Breathable Films Market Size & Share, by Type (Polypropylene, Polyethylene, Polyurethane); Technology (Micro-Porous, Monolithic); End-user (Food Packaging, Hygiene & Personal Care, Textile, Medical) - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2023-2033

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  • Published Date: Feb 08, 2023
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Global Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2023-2033

Breathable Films Market size is anticipated to surpass USD 5.5 Billion by the end of 2033, growing at a CAGR of 6% during the forecast period, i.e., 2023-2033. In the year 2022, the industry size of breathable films was over USD 3 Billion. The growth of the market can primarily be attributed to the growing awareness of feminine hygiene across the globe, increasing e-commerce sales platforms, and growing economic status. For instance, in 2019, approximately 25% of women aged between 15 to 49 were projected to use around 1 billion pads or tampons per day.

Global breathable films market trends such as significant demand for breathable films in pharmaceuticals and growing awareness of personal hygiene are projected to influence the growth of the hygiene market positively over the forecast period. For instance, in 2020, the pharmaceutical industry was estimated to generate total revenue of around USD 1 trillion across the globe. Moreover, booming spending in pharma and a higher prevalence of hygiene-related diseases are further expected to hike the growth of the market during the forecast period. As of 2020, the pharmaceutical industry received total spending of around USD 195 billion worldwide. Hence all these factors are anticipated to propel the growth of the market over the forecast period.

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Breathable Films Sector: Growth Drivers and Challenges

Growth Drivers

  • A Higher Demand for Menstrual Products Owing to Rising Awareness Among People- Based on the data released by the World Bank, over 300 million women go through a menstrual cycle while 500 women don’t have access to menstrual products.
  • Menstruation occurs every month in women of their reproductive age and this period is generally very painful and discomforting for each woman. Although there are many types of solutions available in the market to ease pain and vaginal bleeding, a large number of women prefer sanitary pads globally. Hence, these pads are suggested to be breathable since they are worn for hours and bacteria are trapped inside of them breeding rapidly. In this case, breathable films become beneficial to be utilized in the making of sanitary pads.
  • Rising Utilization of Breathable Films in Baby Diapers Production  - As of 2022, the baby diapers segment was projected to reach approximately USD 48 billion.
  • Increasing Prevalence of Packaged Food Across the World Owing to Growing Disposable Income- In 2020, about 35% of American adults were estimated to consume ready-to-eat meals.
  • Escalating Development and Distribution of Medicine across the Globe- For instance, around USD 1.5 trillion was projected to be spent on medicines in 2021 up from nearly USD 900 billion in 2010.
  • The Rising Living Standards and Increasing Spending Capacity of People- The consumer spending in 2021 was USD 66,928 as per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, an increase of 9.1 % from 2020.


  • Presence of Alternatives in the Market
  • Requirement for Higher Initial Investment
  • Rising Cultural Barriers for Use of Sanitary Pads
  • The misconceptions surrounding menstruation and the belief of it is a disease or taboo in many developing countries hampers the market growth. Also, the people are not aware of the pads, they are not educated enough to stop all these rules and regulations. Access to pads is very low in many nations and female children stay at home during menstruation because of this.

Breathable Films Market: Key Insights

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Forecast Year




Base Year Market Size (2022)

USD 3 Billion

Forecast Year Market Size (2033)

  USD 5.5 Billion

Regional Scope

  • North America (U.S., and Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
  • Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, NORDIC, Rest of Europe)
  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC North Africa, South Africa, Rest of Middle East and Africa)
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Breathable Films Segmentation

Type (Polypropylene, Polyethylene, Polyurethane)

The global breathable films market is segmented and analyzed for demand and supply by type into polypropylene, polyethylene, polyurethane, and others, out of which, the polyethylene segment is projected to witness noteworthy growth over the forecast period. The growth of the segment can be accounted to the higher utilization of polyethylene for different tasks such as container manufacturing, dispensing bottles, and others, the low cost of these films, and high absorbency, strength, and permeability. For instance, the total production of polyethylene in 2018 was estimated to be nearly 100 million metric tons and is further estimated to reach approximately 120 million metric tons by 2029.

Our in-depth analysis of the global market includes the following segments:

        By Type

  • Polypropylene
  • Polyethylene
  • Polyurethane
  • Others

        By Technology

  • Micro-Porous
  • Monolithic

        By End-User

  • Food Packaging
  • Hygiene & Personal Care
  • Textile
  • Medical
  • Others

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Breathable Films Industry - Regional Synopsis

Asia Pacific Market Forecast

The Asia Pacific region breathable films market, amongst the market in all the other regions, is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2033. The growth of the market in the region can be ascribed to the growing demand for breathable films in the cloth & textile and food beverage industries. For instance, approximately 52% of the textiles and clothing are exported worldwide from Asia each year. Moreover, increasing disposable income and rising demand for breathable films a pharmaceutical in the region are further anticipated to hike the growth of the market over the forecast period.

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Companies Dominating the Breathable Films Landscape

    • Arkema Group
      • Company Overview
      • Business Strategy
      • Key Product Offerings
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Performance Indicators
      • Risk Analysis
      • Recent Development
      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • Trioworld Group
    • Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc.
    • Fatra, a.s.
    • Nitto Denko Corporation 
    • Covestro AG
    • Crunchbase, Inc.
    • Clopay Plastic Products Co., Inc.
    • Mitsui Chemicals, Inc
    • The RKW Group

In the News

  • Covestro AG to introduce the technology that makes flexible packaging recyclable. The technology works by weakening the bond strength of PU adhesives and then separating laminated films in multilayer packaging so that the individual materials can be recycled afterward.

  • Trioworld Group to complete its acquisition of Quality Films LTD a British company and robust player in high-performance stretch film solutions for load security. Furthermore, collaboration is also established to facilitate safer transportation of goods on roads.

Author Credits:  Smruti Ranjan, Rajrani Baghel

  • Report ID: 997
  • Published Date: Feb 08, 2023
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

A higher demand for menstrual products and increasing prevalence of packaged food is estimated to majorly boost market growth.

The market is anticipated to attain a CAGR of 6% over the forecast period, i.e., 2023-2033.

The presence of alternatives in the market and the requirement for higher initial investment is estimated to challenge the market growth.

The market in Asia Pacific region is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2033 and provide more business opportunities in the future.

The major players in the market are company Trioworld Group, Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc., Fatra, a.s., Nitto Denko Corporation, Covestro AG, Crunchbase, Inc., Clopay Plastic Products Co., Inc., and others.

The company profiles are selected based on the revenues generated from the product segment, the geographical presence of the company which determines the revenue-generating capacity as well as the new products being launched into the market by the company.

The market is segmented by type, technology, end-user, by region.

The polyethylene segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2033 and display significant growth opportunities.
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