Thermal label market will grow by 4.8% CAGR; sales of paper thermal labels will increase at a high pace


The global thermal labels market is slated to grow by 4.8% CAGR as demand for eco-friendly packaging solutions grows across various industries. As per ESOMAR-certified market research, the increasing awareness among the masses and suppliers regarding sustainability is leading to shift towards environment-friendly packaging solution including thermal labels.

According to the study, direct thermal labels will dominate the thermal labels market due to their cost-effectiveness and characteristics like accuracy, no usage of the ink cartridge, cost-efficiency, and others. Among materials used, the demand for paper will grow especially in single-use, short term labels production.

Though plastic currently dominates the thermal labels market with a market share of 61% in 2021 other alternatives such as paper thermal labels are expected to showcase a higher rate of growth. Leading players in the thermal labels market are 3M Company, Henkel AG & Co., KGaA, Honeywell International Inc., CCL Industries Inc., and others. These companies are focusing on innovations, market which is anticipated to propel the growth for the thermal labels market.

Key Takeaways from Thermal Labels Market

  • Direct thermal labels are estimated to represent a dominant share, holding around 61% of the market by the end of 2032.
  • The food & beverages segment is projected to remain a leading application segment. The demand in the industry is estimated to accelerate at a CAGR of 4.2%.
  • Plastic will remain the material of choice for thermal labels production and is anticipated to dominate the thermal labels market, accounting for 63% by 2032.
  • The UK thermal labels market is projected to register a CAGR of 5.5% during the forecast period.

“Innovations in the thermal labels market especially with regards to the integration of big data is going to change the industry in terms of technology and sustainability. Besides this, these developments will pave the way of various breakthroughs, enabling growth in the market” says the research analyst.

Expanding Food & Beverage Sector to Encourage Thermal Labels Sales

The food & beverages industry is seeing growth, especially in a post-pandemic world. The growth in the industry is due to the emergence of direct to customer delivery e-commerce platforms that have solved logistical issues. In addition to it, technology is also playing a crucial part in the food & beverages growth journey. The greater the sales of beverages the greater the opportunity for the global thermal labels market as the food & beverages segment contributes to the majority of the demand for thermal labels so this propels the growth of the thermal labels market.

Thermal labels Market Landscape

3M Company, Henkel AG & Co., KGaA, Honeywell International Inc., CCL Industries Inc, Lintec Corporation, Armor Group, and others are some of the leading players operating in the thermal labels market.

Key manufacturers operating in the thermal labels market are focusing on producing lighter-weight, durable, cost-efficient and sustainable products. Several mergers & acquisitions and innovations are taking place in the industry as there is synergy in forward as well as backward integration. 

  • In October 2021, Armor group acquired IIMAK to reinforce its position in the thermal transfer ribbon market.
  • In October 2020, Western Shield Label Company announced the acquisition of a label company named Label Smith.

These insights are based on a report on Thermal Labels Market by Future Market Insights.

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