Barrier Coated Paper Market Size, Share, Opportunities, And Trends By Coating Type (Water-based Coating, Solvent-based Coating, Wax Coating, Extrusion Coating), By Material (Paper Coating, Plastic Coating, Bio-based Plastic Coating, Wax Coating, Other Coating Materials), By Thickness (Less Than 50 µm, 51 µm To 75 µm, 75 µm To 100 µm), By Packaging Application (Cups & Lids, Trays, Laminates, Boxes & Cartons, Pouches & Sachets, Labels, Blisters & Clamshells, Wraps, Tapes, Others), By Application (Food Packaging, Beverages Packaging, Cosmetic & Personal Care Packaging, Pharmaceuticals Packaging, Building & Construction Packaging, Electrical & Electronics Packaging, Tobacco Packaging, Packaging Of Other Consumer Goods), And By Geography - Forecasts From 2023 To 2028

  • Published : Dec 2023
  • Report Code : KSI061616344
  • Pages : 146

Barrier-coated paper is expected to hold a significant market share during the forecast period.

Barrier-coated paper is known to provide a grease barrier, a moisture barrier, or other necessary barrier properties. Barrier coatings are also used on non-food and food-grade paper and corrugated board containers. The rise in packaging innovations in water-based barrier-coated papers is likely to drive the growth of the barrier-coated papers market over the forecast period. Furthermore, the accommodating environmental standards for food contact paper implemented by numerous governments throughout the world are expected to boost the expansion of the barrier-coated paper market. Furthermore, the rising consumer lifestyle and increased health and environmental awareness are expected to buffer the expansion of the barrier-coated paper market.


Barrier-coated paper is defined as the deposition of an increased strength barrier coating on the paper surfaces to offer insulation against moisture, oil, and lubricant. Flexible paper with a barrier coating is extensively used to package, store, and transport a wide range of food and non-food goods. Paper packaging is one of the most popular forms of packaging, although worldwide barrier-coated flexible paper packaging is still in its infancy, with large markets concentrated in Europe. Globally, there is a rising need for commodities that may provide outstanding levels of safety to products, particularly in the food and beverage business. The previous packaging technology is being replaced with barrier packaging technology. As a result, it is anticipated that this will eventually help in the growth of barrier-coated paper packaging in different parts of the world throughout the projection period. Major expansion, on the other hand, is being aided by a strengthened global economy and the progress of poor nations and places. Moreover, demographic lifestyle changes, rapidly evolving consumer tastes, and the introduction of contemporary technology have lessened the necessity for traditional packaging. These factors are expected to enhance the global barrier-coated paper market over the forecast period. Similarly, the growing popularity of microwave cooking and ready-to-eat foods is expected to boost market growth over the forecast period. Furthermore, intelligent printing on barrier-coated paper packaging enhances the product's look, gives vital information about food, beverages, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical goods, and piques the customer's interest in the product. Market participants' rising use of such imprinted barrier-coated paper packaging to captivate many clients is considerably driving market development.


  • Rising demand for the packaging application is one of the major market drivers: The packaging application seeks multipurpose and adaptable barrier coatings for paper to help the product, store, and customer. This is increasing demand for more functional and proactive barrier-coated paper packaging, such as antimicrobial products and environmentally friendly coatings that might be utilized for a variety of food, beverage, cosmetic, and medicine packaging hence driving the market growth.
  • Barrier-coated paper is lightweight and sustainable which is propelling the market demand: Flexible barrier-coated paper is replacing treated wood and plastics in many packaging applications where sustainability is an issue or lower-weight replacements are required. These are biodegradable, lightweight, and can withstand harsh weather without diminishing operational strength and are therefore widely and readily accepted by the market players.
  • Rising e-commerce platforms are creating positive market opportunities: Barrier-coated paper packaging is frequently used to package and transport a wide range of industrial and non-industrial commodities. Players in the eCommerce and logistics businesses are utilizing this packaging as an effective marketing technique. Owing to its exceptional resistance to spoilage, distortion, and wear and tear, this packaging is in great demand in this business.
  • Integration of new coating technology is aiding in the market growth: The combination of nanotechnology and organic antimicrobial compounds is rapidly advancing the field of antimicrobial packaging, another intriguing new use of "smart" coating technology. Many industry participants are introducing it as a result, which is fueling market expansion on a worldwide scale.
  • Rising trend of eco-friendly and sustainable packaging alternatives likely to propel the market demand: Barrier-coated paper manufacturers are working tirelessly to create bio-based solutions to replace petroleum-based polymer coatings. Coating methods such as slide covering and curtain processes might provide several options for boosting process efficiency and cost viability. Bio-based materials, especially water-based or solvent-based coatings, and creative product designs are outperforming traditional packaging. These environmentally favorable characteristics of barrier-coated papers are expected to gain popularity across the world, eventually driving market growth.
  • Rising demand from the food packaging industry is a primary market proponent: Food packaging is expected to contribute considerably to market development since food items require insulation, and lower-cost and more sustainable options are also being researched to replace non-sustainable products in use. Responsive barrier-coated flexible paper packaging solutions, which are designed to respond to stimuli in food goods or the environment to enable real-time hygiene and protection surveillance, are an emerging field of application. These coatings can change their physical and chemical properties in response to environmental stimuli such as pH, temperature, illumination, and bioactivity, hence reducing waste.

Products offered by key companies:

  • EcoShield®, Cortec Corporation: EcoShield® Barrier Coating is a waterborne barrier coating that is 100% recyclable and repulpable, obviating the requirement for standard wax and polyethylene papers. Furthermore, the coating may be used to shield the surface of kraft and recycled paper against pollutants that could cause corrosion. EcoShield® Barrier covering is a packaging industry pioneer due to its combination of a contaminant sealant and a repulpable covering for kraft paper. This material can also be utilized as a water-resistant moisture barrier coating on corrugated box liners. EcoShield® Barrier Coating is also resistant to oil and grease. Polyethylene and wax coatings have traditionally been used to seal porous paper and corrugated cardboard.
  • Michem® Coat, Michelman, Inc.: Michem® Coat solutions are high-quality all-purpose coatings that are grease and oil-resistant. They also provide stain control, abrasion resistance, convenience of off-line application, effective bonding, surface sealing, and priming for subsequent applications, among other benefits. Bakery items, quick snacks, pizza boxes, adhesive packaging, electrical components, and metal parts are common packaging uses.

Prominent growth is anticipated in the water-based coating sector under the coating type segment.

The water-based barrier-coated paper segment is predicted to expand significantly over the forecast period. Owing to its superior strength barrier coating and high moisture resistance, this category is likely to gain significant traction. Water-based coatings are often used as paper coatings in the specialized and consumer products sectors. These coatings are more resistant to high temperatures and have better gas and moisture properties. Water-based coatings are quite affordable and readily available. Moreover, water-based coatings are biodegradable, which reduces the impact of environmental deterioration. All these factors are recognized by package manufacturers and customers, resulting in higher production and demand for water-based coated paper packaging solutions.

The Asia Pacific region is expected to hold a significant share of the barrier-coated paper market:

The Asia Pacific region is poised to capture a major market share and is expected to grow with a Significant CAGR over the forecast period. Asia Pacific nations are accelerating their efforts as a result of laws aimed at curbing plastic pollution and the rising demand for packaged goods. Ready-to-eat food and parcel delivery are in higher demand as individuals swarm these countries' major cities in search of higher education or work. China, Japan, Australia, and Southeast Asian nations are among the top markets for barrier-coated papers. China produces more barrier-coated papers than other nations in the area because it has a large number of small-scale companies. China's market may also grow as a result of growing urban populations, stringent government laws governing food packaging, and a plastic prohibition. In terms of market expansion and demand for barrier-coated papers, India is anticipated to have a leading role in the next years. Another factor that will keep India's barrier paper packaging market booming throughout the anticipated timeframe is medical tourism.

Key developments:

  • Hubergroup Print Solutions announced the HYDRO-LAC GA Oxygen Barrier Coating in March 2022, enabling the creation of mono-material flexible packaging that can be recycled more readily in places with the requisite infrastructure. The coating can be applied to the same material as the packaging's film laminate.


  • By Coating Type:
    • Water-based Coating
    • Solvent-based Coating
    • Wax Coating
    • Extrusion Coating
  • By Material:
    • Paper Coating
    • Plastic Coating
      • Polyethylene (PE)
      • Polypropylene (PP)
      • Polyvinylidene dichloride (PVDC)
      • Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
    • Bio-based Plastic Coating
      • Polysaccharides
      • Polylactic Acid (PLA)
      • Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA)
    • Wax Coating
    • Other Coating Materials
  • By Thickness:
    • Less than 50 µm
    • 51 µm to 75 µm
    • 75 µm to 100 µm
  • By Packaging Application:
    • Cups & Lids
    • Trays
    • Laminates
    • Boxes & Cartons
    • Pouches & Sachets
    • Labels
    • Blisters & Clamshells
    • Wraps
    • Tapes
    • Others
  • By Application:
    • Food Packaging
      • Bakery
      • Confectionery
      • Snacks
      • Dairy
      • Spices & Condiments
      • Sauces
    • Beverages Packaging
    • Cosmetic & Personal Care Packaging
    • Pharmaceuticals Packaging
    • Building & Construction Packaging
    • Electrical & Electronics Packaging
    • Tobacco Packaging
    • Packaging of Other Consumer Goods
  • By Geography
    • North America
      • United States
      • Canada
      • Mexico
    • South America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Others
    • Europe
      • United Kingdom
      • Germany
      • France
      • Italy
      • Spain  
      • Others
    • Middle East and Africa
      • Saudi Arabia
      • UAE
      • Others
    • Asia Pacific
      • Japan
      • China
      • India
      • South Korea
      • Taiwan
      • Thailand
      • Indonesia
      • Others


1.1. Market Overview

1.2. Market Definition

1.3. Scope of the Study

1.4. Market Segmentation

1.5. Currency

1.6. Assumptions

1.7. Base, and Forecast Years Timeline


2.1. Research Data

2.2. Research Process


3.1. Key Findings


4.1. Market Drivers

4.2. Market Restraints

4.3. Porter’s Five Forces Analysis

4.3.1. Bargaining Power of Suppliers

4.3.2. Bargaining Power of Buyers

4.3.3. Threat of New Entrants

4.3.4. Threat of Substitutes

4.3.5. Competitive Rivalry in the Industry

4.4. Industry Value Chain Analysis


5.1. Introduction

5.2. Water-based Coating

5.3. Solvent-based Coating

5.4. Wax Coating

5.5. Extrusion Coating


6.1. Introduction

6.2. Paper Coating

6.3. Plastic Coating

6.3.1. Polyethylene (PE)

6.3.2. Polypropylene (PP)

6.3.3. Polyvinylidene dichloride (PVDC)

6.3.4. Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)

6.4. Bio-based Plastic Coating

6.4.1. Polysaccharides

6.4.2. Polylactic Acid (PLA)

6.4.3. Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA)

6.5. Wax Coating

6.6. Other 


7.1. Introduction

7.2. Less than 50 µm

7.3. 51 µm to 75 µm

7.4. 75 µm to 100 µm


8.1. Introduction

8.2. Cups & Lids

8.3. Trays

8.4. Laminates

8.5. Boxes & Cartons

8.6. Pouches & Sachets

8.7. Labels

8.8. Blisters & Clamshells

8.9. Wraps

8.10. Tapes

8.11. Others


9.1. Introduction

9.2. Food Packaging

9.2.1. Bakery

9.2.2. Confectionery

9.2.3. Snacks

9.2.4. Dairy

9.2.5. Spices & Condiments

9.2.6. Sauces

9.3. Beverages Packaging

9.4. Cosmetic & Personal Care Packaging

9.5. Pharmaceuticals Packaging

9.6. Building & Construction Packaging

9.7. Electrical & Electronics Packaging

9.8. Tobacco Packaging

9.9. Packaging of Other Consumer Goods 


10.1. Introduction

10.2. North America

10.2.1. United States

10.2.2. Canada

10.2.3. Mexico

10.3. South America

10.3.1. Brazil

10.3.2. Argentina

10.3.3. Others

10.4. Europe

10.4.1. United Kingdom

10.4.2. Germany

10.4.3. France

10.4.4. Italy

10.4.5. Spain

10.4.6. Others

10.5. The Middle East and Africa

10.5.1. Saudi Arabia

10.5.2. UAE

10.5.3. Others

10.6. Asia Pacific

10.6.1. Japan

10.6.2. China

10.6.3. India

10.6.4. South Korea

10.6.5. Taiwan

10.6.6. Thailand

10.6.7. Indonesia

10.6.8. Others


11.1. Major Players and Strategy Analysis

11.2. Market Share Analysis

11.3. Mergers, Acquisitions, Agreements, and Collaborations

11.4. Vendor Competitiveness Matrix


12.1. Cortec Corporation

12.2. Sierra Coating Technologies LLC

12.3. Stora Enso Oyj

12.4. Michelman, Inc.

12.5. Dow Chemical Company

12.6. Sonoco Products Company

12.7. Akzo Nobel N.V.

12.8. CH-Polymers Oy

12.9. KURARAY Co., Ltd.

12.10. Cork Industries, Inc.

12.11. Amcor plc.

Cortec Corporation

Sierra Coating Technologies LLC

Stora Enso Oyj

Michelman, Inc.

Dow Chemical Company

Sonoco Products Company

Akzo Nobel N.V.

CH-Polymers Oy


Cork Industries, Inc.

Amcor plc.