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The global antifog additives market size was valued at USD 358.3 million in 2022 and is expected to grow from USD 370.0 million in 2023 to USD 514.2 million by 2030, exhibiting a CAGR of 4.8% during the forecast period.
Antifog additives are engineered additives made using various types of esters and fatty acids. The excellent properties offered by these additives prevent fog and water droplet formation on the surface of the polymer films consumed in food packaging and agriculture. The rise in the food and agricultural industries due to higher demand for packed food is expected to drive the antifog additives market growth. Additionally, the introduction of the e-commerce industry has supported the packed food demand consumption, further boosting the market. Hence, all the factors are expected to boost the market over the forecast period.
Interrupted Production Activities due to Imposed Lockdowns Impacted the Market Growth
The COVID-19 pandemic broke out at the end of 2019 and impacted the global economies, business operations, and manufacturing activities. It highly affected countries such as India, China, and the U.S. as restrictions were imposed on logistics, public transport, manufacturing activities, and business operations that interrupted a product's supply chain.
However, the demand for packed food grew during the pandemic, leading to high packaging material consumption. Additionally, increase in agricultural activities to meet consumer demand is further boosting product consumption. Thus, all these factors supported the market during the pandemic.
Despite uncertainties, the global market returned to pre-COVID-19 levels as consumers shifted to online food delivery websites after the pandemic. This has boosted the demand for packed food, further increasing the growth of the product consumption in plastic food packaging films.
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Rapid Increase in Urbanization and Demand for Packed Food Are Prominent Trends in the Market
The growth of the market is associated with rapid urbanization as the increased population in urban areas creates massive demand for consumer goods and necessitates the higher consumption of food & beverage products. Thus, the manufacturers of polymer additives, such as antioxidants and antifog agents, have massive opportunities to expand their presence in the growing food & beverage market. This is attributed to the fogging agent, which is widely used to treat the layer of water droplets on food packaging films.
The growth in flexible packaging has been massive in the last decade. However, introducing online food & beverage shopping sites has boosted the packaging market, leading to a surge in demand for antifog agents. Moreover, the increasing number of food courts, online shopping sites, food marts, and super-marts are creating great opportunities for the existing and new manufacturers of antifog additives.
On the other side, various countries' governments have encouraged farming companies to use greenhouses for enhanced crop production. Thus, the number of greenhouses has increased over the past years. The increasing number of greenhouses has created a remarkable opportunity for the market, as it is the key raw material for mulching and greenhouse film.
Increased Demand for Fog-free Polymer Film in the Food Industry to Drive Market Growth
Antifog additives are widely consumed in the production of food packaging and agricultural films as they offer lower surface tension, leading to a thinner layer of hot or cold fog on the film surface. Additives, such as polyglycerol esters and glycerol esters, are utilized in manufacturing industrial fog-free food wrapping films due to their antifogging properties. The demand for packed food has gradually increased after the COVID-19 impact as consumers became more aware of health. Additionally, using antifog additives in the food polymer or plastic films increase the food's shelf life, protecting it from bacteria in the air.
Further, the demand for packed food increased rapidly owing to the busy lifestyle and change in consumer behavior regarding food consumption. This led to a massive demand for packaging materials. Plastic bags, bottles, micro flute paper bags, and different PP and PE packaging film types further surged the demand for polymer additives. On the other hand, rise in the e-commerce industry has boosted online shopping as consumers prefer to buy foods online to save time and maintain social distance after the massive hit of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thus, all these factors are expected to boost the global market.
Government Rules and Regulations for Plastic Films Production and Consumption are Likely to Hamper Market Growth
The consumption of antifog additives has grown in plastic packaging films over the past years. The government policies and strict regulations on the use of plastic films are anticipated to hinder the market's growth as the polymer films take a long time to degrade and are harmful to the environment.
The U.K. has imposed strict rules and regulations on plastic and its derivative products. Polymer films pollute the environment, which further affects human health. Also, the UN Government Program (UNEP) initiated the clean seas campaign in more than 50 countries to prevent plastic pollution. Hence, the increasing rules and regulations on the use of plastic in industries is key restraining factor for the market.
Ethoxylated Sorbitan Esters to Remain Largest Segment Owing to its Usage in Food Packaging Films
In terms of type, the market is segmented into glycerol esters, polyglycerol esters, sorbitan esters of fatty acids, ethoxylated sorbitan esters, polyoxyethylene esters, and others. Among these, ethoxylated sorbitan esters segment held the largest market share in 2022. The growth of ethoxylated sorbitan esters segment is associated with the high demand for fog-free food packaging and agricultural films. These esters are preferred due to their properties, including controlling hot and cold condensation and enhancing film transparency.
The demand for glycerol esters is expected to grow from food packaging films and cosmetics industries due to their chemical functions such as emulsifiers and thickening agents. Additionally, these additives enhance the shelf life and stability of the finished beverages. Polyglycerol esters offer amphiphilic properties when used in food packaging films. Thus, the segment is anticipated to grow considerably during the forecast period.
The sorbitan esters of fatty acids are widely utilized as an emulsifier and solubilizer, exhibiting low toxicity. Additionally, these esters modify viscosity when used in the food packaging industry. Polyoxyethylene ester is used in polymer films to enhance light transmission and works as a water-repellent. Hence, the superior properties of these additives will boost the market during the forecast period.
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Food Packaging Films Segment to Exhibit a Significant Growth Rate Due to Demand for Packed Foods
Based on application, the market is bifurcated into food packaging films and agricultural films. The demand for food packaging films has increased over the past years due to increasing demand for packed food and the growing e-commerce industry. In recent years, consumers have become more aware of online shopping, which has increased multiple businesses for food, consumer goods, and medicines. Thus, rapid increase in these businesses boosted the demand for packaging materials. The products, including ready-to-eat food, drugs, cold drinks, and household products are delivered through micro-flute containers or plastic bags and films. Antifog additives are used in these packaging materials, especially frozen or hot food. Thus, all these factors are expected to boost the food packaging films segment.
The agricultural films segment's growth is attributed to the high demand for packed fresh vegetables, fruits, pulses, and other agricultural products. Moreover, to fulfill consumer demand, the agriculture companies have increased farming activities, including crop production using greenhouses. These increased activities are expected to boost the market.
Asia Pacific Antifog Additives Market Size, 2022 (USD Million)
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The market size in Asia Pacific was USD 137.4 million in 2022. The region had the highest global antifog additives market share, owing to the higher consumption of packed food. The demand for packed food is associated with the rise in population, and changing consumer preferences toward online food ordering websites. On the other side, countries in the region, such as India and China, are the leading producers of agricultural products. This further leads to higher consumption of antifog additives as they are widely utilized in mulching and greenhouse films.
The market growth in North America is associated with the increased demand for packaged food, owing to the modern and busy lifestyle. Additionally, the number of packed food manufacturers is high in the region, further surging the demand for antifog additives.
In Europe, the market had moderate gains owing to the modern lifestyle and high per capita income. Moreover, after the pandemic hit the region, consumers became aware and started buying food products from e-commerce websites. On the other side, the presence of key regional manufacturers is anticipated to boost market growth during the forecast period in Europe.
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The market growth in Latin America is associated with the rise in industrialization. The number of packaging and food manufacturers has increased along with supermarkets and mega markets. This is expected to boost the market growth in the region. In the Middle East and Africa, the market is expected to grow at a moderate growth rate during the forecast period owing to the entrance of the key polymer additives manufacturers and suppliers.
Key Players to Strengthen their Position by Offering Products to the Packaging Industry
The foremost producers, including Croda International Plc, Avient, LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V., SABO S.p.A., Emery Oleochemicals, Corbion, Evonik Industries AG, Polyvel Inc., Primex Plastics Corporation, and Palsgaard are the key companies of antifog additives.
Croda International Plc has a strong presence in Europe and manufactures antifog additives. The company also has presence in North America, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa regions. Similarly; the other key players have established a strong regional presence, robust distribution channels, and varied product offerings.
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CAGR of 4.8% from 2023 to 2030
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Fortune Business Insights says that the global market size was USD 358.3 million in 2022 and is projected to reach USD 514.2 billion by 2030.
In 2022, the market value stood at USD 358.3 million.
Registering a significant CAGR of 4.8%, the market will exhibit considerable growth in the forecast period (2023-2030).
Food packaging films segment is expected to be the leading in this market during the forecast period.
Increased demand for fog-free polymer films is expected to drive the market.
China held the highest share of the market in 2022.
Croda International Plc, Avient, LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V., SABO S.p.A., Emery Oleochemicals, and Corbion are some of the leading players in the global market.
The industrys rising demand for packed foods drives the product adoption.
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