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Temperature-controlled packaging solutions are advanced packaging solutions specifically designed for controlling and regulating the balanced temperature of sensitive products. This advanced solution protects products from damages and also prevent microbial contamination. They are widely used in the packaging of food products, temperature-sensitive products, pharmaceutical products, and dairy products. Temperature-controlled packaging solutions also maintain the freshness and phase of the products such as dry ice and water which makes it a much effective packaging solution. This solution is ideal for high-degree protection, varying temperatures, and reliable thermal performance. Insulated container and insulated shipper are the two types of temperature-controlled packaging solutions

The global temperature controlled packaging market was accounted for around US$ 7.7 billion in terms of value in the year 2018 and it predicted to grow at a CAGR of 9.1% during the forecast period (2019-2027)


Rising demand for biologics and new drug development is projected to accelerate the market growth of temperature-controlled packaging solutions. According to the Coherent Market Insights analysis, specialty and biotech products have been the fastest-growing segment of the overall Pharma industry, driving spending over US$ 140 billion in 2015. Sales of basic cold-chain drugs such as Insulin is also growing at 7.1% annually, with prominent demand in India and China. Biologics accounted for over 18% of overall drug sales in 2015, and the number is anticipated to significantly rise by 2026.

Market Opportunities

Growing production of high-value drugs that have short shelf lives with a strict temperature range between -40 to -150 degrees Celsius is expected to provide the market growth of temperature-controlled pharmaceutical packaging. Therefore, the growing usage of ultra-low temperature range pharmaceutical products is projected to foster the market growth of temperature-controlled packaging over the forecast period.

Market Restraints

Cold chain packaging for pharmaceuticals and food &beverage products are highly exposed to rigorous climatic conditions which increase the risk of direct exposure of the packaged product to sunlight. Only a few manufacturers test their products to tolerate such stress and not all suppliers can meet the requirements of clients. Therefore, the issue associated with the climatic condition for temperature-controlled packaging is expected to curb market growth.

Key Takeaways:

On the basis of the application, the chilled segment dominated the global temperature controlled packaging market in 2018 with a 50.4% of market share in terms of value, followed by frozen and others.

Market Trends

The rising trend of adopting vacuum insulated panels (VIP) across manufacturers is projected to augment the market growth over the forecast period. VIP-based insulation are highly preferred now over conventional expanded polystyrene (EPS) and polyurethane insulated shippers because they are smaller and lighter in weight, reduces refrigerant requirements and cuts distribution costs. This factor is expected to raise the demand for vacuum insulated panels (VIP) in the near future and in turn foster the market growth.

The growing focus of manufacturers on reusable packaging containers is expected to accelerate market growth. For instance, in March, in 2015 Sonoco Thermosafe joined the reusable packaging Association, the company step is projected to focus on developing new reusable packaging solutions and identify new revenue streams and cost-saving opportunities by using reusable containers. Hence, the rising adoption of reusable packaging containers will favor market growth over the forecast period.

Competitive Section:

Key players operating in global temperature controlled packaging solutions are Sonoco Products Company, Cold Chain Technologies, Pelican Biothermal, Snyder Industries Inc., Saeplast, Cropak, Sofrigram SA Ltd., Inmark Packaging, VA-Q-tec AG, ACH Foam Technologies, LLC, Tempack, FedEx Corporation, and DHL International GmbH

Few Recent Developments

Cold Chain Technologies

Key Developments:

  • In September 2016, Cold Chain Technologies launched the first solid-phase change material to maintain the integrity of drugs during transportation
  • In January 2015, Cold Chain Technologies introduced KoolTemp GTS Instant—a temperature-control shipping system driven by NanoCool ‘push button’ technology—to maintain refrigerated temperatures for up to 96 hours
  • In October 2015, Cold Chain Technologies won the Excellence Award at the 2015 Annual Cold Chain GDP & Temperature Management Logistics Global Forum in Boston

Market Taxonomy

By Product Type

  • Insulated Shippers
    • Panels and Envelopes
    • Expanded Polystyrene Shippers
    • Insulated Polyurethane Shippers
    • Vacuum Insulated Panel Shippers
    • Other Insulates Shippers (polyethylene shippers, etc.)
  • Insulated Containers
    • Chest Style
    • Upright Style
    • Others (refrigerants, gel, ice packs, PCM)

By Application

  • Frozen
  • Chilled
  • Ambient

By End Use

  • Healthcare
  • Food and Beverage
  • Others (Chemical, Industrial, etc.)

By Region

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
  • Middle East and Africa
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