The packaging industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation, with activity driven by urbanisation, convenience, and multipurpose suitability, and growing importance of technologies such as connected packaging, sustainable/eco-friendly packaging, 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 Direct-To-Consumer in Packaging: Tamper Evident Container Lids.
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.
Tamper-evident container lids is a key innovation area in direct-to-consumer
A container that prevents consumption, alteration, or leakage of its contents is classified as an approved sealed and tamper-evident container. Tamper-evident containers should also be sealed in such a way that they prevent reopening without visible evidence of the seal being removed or broken.
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 130+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established packaging companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of tamper-evident container lids.
Key players in tamper-evident container lids – 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 tamper evident container lids
Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics
Berry Global Group is one of the leading patent filers for tamper-evident container lids. The company has a wide range of packaging solutions with tamper-evident lids that are used across various industries. These lids provide product safety, package stability, as well as print designs. Some other key patent filers in the space include Crown, Yeti, Silgan, and Reynolds Group.
In terms of application diversity, Berry Global Group leads the pack. Mauser-Werke and Nestle stood in the second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, Philip Morris International held the top position, followed by WKI and Impress Group.
Tamper-evident container lids will potentially become the approach favoured by many future packaging players. The importance of these lids is reflected by the latest innovations and research in the field by key and small players.
To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the packaging industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Packaging.