The market for mulch films is estimated at USD 7.8 billion in 2023; it is projected to grow at a CAGR of 6.5% to reach USD 10.6 billion by 2028. According to The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the use of mulch films is becoming increasingly sophisticated and specialized. For instance, biodegradable and bio-based mulch films are becoming more popular as they offer a more sustainable option for farmers.
Major manufacturers in this market are based in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. BASF SE (Germany), Berry Global Inc. (US), Dow (US), Kuraray (Japan), Exxon Mobil Corporation (US), RKW Group, Novamont S.p.A (Italy), Plastika Kritis S.A. (Greece), Armando Alvarez Group (Spain), and Achilles Corporation (Japan) are among a few leading players operating in the mulch films market. These players have adopted various growth strategies to strengthen partnerships and new product development activities to expand their mulch films market presence further.
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Berry Global Inc.
Berry is a global leader in innovative packaging and engineered products. The company operates through various business segments, including consumer packaging international, consumer packaging North America, engineered materials, and health, hygiene & specialties. It offers an extensive array of products, encompassing stretch and shrink films, converter films, food and consumer films, retail bags, and agricultural films (mulch films). The company uses unmatched capabilities, sustainability leadership, and deep innovation expertise to serve customers throughout the world. The company has 40,000+ employees across more than 250 locations and partners with customers to develop, design, and manufacture innovative products that are good for people and the planet. They are committed to the circular economy and to solving the challenges customers face at every stage of their journey.
The company offers a range of mulch films in the films and laminates segment including Total Blockade TIF Mulch, Black XL (Extended Life) Mulch, Black-White Panda & Premium Film, and Conventional Smooth and Embossed Mulch to protect the crop from harsh climatic conditions. Total Blockade TIF Mulch is the highest vapor barrier film that helps to reduce fumigant emissions, improve effectiveness, and create a better work environment. It also helps to maintain the effectiveness of Methyl Bromide (MB) alternatives, which may be required by local and EPA regulations. In September 2021, BASF SE and WPO POLYMERS entered into a strategic partnership to further its biopolymers business and extend its reach into the rapidly evolving Spanish and Portuguese markets. As part of this collaboration, WPO Polymers, a prominent plastics solutions provider, will take on the role of distributor for BASF's Ecovio film product range. This range includes certified compostable shopping bags, organic waste bags, and fruit and vegetable bags. By leveraging their respective strengths and expertise, BASF and WPO Polymers are strategically positioned to expedite their business activities within these crucial markets.
BASF is a company that specializes in chemical manufacturing, featuring six distinctive segments in its portfolio: chemicals, materials, industrial solutions, surface technologies, nutrition and care, and agriculture solutions. The company provides solutions for a wide range of industries, including agriculture, automotive and transportation, chemicals, coating solutions, construction, electronics and electric, energy and resources, furniture and wood, home care, industrial and institutional cleaning, nutrition, packing and print, and pharmaceuticals, among others.
The company offers ecovio M2351 a certified soil-biodegradable biopolymer that is specially designed for mulch films used in agriculture and horticulture. It helps to increase yield, speed up harvesting, and save water and herbicides. The advantage of ecovio M2351 is that it is certified soil-biodegradable according to EN17033. This means that mulch films made of ecovio M2351 are completely and biologically degraded by microorganisms like bacteria and fungi that exist naturally in the soil. This eliminates the need for farmers to remove and recycle mulch films after harvest, which saves time and money and helps to avoid plastic pollution in agricultural soil. In May 2022, Berry Global Inc. joined forces with Cleanfarms and Poly-Ag Recycling to spearhead an innovative, closed-loop strategy aimed at enhancing Canada's circular economy. This collaborative recycling initiative, launched in early 2022, is focused on retrieving used agricultural films, processing reclaimed grain bag materials, and utilizing recycled content to create new products.
Dow is a global leader in chemical production and specializes in the manufacturing of plastics, chemicals, and agricultural products. The company operates on a global scale through six distinct business units organized within three primary business segments: packaging and specialty plastics, industrial intermediates and infrastructure, and performance materials and coatings. Within the industrial intermediate and infrastructure business segment, Dow offers a range of agricultural films, including mulch, greenhouse, and silage films.
Over the past decade, the company has been working with leading academics and agricultural institutes to improve agricultural film solutions. They have developed new polyethylene resins that are more durable and can be used in a variety of agricultural applications, including bale silage, silage clamps, silo bags, greenhouses and tunnels, and mulch films. These resins help farmers reduce their reliance on chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides, which leads to increased crop productivity and a more environmentally friendly future. The company offers INNATE ST50 Precision Packaging Resin, which is a clear/transparent mulch film, that can be used for both agricultural farms and horticulture. This resin is crafted to provide exceptional abuse resistance, thereby enhancing packaging productivity. It boasts a distinctive blend of high stiffness and outstanding toughness, making it suitable for agricultural films. Furthermore, this product ensures reliable and trouble-free processing in a wide range of applications as mulch films.
Mulch Films Market by Type (Clear/Transparent, Black Mulch, Colored Mulch, Photo-selective Mulch, Degradable Mulch), Application (Agricultural and Horticulture), Element (LLDPE, LDPE, HDPE, EVA, PLA, PHA) and Region - Global Forecast to 2028
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