The Future of Functional and Barrier Coatings for Paper and Board to 2022 details the types of barrier and functional coatings currently in use, as well as new technologies and processing methods emerging. The report analyses the role of customer needs and regulatory requirements in driving the market. A dedicated section outlines and evaluates stakeholders within the paper and paperboard industry that supply raw materials, supply coatings, and purchase finished packaging products that contribute to the use of functional and barrier products.
The 2015 market for functional and barrier coatings approached $6 billion worldwide for the identified categories, and 5% annual growth is projected though 2020, when sales are expected to exceed $7 billion.
Various products and techniques are used to achieve and optimise cost performance benefits in a wide variety of packaging applications for both food and non-food uses. Property improvements include but are not limited to water resistance, oil and grease resistance, moisture resistance, oxygen resistance, anti-slip, scuff resistance, hot and cold release, as well a variety of other functional properties.