Fluoropolymer films are high-performance film that is resistant to extremely harsh conditions such as high temperature and chemicals. These films are low weight, highly durable, high mechanical strength, thermal stability, and offer high light transmission in IR and UV range. Moreover, they also have excellent resistance to flame and harsh weather condition. These films are widely used across packaging, automotive, construction, electronic, and aerospace industry. These films can be classified on the basis of product into polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP), polyvinyl fluoride (PVF), polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF), perfluoroalkoxy alkane (PFA), and ethylene tetrafluoroethylene. Out of which, Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) is most commonly used Fluoropolymer films.
The global fluoropolymer films market was estimated to account for around US$ 1.5 billion in terms of revenue in 2018 and is predicted to grow at a CAGR of 6.2% during the forecast period (2019 to 2027).
Increasing installation of solar photovoltaic modules around the globe is expected to fuel the market growth of fluoropolymer films. This is due to increasing government initiatives due to the growing demand for a renewable source of energy across both developing and developed region. Fluoropolymer films are primarily used as protective sheets for solar modules since they provide good physical properties such as lightweight, smoothness, and flexibility and also offer superior power output. This factor is fueling their demand across end-user, thereby augmenting the market growth.
Growing application of fluoropolymer films from the aerospace industry is projected to offer potential growth opportunity to the market of fluoropolymer films. These films provide an easy-to-clean, scuff resistant and attractive interior surface to the aircraft. Moreover, it has superior resistance to harsh cleaners, chemicals, and solvents. Application of fluoropolymer films reduce the maintenance cost and need for repair. Hence, all these factors are fueling the demand for fluoropolymer films across the aerospace industry.
The high cost of the technology used to produce fluoropolymer films is projected to restrict the adoption of fluoropolymer films. This is turn is expected to hinder the market growth over the forecast period. The manufacturing cost of fluoropolymer films are high as compared to other polymer films because these technologies are patented and are difficult by small manufacturers which is affecting the adoption of this product across various industries and this is a major factor restricting the market growth of fluoropolymer films.
On the basis of product type, polyvinyl fluoride (PVF) dominated the global fluoropolymer films market in 2018 with a 29% of market share in terms of revenue, followed by polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) and fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP), respectively.
The growing trend of introducing smart and advanced technology for the manufacturing of fluoropolymer films by the manufacturer is expected to propel market growth. For instance, in January 2017, Dunmore Corporation has introduced new adhesion-promoting technologies for fluoropolymer films. Dunmore's new adhesion promoting-technologies deliver increased functionality for fluoropolymer film manufacturers by enabling their substrates to be used in applications previously unattainable because of printability, surface modification and multilayer laminations were difficult to achieve with their substrates.
Increasing focus of manufacturers to increase the investment in order to expand the product portfolio and gain a competitive edge in the fluoropolymers films market will favor the market growth over the forecast timeframe. For instance, in September 2019, Daikin America Inc. a fluoropolymers maker has announced its plan to spend US$ 195 million to expand its production site in Decatur, Ala.
Key players active in the global fluoropolymer films are The Chemours Company, Arkema Group, Solvay, Daikin Industries, Ltd., Asahi Glass Co., Ltd., 3M, Saint-Gobain, Polyflon Technology Limited, Dongyue Group Ltd., and Honeywell International Inc.
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