Global Cellulose Derivative Films Market: An Overview

Cellulose is arguably the most abundant organic compound in the world, which has plants has its roots. Since it is a bio-based product, Cellulose has wide applications in the packaging industry. Cellulose derivative films are packaging films produced from cellulose functionalized in solvent state along with various side groups. Cellulose derivative films might include materials such as cellophane, cellulose acetate, methylcellulose, and carboxylmethylcellulose. Cellulose derivative films possess good mechanical and barrier properties and are therefore used especially for packaging food. To talk about it more specifically, cellulose derivative films have traditionally been used for edible packaging. However, going by the present scale of research aimed at enhancing the barrier properties of cellulose derivative films, the prospects look promising. Research is being done on layering, blending, and filling cellulose derivatives with other synthetic polymers, thereby producing cellulose derivative films with enhanced mechanical strength. Improved barrier properties would widen the scope of applications for cellulose derivative films in the packaging industry. This is expected to make them more competitive against other packaging materials during the forecast period

Global Cellulose Derivative Films Market: Dynamics

The global cellulose derivative films market is expected to grow on the backdrop of growth in demand for biodegradable packaging solutions for products such as food. There is high demand for food packaging solutions which have high barrier properties and help enhance the shelf life of food products, which automatically increases preference for cellulose derivative films. Furthermore, cellulose-based packaging solutions have certain anti-microbial properties, which will generate more demand for cellulose derivative films for anti-microbial packaging. Anti-microbial food packaging is one of the most promising and upcoming trends, and is therefore expected to generate more demand for cellulose derivative films. One possible cause of limitations to demand for cellulose derivative films is – stringent regulations across the world which researchers must first meet. Furthermore, lack of proper testing methods can also limit market growth. One of the areas where cellulose derivative films might face strong competition from alternative packaging solutions is the usage of hydrophilic edible films, which have barrier properties which are equally good. These include barriers to aroma, oxygen, and oil transfer. However, in terms of water vapor permeability, cellulose derivative films are expected to have an edge over their counterparts. Therefore, the outlook for growth of the global cellulose derivative films is expected to be positive during the forecast period

Global Cellulose Derivative Films Market: Segmentation

The global Cellulose Derivative Films market is segmented as follows -

By product type, the global cellulose derivative films market has been segmented as –

  • Coated film
  • Uncoated film

By end use packaging format, the global cellulose derivative films market has been segmented as –

  • Bags
  • Pouches
  • Wrapping Films

By end use packaging, the global cellulose derivative films market has been segmented as –

  • Food packaging
  • Pharmaceutical Packaging
  • Personal Care Products

Global Cellulose Derivative Films Market: Regional Outlook

North America is expected to spearhead growth of the global cellulose derivative films market during the forecast period. The U.S. cellulose derivative films market is anticipated to account for a major share in the North America region, owing to food packaging research and development on a far larger scale in the country. Effective food preservation techniques and packaging requirements are expected to be generated on a much larger scale from the Asian countries than today. Countries such as India, China, and those in the ASEAN will be the pillars of growth for the cellulose derivative films market in the Asia Pacific. The Western Europe cellulose derivative films market is anticipated to witness healthy growth over the forecast period, along with incorporation of active, smart and intelligent food packaging formats.

Global Cellulose Derivative Films Market: Key players

Some of the key participants operating in the global cellulose derivative films market are –

  • Futamura Chemical Co., Ltd.
  • Celanese Corporation
  • Eastman Chemical Company
  • Sappi Limited
  • Tembec Inc
  • Rotofil Srl
  • Hubei Golden Ring Co. Ltd.
  • Weifang Henglian Cellophane Co. Ltd
  • Rhodia Acetow GmbH 

Some of the key trends in the global cellulose derivative films market are –

  • Scientists are now tapping into the usage of anti-microbial plant extracts which are recognized as safe for food packaging
  • Manufacturers of cellulose derivative films for food packaging focus on solutions which comply with the food additives and contact materials standards

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