Breathable Films Market By Material Type (Polyethylene, Polypropylene, Polyurethane, Polyether Block Amide, Co-Polyamide, Polyether Ester, Others); By Product (Microporous, Micro void, Non-porous); By Technology (Microporous-based, Monolithic-based); By Application (Hygiene & Personal Care, Medical, Food Packaging, Construction, Fabric, Others); By Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East & Africa) - Global Market Analysis, Trends, Opportunity and Forecast, 2022-2032

Breathable Films Market Overview

The global breathable films market size was valued at around USD 3.1 billion in 2022 and is projected to grow at a compound annual rate of growth (CAGR) of around 3.7% from 2022 to 2032.The market size is projected to succeed in USD 4.5 billion by 2032.

Breathable films, also known as micro-porous films, are semi-permeable films composed of micro porous structures that allow the exchange of water vapor and gases, but prevent liquids or water to pass through them. They are a three-dimensional matrix of long-chained molecules usually manufactured from highly filled polymers such as polyethylene, polypropylene or polyurethane and calcium carbonate by the extrusion technology.

These films are extremely hygienic and provide protection from various hazardous environments. Moreover, their flexible breathability, good processing, lightweight nature, exceptional mechanical strength and adhesion make them useful in a wide range of end-user industries including building & construction, pharmaceuticals, medical, industrial, food packaging & processing, personal care & hygiene and they also have high demand in the building & construction industry. The filler material used in breathable films reduces the cost by replacing resin with carbonates.

The global breathable films market is expected to register growth at a robust CAGR in the following years.

Breathable Films Market Drives

The growth of this market is attributed towards major pertaining factors including; the increasing awareness of health & hygiene and substantial healthcare expenditure worldwide, growing preference for comfortable & breathable fabrics, the increasing purchasing power of consumers, increasing applications of films in various end-user industries, the global rising population, the increasing demand for processed food, meat, bakery, and cereals, the growing applicability of the product in premium hygiene products and the packaging of food products in the developing countries, rise in the population of infant and old age population and the expansion of healthcare sector etc.

In the developing countries, the personal care expenditure incurred by people are ever rising. As these films are said to aid in the healing process and in removing wrinkles, their demand will increase and will eventually help in fuelling the market growth. Also, the increased demand for product is also expected to raise concerns about the comfort of garments and increasing use by respirable films in jackets, footwear, gloves, and helmet, which in turn will drive the market growth.

Moreover, high absorbency, permeability and strength being very significant features of the breathable films, are making it widely popular for various end-use applications. They are widely used in the hygiene and medical sector for the production of barrier gowns, medical sheets, patient gowns, operating cloth, wound dressing, examination gowns, drapes, under-pads, filtration, operation bed covers, diapers, napkins, wipes, sanitary towels, and incontinence pads effectively.

Furthermore, the rising demand for baby disposables, health products for women, incontinence products for adults, huge adoption in industrial protective apparel to provide personal protection from hazardous industrial environments, along with comfort and strength will also boost the market growth significantly.

However, the higher cost of production of these films over conventional films, the volatility in the prices of raw material, easy availability of product substitute, the environmental effects regarding diaper degradation are a few factors among others which restrain the growth of this market.

More importantly, the global breathable films market is gaining significant traction amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The demand for breathable films in industries such as medical, pharmaceuticals, personal care and hygiene among others has significantly risen in the past few months. Also, the novel coronavirus outbreak has resulted in rising demand for the hospital disposables including gloves, PPE kits, masks and others which has impacted the market positively.

Breathable Films Market Segmentation

By Material Type

  • Polyethylene
  • Polypropylene
  • Polyurethane
  • Polyether Block Amide
  • Co-Polyamide
  • Polyether Ester
  • Others

By Product

  • Microporous
  • Micro void
  • Non-porous

 By Technology

  • Microporous-based
  • Monolithic-based

By Application

  • Hygiene & Personal Care
  • Medical
  • Food Packaging
  • Construction
  • Fabric
  • Others

By Region

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa

Breathable Films Market Regional Insight

The Asia Pacific region is the largest regional market for breathable films and is anticipated to continue to dominate the market in the coming years as well. The growth in the region can be accounted to the increasing birth rate and aging population in its Asian countries, the increasing use of the breathable films in industrial applications, the increasing disposable income & consumption levels of people in the region, the increasing demand for breathable films in applications like medical, food packaging, hygiene & personal care, construction, etc in the region, growth in construction activities, increasing attention to building energy efficiency in China etc. The major contributing countries in the region include India, Japan, China and South Korea out of whom China is the leader.

The European region is the second largest market for breathable films after the Asia Pacific region owing to factors such as the growing health care concerns in the region, the growing innovation and technological advancements in breathable films in the region, the growing production facilities and the increasing demand for packaging materials from diverse industries, including food and beverages, personal care, and pharmaceutical sectors in the region etc.

The North American region is projected to hold a substantial share in this market and is expected to grow uniformly in the years to follow as a result of the growing demand for polyethylene breathable films in food packaging, sports and other industries in the region, the growing investments in the end-use industries in the region and the presence of well established players in the region etc. The major contributors in the region include The U.S. and Canada.

The Middle East & African region is estimated to witness significant growth in the market due to the growing consumption of polyethylene films in medical, food packaging, and other sectors. Lastly, Latin America is anticipated to witness a higher growth in the market due to the increasing demand for product in the end-use sectors in the region.

Breathable Films Market Key Players

  • Berry Global Group
  • Innovia Films
  • Daika Kogyo Co. Ltd.
  • Rahil Foam Pvt Ltd.
  • Skymark Packaging
  • Mitsui Chemicals Incorporation
  • Clopay Plastic Products Company
  • Toray Industries Inc.
  • Fatra A
  • Arkema
  • RKW Group (Germany)
  • Covestro
  • Trioplast Industries
  • Argotec
  • Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc.
  • LyondellBasell Industries N.V.
  • DuPont de Nemours, Inc.
  • Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  • American Polyfilm
  • Nitto Denko Corporation
  • Celanese Corporation
  • Omya AG
  • Other Playerss


  • In June 2020, Calgary-based Nova Chemicals Corp. entered the high-density biaxially oriented polyethylene (HD-BOPE) market by developing a new high-density resin technology that was said to enable the replacement of BOPP or BOPET mixed material packaging films with all-polyethylene, recyclable multilayer film structures. The company described the new technology as being “ideal for use in food packaging, heavy duty sacks, e-commerce” and other demanding applications.
  • In December 2020, Berry Global Group, Inc. announced that phase one of the three phases, $20 million Sof-Flex™ film expansion plan was on track to be operational in December 2020. This announcement came as an update to its January 2020 announcement to expand its hygiene, healthcare, and specialty films platform in North America. The expansion will span Berry’s United States network of breathable film producing plants and is scheduled to be completed by 2022.

Timeline Considered for Analysis:

- 2021: Base Year

- 2022 to 2032: Forecast Period

Research Scope and Deliverables

Overview & Executive Summary

Market Drivers, Trends, Challenges and Opportunities

Market Size and Forecast Projections

Macroeconomic Indicators of Various Countries Impacting the Growth of the Market

Extensive Coverage of Industry Players including Recent Product Launches and Market Activities

Porter’s Five Force Analysis

Market Segmentation Analysis:

Industry report analyzes the global breathable films market by the following segments:

  • Material Type
  • Product
  • Technology
  • Application

Customization: We also offers customization’s in the industry report as per the company’s specific needs.

Key Questions Answered in the Global Breathable Films Industry Report

  • What is the overall market size in 2021? What will be the market growth during the forecast period i.e. 2022-2032?
  • Which region would have high demand for product in the upcoming years?
  • What are the factors driving the growth of the market?
  • Which sub-market will make the most significant contribution to the market?
  • What are the market opportunities for existing and entry-level players?
  • What are various long-term and short-term strategies adopted by the market players?

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  • Publication date: 9th January 2024
  • Base year: 2022
  • Forecast year: 2023-2033
  • Format: PDF, PPT,Word,Excel

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