The global plastic films and sheets market size was exhibited at USD 128.83 billion in 2022 and is projected to hit around USD 214.93 billion by 2032, growing at a CAGR of 5.25% during the forecast period from 2023 to 2032.
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The demand for plastic films and sheets has grown in recent years due to its demand in the agriculture sector. Greenhouses are constructed with the use of plastic sheets. Plastic sheets are also used in the making of the covers of the low tunnels. It is also used in the construction of walk-in tunnels. Plastic films which have multiple holes and rows are used in the agricultural sector for the better development and growth of plants. These sheets are waterproof, durable, and lightweight and the market is expected to grow during the forecast period. In recent years there have been changes in the consumption pattern and the demand for different types of processed foods will drive market growth in the coming years.
Depending upon the food perishability and requirement of food manufacturers in the industry are producing different types of sheets and films. The demand for biaxially oriented plastic films has grown in recent years. As these films can be stretched in two directions the market will continue to grow in the coming years. The market is also expected to grow as it may be used in the food packaging industry. With a handful of specialty polymers, specialty films are manufactured.
The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic had positive as well as negative impacts on the plastic sheets and films market. The revenue of the food packaging sector increased during the pandemic as there was a demand for packaging applications. But the market was negatively affected especially for the industrial sector as the sales had declined.
Report Scope of the Plastic Films and Sheets Market
|Market Size in 2022||USD 128.83 Billion|
|Market Size by 2032||USD 214.93 Billion|
|Growth Rate from 2023 to 2032||CAGR of 5.25%|
|Forecast Period||2023 to 2032|
|Segments Covered||By Product, By Application|
|Regions Covered||North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle East & Africa|
Key Market Trends
Drivers - Growing demand for unique products
The introduction of biaxial films has been instrumental in the growth of the market in recent years period. these films possess the property of providing stretch indistinctively in two directions. There are many changes that occur in the film due to its orientation. There is lustrous Ness and high stiffness. They have a large range of applications in packaging graphics electronics and electrical and imaging. The manufacturers of plastic film are focusing on the production of these products as the demand for them is expected to grow in the coming years. They are used in a large scale in the food packaging industry. As the food and beverages industry is expected to grow in the coming years the demand for this product will also grow. As the product it's non-toxic it shall be preferred for being used in the food packaging industry. It also helps in retaining the aroma as it happens to be a barrier between the food and the environment.
Restraints - Saturation of different markets
in the countries like North America and Europe, the demand for plastic films and sheets has reduced in recent years. In the past five years, the demand has slowed down as the markets are maturing. For the countries like France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, the demand for plastic films and Sheets will not increase in the coming years. Italy went through financial turmoil in recent years which had led to reduced demand of these products. Financial turmoil hampered the food packaging market in this nation.
Opportunities - Development of the specialty films
there has been an increase in the demand for specialty films in recent years. Specialty polymers are used in the manufacturing of specialty films. many different varieties of specialty films are produced like nylon, polyolefin, polyvinyl butyl and polyester. Commodity films can be manufactured at lower costs as compared to specialty films these films are expensive and the demand for these films will be higher in the coming years.
multilayer films are also a type of specialty film which will have a good demand in the coming years. They provide good barriers and they are non-porous. These films are used on a large scale in the packaging of the meat. They are also largely used in the packaging of cosmetics and pharmaceutical products. In recent years specialty films are manufactured by using compostable and biodegradable materials and the demand for these products will grow well in the coming years period
Challenges - Recycling of plastic
one of the major challenges that the industry faces is that of recycling plastic. These products are used in the non-packaging as well as the packaging industry. The recycling process is a complex process due to the use of different types of materials. Analysis and identification of these materials which are made up of different types of layers is an expensive procedure. There's an increased risk of the flexible plastics being stuck in the machines during the recycling procedure and this will be an expensive procedure.
The LDPE segment is expected to have a dominant position in the coming years. This segment has dominated the market in the past with a share of about 40.90% in terms of revenue. As compared to the other types of products available in the market this segment will have a larger market share due to its properties. This product is highly tensile and flexible due to which the market is expected to grow in the coming years. This product is also resistant to higher impact and higher puncture. The segment is expected to have a larger market share and its use will be more in the coming years as it provides high clarity. This product is also comparatively less expensive among the other different types of products available in the market. They are used in the packaging industry for food and beverages and for textiles. HDPE segment is also expected to have a good amount of growth in the coming years. As this product is resistant to corrosion and resistant to chemicals it will have a good amount of demand in the coming years.
The friction coefficient of this product is less and also has better electrical properties. It is resistant to odor and moisture do to which its demand in various industries is expected to grow in the coming years. This product is approved by the FDA and it shall be used on a large scale in many industries. It is largely used in the packaging of food items.
Plastic films and sheets are used on a large scale in the packaging industry. The packaging segment is expected to have the largest market share in the coming years period in the past it had a share of about 84% in terms of revenue. The use of plastic films and sheets has become popular in the packaging industry due to the changes in the lifestyle of people. The growing need for sustainability will help in creating more demand for these products. Constant research and development in the field has been beneficial in providing innovative plastics. The consumption of this product in the food and beverages industry will provide better opportunities for growth in the coming years. But demand for these products is expected to grow in developing nations across the world which is mainly due to the presence of manufacturing units in these developing nations.
The non-packaging segment is also expected to grow well in the coming years. Plastic sheets and films are used in the healthcare sector, construction sector, and agricultural sector. these products are used in the construction sector as they are durable and non-corrosive. These products are cheaper as compared to the other products available in the market. These products provide insulation therefore it will be used in the construction industry. Plastic films are used in the health care facilities where the X-ray equipment is used. It helps in protecting medical practitioners. The demand for this product is expected to grow for MRI machines.
Plastic Films and Sheets Market Share, By Region, 2021 (%)
|Regions||Revenue Share in 2021 (%)|
Asia Pacific region has dominated the market in the past. It accounted for a share of about 41% in terms of revenue in recent years. Is shows Pacific region is expected to grow well during the forecast period. Due to the growth of the food and beverages industry in the Asia Pacific region and the growth of the pharmaceutical industry in the Asia Pacific region the demand for plastic sheets and films is expected to grow in the coming years.
In the nations like China and India, the demand for these products will increase. As the manufacturing industry in the Asia Pacific region is growing the demand for these sheets and films will continue to grow. As the automotive industry in the Asia Pacific region is growing especially for the nations like India and China the demand for these products will increase due to its use in various components.
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