Breathable Films Market

2020 Analysis and Review: Breathable Films Market by Material – Polyethylene, Polypropylene, Polyurethane and others for 2020 – 2030


The global breathable films market is gaining significant traction amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past few years people have become more conscious about their health and personal hygiene. Coupled with this, advancements in medical technologies and various healthcare facilities are resulting in increasing scope for growth of the market.

The demand for breathable films in industries such as medical, pharmaceuticals, personal care and hygiene has significantly increased in the last couple of months. Furthermore, the novel coronavirus outbreak has resulted in rising demand for the hospital disposables including gloves, PPE kits, masks and others.

Also, the global urbanization has catered to market growth as more people are getting access to the various hygienic and incontinence products such as sanitary napkins, baby diapers, adult diapers and others due to their improved lifestyle.

Surging Applications across Diverse Sectors

Breathable films have a lot of exclusive features such as it allows transportation of water vapor molecules but blocks liquid water transportation simultaneously.  Due to their properties, breathable films are widely used to keep various food products fresh for a long time to increase their shelf-lives.

As the demand of processed and packaged foods is increasing, the market growth is expected to increase further in the coming days. Non-porus breathable films are highly used in textile industries, while micro-porus films are used in a very wide range of disposable medical products. As the rising demand from these highly operational end-users tend to prevail, the market is anticipated to exhibit steady growth during the coming years.

As per the latest research report by FMI analysts, the global breathable films market is set to grow by 6% CAGR during the forecast period (2020-2030).

Surge in Demand for Micro Porous Breathable Films

High absorbency being a very significant feature of the breathable films, is making it widely popular for the diverse applications. Due to the porous feature which reduces the accumulation of carbon dioxide while locking the moisture, breathable films are widely used in manufacturing diapers.

Breathable films are also used in manufacturing of surgical apparel used in hospitals and pharmaceutical centers.

Breathable films are widely used for manufacturing products such as gloves, patient gowns, and surgical gowns. The expansion of healthcare sector in India, China, and other countries across Asia Pacific is fuelling the demand for breathable films.

Another important feature of breathable films is the property of healing and wrinkle reduction for faces as the films contains billion of micro-pores which are smaller in size than the water droplets which makes wonder in the skin care products.

Increasing Demand for Biodegradable Breathable Films

The main components of a breathable film include thermoplastic starch, biodegradable resin, a filler, and a protein. Breathable films are made by mineral pyrogens, mainly calcium carbonate. In the current years, manufacturers have become more inclined in producing highly breathable biodegradable film without using any inorganic pyrogens.

Basically a thermoplastic cross linked natural polymer such as corn starch is used in order to create tortuous passages accounted for film breathability. These kind of films are highly popular due to their breathability and mechanical properties.

The trend of incorporating maximum number of degradable components in manufacturing disposable products are increasing rapidly. As a result the demand for biodegradable breathable films is expected to increase further during the forecast period (2020-2030).

Key Challenges

Despite of having a lot of exclusive properties catering to the growth of global market, there are a few restraining factors which are worth considering. 

For instance, the diapers manufactured from the breathable films have a slow degradation rate which can prove hazardous to eco-system. Diapers being a major source of household waste, with more than 9.5 million kids in the United States, is a concern to address for better waste management.

As the polyethylene used in manufacturing disposable diapers contributes to 55% of the breathable films, the cons are negatively affecting the market across the countries. Polyethylene being not easily degradable, causes long term environmental impacts.


Region-wise Analysis

North America Breathable Films Market

North America’s breathable films industry is a highly lucrative, backed by which the region is forecast to remain dominant in the upcoming years. North America breathable film market value is to exhibit growth by 5.7% CAGR by the end of the forecast period.

Breathable polyethylene film will hold the major market value in the material wise category in the region. The North America market is anticipated to exhibit significant growth due to the rapidly growing demand from sports, food packaging, and other industries, which need constant supply of breathable films for product manufacturing.

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Europe Breathable Films Market

Europe too has emerged as a lucrative market for breathable films. The region has been exhibiting increasing demand for packaging materials. The demand is witnessed from diverse industries, including food and beverages, personal care, and pharmaceutical sectors.

Spurred by this, the demand for polypropylene breathable films, microporous breathable films, and others will be considerably high in the region. The rising demand from Europe’s health care sector is a chief factor resulting in the surge in breathable films demand.

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East Asia Breathable Films Market

East Asia too has emerged as an attractive market for breathable films. With the government in China focusing more on increasing energy efficiency, the demand for waterproof breathable films is expected to rise in the country. Request a sample  specific to East Asia market

Category-wise Insights

Polyethylene Emerges Dominant

Polyethylene is expected to lead in the material-wise category and will continue dominating the market through the forecast period. Polyethylene is available at a lost cost and is suitable for a wide range of applications. Coupled with these, technological innovations introduced to aid production of breathable films will fuel demand in this category.

Micro-porous Breathable Films to Maintain Lead

In terms of film type, micro-porous breathable films are widely used due to its feature starting from personal hygienic products to the medical applications. This segment is forecast to expand at above 5% CAGR between 2020 and 2030. However, over the course of the forecast period, monolithic segment is expected to showcase a higher rate of growth, surpassing the micro-porous segment to emerge as the dominant category.

Medical Industry Emerges Key End User

Medical industry has been the primary end user of breathable films. The medical industry will remain in the position throughout the forecast period, exhibiting a growth at above 6% CAGR between 2020 and 2030. Other than this, the market will witness rising demand from food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, and apparel industries.

Competitive Landscape

The market for breathable films is characterized by the presence of several well-established companies. Some of the leading breathable film manufacturers are Berry Global Inc., RKW group, DuPont de Nemours Inc. Competition is expected to get fiercer as players aim at expanding their geographic footprint.

For instance, RKW North America, Inc. has significantly invested in strengthening its presence across Southeast Asia market via strategic multi-million Euro investments in workplace, infrastructure, and technology.

Some of the leading companies to give tough competition are-


  • LyondellBasell Industries N.V.
  • DuPont de Nemours, Inc.
  • Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  • Berry Global Inc.
  • Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc.


  • Trioplast Industries AB
  • Innovia Films
  • RKW Group
  • Fatra
  • Covestro AG
  • Arkema Group
  • Omya AG

Asia Pacific

  • Rahil Foam Pvt. Ltd.
  • Daika Kogyo Co. Ltd.
  • Toray Industries, Inc.
  • Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.
  • Nitto Denko Corporation

*The list is not exhaustive, and only for representational purposes. Full competitive intelligence with SWOT analysis available in the report

Breathable Films Market Report: Scope



Forecast Period


Historical Data Available for


Market Analysis

USD Million for value and volume (per units)

Key Regions Covered

North America, Latin America, Europe, East Asia, South Asia, Oceania Middle East & Africa


Key Countries Covered

US, Canada, Germany, U.K., France, Italy, Spain, Poland, Russia, China, Japan, South Korea, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, GCC Countries, Turkey, Northern Africa, South Africa

Key Segments Covered

Material Type, Film Type, End User Industry, and Region

Key Companies Profiled

  • LyondellBasell Industries N.V.
  • DuPont de Nemours, Inc.
  • Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  • Berry Global Inc.
  • Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc.
  • Rahil Foam Pvt. Ltd.
  • Daika Kogyo Co. Ltd.
  • Toray Industries, Inc.
  • Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.
  • Nitto Denko Corporation
  • Trioplast Industries AB
  • Innovia Films
  • RKW Group
  • Fatra
  • Covestro AG
  • Arkema Group
  • Omya AG

Report Coverage

Market Forecast, brand share analysis, competition intelligence, DROT analysis, Market Dynamics and Challenges, Strategic Growth Initiatives

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Key Questions Answered by the Report

  • At what rate will the market for breathable films grow?

    According to Future Market Insights, the breathable films market is anticipated to grow by 6.0% CAGR during the forecast period (2020-2030).

  • Which is the largest market for breathable films?

    Currently North America is the dominant region in the global market, which is about to remain in the position during the forecast period.

  • Which are the top companies in breathable films market?

    Some of the key companies operating in the global market are Toray Industries. Mitsui Chemicals, Berry Global Inc., Innovia Films and others.

  • Which is the most lucrative segment among end users of breathable films?

    Medical and food and beverages industries are currently most lucrative segments for the breathable films market.

  • Which is the most lucrative segment in terms of material type in breathable films market?

    Among various materials used for manufacturing breathable films, the demand for polyethylene (PE) is the highest

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Key Segments

Material Type

  • Polyethylene
  • Polypropylene
  • Polyurethane

Film Type

  • Micro-porus
  • Monolithic/non-porus

End-user Industry

  • Medical
  • Food & Beverages
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Personal Care & Hygiene
  • Apparel & Clothing
  • Building & Construction

Regional Outlook

  • North America (U.S., Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico, Brazil, Rest of LATAM)
  • Europe (Germany, U.K., France, Italy, Spain, Poland, Russia, Rest of Europe)
  • South Asia-Pacific (India, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia)
  • MEA (GCC Countries, Turkey, Northern Africa, South Africa)

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