Growing demand across an increasingly broad application base helped the global release liner market to grow 3.5% in 2019, according to AWA Alexander Watson Associates’ “AWA Global Release Market Liner Annual Review 2020.” The pressure-sensitive labelstock segment continues to be the largest, holding a 48% share of the market worldwide. The segment is forecast to grow at 3.9% per year.

Many other segments that benefit from the use of release liners as a carrier for adhesive coatings or other substances also continue to grow. Faster-growing markets like medical, electronics, and composites, and other application segments such as graphic films, tapes, food and bakery, and envelopes, are all providing opportunities.

Regionally, Asia represents the largest segment, at 39% of the global market for release liners. North America and Europe account for 27% of the market each.

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