The packaging industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation, with activity driven by safety & trust, convenience, experience seekers, sustainability and growing importance of technologies such as connected packaging, internet of packaging and bio-degradable 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 Direct-To-Consumer in Packaging: Pierceable Seals for Containers.
According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over 87,000 patents to analyse innovation intensity for the packaging industry, there are 80+ innovation areas that will shape the future.
Pierceable seals for containers is a key innovation area in direct-to-consumer
Pierceable seals for containers offers a convenient solution for the manufacturers in direct-to-consumer space. The seal number is used for verification by port authorities, customs and the customer receiving the cargo. However, care has to be taken while noting the seal numbers as different types of seals may carry the same seal number.
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 80+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established packaging companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of pierceable seals for containers.
Key players in pierceable seals for containers – 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 pierceable seals for containers
Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics
Tetra Laval International is one of the leading patent filers in the pierceable seal for containers. Some other key patent filers in pierceable seal for containers include Toyo Seikan Group, Reckitt Benckiser Group, Selig Sealing Products, and HAVI Group. Recently, Havi Group designed a 100% recyclable bagel bucket with side loading insert for Einstein Bros Bagels, a leading US-based bagel and coffee chain, for an easier loading and more efficient and speedy service. The bucket featured a closure that could be pre-constructed and stacked for space savings and had an interlocking handle for it to be more ergonomic.
Daikyo Seiko leads the pack in terms of application diversity, followed by British American Tobacco and AptarGroup in the second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, PPG Industries held the top position, followed by A. Raymond Group and Reckitt Benckiser Group.
Pierceable seal for containers will be preferred in the coming years as consumers seek convenient packaging solutions.
To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the packaging industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Packaging.