PE Films

PE films report coves the base films across end use applications like stretch wrapping, shrink wrapping etc.

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Elite Plastics, has installed a new three layer Blown film extrusion line in UK.

April 20, 2023
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Constantia Flexible Acquires Laszlopack

April 13, 2023
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Suedpack introduces recyclable mono layer Pure-Line PE Films.

April 05, 2023
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PE Films Industry Benchmarks

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The average annual savings achieved in PE Films category is 5.40%

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The industry average payment terms in PE Films category for the current quarter is 180.0 days

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    PE Films market report transcript

    Global PE Films Market Outlook

    In 2023E, the global PE film demand is valued at about 57 MMT and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3.5–4 percent from 2023E to 2027F. The top global manufacturers are expanding their capacity to meet the increasing demand

    The key growth drivers are:

    • Growing end-use demand from the packaged food and beverage

    • FMCG


    Global PE Films: Market Maturity

    • North America and Europe are highly mature markets. Supplier capabilities to serve complex client requirements in these regions are high. There is a in increase in demand from APAC and LATAM for PE films across segments due to increase in young population and hike in middle class income.

    Global PE Films: Industry Trends

    • Downgauged films and integrated supplier engagement are the major trends that will impact PE films in 2023. Companies are restructuring their supplier engagement policies to include payment terms and KPIs more explicitly, so that losses can be minimized in case of adversities.

    PE Films –Drivers and Constraints


    End-use Demand

    • One of the major growth drivers for PE films is the increasing usage of stretch and shrink films, which is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4–5 percent in Australia from 2023E to 2027F. These films are used in packaging and non-packaging applications because of its physical properties, such as tear strength, stress, durability, etc.

    • The increase in demand for food, beverages, and consumer goods product in emerging regions, due to growing urbanization and increasing disposable income of middle class

    Technology and Innovation

    • Technological innovations in the field of manufacturing machineries and production process are gaining momentum, mainly due to dynamic consumer preference, which would provide PE films an edge over its rigid packaging counterpart



    • There is an increase in the usage of BOPP films, mainly in food packaging segment, due to its barrier properties


    • In the developed markets, there is a major sustainability trend toward the use of paper, cloth, and jute bags to replace the PE bags

    • Several major cities are also banning the use of plastic bags. In the recent past, the top retail chains have moved from using plastic bags to jute/paper bags

    Cost Structure Analysis: PE Films

    • The APAC is dominated by the supply from China, as it exports the raw material to the other neighboring APAC countries. The prices majorly depend on the China’s output

    • PE resin contributes to around 75–80 percent, and its a major cost driver, followed by fixed and labor cost

    • PE resin does not have any supply constraints across regions. However, there will be a temporary supply disruption and capacity outage, which results in temporary price variations

    • Fixed charges include packaging, logistics, administrative, and other general expenses and contribute to about 11–13 percent of the overall PE film production cost

    Supply Trends and Insights : PE Films

    Supplier Outlook

    Supplier Fragmentation

    • Fragmented supply base with the presence of both global and regional suppliers

    • Global suppliers mostly compete on innovation front and regional suppliers mostly tend to compete on cost effective PE Films fronts


    • Most of the global suppliers and key regional suppliers are witnessed to be forward integrated to other converted flexible packaging formats

    • Being integrated, enables supplier to the avoid middle man in the supply chain and helps in cost saving. Most of the integrated supplier tend to pass on this cost saving to end users

    Supplier Trends

    Supplier Innovations

    • Most of the global and regional suppliers are focussed on innovations related to downgauged films recycled content and biodegradable film formats across regions

    • COVID situation prevailing all around the globe has reduced the number of innovations related to bio based films and are more focused in handling the price reduction of PE Films

    Mergers and Acquisition

    • Global suppliers in the market mostly tend to acquire capable regional suppliers for synergy in new customer acquisition, new market access, for cutting down competition and to gain technical advantage of the acquired suppliers

    • The pandemic situation have decreased the number of acquisitions and mergers in the industry as suppliers have diverted their focus on cost cutting to financially survive the pandemic than investing on a new business

    Engagement Trends

    Mix of global and regional supplier Engagement

    • Engaging with mix of global and regional suppliers is preferred as it would provide brand owners with access to innovation and increase buyer power for price negotiation respectively

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