In-mold Labeling Market

In-mold Labeling Market - Trends, Outlook, and
Forecast 2025
In-mold labeling is a process used for labeling or decorating an object while it is being
formed in the mold. Merging the decoration process and molding process cuts total
production cost but increases manufacturing time. The in-mold labeling (IML) technology
permits design flexibility and production gains over conventional post-molding labeling and
decorating technologies. IML enables the use of several colors, special effects, and textures
in a single operation. IMLs are long lasting and visually appealing. As in-mold labeling and
decorating are completed using plastic injection molded process, no secondary procedures
are needed, thus excluding post-molding labeling, decorating labor, equipment costs, and
time. As packaging and labeling are prepared using the same material, the package is fully
biodegradable. Due to lightweight and ability to be stacked tightly, it results in decreased
delivery discharges, less wasted space, and a much smaller transportation footprint. IMLs
also result in lesser break waste and is safer than glass and metals.
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In-mold labels minimize manual operations such as hand finishing, polishing, finishing, and
changing of stack mold after every operation. In-mold labeling is not an instant-access
technology. The production of IMLs needs substantial investment. The market has the most
complex structure and value chain configuration of any packaging decoration method,
involves raw material suppliers, printers/converters, mold-makers, molders, suppliers of
robotics, as well as knowledgeable end users, with the resultant high barriers to entry at all
In-mold Label Market Taxonomy
On the basis of production process, the in-mold label market is classified into:Injection
molding, Extrusion-blow molding, Thermoforming
On the basis of material, the in-mold label market is classified into: Polypropylene (PP),
Polyethylene (PE), ABS Resins, Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), Others
On the basis of printing technology, the in-mold label market is classified into:Flexographic
Printing, Offset Printing, Gravure Printing, Digital Printing, Others
On the basis of ink used, the in-mold label market is classified into:UV curable inks, Water
soluble inks, Thermal-cure inks, Others
On the basis of end-use industry, the in-mold label market is classified into:Personal care,
Automotive, Food & Beverage, Medical, Chemical storage, Others
Polypropylene (PP) is the largest used material due to its excellent moisture-resistant
properties. Majority in-molds deploy injection molding as it helps in providing a
three-dimensional effect to the labels on various products such as food & beverages,
cosmetics, and automotive parts. The food & beverage industry represents the biggest
market for in-mold labeling. This is due to the growing demand for packaged foods in various
emerging countries.
Market Outlook
IML is gaining immense traction in emerging nations of Asia Pacific due to the increasing
demand for efficient, innovative, and premium labels. This is attributed to the increasing
consumer awareness about the trends related to packaged food and rising consumption of
containers and bottled packaging. The region has amplified the growth of the IML market
due to its growing customer base and increasing demand for packaged and branded
products in emerging markets such as China and India. The advent of e-retail as well as the
increasing cross-border trading have helped leading brand-owners to promote sales of their
international brands in the fastest-growing economies of Asia Pacific.
The North American and European markets create substantial opportunities to the in-mold
labeling market due to the presence of a large number of market players and the changing
government policies pertaining to sustainable labels, which have led to technological
Africa offers the in-mold labeling market a major development opportunity. This is due to the
presence of under-developed economies, which are on the edge of growth, in this region.
The Middle East market is driven by the need for product identification and classification for
their endorsement drives in the food & beverage sector
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Growth opportunity for IML market in South America is significant owing to the growing
global consumer economy. This has been achieved due to the increased exports and
establishment of various local regional manufacturing and packaging operations in the
emerging countries such as Brazil and Argentina. The presence of major packaged food
industries such as Nestle and Heinz drives the demand for in-mold market for better and
efficient packaging.
As the use of three-dimensional (3D) printing is becoming popular in IML printing, in-mold
labels can be created in the shape of the product or part they’ll cover while delivering a 3-D
effect. That means, the elaborate designs such as camouflage patterns can easily be
applied to durable goods with no buckling, stretching, or wrinkling. Some of the major
players include Avery Dennison, CCL Industries, Constantia Flexibles, Coveris, EVCO
Plastics, and Inland labels.
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In-mold labels minimize manual operations such as hand finishing, polishing, finishing, and changing of stack mold after every operation.