CEN is developing European standards to support the industrial and societal need for packaging. The turnover of the packaging industry in Western Europe represents around 2% of GDP. The food industry is the main user of packaging with nearly 60% of total packaging production.
The range of packaging types and products is highly diversified and in many cases tailored to the needs of the users.
Packaging concerns a variety of actors: raw material producers, packaging converters, users, transport, distribution, consumers, waste management activities and public authorities.
In some sectors of packaging (e.g. glass, paper, cardboard, metal cans), mergers and internationalization have increased. However, there is still a large number of small and medium sized companies.