Packing it in: Increasing competition from cheap imports has hurt industry revenue

IBISWorld’s Plastic Bag and Film Manufacturing market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.


Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Plastic Bag and Film Manufacturing industry has struggled over the past five years due to strong and rising competition from cheaper imported products, and sluggish domestic demand for plastic bags and films. Imports from countries with lower operating costs, particularly China, dominate the industry's generic product segments, including high-density polyethylene (HDPE) supermarket bags, low-density polyethylene (LDPE) retail bags and other plastic garbage bags. Many small-scale local companies that manufacture these products have been increasingly unable to compete on price, which has caused enterprise and establishment numbers to decline over the past five years.

Revenue is expected to fall at a compound annual rate of 0.3% over the five years through 2015-16, to reach $2.2...

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Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

Companies in the industry manufacture plastic bag and film products, ranging from plastic bags used to package fresh produce to plastic films used in agricultural applications. The industry's products are then used in a variety of downstream markets. Over the past five years, subdued demand for plastic bags and films from these downstream customers, and intensifying import penetration, have characterised the industry's operations. As Australian products are forced to compete with cheaper imports in the global market, the industry's exports have struggled over this period. Industry revenue is estimated to decline at an annualised 0.3% over the five years through 2015-16, to reach $2.2 billion.


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Industry Products

What is the Plastic Bag and Film Manufacturing Industry?

Companies in the industry manufacture unsupported polymer films and sheets into packaging materials such as plastic bags, thin plastic films, food wrapping, garbage bags and bubble wrap packaging.

Industry Products
Plastic films
Plastic bags
Industry Activities
Plastic bag
Plastic food wrapping
Plastic film
Plastic garbage bag
Bubble wrap packaging

Table of Contents

About this Industry

Industry Definition
Main Activities
Similar Industries
Additional Resources

Industry at a Glance

Industry Performance

Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle

Products & Markets

Supply Chain
Products & Services
Demand Determinants
Major Markets
International Trade
Business Locations

Competitive Landscape

Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Basis of Competition
Barriers to Entry
industry Globalisation

Major Companies

Operating Conditions

Capital Intensity
Technology & Systems
Revenue Volatility
Regulation & Policy
Industry Assistance

Key Statistics

Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

Jargon & Glossary

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