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Breathable Films Market

Breathable Films Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Raw Material  (Polyester, Polyethylene, Polypropylene), By Product  (Microporous, Micro void, Nonporous), By Application  (Hygiene, Healthcare, Building and Construction, Industrial Protective Apparel, Packaging, Sports Apparel) and By Region(North America, Europe, APAC, Middle East and Africa, LATAM) Forecasts, 2022-2030

Report Code: SRPP2227DR
Study Period 2018-2030 CAGR 7.54%
Historical Period 2018-2020 Forecast Period 2022-2030
Base Year 2021 Base Year Market Size USD 19.80 Billion
Forecast Year 2030 Forecast Year Market Size USD 38.09 Billion
Largest Market Asia Pacific Fastest Growing Market North America
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Market Overview

The global breathable films market size was valued at USD 19.80 billion in 2021. It is projected to reach USD 38.09 billion by 2030, growing at a CAGR of 7.54% during the forecast period (2022–2030).

Extrusion technology is used to produce breathable films from thermoplastic resins. As a result of open cells throughout their mass, they are waterproof, eco-friendly, and permeable to gases and water vapors. They are an affordable option for producing personal hygiene items like disposable sanitary napkins, kid's diapers, and adult incontinence pads because of their moisture-locking qualities. Additionally, they are employed in mattresses, protective clothing, isolation clothing, disposable supplies, and surgical gowns. Soft textiles are made by laminating them with composites made of non-woven fabric and using an adhesive or a point-bonding calendar.

Breathable films are economical polymer-based films that enable moisture control in numerous applications, including feminine hygiene, diapers, and adult incontinence products. As roofing membranes, porous films have another critical application. During the forecast period, the thriving building and construction industry and rising demand for food packaging are expected to drive the breathable films market.

Market Dynamics

Global Breathable Films Market Drivers

Increasing Demand for Baby Diapers

With a growing population, the demand for comfortable and hygienic diapers increases and drives the market significantly. Increases in disposable income per capita and the number of working mothers are attributable to market expansion. Manufacturers have developed bio-based products due to an increased awareness of infant hygiene maintenance and technological advancements in fabrics used for diapers, breathability, and absorbency. Breathability is a fabric's resistance to air movement through its weave or construction. Breathability is essential for comfort and healthy skin in a baby diaper. It reduces the incidence of diaper rash, thereby maintaining the baby's skin's freshness and health. The incidence of diaper dermatitis is related to the breathability of the diaper. Thus, infants wearing breathable diapers experience a 38% to 50% reduction in the incidence of dermatitis.

Growing Awareness and Application

The spread of the coronavirus disease has resulted in a significant increase in the demand for PPE kits and other essential medical supplies worldwide. This constitutes one of the primary forces that is driving the expansion of the market. The breathable market is developing due to the growing demand for feminine hygiene products brought on by plans and initiatives launched by the governments of numerous nations to expand the supply of sanitary napkins. During the forecast period, there is also potential for the market for breathable films to grow due to the rising applications from various industries, including personal care, pharmaceuticals, building and construction, medicine, and food.

Global Breathable Films Market Restraint

Volatility in Raw Materials Costs

Polypropylene, polyethylene, and polyester are the primary feedstocks producing these films. The production of textile films relies heavily on various petroleum-based products as their primary source of raw materials. The polyester film industry, dependent on crude oil derivatives, is becoming increasingly concerned as crude oil prices continue to rise. A significant hindrance to the industry's overall growth in recent years has been the highly variable pricing of these raw materials.

Global Breathable Films Market Opportunities

Untapped Market in Developing Countries

In developing countries, the level of consumption of hygiene products is still at a deficient penetration level. Countries like China, India, and Indonesia, which all have large populations and high birth rates, currently have meager penetration rates despite widespread internet use. On the other hand, there is an expectation that the demand will increase significantly due to an increase in the average income per capita, an increased awareness regarding health and hygiene, and a shift in consumer preference. There is a sizable window of opportunity for the market growth of breathable films and hygiene products in developing countries.

Regional Analysis

The global breathable films market share includes North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and LAMEA.

Asia-Pacific will dominate the global breathable films during the forecast period. This region is growing due to increased packaging material consumption in the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, and personal care industries. China, Japan, Thailand, and India are anticipated to experience rapid economic expansion, followed by Southeast Asian nations.

Report Scope

Report Metric Details
By Raw Material 
  1. Polyester
  2. Polyethylene
  3. Polypropylene
By Product 
  1. Microporous
  2. Micro void
  3. Nonporous
By Application 
  1. Hygiene
  2. Healthcare
  3. Building and Construction
  4. Industrial Protective Apparel
  5. Packaging
  6. Sports Apparel
Company Profiles Mitsui Chemicals Inc. Arkema RKW Group Skymark Packaging Ltd. Trioworld SWM International Berry Global Group Nitto Denko Corporation Covestro Fatra A.S.
Geographies Covered
North America U.S. Canada
Europe U.K. Germany France Spain Italy Russia Nordic Benelux Rest of Europe
APAC China Korea Japan India Australia Taiwan South East Asia Rest of Asia-Pacific
Middle East and Africa UAE Turkey Saudi Arabia South Africa Egypt Nigeria Rest of MEA
LATAM Brazil Mexico Argentina Chile Colombia Rest of LATAM
Report Coverage Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, Environment & Regulatory Landscape and Trends
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Segmental Analysis

The global breathable films market is segmented by raw material, product, and application.

Based on raw materials, the market is divided into polyester, polyethylene, and polypropylene.

The polyester segment dominates the market for breathable films in revenue and is anticipated to grow during the forecast period. The demand for nonporous, breathable films is anticipated to increase due to an increase in usage by various sectors. The extensive use of polyethylene films in the hygiene and healthcare industries is anticipated to continue to fuel market expansion.

Based on product, the market is categorized into microporous, micro void, and nonporous.

The nonporous segment held the largest market share and is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. Increasing textile, packaging, and medical product applications will drive growth. Polymer membranes that are dense and free of pinholes are nonporous films. Typically, these membranes are hydrophilic and rapidly absorb water. Active diffusion permits the transmission of water vapor through impermeable films. This type of breathable film is frequently used in clothing, electronic devices, disc drives, and logistics packaging.

Based on application, the market is segmented into hygiene, healthcare, building and construction, industrial protective apparel, packaging, and sports apparel.

The packaging industry has emerged as the largest application segment, followed by the healthcare and hygiene industries. Producing packaging solutions such as pouches, rolls, and bags to preserve the freshness and hygiene of vegetables and fruits requires using breathable films. These films are used in fruit, food, and vegetable packaging because they enable smoke permeation, cook-in of food products, and dry storage of fruits and vegetables, increasing shelf life.

Market Size By Raw Material 

Market Size By Raw Material 
  • Polyester
  • Polyethylene
  • Polypropylene
  • Recent Developments

    Top Key Players

    Breathable Films Market Share of Key Players

    Breathable Films Market Share of Key Players
    Mitsui Chemicals Inc. Arkema RKW Group Skymark Packaging Ltd. Trioworld SWM International Berry Global Group Nitto Denko Corporation Covestro Fatra A.S. Others

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    How big is the global breathable films market?
    The global breathable films market size was valued at USD 19.80 billion in 2021. It is projected to reach USD 38.09 billion by 2030, growing at a CAGR of 7.54% from 2022–2030).
    Growing demand for baby diapers, increasing awareness and application are some key drivers supporting the growth of the market
    Asia Pacific region has the highest growth rate in the market.
    The key players in the global market include Arkema, RKW Group, Skymark Packaging Ltd., Trioworld, SWM International, Berry Global Group, Nitto Denko Corporation, Covestro, Fatra A.S.
    The polyester market sector is expected to dominate over the forecast period.

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