Polymeric substrates tend to have low surface energy; as a result, they exhibit a lower bond strength than what is needed for superior quality printing and ink adhesion. So, the substrate material is modified to make it suitable for various applications. Surface modifications are applied to films for improving physical, chemical, and mechanical properties such as wettability, adhesion, mechanical tear, and resistance of that material. Specific applications such as printing hologram on the film need superior surface wettability and adhesion.
The internal composition of surface modified films remain unaffected by the modifications are done on the surface. Manufacturers offer single side treated surface modified films and both side treated surface modified films depending on the end use application. Also, surface modified films provide a better barrier against gas and moisture when compared to their counterparts such as uncoated films.
As the demand for visual and communicative packaging is growing, manufacturers are inclining to incorporate multiple features in their packaging solutions. To add additional features in the packaging such as holograms, custom prints, and embossing, the manufacturers need a surface to retain all these features. Hence, the use of surface modified films has grown manifold in the recent years.
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Application of surface modified films in the packaging of food is another key driver for the global surface modified films market. To protect the furniture surfaces from scratches and other abrasions during transit, manufacturers use surface modified films for surface protection. Growth in the sales of furniture is expected to fuel the surface modified films market. Film converters prefer using surface modified films as they not only increase the operational efficiency of the film but also restrict the capital expenditure of the converters.
At times, corona treatments can increase the number of static charges in the treated film, which is undesirable. To avoid this, some converters prefer primer coatings that adhere to the substrate, but this is a time consuming and elaborate process which decreases the overall production efficiency of the film converters. This can hamper the growth of surface modified films market during the forecast period.
Some of the key players operating in the global surface modified films market are – Mitsubishi Polyester Film, Inc., Toray Plastics (America), Inc., Terphane Inc., Uflex Ltd., Cosmo Films Limited, and Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, among others. Many local and unorganized players are expected to contribute to the global surface modified films market during the forecast period.