Microfiber synthetic leather refers to artificially-made leather fabric that utilizes tiny polyester or polyamide fibers to mimic the appearance and feel of real leather. Used in various consumer goods including apparel, footwear, furnishings, automotive interiors, and accessories, microfiber synthetic leather offers a sustainable alternative to leather given its more durable and eco-friendly properties. The material is dirt and stain-resistant along with being lightweight and breathable. Some of the major uses of microfiber synthetic leather include jacket panels, sneakers, handbags, furniture upholstery, and automobile seats & dashboards.
The global microfiber synthetic leather market is estimated to be valued at US$ 29.24 billion in 2024 and is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 13% over the forecast period 2024 to 2031, as highlighted in a new report published by Coherent Market Insights.
Rising Demand for More Durable and Eco-Friendly Materials: One of the key drivers propelling the microfiber synthetic leather market growth is the increasing demand for long-lasting and eco-friendly materials from consumers and manufacturers alike. Unlike real leather which cracks and breaks down over time with use, microfiber synthetic leather offers superior tear, abrasion, and aging resistance, keeping products looking new for longer. Furthermore, it is made without any animal slaughtering processes and is partially biodegradable, aligning with sustainability goals of many industries.
Microfiber synthetic leather also mimics the texture, hand, and appearance of real leather very closely but with enhanced performance capabilities. This has made it a popular substitute for leather across various applications. Both factors have boosted its adoption over the last decade, driving the market rise. Other catalytic aspects like growing automotive and footwear industries worldwide will also favor market players during the projected period. However, availability of alternative fabrics may create short term hindrances.
The microfiber synthetic leather market is dominated by the apparel & fashion segment. It accounts for more than 50% share as microfiber leather is widely used in manufacturing of clothes, footwear, handbags and other fashion accessories due to its excellent durability and soft texture properties. This segment experiences high demand in both developing and developed markets.
Political: The development of standards for use of eco-friendly raw materials in production fosters market growth. Various government initiatives promoting sustainable fashion also positively impact the industry.
Economic: Growth in the middle-class population and rising disposable incomes in developing nations augment sales. However, high setup and production costs restrain small players.
Social: Changing consumer preferences towards vegan and cruelty-free products boost demand. Moreover, rising environmental consciousness among public encourages use of synthetic substitutes.
Technological: Continuous advancements in microfiber production technologies help manufacturers enhance product quality. New varieties resembling rare animal skins further widen applications scope.
Global Microfiber Synthetic Leather Market Size is expected to witness high growth at a CAGR of around 13% during the forecast period of 2024 to 2031.
Asia Pacific accounts for the dominant share currently due to large presence of key manufacturing hubs and customers in China, India and other Southeast Asian economies. The region will continue outpacing global average during the next few years.
Key players operating in the microfiber synthetic leather market are Illumina, Inc.F. Hoffmann-La Roche LtdPerkinElmer, Inc.Agilent Technologies, Inc.Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.Danaher CorporationAbbottThermo Fisher Scientific and Standard BioTools. These leading brands continuously invest in R&D to develop advanced product varieties.
1. Source: Coherent Market Insights, Public sources, Desk research
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