• Schur Flexibles Group, an APPMA member, is among the key players profiled in the report.
    Schur Flexibles Group, an APPMA member, is among the key players profiled in the report.

Form-fill-seal (FFS) films are increasing in popularity, with polyethylene (PE) likely to account for more than 40 per cent of the market share to 2029.

FFS films are forecast to grow at a four per cent compound annual growth rate over the next 10 years, according to the Form-Fill-Seal (FFS) Films Market report by Future Market Insights.

“FFS films are available in multiple thickness types and widely used for applications such as pouches, bags and sacks, sachets, and stick packs. High sealability and good machinability are the properties that position FFS films above other competing formats of packaging,” the report said.

PE is expected to remain at the forefront of materials, with multilayer films also gaining ground.

“Manufactured from a variety of plastic resins, PE is highly likely to account for more than two fifths of the market share in FFS films industry, during the forecast period.

“FFS films are either used as monolayers or mixture of various plastic films (multilayer), and among the layer structure type, the multilayer segment is expected to remain prominent in terms of FFS films market share and growth rate during the forecast period,” the report said.

Thicknesses in the 76 to 150 micron range are forecast to enjoy a notable growth rate, according to the report.

“By application, the pouches segment is a major consumer of FFS films and expected to attain remarkable CAGR during the forecast period.

“By the end use, the food segment is expected to be highly attractive in terms of market share and growth rate of FFS films market throughout the forecast period,” it said.

The report also found that Asian markets are gathering momentum for FFS films, and China is expected to be a particularly attractive market.

“It has been observed that the South Asian region is a substantial contributor to the global FFS films market and is projected to outpace other regions in terms of growth rate during the forecast period.

“The increasing popularity of FFS technology across the constantly expanding end-use industries will generate significant demand for FFS films in the forthcoming years,” it said.

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