Agricultural Films Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Global Agricultural Films Market Report has been segmented by Type into Low-Density Polyethylene, Linear Low-Density Polyethylene, High-Density Polyethylene, Ethyl Vinyl Acetate (EVA)/Ethylene Butyl Acrylate (EBA), Reclaims, and Other Films, by Application into Greenhouse, Silage, Mulching, and Other Applications, and by Geography into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Africa.

Market Snapshot

Agricultural Films Market Overview
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: 6.4 %
Agricultural Films Market Key Players

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Market Overview

The agricultural films market is estimated to grow at a rate of 6.4% during the forecast period (2021-2026).

Travel restrictions and nationwide shutdowns imposed by many governments to slow down the transmission of the COVID-19 virus reduced the demand for agricultural films in the initial phase of the pandemic. Asia-Pacific, the biggest market for agricultural films, was severely impacted by the travel and trade restrictions imposed and shortage of labor in the agriculture sector, which resulted in low sales in mid-2020. However, the conditions have improved in many parts of the world due to the ease of restrictions and the importance of agriculture as an essential service. The demand for greenhouse vegetables has also significantly increased in some countries, which in turn is boosting the demand for agricultural films. Hence, the overall impact of COVID-19 on the agricultural films market is expected to be moderate in 2021.

Decreasing area of arable land, increasing demand for films in protected agriculture, increasing adoption of mulching films, and increasing demand for biodegradable films are expected to drive the agricultural films market during the forecast period. The impact of agricultural films on soil protection and the indirect impact on yield due to soil moisture conservation and reduction of weed growth are impacting the adoption of mulching using films as a standard practice in advanced agriculture. Soil solarization is one of the most common practices in advanced agriculture. Films reduce the exposure of soil and seeds, thereby reducing the impact of weed seeds, conserving soil moisture and nutrients, and reducing soil compaction. Films are also used extensively in protected cultivation. Considering this indirect yield advantage, the need for enhancing agricultural productivity is expected to drive the market for agricultural films. Furthermore, with the increased concerns about environmental risks, the demand for biodegradable agricultural films is expected to increase over the forecast period. However, environmental concern over plastic films usage is expected to restrain the market growth in the coming years.

Scope of the Report

Agricultural films or agricultural plastics are used in many innovative agricultural practices to increase the crop output per hectare while enhancing crop quality. Agricultural films are used extensively for soil protection, greenhouse farming, and mulching. The benefits derived include reduced soil erosion and compaction, temperature control, nutrient conservation, seed germination, weed control, and protection against UV rays.

The global agricultural films market is segmented by type into low-density polyethylene, linear low-density polyethylene, high-density polyethylene, ethyl vinyl acetate (EVA)/ethylene butyl acrylate (EBA), reclaims, and other films, by application into greenhouse, silage, mulching, and other applications, and by geography into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Africa.

Low-Density Polyethylene
Linear Low-Density Polyethylene
High-Density Polyethylene
Ethyl Vinyl Acetate (EVA)/Ethylene Butyl Acrylate (EBA)
Other Types
Other Applications
North America
United States
Rest of North Amercia
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
South America
Rest of South America
South Africa
Rest of Africa

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Demand for Films in Protected Agriculture driving the Market

A growing global population, decreasing arable land, and increasing demand for year-round access to fresh produce have boosted the greenhouse-grown fresh produce market, hence increasing the demand for agricultural films to enhance crop productivity. Polyethylene is a widely used material for agricultural films to protect crops and improve crop yield in greenhouses and tunnels. As per the World Greenhouse Vegetable Statistics- 2019, the global greenhouse vegetable area was 496,800 hectare in 2019, up from 489,214 hectare in 2017. With the increasing area involved in greenhouse farming worldwide, the agricultural films market is expected to grow significantly in the coming years.

Agricultural Films Market Key Trends

Asia-Pacific dominates the Agricultural Films Market

Large strips of the area under greenhouse vegetables and a growing emphasis on high value and export-oriented cultivation of fruits and vegetables are driving the market for agricultural films in Asia-Pacific. The region occupies close to half of the world’s total area under greenhouse cultivation for vegetables. According to the International Greenhouse Vegetable Production statistics 2017, out of the 489,214 hectare of greenhouse agriculture land area globally, Asia-Pacific accounted for 224,974 hectare.

Farmers in the Asia-Pacific region in general, and in China, in particular, are adopting protected agriculture for enhancing crop production and quality. It is estimated that currently, almost 3.3 million hectare of crop area in China is under protected cultivation. Other large countries in the region such as India, Japan, South Korea are also using agricultural films in greenhouses and mulching, especially in the cultivation of vegetables. Therefore, the expanding cultivation of fruits and vegetables by the greenhouse method in Asia-Pacific is expected to drive the market for agricultural films further in the coming years.

Agricultural Films Market Growth by Region

Competitive Landscape

The global market for agricultural films is consolidated owing to the presence of a few large players and several small-scale and regional players. Berry Global Inc., BASF SE, Ab Rani Plast Oy, and Plastika Kritis S.A are the major players in the market, based on their revenue in 2020. Major industry participants have been investing heavily in R&D for commercializing biodegradable and longer shelf-life products. The key companies are entering into partnerships with biotechnology firms, in order to ensure sustainable product innovation in the future.

Recent Developments

In 2020, BASF expanded the novel NOR stabilizer technology for agricultural films with the completion the state-of-art facility for its plastic additives business in Italy. The novel BASF NOR technology platform consists of a range of outstanding light and thermal stabilizers that are especially effective in plasticulture polyolefin applications such as greenhouse covers, macro and small tunnels, nettings and substrate bags.

In 2019, Rani launched two new oxygen barrier films, the underlayer RaniPrO2 and the silage film RaniSilO2, for agricultural use worldwide. The oxygen permeability of the new agricultural films is 100 times lower than that of traditional films. This enables better protection for feed and a higher quality final result.

In January 2017, Berry Global Inc., a key manufacturer of agricultural films acquired the AEP Industries Inc., a North American key manufacturer of flexible plastic packaging films, in order to remain competitive in the growing industry and to expand its product portfolio in the agricultural sector.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions & Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Low-Density Polyethylene

      2. 5.1.2 Linear Low-Density Polyethylene

      3. 5.1.3 High-Density Polyethylene

      4. 5.1.4 Ethyl Vinyl Acetate (EVA)/Ethylene Butyl Acrylate (EBA)

      5. 5.1.5 Reclaims

      6. 5.1.6 Other Types

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Greenhouse

      2. 5.2.2 Silage

      3. 5.2.3 Mulching

      4. 5.2.4 Other Applications

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

        4. Rest of North Amercia

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Spain

        5. Italy

        6. Russia

        7. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Australia

        4. Japan

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.3.5 Africa

        1. South Africa

        2. Egypt

        3. Rest of Africa


    1. 6.1 Most Adopted Strategies

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 AB Rani Plast Oy

      2. 6.3.2 BASF SE

      3. 6.3.3 Berry Global Inc.

      4. 6.3.4 Britton Group LDC

      5. 6.3.5 Plastika Kritis S.A.

      6. 6.3.6 Novamont S.p.A.

      7. 6.3.7 Hyplast NV

      8. 6.3.8 Trioplast AB

      9. 6.3.9 ExxonMobil Chemical

      10. 6.3.10 Armando Alvarez Group

      11. 6.3.11 Group Barbier

      12. 6.3.12 RKW SE

      13. 6.3.13 INDVECO Group

      14. 6.3.14 Achilles Corporation

      15. 6.3.15 Kuraray Co. Ltd.

      16. 6.3.16 A. Schulman Inc.

      17. 6.3.17 POLIFILM GmbH

    4. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Global Agricultural Films Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Global Agricultural Films Market is growing at a CAGR of 6.4% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2020.

Berry Global Inc., BASF SE , Ab Rani Plast Oy, Plastika Kritis S.A, Novamont S.P.A are the major companies operating in Global Agricultural Films Market.

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