China is the Asia Pacific country with the largest demand for plastic packaging, accounting for about 60% of the annual consumption of plastic packaging in the Asia Pacific region. In contrast, Japan and other countries have always led the Asia Pacific countries in the research, development and application of degradable plastics. Resins and plastics in the upstream of plastic packaging are located in the downstream of petrochemical industry. The price of crude oil affects the supply of raw materials for plastic packaging. In addition to common food and beverage products, nearly 40% of the demand for downstream products comes from the commercial field, including plastic pipes, waterproof films and other types, which is also the focus of development of various countries and enterprises in the field of plastic packaging.
The mainstream trend of packaging material development in the future is functionalization, environmental protection and simplification. The preservation function will become the focus of food packaging technology development, non-toxic packaging materials will become safer, and plastic packaging will gradually replace glass products; The composite flexible packaging bag made of paper, aluminum foil, plastic film and other packaging materials will be high-grade and multifunctional.
In 2021, there were 8831 Enterprises above designated scale in China's packaging industry (all industrial legal person enterprises with annual operating income of 20 million yuan and above), and the number of Enterprises above designated size increased by 648 compared with that in 2020. In terms of operating income, in 2021, enterprises above designated scale in China's packaging industry accumulated an operating income of 1204.181 billion yuan, an increase of 16.39% year-on-year, and an increase of 17.56 percentage points over the same period in 2020. Among them, the accumulated main business income of plastic packaging boxes and containers was 18583.4 billion yuan (accounting for 15.43%), with a year-on-year increase of 11.51%. In terms of net profit, in 2021, enterprises above Designated Size in the national packaging industry accumulated a total profit of 71.056 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 13.52%, and a growth rate of 11.38 percentage points lower than that of the same period in 2020. Among them, the total accumulated profit from the manufacturing of plastic packaging boxes and containers was 11.245 billion yuan (accounting for 15.83%), with a year-on-year increase of 9.01%.
On January 16, 2020, the national development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of ecological environment jointly launched a new version of the plastic ban order. The fghz  No. 80 document "opinions on Further Strengthening the treatment of plastic pollution" proposed the principle of "banning and limiting one batch, replacing one batch for recycling, and standardizing one batch", and put forward specific rigid requirements for the production, sales and use of plastic packaging products and packaging fields. Great changes have taken place in the ecological environment of the packaging industry, and a large pattern of green development of the plastic industry has been formed. In July 2020, the national development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of ecological environment and other nine departments jointly issued the notice on Solidly Promoting the work of plastic pollution control, proposing that from January 1, 2021, some cities will take the lead in banning the use of non degradable plastic shopping bags and other measures, and the "ban on plastic" will be further upgraded. On November 30, 2020, the official website of the Ministry of Commerce announced the measures for reporting the use and recycling of disposable plastic products in the field of Commerce (for Trial Implementation). The Ministry of Commerce will establish a national unified reporting system for the use and recycling of disposable plastic products, receive and process the report information in a timely manner, and encourage retail establishments, e-commerce platform enterprises and take out enterprises to report on the use of environmentally friendly alternative products. On September 8, 2021, the national development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of ecological environment issued the action plan for plastic pollution control during the 14th five year plan. In terms of source reduction, the unreasonable use of disposable plastic products in key areas such as commodity retail, e-commerce, takeout, express delivery and accommodation has been greatly reduced. E-commerce express mails have basically realized that there is no secondary packaging, and the application scale of recyclable express packaging has reached 10 million.
In the future, the demand for environmentally friendly and recyclable packaging will continue to increase. By making full use of the advantages of plastic packaging materials, we will form a substitution benefit for traditional packaging materials such as paper, wood and metal in more high-end manufacturing industries. With the maturity of the recyclable packaging supply chain that can be shared in the logistics system, the recyclable plastic packaging industry will usher in a new growth point, and the applicable fields of environmental friendly recyclable plastic packaging materials will be further expanded.
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