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Plastic Films Market - Forecast (2021-2026)

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  • 82 Pages
  • December 2020
  • Region: Global
  • IndustryARC
  • ID: 5308978

Plastic Films Market Overview

Plastic films market size is forecast to reach $152,178.2 million by 2026, after growing at a CAGR of 5.4% during 2021-2026. Plastic films are thin continuous polymeric material which is often thinner than plastic sheets. These Plastic Films are high in demand owing to safety norms over conventional materials for packaging of food and beverages. These are very less vulnerable to pilferage as well as contamination that results into shelf life of food & beverage products to become longer. Furthermore, Plastic Films market is driven by the factors including growing demand for plastic based products by the end use industries owing to low cost, durability, lightweight and corrosion resistance properties. Additionally, the films have superior barrier properties and can be recycled as well as reused, which further contributes to the growth of the market.

COVID-19 Impact

Despite the short-term impact of COVID -19, the outlook for plastic films market is projected to remain positive. Plastic film products are getting a lot of attention, as awareness of the need for packaging safety increases. The trends outlined in the market study seem to be moderate over the forecast period, despite these short-term disruptions. The global market for plastic films is projected to experience several opportunities and challenges caused by a pandemic in the short term. More than three-fifths of plastic films are consumed for the storage, bundling and transport of goods, including hygiene products, drugs and medical devices, which are rapidly increasing in demand. Plastic films are increasing the pace of usage for e-commerce orders packaging due to global lockdown efforts and experiencing significant demand. Food products, dairy products, meats, frozen meals, and vegetables are also included for packaging application. The decrease in construction activity, however, will limit the consumption of specialized plastic films used in construction activities.

Report Coverage

The report: “Plastic Films Market - Forecast (2021-2026)” covers an in-depth analysis of the following segments of the plastic films Industry.

By Material Type: Polyethylene (PE) (High-Density Plastic Films (HDPE), Low-Density Plastic Films (LDPE), and Linear Low-Density Plastic Films (LLDPE)), Polypropylene (PP) (Cast Polypropylene (CPP), Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene (BOPP)), Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) (Rigid PVC Films, and Flexible PVC Films), Polysulfone (PES), Polyamide (PA), Biaxially-oriented Plastic Films Terephthalate (PET), and Others.

By Application: Packaging Application (Food Packaging, Beverage Packaging, Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging, Consumer Goods, Industrial Packaging, Electrical & Electronics, and Others), and Non-Packaging Application (Agriculture, Building & Construction, and Others).

By Geography: North America (U.S., Canada, and Mexico), Europe (U.K, Germany, France, Italy, Netherland, Spain, Russia, Belgium, and Rest of Europe), Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand, Indonesia, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Rest of APAC), South America (Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, and Rest of South America), Rest of the World (Middle East, and Africa).

Key Takeaways

  • Asia-Pacific dominates the plastic films market, owing to the presence of countries like China, Japan and India. Plastic films are majorly produced in china and the usage is growing mainly owing to its flexibility, faster packaging with advanced sealing properties, compared to other packaging materials.
  • Plastic films are often employed for major industrial packaging application owing to the light weight, which is driving its market growth. Lighter packaging can mean lighter loads or fewer trucks and railcars are needed to ship the same amount of product, helping to reduce transportation energy, decrease emissions and lower shipping costs.
  • During shipping, plastic films are impervious to moisture and most chemicals, so they can be used for longer period. For shipments of products such as food, beverage, electronics, and more, plastic films crates are durable, easy-to-clean, and cost-effective solution thereby driving the market.
  • However the metals possess higher melting point when compared to plastics films, and also metals has higher thermal conductivity when compared to plastics films, this shortcoming is the major challenge predicted to hamper the plastic films market growth.

Plastic Films Market Segment Analysis - By Material Type

The polyethylene segment held the largest share in the plastic films market in 2020 and is growing at a revenue CAGR of 4.8% during 2021-2026. Polyethylene is a lightweight thermoplastic with a variable crystalline structure, is one of the foremost widely produced plastics and is employed in applications ranging from films, tubes, plastic parts, and laminates among others. Polyethylene is highly versatile and is available in various forms including printed, non-printed, single, multi-layered, and together with other materials. An excellent combination of properties makes polyethylene the perfect material in diverse applications across industries. It is often engineered consistent with the end-user requirements. Polyethylene such as HDPE provides the top product inexpensive impact strength, owing to which there is an increasing demand for polyethylene in plastic films market. In addition, the introduction and development of bio-based and bio-degradable polyethylene are likely to open new opportunities for market growth over the forecast period. All these factors are driving the market growth.

Plastic Films Market Segment Analysis - By Application

The packaging application segment held the largest share in the plastic films market in 2020 and is growing at a revenue CAGR of 5.8% during 2021-2026. In the packaging industry, plastics films play a vital role in improving efficiency, safety and competitive standing which is driving the plastics film usage particularly in the upgrade and maintenance of packaging industry. Plastic Films score high in terms of safety for food and beverage packaging. The material is less susceptible to contamination as well as pilferage which increase the shelf life of beverages. It also prevents penetration of carbon dioxide, oxygen, and water thereby maintains the nutritive value. Moreover it is ideal for preventing transfer of odor as well as flavor. Plastic films are lightweight and gives the food items attractive look for branding purpose too. Also, it is easy to print information on it. Additionally, the films have superior barrier properties and can be recycled as well as reused. All these are the major factors driving its demand for packaging applications during the forecast period.

Plastic Films Market Segment Analysis - By Geography

Asia-Pacific held the largest share in the plastic films market in 2020 up to 43.5% by revenue. Plastic films market demand is increasing in Asia-Pacific owing to the preference of people for more sustainable and convenient packaging. The increase in demand for frozen, ready-to- cook meals is driving the demand for plastic films in packaging. The trend towards busier, and more mobile lifestyles in both the regions, especially owing to increase in urbanization has led to increase in demand for food products that are feasible to carry, simple to open, and those that require little preparation time. As per statistics for the year 2019, under processed plastics production; films and sheets have the leading share in Japan. A total of approximately 2.26 million metric tons of plastic films and sheets were produced in Japan in 2019, of which around 1.5 million metric tons were from the production of soft plastic goods. As per the Malaysia Reserve, annual per capita plastic packaging consumption is very high in Malaysia in comparison with other regions of South East Asia at 16.78 kg/per person. The total household consumption in Malaysia is expected to be 523,000 tons by end of 2020 owing to its usage in private household, schools, hospitals and government buildings. Thus, the demand for plastic packaging is continuously increasing in the Asia-Pacific countries, which will propel the Asia-Pacific plastic films market during the forecast period.

Plastic Films Market Drivers

Technological Advancements Undertaken for Development of Durable Plastic Films

Increasing advanced technologies for decorative laminates and increasing demand of PET, PVC, and PP decorative laminates are some factors driving the growth of this market. In July 2017, The Dow Chemical Company launches tenter frame biaxially oriented polyethylene which is innovative addition to the INNATE Precision Packaging Resin family. There are various types of technology in plastic film such as blown film technology, cast film technology, double & multi-bubble technology, barrier film, and others. Among these, blown film technology is mostly used owing to its multi-layer films for high barrier applications such as food packaging. In 2015, SABIC launched a phthalate-type of PP plastic, which ensures hygienic packaging and increased shelf life of food products leading to the growth of the market. Various scientists are working on different technologies which help to improve shelf-life of the packaged food. In September 2019, Washington State University scientists developed a metal oxide which when coated to a layer of the plastic film, helps to increase the shelf life of the food. Scientists are also working with the U.S. Army in order to improve their ready to eat meals to stay tasty and healthy which increases the growth of this market.

Increasing Usage of Plastic Films in Agriculture

Rising application of plastic film and increasing usage of plastic films & sheets in agriculture are the major factors driving the growth of this market. Plastic film helps to transform traditional agriculture into modern agriculture. Plastic film is used to cover the surface of the soil in order to increase the temperature, to retain moisture, and to promote the germination of seeds. In July 2017, Ginegar Plastics developed advanced multi-layer mulch films that help to improve farmers crops as these films have variety of advantages such as moisture protection and water conservation, weed control, root development and many more which increases the growth of this market. There is a rise in demand of eco-friendly and bioplastics owing to rising concern over environmental pollution. BioBag Company is now using BioAgri Mulch film, which is produced of Mater-Bi, a bioplastics that provide various advantages and reduced the work of farmers.

Plastic Films Market Challenges

High Price of Raw Material

Polyethylene and polypropylene are the two major raw materials used for manufacturing plastic films which are very less available and are increasing the cost that are restraining the growth of this market. Plastics are mainly produced from petroleum products and therefore the price of crude is one of the key factors that affect plastic costs. Polyethylene and polypropylene are also formed through the processing of petroleum products so the prices of raw material are linked with crude oil price variations. Manufacturing of biodegradable film requires additives which increases the cost of raw materials which are negatively impact the growth of this market. In 2019, the price of plastics changed from $1122.34 to $1716.53, which reduced the demand of plastics and restrained the growth of this market.

Plastic Films Market Landscape

Technology launches, acquisitions, and R&D activities are key strategies adopted by players in the plastic films market. Major players in the plastic films market are Amcor plc, Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical Company Limited (SPC), UFLEX Ltd., Coveris (TC Transcontinental), Berry Global Inc., Sigma Plastics Group, Polyplex Corp Ltd., Novolex, Klöckner Pentaplast, Inteplast Group, The RKW Group, Toray Industries, Inc, Sigma Plastics Group, Toyobo Co., Ltd., and Saudi Basic Industries Corporation among others.

Acquisitions/Technology Launches

  • In October 2020, Polyplex announced to expand its existing operations in USA by adding other thin PET Film line 50 KTPA capacity.
  • In September 2020, Berry Global Group, Inc. collaborated with Bhoomi to launch a 100% cane-based bottle of its cold-pressed cane water elixir. This 12-ounce HDPE bottle is manufactured in Winchester, Virginia by Berry and replaces Bhoomi's regular PET bottle

Table of Contents

1. Plastic Films Market - Market Overview
1.1 Definitions and Scope
2. Plastic Films Market - Executive Summary
2.1 Market Revenue, Market Size and Key Trends by Company
2.2 Key Trends by Material Type
2.3 Key Trends by Application
2.4 Key Trends by Geography
3. Plastic Films Market - Landscape
3.1 Comparative analysis
3.1.1 Market Share Analysis- Major Companies
3.1.2 Product Benchmarking- Major Companies
3.1.3 Top 5 Financials Analysis
3.1.4 Patent Analysis- Major Companies
3.1.5 Pricing Analysis
4. Plastic Films Market- Market Forces
4.1 Market Drivers
4.2 Market Constraints
4.3 Market Opportunities
4.4 Porters five force model
4.4.1 Bargaining power of suppliers
4.4.2 Bargaining powers of customers
4.4.3 Threat of new entrants
4.4.4 Rivalry among existing players
4.4.5 Threat of substitutes
5. Plastic Films Market -Strategic analysis
5.1 Value chain analysis
5.2 Opportunities analysis
5.3 Market life cycle
5.4 Suppliers and distributors Analysis
6. Plastic Films Market - By Material Type (Market Size -$Million, KT)
6.1 Polyethylene (PE)
6.1.1 High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
6.1.2 Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE)
6.1.3 Linear Low-Density Polyethylene (LLDPE)
6.2 Polypropylene (PP)
6.2.1 Cast Polypropylene (CPP)
6.2.2 Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene (BOPP)
6.3 Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
6.3.1 Rigid PVC Films
6.3.2 Flexible PVC Films
6.4 Polysulfone (PES)
6.5 Polyamide (PA)
6.6 Biaxially-oriented Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
6.7 Others
7. Plastic Films Market - By Applications (Market Size -$Million, KT)
7.1Packaging Application
7.1.1 Food Packaging
7.1.2 Beverage Packaging
7.1.3 Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging
7.1.4 Consumer Goods
7.1.5 Industrial Packaging
7.1.6 Electrical & Electronics
7.1.7 Others
7.1.2Non-Packaging Application Agriculture Building & Construction Others
8. Plastic Films Market - By Geography (Market Size -$Million / KT)
8.1 Introduction
8.2 North America
8.2.1 U.S.
8.2.2 Canada
8.2.3 Mexico
8.3 South America
8.3.1 Brazil
8.3.2 Argentina
8.3.3 Colombia
8.3.4 Chile
8.3.5 Rest of South America
8.4 Europe
8.4.1 U.K
8.4.2 Germany
8.4.3 Italy
8.4.4 France
8.4.5 Spain
8.4.6 Netherlands
8.4.7 Russia
8.4.8 Belgium
8.4.9 Denmark
8.4.8 Rest of Europe
8.5 Asia Pacific
8.5.1 China
8.5.2 India
8.5.3 Australia & New Zealand
8.5.4 Japan
8.5.5 South Korea
8.5.6 Taiwan
8.5.7 Malaysia
8.5.8 Rest of Asia Pacific
8.6 ROW
8.6.1 Middle East UAE Saudi Arabia Rest of Middle East
8.6.2 Africa South Africa Nigeria Rest of Africa
9. Plastic Films Market - Entropy
9.1 New Product Launches
9.2 M&A’s, Collaborations, JVs and Partnerships
10. Market Share Analysis (Premium)
10.1 Market Share by Country- Major companies
10.2 Market Share by Region- Major companies
10.3 Market Share by type of Product / Product category- Major companies
10.4 Market Share at global level- Major companies
10.5 Best Practices for companies
11. Plastic Films Market - Company Analysis
11.1 Market Share, Company Revenue, Products, M&A, Developments