Europe Rigid HDPE IBC Market

Europe Rigid HDPE IBC Market, By Capacity (<500>1000 liters); By Pallet type (Metal, Plastics Composite, Wood, and Others); By End Use (Chemical, Oil & Gas, Food & Beverage, Paints, Inks, Dyes, Pharmaceuticals, Automotive, Buildings & Construction, Textile, and Others); By Country (Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, Benelux, Switzerland, Austria, Rest of Europe) Trend Analysis, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2018-2026

  • Published Date: July 2021
  • Report ID: BWC2104
  • Available Format: PDF
  • Page: 260

Report Overview

The Europe rigid HDPE IBC market is anticipated to grow due to the growing chemical industry which usesrigid HDPE drums for transportation and storage of chemicals for different grade.

Europe rigid HDPE IBC market was worth USD 1,398.8million in 2020, registering a CAGR of -1.8% during 2018-2020. The market is further expected to reach USD 1,935.8million by 2026 with a CAGR of 5.7% during the forecast period.Europe's rigid HDPE IBC market is being driven by the rapidly growing manufacturing sector, coupled with industrial expansions. Furthermore, rigid HDPE IBCs ensure safer travel for liquids due to their compact form and stiff structure, which is why rigid HDPE IBCs are commonly used for liquid transportation. These tanks also contain bottom-mounted valves that allow the contents to be removed without spilling.

Europe rigid HDPE IBC market

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Europe Rigid HDPE IBCOverview:

Rigid HDPE IBC is a reliable, reusable, strong, and functional container, both effective and chemically compatible. HDPE IBCs' practical and highly efficient engineering makes them ideal and competitive for a wide range of applications. IBCs made of high-density polyethylene are widely used in a variety of industries, sectors, and consumer markets. Rigid HDPE IBC is also used by wholesalers, dealers, retailers, bulk material handlers, and a variety of other commercial and individual operations.

Europe Rigid HDPE IBCForecast and Trend

Growth Drivers 

Saving on Costs and Reducing Waste

Rigid HDPE IBC container bottles are tough and durable because of HDPE (high-density polyethylene). It is designed to withstand extreme weather conditions while remaining lightweight. When companies use this kind of container, they can save money by using this reusable part. It also contributes to the long-term viability of the entire supply chain by reducing the amount of material that is regularly discarded.As compared to the cost of a new 270-gallon rigid HDPE IBC, which costs USD 200, the cost of a re-used 270-gallon rigid HDPE IBC ranges from USD 145, which is cheap and cost-effective. As a result, most end-users in the industry prefer to use re-usable IBCs.

In addition, these factors are also expected to make rigid HDPE IBC an eco-friendly packaging solution. HDPE IBC is available in a wide range of volume capacities, thus, offering customers a choice over the size of packaging. These IBC’s offer a convenient option for the storage and transportation of a wide range of products, especially in remote and hilly areas. These IBC also offer advantages such as stackability.The above-mentioned factors are driving the growth of the Europe rigid HDPE IBC market.Another advantage of using these containers is that they are ecological. They are made of materials that can eventually be recycled and sometimes even be made into new tanks. Numerous IBC makers offer tank recycling services which allow companies to call them and request that they remove IBC tanks that are no longer needed. Thus, the aforementioned are the key factors driving the growth of the Europe rigid HDPE IBC market.

Growing Food and Beverage Industry

Rigid HDPE IBC containers are designed to meet the international regulations for food and beverages, FSMA(Food Safety Modernization Act). The time, distance, stress, and pressure during transport do not affect the contents. These containers meet the requirements for food contact, ensuring contamination-free storage. The texture of the products is maintained by protecting them from external environmental factors. Several appealing qualities offered by rigid HDPE IBCs have attracted the players in the food and beverage industry to ship goods in these containers, thus driving the market growth for rigid HDPE IBCs in Europe.

The food & beverage industry is the EU's biggest manufacturing sector in terms of jobs and revenue. It is also an asset in trade with non-EU countries. The EU boasts beneficial trade surpluses in food and its food specialties are highly valued overseas. According to Eurostat, the Food &Beverage industry in Europe had a turnover of USD 1,433.95 billion in 2017. According to Eurostat, in the last 10 years, EU food and drink exports have doubled, reaching over EUR 90 Billion and contributing to a positive balance of almost EUR 30 Billion. The growing food and beverage industry in Europe, as well as increasing concern about food safety and shipping, have fueled the demand for Europe rigid HDPE IBC market.


Cost Related to Sanitization for Reuse

Due to the absence of liner in the rigid HDPE IBC, the container itself has to be cleaned after use, as it is in primary contact with the product. It is paramount that rigid HDPE IBC's surfaces that come into contact with hazardous chemicals be sanitized before re-use, or they would damage the next product. It is quite expensive to sanitize IBCs. The procedure is done to prevent contamination during re-use, because if any of the procedures are broken, contamination of the next product filled into this container may be harmful to it. Sanitation costs for one rigid HDPE IBC vary from USD 7 to USD 12 per rigid HDPE IBC, depending on the content HDPE IBC kept.These high costs of sanitization hamper the growth of the Europe rigid HDPE IBC market.

Commodities that are chemically reactive or attack rigid HDPE IBC fitting materials should be scaled based on their incompatibility. Solid acids and bases (alkalis), organic solvents, oxidizers, alcohols, petroleum products, oils, and waste products are some possible examples of materials that might be suitable for reuse within the HDPE IBC. The reactivity between the cargo and the rigid HDPE IBC tank wall is highly influenced by the number of times the rigid HDPE IBC has been reused, as well as temperature and pressure factors. These factors hamper the growth of the Europe rigid HDPE IBC market.

Impact of COVID-19 in the Industry

Globally, the COVID-19 virus affected a wide range of aspects of the rigid HDPE IBC industry, including an unexpected halt to production and financial and manufacturing activities in a variety of industries. The eruption of COVID-19 has crippled the European economy. The government had to impose various rules and regulations, including complete lockdown and quarantine methodologies to fight against COVID-19, which had a massive impact on various business sectors. In their journey towards achieving the next normal, organizations will benefit from building their resilience and enabling agility in order to move forward. The Europe Rigid HDPE IBC market also witnessed a decrease in product demand from end-use industries. European Association of Chemical Distributors (FECC) is expecting that COVID-19 will guide companies to focus more on reinforcing their domestic supply chain rather than going international.

Europe Rigid HDPE IBC Market: By Capacity

On the basis of capacity, Europe rigid HDPE IBC market is segmented into <500>1000 liters. The 500 to <1000>

Europe Rigid HDPE IBC Market Size

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Europe Rigid HDPE IBCMarket: CountryInsights

The Europe Rigid HDPE IBCmarket is segmented into Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Poland, Benelux, Switzerland and Rest of Europe, wherein Germany accounts for the highest market share.According to the Federation of German Food and Drink Industries (BVE), the total turnover from the German food & drink industry was worth more than USD 220 billion in 2019. Chemical industry and the growth of Germany food & beverages industry has contributed significantly towards the growth of Germany rigid HDPE IBC market. According to German Chemical Industry Association, Germany’s chemical industry is the biggest chemical industry in Europe and fourth biggest chemical industry in the world with annual sales of worth USD 186 billion in 2019. Additionally, the chemical industry in Germany has registered an average growth rate of 4.8% during a 60-year long period 1960-2020.

Competitive landscape

Key Players for Rigid HDPE IBC Market Includes: -Europe rigid HDPE IBC market is consolidated in nature with a few key players taking majority of the market share. Companies operating in the Europe rigid HDPE IBC market compete against each other on the basis of solutions and services provided to the customers for various applications. The major players in the market are Greif Incorporated, MaschioPack GmbH, SCHÜTZ GmbH & Co. KGaA, WERIT Kunststoffwerke, Brenntag SE, Hoover CS, IDEX Corporation, Francis Ward, RIPS-EMEA – Mendig, The New Pig Ltd., and other prominent players.

Recent Developments

  • In February 2020, the Grief launched the first GCUBE IBC with transparent post-consumer resin (PCR) in the container. The innermost layer of the product is 100% virgin high-density polyethylene (HDPE) whereas the external layers are crafted from PCR. The product (GCUBE IBC) is an addition to the EcoBalanceTM IBC product line, which includes drums and other PCR-made shipping containers.

  •  In March 2020, WERIT Kunststoffwerke W. Schneider GmbH & Co. KG added a new product to the food-friendly product line of intermediate bulk containers (IBCs), NUTRiline aseptic. The product is best known for its addition to enhancements in safety, flexibility in transportation, and hygienic filling.


Scope of the Report



Years Considered

Historical data – 2018-2020

Base Year – 2021

Forecast – 2021 – 2026

Facts Covered

Revenue in USD Million, Volume in Thousand Units

Market Coverage

Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Benelux, Poland, Austria, Switzerland, Rest of Europe

Product/Service Segmentation

By Capacity, Pallet Type, End Use and Country

Key Players

Key players for Rigid HDPE IBC market are Greif Incorporated, MaschioPack GmbH, SCHÜTZ GmbH & Co. KGaA, WERIT Kunststoffwerke, Brenntag SE, Hoover CS, IDEX Corporation, Francis Ward, RIPS-EMEA – Mendig, The New Pig Ltd., and other prominent players.



Scope of the Report 

By Capacity

  • <500>
  • 500 to <1000>
  • 1000 liters
  • >1000 liters

By Pallet type

  • Metal
  • Plastics Composite
  • Wood
  • Others

By End Use

  • Chemical
  • Oil & Gas
  • Food & Beverage
  • Paints, Inks, Dyes
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Automotive
  • Buildings & Construction
  • Textile
  • Others

By Country

  • Germany
  • UK
  • France
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Poland
  • Benelux
  • Switzerland
  • Austria
  • Rest of Europe

Frequently Asked Questions:

Ans: The Europe rigid HDPE IBC market has reached USD 1,398.8million in 2020.
Ans: The major factors driving the growth of Europe rigid HDPE IBC market are growing food and beverage industry and saving on cost and reducing waste.
Ans: The major players in the market are Greif Incorporated, MaschioPack GmbH, SCHÜTZ GmbH & Co. KGaA, WERIT Kunststoffwerke, Brenntag SE, Hoover CS, IDEX Corporation, Francis Ward, RIPS-EMEA – Mendig, The New Pig Ltd., and other prominent players.
Ans: The plastic pallet type accounted for the largest share in the Europe rigid HDPE IBC market.
Ans: Germany is growing at a higher rate in the Europe rigid HDPE IBC market.