Global Insulated Shippers Market by Material (Paper-based, Wool, Expanded Polystyrene (EPS), Expanded Polypropylene (EPP), Polyurethane (PU), Metalized Bubble Wrap, Vacuum Insulated Panels, Biodegradables, Others); by Application (Chilled, Ambient, Others); by End User Industry (Food & Beverages, Pharmaceutical, , Others); and by Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and Africa); - Global Forecasts 2021 to 2027

Date: Sep 2021 Report Id: 110 Category: Packaging Materials Report Format: pdf-img excel-img ppt-img word-img

The Global Insulated Shippers Market was valued at USD 7.2 Bn in 2020 and is expected to reach USD 15.2 Bn by 2027, with a growing CAGR of 11.3% during the forecast period.

The Global Insulated Shippers Market Definition:

Insulated Shippers keep the samples warm while they're in transit. A compact cooler and corrugated outer box are included with each shipper. By adding pre-printed labelling to the shippers, such as an optional logo or needed regulatory labelling, the simple exterior boxes may be entirely customised. Additional regulatory compliance components, such as absorbents and specimen bags, are offered separately.

Insulated Shippers Market

The Global Insulated Shippers Market Dynamics:

Growing demand for pharmaceuticals is anticipated to drive the insulated shippers market growth. For instance, total pharmaceutical sales in the United States were expected to be about 514 billion dollars in the third quarter of 2020. Humira from AbbVie, Keytruda from Merck, and Revlimid from Bristol Myers Squibb were the top three selling medicines year after year. The rising blood thinner Eliquis from Bristol Myers Squibb and Pfizer is the first significant shift at No. 4. Opdivo, a checkpoint inhibitor developed by Bristol-Myers Squibb, took the top place in 2019. However, the medication, which was once a competitor to Keytruda, was unable to stay up with Merck and slipped to No. 8 in 2020. This factor of competition may hinder the insulated shippers market demand.

Additionally, growing demand for organic vegetables & fruits is anticipated to drive the insulated shippers market growth. For instance, Tessol partnered with Sam Agri to create a passive cooling system that can also be used in a smaller car. A Zen box (Zero Energy Box) is the name given to this solution. Moreover, markets with significant expansion potential and a dominant impact on the creation of certain trends, notably the organic food industry in China, need special study from a global viewpoint.. Additionally, USD 500 million in organic food exports, the organic food sector is ranked fourth in the world in terms of retail sales volumes. The mistrust of national organic producers and the certification procedure (only 30% of product is certified by the Chinese organic certification centre) are two unique features of the Chinese food industry.

The Global Insulated Shippers Market Segmentation:

By Material

  • Paper-based
  • Wool
  • Aluminum
  • Expanded polystyrene
  • Polyurethane
  • Expanded polypropylene (EPP)
  • Metalized Bubble Wrap
  • Vacuum Insulated Panels
  • Biodegradables
  • Others

By Application

  • Chilled
  • Ambient
  • Others

By End User Industry

  • Food & Beverages
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Others

By Region

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa

The unique insights provided by this report also include the following:

  • In-Depth Value Chain Analysis
  • Market Opportunity Mapping
  • Sector Snapshot
  • Key Players Positioning Matrix
  • Regulatory Scenario
  • Strategies Adopted-Benchmarking Heat Map
  • Market Trends
  • Covid-19 Impact Analysis
  • Product Comparison
  • Pre & Post Covid 19 Impact on Insulated Shippers Market
  • Competitive Landscape

Based on material, the Expanded Polystyrene(EPS) segment held the largest  for the insulated shippers market share during 2020, due to its application in frozen foods

EPS has a low heat conductivity, minimal moisture absorption, and good cushioning qualities. The relatively low maximum working temperature of polystyrene foam (80°C) is one of its major drawbacks. It's also chemically resistant, bacteria-resistant, and is less costly. When packed in EPS, fruits and vegetables retain their vitamin C content longer than food packaging in other materials. Additionally, it is also used in building & construction, industrial packaging, and especially moulded eps in Sports helmets, Infant car seats, chairs, seating in sports cars, load bearing structurally insulated panels etc.

Based on the applications, the chilled segment accounted for the largest market share in the overall insulated shippers market size owing to applications in pharmaceutical & frozen food industry

Its advantages include medicines and medications are transported., prevent the growth of microorganisms, ascertain the storage's long-term viability (long-term storage), Short-distance transport of products that need a low temperature, transporting products in the absence of a readily available power source, when no refrigeration is required, maintain a constant temperature and avoid drastic temperature fluctuations. Every year, more than 200 million containers containing both durable and non-durable items are sent throughout the world. Food, for example, requires specific containers to prevent it from decaying or spoiling. Insulated containers provide the necessary temperatures and protection for these items to be sent without disrupting the cold chain.

Based on the end-user industry, the food & beverages accounted for the largest market share in the overall insulated shippers market size owing to current pandemic situation

Over the projection period, the food & beverages segment is anticipated to maintain its dominant position in the insulated shippers market. The rapid expansion of retail chains, particularly supermarkets, has contributed to a rise in the use of insulated shipping containers across the world. In this regard, growing frozen food consumption, such as cheese and meat, has aided the expansion of the market through home delivery services. For instance, the global frozen food industry is expected to reach a value of USD 350 billion till 2027 from 250 billion in 2018.

Based on regions, the insulated shippers market in Asia-Pacific accounted for the largest share in 2020 owing to extensive technological advancements, urbanization and increasing buying power in this region has poised to  support  insulated shippers market growth

Geographically, Asia-Pacific is estimated to dominate the insulated shippers market in forecast period. The region includes China & India, the two major food item exporting countries. For instance, the biggest number of organic producers are concentrated in India; key nations importing organic food from India include the United States, Canada, Switzerland, and Israel; the Indian organic food industry is growing at a rate of ~20%–30% annually. Moreover, China surpassed the global container production through its Big 3 companies, that include China International Marine Containers (CIMC) produced 580,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), accounting for ~42% of the insulated shippers sector; Dong Fang International Containers produced 358,000 TEUs (26%); and the CXIC Group produced 200,000 TEUs (14 % ). In the-year 2020, when 3.1 million TEUs were produced.

The report also provides an in-depth analysis of Insulated Shippers Market dynamics such as drivers, restraints opportunities and challenges


  • Growing demand for pharmaceuticals
  • Rising demand for organic fruits & vegetables
  • Increasing demand for frozen fish & meat through home deliveries


  • Shelf life risks associated with pharmaceutical deliveries
  • Stringent regulatory norms for plastics


  • Increase in demand for digital platforms for tracking deliveries
  • Increasing demand from small and medium-sized enterprises for insulated shippers industry

Note: Challenges along with in-depth market dynamics analysis is mentioned in the report.

COVID-19 Impact On The Insulated Shippers Market Analysis

The outbreak of novel coronavirus has majorly affected the insulated shippers market. As the COVID-19 outbreak has forced people to shift form actual interactions to connect over virtual platforms. The demand for home deliveries for pharmaceutical has increased. However, the trade between countries for food & other products was slowed sown during this pandemic.. For instance, for the vaccine delivery, the “Cold & Co”., offered the Diagnocase range, and Carry Temp range for the transportation of covid-19 vaccines. The Diagnocase and CarryTemp boxes, when used in conjunction with a refrigerant, ensure a cold chain throughout a wide temperature range, including -80°C with dry ice, -20°C, 0°C, +2°C/+8°C, and up to +25°C with eutectic plates, allowing thermo-sensitive medicines to be stored for several days.

The report also provides in-depth analysis of key trends in insulated shippers market

  • The introduction of digital technology has helped to redefine the market for tracking of various products
  • The growing number of local players and increasingly rigorous laws governing the use of plastic materials may have a detrimental impact

The report also provides an in-depth analysis of recent news developments and investments

  • In August 2021, Sonoco ThermoSafe, a division of Sonoco, and Korean Air, one of the world's major air cargo carriers, have signed a global cooperation agreement for the leasing of the innovative Pegasus ULD temperature controlled bulk shipping container. The arrangement gives pharmaceutical freight forwarders direct access to Korean Air's Pegasus ULD containers.
  • In June 2021, Sealed Air Corporation committed more than USD 30 million to expand worldwide manufacturing capacity and invest in new equipment systems to satisfy the growing demand for automated packaging systems (APS) AUTOBAG brand solutions, which Sealed Air acquired in 2019.

Company Profiles and Competitive Intelligence

The key players operating in the insulated shippers market are:

  • Cascades, Inc.
  • ICEE Insulated Folding Boxes
  • Sealed Air
  • FEURER Group GmbH
  • Sancell
  • Dinkhauser Kartonagen GmbH
  • TemperPack
  • Icertech
  • Sonoco Products Company
  • The Wool Packaging Company Limited
  • Cool Pac
  • Insulated Products Corporation
  • Cambro
  • Barth GmbH
  • Pelican BioThermal
  • Softbox
  • Olivo
  • Cryopak
  • Liviri
  • Polar Tech Industries, Inc.
  • Drew Foam of Georgia
  • Insulated Products Corp.
  • Sofrigam USA
  • Intelsius
  • Skyline Box and Packaging
  • Cooler Warehouse

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The global Insulated Shippers market was valued at USD 7.2 Bn in 2020 and is anticipated to reach USD 15.2 Bn by 2027.
The insulated shippers market is estimated to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.3% during forecast period.
In the base year 2020, Asia-Pacific accounted for largest market share in the insulated shippers market.
A few key players include, but not limited to: Cascades, Inc, ICEE Insulated Folding Boxes, Sealed Air, FEURER Group GmbH, Sancell, Dinkhauser Kartonagen GmbH, TemperPack, Icertech, Sonoco Products Company, The Wool Packaging Company Limited, and Cool Pac.
Yes, the report contains detailed COVID-19 analysis for insulated shippers market.
Author Credentials

Priyanka has been writing chemicals & material market research reports for the last 12 years. A post-graduate, her specialization is in the chemicals sector. Preparing end-to-end reports covering minute details for market insights, competitive intelligence and trend analysis in the CMFE sector.

  1. Introduction
    1. Product Outline
    2. Insulated Shippers Overview
    3. Different Types Of Insulated Shippers 
    4. Analysis Of Insulated Shippers Ecosystem
    5. Supply Chain Analysis
    6. Covid -19 Impact
    7. Market Dynamics
      1. Drivers
      2. Restraints
      3. Opportunities
      4. Threats
    8. Technology Overview
  2. Technology and Regulatory Landscape for Insulated Shippers    
    1. Regulations and Standards
  3. Insulated Shippers Market Pricing Analysis
    1. Prices of Insulated Shippers   
  4. Insulated Shippers Market by Material
    1. Paper-based
    2. Wool
    3. Aluminum
    4. Expanded polystyrene
    5. Polyurethane
    6. Expanded polypropylene (EPP)
    7. Metalized Bubble Wrap
    8. Vacuum Insulated Panels
    9. Biodegradables
    10. Others
  5. Insulated Shippers  Market by Application
    1. Chilled
    2. Ambient
    3. Others
  6. Insulated Shippers  Market by End User Industry
    1. Food & Beverages
    2. Pharmaceutical
    3. Others
  7. Regional Analysis
    1. North America
      1. US
      2. Canada
      3. Mexico
    2. Europe
      1. Germany
      2. UK
      3. France
      4. Italy
      5. Spain
      6. Rest Of Europe
    3. Asia Pacific
      1. China
      2. India
      3. Japan
      4. Australia
      5. New Zealand
      6. Rest Of Asia Pacific
    4. Middle East and Africa
    5. South America
  8. Key Strategic Insights
    1. New Raw Material Sources
    2. New Applications
    3. Emerging Technologies
    4. Opportunity mapping
    5. Critical Success Factors
    6. Environmental Impact and sustainability issues
    7. Consumer preferences
  9. Key Market Trends / Recent Developments
  10. Competitive Scenario
    1. Competitive Strategies of Key Players
      1. Mergers and Acquisitions
      2. Investments
      3. Joint Ventures
      4. New Product launches
    2. Strength of product portfolio
    3. Ranking of Key Players
    4. Presence of players by Geographies
  11. Key Global Players
  1. Cascades, Inc.
  2. ICEE Insulated Folding Boxes
  3. Sealed Air
  4. FEURER Group GmbH
  5. Sancell
  6. Dinkhauser Kartonagen GmbH
  7. TemperPack
  8. Icertech
  9. Sonoco Products Company
  10. The Wool Packaging Company Limited
  11. Cool Pac
  12. Insulated Products Corporation
  13. Cambro
  14. Barth GmbH
  15. Pelican BioThermal
  16. Softbox

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