Healthy outlook for plastic packaging

In 2004, the North American market for plastic packaging in healthcare applications was estimated at 2.5 billion lb. By 2009, the figure is projected to top 3.2 billion lb, according to a report from Business Communications Co. Inc.

The new report, RP-107N Plastics for Healthcare Packaging, notes that will represent a 4.9% average annual growth rate during the five-year period.

The current trends that are boosting demand for healthcare packaging, the report says, are:

• Increased use of disposable products

• An aging population

• Cost pressures on suppliers

• Increasing influence of hospital and healthcare-related purchasing groups

• Continued shift to outside contract packaging

• Greater emphasis on child-resistant/senior-friendly and tamper-evident packaging

The report is available for $3꼲. Call Business Communications Co., Inc., at 203/853-4266, or visit

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