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AWA Issues Annual Release Liner Report


AMSTERDAM THE NETHERLANDS | AWA Alexander Watson Associates announces the Global Release Liner Market Update 2015. This is the eighth edition of this annual market report and is said to provide insights of value to all involved in, or seeking to explore, the release liner supply chain in terms of current and forecast future status.

According to AWA, release liner is a key enabler for applying labels and tapes, protecting the seals on envelopes, hygiene, and consumer wound care products, as well as a variety of industrial uses as well as the subject of considerable focus today in relation to reuse and recycling—particularly in the high-volume label stock market.

AWA estimates global volume consumption of release liner was 43,984 million sq m in 2014. Regionally, Asia consumed 37% of this total—ahead of both Europe and North America, each of which had a 28% market share. The emerging economies, South America and Africa and the Middle East, now represent 4% and 3% of the world market respectively. Pressure-sensitive label stock remains the prime end-use segment for both paper- and film-based liner and grew by 4% in 2014, but it was the market for p-s tapes that grew globally most dynamically—at 9.7%.

The report includes facts on volumes, growth rates, market structure, and regional characteristics, as well as raw material trends and costs, regional differences, end-use markets, and environmental issues. It also features documentation of approximately 100 market participants’ views of the release liner industry’s business platform, as recorded in the company’s annual “voice of the industry” survey, which spans globalization, M&A activity, sustainability and environmental issues, industry costs and profitability, and growth expectations by region.

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