Extensive application in food & beverage and pharmaceuticals to propel growth of nano-enabled packaging


  • Natural fiber such as coir, jute, bagasse, cotton, bamboo, hemp are used to manufacture high strength and stiff composite structures. They are used to reinforce both thermosetting and thermoplastic matrices. Properties such as high durability, low density, lightweight and cost effectiveness, have helped natural fiber composites gained significant traction. They have superior strength-to weight ratio, recyclability, and are increasingly finding application in automotive, construction & infrastructure, electricals & electronics, packaging. They can be manufactured using two methods - injection and compression moulding. To know the industry wise applications, the high growth regions, the preferred processing techniques, demand drivers and challenges faced, read Natural fiber composites market set to surge significantly on increasing concerns over recyclability and biodegradability
  • Biodegradable mulch films are used to enhance crop quality and yield by reducing competitive weed pressure, maintain soil moisture levels, modulate soil temperature, enhance insect management and early maturity of crops. Rising population and shrinking agricultural land due to industrialization and urbanization have compelled farmers to produce more in the same land holding. Hence, biodegradable mulch films are being widely used due to lower impact on environment. To know more about the factors driving growth, government legislations, the fastest growth regions, investments in R&D, produce anticipated to witness the fastest growth and the challenges faced, read Demand for biodegradable mulch films to gain from enhanced greenhouse applications, depleting arable land
  • Growing urbanization is leading to faster and busier lifestyles, ultimately leading to more ready-to-eat meals, pre-cut meats, fruits and vegetables, single serve beverages and convenience snacks. This has led to increasing innovations and advancements in food packing technology that is easy to open, dispense, handle, consume, reseal. However growing environmental concerns and government legislations are leading to more sustainable and biodegradable packaging alternatives. Read about a  sustainable alternative using washed-up seagrass, biodegradable packaging and disposable tableware from plant waste, a new biodegradable packaging that benefits the environment, keep fruits and vegetables fresh longer in Sustainable food packaging from washed-up seagrass, plant waste, cellulose composites
  • Breathable films are fashioned with the aid of a aggregate of polymers and mineral fillers and have a micro porous structure that is crucial for vapor transmission. The polymers which are specifically utilized are polyethylene, polypropylene, polyurethane, and others which contain polyether block amide, thermoplastic polyester elastomers, co-polyester, and co-polyamide. These films are used in a wide range of end-user industries including building & construction, pharmaceuticals, medical, industrial, food packaging & processing, and personal care & hygiene. To know about the factors that propel the market, trending applications, high growth sectors, popular material,  regions with robust demand, challenges faced, etc, read Breathable films to register CAGR of over 7% on growing awareness and rising demand for hygiene products
  • The past decade has seen a rising interest in biodegradable polymers for use in packaging. Researchers are investing in designing novel polymer composites out of naturally occurring materials, particularly starch and fiber extracted from various types of plants. Increased awareness about their environmental friendliness and cost effectiveness is expected to reduce to dependence on conventional materials. Some of the recent developments include water soluble and biodegradable thermoplastic pellets based on milk protein, bioplastic made from avocado seeds that can be used to manufacture thin bags to rigid containers or kitchen utensils. Another innovation is a bioplastic made with dried shrimp shells for use in packaging and plastic bags. Read more in Water soluble and biodegradable plastic from milk protein, bioplastic from avocado seeds and dried shrimp shells