Flexographic Printing Plates Market

Flexographic Printing Plates Market Report, By Plate Type (Rubber Plates, Photopolymer Plates, Elastomer Plates, Others), Material Composition (Solvent-Based, Water-Based, UV-Cured, Thermal), End-Use Applications (Packaging [Labels, Corrugated Boxes, Flexible Packaging], Newspapers and Magazines, Flexible Electronics, Decorative Printing), and Regions 2024-2032

Market Overview:

"The global flexographic printing plates markеt size reached US$ 809.3 million in 2023. Looking forward, Reports and Insights expects the market to reach US$ 1,577.8 million in 2032, exhibiting a growth rate (CAGR) of 7.7% during 2024-2032."

Report Attributes

Details

Base Year

2023

Forecast Years

2024-2032

Historical Years

2021-2023

Market Growth Rate (2024-2032)

7.7%

Flexographic printing plates are flexible photopolymer plates used in flexo printing, which is a technique to transfer ink and images onto a flexible substrate, paper, or film. Flexographic printing allows for high-speed printing of labels, flexible packaging materials, stickers, cartons, bags, etc. using a roll-free web printing process. Flexographic printing is typically used in industries such as packaging, labelling, and for repetitive printing tasks and newspapers as well, where high volumes of end-products are required to be generated at a high rate of speed.  

The process is simple and is done by wrapping a flexible, metal or polymer, or photopolymer relief plate around a rotating cylinder for each color, and each plate contains raised graphics and text for a specific color, thereby enabling an impression of only the raised areas to be inked and transferred or printed. Three major types of flexographic inks are solvent flexographic inks, which are mainly printed on film; water-based flexographic inks, which are printed on paper for corrugated board and paper containers; and UV flexographic inks which are used for label application in narrow web printing. The inks used for packaging materials such as wrappers for edible items evaporate quickly and are safe even if coming in direct contact with the food contents. 

Flexographic printing plates are water-washable, wipeable, and reusable numerous times despite being used to generate millions of impressions, and each time a print run is completed, the ink just needs to be washed off and printing plate stored away or reused for another printing run. Also, this technique and process is efficient, quick to set up a printing run, low maintenance, practical, and low on energy and resources, and is also very cost-effective. In addition, even in a digital printing age, flexographic printing has been repeatedly proving to be highly, or even most sustainable among different printing techniques or processes used in the market currently. In the past decade, emerging technologies and advancements in flexo printing equipment, such as incorporating anti-bounce technology to Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions to enhance print quality have served to position flexographic printing ahead of competition despite technological advancements in other printing methods as well over a similar period of time.

Flexographic Printing Plates Market Report, By Plate Type (Rubber Plates, Photopolymer Plates, Elastomer Plates, Others), Material Composition (Solvent-Based, Water-Based, UV-Cured, Thermal), End-Use Applications (Packaging [Labels, Corrugated Boxes, Flexible Packaging], Newspapers and Magazines, Flexible Electronics, Decorative Printing), and Regions 2024-2032

Flexographic Printing Plates Market Trends and Drivers:

The global flexographic printing plates market continues to register robust revenue growth, driven by rapidly increasing demand for packaging materials, labeling and printed product labels, printed corrugated boards, boxes, bags, and other flexible printed materials as a result of incline in the online shopping trend and rapid growth of e-commerce. Increasing demand for various consumer goods and appliances, packaged food products, pharmaceuticals, electronic goods and accessories, novelty items, and others is also driving high demand for cost-effective printed packaging materials in bulk, and at a consistently steady pace. The pace and volume demand is typically catered to by flexographic printing, and cost-efficiency demands are also met through this process, as compared to other technologies and approaches.  Also, this printing process aligns with focus on sustainability and eco-friendly practices, and the trend is expected to continue over the forecast period.

Digital flexographic technologies are also gaining traction and enabling more precision and flexibility in the overall printing processes.  Flexographic printing is also progressing beyond traditional sectors and applications, and is being deployed in the production of flexible electronics, decorative materials, and various other end-products and materials, further expanding the convenience and versality of the process. Technological advancements have resulted in innovation in flexographic printing, with automation, high-quality, non-toxic, eco-friendly, and safe ink formulations being used, digital plates and lasers, improved substrates and plate materials, HD flexo plates, digital direct to plate, press control and others. Advancements have led to reduced need for skilled labor, reduced time for prepress, platemaking, and plate changeovers, higher and consistent print quality, increased use of eco-friendly packaging materials, inks, and processes, and faster overall operations, among others.

Flexographic Printing Plates Market Restraining Factors:

A primary factor having negative impact on deploying flexographic printing setup is the high costs, and the high cost of new plates for existing printing companies. Others include concerns related to image distortion, inability to reproduce more intricate artwork and designs, time-consuming to set up complex print jobs, high consumption of substrate during jab set up and wastage of high-cost material, and need for expertise for more traditional operating presses.

Also, the emergence of more advanced and innovative and flexible printing technologies allowing for quicker and more efficient set up and printing flexibility, especially for short print runs, will continue to create obstacles and doubts for anyone looking to enter into the particular printing field.  Regulations and norms regarding some solvents and chemicals used in flexographic printing processes can act as restraints to market entry. Also, need to comply with regulations has been resulting in companies seeking safer materials or investing in eco-friendly alternatives, all of which contribute to significant incline in cost and complexity of production. In addition, demand in the market for higher resolution prints and image quality can also result in reduced preference for flexographic printing, and more for printing outputs offered by offset printing and digital printing.

Flexographic Printing Plates Market Opportunities:

Focusing on development of eco-friendly flexographic printing plates and materials can create new revenue avenues. Exploring options from recycled materials and others with reduced environmental impact can present lucrative opportunities in the market. Expanding into newer and more innovative products such as flexible electronics and specialty printing applications and entering into strategic agreements and partnerships with manufacturers of packaged goods and appliances can also have positive outcomes over the long term.

Flexographic plate manufacturers can also engage in service agreements and strategic partnerships with flexographic printing companies to enhance customer engagement and address requirements and demands, provide maintenance services, technical support, repair, training, and technical support to develop long-term relationships and drive additional revenue streams.

Leveraging technological advancements to improve performance and efficiency of flexographic printing plates, improving print resolution, and reducing setup time can also prove beneficial. Expanding into untapped regions and markets, especially in emerging and developing economies where printing needs are increasing and eco-friendly printing techniques are gaining traction can yield substantial returns and enable wider market reach.

Flexographic Printing Plates Market Segmentation:

Flexographic Printing Plates Market Report, By Plate Type (Rubber Plates, Photopolymer Plates, Elastomer Plates, Others), Material Composition (Solvent-Based, Water-Based, UV-Cured, Thermal), End-Use Applications (Packaging [Labels, Corrugated Boxes, Flexible Packaging], Newspapers and Magazines, Flexible Electronics, Decorative Printing), and Regions 2024-2032

By Plate Type

  • Rubber Plates
  • Photopolymer Plates
  • Elastomer Plates
  • Others

The photopolymer plates segment is projected to maintain dominance in terms of revenue share among the plate type segments. Superior print quality and versality offered by this type of plate and applicability to a wide range of applications and print jobs including labels, packaging, and decorative printing, coupled with adaptability of photopolymer plates to different substrates, are some major factors this segment is expected to account for largest revenue share over the forecast period.

By Material Composition

  • Solvent-Based
  • Water-Based
  • UV-Cured
  • Thermal

Among the material composition segments, the UV-cured flexographic segment is expected to account for largest revenue share. Preference for environmentally friendly and energy-efficient printing processes are significantly high, and UV-cured plates offer faster curing times, reduced energy consumption, and produce high-quality prints, aligning with the industry's push towards sustainability.

By End-Use Applications

  • Packaging
    • Labels
    • Corrugated Boxes
    • Flexible Packaging
  • Newspapers and Magazines
  • Flexible Electronics
  • Decorative Printing

The packaging segment, comprises labels, corrugated boxes, and flexible packaging, and this segment is expected to dominate the other end-use applications segments in terms of revenue share over the forecast period. Demand for the mentioned end-products under the packaging segment is consistently high across various industries, particularly driven by the surge in e-commerce traction, incline in online shopping trend, and rapidly expanding consumer goods market globally. Flexographic printing plates excel in meeting the requirements of high-volume packaging, offering cost-effectiveness, versatility, and efficient printing capabilities. The sustained growth in the packaging industry, coupled with the adaptability of flexographic plates to diverse packaging materials, positions this segment for significant revenue share.

By Plate Size & Format

  • Narrow Web
  • Mid Web
  • Wide Web

Wide web segment is expected to account for largest revenue share among the plate size & format segments over the forecast period. Rising demand for large-scale printing applications, such as flexible packaging for consumer goods and industrial products, is expected to continue to support revenue growth of this segment. Wide web plates cater to the requirements of high-speed and high-volume printing, making them essential for industries with expansive packaging needs. As the packaging sector continues to expand, particularly in e-commerce and retail, demand for wide web flexographic plates is expected to increase in parallel.

By Region:

Flexographic Printing Plates Market Report, By Plate Type (Rubber Plates, Photopolymer Plates, Elastomer Plates, Others), Material Composition (Solvent-Based, Water-Based, UV-Cured, Thermal), End-Use Applications (Packaging [Labels, Corrugated Boxes, Flexible Packaging], Newspapers and Magazines, Flexible Electronics, Decorative Printing), and Regions 2024-2032

North America

  • United States
  • Canada

Europe

  • Germany
  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Russia
  • Poland
  • Benelux
  • Nordic
  • Rest of Europe

Asia Pacific

  • China
  • Japan
  • India
  • South Korea
  • ASEAN
  • Australia New Zealand
  • Rest of Asia Pacific

Latin America

  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Argentina

Middle East Africa

  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Africa
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Israel
  • Rest of MEA

The global flexographic printing plates market is divided into five key regions: North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa. North America holds a prominent position in the global flexographic printing plates market, with the United States leading among the countries in terms of revenue share and technological advancements, and a robust packaging industry. In Asia Pacific, China and India account for major revenue share contribution, supported by rapidly expanding manufacturing sectors and increasing demand for packaged goods, driven by online shopping trend and rapid growth of e-commerce and retail sectors.

Europe market share incline is supported substantially by revenue contribution by Germany, as a result of a well-established printing industry and rising focus on sustainable practices. Some common factors driving overall market growth include rising demand for sustainable printing solutions, increasing adoption of flexographic printing in the packaging sector, and technological advancements improving print quality, efficiency, and automation easing costs and enhancing printing speed.

Leading Companies in Flexographic Printing Plates Market & Competitive Landscape:

The competitive landscape in the global flexographic printing plates market is characterized by the presence of key players employing strategic initiatives and partnerships to expand portfolios,  maintain their positions, and expand their consumer base and market reach. Leading companies are focusing on research and development to introduce innovative products that cater to evolving needs in the industry. Strategic partnerships and collaborations with end-users and printing companies are also common, enabling manufacturers to understand specific market demands and provide tailored solutions. Also, investments in sustainability, such as the development of eco-friendly flexographic plates, align with the growing emphasis on environmental responsibility. Moreover, mergers and acquisitions play a role in expanding product portfolios and enhancing market reach, and a combination of technological innovation, customer collaboration, and sustainable practices defines the strategies adopted by leading companies in the dynamic and competitive landscape of the global flexographic printing plates market.

These companies include:

  • DuPont de Nemours, Inc.
  • Flint Group
  • MacDermid Graphics Solutions
  • Toyobo Co., Ltd.
  • Asahi Photoproducts
  • Kodak
  • Esko (Danaher Corporation)
  • Lohmann GmbH & Co. KG
  • Toray Industries, Inc.
  • Anderson Vreeland, Inc.
  • Jet Technologies
  • Flexographic Printing Plate Co., Ltd.
  • TechNova Imaging Systems
  • Folex Group
  • Nyloflex (Allied PhotoChemical, Inc.)

Recent Development:

  • September 2023: MacDermid Graphics Solutions announced it has developed a novel process to recycle flexographic printing plates, with the patent-pending process to begin trials in 2024 end. The company stated that it has developed this technology to expedite a renewable and sustainable way to eliminate decommissioned printing plates from ending up as waste, but instead be totally reused. This endeavor entails MacDermid Graphics Solutions partnering with Sustainable Solutionz, LLC to manage the process of waste removal and recycling, with Sustainable Solutionz bringing this process to market.
  • September 2023: Reproflex3 is a global leader in prepress for the flexographic printing industry, and announced that it has extended its strategic partnership with XSYS, which is an innovative provider of flexographic plates and systems. The primary objective of this agreement is to extend Reproflex3’s capabilities using an outstanding product in the global flexographic print market, and will see the installation of XSYS flexographic plate manufacturing systems inside Reproflex3 Middle East & Africa, based in Dubai and Reproflex3 India & Asia, based in Mumbai. This will also enable the company to further expand reach of its flexographic plate-making business to international markets.
  • September 2023: Hamillroad Software, which is an international prepress company, announced entering into partnership with Asahi Photoproducts, which is a leading developer of photopolymer flexo printing plates. This collaboration addresses the growing global demand for a more environmentally friendly 'water-wash' plate making process, which is sought after by brand owners, trade shops, printers, and converters aiming to reduce their carbon footprint. Asahi's transition to 'Solvent Zero' aligns with the industry's sustainability goals, and combined with Hamillroad's Bellissima technology enabling fixed palette CMYK and ECG printing, presents a strategic opportunity for the flexo market. This partnership not only facilitates a reduction in harmful solvents and greenhouse gas emissions, but also enhances production efficiency. The move towards a standardized ink set and the replacement of solvents with water in the platemaking process contribute to sustainability benefits, including the elimination of press wash-ups.

Flexographic Printing Plates Market Research Scope

Report Metric

Report Details

Market size available for the years  

2021-2023

Base Year

2023

Forecast Period    

2024-2032

Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR)

7.7%

Segment covered 

Plate Type, Material Composition, End-Use Applications, Plate Size Format

Regions Covered

North America: The U.S. Canada

Latin America: Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America

Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia New Zealand, ASEAN, Rest of Asia Pacific

Europe: Germany, The U.K., France, Spain, Italy, Russia, Poland, BENELUX, NORDIC, Rest of Europe

The Middle East Africa: Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Egypt, Israel, and Rest of MEA

Fastest Growing Country in Europe

Germany

Largest Market in Asia Pacific

China

Key Players

DuPont de Nemours, Inc., Flint Group, MacDermid Graphics Solutions, Toyobo Co., Ltd., Asahi Photoproducts, Kodak, Esko (Danaher Corporation), Lohmann GmbH Co. KG, Toray Industries, Inc., Anderson Vreeland, Inc., Jet Technologies, Flexographic Printing Plate Co., Ltd., TechNova Imaging Systems, Folex Group, Nyloflex (Allied PhotoChemical, Inc.)



Frequently Asked Question

What is the size of the global flexographic printing plates market in 2023?

The global flexographic printing plates market size reached US$ 809.3 million in 2023.


At what CAGR will the global flexographic printing plates market expand?

The global market is expected to register a 7.7% CAGR through 2024-2032.


Who is the leader in the flexographic printing plates market?

DuPont de Nemours is a leader in the market.


What are some key factors driving revenue growth of the Flexographic printing plates market?

Some factors driving revenue growth include expanding packaging industry, increased demand for sustainable printing solutions, and technological advancements enhancing print quality and efficiency. Market's growth is also supported by rising adoption of flexographic printing in various applications such as labels, packaging, and decorative printing, among others.


What are some major challenges faced by companies in the flexographic printing plates market?

Companies in the flexographic printing plates market face challenges related to environmental regulations, competitive pressures from alternative printing technologies, and the need for constant innovation to meet diverse industry demands.


How is the competitive landscape in the Flexographic printing plates market?

The competitive landscape is characterized by the presence of key players like DuPont de Nemours, Flint Group, and Asahi Photoproducts. Companies adopt strategies such as research and development, partnerships, and mergers to maintain market positions. The industry's competitiveness is driven by a focus on sustainability, technological innovation, and collaborative efforts with end-users and printing companies.


How is the global flexographic printing plates market report segmented?

The global flexographic printing plates market report segmentation is based on Plate Type, Material Composition, End-Use Applications, Plate Size, Format, and Regions.


Who are the key players in the global flexographic printing plates market report?

Key players in the global flexographic printing plates market report include DuPont de Nemours, Inc., Flint Group, MacDermid Graphics Solutions, Toyobo Co., Ltd., Asahi Photoproducts, Kodak, Esko (Danaher Corporation), Lohmann GmbH & Co. KG, Toray Industries, Inc., Anderson & Vreeland, Inc., Jet Technologies, Flexographic Printing Plate Co., Ltd., TechNova Imaging Systems, Folex Group, Nyloflex (Allied PhotoChemical, Inc.)


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