The packaging industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation, with activity driven by automation, recyclability, and increasing the shelf life of the product, and growing importance of technologies such as biodegradable packaging, Internet of Things, and active packaging. In the last three years alone, there have been over 310,000 patents filed and granted in the packaging industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Innovation in Packaging: Clamshell-Type Preformed Packaging.
However, not all innovations are equal and nor do they follow a constant upward trend. Instead, their evolution takes the form of an S-shaped curve that reflects their typical lifecycle from early emergence to accelerating adoption, before finally stabilising and reaching maturity.
Identifying where a particular innovation is on this journey, especially those that are in the emerging and accelerating stages, is essential for understanding their current level of adoption and the likely future trajectory and impact they will have.
80+ innovations will shape the packaging industry
According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which plots the S-curve for the packaging industry using innovation intensity models built on over 87,000 patents, there are 80+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.
Within the emerging innovation stage, web dispensers for rotary baggage wrappers, multilayer laminated packaging, and oxygen blocking laminate packaging are disruptive technologies that are in the early stages of application and should be tracked closely. Water-soluble packaging films, cartridge type beverage dispensers, and medical syringe packaging are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing. Among maturing innovation areas are detachable drawer-and-shell type containers and barrier coated containers, which are now well established in the industry.
Innovation S-curve for the packaging industry
Clamshell-type preformed packaging is a key innovation area in packaging
Clamshell packaging is usually made of thermoformed plastic and the edges, if required, can be sealed for ensuring airtight protection.
GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 30+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established packaging companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of clamshell-type preformed packaging.
Key players in clamshell-type preformed packaging – a disruptive innovation in the packaging industry
‘Application diversity’ measures the number of different applications identified for each relevant patent and broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.
‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of different countries each relevant patent is registered in and reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.
Patent volumes related to clamshell-type preformed packaging
|Company||Total patents (2010 - 2021)||Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies|
|Bradford Company||41||Unlock company profile|
|Belron France||37||Unlock company profile|
|Parjointco||33||Unlock company profile|
|China International Marine Containers (Group)||16||Unlock company profile|
|Tupperware Brands||16||Unlock company profile|
|General Electric||15||Unlock company profile|
|Daikyo Seiko||13||Unlock company profile|
|Sartorius||12||Unlock company profile|
|Mitsubishi Electric||11||Unlock company profile|
|Valeo Systemes D'Essuyage||11||Unlock company profile|
|Caterpillar||10||Unlock company profile|
|Give And Go Prepared Foods||10||Unlock company profile|
|Hitachi||10||Unlock company profile|
|Vestas Wind Systems||10||Unlock company profile|
|Airbus||9||Unlock company profile|
|Lm Wp Patent Holding||9||Unlock company profile|
|Gordon Murray Design||9||Unlock company profile|
|Deere & Co||8||Unlock company profile|
|Tecsis Tecnologia e Sistemas Avancados||8||Unlock company profile|
|CARBO Ceramics||7||Unlock company profile|
|Db Equipment||7||Unlock company profile|
|SPC||7||Unlock company profile|
|Lohr Industrie||7||Unlock company profile|
|Deutsche Post||7||Unlock company profile|
|Fayat||6||Unlock company profile|
|Siemens||6||Unlock company profile|
|Gode Holding||6||Unlock company profile|
|General Motors||6||Unlock company profile|
|Safran||5||Unlock company profile|
|Western Global Holdings||5||Unlock company profile|
|NORMAN TRUST||5||Unlock company profile|
|Thule Group||5||Unlock company profile|
|Groupe Guillin||5||Unlock company profile|
|Alstom||5||Unlock company profile|
|Groupe SEB||5||Unlock company profile|
|Shanghai Yongzheng Network Technology||5||Unlock company profile|
Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics
Bradford is one of the leading patent filers in clamshell-type preformed packaging. Some other key patent filers in the space include Belron France, Parjointco, and China International Marine Containers (Group).
Clamshell-type preformed packaging will continue to be important due to features such as increased safety, space optimisation, and product visibility through transparent packages.
To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the packaging industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Packaging.