Top Challenges Facing the Flexible Packaging Industry in 2019 | An Article by SpendEdge

SpendEdge, a leading provider of procurement market intelligence solutions, has announced the completion of their latest article on key challenges facing the flexible packaging industry.

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The advancements in material science have enabled manufacturers to create better flexible packaging materials for the food and beverage industry. The new designs aim at minimizing waste, reducing costs, and attracting customers while maintaining the present condition of products on the store shelves. However, flexible packaging companies have to address challenges such as rising commodity prices and sustainability challenges in developing new products.

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At SpendEdge, we understand that identifying and addressing key challenges is crucial for companies to stay competitive. Therefore, we have highlighted the key challenges facing the flexible packaging industry.

Key Challenges Faced by Companies in the Flexible Packaging Industry

Rising raw material costs

Paper, plastic, resins, films, paperboard, and adhesives are some of the common raw materials used by flexible packaging companies. In recent times, these commodities have witnessed a steep rise in their prices. Also, the prices for materials such as polypropylene used in resins, bottles, and packaging films have increased due to reduced supply and are impacting the growth of the flexible packaging industry.

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Rapid technological changes

CPG companies constantly lookout for ways to improve and address consumers' demands. This increases the pressure on flexible packaging companies to keep pace with fast-changing demands. Also, this compels them to make constant technology upgrades which require huge capital investments.

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Sustainability challenges

Many governmental organizations, consumers, and environmental groups keep a close watch on flexible packing companies due to wastages created by them. Companies, therefore, need to develop designs that can address environmental issues such as end-of-life disposal, and reduction of greenhouse gas and water footprints to sustain themselves. This at times proves to be a costly process.

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