Global thermal paper market is expected to reach a market size of USD 4,391.0 million by the end of 2023 at a CAGR of 4.66%, according to a report compiled by Market Research Future (MRFR).
The market, which is driven by various factors such as increased importance of labels and barcodes in the packaging of consumer goods, rise in population in many countries that has led to an increase in food & beverage consumption, which ultimately enhanced the demand of packaging products and the increase in consumer income in countries such as China, India, and Brazil, have led to the growth in demand for good-quality packaged food.
Thermal Paper is manufactured with specialty coating which enables inkless printing. This coating blackens when exposed to heat, and in turn transfers the image on the paper. The thermal paper has applications across gaming, lottery, retail, e-commerce, packaging & labelling, and others.
Based on technology, the market has been segmented as direct thermal, thermal transfer, and others. The direct thermal segment accounted for the largest market share of 49.37% in 2016, with a market value of USD 1,586.1 Million.
In direct thermal technology, no ribbon is used in printing. It creates the image directly on the printed material. Direct thermal printing uses chemically treated, heat-sensitive media that turns black when it passes under the thermal print head. Thermal transfer technology is projected to grow at the highest CAGR of 4.43%. Thermal transfer printing uses a heated ribbon to produce durable, long-lasting images on a wide variety of materials. Thermal transfer printers can create highly durable wristbands, asset tags, and certification labels, in addition to common labels, tags, and tickets.
On the basis of application, the market has been segmented as, POS, lottery & gaming, labels & tags, and others. POS accounted for the largest market share of 58.90% in 2016. POS (Point of Sale) application includes receipts and tags at the retails stores, online purchases, and ATMs. The paper is generally compatible with most transaction-style printers and cash registers, and multiple rolls come in a pack. POS paper ensures customers get a clear, legible, smudge-free receipt each time.
The thermal paper for receipts comes in various dimensions to suit the end-use. The segment is expected to grow at 4.93% CAGR during the forecast period. Lottery & Gaming was the second-largest market that was valued at USD 421.5 Million in 2016.
Labels & tags is also another major application. Thermal papers are used extensively for barcodes and tags and similar applications. Such labels and barcodes come handy across the supply chain of FMCG goods, for theft and security reasons.