The packaging industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation, with activity driven by safety & trust, sustainability, convenience and the growing importance of technologies, such as bio-degradable 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 Online Food Delivery in Packaging: Oxygen blocking laminate packaging.

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.

Oxygen blocking laminate packaging is a key innovation area in online food delivery

Oxygen blocking laminate packaging is essential for online food delivery systems as the oxygen barrier helps keep oxygen gas out of the packaging in humid environments and elevated temperatures.

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 oxygen blocking laminate packaging.

Key players in oxygen blocking laminate 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 oxygen blocking laminate packaging

Company Total patents (2010 - 2021) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Dai Nippon Printing 21 Unlock company profile
Toppan 20 Unlock company profile
Zhejiang Goldstone Packing 13 Unlock company profile
Kuraray 9 Unlock company profile
Showa Denko 8 Unlock company profile
Kyodo Printing 8 Unlock company profile
Shantou Dongfeng Printing 8 Unlock company profile
Unitika 7 Unlock company profile
Huangshan Novel 6 Unlock company profile
Sichuan Huili Industrial 5 Unlock company profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Dai Nippon Printing is one of the leading patent filers in oxygen-blocking laminate packaging. Recently, Dai Nippon Printing has developed an easy-to-recycle paper, mono-material, eco-friendly packaging sheet with high barrier properties against oxygen and water vapour. It provides the advantage of achieving higher barrier, enhanced recyclability and improved conductivity. Some other key patent filers in oxygen-blocking laminate packaging include Toppan, Zhejiang Goldstone Packing, Kuraray, and Showa Denko.

Kuraray leads the pack in terms of application diversity. Unitika and Kyodo Printing stood in the second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, Dai Nippon Printing held the top position, followed by Kuraray and Kyodo Printing.

In the coming years, the food industry, especially online food delivery, will significantly benefit from this packaging technology as it will ensure that the food reaches customers in the right condition.

To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the packaging industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Packaging.

GlobalData, the leading provider of industry intelligence, provided the underlying data, research, and analysis used to produce this article.

GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.