Steel Drums Market to increase rapidly by 2031| Emerging industries, Challenges and Threats Faced by Key Vendors

Steel drums have emerged as preferred rigid packaging solutions as they are increasingly used for transporting hazardous and non-hazardous material. According to a study by Future Market Insights (FMI), the steel drums market is forecast to register steady growth on the back of increasing applications in industries such as chemicals, food & beverages, petroleum & lubricants, healthcare & personal care, building & construction, paints, inks, & dyes, and others. Driven by this, the steel drums market is forecast to reach nearly US$ 11. 4 Bn by 2021.

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Over the past few years, the steel drum is gaining popularity among various end-use industries especially for storage and transportation of liquid materials as it offers safe and secure packaging solution. Also, rising concerns about sustainability is creating growth opportunities. Future Market Insights forecasts the market to continue growing at a positive rate between 2021 and 2031.

Steel Drum Market Landscape

Greif Inc., Mauser Packaging Solution, and SCHÜTZ GmbH & Co. KGaA are the top players operating in the steel drum market. Furthermore, Time Technoplast Ltd., Balmer Lawrie & Co. Limited, Nippon Steel Drums Co. Ltd., are some of the companies operating in the steel drum market. The Tier 3 players in the market hold 75-80% in the global steel drum market.

 “Companies operating in the market are focusing on improving designs of steel drums to make them more light-weight, efficient, and cost-effective. Also they are focusing on expanding footprint via strategic collaborations,” says an FMI analyst. 

Rise in Demand for Steel Drum in Chemical Sector Augmenting Sales

The demand for steel drums in the chemical industry is rising due to the changing way of industrial packaging solution by pooling and leasing the containers and drums. The standards for using steel drums are set by various countries and various regulations such as the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), United Nations regulations. Majorly the steel drums are used by the chemical industry to store and transport hazardous and non-hazardous materials.

Demand for Effective Transportation of Large Volume of Liquid Driving Growth

The increasing production of manufacturing and industrial sector is one of the major factors augmenting sales of steel drum. The low manufacturing cost in developing economies such as India and China has led key players of various end-use industries to move their production facilities and expand their market in the South & East Asia. This will lead to growth in trade volume in the region. Also, East and South Asia will emerge as a global trade hub, increasing opportunities for the global steel drum market.

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Steel Drum Market by Category:


55 Gallon Steel Drum, Other than 55 Gallon Steel Drum

Head Type

Tight Head Steel Drum, Open Head Steel Drum


Carbon Steel, Stainless Steel Expansion of Paints, Inks, & Dyes Industry Pushing Steel Drum Sales

Steel drums usage is rising in shipping and storing of liquid materials such as paints, inks & dyes. They are considered the most suitable rigid packaging solutions for transporting hazardous and non-hazardous material especially liquid material. Also, steel drums are easy to handle and are considered more effective for storage.

The paints, inks, & dyes industries demand safe and secure packaging solutions for their product protection. As per the American Coating Association, almost half of the coating and paint products are regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) modal regulations and are required to meet the criteria for hazardous materials.

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Furthermore, handling of IBCs is easier than steel drums as they are attached to the pallets from the bottom. IBCs have the capability of draining completely, while steel drums it is not possible as the residue is left at the bottom. Another important factor, which limits the market growth of steel drum is corrosion resistance power. The steel drums do not have corrosion resistance capability which increases the chances of contamination.


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