Green boom: Ceresana forecasts further growth for bioplastics

Polylactic acids, starch blends, cellulose, and other bioplastics achieve significantly higher growth rates than conventional standard plastics made of mineral oils or natural gases.

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(businesspress24) - "green" polymers for the fifth time already. Analysts predict their future development to remain dynamic: revenues generated with bioplastics are expected to reach approx. USD 4.4 billion by 2026.

Two groups of materials are called bioplastics, although they are not necessarily identical: there are biodegradable plastics can be composted, as well as bio-based plastics that are made of renewable resources but are not biodegradable. Biodegradable plastics, such as polylactic acids (PLA) and polymers on the basis of cornstarch, reached a market share of 56% of the total market for bioplastics in 2018. Ceresana predicts volume growth of 7.1% per year up until 2026 for this product group. Growth regarding bio-based plastics such as polyethylene, PET, or PA made of sugar cane, which are not biodegradable, is expected to be weaker, with 5.1% per year.

Packaging is the main application

This study by Ceresana analyzes the development of bioplastic usage in various sales markets in detail. Demand is subdivided into the categories rigid and flexible packaging, consumer goods, automotive and electronics, and other applications. The most important sector for sales of bioplastics in 2018 was the packaging industry

Manufacturers and processors of bioplastics are facing great challenges: prices, availability, and quality need to be able to compete with fossil resources. Alternatively, they must offer added value in order to justify the price difference to consumers. Recycling and composting are an advantage for many applications. However, the existing infrastructure of disposal companies plays a decisive role in this respect: problems arise when plants are not designed to separate bioplastics or when they are unable to biodegrade them. Temperatures that are needed for quick composting of bioplastic bags are, for example, nor always reached.

The study in brief:

Chapter 1 provides a comprehensive analysis of the global market for bioplastics ckaging, consumer goods, automotive and electronics, and other applications.

Chapter 2 examines the eight most important countries for sales of bioplastics separately: Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, USA, China, and Japan. Demand and revenues, demand within individual application areas, demand per product type (PLA, starch-based, other biodegradable plastics, non-biodegradable plastics made of renewable resources) are presented.
Chapter 3 provides useful company profiles of the most important manufacturers of bioplastics, clearly arranged according to contact information, revenues, profits, product range, production sites, and profile summary. In-depth profiles of 75 manufacturers are listed.

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As one of the world’s leading market research companies, Ceresana is specialized in the plastics, chemicals, packaging, and industrial goods sectors. For 17 years, companies have benefited from high-quality industry analyses and forecasts. More than 170 market reports provide 10,000 customers with the knowledge base for their sustainable success.
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Date: 02/14/2020 - 07:02
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Freigabedatum: 14.07.2020

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