The packaging industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation, with activity driven by multipurpose suitability, healthy living, sustainability and the growing importance of technologies, such as active packaging, Internet of Things and near-field communication. 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: Multilayered blow moulded container.
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, oxygen-blocking laminate packaging, web dispensers for rotary baggage wrappers, and multilayer laminated packaging, are disruptive technologies that are in the early stages of application and should be tracked closely. Cosmetic applicator type containers, clamshell-type preformed packaging, and dry medication vials 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
Multi-layered blow moulded containers is a key innovation area in packaging
Multi-layered blow moulded containers are made by moulding plastics through a machine blowing process into various shapes as per the need. It can be shaped into bottles, jugs and jars. It is used in the food industry to prepare containers that are airtight.
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 10+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established packaging companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of multi-layered blow moulded containers.
Key players in multi-layered blow moulded 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 multi-layered blow moulded containers
|Company||Total patents (2010 - 2021)||Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies|
|Yoshino Kogyosho||138||Unlock company profile|
|Colgate-Palmolive||73||Unlock company profile|
|L'Arche Green||56||Unlock company profile|
|Procter & Gamble||46||Unlock company profile|
|Toyo Seikan Group Holdings||34||Unlock company profile|
|Mitsubishi Gas Chemical||27||Unlock company profile|
|Resilux||26||Unlock company profile|
|Amcor||25||Unlock company profile|
|Dai Nippon Printing||19||Unlock company profile|
|Platinum Equity||15||Unlock company profile|
|Kuraray||13||Unlock company profile|
|Clinical Designs||12||Unlock company profile|
|Canon||11||Unlock company profile|
|Sherwin-Williams||9||Unlock company profile|
|PepsiCo||8||Unlock company profile|
|Coca-Cola Enterprises Great Britain||8||Unlock company profile|
|Packaging Finance||6||Unlock company profile|
|Berry Global Group||5||Unlock company profile|
Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics
Yoshino Kogyosho is one of the leading patent filers in the multi-layered blow-moulded container. Some other key patent filers in the multi-layered blow-moulded container include Colgate-Palmolive, L'Arche Green, The Procter & Gamble, and Toyo Seikan Group Holdings.
Sherwin-Williams leads the pack in terms of application diversity. Kuraray and Mitsubishi Gas Chemical stood in the second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, Dai Nippon Printing held the top position, followed by Colgate-Palmolive and Yoshino Kogyosho.
Multi-layered blow-moulded container will prove beneficial to the overall food industry as the technology will ensure products do not get damaged through their airtight property.
To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the packaging industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Packaging.