The Future of High-Barrier Packaging Films to 2024

Smithers Pira’s detailed market modelling shows that in 2019 global demand for high-barrier packaging films is projected to be $28.88 million.

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Product type: Market report
Date of publication: 30 Apr 2019
Product format: Hard copy, Digital

Barrier protection is an increasingly important priority for maintaining shelf life and product integrity in globalised supply chains. At the same time, the industry is having to innovate with new solutions that improve the recyclability of plastic and multi-layer formats.

Future growth is forecast to continue at 6.1% year-on-year to reach $38.91 billion in 2024. Across the same period consumption by volume will climb from 5.07 million to 6.41 million tonnes, with new emphasis placed on lower weight, higher performance barrier solutions.

Material producers and packaging converters will continue to develop new and improved plastic films, additives and packaging designs to support this market expansion.

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Our exclusive content:

  • Global market forecasts for current and future demand for high-barrier packaging films in packaging
  • The technical and market demands that will shape future priorities for barrier film technologies in packaging
  • Comprehensive segmentation across 11 high-barrier materials, 6 packaging formats, 13 end-use segments, and 27 geographic regions

What methodology is used?

This new study from Smithers Pira is based on an in-depth combination of primary and secondary research. Primary research included interviews with key market and technical staff across the world value chain for packaging films. This is supported by an extensive literature analysis of published product launches, converting and machinery innovations to create a global perspective; combined with Smithers own market intelligence and critical analysis.

What will you discover?

  • Which high-barrier materials will see the greatest market expansion by value and volume
  • How the drive for sustainability in packaging will change the use of high-barrier films
  • Which flexible packaging formats will see the fastest increase in demand
  • The impact of future technologies, including high-barrier inorganic vapour-deposition films, recyclable high-barrier films, higher aluminium replacement films and moisture-resistant BOPA replacement films.

Who should buy this report?

  • Plastic film producers
  • Flexible packaging converters
  • Retailers and packaging buyers
  • Extrusion equipment/machinery manufacturers
  • Packaging industry consultants and analysts

TABLE OF CONTENTS

List of tables

List of figures

Executive summary

Introduction and methodology

Objectives

Market segmentation

  • Barrier materials
  • Packaging products
  • End-use market
  • Geographic market

Report scope

  • Definitions
  • Data

Methodology

List of polymer abbreviations

Exchange rates

Industry overview, market drivers and trends

Introduction

Industry overview

  • Industry supply chain
  • High-barrier packaging film suppliers
  • High-barrier packaging film converters

Market drivers and trends

  • Economic influences
  • Lifestyle and social influences
  • Demographic influences
  • Brand owner commitments to sustainable packaging
  • Multilayer packaging recycling challenges
  • Regulatory developments and recycling
  • Rigid pack replacement
  • Retail trends

Cutting-edge technology developments

Introduction

High-barrier packaging material and product developments

  • Amcor recyclable high-barrier polyolefin film
  • Toyobo high-barrier inorganic vapour deposition film
  • Exceed XP high-performance co-extrusion films
  • Schur ultra-thin high-barrier food packaging film
  • Solvay/Husky recyclable high-barrier polyester
  • Polymeric film BOPA replacement film
  • Horn & Bauer aluminium-free high-barrier film

Multilayer packaging film recycling

  • Mondi BarrierPack Recyclable laminate
  • DowDuPont RecycleReady technology
  • BASF chemical recycling process
  • Sabic recycling initiative 
  • Loop Industries PET recycling technology
  • Unilever waste recycling technology

Sustainable high-barrier packaging films and coatings

  • Whey protein-based coatings
  • Microfibrillated cellulose (MFC)
  • BioOrmocer coatings
  • Compostable high-barrier films
  • Biodegradable barrier packaging
  • New water-soluble casein
  • Bio-based high-barrier packaging

Besela high-barrier film

Polymer nanocomposites

Machine-direction orientation (MDO) film

High-barrier films for packaging market by material 2014–24

Introduction

Base web polymer types

  • Biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP)
  • Cast polypropylene (CPP)
  • Biaxially oriented polyethylene terephthalate (BOPET)
  • Biaxially oriented polyamide (BOPA/OPA)
  • Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and linear-low-density polyethylene (LLDPE)
  • Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)

Barrier films and coatings

High-barrier packaging film market forecast

  • Metallised film
  • Transparent high-barrier films
  • High-barrier coatings

High-barrier films for packaging market by packaging format 2014–24

Introduction

Bags and pouches

Stand-up pouches

  • Doyen
  • K-style bottom gusset pouches
  • Corner, plough or folded bottom

Tray lidding film

Forming webs

Wrapping film

Blister pack base webs

High-barrier films for packaging market by end-use application 2014–24

Introduction

  • Human food
  • Fresh food
  • Retort food
  • Dried food
  • Chilled food
  • Snack food & confectionery
  • Dairy products
  • Baked goods

Pet food

Drinks

  • Hot drinks
  • Soft drinks
  • Alcoholic drinks

Non-food

  • Pharmaceuticals and medical
  • Personal care and cosmetics
  • Other non-food

High-barrier film for packaging market by geographic region 2014–24

Introduction

Western Europe

  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • UK
  • Other Western Europe

Eastern Europe

  • Poland
  • Russia
  • Other Eastern Europe

North America

  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • US

South & Central America

  • Brazil
  • Other South & Central America

Asia-Pacific

  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • Other Asia-Pacific countries

Middle East & Africa

  • Turkey
  • Other Middle East and Africa

TABLES AND FIGURES

Global high-barrier packaging film consumption by material, 2014–24 ($ million)

High-barrier film for packaging: projected percentage consumption share by material, 2019

High-barrier packaging film: projected percentage consumption share by pack format, 2019

High-barrier packaging film: projected percentage consumption share by end-use market, 2019

High-barrier packaging film: projected percentage consumption share by region, 2019

Data revisions compared with 2016 report

Exchange rates to the US dollar (=$1), 2014–18

High-barrier packaging film converters – a selection of leading suppliers, 2019

High-barrier packaging film: key market drivers and trends to 2024

The high-barrier flexible packaging industry supply chain

World growth projections by country groups, 2018–20, GDP, % change

Population trends by region/country, 2013–23 (million)

Summary of key technology challenges for harder to recycle packaging types to 2023

Cutting-edge technology developments for high-barrier packaging film to 2024

Barrier classification

Comparison of barrier film performance

Barrier performance for polymer and inorganic oxide-coated film at various substrate and coating thicknesses

Global high-barrier packaging film consumption by material, 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

Global high-barrier packaging film consumption by material, 2014–24 ($ million)

Metallised packaging film consumption by world region, 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

Transparent high-barrier packaging film consumption by material, 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

EVOH packaging film consumption by world region, 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

PCTFE packaging film consumption by world region, 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

COC packaging film consumption by world region, 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

AMAC packaging film consumption by world region, 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

High-barrier coated packaging film consumption by material, 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

Oxygen and water transmission rates for PVdC-coated substrates

PVdC-coated packaging film consumption by world region, 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

Typical barrier properties of inside-coated BOPP film with PVOH for food packaging

PVOH-coated packaging film consumption by world region, 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

Oxygen and water transmission rates for silicon and aluminium oxide-coated substrates

AlOx-coated packaging film consumption by world region, 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

SiOx-coated packaging film consumption by world region, 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

High-barrier packaging film consumption by pack format 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

Bags and pouches: high-barrier packaging film consumption by region 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

Stand-up pouches: high-barrier packaging film consumption by region 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

Tray lidding film: high-barrier packaging film consumption by region 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

Forming webs: high-barrier packaging film consumption by region 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

Wrapping film: high-barrier packaging film consumption by region 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

Blister pack base webs: high-barrier packaging film consumption by region 2014–24 (000 tonnes) 

High-barrier packaging film consumption by end-use market, 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

Human food: high-barrier packaging film consumption by end-use market, 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

Fresh food: high-barrier packaging film consumption by region, 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

Retort food: high-barrier packaging film consumption by region, 2014–

24 (000 tonnes)

Dried food: high-barrier packaging film consumption by region, 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

Chilled food: high-barrier packaging film consumption by region, 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

Snack food & confectionery food: high-barrier packaging film consumption by region, 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

Dairy food: high-barrier packaging film consumption by region, 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

Baked goods: high-barrier packaging film consumption by region, 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

Pet food: high-barrier packaging film consumption by region, 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

Drinks: high-barrier packaging film consumption by region, 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

Non-food: high-barrier packaging film consumption by end-use sector, 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

Pharmaceutical & medical: high-barrier packaging film consumption by region, 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

Personal care & cosmetics: high-barrier packaging film consumption by region, 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

Other non-food markets: high-barrier packaging film consumption by region, 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

Global high-barrier packaging film consumption by region, 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

Global high-barrier packaging film consumption by region, 2014–24

($ million)

Western Europe: high-barrier packaging film consumption by national market, (000 tonnes)

Western Europe: high-barrier packaging film consumption by national market, 2014–24 ($ million)

Western Europe: high-barrier packaging film consumption by material, 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

Western Europe: high-barrier packaging film consumption by material, 2014–24 ($ million)

Western Europe: high-barrier packaging film consumption by end-use sector, 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

Western Europe: high-barrier packaging film consumption by pack format, 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

France: key economic and demographic indicators, 2014–19

France: high-barrier packaging film consumption and market value, 2014–24 ($ million/’000 tonnes)

Germany: key economic and demographic indicators, 2014–19

Germany: high-barrier packaging film consumption and market value, 2014–24 ($ million/’000 tonnes)

Italy: key economic and demographic indicators, 2014–19

Italy: high-barrier packaging film consumption and market value, 2014–24 ($ million/’000 tonnes)

Spain: key economic and demographic indicators, 2014–19

Spain: high-barrier packaging film consumption and market value, 2014–24 ($ million/’000 tonnes)

UK: key economic and demographic indicators, 2014–19

UK: high-barrier packaging film consumption and market value, 2014–24 ($ million/’000 tonnes)

Other Western Europe: high-barrier packaging film consumption and market value, 2014–24 ($ million/’000 tonnes)

Eastern Europe: high-barrier packaging film consumption by national market, (000 tonnes)

Eastern Europe: high-barrier packaging film consumption by national market, 2014–24 ($ million)

Eastern Europe: high-barrier packaging film consumption by material, 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

Eastern Europe: high-barrier packaging film consumption by material, 2014–24 ($ million)

Eastern Europe: high-barrier packaging film consumption by end-use sector, 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

Eastern Europe: high-barrier packaging film consumption by pack format, 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

Poland: key economic and demographic indicators, 2014–19

Poland: high-barrier packaging film consumption and market value, 2014–24 ($ million/’000 tonnes)

Russia: key economic and demographic indicators, 2014–19

Russia: high-barrier packaging film consumption and market value, 2014–24 ($ million/’000 tonnes)

Other Eastern Europe: high-barrier packaging film consumption and market value, 2014–24 ($ million/’000 tonnes)

North America: high-barrier packaging film consumption by national market, (000 tonnes)

North America: high-barrier packaging film consumption by national market, 2014–24 ($ million)

North America: high-barrier packaging film consumption by material, 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

North America: high-barrier packaging film consumption by material, 2014–24 ($ million)

North America: high-barrier packaging film consumption by end-use sector, 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

North America: high-barrier packaging film consumption by pack format, 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

Canada: key economic and demographic indicators, 2014–19

Canada: high-barrier packaging film consumption and market value, 2014–24 ($ million/’000 tonnes)

Mexico: key economic and demographic indicators, 2014–19

Mexico: high-barrier packaging film consumption and market value, 2014–24 ($ million/’000 tonnes)

US: key economic and demographic indicators, 2014–19

US: high-barrier packaging film consumption and market value, 2014–24 ($ million/’000 tonnes)

South & Central America: high-barrier packaging film consumption by national market, (000 tonnes)

South & Central America: high-barrier packaging film consumption by national market, 2014–24 ($ million)

South & Central America: high-barrier packaging film consumption by material, 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

South & Central America: high-barrier packaging film consumption by material, 2014–24 ($ million)

South & Central America: high-barrier packaging film consumption by end-use sector, 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

South & Central America: high-barrier packaging film consumption by pack format, 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

Brazil: key economic and demographic indicators, 2014–19

Brazil: high-barrier packaging film consumption and market value, 2014–24 ($ million/’000 tonnes)

Other South & Central America: high-barrier packaging film consumption and market value, 2014–24 ($ million/’000 tonnes)

Asia-Pacific: high-barrier packaging film consumption by national market, (000 tonnes)

Asia-Pacific: high-barrier packaging film consumption by national market, 2014–24 ($ million)

Asia-Pacific: high-barrier packaging film consumption by material, 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

Asia-Pacific: high-barrier packaging film consumption by material, 2014–24 ($ million)

Asia-Pacific: high-barrier packaging film consumption by end-use sector, 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

Asia-Pacific: high-barrier packaging film consumption by pack format, 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

China: key economic and demographic indicators, 2014–19

China: high-barrier packaging film consumption and market value, 2014–24 ($ million/’000 tonnes)

India: key economic and demographic indicators, 2014–19

India: high-barrier packaging film consumption and market value, 2014–24 ($ million/’000 tonnes)

Japan: key economic and demographic indicators, 2014–19

Japan: high-barrier packaging film consumption and market value, 2014–24 ($ million/’000 tonnes)

Other Asia-Pacific: high-barrier packaging film consumption and market value, 2014–24 ($ million/’000 tonnes)

Middle East & Africa: high-barrier packaging film consumption by national market, (000 tonnes)

Middle East & Africa: high-barrier packaging film consumption by national market, 2014–24 ($ million)

Middle East & Africa: high-barrier packaging film consumption by material, 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

Middle East & Africa: high-barrier packaging film consumption by material, 2014–24 ($ million)

Middle East & Africa: high-barrier packaging film consumption by end-use sector, 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

Middle East & Africa: high-barrier packaging film consumption by pack format, 2014–24 (000 tonnes)

Turkey: key economic and demographic indicators, 2014–19

Turkey: high-barrier packaging film consumption and market value, 2014–24 ($ million/’000 tonnes)

Other Middle East & Africa: high-barrier packaging film consumption and market value, 2014–24 ($ million/’000 tonnes)