The Flexible Packaging Association has commissioned SAI Industrial LLC to conduct in-depth research on Growth Opportunities for Flexible Packaging. The research will identify the top trends, opportunities and barriers to growth; and, define issues and opportunities for conversion from other packaging formats to flexible packaging. The research will also examine:

Advantages for flexible packaging over other packaging formats in end-use categories where the trend favors flexible packaging, and market segments that currently have low flexible packaging penetration.

Challenges to growth of flexible packaging within defined market segments. Challenges that will be examined may include cost, materials, equipment needs, capital barriers, performance, contract packagers, market perceptions, and education.

Flexible packaging’s position in the total packaging market, breakdown of total dollar volume share by key segments, packaging segments growth comparisons from 2005-2011, and growth projections for the next five years.

Trends, tradeoffs, and movements within end-use categories and between packaging segments, and analysis of end-use markets including the percent of each packaging segment in specific markets.

Globalization and global sourcing strategies of the major consumer product companies and the impact their impact on the growth potential of the U.S. flexible packaging industry.

A presentation of the research findings will be provided during the 2011 FPA Fall Executive Conference on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at The Ritz-Carlton in Chicago, Illinois. For more information about the Growth Opportunities for Flexible Packaging research, and the 2011 FPA Fall Executive Conference, contact FPA at (410) 694-0800