GVR Report cover Breathable Films Market Size, Share And Trends Report

Breathable Films Market Size, Share And Trends Analysis Report By Raw Material (Polyester, Polyethylene, Polypropylene, Others), By Film Type (Micro porous, Micro voided, Non-porous), By End-Use, By Region And Segment Forecasts, 2022 - 2030

  • Report ID: GVR-1-68038-072-9
  • Number of Pages: 120
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)

Report Overview

The global breathable films market size was estimated at USD 17.36 billion in 2021 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.3% from 2022 to 2030. The increase in consumer preferences for hygienic products across the globe is expected to propel the market in the coming years. Breathable films are majorly used in various applications such as feminine hygiene, adult incontinence products, surgical drapes, and diapers. It is used in various end-use industries such as food packaging, medical, construction, sports apparel, and others owing to their properties including UV stability, dispersion, extended shelf life, processability, and breathability levels.

U.S. breathable films market size, by raw material, 2020 - 2030 (USD Million)

The U.S. is expected to dominate the breathable films market during the forecast period owing to the growing awareness of health and hygiene across the population. With the change in consumer attitudes towards personal and hygienic products post-Covid-19 is likely to boost the breathable films market in the country. The use of breathable film materials in sports apparel is additionally expected to expand the realm of breathable films in the sports industry.

Europe is also expected to show significant growth owing to the high demand from the healthcare & medical and construction sectors. Germany was the leading plastic producer in Europe in 2020. The country is self-sufficient in plastic production with an adequate number of plants and production capacity required to fulfill local demand. Moreover, the country supplies Polyethylene polypropylene, and other products to neighboring countries due to its high quality and large production base. The aforementioned factors are likely to boost the breathable film market across the region during the coming years.

Raw Materials Insights

Polyester resin dominated the overall market while accounting for more than  34.0% share of the total demand in 2021. Polyester exhibits moisture resistance, durability, and strength, making it suitable for use in the manufacturing of diapers, sanitary napkins, masks, and others.

Polyethylene (PE) is another segment that is expected to grow at a steady pace during the forecast period. Polyethylene films are mainly used in building and construction, medical, and sports apparel. Furthermore, advancements in the research and development (R&D) sector and manufacturing technology across the major regions of construction sites are expected to fuel the polyethylene (PE) demand in the breathable films market

Another raw material majorly used is polypropylene (PP), which is mostly known for its properties including heat & fatigue resistance, rigidity, and low density making it suitable for applications related to medical, industrial, and construction purposes.

Film Type Insights

Non-porous films emerged as the dominant application segment for the breathable films market accounting for more than 63.0% market share in 2021. Such significant consumption can be attributed to the usage of products such as diapers, napkins, sanitary products, and clothing apparel. The properties of non-porous films such as high permeability, strength, vapor transmission, and bacteria & virus resistance make it widely preferable over microporous and micro voided films.

Global breathable films market share, by film type, 2021 (%)

Micro porous film type is predicted to witness a steady growth rate throughout the forecast period. Increasing demand for microporous film materials across industries such as consumer goods and medicine, due to their versatile properties such as low thermal connectivity and interconnected pores makes it suitable for the manufacturing of sports apparel, gym wear, and hygiene products.

End-Use Insights

Packaging emerged as the dominant end-use segment for the breathable films market accounting for more than 39.0% market share in 2021. Breathable films find usage in food packaging, medical instruments, and consumer goods among others. Breathable films are widely used in the packaging of beverage bottles, apparel, food preparations, electronic components, and other areas where moisture control is a requisite.

Another end-use segment is the medical & healthcare industry which is expected to grow at a steady pace during the forecast period. Breathable film demand surged during the covid-19, due to their usage in masks, gloves, and general medical textiles came to prominence due to the latter’s essential utility in the maintenance of hygiene standards in medical/HMO environments.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific is characterized by a rapidly evolving landscape for heavy manufacturing, food & beverages, clothing & apparel, and healthcare consumables. The region accounted for 29.0% of the global revenue share in 2021 and shall grow at a CAGR of 5.8% during the forecast period. Additionally, strengthening supply chain logistics for various commodities in Southeast Asia shall provide the impetus for the growth in demand for breathable films in packaging applications.

The increase in technological advancement in the plastic industry, to make it more environment friendly, has fueled the market growth in North America. In this region, Mexico holds the highest market share and is the fastest-growing country. The increasing R&D activities, and growing textile, packaging, medical, and building & construction industries are some of the prominent factors driving the breathable films market in the region.

Breathable Films Market Trends by Region

Germany is anticipated to be the fastest-growing market, in Europe, in terms of both value and volume in 2021. High economic growth and an increase in the building & construction industry are the factors, boosting the breathable films market in the country. The factors contributing the growth of the breathable films market in Europe are reimbursement policies; the implementation of favorable government initiatives; growing per capita income; increasing investments in the construction industry resulting in the growth of breathable films market during the forecast period.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

Companies are rapidly expanding their production capacities to consolidate their market position. For instance, in January 2020, Berry Global Group, Inc., expanded its production capacity for hygiene, healthcare, and specialty film products in North America. In order to meet the expanding market demands for sustainable products and breathable film in the North American region, the company has invested in both extrusion and printing capabilities.

With governmental support in various countries focused on environmental concerns, as well as the evolving consumer-enterprise transactions in textiles, automotive, and packaging industries has forced the industry players to focus on consumer-specific positioning strategies for higher penetration in the local markets. Some of the key players operating in the global breathable films market include:

  • Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc.

  • Arkema

  • Berry Global, Inc

  • Fatra, a.s.

  • Kimberley - Clark

  • Nitto Denko Corporation

  • Rahil Foam Pvt. Ltd.

  • RKW North America, Inc.

  • SILON s.r.o


  • Daika Kogyo

  • American Polyfilm

  • Innovia Films

  • Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.

  • Omya AG

Breathable Films Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2022

USD 18.22 billion

Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 27.58 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 5.3% from 2022 to 2030

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2019 - 2020

Forecast period

2022 - 2030

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD Million,  CAGR from 2022 to 2030

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, competitive landscape, growth factors,  trends

Segments covered

Raw materials, film type, end-use,  region

Regional scope

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

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; Mexico; Germany; U.K.; France; Italy;China; India; Japan; Brazil; GCC Countries

Key companies profiled

Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc., Arkema, Berry Global, Inc, Fatra, a.s., Kimberley  -  Clark, Nitto Denko Corporation, Rahil Foam Pvt. Ltd., RKW North America, Inc., SILON s.r.o, SKYMARK, Daika Kogyo, American Polyfilm, Innovia Films, Mitsui Chemicals, Inc., Omya AG

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Global Breathable Films Market  Segmentation

This report forecasts revenue and volume growth at global, regional & country levels and provides an analysis of the industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2019 to 2030. For this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global Breathable Films market based on the  raw materials, film type, end-use and region:

Global Breathable Films Market Segmentation

  • Raw Materials Outlook (Volume, Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2019 - 2030)

    • Polyester

    • Polyethylene

    • Polypropylene

    • Others

  • Film Type Outlook (Volume, Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2019 - 2030)

    • Micro Porous

    • Micro Voided

    • Non-porous

  • End-use Outlook (Volume, Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2019 - 2030)

    • Personal Care & Hygiene

    • Medical & Healthcare

    • Building & Construction

    • Industrial Protective Apparels

    • Packaging

    • Sports Apparels

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Volume, Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2019 - 2030)

    • North America

      • U.S

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • UK

      • France

      • Italy

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

      • Malaysia

      • Indonesia

      • Thailand

    • Central and South America

      • Brazil

      • Argentina

    • Middle East and Africa

      • GCC Countries

      • South Africa

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