Global Mulch Films Market Size, Share, and COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Type (Transparent Mulch, Black Mulch, Colored Mulch, Photo-Selective Mulch, and Degradable Mulch), By Element (EVA, PLA, PHA, LLDPE, LDPE, and HDPE), By Application (Horticulture and Agriculture), and By Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle East, and Africa), Analysis and Forecast 2023 - 2033.

Industry: Agriculture


Global Mulch Films Market Insights Forecasts to 2033

  • The Global Mulch Films Market Size was Valued at USD 6.35 Billion in 2023
  • The Market Size is Growing at a CAGR of 6.36% from 2023 to 2033
  • The Worldwide Mulch Films Market Size is Expected to Reach USD 11.76 Billion by 2033
  • North America is Expected to Grow the fastest during the forecast period.


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The Global Mulch Films Market Size is Anticipated to Exceed USD 11.76 Billion by 2033, Growing at a CAGR of 6.36% from 2023 to 2033.


Market Overview

Mulch films are applied to the soil's surface in the form of thin sheets of plastic or other materials in order to reduce weed growth, hold upon moisture, and increase crop yields. Evaporation causes significant loss of soil moisture, which has increased the demand for mulch films in agricultural areas. They can be utilized in a wide range of horticultural and agricultural applications and come in a variety of colors, thicknesses, and materials. Mulch films can be manufactured from a wide range of materials, comprising polyethylene, polypropylene, and biodegradable materials including paper and cornstarch. There are several materials available for manufacturing mulch films, but polyethylene is frequently preferred due to its strength, low cost, and ability to prevent sunlight and water. Mulch films perform by forming a barrier between the soil's surface and the atmosphere. This barrier stops sunlight from reaching weed seeds, reducing their germination and growth. It also assists in maintaining moisture in the soil, reducing the need for irrigation. Furthermore, mulch films may help to raise the temperature of the soil by absorbing heat from the sun. This can be advantageous for crops that demand higher temperatures for maximal development.


Report Coverage

This research report categorizes the market for the global mulch films market based on various segments and regions forecasts revenue growth and analyzes trends in each submarket. The report analyses the key growth drivers, opportunities, and challenges influencing the global mulch films market. Recent market developments and competitive strategies such as expansion, product launch, and development, partnership, merger, and acquisition have been included to draw the competitive landscape in the market. The report strategically identifies and profiles the key market players and analyses their core competencies in each sub-segment of the global mulch films market.


Global Mulch Films Market Report Coverage

Report CoverageDetails
Base Year:2023
Market Size in 2023:USD 6.35 Billion
Forecast Period:2023 - 2033
Forecast Period CAGR 2023 - 2033 :6.36%
2033 Value Projection:USD 11.76 Billion
Historical Data for:2019-2022
No. of Pages:180
Tables, Charts & Figures:110
Segments covered:By Type, By Element, By Application, By Region
Companies covered:: The Dow Chemical Company, BASF SE, FKuR Kunststoff GmbH, Novamont S.p.A., Berry Global Inc., AEP Industries Inc., Trioplast Industrier AB, Tilak Polypack Private Limited, AB Rani Plast Oy, RKW Agri Gmbh & Co.KG, Armando Alvarez Group, BioBag International AS, Industrial Development Company Sal, ExxonMobil Corporation, Ginegar Plastic Products Ltd., Others, and
Pitfalls & Challenges:COVID-19 Empact, Challenges, Future, Growth, & Analysis

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Driving Factors

The global mulch film market is experiencing a major spike in demand as greenhouse applications gain popularity, which is strongly linked to rising environmental concerns. Greenhouses are increasingly utilized in agriculture to create controlled settings for growing a variety of crops. They provide protection from harsh weather, pests, and illnesses, allowing for year-round production. The increasing demand for greenhouse uses is mainly driven by the need for higher food production to support the world's growing population, as well as the need to lessen the environmental effect of traditional open-field farming. Agricultural mulch films boost production by speeding up germination, preventing crop contact with obstructions, and maintaining fertilizers and micronutrients near to the crop. Thus, demand for biodegradable mulch films will probably to rise over the predicted period. Plastics offer excellent features that include longevity, portability, transmittance, and reflection of ultraviolet, visible, near-infrared, and middle infrared radiation, as well as anti-drip and anti-fog capabilities. These are the key reasons for adopting plastic agricultural films to improve harvest quality by providing crop fields with the nutrients and atmosphere they require.


Restraining Factors

The increasing expense of product installation, along with the negative environmental consequences of plastic, would probably impede expansion in the global mulch films market over the estimated time frame. On the other hand, due to growing concern for the environment and its surroundings, the use of biodegradable mulch films is expected to increase, propelling the expansion of the mulch films market with additional growth opportunities in the coming years. Mulch films are commonly used in agriculture to increase crop yields, maintain soil moisture, and reduce weed growth, but the need for farmers to implement additional pest and disease management methods can stymie their adoption.


Market Segmentation

The global mulch films market share is classified into type, element, and application.

  • The transparent mulch is expected to grow at the highest CAGR in the global mulch films market during the forecast period.   

Based on the type, the global mulch films market is divided into transparent mulch, black mulch, colored mulch, photo-selective mulch, and degradable mulch. Among these, the transparent mulch is expected to grow at the highest CAGR in the global mulch films market during the forecast period. Transparent materials are in more popular due to their capacity to block infrared radiation from the sun. The films are essential for preserving soil temperature, inhibiting weed growth, and preserving water, all of which contribute to simpler harvesting and higher crop yields.


  • The LLDPE segment is expected to hold the largest share of the global mulch films market during the forecast period.   

Based on the element, the global mulch films market is divided into EVA, PLA, PHA, LLDPE, LDPE, and HDPE. Among these, the LLDPE segment is expected to hold the largest share of the global mulch films market during the forecast period. LLDPE mulch films are a type of plastic film utilized to protect the soil surrounding plants. They are manufactured of linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE), a strong, long-lasting, and flexible plastic. LLDPE mulch films are usually black or silver and come in a range of thicknesses and lengths. Furthermore, LLDPE mulch films are a flexible and durable product that can assist farmers boost their yields while decreasing their environmental effects.


  • The horticulture segment is expected to grow at the highest CAGR in the global mulch films market during the forecast period.

Based on the application, the global mulch films market is divided into horticulture and agriculture. Among these, the horticulture segment is expected to grow at the highest CAGR in the global mulch films market during the forecast period. This growth is propelled by the emphasis on sustainable and eco-friendly farming practices. Mulch films play a crucial role in conserving water, reducing the dependency on chemical herbicides and pesticides, and aligning with the broader goals of environmentally conscious agriculture.


Regional Segment Analysis of the Global Mulch Films Market

  • North America (U.S., Canada, Mexico) 
  • Europe (Germany, France, U.K., Italy, Spain, Rest of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, India, Rest of APAC)
  • South America (Brazil and the Rest of South America) 
  • The Middle East and Africa (UAE, South Africa, Rest of MEA)


Asia Pacific is anticipated to hold the largest share of the global mulch films market over the predicted timeframe.


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Asia Pacific is anticipated to hold the largest share of the global mulch films market over the predicted timeframe. Argo-based economies such as India, the Philippines, Indonesia, and China are expected to grow rapidly due to increased crop production and a lack of available land. This is predicted to be the result of increased real estate activity, expanded decorative crop growing, and increasing urbanization. The Asia Pacific region's agriculture industry is developing as disposable income rises and the economy grows rapidly. These factors help to drive the expansion of the mulch film market in this area. With an increasing population in this region, there is a greater need for food. Mulch films play an important role in increasing crop production and quality, making them necessary for meeting food demand. Water shortages affects countries such as China and India, resulting in mulch films almost important for efficient water management and crop protection. The government's numerous measures are contributing to increased agricultural production in Asia-Pacific regions, which is expected to drive the mulch films market throughout the forecast period.


North America is expected to grow at the fastest pace in the global mulch films market during the forecast period. The expansion of the mulch market is anticipated to be fueled by the increasing use of modern technology in agriculture, the availability of cultivable area, and the application of innovative horticulture technology to increase crop output. In recent years, there has been an increased awareness of environmental challenges, as well as a growing dedication to sustainable practices. As a result, mulch films have become increasingly popular in North America's agriculture sector. These films are made of organic ingredients including starch, cellulose, and polylactic acid (PLA), which degrade naturally in the soil. This reduces the requirement for labor-intensive removal and disposal, resulting in less plastic waste and better soil quality.


Competitive Analysis:

The report offers the appropriate analysis of the key organizations/companies involved within the global mulch films market along with a comparative evaluation primarily based on their product offering, business overviews, geographic presence, enterprise strategies, segment market share, and SWOT analysis. The report also provides an elaborative analysis focusing on the current news and developments of the companies, which includes product development, innovations, joint ventures, partnerships, mergers & acquisitions, strategic alliances, and others. This allows for the evaluation of the overall competition within the market.


List of Key Companies

  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • FKuR Kunststoff GmbH
  • Novamont S.p.A.
  • Berry Global Inc.
  • AEP Industries Inc.
  • Trioplast Industrier AB
  • Tilak Polypack Private Limited
  • AB Rani Plast Oy
  • RKW Agri Gmbh & Co.KG
  • Armando Alvarez Group
  • BioBag International AS
  • Industrial Development Company Sal
  • ExxonMobil Corporation
  • Ginegar Plastic Products Ltd.
  • Others


Key Target Audience

  • Market Players
  • Investors
  • End-users
  • Government Authorities 
  • Consulting And Research Firm
  • Venture capitalists
  • Value-Added Resellers (VARs)


Recent Developments

  • In April 2023, BASF SE intends to make commercial amounts of Ecovio offered to customers across the Asia-Pacific area beginning in mid-2023. These initial products will include film grades suitable for a variety of applications, including certified biodegradable shopping and organic waste bags, soil-biodegradable agricultural mulch films, and material for packaging.


  • In May 2022, Berry Global Inc. teamed up with Cleanfarms and Poly-Ag Recycling to launch an innovative closed-loop plan to boost Canada's circular economy. Launched in early 2022, this cooperative recycling project aims to recover spent agricultural films, process recovered materials from grain bags, and use recycled content to make new products.


Market Segment

This study forecasts revenue at global, regional, and country levels from 2020 to 2033. Spherical Insights has segmented the global mulch films market based on the below-mentioned segments: 


Global Mulch Films Market, By Type

  • Transparent Mulch
  • Black Mulch
  • Colored Mulch
  • Photo-Selective Mulch
  • Degradable Mulch


Global Mulch Films Market, By Element

  • EVA
  • PLA
  • PHA
  • LDPE
  • HDPE


Global Mulch Films Market, By Application

  • Horticulture
  • Agriculture


Global Mulch Films Market, Regional

  • North America
    • US
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • Uk
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Australia
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • South America
    • Brazil
    • Argentina
    • Rest of South America
  • Middle East & Africa
    • UAE
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Qatar
    • South Africa
    • Rest of the Middle East & Africa

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