A static-free packaging film is a film that is covered with an antistatic agent coating as a layer. The film is used as a shield to protect the products and their components from physical damage while in transit. These films are usually used for the packaging of food & beverages and pharmaceutical products and many more. Furthermore, they are also used for packaging electrical products like circuit boards, LCDs, and other delicate electronic products. Static-free packaging films are often used for packaging in electronic products & other industries like the automotive industry, and many.
These films not only serve an advantage to act as a strong shield or protection but also are used to prevent electrostatic or static electricity from damaging electronic items during transportation. As the name “static-free”, the film has an anti-static agent, which is a substance used for the treatment on the surface of the material to reduce the static electricity. To avoid the defects like complete discharge of the device, etc. especially in electronic products the static-free packaging film can be used.
What are the Key Trends Impacting Growth of the Static-free Packaging Films Market?
Not only the electronics manufacturing company but also the pharmaceutical industry nowadays is employing the use of static-free packaging films to avoid the development of the static charge over the outer packaging material of the medicines to avoid the destruction of the medicinal properties and nature of the medicine.
Also, the additional development in the antistatic additives is able to deliver outstanding antistatic performance in very dry conditions in case of the food industry and industrial packaging industry. It is majorly employed in case of flexible packaging to decrease or circumvent processing issues and the risk of electrical shock, etc. The film is found to have versatile additives to produce instant long-term anti-static effects with low surface resistance when compared to conventional antistatic technologies.
How challenging it can be to Reduce or Remove the Charge in the Plastic Sheet?
In plastic sheets, the built-up static charge can cause a complex problem resulting in the damage of packaged goods. The application of the static-free packaging film plays an excellent role, besides the additives which help to reduce the static charge. The majority of the plastics are electrical insulators which result in the accumulation of electrostatic charges on the surface which have the strong charge developed. Due to this, this charge stays on the surface for a long time until the charge is neutralized.
This may lead to issues such as excessive dust, increased handling problems, and dirt builds up on the surface of the plastic material then causing damage to delicate medical or electronic products. It may also lead to cause fire or explosion risk if static sparks are produced near flammable liquids.
Moreover, static electricity cannot be eliminated but can be controlled by controlling the ionization process with the help of the addition of additives like, high impact polystyrene which effectively reduces the surface resistance for the static charge on the surface.
In Terms of Packaging, is the Anti-Static Packaging Film more effective in Reducing the Static Charge When Compared to the Static Shielding Bag?
Anti-static film and static-shielding bag perform the same role of reducing or removing the static charge developed on the outer part of the product. But, in part of the static-shielding bags, the bag must be completely sealed or packed so that to maintain its effectiveness. Also, it is very important to exercise an extra measure of caution while shipping sharp products/objects that may compromise the integrity of the bag.
So, in the case of anti-static packaging film, it plays the role of not building-up the static charge on the product. Thus, in the case of static shielding bags, the effect of static charge protection is either 100% when packed effectively or nil when it comes to defective packaging maybe during the in-transit of the product which is an uncontrollable factor.
Moreover, anti-static packaging films are effective in resisting the building of static charge when it comes to in-transit of the product or some defect in the packaging.
How will Static-Free Packaging Films Effectively Cater to the Packaging Market?
In today’s world, the import-export activities and trade between the countries are carried on a higher level due to the technological advancements in terms of the supply chain or logistics and also in terms of product development. Moreover, growing trade activities are anticipated to grow the static-free packaging film market sooner. Also, a rise in the e-commerce industry, increasing demand for foreign goods, and increase in per capita income of the people can uplift the market in the forecasted period.Furthermore, these films are also used in the automobile industry, in the packaging of car parts to prevent them from damage during transportation.
Also, the development of electronic products and new product launches will help to grow the market positively. Replacement of rigid packaging by flexible packaging can also boost the use of anti-static films due to its outstanding features is also anticipated to grow the market positively. Investment and Development in the research and development to bring out product and technology innovations in the anti-static films market is also expected to uplift the market in the forecasted period.
What are the key Challenges that may hinder the Growth of the Static-Free Packaging Film Market?
Static-free packaging films have the property to only resist the building up of the static charge on the product or object and not removes or eliminates the charge from the surface of the outer packaging.Also, the high cost of raw material can be a major restraining factor for the growth of the static-free packaging film market.The risk of replacement with other products having the dual properties of resisting and eliminating can pose a threat to the static-free packaging film market thereby resulting in hindering the market growth.
Key Players are
- Nan Ya Plastics Corporation
- Mitsubishi Polyester Film Gmbh.
- Achilles Corporation
- Toray Plastics (America), Inc.
- Wiman Corporation
- Kolon Industries, Inc.
- Sekisui Film Co. Ltd.
- Unitika Ltd
What strategies are the Key Players adopting for Increasing their Market Share in the Static-free Packaging Film Market?
The economic growth is boosting the growth in the market while manufacturers are expanding the market with an increase in the manufacturing industries in terms of, electronics, automobiles, pharmaceuticals, and many more.
- On Feb 18th, 2021, Palsgaard A/S opened an all-new 10,000-tonne pellet line which also extended manufacturing quantity to the maximum for the Einarbarnd plant-based polymer in case of anti-static additives at its plant in Denmark, the reason being a growing demand for more natural raw materials and additives to meet the sustainability goals.
- On 18th January 2021, The Eco-Corr Film ESD launched an eco-friendly packaging solution that has various industrial applications directed towards industries such as, static sensitive electronics, telecommunications, packaging, and electric cars.
Why will the Asia-Pacific Region Generate Significant Demand for Static-free Packaging Film Market?
With the continuous increase in the population number in countries like India, China and Japan there is humungous demand for electrical products in the region with growth in the electronics industry. Also, the growth of the pharmaceutical sector in developing countries is expected to uplift the market.Furthermore, government initiatives like Smart City and Make in India projects by the Indian government are also anticipated to grow the market in near future.
Also, increase in the industrialization is expected to favor the market growth in near future.
How has COVID-19 impacted the Growth of the Static-free Packaging Film Market?
COVID-19 pandemic situation was fruitful in the case of the pharmaceutical industry while in-transit of the medicines on the domestic as well as international level. In the case of, electrical and electronic sector, the market observed negative growth especially in the case of consumer durables.
Furthermore, logistics and supply chain caused shipment delays in the case of electronics manufacturers.As per the government rules and guidelines in the post-covid-19 situation, the electronics industry is expected to grow in the forecasted period.
Also, the static-free packaging market is soon expected to raise considering the post COVID-19 situation and the relaxation in the government rules in terms of the production and transportation in case of electronics industry, automotive industries, etc.
Key Segments of Static-free Packaging Film Market covered in the Report
Based on the Material:
- Polyethylene Terephthalate
- Polyvinyl Chloride
Based on the Application Type:
- Bags and Pouches
Based on the End-use Industry:
- Electrical and Electronics
- Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices
- Automotive Parts
- Food and Beverages
Based on the Region:
- North America
- Latin America
- South Asia
- East Asia
- Middle East & Africa
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