Global Agricultural Films Market - Growth, Trends and Forecasts (2019- 2024)

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 Others, and by Geography into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America and Africa.

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Market Overview

The market for agricultural films is expected to reach a market value of USD 14.92 billion by 2024 at a CAGR of 6.92% over the period between 2019-2024. 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, conserve soil moisture and nutrients and reduce soil compaction. Films are also used extensively in protected cultivation.

  • The impact of agricultural films on the protection of soil 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.
  • The need for enhancing agricultural productivity is expected to provide a fillip to the market for agricultural films, considering this indirect yield advantage.
  • On account of the increased concerns about environmental risks, the demand for biodegradable agricultural films is expected to increase over the forecast period.
  • The agricultural films market is highly fragmented and is dominated by the presence of local and regional players.   

Scope of the Report

Agricultural film, which is treated as a modern day application, is used in many innovative agricultural practices. 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 popularity of greenhouse agriculture helps the market to retain a high growth. Product innovations, like ultraviolet (UV) blocking, NIR blocking, florescent and ultra-thermic films, etc. are expected to help the market grow further over the forecast period.

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
Asia Pacific
Rest of Asia-Pacific
South America
Rest of South America
South Africa
Rest of Africa

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Key Market Trends

Increased Adoption of Films in Mulching Driving the Market

Mulching is one of the applications which has the widest use of agricultural films. Since most of the global area under agriculture is under open cultivation, the practice of mulching the soil using films has become a common practice. In the case of cultivation of fruits and vegetables, the adoption of mulch films has shown maximum growth. Since fruits and vegetables are high-value crops and the expected returns over costs are much higher, mulching has been adopted as a standard practice in many countries. In developing markets, the practice of mulching, drip irrigation, and protected cultivation, as a combination has been an emerging trend, in fruits and vegetables. 

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Asia Pacific Leads the Global Agricultural Films Market

Large swathes of the area under vegetables and a growing emphasis on high value and export-oriented cultivation of fruits and vegetables is driving the market for agricultural films in the Asia-Pacific. Farmers in the Asia-Pacific region in general and China, in particular, are increasingly adopting practices such as mulching. It is estimated that almost 3.3 million hectares of crop area in China are being grown under protected cultivation. Other large countries in the region such as India are also adopting the practice of mulching using agricultural films, especially in the cultivation of vegetables. India's production of horticultural crops overtook that of the country's foodgrain production in the year 2018 and the expanding cultivation of vegetables is expected to drive the market for agricultural films.

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Competitive Landscape

The global market for agricultural films is is highly fragmented owing to the presence of several small-scale and regional players. Major industry participants have been investing heavily on R&D for  commercializing biodegradable and longer shelf life products.  Companies have been collaborating with biotechnology firms, in order to ensure a sustainable product innovation in the future.

Major Players

  1. Britton Group LDC
  2. British Polythene Industries PLC
  3. AB Rani Plast Oy
  4. BASF SE
  5. AEP Industries Inc.

* Complete list of players covered available in the table of contents below


Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Introduction to Market Drivers and Restraints

    3. 4.3 Market Drivers

    4. 4.4 Market Restraints

    5. 4.5 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.5.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.5.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.5.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.5.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.5.5 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 Plastics Corporation

      4. 6.3.4 British Polythene Industries PLC

      5. 6.3.5 Britton Group LDC

      6. 6.3.6 The Dow Chemical Company

      7. 6.3.7 Plastika Kritis S.A.

      8. 6.3.8 Novamont S.p.A.

      9. 6.3.9 Hyplast NV

      10. 6.3.10 Trioplast AB

      11. 6.3.11 ExxonMobil Chemical

      12. 6.3.12 Armando Alvarez Group

      13. 6.3.13 AEP Industries Inc.

      14. 6.3.14 Group Barbier

      15. 6.3.15 RKW SE

      16. 6.3.16 INDVECO Group

      17. 6.3.17 Achilles Corporation

      18. 6.3.18 Kuraray Co. Ltd.

      19. 6.3.19 A. Schulman Inc.

      20. 6.3.20 POLIFILM GmbH


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