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A release liner is a type of paper or film sheet that carries sticky materials in its base. It is coated by the silicon layer on both the side as base release coating, which offers the liner to release the adhesive at the right time. However, it can also be achieved with non-silicon coating or with a specific substrate that does not require coatings. Some of the major application areas of release liners are envelopes & packaging, industrial, medical, hygiene, pressure-sensitive label stock, and tapes. Moreover, release liners also find applications across the construction industry.

The global release liners market was estimated to account for US$ 11.6 billion in terms of revenue in 2018 and is predicted to grow at a CAGR of 6.6% during the forecast period (2019 to 2027).


Growing demand for film-based liners such as polypropylene (PP), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), and polyethylene (PE) due to growing demand for clear-on-clear labels for no label look across applications such as beer, medical, beverages, and personal care industry, and food product packaging. Moreover, growing cosmetic industry around the globe is also expected to foster the market growth of the film-based liners over the forecast period.

Market Opportunities

Emerging hygiene, medical and personal care industry is expected to offer immense growth opportunity to the market of the release liner. In the medical industry mainly three segments utilize self-adhesives laminate that features silicon-coated release liners: wound care dressings, surgical drapes, and medical devices. According to Coherent Market Insights, around 49% of the total release liners market in this segment is being held by films, presenting a potential opportunity in the future.

Market Restraints

A disadvantage associated with release liners is that these materials are not suitable for high-temperature exposure applications such as laser, which is estimated to restrict the market growth of release liners. With the increase in the temperature tensile properties of tensile get softens. Moreover, other factors such as bagginess of the film that can affect the processibility are also projected to hinder the market growth of the release liner over the forecast period.

Key Takeaways

Among application, pressure-sensitive label stock segment dominated the global release liners market in 2018 with a 54.1% of market share in terms of revenue, followed by tapes and industrial, respectively.

Market Trends

Increasing adoption of growth strategy by major players such as merger& acquisition is projected to foster the market growth of release liners over the forecast period. For instance, in September 2019, silicone release liners manufacturer, Loparex has acquired engineered polyolefin film specialist, Infiana and started the integration phase. The purpose of this acquisition was to expand the product portfolio in the release liners section and fulfill customer needs.

The growing focus of manufacturers of release liners to expand the production facility is a major trend that has been observed in the market and this trend is expected to propel the market growth over the forecast timeframe. For instance, in July 2018, TASA, a producer of silicone liners, has opened a new construction facility for silicone paper and film production in Querétaro, Mexico. The new plant is going to serve the entire continent and the construction of the facility, is begun with an investment of US$ 22 million.

Competitive Section

Key players active in the global release liners market are Mondi AG, Avery Dennison Corporation, 3M, Gascogne Laminates S.A, UPM Raflatac, Rayven Inc., and Loparex. 

Few Recent Developments

UPM Reflatac Company

  • In March 2016, UPM Raflatac launched PP and PET option (Vanish TM I20 & 92) under its metalized and foil product portfolio including release liners
  • In 2015, the company introduces its release liner for small diameter containers, low-temperature storage, single-use sterilization wraps, pharmaceutical security labels, and blood bag labels.

Rayven Inc.

  • In 2015, Rayven Inc. introduced its hot melt adhesive coating, which can directly be applied to the substrates or coated on to the release liner and then nipped to the substrates.

Market Taxonomy

By Application

  • Envelopes & Packaging
  • Graphic Arts
  • Hygiene
  • Industrial
  • Medical
  • Pressure-sensitive label stock
  • Tapes

By Substrates

  • Film
  • Glassine
  • Polyolefin paper
  • Clay coated paper
  • Art paper

By Labeling Technology

  • Adhesive Applied
  • In-Mold
  • Pressure-sensitive labelling
  • Sleeving

By Region

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa
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