Biodegradable Mulch Film Market Overview:
Biodegradable mulch films are organic mulching materials derived from plants and animals, offering benefits such as weed control, maintenance of soil structure, and prevention of crops from soil contamination. The global biodegradable mulch film market was valued at $33,699 thousand in 2016, and is projected to reach $62,039 thousand by 2023, registering a CAGR of 9.3% from 2017 to 2023.
Rapid growth of biodegradable mulch films market is driven by the harmful effects caused by use of inorganic mulching materials on the environment and stringent government regulations regarding the acceptance of gas emission level by inorganic mulching materials. However, high installation cost of biodegradable mulch film restricts the market growth. Nevertheless, growing global population, resulting in high demand for crop production is expected to offer growth opportunities for mulching technique.
The global biodegradable mulch film market is segmented based on raw material type, crop type, and region. Based on raw material type, it is divided into starch, polylactic acid, polyhydroxyalkanoate, and others. Fruits & vegetables, grains & oilseeds, and flowers & plants are the various crop types considered in this report. Region wise, the market is analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA.
Asia-Pacific is expected to witness the highest growth rate in the global biodegradable mulch film market, owing to increased demand for crop production from economies such as India, China, South Korea, and others. In addition, increase in the environmental concerns due to the use of inorganic mulching technique is expected to increase the demand for biodegradable mulch film market.
Top Investment Pockets
The biodegradable mulch film market in India is anticipated to be the most lucrative market for manufacturers soon, owing to the increasing population leading to increased demand for quality food. Latin America is also projected to offer growth opportunity for the manufacturers due to growing population.
In 2016, the starch segment accounted for the highest share in 2016, registering a CAGR 9.2% from 2017 to 2023. Starch-based biodegradable mulch films are expected to register significant growth as it is less expensive compared to other raw materials, and is also abundantly available.
The biodegradable mulch film market in LAMEA is estimated to be the largest in the Brazil region and is estimated to attract manufacturers during the forecast period. Growing population resulting in upsurge in demand for crop production is the major driving factor in the region.
The key players operating in this market are BASF SE, Biobag International As, RKW Group, AEP Industries Inc., Dow Chemical Company, British Polyethylene Industries Plc, Armando Alvarez Group, Al-Pack Enterprises Ltd., Novamont, and Xinfu Pharmaceutical.
The other key players in the value chain (not profiled in this report) include AB Rani Plast Oy., Kingfa Sci & Tech Co Ltd., Ira Agrotech & Research Pvt. Ltd., The Barbier Group, and Saurya Poly Pack.
Key Benefits for Stakeholders
- The report provides an in-depth analysis of the current trends, drivers, and dynamics of the global biodegradable mulch film market to elucidate the prevailing opportunities and tap the investment pockets.
- It offers qualitative trends and quantitative analysis from 2016 to 2023 to assist stakeholders to understand the market scenario.
- In-depth analysis of the key segments demonstrates the market potential of the biodegradable mulch film industry.
- Competitive intelligence of the industry highlights the business practices followed by key players across various geographies and prevailing market opportunities.
- Key players and their strategies & developments are profiled to understand the competitive outlook of the market.
Biodegradable Mulch Film Market Report Highlights
By Row Material
By Crop Type
Key Market Players
BASF S.A., NOVAMONT S.P.A., RPC BPI GROUP (BRITISH POLYETHYLENE INDUSTRIES PLC), ZHEJIANG HANGZHOU XINFU PHARMACEUTICAL CO., LTD., THE DOW CHEMICAL COMPANY, AL-PACK ENTERPRISES LTD., BIOBAG INTERNATIONAL AS, RKW GROUP, ARMANDO ALVAREZ GROUP, AEP INDUSTRIES INC.
Mulching involves covering of the soil to create adequate environment for crop production. This technique is done using organic or inorganic materials. Organic or biodegradable mulch films are organic mulching materials obtained from flora and fauna. Biodegradable mulching technique are preferred over inorganic mulching as waste created by this technique can be transformed into carbon dioxide, methane, water, or biomass at the end of their shelf life, thereby benefiting the agricultural soil.
The global biodegradable mulch film market is driven by the benefits offered by this technique such as weed control, maintenance of soil structure, prevention of crops from soil contamination. Moreover, the stringent government regulation regarding the acceptance of gas emission level also supports the market growth, especially in the European region. However, high cost of installation of biodegradable mulch film hampers the market growth. The market growth in mostly restricted in developing countries, owing to the surge in population resulting in decrease of average land per farmer in the region. However, rapid increase in population on the other side results in the increased demand for crop production, thereby making it a necessity to opt for mulching technique.