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Synthetic Paper Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (BOPP, HDPE, PET), By Application (Label, Non-label), By Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific), And Segment Forecasts, 2022 - 2030

  • Report ID: 978-1-68038-258-7
  • Number of Pages: 198
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)

Report Overview

The global synthetic paper market size was estimated at USD 1026.9 million in 2021 and is expected to expand at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.5% from 2022 to 2030. The market is expected to grow significantly due to the inclination of consumers towards eco-friendly and recycled packaging. Synthetic paper is produced from synthetic resins that are extracted from petroleum. Exceptional properties offered by the material such as resistance against tear, chemical, moisture, and oil, along with better heat sealability, printability, and high strength is providing it an edge over the conventional paper. It is extensively used in industries, such as packaging, food and beverages, consumer goods, transportation, and pharma goods.

U.S. synthetic paper market size, by product, 2020 - 2030 (USD Million)

The U.S. is one of the key markets for synthetic as the increasing awareness regarding the use of environmentally friendly products is expected to propel the use of synthetic paper over vinyl in the coming years. Digital printing is expected to pave the way for new opportunities for the product over the forecast period. The global pandemic outbreak led to the imposition of lockdown restrictions by governing authorities across various economies to curb the spread of the virus. This in turn led to several impacts on retail sales of goods along with a brief halt in transportation and logistics. As a result, it led to a short-term dip in demand for synthetic paper in the year 2020.

Synthetic paper is a good printing medium for indoor advertisements, posters, banners, and other photo printing. The special layer of coating on synthetic paper makes the image more colorful and attractive. In addition to good printability, the synthetic paper also exhibits resistance against chemicals, grease, folding, and heat. This makes it suitable for use in the development of toxic-free thermoforming products for food packaging as well as stationery such as holders and covers.

The market leaders are doing extensive research and development to reduce the cost of synthetic paper production, which would strengthen the synthetic paper market share in the paper industry. In addition, governments across various economies are increasing their efforts to increase sustainability across various industries thus looking for alternatives to reduce waste and increase recyclability. This trend is further expected to positively influence the market for synthetic paper over the forecast period.

Product Insights

The BOPP product segment led the market and accounted for 57.5% of the global revenue in 2021. It is expected to witness a notable CAGR of 5.3% from 2022 to 2030 owing to the better strength offered by the material which makes them suitable for packaging perishable items such as snacks, fast food, vegetables, fruits, and confectionery. The superior properties exhibited by BOPP have resulted in its extensive use in the packaging of chemicals, textiles, cosmetics, and food and beverages. The growth of the above-mentioned application industries in emerging economies such as India and China are expected to result in high demand for BOPP film in the Asia Pacific over the forecast period.

HDPE-based synthetic papers, majorly used in the packaging of powder, cheese, frozen food, and electronic parts, are expected to be the fastest-growing product segment over the forecast period, growing at over 6.1% from 2022 to 2030. The papers exhibit high moisture barrier, and temperature resistance properties, and are non-abrasive, non-scratch, and acid-resistant. HDPE is expected to gain popularity over the forecast period in emerging economies such as Brazil, China, India, and Russia mainly due to its low cost and extensive application scope. HDPE films are also used as release liners and interleaving sheeting, foam-in-place, and box liners owing to their better release property without silicone coating.

Application Insights

The non-labeling application segment led the market and accounted for approximately 60.0% of the global revenue in 2021. Exceptional durability and tensile strength to hold heavy items positions synthetic paper as a suitable material for non-labeling applications such as packaging. Moreover, the superior resistance to moisture and extreme heat offered by the material is further expected to drive its growth in the packaging application segment.

The convenience of fine printing over synthetic paper using ink and adhesives contributes to its higher demand in various industries. Ease of printability on the surface of synthetic papers contributes to its application in printing over the packaged item. Moreover, they are scratch and stain-resistant and thus facilitate the usage in the packaging of delicate materials.

Global synthetic paper market share, by application, 2021 (%)

The labeling application segment is also expected to witness a CAGR of 5.9% over the forecast period. The medical tags in the label application segment are expected to witness a CAGR of over 7.3% from 2022 to 2030. Medical tags are used in applications such as blood bags, test samples in pathological labs, test tubes, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, medical machinery, bottles, and first aid. The Healthcare sector is one of the largest growing industries globally and its expansion is expected to surge the demand for medical tags. Synthetic papers are used for medical tags because of their reliable performance in conditions such as tampering and extreme cryogenic temperature.

Regional Insights

The Asia Pacific dominated the market and accounted for 35.9% of the global revenue in 2021. The demand for the product in the Asia Pacific was valued at over USD 389.2 million in 2021 on account of the growing demand in the pharmaceutical, printing, and packaging industry. In addition, the exponential growth witnessed by the eCommerce retail in the region is expected to be a major growth factor for synthetic paper over the forecast period. The growth in the Asia Pacific can be attributed to the growing end-user industries like pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, consumer goods, and food and beverages due to the increasing disposable income and improved standard of living of the working-class population in the developing countries such as India and China.

Europe accounted for a significant revenue share of over 28.0% in 2021. The demand for synthetic paper in the U.K. is likely to register the fastest growth in label application on account of the increasing use of the product in the food and beverage and pet food labeling industries. Numerous companies including Harrier Packaging are using synthetic paper for the packaging of pet food. In North America, the market accounted for a revenue share of over 23.0% in 2021. Wrap-around labels are increasingly used in beverage packaging including fruit juices and functional drinks, diversifying from bottled water, which is expected to drive the growth of the label industry in North America, thus positively affecting the growth of the market.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

Major market players are adopting growth strategies to get a stronghold in the market. New product development, merger and acquisition, and expansion are some of the strategies adopted by companies to enhance their regional presence and product offering to meet the growing demand for synthetic paper from emerging economies. All the key players present in the synthetic paper industry are concentrating on going into long-haul supply associations with selected business partners, on acquiring an aggressive edge. With the rise in market demand, many companies, for example, Cosmo, Fresco, Profol, Arjobex, BF Plastic, etc., have emerged to establish their position in the market. The companies are well established in the market and produce a wide range of products. Some of the prominent players in the synthetic paper market include:

  • Formosa Plastics Group

  • SIHL Group

  • B&F Plastics, Inc.

  • Jindal Poly Films Ltd.

  • Cosmo Films Ltd.

  • Granwell Products, Inc.

  • Transcendia, Inc.

  • Valéron Strength Films

  • Toyobo Co., Ltd.

  • TechNova

Synthetic Paper Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2022

USD 1074.1 million

Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 1.7 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 5.5% from 2022 to 2030

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2017 - 2020

Forecast period

2022 - 2030

Quantitative units

Volume in million square meters, revenue in USD million, and CAGR from 2022 to 2030

Report coverage

Volume forecast, revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Product, application, region

Regional scope

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

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; Mexico; U.K.; Germany; France; Italy; Japan; China; India; Taiwan; Australia

Key companies profiled

Formosa Plastics Group; SIHL Group; B & F Plastics Inc.; Jindal Poly Films Ltd.; Cosmo Films Ltd.; Granwell Products, Inc.; Transcendia, Inc.; Valéron Strength Films; Toyobo Co., Ltd.; TechNova

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2027 to 2030. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global synthetic paper market report on the basis of product, application, and region:

  • Product Outlook (Volume, Million Square Meters, Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2030)

    • BOPP

    • HDPE

    • PET

    • Others

  • Application Outlook (Volume, Million Square Meters, Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2030)

    • Label

    • Non-Label

  • End-use Outlook (Volume, Million Square Meters, Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2030)

    • Hand Tags

    • Medical Tags

    • Others

  • Non-Label End-use Outlook (Volume, Million Square Meters, Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2030)

    • Packaging

    • Documents

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Volume, Million Square Meters, Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2030)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • France

      • U.K.

      • Italy

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

      • Taiwan

      • Australia

    • Central & South America

    • Middle East & Africa

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