Global Barrier Films Market - Segmented by Type (Oxygen and Other Gas, Corrosion, Moisture), End-user Industry (Food, Pharmaceutical & Healthcare, Electronics), and Geography - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2018 - 2023)
The barrier films market is expected to register a CAGR of 5.51%, during the forecast period (2018 - 2023). The scope of the market covers only the barrier films used for packaging applications in the food, pharmaceutical, healthcare, electronics industries.
Growth of Retail Chains
The growth of large retail chains has greatly benefitted the barrier packaging film market. The chains have expanded the market for packaged food, as well as electronics and pharmaceutical items with an increased focus on cost reduction and shelf-life extension. The retail food and beverage markets have dominated the retail chains, and have continued their prominence in developing countries of Central & Eastern Europe, Asia, and South America, which were traditionally dominated by small, local, and independent stores. Supermarkets/hypermarkets are becoming especially favored by consumers due to their wide product ranges and diverse choice of premium brands, usually unavailable at other outlets. Thus, these domestic supermarkets/hypermarkets witnessing and increased adoption and are proliferating in major cities and are also expanding their presence in developing markets, which will further expand barrier packaging demand in these countries.
United States to Hold the Largest Market Share
The United States consumer lifestyle trends are demanding convenience and portability of products, especially in the food sector. The food industry accounts for around 5% of the country’s GDP and is still growing, owing to the greater demand for these packaged foods. Ease of use at home and on-the-go flexibility has become necessary factors to drive the purchase of consumer foods. The “snacking” trend in the region is driving consumers to consume “on-the-go” food items, while also demanding healthy, improved tasting options. This has driven grocery stores, restaurants, and supermarkets to embrace this trend by offering a variety of packaged foods and “ready-to-eat “meals, and has further created the demand for flexible and convenient packaging with high barrier properties. The U.S flexible packaging industry is witnessing a healthy growth as compared to the rigid packaging market, owing to the unique solutions provided for many packaging challenges. While considering the full life cycle of flexible packaging, it has superior sustainability attributes including using less material, less energy and creating less GHG emissions and waste, thus, making it a more suitable form of packaging. All these factors have contributed significantly to the growth of barrier films in the region.
Food Industry to Hold a Major Share of the Market
The changing food habits associated with the busy lifestyle, creates a demand for packaged food. The increasing demand for the packaged food can be attributed to the improving lifestyles of people, owing to the increasing disposable income. The packaging of pet food, tuna, and soups alone produces 13 billion packages across the globe, emerging as viable alternatives for conventional plastic packaging. Grab-and-go food (GNG) refers to pre-packaged, ready-to-eat food items often sold at a self-service refrigerator or something similar, which is expected to act as a significant driver for the growth of packaging forms with longer shelf life and greater barrier properties. Thus, driving manufacturers in the region to shift to flexible film packaging to cater to the consumer demand for convenient packaging, thus aiding the growth of the barrier film packaging.
Key Developments in the Market
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