Breathable Films Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Breathable Films Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Raw Material (Polyester, Polyethylene), By Film Type (Microporous, Microvoided), By End-use, By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2023 - 2030

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

Research Methodology

A three-pronged approach was followed for deducing the breathable films market estimates and forecasts. The process has three steps: information procurement, analysis, and validation. The whole process is cyclical, and steps repeat until the estimates are validated. The three steps are explained in detail below:

Information procurement: Information procurement is one of the most extensive and important stages in our research process, and quality data is critical for accurate analysis. We followed a multi-channel data collection process for breathable films market to gather the most reliable and current information possible.

  • We buy access to paid databases such as Hoover’s and Factiva for company financials, industry information, white papers, industry journals, SME journals, and more.
  • We tap into Grand View’s proprietary database of data points and insights from active and archived monitoring and reporting.
  • We conduct primary research with industry experts through questionnaires and one-on-one phone interviews.
  • We pull from reliable secondary sources such as white papers and government statistics, published by organizations like WHO, NGOs, World Bank, etc., Key Opinion Leaders (KoL) publications, company filings, investor documents, and more.
  • We purchase and review investor analyst reports, broker reports, academic commentary, government quotes, and wealth management publications for insightful third-party perspectives.

Analysis: We mine the data collected to establish baselines for forecasting, identify trends and opportunities, gain insight into consumer demographics and drivers, and so much more. We utilized different methods of breathable films market data depending on the type of information we’re trying to uncover in our research.

  • Market Research Efforts: Bottom-up Approach for estimating and forecasting demand size and opportunity, top-down Approach for new product forecasting and penetration, and combined approach of both Bottom-up and Top-down for full coverage analysis.

  • Value-Chain-Based Sizing & Forecasting: Supply-side estimates for understanding potential revenue through competitive benchmarking, forecasting, and penetration modeling.

  • Demand-side estimates for identifying parent and ancillary markets, segment modeling, and heuristic forecasting.

  • Qualitative Functional Deployment (QFD) Modelling for market share assessment.

Market formulation and validation: We mine the data collected to establish baselines for forecasting, identify trends and opportunities, gain insight into consumer demographics and drivers, and so much more. We utilize different methods of data analysis depending on the type of information we’re trying to uncover in our research.

  • Market Formulation: This step involves the finalization of market numbers. This step on an internal level is designed to manage outputs from the Data Analysis step.

  • Data Normalization: The final market estimates and forecasts are then aligned and sent to industry experts, in-panel quality control managers for validation.

  • This step also entails the finalization of the report scope and data representation pattern.

  • Validation: The process entails multiple levels of validation. All these steps run in parallel, and the study is forwarded for publishing only if all three levels render validated results.

Breathable Films Market Categorization:

The breathable films market was categorized into four segments, namely raw material (Polyester, Polyethylene, Polypropylene), film type (Microporous, Microvoided, Non-porous), end-use (Personal Care & Hygiene, Medical & Healthcare, Building & Construction, Industrial Protective Apparels, Packaging, Sports Apparels), and region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America, and Middle East & Africa).

Segment Market Methodology:

The breathable films market was segmented into raw material, film type, end-use, and region. The demand at a segment level was deduced using a funnel method. Concepts like the TAM, SAM, SOM, etc., were put into practice to understand the demand. We at GVR deploy three methods to deduce market estimates and determine forecasts. These methods are explained below:

Market research approaches: Bottom-up

  • Demand estimation of each product across countries/regions summed up to from the total market.

  • Variable analysis for demand forecast.

  • Demand estimation via analyzing paid database, and company financials either via annual reports or paid database.

  • Primary interviews for data revalidation and insight collection.

Market research approaches: Top-down

  • Used extensively for new product forecasting or analyzing penetration levels.

  • Tool used invoice product flow and penetration models Use of regression multi-variant analysis for forecasting Involves extensive use of paid and public databases.

  • Primary interviews and vendor-based primary research for variable impact analysis.

Market research approaches: Combined

  • This is the most common method. We apply concepts from both the top-down and bottom-up approaches to arrive at a viable conclusion.

Regional Market Methodology:

The breathable films market was analyzed at a regional level. The globe was divided into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America, and Middle East & Africa, keeping in focus variables like consumption patterns, export-import regulations, consumer expectations, etc. These regions were further divided into seventeen countries, namely, the U.S.; Canada; Mexico; Germany; the UK; France; Italy; China; India; Japan; Malaysia; Indonesia; Thailand; Brazil; Argentina; South Africa; GCC Countries.

All three above-mentioned market research methodologies were applied to arrive at regional-level conclusions. The regions were then summed up to form the global market.

Breathable films market companies & financials:

The breathable films market was analyzed via companies operating in the sector. Analyzing these companies and cross-referencing them to the demand equation helped us validate our assumptions and conclusions. Key market players analyzed include:

  • Argotec, LLC - Argotec, LLC was founded in 1988 and is a supplier of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) films and sheets. The company is headquartered in Massachusetts, U.S. In September 2015, Schweitzer-Mauduit (SWM), a private equity firm, acquired Argotec for USD 280 million. Argotec is engaged in the manufacture of aromatic and aliphatic polyether, polyester, polycaprolactone films, and sheets. Argotec films and sheets are available in a wide range of thicknesses depending on the application and extrusion method. The company is a technical expert in the extrusion of TPU-based materials and complex polymers. Argotec deals in the finest thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) and copolyester waterproof breathable films in the industry. The company supplies breathable films under its waterproof breathable films product portfolio.

  • Arkema - Arkema was founded in 2004 and is engaged in manufacturing specialty chemicals and advanced materials. The company is headquartered in Colombes, France. Arkema provides innovative solutions in lightweight & design materials, bio-sourced materials, new energies, water management, and electronic & home insulation technologies. The company operates through three business segments, namely, high-performance materials, industrial specialties, and coating solutions. The company’s high-performance materials division deals in specialty adhesives, technical polymers, and performance additives. Breathable films are incorporated under the company’s high-performance materials division. The industrial specialties division includes thiochemicals, fluorochemicals, PMMA, and hydrogen peroxides.

  • Clopay Plastics - Clopay Plastics was founded in 1859 and is headquartered in Ohio, U.S. The company is engaged in the development and production of embossed, laminated, and printed specialty plastic films used in a variety of hygiene, healthcare, and industrial applications. The company also manufactures extrusion coatings, custom-engineered films, and laminates. In 1986, Griffon Corporation acquired Clopay Corporation. In 2015, Clopay contributed about 26% of Griffon Corporation’s consolidated revenue. The company’s largest customer is The Procter & Gamble Company. The product line of Clopay includes films and laminates, breathable films and laminates, printed & siliconized films and laminates, elastic films & top sheets, and an acquisition distribution layer (ADL).

  • Fatra, a.s. - Fatra, a.s. was established in 1935 and is headquartered in the Czech Republic. The company is engaged in processing plastics and provides services in the area of testing engineering & research laboratories, testing, preparation of samples & mixtures, professional advisory, and consulting. Its range of products includes vinyl floor coverings, waterproofing membranes-fatrafol, technical foils & plasticized PVC foils, PVC granulate, plastic profiles, toys, BOPET films & laminates, breathable films & laminates, foils & sheets from PE, PET, and EVAC, injected products & molding, and thermoformed products. The company started the production of breathable films in 2002. In 2000, Fatra, a.s. became a part of the AGROFERT Group, strengthening its significance in the agriculture, chemistry, and food industries.

  • Kimberley-Clark Corporation - Kimberley-Clark Corporation was incorporated in Delaware in 1928. The company is a leading manufacturer of a wide range of products, mostly made from natural or synthetic fibers using nonwovens and absorbency technologies. Kimberley-Clark has three operating segments, namely, personal care brands, consumer tissue, and K-C Professional. The product portfolio of the company includes dispensers, hand towels, skincare & sanitizers, bathroom tissues, facial tissues, air fresheners, washroom accessories, wipers, personal protective equipment, and napkins. The breathable films & laminates cater to the adult care, baby & child care, family care, and feminine care industries.

  • Nitto Denko Corporation - Nitto Denko Corporation was founded in 1918 and is headquartered in Osaka, Japan. The company offers various products and solutions including tapes, vinyl, LCDs, insulation, and many more products. Breathable films, double-sided tape, surface protection film, sealing materials & NVH-related products, masking tape, materials for housing & construction, and membrane products. The company also manufactures FPD & touch panel-related products, gasket materials, semiconductor manufacturing process products, tapes for electrical & electronic equipment, flexible printed circuit boards, dust removal products for clean rooms, fluoroplastic sheets & tapes, fluoroplastic porous film, porous film & breathable material, functional thermal transfer system, packaging tape & machine, and medical products.

  • Rahil Foam Pvt. Ltd. - Rahil Foam Pvt. Ltd. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Gujarat, India. The company is a manufacturer, supplier, and exporter of Cast PE films, waterproof breathable films, backsheets, and other composite structures for personal care, healthcare, and industrial markets. The company’s breathable film product portfolio includes breathable microporous films, standard non-breathable films, standard backsheets for diapers, breathable backsheets for diapers, and medical disposable composites. The company produces Cast PE breathable, non-breathable, and embossed films under the Rhyfeel brand.

  • RKW Group - RKW Group was founded in 1957 and is a manufacturer of high-quality plastic films and nonwovens. RKW North America, previously known as RKW Danafilms, is a part of the RKW Group. In July 2015, RKW Danafilms, a privately owned subsidiary of the RKW Group, changed its corporate name to RKW North America. The company owns 22 manufacturing sites and has a presence in 22 countries across the world. RKW North America is a producer and supplier of customized mono-extruded and co-extruded films. The company’s product portfolio includes backsheets, plaster films, adhesive laminated textiles, spun-bond nonwovens, carded nonwovens, laminated films, label films, vapor barrier films, shrink films for packaging, FF films for industrial goods, transport protection films, greenhouse films, and other films catering to various applications.

  • SILON s.r.o - SILON s.r.o was established in 1950 and is headquartered in Plana nad Luznici, Czech Republic. The company is a producer of polyamide fibers. SILON’s subsidiaries include SILON International GmbH, Czech Industrial Park s.r.o., and Tesil Fibres s.r.o. The products offered by SILON include Taborex, Tabond, Taboren, and Tesil. Breathable films are offered under the Taboren product portfolio which find application in the manufacturing process of diapers and protective clothes. The services include utility supplies, waste management & treatment, security & fire services, IT & communications, logistics & transport, technical services, planning & construction, laboratory services, administration & commercial services, personnel management, customs services, and post services.

  • Skymark - Skymark was established in 1987 and is headquartered in the UK. It is a manufacturer of flexible packaging products. Skymark’s manufacturing capabilities include cast & blown film co-extrusion, flexographic printing, solvent & solvent-less lamination, slitting, conversion, and recycling. Skymark is also engaged in the extrusion of LD, MD, LLDPE, HD, PP, and metallocene. These blends are used to produce specialty mono-extruded and co-extruded blown film structures, 5-layer co-extruded cast specialty films having up to 2.4 meters’ width, which utilizes both embossed & flat cast production capabilities, and cast embossed polyethylene back-sheets for hygiene and personal care markets. Flat-cast PP films are extensively used in the bakery markets. The company also produces a range of specialist structures such as SKYAIR breathable films and vinyl glove films for the medical market.

Value chain-based sizing & forecasting

Supply Side Estimates

  • Company revenue estimation via referring to annual reports, investor presentations, and Hoover’s.

  • Segment revenue determination via variable analysis and penetration modeling.

  • Competitive benchmarking to identify market leaders and their collective revenue shares.

  • Forecasting via analyzing commercialization rates, pipelines, market initiatives, distribution networks, etc.

Demand side estimates

  • Identifying parent markets and ancillary markets

  • Segment penetration analysis to obtain pertinent

  • revenue/volume

  • Heuristic forecasting with the help of subject matter experts

  • Forecasting via variable analysis

Breathable Films Market Report Objectives:

  • Understanding market dynamics (in terms of drivers, restraints, & opportunities) in the countries.

  • Understanding trends & variables in the individual countries & their impact on growth and using analytical tools to provide high-level insights into the market dynamics and the associated growth pattern.

  • Understanding market estimates and forecasts (with the base year as 2022, historic information from 2018 to 2021, and forecast from 2023 to 2030). Regional estimates & forecasts for each category are available and are summed up to form the global market estimates.

Breathable Films Market Report Assumptions:

  • The report provides market value for the base year 2022 and a yearly forecast till 2030 in terms of revenue/volume or both. The market for each of the segment outlooks has been provided on region & country basis for the above-mentioned forecast period.

  • The key industry dynamics, major technological trends, and application markets are evaluated to understand their impact on the demand for the forecast period. The growth rates were estimated using correlation, regression, and time-series analysis.

  • We have used the bottom-up approach for market sizing, analyzing key regional markets, dynamics, & trends for various products and end-users. The total market has been estimated by integrating the country markets.

  • All market estimates and forecasts have been validated through primary interviews with the key industry participants.

  • Inflation has not been accounted for to estimate and forecast the market.

  • Numbers may not add up due to rounding off.

  • Europe consists of EU-8, Central & Eastern Europe, along with the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

  • Asia Pacific includes South Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Oceania (Australia & New Zealand).

  • Latin America includes Central American countries and the South American continent

  • Middle East includes Western Asia (as assigned by the UN Statistics Division) and the African continent.

Primary Research

GVR strives to procure the latest and unique information for reports directly from industry experts, which gives it a competitive edge. Quality is of utmost importance to us, therefore every year we focus on increasing our experts’ panel. Primary interviews are one of the critical steps in identifying recent market trends and scenarios. This process enables us to justify and validate our market estimates and forecasts to our clients. With more than 8,000 reports in our database, we have connected with some key opinion leaders across various domains, including healthcare, technology, consumer goods, and the chemical sector. Our process starts with identifying the right platform for a particular type of report, i.e., emails, LinkedIn, seminars, or telephonic conversation, as every report is unique and requires a differentiated approach.

We send out questionnaires to different experts from various regions/ countries, which is dependent on the following factors:

  • Report/Market scope: If the market study is global, we send questionnaires to industry experts across various regions, including North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and MEA.

  • Market Penetration: If the market is driven by technological advancements, population density, disease prevalence, or other factors, we identify experts and send out questionnaires based on region or country dominance.

The time to start receiving responses from industry experts varies based on how niche or well-penetrated the market is. Our reports include a detailed chapter on the KoL opinion section, which helps our clients understand the perspective of experts already in the market space.

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