing material for industrial, agricultural, and other goods. Textiles are usually preferred as packing materials, where scratch free and safe handling of materials is expected. Textile bags are extensively used for tea packaging. Non-woven textiles offer supreme abrasion resistance, good barrier performance, balanced waterproof properties and air-permeability, excellent tearing and tensile strength, highly uniformed appearance.
Soft luggage bags such as totes, duffle, uprights, and sky bags are made out of woven fabrics such as nylon and polyester that are light weight and durable. Woven textiles are tear-resistant, light weight, and offer high tensile strength. Sandbags made from jute are widely used as temporary protection against floods. Woven sacks coated according to applications can be used for packing cement, chemicals, fertilizers, thermo plastic raw material, cattle feed, food grains, sugar, fertilizers, and food grains.
Textile Packaging Market Taxonomy
On the basis of end use industry, the global market is classified into:
On the basis of product type, the global market is classified into:
Non-woven fabrics are used for packaging beverage packing canisters, breathable bags, confectionary packaging, food pads and flower wrap. Leno bags are widely used for packing & preserving vegetables and fruits. Wrapping fabric is made from HDPE/PP or from cotton canvas. Wrapping fabric weighs from 50 to 200 gms and is available in sizes which vary from 20 to 210 cms. The fabric is generally packed in roll form and can be run on automatic cutting and stitching machines. Jute Hessian also known as Burlap is a jute fabric which is used for shopping bags, wrappers, wall coverings, etc. Sacking bags are used for storing agro based products as they are treated with vegetable oils to remove the ill effects of hydrocarbons. In addition to this textiles are used in industrial packaging for tufted carpets, vinyl flooring and wall to wall carpets. Its highly versatile properties and wide application base are projected to fuel growth of the textile packaging market over the foreseeable future.
Textile Packaging Market Outlook – Increasing Demand for Eco-friendly and Durable Materials to Sustain Market Growth
Increasing demand for biodegradable and reusable packages and containers is one of the major factors propelling the growth of textile packaging market. Also, stringent regulations on the use of plastic packaging materials have augmented the growth of the market. The Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, passed the Plastic Waste Management Rules in 2016 which includes phasing out the manufacturing and use of non-recyclable multilayered plastic used for packaging and other purposes. Asia Pacific, followed by North America are the major contributors to the global textile packaging market. Rapid growth of textile industries in developing countries such as India and China is one of the factors boosting the growth of textile packaging industry in the region. According to the Working Group on Textiles and Jute Industry, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, the Indian Packtech segment was anticipated to grow at a rate of 22% accounting to US$ 11,782 million by 2016-17. Packtech segment includes flexible packaging materials made from textiles used for packing goods from agricultural, food and beverages, consumer and other industry. This trend is expected to be followed over the forecast period.
Innovating new products for a wide array of applications is one of the key strategies adopted by the top players in the textile packaging market. Continuous research and development is going on for developing high performance bio-degradable fibers, known as 'Intelligent Material' or 'Smart Material' which will be capable of altering their characteristics according to outdoor conditions, will give tremendous drive to the application of textile packaging in national defense application. Some of the companies operating in the global textile packaging market are Sonvigo SA, Acme Bag Company, NATco global, DNT NONWOVEN FABRICS, Beaulieu Technical Textiles, Cheviot Co Ltd, Gloster Jute Mills Ltd., Texplast Industries and Nobletex Industries Ltd.