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FPA publishes 2012 ‘State of the industry’ report

U.S. flexible packaging industry continues to experience positive and steady growth.

FPA front cover
FPA front cover

The Flexible Packaging Assn.’s (FPA) 2012 State of the Flexible Packaging Industry Report provides industry converters, suppliers, investors, and analysts with insight into the performance (growth, revenue/volume expectations, profitability, capital spending) of the U.S. flexible packaging industry over the past year.
This source of data and information also examines several other aspects of the U.S. flexible packaging industry including:

• Materials and processes (printing, expected material usage)

• End-uses (end-use forecast, U.S. Census Bureau retail segments data, 2010)

• Structure and consolidation (M&A activity)

• Imports and exports (trade outlook)

Industry vision, challenges, and trends 
data available in the report is gathered through several industry sources including the FPA members State of the Flexible Packaging Industry Survey, the FPA non-members Industry-Wide Converter Survey, the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010 Annual Survey of Manufactures, the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Commerce, industry analysts and investment banking reports.

From 2001 to 2011, the U.S. flexible packaging industry has grown from $19.5 billion to $25.4 billion, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.7% per year. The U.S. flexible packaging industry is one of the fastest growing segments in the U.S. packaging industry. 

The 2012 FPA State of the U.S. Flexible Packaging Industry Report is a benefit of FPA membership and is available in the Members Only section of FPA's Web site. Hard copies of the Report are available to FPA non-members for $3,500. 
For more information, contact Bob Zaborowski (, director, Business and Economic Research, or, Lauren Kinard (, communication manager, (410) 694-0800. 

FPA is the national association of manufacturers of flexible packaging sold to end users or distributors for packaging purposes; and material or equipment suppliers to the flexible packaging industry. Flexible packaging is produced from paper, plastic, film, aluminum foil, or any combination of those materials, and includes bags, pouches, labels, liners, wraps, rollstock, and other flexible products.


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