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Global Cling Films Market Size and Share Analysis 2023-2028
The Global Cling Films Market is projected to reach a size of USD 10,870 million in 2023 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.35% to reach USD 13,449 million by 2028, covering the forecast period from 2023 to 2028.
Cling film, also known as plastic wrap, food wrap, or saran wrap, is a thin and transparent plastic film that adheres to various surfaces, including itself. It is primarily used for packaging food items. Its purpose is to safeguard food against insects and microbial contamination, preserve its freshness, and minimize food wastage by extending its shelf life. Apart from its applications in the food industry, cling film is also used for packaging purposes in healthcare, consumer goods, industrial, and other sectors.
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USD 10.5 billion in 2021
Material Type, Form, End User, and Geography
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The COVID-19 pandemic had a negative impact on the cling films market in 2020 due to global lockdowns and strict regulations that led to the closure of manufacturing facilities across various sectors. However, the market is estimated to recover and gradually regain its pre-pandemic levels while exhibiting steady growth.
The increasing demand for hygienic food packaging and the growing preference for packaged food are significant factors contributing to the surge in demand for cling films during the forecast period. Furthermore, the market is expected to experience additional growth propelled by rising demand from other end-user industries.
Nevertheless, certain factors may act as restraints to market growth, such as the limited resistance of cling films to extreme weather conditions and the imposition of stringent global regulations pertaining to their usage.
The application of bio-based cling films for sustainable food packaging presents an opportunity for future market growth, as it addresses environmental concerns and aligns with the growing emphasis on sustainability practices.
The Asia-Pacific region is anticipated to witness the highest growth rate during the forecast period, driven by factors such as population growth, urbanization, and increasing disposable incomes, which contribute to the rising demand for packaged food and hygienic food packaging solutions.
The market is segmented based on various factors, including material type, form, end user, and geography.
Segmentation by Material Type
Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene
Other Material Types
Segmentation by Form
Cast Cling Film
Blow Cling Film
Segmentation by End User
Other End-user Industries
Segmentation by Geography
North America – United States, Canada, Mexico
Europe – United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, and Rest of Europe
Asia-Pacific – China, Japan, India, ASEAN Countries, South Korea, and Rest of Asia-Pacific
Latin America – Brazil, Argentina, and Rest of Latin America
Middle East and Africa – Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and Rest of Middle East and Africa
Polyethylene dominates the material type segment in the cling films market, accounting for the largest volume share. This is due to its excellent barrier properties, tear resistance, and tack strength, making it an ideal choice for cling film production. Polyethylene cling films help preserve the freshness of food for extended periods. They are widely used across various applications thanks to their ability to adhere to surfaces when unrolled, facilitated by the transfer of electrons between layers. Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) are particularly popular choices for manufacturing food-based cling films as they are fully recyclable. These films are suitable for packaging vegetables, meat, fruits, seafood, and other perishable items.
In terms of end-user industry, the food sector holds the largest share. Cling films play a crucial role in food packaging by preventing contamination from insects and microbial sources. Additionally, they significantly contribute to prolonging the shelf life of food, reducing food waste, and maintaining freshness.
Using natural polymer-based cling films for food packaging presents an opportunity to replace non-biodegradable synthetic polymers derived from petroleum. This transition can be achieved at a low cost, resulting in positive environmental impacts while also being economically beneficial.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), food expenditure accounted for approximately 12.4% of total household spending in the United States in 2021. The USDA also projected a significant growth of around 170% in food and beverage e-commerce in 2021, with China expecting a growth rate of 30%.
The value contributed by the food and beverage sector in the United States during the first three quarters of 2022, as reported by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, reached approximately USD 967.6 billion, representing a 1.3% increase compared to the previous year’s figures.
In 2022, the FoodDrink Europe sector, considered one of the largest manufacturing industries in Europe, added value amounting to EUR 230 billion (~USD 242.37 billion). This industry employed approximately 4.6 million people and generated income totaling EUR 1.1 trillion (~USD 1.159 trillion), thereby contributing significantly to the local food and beverage industry.
The demand for fast food consumption and packaged foods is steadily increasing, prompting key manufacturers to undertake expansion projects to meet this growing demand. One notable example is McCain Foods’ plan to expand its potato facility in March 2023. The expansion will involve the addition of two production lines dedicated to producing frozen French fries and other specialty potato products at their Alberta plant. This project is estimated to require an investment of USD 437 million.
In a similar vein, Flagship Food Group announced in August 2022 that it has acquired 18 acres of land adjacent to its existing manufacturing facility in Kansas. This acquisition is part of their multi-phase expansion plan aimed at enhancing their manufacturing capabilities at the current site. As a result, the company’s manufacturing capacity for snacks, tortilla chips, and other frozen foods is expected to increase.
Considering these developments, it is anticipated that the demand for cling films will also witness growth during the forecast period. Cling films play a vital role in packaging various food items, including fast food and packaged goods, thereby contributing to the overall expansion of the industry.
The Asia-Pacific region is expected to witness significant growth in the demand for cling films, driven by their increasing usage in the food packaging, healthcare, and consumer goods sectors of emerging economies such as China, India, and Japan.
China, with one of the largest food industries globally, has been experiencing market expansion due to its growing population and per capita consumption. The National Bureau of Statistics of China reported that the total profit of the Chinese food business was approximately CNY 618.7 billion (~USD 95.9 billion) in 2021. The food manufacturing sector contributed nearly CNY 165.4 billion (~USD 25.6 billion) to the overall profits.
In India, the processed food sector is projected to reach USD 470 billion by 2025, according to the India Brand Equity Foundation. The Union Budget for FY 2022-23 allocated INR 215,960 crore (USD 27.82 billion) to the Department of Food and Public Distribution, recognizing the expanding food and beverage sector.
China’s consumer goods industry also demonstrates robust performance. The total retail sales in 2022 amounted to around CNY 44 trillion (~USD 6.5 trillion), with urban sales accounting for CNY 38 trillion (~USD 5.6 trillion) and rural sales amounting to CNY 5.9 trillion (~USD 877 billion), as reported by the National Bureau of Statistics of China.
India plays a prominent role in the global pharmaceuticals sector, being a major supplier of generic medicines. Indian drugs are exported to over 200 countries, with the United States being a key market. The domestic drug manufacturing industry consists of approximately 10,500 companies, satisfying a significant percentage of the global demand for generic drugs.
Furthermore, both China and India have shown increased investments in healthcare. The Ministry of Finance of the People’s Republic of China reported a 17% increase in total public expenditure on healthcare and hygiene in 2022 compared to the previous year, amounting to approximately CNY 2.25 trillion (~USD 0.33 trillion).
Considering these factors, the Asia-Pacific region is expected to dominate the cling film market during the forecast period due to the growth of various industries and sectors in countries like China, India, and Japan.
The Cling Films Market exhibits a fragmented nature, with several key players operating in the industry. These include Berry Global Inc., Amcor plc, Sigma Plastics Group, Reynolds Consumer Products, and Jindal Poly Films Limited, among others (in no particular order).
Berry Global Inc. occupies the leading position in the global cling films market. The company has expanded its product portfolio and boosted cling films sales through the acquisition of RPC Group, one of the largest plastic packaging companies.
Amcor plc holds the second position in the market. It commands a significant share of the demand for cling films and other packaging materials, particularly in the healthcare applications segment across Europe and North America.
Key companies profiled in this report include 3M, ADEX SRL, Alliance Plastics, All American Poly, Amcor plc, Anchor Packaging LLC, Berry Global Inc., Deriblok SpA, Hipac SPA, Inteplast Group, Intertape Polymer Group, Jindal Poly Films Limited, Malpack, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, Nan Ya Plastics Corporation, Novamont SPA, Paragon Films, Reynolds Consumer Products, Sigma Plastics Group, Technovaa Plastic Industries Pvt. Ltd.
Recent Industry Developments
In February 2023, Berry Global Group Inc. unveiled an upgraded version of its stretch hood film, integrating a minimum of 30% recycled plastic content. This innovation aims to support businesses in achieving their sustainability goals while meeting the requirements of current and future plastics packaging legislation in the United Kingdom and Europe.
In January 2023, Amcor plc introduced its new PrimeSeal and DairySeal Recycle-Ready Thermoforming Films designed specifically for meat and dairy products. These films offer exceptional packaging performance and contribute to enhanced packaging circularity. The innovative packaging solution boasts heat resistance up to 90 °C and contains low Ethylene-Vinyl Alcohol Copolymer (EVOH) content without compromising the shelf-life of perishable items. It is suitable for packaging fresh and processed meat, fish, and hard cheese.
Key Questions Answered
What is the projected size of the Cling Films Market?
The Cling Films Market is expected to reach USD 10,870 million in 2023 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 4.35% to reach USD 13,449 million by 2028.
What is the current size of the Cling Films Market?
As of 2023, the Cling Films Market is expected to reach USD 10,870 million.
Who are the key players in the Cling Films Market?
The major companies operating in the Cling Films Market include Berry Global Inc., Amcor plc, Sigma Plastics Group, Jindal Poly Films Limited, and Reynolds Consumer Products.
Which region is experiencing the fastest growth in the Cling Films Market?
Asia Pacific is estimated to have the highest compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over the forecast period (2023-2028).
Which region holds the largest share in the Cling Films Market?
In 2023, Europe accounts for the largest market share in the Cling Films Market.