Agricultural Films Market

Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2023-2030 - By Product, Technology, Grade, Application, End-user, Region: (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Middle East and Africa)

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Nano Greenhouses Appreciate Functional Attributes of Agricultural Films

With major applications in greenhouses, tunnels, irrigation systems, plastic reservoirs, silage, and mulching, agricultural films perform a vital job of protecting crops to further enhance their productivity. The function of effective crop protection here traverses a broad array of factors, including pests, weather, harsh sunlight and UV radiation, fog, smoke, and weed. Soil protection is another crucial advantage that these agricultural films provide. The consistently shrinking arable land area worldwide, and the thriving practice of advanced, protected agriculture predominantly uphold the demand for agricultural films. Escalating demand for organic food ingredients, and the flourishing plant-based health food trend worldwide also necessitate the use of agricultural films, thereby boosting sales. Increasing adoption for protection of fodder to prevent any microbial action, and spoilage also remains a significant factor stimulating the growth of agricultural films market.

While plastic films have been extensively employed as a preferred greenhouse covering material, they have come a long way to become the functional greenhouse covers with some excellent optical, and mechanical attributes. An increasing number of nano greenhouses intended to achieve faster harvest with improved productivity has been generating ascending demand for more efficient greenhouse coating materials. Cellular polycarbonate NANO, one of the sought-after materials for nano greenhouse-covering agricultural films, possesses light-modifying properties, superior water repellence, and abilities to provide crops with weather protection.

Popularity of Mulch Films Prevails

Mulch films have been highly sought-after when it comes to crop protection from weed, pests, and adverse weather. In addition, they prevent the loss of moisture, boost crop yield, and promote optimum soil temperature. Demand for mulch films thus remains strong worldwide. Greenhouse films play an important role in the maintenance of internal temperature of greenhouses, which underlines their incessant demand. Silage films, on the other side, remain the preferred packaging films on the back of their exceptional insulation properties, and sunlight resistance – widely used for grain, seeds, and fodder. An extensive application base will continue to generate a steady stream of revenue generation in the global agricultural films market.

LLDPE Has a Cost Benefit over Other Material Choices

Excellent impact and chemical resistance, economic cost, easier availability and accessibility, and desirable insulation attributes continue to position linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) as the most preferred raw material choice among manufacturers of agricultural films. On the other hand, other material alternatives for agricultural films like LDPE, high-density polyethylene (HDPE), and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) also remain popular. Adoption of LDPE films is prominent in case of greenhouses, silage, mulching, and low tunnels as they allow the entry of optimum sunlight inside greenhouses, and serves best amid limited water supply, and harsh climate. Sustained inclination toward HDPE prevails owing to its extraordinary corrosion resistance, and impact strength. Both these types of agricultural films also continue to witness demand from manufacturers of irrigation tapes.

Bio-based Agricultural Films See a Spike in Demand

Environmental concerns around the use of plastics have been triggering multiple material innovations in the world of agricultural films. In addition to the extraordinarily high environmental footprint of plastics, their improper disposal by a majority of farmers aggravates the impact of their unsustainable nature. High-performance biopolymers are thus rapidly emerging as an attractive solution within the bio-based film materials segment. Favourable government initiatives regarding the shift of agricultural industry to completely biodegradable, or recyclable plastic materials for agricultural films is also creating several opportunities for companies to innovate, and thereby penetrate newer markets for agricultural films. Over the recent past, the R&D departments of companies have been focused on development of bio-based yet versatile agricultural film materials for a variety of agricultural applications. Polyethylene resins are currently among the most lucrative segments experiencing solid growth in agricultural films market.

Key Companies in Agricultural Films Market

Some of the leading companies driving competition in the global agricultural films market, include Berry Global Inc., BASF SE, The Dow Chemical Company, Ab Rani Plast Oy, Armando Alvarez S.A., Coveris, Kuraray Co. Ltd., RKW Hyplast, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Trioplast Industrier AB, Novamont S.p.A., Groupe Barbier, and Trioplast Industrier AB. Hegemony of BASF SE prevails on the back of an impressively diverse portfolio of the company that covers silage films, mulching films, as well as greenhouses. The brand continuously rides the wheel of innovation, thereby registering the most frequent new launches on the agricultural films market.

Recent Notable Developments in Agricultural Films Landscape

  • Berry Global Inc. had acquired Laddawn, Inc., and RPC Group Plc in 2018, and 2019 respectively. While the former deal involved blown PE, and films, the latter one was intended to strengthen the foothold in plastics, and recycled plastics
  • Berry Global Inc., in 2019, declared its investments in an energy efficiency retrofit programme as an important step of its journey toward the sustainability goal
  • In April 2019, BASF partnered with Tân Hùng Cơ Masterbatch Manufacture Co. to achieve endurance, reduced waste, and enhanced crop yield with the use of BASF’s plastic additive for greenhouse films
  • In 2019, Rani Plast introduced two new variants of its oxygen barrier films (with 100x lower oxygen permeability than conventional) for agricultural usage. These innovations are intended to improve final quality, and enhance feed protection
  • In March 2020, Rani Plast launched a protective bale wrap - Rani Repel that has a natural active ingredient capable of repelling a wide range of pests
  • BASF announced the expansion of its novel NOR stabilizer technology in 2020. The expansion aims to enhance the effectiveness of technology in plasticulture polyolefin applications like nettings, greenhouse covers, small and macro tunnels, and substrate bags
  • Geminor made its foray into novel stretch film production in October 2021. While this film is manufactured from 100% recycled agricultural waste plastic feedstock, the process warrants highly efficient reusage of stretch films
  • In October 2021, ExxonMobil made an announcement regarding the introduction of two of its latest polyethylene (PE) grades, viz. Exceed XP 7052, and Exceed XP 7021. These new launches are intended to aid film converters in improving output, and bubble stability of agricultural films for greenhouse enclosures.

Key Elements Included In The Study: Global Agricultural Films Market

  • Agricultural Films Market by Product/Technology/Grade, Application/End-user, and Region
  • Executive Summary (Opportunity Analysis and Key Trends)
  • Historical Market Size and Estimates, Value and Volume, 2018 - 2021
  • Volume Consumption at Regional and Country Level, 2022 - 2029
  • Market Dynamics and Economic Overview
  • Market Size in Value and Volume, Growth Rates, and Forecast Figures, 2022 - 2029
  • Competitive Intelligence with Financials, Key Developments, and Portfolio of Leading Companies 
  • Regional and Product/Grade/Application/End-user Price Trends Analysis
  • Production Output Analysis (Major Producing Regions)
  • Value Chain and Five Force’s Analysis
  • Regional/Sub-region/Country Market Size and Trend Analysis
  • Company Market Share Analysis and Key Player Profiles

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