Breathable films are used in a wide range of applications such as hygiene, construction/roofing underlayment, and housing wrap, disposable protective garments, surgical gowns and drapes, fabrics to make sportswear and defense jackets, and in food packaging.
Medical segment is the fastest-growing application of breathable films market
By application, the breathable films market is classified into six segments, namely hygiene, medical, food packaging, construction, fabric, and others. Hygiene is the largest application industry of breathable films. The growing penetration rate of baby diapers and sanitary napkins in the developing countries is expected to drive the breathable films market in this application. The medical application segment of the breathable films market is expected to be the fastest-growing application during the forecast period. Increased usage of breathable films into surgical drapes and gowns is expected to be the major driver.
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Increasing per capita GDP (at PPP) with rising awareness on health & hygiene in developing countries is expected to drive this market.
Expansions, investment, and agreements were the key strategies adopted by the major players to achieve growth in the global breathable films market between 2017 and 2020. The major players in the breathable films market are Toray Industries (Japan), Mitsui Chemicals (Japan), Berry Global Group (US), Arkema (France), RKW Group (Germany), and Schweitzer-Mauduit International (US).
Polyethylene segment is the largest type of breathable films market
Different types of breathable films are polyethylene-based breathable films, polypropylene-based breathable films, polyurethane-based breathable films, and others. The ‘others’ type includes polyether block amide-based breathable films, co-polyamide-based breathable films, and polyether ester-based breathable films. Polyethylene-based breathable films are the most widely used type of breathable films as these are low in cost as compared to any other type of breathable films and have favorable properties such as high absorbency, permeability, and strength.
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