Agricultural Films and Bonding Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Agricultural Films and Bonding Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Films, Twine, Netting), By Raw Material, By Application (Greenhouse, Mulching, Silage), And Segment Forecasts, 2016 - 2024

  • Published Date: Nov, 2016
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2015
  • Report ID: GVR-1-68038-994-4
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2014
  • Number of Pages: 320

Industry Insights

The global agricultural films and bonding market size was USD 7.60 billion in 2015. Rising demand for food along with increasing requirement for ideal agricultural productivity is expected to drive the growth. Factors such as declining arable land and demand for high-quality crop are likely to impact the growth in a positive way.

Agricultural films offer several advantages over conventional polymer films such as providing nutrients externally, supporting seed germination, reducing soil compaction and erosion, increasing soil temperature, suppressing weed growth, and providing protection against UV rays. The durability, transparency, anti-fog, diffusion, thermal effects and degradation properties of these films make them more useful for agriculture.

U.S. agricultural films & bonding market

Various innovations in the market including florescent, UV and NIR blocking, screens and ultra-thermic screens are anticipated to drive the agricultural films and bonding market growth over the next eight years. Silage screens are mainly used on pasture lands to store animal fodder as they retain moisture and lend ease of handling and transportation. However, the disposal and environmental impact of these films are expected to hamper the growth in the forthcoming years.

Twine is widely used in vegetable packing, fruit packing, and bales. It is strong, durable, and can be used as ropes. Netting is used for hail protection, overhead crop netting, insect netting, citrus netting, and baling. Netting protects crops from weather risks and also lessens the effects of light.

Mulching was the largest application of agricultural films and accounted for 45.4% of the total market share in 2015. The consumption of film type varies according to different climatic conditions, crop patterns, and demand for crops. Greenhouse films are predominantly used in Asia and Middle East due to an increasing demand for ornamental crops. Silage films are mostly consumed in South America and Europe due to the presence of high pasture areas.

Asia Pacific led the global demand and is expected to expand at a CAGR of 5.4% over the forecast period. Increasing food demand coupled with large exports to other countries has led to Asia Pacific becoming the largest agricultural film and bonding consumer globally. Additionally, increasing production capacities for Polyethylene (PE), which is the major raw material for manufacturing films, has furthered market growth.

Regulations regarding the use and recycling of plastic are being followed in regions like Europe, North America, and Asia, thus hampering the growth of agricultural films market. The introduction of biodegradable and bio-based polymer films is expected to create lucrative opportunities for market participants over the next few years.

Product Insights

Film was the major product segment and accounted for over 75% of the overall market in 2015. This segment is anticipated to witness the fastest growth over the forecast period on account of growing requirement for high-quality crops.

Twine accounted for over 10% of the global market share in 2015. Baling twines are used for stacking and binding products. They are also applicable in packaging crates for vegetables and fruits suitable for transport.

Raw Material Insights

Polypropylene (PP) finds a wide range of application in agriculture and farming. They are used for manufacturing netting and twines for packaging and protecting the products from damage. PP twines are used for binding and corrugated PP is used for irrigational applications. PP demand in twine accounted for over 70% of the market share in 2015.

Low-density Polyethylene (LDPE) accounted for over 22% of the films market share in 2015 and is expected to witness high demand from Asia Pacific, particularly China. These are used in areas with harsh climatic conditions and limited water supply.

High-density Polyethylene (HDPE) accounted for over 50% of the netting market share in 2015. This non-toxic material can be used in direct contact with plants. HDPE is completely recyclable, convertible, waterproof, and durable. UV radiation agents are added in the correct quantity to the raw material to enhance mechanical characteristics.

Application Insights

Global films application in mulching is projected to reach USD 5,787.2 million by 2024. Mulching films are most widely used in China and Rest of Asia due to large areas of arable land and high agricultural activities.

Global agricultural films & bonding market

Greenhouse coverings are widely used in horticulture and floriculture projects in Europe and Middle East to mitigate the effects of harsh climatic conditions here and to meet the growing demand for products from such projects.

Shading was the leading application segment and accounted for over 40% of the netting market in 2015. Shading nets are also used to prolong or delay the harvesting period in sunny areas particularly in European economies such as Italy.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific led the global market and accounted for over 70% of global demand in 2015. Over 80% of the farmers in the region use mulch. Favorable support from the government for R&D of protected agriculture practices are expected to have a positive impact on the growth.

Europe is anticipated to witness stagnant growth over the next eight years owing to stringent environmental regulations regarding film disposal and manufacturing. However, shifting consumer focus towards biodegradable materials is anticipated to further fuel the regional growth.

Agricultural Films and Bonding Market Share Insights

The global market is highly fragmented due to the presence of several small-scale and regional players, particularly in India and China. Key companies include ExxonMobil Corporation, BP Industries (BPI), Trioplast Industrier AB, Armando Alvarez SA, Barbier Groupe, Novamont, BASF, Kuraray, and Ab Rani PlastOy. These players are adopting strategies such as M&A, new product development, and collaborations with biotechnology firms to gain greater market share.

Report Scope

Attribute

Details

Base year for estimation

2015

Actual estimates/Historical data

2014

Forecast period

2016 - 2024

Market representation

Volume in Kilotons, Revenue in USD Million & CAGR from 2016 to 2024

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America, Middle East & Africa

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

Country Scope

U.S., Canada, Mexico, Italy, Spain, U.K., France, Germany, Brazil

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