Functional Coatings and Barriers for Paper Market Industry Chain Structure and Development Opportunities by 2027


One of the main concerns of the food industry today is the prevention of food waste. Thus, manufacturers in the functional and barrier coatings market for paper are developing innovative barrier papers that help reduce food waste. For example, Mitsubishi Hitec Paper Europe, a supplier of specialty papers, has acquired expertise in “barricote barriers”, which are unique barrier papers widely used in flexible packaging.

In terms of end use, the food segment of the Functional coatings and barriers for the paper market is estimated to reach a production of ~482,900 tonnes at the end of 2027. Thus, it is inevitable for manufacturers in the functional coatings and paper barrier market to acquire increased expertise in sustainable raw materials that prevent food waste.

Unique barrier papers are gaining popularity for vapor, flavor and mineral oil migration protection. Companies in the functional and barrier coatings for paper market are increasing their production capacities to produce fully recyclable barrier papers.

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Environmentally friendly packaging with barrier coatings Fight against plastic waste

Companies in the functional coatings and paper barrier market are looking beyond linear economy models and stepping up efforts to tackle plastic waste. For example, Japanese materials manufacturer Kuraray revealed that the company aims to fight plastic waste by introducing environmentally friendly packaging with barrier coatings, such as EXCEVAL increase the availability of packaging solutions for the paper industry.

Since plastic puts a strain on the environment, manufacturers in the functional and barrier coatings for paper market are introducing innovative packaging materials to solve this problem. The goal of achieving reusable and recyclable plastic packaging by 2030 in the European Union is capturing the attention of manufacturers in the market for functional and barrier coatings for paper. So, to create solutions in the current scenario, manufacturers are leveraging the benefits of specialty papers to contribute to eco-friendly packaging solutions. Manufacturers in the functional and barrier coatings for paper market are increasing research efforts to develop high-performance barrier coatings using copolymers as a potential alternative to conventional plastic materials.

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Fiber-based systems use repulpable paper to offer unique packaging solutions

Repulpable paper packaging is another focus of manufacturers in the functional and barrier coatings market for paper. The renewed focus on paper materials has increased awareness of eco-friendly fiber-based solutions that replace plastic straws, disposable cups, bottles, etc. Companies in the functional and barrier coatings for paper market are increasing their efficiency in technologies that replace paraffin wax in paper materials and are exploring techniques that replace fluorocarbon for grease barriers in foodservice applications.

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Companies in the functional and barrier coatings market for paper are introducing new materials such as barrier biowaxes which are not only used in food and beverages but also in other applications. They streamline their production activities to produce final system designs comprised of one to three different coatings that perform different functions, depending on the requirements of the end producers. The trend of fiber-based materials is attracting the attention of manufacturers in order to contribute to the development of repulpable paper materials.

Packaging Innovations in Water-Based Barrier Coatings to Drive Market

The market for functional coatings and barriers for paper is largely fragmented, since regional and local tier 2 companies represent ~70-75% of market share. Thus, leading players face stiff competition from emerging players. However, the lack of clarity and understanding of regulations poses a challenge to market players. For example, Asia-Pacific accounts for the functional and barrier coatings market share for paper. India being one of the fastest growing economies in Asia-Pacific, it faces regulatory compliance challenges. This phenomenon has slowed the pace of innovation in Indian functional and barrier coatings for the paper market.

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To raise awareness of regulations in the Indian paper functional and barrier coatings market, manufacturers are leading by example and stepping up R&D to develop water-based barrier coatings to promote sustainability. These new innovations replace conventional plastic bags and cups.

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