Packaging Industry India

India is among the fastest expanding economies, plus will soon be the most populous country in the world. With increasing prosperity, both the desire and the need for modern packaging solutions emerge: more than 90 per cent of basic household products are still sold unpackaged, leading to enormous food deterioration on the way from field to supermarket. 

The joint event of Pacprocess and Food pex India brings together demand and expertise in one place.


(of total revenues in the packaging industry, 2015)

55% plastic packaging

20% packaging made of paper and cardboard

10% glass containers

15% other packaging types

Market facts


New Delhi and Mumbai — hubs in the world’s largest democracy.

In India, Messe Düsseldorf is present at the two most important trade fair locations: New Delhi and Mumbai, and with that at a business location, that promises enormous growth potential in many fields. 1.2 billion people live in India, with the middle class and the highly qualified group growing rapidly. With 362 inhabitants per square kilometer, India is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. The county’s industry is on a modernization course and is in need of state-of-the-art machinery, equipment and services. This means good opportunities for globally active businesses, also in the short term.


India – the Mega-Market for your Business!

India is a market of superlatives: annual growth rates exceeding 7% will, for the first time in 2019, provide the country with a GDP of more than US$ 3 billion. With an above-average number of young inhabitants of more than 1.3 billion, the sub-continent will soon be the country with the world’s largest population. Increasing urbanization and development of modern retail concepts continue to boost consumption. And a substantially growing middle class with increasing income is looking for modern, flexible and sustainable packaging solutions.


India’s packaging industry has huge potential!

For all major branches of the packaging and processing industry this means enormous business potential. From 2015 to 2020 the turnover of the packaging industry in India is set to increase annually by 18% – to US$ 73 billion. In 2015 the per capita consumption of packaging in India was just 8.6kg. As a comparison: in China in the same year this was 20kg, in Germany 42kg, in the USA even 71kg – there is therefore still a way to go! In 2025 the consumer-happy and discerning middle class in India will number more than 500 million. Modern retail concepts will increasingly facilitate their access to products packed to a high quality.


The food industry in particular benefits

The food industry benefits in particular from this development. India is the second largest producer worldwide of agricultural products, but the level of food processing is comparatively low. More than 90% of basic household products are unpackaged, huge quantities of food deteriorate on the way from field to supermarket. The Indian government has reacted by investing virtually US$ 1 billion in food processing over the next few years. This promises great sales potential for foreign companies as well.


Booming pharmaceuticals industry needs high-class packaging! India’s pharmaceuticals industry already today counts among the largest in the world. An increasing population and improved medical care provide it with an annual growth of 18% until 2020. Thanks to improved production processes, representatives of the industry also want to export high quality products to the whole world. With annual growth rates of 5.5%, these developments again provide for the fastest growing market internationally for pharmaceuticals packaging until 2019.

Why investing in India:

Pacprocess & food pex Mumbai

is the leading event for the processing & packaging industry in India while considering all important sectors of the industry e.g. food, beverages, bakery, confectionery, pharmaceuticals, non-food, cosmetics, industrial goods

95% presence of Indian market leaders

and over 80% of decision makers among the visitors are attending the trade show duo every year

Over 92% of all exhibitors show

new developments, products and solutions of the processing & packaging industry at every event

Take your chance and benefit

from the unified strategy of the international show network “interpack alliance” with all the knowledge and expertise of the world leading trade fair “interpack” in Germany

Attend a trade show duo

which is unique by representing the entire value chain of an industry at once while also presenting tailor-made solutions and innovative concepts

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