(Food-Beverage-News.Com, October 18, 2019 ) Market Overview • Release liners function as a critical component in processing material. They provide support and surface protection for coated adhesives, inks, cast foams, ceramics, gels, pre-pregs, and laminated films. Release liners also add strength and integrity to roll products during conversion processes. • It is coated on one or both sides with a release agent, which provides a release effect against any type of a sticky material such as an adhesive or a mastic. Release liners are available in different colors, with or without printing under the low surface energy coating or on the backside of the liner. Release is separation of the liner from a sticky material; liner is the carrier for the release agent.
Market Dynamics • The increasing usage of film-based liners in medical application, growth in packaging and labelling industries and rising adoption of digital printing technology are the major drivers impacting the growth of the market worldwide. Release liners provide several functions in medical device manufacturing and pharmaceutical packaging. Release liners consist of a release coating on a plastic film, paper or cloth substrate. Adding to this, Digital printing benefits such as low initial set-up cost, minimal set-up time, high print quality, and high accuracy have made it a market favorite. • Furthermore, growth in packaging and labelling industry in various applications is rising worldwide. For instance, Large multinational pharma packaging companies, such as Amcor, Huhtamaki, West Pharma and SGD Pharma, along with Indian companies, including UFlex and EsselPropack, lead the way within the country’s pharma packaging which acts as a key factor for the release liner market growth. • However, availability of liner less labels is the major hindering factor for the growth of the market. Market Segementation • By application, the release liners market is segmented into medical & pharmaceutical, electronics, automotive, cosmetics and personal care, food & beverage and industrial and construction. The global release liners market size by application was worth USD YY million in 2018 and is estimated to reach USD YY million by 2026, at a CAGR of YY% during the forecast period. Medical & Pharmaceuticals is expected to grow with high CAGR rate in the forecast period owing to the usage of various medical uses. Release liners are a critical component in the overall development and performance of medical products such as transdermal drug delivery systems, medical devices, advanced wound care dressings and other pharmaceutical packaging products. • Companies are introducing release liners in the market for different medical uses. For instance, Gascogne has launched single side release liners and double side release liners in the market for wound dressing, medical devices, medical adhesives tapes and transdermal patches. • By substrate, the release liners market is segmented into film based and paper based. Film based is further classified into polypropylene, polyethylene terephthalate, polyethylene and others. Others include polyvinyl chloride and polystyrene. Paper based is again divide into glassine & calendered kraft, polyethylene-coated, supercalendered kraft and others. Others include polycoated kraft and clay-coated kraft. • The global release liners market size by substrate was worth USD YY million in 2018 and is estimated to reach USD YY million by 2026, at a CAGR of YY% during the forecast period. Film based release liners is expected to grow with high CAGR rate in the forecast period. Due to the flexibility, customizable, and have one of the highest heat resistance in all plastic based release liners. Polyester release liners are available in different thicknesses and come in standard and to specification sizes if custom is requested. For instance, Fox river associates LLC has launched polyester 1 sided release liners and polyester 2 sided release liners in the market with extra strength and thickness. • Based on printing process type application, the release liners market is segmented into digital printing, flexography, gravure and others. Others include offset and screen. • By labeling technology, the release liners market is segmented into pressure sensitive, in-mold, glue applied and others. Others is further divided into stretch sleeve and shrink sleeve. Geographical Analysis • The Asia Pacific release liners market size by application was worth USD YY million in 2018 and is estimated to reach USD YY million by 2026, at a CAGR of YY% during the forecast period. Increasing growth rate in the labeling and packaging industries is the major reason for the growth of the market in Asia Pacific. China and India is expected to hold major market share due to the huge population and rapid industrialization. • China is the world’s largest consumer of packaging equipment and materials, according to SEMI. Companies in Asia Pacific especially in China are focusing to extend their markets by acquisitions. For instance, Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics Technology Co., Ltd. acquired STATS ChipPAC based in Singapore, making itself the world's third-ranking packaging and testing plant only second to ASE Group and Amkor. Adding to this Tianshui Huatian Technology Co., Ltd. acquired Flip Chip International, LLC (FCI), an American company.
Competitive Landscape • The release liners market is a competitive with existing and new players entering the market. • Some of the major players include Loparex Holding B.V., 3M, Eastman Chemical Company, Polyplex, Avery Dennison Corporation, UPM Raflatac, Mondi. Gascogne Flexible Company, Sappi Limited and Rayven, Inc. • The key players are adopting various key strategies such as product launches, collaborations, mergers & acquisitions which are contributing to the growth of the Release Liners Market. • In May 2018, In May 2018, Expera Coated Products announced AeroBak™ liners a new brand of liners used in the manufacture of Advanced Composites. Expera Coated Products’ AeroBak™ liners deliver solutions to the market using unique technologies that extend our products beyond traditional release liners.
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