Market Study: Bioplastics (4th edition) 

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Increasing Demand for Bioplastics

For the fourth time already, the market research company Ceresana analyzes the global market for bioplastics. Currently, revenues of more than USD 2.6 billion are generated with these 'green' plastics. Bioplastics account for considerably higher growth rates than traditional standard plastics. Facing a rising demand and an increasingly broader range of applications, this trend will become even more significant.

There are two material groups that are called bioplastics that do not necessarily have to be identical:

  • biodegradable plastics that are compostable,
  • biobased plastics that are made from renewable resources.

Biodegradable plastics can be made from renewable resources but also from fossil raw materials or compounds. Examples are cellulose ester, PLA, PHA, PCL, starch derivatives, and special copolyesters like PBAT and PBS. Biodegradable polyesters and polyvinyl alcohols are examples for bioplastics produced from crude oil. While biodegradable plastics account for the smaller share on global demand for bioplastics with 42%, they register the more dynamical volume growth of over 11% p.a.
However, biobased plastics are not always biodegradable. The market for this group is dominated by counterparts of fossil products with similar characteristics, such as bio-PET and bio-polyethylene based on sugar cane.

The utilization of biobased materials creates a positive image for consumers and reduces CO2 emissions and environmental impact at the same time. Protection of the environment and of resources is increasingly often a decisive sales argument for producers. The present study analyzes how bioplastics consumption will develop on the individual sales markets. Demand is split by the applications packaging and films, bottles, loose fill materials, bags and sacks, automotive and electronics, and other applications. The most important sales sector for bioplastics is the packaging industry - from demand for bottles to the production of films up to bags and sacks.

Besides a positive image, there are more advantages that explain the positive development of bioplastics compared to standard plastics. Especially for fresh products and perishable foodstuffs, packaging made of bioplastics is profitable: Fruit and vegetables remain fresh for a longer time due to the higher degree of breathability of biodegradable plastics. This ability is also an advantage in the production of hygiene films, e.g. in diapers. Legal framework, especially in packaging, supports an increase of global consumption of bioplastics. For instance, non-biodegradable plastic bags have already been forbidden in China, France, and a range of other countries.

The Study in Brief:

Chapter 1 provides a presentation and analysis of the bioplastics market – including forecasts up to 2023: Demand and production for each product type as well as revenues are given for the regions Europe, North America, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World.

Chapter 2 examines the 7 largest countries of the market in more detail. Data on demand for and revenues generated with bioplastics as well as current and future production capacities are provided. Demand for bioplastics is analyzed in detail, split by the applications packaging and films, bottles, loose fill materials, bags and sacks, automotive and electronics, and other applications. Also, this chapter includes an analysis of demand split by types of plastics.

Chapter 3 thoroughly examines the application areas of bioplastics, for example the segment bags and sacks: This part provides data on development in Europe (Western and Eastern Europe), North America, Asia-Pacific, and the rest of the world (South America, the Middle East, Africa).

In chapter 4, demand and production of individual types of bioplastics are analyzed. Products covered include polylactic acid (PLA), starch-based bioplastics, other biodegradable plastics, bio-PE, bio-PET, and other non-biodegradable bioplastics.

Chapter 5 is a useful directory of producers of bioplastics, clearly arranged according to contact details, turnover, profit, product range, production sites, profile summary, product-specific information as well as existing and future capacities at individual production sites. In-depth profiles of 90 producers are given, including Anhui Wanwei Group Co., Ltd., BASF SE, Braskem S.A., Far Eastern New Century Corporation (FENC), NatureWorks LLC, Novamont S.p.A., Rodenburg Biopolymers B.V., Solvay SA, Teijin Limited, Toyota Tsusho Corporation, Vegeplast S.A.S., and Wuhan Huali Environmental Technologies Co., Ltd.

Table of Contents

1 Market Data
1.1 World
1.1.1 Demand
1.1.2 Revenues
1.1.3 Production
1.2 Europe
1.2.1 Demand and Revenues
1.2.2 Production
1.3 North America
1.3.1 Demand and Revenues
1.3.2 Production
1.4 Asia-Pacific
1.4.1 Demand and Revenues
1.4.2 Production
1.5 Rest of the World
1.5.1 Demand and Revenues
1.5.2 Production

2 Country Profiles
2.1 Europe
2.1.1 France
2.1.2 Germany
2.1.3 Italy
2.1.4 United Kingdom
2.1.5 Other Europe
2.2 North America
2.2.1 Canada and Mexico
2.2.2 USA
2.3 Asia-Pacific
2.3.1 China
2.3.2 Japan
2.3.3 Other Asia-Pacific

3 Applications
3.1 World
3.1.1 Packaging and Films
3.1.2 Bottles
3.1.3 Loose-Fill Materials
3.1.4 Bags and Sacks
3.1.5 Automotive & Electronics
3.1.6 Other Applications
3.2 Europe
3.2.1 Packaging and Films
3.2.2 Bottles
3.2.3 Loose-Fill Materials
3.2.4 Bags and Sacks
3.2.5 Automotive & Electronics
3.2.6 Other Applications
3.3 North America
3.3.1 Packaging and Films
3.3.2 Bottles
3.3.3 Loose-Fill Materials
3.3.4 Bags and Sacks
3.3.5 Automotive & Electronics
3.3.6 Other Applications
3.4 Asia-Pacific
3.4.1 Packaging and Films
3.4.2 Bottles
3.4.3 Loose-Fill Materials
3.4.4 Bags and Sacks
3.4.5 Automotive & Electronics
3.4.6 Other Applications
3.5 Rest of the World

4 Products
4.1 Polylactic Acid (PLA)
4.1.1 Demand
4.1.2 Production
4.2 Starch-Based Plastics
4.2.1 Demand
4.2.2 Production
4.3 Other Biodegradable Plastics
4.3.1 Demand
4.3.2 Production
4.4 Bio-Polyethylene (PE)
4.4.1 Demand
4.4.2 Production
4.5 Bio-Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
4.5.1 Demand
4.5.2 Production
4.6 Other Non-Biodegradable Plastics
4.6.1 Demand
4.6.2 Production

5 Company Profiles
5.1 Western Europe
Belgium (2 Producers)
France (4)
Germany (7)
Italy (5)
Spain (1)
Switzerland (3)
The Netherlands (7)
United Kindom (2)
5.2 North America
Canada (4)
USA (12)
5.3 South America
Brazil (2)
5.4 Asia-Pacific
Australia (2)
China (22)
Japan (8)
Malaysia (1)
South Korea (4)
Taiwan (2)
Thailand (2)

List of Graphs

Graph 1: Worldwide bioplastics demand from 2007 to 2023
Graph 2: Worldwide bioplastics demand from 2007 to 2023 – split by regions
Graph 3: Worldwide bioplastics revenues from 2007 to 2023 in million USD and million EUR
Graph 4: Euro-reference rate between 2007 and 2016: USD per EUR
Graph 5: Worldwide bioplastics revenues in billion USD from 2007 to 2023 – split by regions
Graph 6: Worldwide bioplastics revenues in billion EUR from 2007 to 2023 – split by regions
Graph 7: Worldwide bioplastics production from 2007 to 2023 in million tonnes
Graph 8: Worldwide bioplastics production from 2007 to 2023 – split by regions
Graph 9: Bioplastics demand in Europe from 2007 to 2023
Graph 10: Bioplastics revenues in Europe from 2007 to 2023 in million USD and million EUR
Graph 11: Bioplastics production in Europe from 2007 to 2023
Graph 12: Bioplastics demand in North America from 2007 to 2023
Graph 13: Bioplastics revenues in North America from 2007 to 2023 in million USD and million EUR
Graph 14: Bioplastics production in North America from 2007 to 2023
Graph 15: Bioplastics demand in Asia-Pacific from 2007 to 2023
Graph 16: Bioplastics revenues in Asia-Pacific from 2007 to 2023 in million USD and million EUR
Graph 17: Bioplastics production in Asia-Pacific from 2007 to 2023
Graph 18: Bioplastics demand in the rest of the world from 2007 to 2023
Graph 19: Bioplastics revenues in the rest of the world from 2007 to 2023 in million USD and million EUR
Graph 20: Bioplastics production in the rest of the world from 2007 to 2023
Graph 21: Demand for bioplastics in France from 2007 to 2023
Graph 22: Bioplastics revenues in France from 2007 to 2023 in million USD and million EUR
Graph 23: Bioplastics demand in Germany from 2007 to 2023
Graph 24: Bioplastics revenues in Germany from 2007 to 2023 in million USD and million EUR
Graph 25: Bioplastics demand in Italy from 2007 to 2023
Graph 26: Bioplastics revenues in Italy from 2007 to 2023 in million USD and million EUR
Graph 27: Demand for bioplastics in the United Kingdom from 2007 to 2023
Graph 28: Bioplastics revenues in the United Kingdom from 2007 to 2023 in million USD and million EUR
Graph 29: Bioplastics demand in Other Europe from 2007 to 2023
Graph 30: Bioplastic revenues in Other Europe from 2007 to 2023 in million USD and million EUR
Graph 31: Bioplastics demand in Canada and Mexico from 2007 to 2023
Graph 32: Bioplastics revenues in Canada and Mexico from 2007 to 2023 in million USD and million EUR
Graph 33: Demand for bioplastics in the USA from 2007 to 2023
Graph 34: Bioplastics revenues in the USA from 2007 to 2023 in million USD and million EUR
Graph 35: Demand for bioplastics in China from 2007 to 2023
Graph 36: Bioplastics revenues in China from 2007 to 2023 in million USD and million EUR
Graph 37: Demand for bioplastics in Japan from 2007 to 2023
Graph 38: Bioplastics revenues in Japan from 2007 to 2023 in million USD and million EUR
Graph 39: Bioplastics demand in Other Asia-Pacific from 2007 to 2023
Graph 40: Bioplastics revenues in Other Asia-Pacific from 2007 to 2023 in million USD and million EUR
Graph 41: Worldwide bioplastics demand from 2007 to 2023 – split by applications
Graph 42: Worldwide bioplastics demand in packaging and films from 2007 to 2023 – split by regions
Graph 43: Worldwide bioplastics demand in bottles from 2007 to 2023 – split by regions
Graph 44: Worldwide bioplastics demand in loose-fill materials from 2007 to 2023 – split by regions
Graph 45: Worldwide bioplastics demand in bags and sacks from 2007 to 2023 – split by regions
Graph 46: Worldwide bioplastics demand in automotive and electronics from 2007 to 2023 – split by regions
Graph 47: Worldwide bioplastics demand in other applications from 2007 to 2023 – split by regions
Graph 48: Bioplastics demand in Europe from 2007 to 2023 – split by applications
Graph 49: Bioplastics demand in North America from 2007 to 2023 – split by applications
Graph 50: Bioplastics demand in Asia-Pacific from 2007 to 2023 – split by applications
Graph 51: Bioplastics demand in the rest of the world from 2007 to 2023 – split by applications

List of Tables

Table 1: Worldwide bioplastics demand from 2007 to 2023 – split by regions
Table 2: Worldwide bioplastics demand from 2007 to 2023 – split by types of bioplastics
Table 3: Worldwide bioplastics revenues in billion USD from 2007 to 2023 – split by regions
Table 4: Worldwide bioplastics revenues in billion EUR from 2007 to 2023 – split by regions
Table 5: Worldwide bioplastics production from 2007 to 2023 – split by regions
Table 6: Bioplastics demand in Europe from 2007 to 2023 – split by types of bioplastics
Table 7: Bioplastics production in Europe from 2007 to 2023 – split by types of bioplastics
Table 8: Bioplastics demand in North America from 2007 to 2023 – split by types of bioplastics
Table 9: Bioplastics production in North America from 2007 to 2023 – split by types of bioplastics
Table 10: Demand for bioplastics in Asia-Pacific from 2007 to 2023 – split by types of bioplastics
Table 11: Bioplastics production in Asia-Pacific from 2007 to 2023 – split by types of bioplastics
Table 12: Bioplastics demand in the rest of the world from 2007 to 2023 – split by types of bioplastics
Table 13: Bioplastics production in the rest of the world from 2007 to 2023 – split by types of bioplastics
Table 14: Bioplastics demand in France from 2007 to 2023 – split by applications
Table 15: Bioplastics demand in France from 2007 to 2023 – split by types of bioplastics
Table 16: Bioplastics demand in Germany from 2007 to 2023 - split by applications
Table 17: Bioplastics demand in Germany from 2007 to 2023 – split by types of bioplastics
Table 18: Bioplastics demand in Italy from 2007 to 2023 - split by applications
Table 19: Bioplastics demand in Italy from 2007 to 2023 – split by types of bioplastics
Table 20: Bioplastics demand in the United Kingdom from 2007 to 2023 - split by applications
Table 21: Bioplastics demand in the United Kingdom from 2007 to 2023 – split by types of bioplastics
Table 22: Bioplastics demand in Other Europe from 2007 to 2023 – split by applications
Table 23: Bioplastics demand in Other Europe from 2007 to 2023 – split by types of bioplastics
Table 24: Bioplastics demand in Canada and Mexico from 2007 to 2023 – split by applications
Table 25: Bioplastics demand in Canada and Mexico from 2007 to 2023 – split by types of bioplastics
Table 26: Bioplastics demand in the USA from 2007 to 2023 – split by applications
Table 27: Bioplastics demand in the USA from 2007 to 2023 – split by types of bioplastics
Table 28: Bioplastics demand in China from 2007 to 2023 – split by applications
Table 29: Bioplastics demand in China from 2007 to 2023 – split by types of bioplastics
Table 30: Bioplastics demand in Japan from 2007 to 2023 – split by applications
Table 31: Bioplastics demand in Japan from 2007 to 2023 – split by types of bioplastics
Table 32: Bioplastics demand in Other Asia-Pacific from 2007 to 2023 – split by applications
Table 33: Bioplastics demand in Other Asia-Pacific from 2007 to 2023 – split by types of bioplastics
Table 34: Worldwide bioplastics demand from 2007 to 2023 – split by applications
Table 35: Worldwide bioplastics demand in packaging and films from 2007 to 2023 – split by regions
Table 36: Worldwide bioplastics demand in bottles from 2007 to 2023 – split by regions
Table 37: Worldwide bioplastics demand in loose-fill materials from 2007 to 2023 – split by regions
Table 38: Worldwide bioplastics demand in bags and sacks from 2007 to 2023 – split by regions
Table 39: Worldwide bioplastics demand in automotive and electronics from 2007 to 2023 – split by regions
Table 40: Worldwide bioplastics demand in other applications from 2007 to 2023 – split by regions
Table 41: Bioplastics demand in Europe from 2007 to 2023 – split by applications
Table 42: Bioplastics demand in packaging and films in Europe from 2007 to 2023 – split by major countries
Table 43: Bioplastics demand in bottles in Europe from 2007 to 2023 – split by major countries
Table 44: Bioplastics demand in loose-fill materials in Europe from 2007 to 2023 – split by major countries
Table 45: Bioplastics demand in bags and sacks in Europe from 2007 to 2023 – split by major countries
Table 46: Bioplastics demand in automotive and electronics in Europe from 2007 to 2023 – split by major countries
Table 47: Bioplastics demand in other applications in Europe from 2007 to 2023 – split by major countries
Table 48: Bioplastics demand in North America from 2007 to 2023 – split by applications
Table 49: Bioplastics demand in packaging and films in North America from 2007 to 2023 – split by major countries
Table 50: Bioplastics demand in bottles in North America from 2007 to 2023 – split by major countries
Table 51: Bioplastics demand in loose-fill materials in North America from 2007 to 2023 – split by major countries
Table 52: Bioplastics demand in bags and sacks in North America from 2007 to 2023 – split by major countries
Table 53: Bioplastics demand in automotive and electronics in North America from 2007 to 2023 – split by major countries
Table 54: Bioplastics demand in other applications in North America from 2007 to 2023 – split by major countries
Table 55: Bioplastics demand in Asia-Pacific from 2007 to 2023 – split by applications
Table 56: Bioplastics demand in packaging and films in Asia-Pacific from 2007 to 2023 – split by major countries
Table 57: Bioplastics demand in bottles in Asia-Pacific from 2007 to 2023 – split by major countries
Table 58: Bioplastics demand in loose-fill materials in Asia-Pacific from 2007 to 2023 – split by major countries
Table 59: Bioplastics demand in bags and sacks in Asia-Pacific from 2007 to 2023 – split by major countries
Table 60: Bioplastics demand in automotive and electronics in Asia-Pacific from 2007 to 2023 – split by major countries
Table 61: Bioplastics demand in other applications in Asia-Pacific from 2007 to 2023 – split by major countries
Table 62: Bioplastics demand in the rest of the world from 2007 to 2023 – split by applications
Table 63: Worldwide PLA demand – split by regions
Table 64: Worldwide PLA production – split by regions
Table 65: Worldwide demand for starch-based plastics – split by regions
Table 66: Worldwide production of starch-based plastics – split by regions
Table 67: Worldwide demand for other biodegradable plastics – split by regions
Table 68: Worldwide production of other biodegradable plastics – split by regions
Table 69: Worldwide bio-PE demand– split by regions
Table 70: Worldwide bio-PE production – split by regions
Table 71: Worldwide bio-PET demand – split by region
Table 72: Worldwide bio-PET production – split by regions
Table 73: Worldwide demand for other non-biodegradable bioplastics – split by regions
Table 74: Worldwide production of other non-biodegradable bioplastics – split by regions