Barrier Films Market Size Expected to Reach USD 61.86 Bn by 2033

The global barrier films market size is calculated at USD 37.43 billion in 2024 and is expected to reach around USD 61.86 billion by 2033, expanding at a CAGR of 5.74% from 2024 to 2033.

Ottawa, June 06, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The global barrier films market size surpassed USD 35.40 billion in 2023 and is predicted to be worth around USD 61.86 billion by 2033, According to Precedence Research. The barrier films market is driven by significant growth in the pharmaceutical sector, increasing demand for sustainable packaging material and R&D projects.

The barrier films market provides a range of flexible packaging materials designed to protect goods from external factors such as moisture, oxygen, light, and other gases that can degrade product quality or shelf life. High-barrier packaging is critical for extending the shelf life of food goods by preventing oxygen transfer and water vapor from reaching sensitive foods.

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Eagle provides custom-made high-barrier pouches with protective layers and materials such as polyvinylidene chloride film, foil laminations, and high-density polyethylene. This is especially beneficial for products containing dry ingredients, such as powdered soup mixes and nutritional supplements. Oxygen barrier packaging is to prevent oxygen transmission while maintaining color, flavor, and scent. High-barrier film is also appropriate for non-food items such as home chemicals and nutraceuticals.

Barrier Films Market Key Insights

  • Asia Pacific dominated the market with the highest revenue share of 35% in 2023.
  • North America is expected to show remarkable growth during the forecast period.
  • By material, the organic coating segment dominated the market in 2023.
  • By packaging type, the pouches segment led the market in 2023.
  • By end use, the agriculture segment dominated the market in 2023.

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Asia Pacific Barrier Films Market Size and Growth 2024 to 2033

The Asia Pacific barrier films market size accounted for USD 13.12 billion in 2024 and is expected to be worth around USD 21.96 billion by 2033, registering a CAGR of 5.89% from 2024 to 2033.

Asia-Pacific dominated the barrier films market in 2023. The region has highly populated countries, such as India and China, which have made substantial contributions to regional pharmaceutical production. The Indian pharmaceutical industry has expanded dramatically, with an export turnover of $15 billion. The industry presently accounts for 10% of worldwide output, ranks fourth in generic production, and seventeenth in export value of bulk actives and dosage forms. It manufactures bulk pharmaceuticals for a variety of therapeutic categories using advanced manufacturing techniques and GMP-compliant facilities.

North America is expected to grow at the fastest rate during the forecast period. The North American region is predicted to dominate the barrier film market due to increased demand and the introduction of innovative technology-based films. The U.S. is one of the main regions that contribute to market growth due to rising usage in a variety of applications and considerable R&D efforts to produce sophisticated technology-based barrier films for improved end-user services. This expansion is projected to persist in the region.

Scope of Barrier Films Market

Report Attribute Details
Barrier Films Market Size in 2023 USD 35.40 Billion
Barrier Films Market Size in 2024 USD 37.43 Billion
Barrier Films Market Size by 2033 USD 61.86 Billion
Growth Rate from 2024 to 2033 5.74% of CAGR
Largest Market Asia Pacific
Base Year 2023
Forecast Period 2024 to 2033
Segments Covered Material, Packaging Type, and End-use
Regions Covered North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa

Barrier Films Report Highlights

Material Outlook

The organic coating segment dominated the barrier films market in 2023. Organic coatings serve as corrosion barriers, protecting structures from corroding owing to humidity, weather, chemical resistance, toughness, abrasion, and aesthetic appeal. Their efficiency is determined by the mechanical properties of the coating system, suspended inhibitors, metal surface preparation, base adhesion, and other additives.

Coating compositions typically contain solvent, filler, resin, pigment, and additives. They produce a continuous, uniform coating that resists cracking, structural disintegration, and water permeability under stress and physical aging. Protective coatings must have low permeability, strong corrosion stability, and a long-lasting look to justify their cost. Organic solvents disperse resin, regulate coating viscosity, and influence film adherence and durability. They also promote homogeneity, increase flow, surface drying, and reduce oxygen and water permeability, among other benefits.

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Packaging Outlook

The pouches segment dominated the barrier films market in 2023. Pouch bags, also known as pouch bags, standup bags, plastic pouches, or doy-packs, are flexible containers made from various food-grade products. They are eco-friendly, reusable, and portable, lowering shipping costs both internationally and domestically.

Pouch films are biodegradable, requiring substantially fewer materials than rigid containers made of plastic and degrading within 18 months of landfilling. They also help minimize food waste by increasing the shelf life of perishable foods. Standup pouches are adjustable and have a gusseted bottom, making them ideal for liquid food producers. Food is secure inside pouches because they are made from food-grade materials certified by the FDA.

End-use Outlook

The agriculture segment dominated the barrier films market in 2023. Greenhouse films regulate humidity, light, and temperature transmission, resulting in a regulated environment for plant growth. Silage films preserve fermented feed, whilst tunnel films offer protection and improve growing conditions. Hydroponic films form a barrier between the nutrient solution and the growing media, avoiding contamination and absorption.

Stretch films protect agricultural produce during shipping and storage. Anti-condensation films prevent condensation, UV-stabilized films shield crops against harmful UV radiation, and biodegradable films degrade naturally over time. Anti-insect films provide a physical barrier to pests, preventing crop damage. These films are critical to sustaining a healthy and productive environment.

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Barrier Films Market Dynamics

Driver: Growing food packaging market

The increasing number of food packaging industries is a key driving factor in the growth of the barrier films market. The food business is embracing novel packaging methods, such as film-based alternatives and open and closing forms, to respond to client requests and change swiftly. As the industry becomes more competitive, businesses must adopt cost-effective solutions that benefit their bottom line. Flexible packaging is a popular option for lowering costs and waste. Furthermore, eco-friendliness is a growing industry motivator, with customers gravitating toward firms that are devoted to having a beneficial impact on the environment.

Flexible packaging pouches, which use compostable, recyclable, and renewable materials, have made tremendous progress in this regard. These materials help increase the product-to-package ratio, which lowers emissions from transportation and landfill trash. Overall, sustainable packaging plays an important role in the food industry’s success.

Restraint: Challenging to recycle

Plastic output has increased internationally, with roughly half utilized in packaging, resulting in waste. The reuse and recycling of plastic is critical for reducing environmental pollution. Barrier food packaging films are challenging to recycle due to their layered structure.

Recycling issues arise because of a variety of factors, including insufficient waste management infrastructure, improper waste disposal, lack of understanding about recycling, and difficulty dividing recyclable materials into non-recyclable waste.

Opportunity: Transparent film barrier

Transparent high-barrier films are an exciting advancement in sustainable packaging solutions as well as in the barrier films market, providing outstanding protection against moisture and oxygen while reducing spoilage and waste. These films, comprised of a combination of polymers and barrier elements, are perfect for packaging food goods such as meat, cheese, snacks, and bakery items.

Companies such as Danone and Nestle have already begun employing these films for packaging purposes, assuring freshness and extending product shelf life. They are lightweight, flexible, and easy to use, making them perfect for portable packaging. Transparent high-barrier films are additionally recyclable, making them an environmentally friendly alternative to typical plastic packaging. As more businesses adopt this technology, green packaging may become the standard, paving the door for a more sustainable future.

Recent Developments:

  • In April 2024, according to Paul Marquard, general manager and vice president of BOPP Films, Inteplast BOPP Films and VerdaFresh have collaborated to create a high barrier flexible film that would improve food shelf life while reducing packaging waste, with the goal of eliminating food waste through sustainable packaging.
  • In March 2024, Toppan, a global printing and packaging company, invented and plans to commercialize GL-SP, a sustainable barrier film, in India in partnership with TOPPAN Specialty Films, which uses biaxially oriented polypropylene as a substrate.
  • In February 2024, Hamilton Plastics Inc., launched by Harshad Shah, now focuses on nine-layer barrier constructions for food packaging. For over 37 years, the company has grown year after year and places a major emphasis on R&D in blown barrier film manufacturing. The enterprise was founded near the Tennessee River and is still family-owned and operated.

Barrier Films Market Top Companies

  • Amcor Plc
  • Berry Global Inc.
  • Toppan Printing Co.
  • Sealed Air
  • Jindal Poly Films Ltd.
  • Cosmo Films Ltd.

Market Segmentation

By Material

  • Polyethylene
  • Polypropylene
  • Polyester
  • Polyamide
  • Organic Coating
  • Inorganic Oxide Coating

By Packaging Type

  • Pouches
  • Bags
  • Blister Packs

By End-use

  • Food & Beverage
  • Pharmaceutical & Medical
  • Electronics
  • Agriculture
  • Others

By Geography

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Latin America
  • Middle East and Africa

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