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U.S. Demand for Tube and Stick Packaging to Reach $1.7 Billion in 2014 announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Tube & Stick Packaging (

US demand to reach $1.7 billion in 2014

Demand for tube and stick packaging is expected to reach $1.7 billion in 2014. Advances will be driven by increased production of cosmetics and toiletries, and pharmaceuticals. Additionally, gains will be boosted by a recovery in the US economy, which will result in improved outlooks for consumer spending, and construction and manufacturing activity. A recovery in the construction sector, especially residential construction, will bode well for cartridges used to package caulks and sealants, which are widely used in new construction, and maintenance and repair applications.

Stick packs, cartridges among best opportunities

Advances in the dominant squeeze tube segment will slightly lag the overall industry based on the maturity of aluminum squeeze tubes. Gains will reflect production growth in the large cosmetic and toiletry, and pharmaceutical markets along with product differentiation and improved barrier properties in extruded plastic tubes. Good opportunities are anticipated for unit-of-use tubes, which offer accurate dosing of pharmaceuticals and serve as sample or promotional packaging for cosmetics and toiletries. In addition, the need to comply with airline security regulations regarding carry-on liquid and gel toiletries will boost gains for trial-sized squeeze tubes. Stick packs will register robust growth in food and pharmaceutical uses, driven by the emergence of new applications. In addition, opportunities will reflect advantages of product differentiation, portability and material savings compared to conventional single-portion pouch configurations. Moreover, the differentiation attributes of stick packs will be advantageous in introductions of product line extensions and in refreshing or repositioning mature products. Above-average growth is also expected for cartridges based on heightened demand for caulks and sealants resulting from a recovery in the residential construction market, specifically single family homes. Demand for caulks and related cartridges will be boosted by trends in new homes such as more and larger windows, and more showers, tubs and sinks, all of which require caulk for proper installation. A rebound in manufacturing activity will also bode well for cartridges used to package greases.

Lip, skin care products to pace cosmetic and toiletry market

Within the dominant US cosmetics and toiletries market, lip and skin care product applications will experience the fastest growth through 2014. Advances will be driven by rising lip product manufacturing as well as export opportunities for US-made lipsticks, lip glosses and lip balms. Growth will also benefit from the tendency of consumers to make multiple purchases in different shades or to keep a lipstick or lip balm in a purse, pocket or desk. Opportunities in skin care applications will arise from heightened demand for anti-aging skin care products and sun care products, along with further introductions of skin care items for men. Tube and stick packaging demand in the pharmaceutical market is expected to increase in line with the overall average, with faster growth prevented by the relatively limited range of applications for squeeze tubes and competition from alternatives such as plastic dispensing bottles and unit dose pouches for hospital products. Above-average gains for extruded plastic tubes will be based on improving barrier performance and cost advantages over laminate tubes.

Study coverage

This new Freedonia industry study, Tube & Stick Packaging, presents historical demand data (1999, 2004 and 2009) plus forecasts for 2014 and 2019 by product, material and market. The study also considers key market environment factors, evaluates company market shares and profiles over 35 US industry competitors.


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