Global Functional Films Market was valued at US$ 29.02 Mn in 2022 and is estimated to reach US$ 45.06 Mn by 2030, exhibiting a CAGR of 5.6% during the forecast period (2023-2030).

According to Global Functional Films Market Report, By Product Type (Conductive,  Optical, Adhesive, and Water-soluble), By Application (Flat Panel Display (FPD), Electronics & Semiconductors, Automotive, Construction, Energy, Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals and Packaging), and By Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Europe, and Middle East & Africa) as highlighted in a new report published by Coherent Market Insights.

Functional films are polymer film that is applied to the substrate to enhance functionality and impart advanced properties to the product. These films are scratch, heat, and chemical resistant which makes them ideal materials across various end use industries. Moreover, they are durable and flexible which makes them suitable for miniaturization of devices application. These films require less energy for production and can be fabricated into a complex structure. Functional films can be classified into adhesive, optical, conductive, and water-soluble. Flat panel displays (FPD), electronics & semiconductors, automotive, construction, energy, healthcare/pharmaceutical, and packaging are some of the major end users of functional films.

Global Functional Films Market- Drivers

Growing demand for electric vehicles

Growth in the automotive industry due to increased production as well as sales of electric vehicles is projected to augment the market growth of the functional film. The functional film is used in the production of decoration, wheel arches, control arms, window profiles, and the steering knuckle. According to International Energy Agency, net sales of electric car vehicles in 2022 were up from around 9% in 2021 where China accounted for around 60% of global electric car sales whereby Europe held the second largest market wherein electric car sales increased by over 15% in 2022. Hence, the rising production of the automobile is expected to propel the market growth of functional films.

Global Functional Films Market- Opportunities

Increasing demand for touchscreens devices in everyday activities such as residences, supermarkets, autos, restaurants, etc. is significantly driving up the demand for functional films, and the rising applications of touchscreens is expected to create lucrative opportunities in the market as functional films are extensively used in electronics and semiconductors applications.

Global Functional Films Market- Trends

Functional films have found a wide array of applications in a range of industries such as electronics, automotive, healthcare, glass, etc. The main application of functional films on glass is in the field of optics, and the most well-known application of functional films is in home mirrors. It is made by applying a thin layer of metal to the back side of the glass plate to increase reflectivity. According to data reported (2022) by Mo-Sci, an expert in creating custom glass solutions, depositing conductive traces onto glass substrates for applications such as consumer electronic devices (including smartphones), automobiles, and aviation, has enabled circuitry and functional electronic components to be integrated into glass.

Global Functional Films Market- Restraints

The use of optical functional films is expected to be hampered by the increasing replacement of LCD screens with active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) screens. As a result, market growth for functional films is likely to be hampered over the forecast period 2023-2030.

Global Functional Films Market- Impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a major slump in the growth of the global functional film market. Demand for functional films declined during the unprecedented pandemic period. North America and Europe witnessed a huge decline than Asia Pacific. During the pandemic, functional film manufacturers were operating at a reduced capacity and intended to ramp up production after carefully evaluating the industry scenario post-COVID-19.

As a result of the pandemic, the automotive industry has faced huge losses as sales of passenger vehicles declined across the globe. The industry has gradually recovered from the losses, mainly after the reopening of various production facilities that resulted in strong sales expectations. The rising demand for functional films is expected to grow in the coming years.

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Key Market Takeaways

  • Based on product type, the global functional films market is segmented into conductive, optical, adhesive, and water-soluble
  • Global functional films market is expected to witness growth due to increased application in the electronics & semiconductors, construction, and packaging industries, as these polymeric-based films are being extensively used in the packaging industry to prevent contamination and ensure the safety of the product
  • Global functional films market is expected to be driven by the demand from end use industries such as healthcare and pharmaceutical industries for medical product packaging in regions such as Asia Pacific
  • Global functional films market is expected to witness staggering growth on account of the growing application of flat panel display (FPD) among others such as electronics & semiconductors and automotive, etc.
  • Market players include 3M, Toray Industries, Inc., Nagase & Co. Ltd., Eastman Chemical Company, and Tatsuta Electric Wire & Cable Co., Ltd.


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