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In recent years, biodegradable plastics have found wide acceptance in various industries because of its properties such as low carbon footprints and compostability. These properties can help in limiting the degradation of the enviorment caused by the use of petroleum based plastics. On the basis of applications, the market for biodegradable plastics can be broadly segmented into packaging, fibers, agriculture, injection molding, and others. Of these, plastics packaging is the most important application of biodegradable plastic and is projected to grow at a rapid pace. Injection molding is an emerging application which is expected to witnessis the fastest growth. Players in the biodegradable plastics market invest heavily in R&D to develop new products, technologies, manufacturing processes, and to address various challenges present in the market. This helps in development of the overall biodegradable plastics market. The biodegradable plastics market is projected to be worth more than USD 3.4 billion by 2020.

This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the biodegradable plastics market. It categorizes the biodegradable plastics market based on type, application, and region. On the basis of type, PLA was the largest segment in 2014 and is projected to grow further. The increased use of biodegradable plastics due to implementation of strict enviormental regulations, especially, the regulations limiting/prohibiting the use of petroleum based plastic bags, is one of the key drivers of the global biodegradable plastics market. The growth in the market is also influenced by the increased enviormental awareness and concerns among the general population in developing countries. The fastest growing applicaiton in the biodegradable plastics market is injection molding application. The high growth in this application is due to the improving mechanical and thermal properties of various biodegradable plastics. PLA is one of the most important type of biodegradable plastic and it is estimated to have the largest share in the overall biodegradable plastics market in 2014. Western Europe is estimated to be the largest consumer of biodegradable plastics in 2014, Western Europe is followed by North America.

The report segments the market on the basis of region, namely, Western Europe, North America, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World (RoW). It further segments these regions into countries such as the U.S., Canada, Italy, France, Germany, China, Japan, Brazil, and others. The market sizes for each of the regions are forecasted along with their growth rates.

The leading players in the biodegradable plastics market such as Metabolix Inc. (U.S.), BASF SE (Germany), Corbion N.V. (Netherlands), Natureworks LLC (U.S.), Biome Technologies Plc (U.K.), and others are profiled in the report. The key players in this market have adopted various strategies to strengthen their market position and increase their market shares. Partnership, agreement & collaboration, and new product launch are some of the major strategies adopted by the market players to achieve growth in the biodegradable plastics market.

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Table Of Contents

Biodegradable Plastics Market by Type, by Application - Global Trends and Forecasts to 2020
TABLE OF CONTENTS

1 INTRODUCTION 15
1.1 OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY 15
1.2 MARKET DEFINITION 15
1.3 MARKET SCOPE 16
1.3.1 MARKETS COVERED 16
1.3.2 YEARS CONSIDERED FOR THE STUDY 16
1.4 CURRENCY 17
1.5 PACKAGE SIZE 17
1.6 STAKEHOLDERS 17
2 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY 18
2.1 RESEARCH DATA 19
2.1.1 SECONDARY DATA 19
2.1.1.1 Key data from secondary sources 19
2.1.2 PRIMARY DATA 20
2.1.2.1 Key data from primary sources 20
2.1.2.2 Key industry insights 21
2.1.2.3 Breakdown of primaries 21
2.2 MARKET SIZE ESTIMATION 22
2.2.1 BOTTOM UP APPROACH 22
2.2.2 TOP-DOWN APPROACH 23
2.3 MARKET BREAKDOWN AND DATA TRIANGULATION 24
2.4 RESEARCH ASSUMPTIONS AND LIMITATIONS 25
2.4.1 ASSUMPTIONS 25
2.4.2 LIMITATIONS 25
3 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 26
4 PREMIUM INSIGHTS 30
4.1 ATTRACTIVE OPPORTUNITIES IN THE BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET 30
4.2 BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET - TOP FOUR TYPES 31
4.4 U.S.: LARGEST BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET 32
4.5 BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET, BY APPLICATION AND REGION 33
4.6 BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET: DEVELOPED VS. DEVELOPING NATIONS 34
4.7 LIFECYCLE ANALYSIS, BY REGION (2015) 35

5 MARKET OVERVIEW 36
5.1 INTRODUCTION 37
5.2 MARKET EVOLUTION 38
5.3 MARKET SEGMENTATION 39
5.4 MARKET DYNAMICS 40
5.4.1 DRIVERS 41
5.4.1.1 Use of renewable and bio-based raw materials 41
5.4.1.2 Biodegradability 41
5.4.1.3 Positive attitude of government toward green procurement polices 41
5.4.1.4 Shift in consumer preferences toward eco-friendly packaging 42
5.4.2 RESTRAINTS 43
5.4.2.1 Cost competitiveness of biodegradable plastics over conventional plastics 43
5.4.2.2 Durability of biodegradable plastics 43
5.4.3 OPPORTUNITIES 44
5.4.3.1 Increasing scope in end-use segment 44
5.4.3.2 Availability of cheap bio-based raw materials 44
5.4.4 CHALLENGES 45
5.4.4.1 Performance issues related to biodegradable plastics 45
5.5 BURNING ISSUES 45
6 INDUSTRY TRENDS 46
6.1 INTRODUCTION 46
6.1.1 PLA 47
6.1.2 PHA 47
6.1.3 PBS 47
6.1.4 REGENERATED CELLULOSE 47
6.1.5 STARCH-BASED PLASTICS 47
6.1.6 PCL 47
6.2 PORTER'S FIVE FORCES 48
6.2.1 THREAT OF NEW ENTRANTS 48
6.2.2 THREAT OF SUBSTITUTES 49
6.2.3 BARGAINING POWER OF BUYERS 49
6.2.4 BARGAINING POWER OF SUPPLIERS 49
6.2.5 INTENSITY OF COMPETITIVE RIVALRY 50
6.3 STRATEGIC BENCHMARKING 50
6.3.1 PARTNERSHIP, AGREEMENT, AND COLLABORATION ARE THE MOST COMMONLY ADOPTED DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES 50
6.3.2 NEW PRODUCT LAUNCH: UPCOMING STRATEGY TO INCREASE REGIONAL FOOTPRINT 52

7 BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET, BY TYPE 53
7.1 INTRODUCTION 54
7.2 PLA 57
7.3 STARCH BLENDS 57
7.4 PCL 60
7.5 REGENERATED CELLULOSE 61
7.6 PBS 62
7.7 PHA 63
8 BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET, BY APPLICATION 65
8.1 INTRODUCTION 66
8.2 PACKAGING 67
8.3 FIBERS 69
8.4 AGRICULTURE 70
8.5 INJECTION MOLDING 71
8.6 OTHERS 74
9 BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET, BY REGION 76
9.1 INTRODUCTION 77
9.2 WESTERN EUROPE 79
9.2.1 GERMANY 81
9.2.2 FRANCE 83
9.2.3 ITALY 85
9.2.4 REST OF WESTERN EUROPE 88
9.3 NORTH AMERICA 90
9.3.1 U.S. 91
9.3.2 CANADA 93
9.4 ASIA-PACIFIC 96
9.4.1 CHINA 97
9.4.2 JAPAN 100
9.4.3 REST OF ASIA-PACIFIC 101
9.5 ROW: EMERGING MARKET 103
9.5.1 BRAZIL 104
10 COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE 107
10.1 OVERVIEW 107
10.2 COMPETITIVE SITUATIONS AND TRENDS 109
10.2.1 PARTNERSHIPS, AGREEMENTS, AND COLLABORATIONS 109
10.2.2 NEW PRODUCT LAUNCHES 110
10.2.3 EXPANSIONS 110
10.2.4 MERGERS and ACQUISITIONS 111
11 COMPANY PROFILES 112
(Overview, Financial*, Products and Services, Strategy, and Developments)
11.1 INTRODUCTION 112
11.2 METABOLIX INC. 113
11.3 BASF SE 116
11.4 CORBION NV (PURAC) 119
11.5 NATUREWORKS LLC 122
11.6 BIOME TECHNOLOGIES PLC 124
11.7 MITSUBISHI CHEMICAL CORP. 127
11.8 PLANTIC TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED 129
11.9 BIO-ON SRL. 131
11.10 MEREDIAN INC. 132
11.11 TIANAN BIOLOGIC MATERIALS CO. LTD. 134
*Details might not be captured in case of unlisted companies.
12 APPENDIX 135
12.1 RELATED DEVELOPMENTS 135
12.2 INSIGHTS OF INDUSTRY EXPERT 139
12.3 DISCUSSION GUIDE 140
12.4 INTRODUCING RT: REAL TIME MARKET INTELLIGENCE 142
12.5 AVAILABLE CUSTOMIZATIONS 143
12.6 RELATED REPORTS 144


LIST OF TABLES

TABLE 1 PACKAGING LAWS IN EUROPE 42
TABLE 2 BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY TYPE, 2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 55
TABLE 3 BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY TYPE, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 56
TABLE 4 PLA MARKET SIZE, BY REGION,2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 57
TABLE 5 PLA MARKET SIZE, BY REGION,2013-2020 (KILOTON) 57
TABLE 6 STARCH BLENDS MARKET SIZE, BY REGION, 2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 59
TABLE 7 STARCH BLENDS MARKET SIZE, BY REGION, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 59
TABLE 8 PCL MARKET SIZE, BY REGION, 2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 60
TABLE 9 PCL MARKET SIZE, BY REGION, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 60
TABLE 10 REGENERATED CELLULOSE MARKET SIZE, BY REGION,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 61
TABLE 11 REGENERATED CELLULOSE MARKET SIZE, BY REGION, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 61
TABLE 12 PBS MARKET SIZE, BY REGION, 2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 62
TABLE 13 PBS MARKET SIZE, BY REGION, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 62
TABLE 14 PHA MARKET SIZE, BY REGION,2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 63
TABLE 15 PHA MARKET SIZE, BY REGION,2013-2020 (KILOTON) 64
TABLE 16 BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY APPLICATION,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 66
TABLE 17 BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY APPLICATION,
2013-2020 (KILOTON) 66
TABLE 18 BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE IN PACKAGING APPLICATION,
BY REGION, 2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 68
TABLE 19 BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE IN PACKAGING APPLICATION,
BY REGION, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 69
TABLE 20 BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE IN FIBERS APPLICATION, BY REGION, 2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 69
TABLE 21 BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE IN FIBERS APPLICATION, BY REGION, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 70
TABLE 22 BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE IN AGRICULTURE APPLICATION,
BY REGION, 2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 70
TABLE 23 BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE IN AGRICULTURE APPLICATION,
BY REGION, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 71
TABLE 24 BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE IN INJECTION MOLDING APPLICATION, BY REGION, 2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 72
TABLE 25 BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE IN INJECTION MOLDING APPLICATION, BY REGION, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 72
TABLE 26 BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE IN OTHER APPLICATIONS, BY REGION, 2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 74
TABLE 27 BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE IN OTHER APPLICATIONS, BY REGION, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 75
TABLE 28 BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY REGION,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 78
TABLE 29 BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY REGION, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 78
TABLE 30 WESTERN EUROPE: BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY COUNTRY, 2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 80
TABLE 31 WESTERN EUROPE: BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY COUNTRY, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 80
TABLE 32 GERMANY: BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY TYPE,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 82
TABLE 33 GERMANY: BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY TYPE,
2013-2020 (KILOTON) 82
TABLE 34 GERMANY: BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY APPLICATION,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 83
TABLE 35 GERMANY: BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY APPLICATION,
2013-2020 (KILOTON) 83
TABLE 36 FRANCE: BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY TYPE,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 84
TABLE 37 FRANCE: BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY TYPE,
2013-2020 (KILOTON) 84
TABLE 38 FRANCE: BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY APPLICATION,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 85
TABLE 39 FRANCE: BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY APPLICATION,
2013-2020 (KILOTON) 85
TABLE 40 ITALY: BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY TYPE,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 86
TABLE 41 ITALY: BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY TYPE, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 86
TABLE 42 ITALY: BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY APPLICATION,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 87
TABLE 43 ITALY: BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY APPLICATION,
2013-2020 (KILOTON) 87
TABLE 44 REST OF WESTERN EUROPE: BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY TYPE, 2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 88
TABLE 45 REST OF WESTERN EUROPE: BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY TYPE, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 88
TABLE 46 REST OF WESTERN EUROPE: BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE,
BY APPLICATION, 2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 89
TABLE 47 REST OF WESTERN EUROPE: BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE,
BY APPLICATION, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 89
TABLE 48 NORTH AMERICA: BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY COUNTRY,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 91
TABLE 49 NORTH AMERICA: BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY COUNTRY,
2013-2020 (KILOTON) 91
TABLE 50 U.S.: BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY TYPE,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 92
TABLE 51 U.S.: BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY TYPE, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 92
TABLE 52 U.S.: BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY APPLICATION,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 93
TABLE 53 U.S.: BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY APPLICATION,
2013-2020 (KILOTON) 93

TABLE 54 CANADA: BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY TYPE,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 94
TABLE 55 CANADA: BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY TYPE,
2013-2020 (KILOTON) 94
TABLE 56 CANADA: BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY APPLICATION,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 94
TABLE 57 CANADA: BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY APPLICATION,
2013-2020 (KILOTON) 95
TABLE 58 ASIA-PACIFIC: BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY COUNTRY,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 97
TABLE 59 ASIA-PACIFIC: BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY COUNTRY,
2013-2020 (KILOTON) 97
TABLE 60 CHINA: BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY TYPE,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 98
TABLE 61 CHINA: BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY TYPE,
2013-2020 (KILOTON) 99
TABLE 62 CHINA: BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY APPLICATION,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 99
TABLE 63 CHINA: BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY APPLICATION,
2013-2020 (KILOTON) 99
TABLE 64 JAPAN: BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY TYPE,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 100
TABLE 65 JAPAN: BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY TYPE,
2013-2020 (KILOTON) 100
TABLE 66 JAPAN: BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY APPLICATION,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 101
TABLE 67 JAPAN: BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY APPLICATION,
2013-2020 (KILOTON) 101
TABLE 68 REST OF ASIA-PACIFIC: BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY TYPE,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 102
TABLE 69 REST OF ASIA-PACIFIC: BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY TYPE,
2013-2020 (KILOTON) 102
TABLE 70 REST OF ASIA-PACIFIC: BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY APPLICATION, 2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 103
TABLE 71 REST OF ASIA-PACIFIC: BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY APPLICATION, 2013-2020 (KILOTON) 103
TABLE 72 ROW: BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY COUNTRY,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 104
TABLE 73 ROW: BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY COUNTRY,
2013-2020 (KILOTON) 104
TABLE 74 BRAZIL: BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY TYPE,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 104
TABLE 75 BRAZIL: BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY TYPE,
2013-2020 (KILOTON) 105
TABLE 76 BRAZIL: BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY APPLICATION,
2013-2020 (USD MILLION) 105
TABLE 77 BRAZIL: BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY APPLICATION,
2013-2020 (KILOTON) 106

TABLE 78 PARTNERSHIPS, AGREEMENTS, AND COLLABORATIONS (2011-2015) 109
TABLE 79 NEW PRODUCT LAUNCHES (2011-2015) 110
TABLE 80 EXPANSIONS (2011-2015) 111
TABLE 81 MERGERS and ACQUISITIONS (2011-2015) 111
TABLE 82 PARTNERSHIPS, AGREEMENTS, AND COLLABORATIONS (2011-2015) 135
TABLE 83 NEW PRODUCT LAUNCH (2011-2015) 137
TABLE 84 EXPANSION (2011-2015) 138


LIST OF FIGURES

FIGURE 1 BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET 16
FIGURE 2 BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS: RESEARCH DESIGN 18
FIGURE 3 BREAKDOWN OF PRIMARY INTERVIEWS: BY COMPANY, DESIGNATION and REGION 21
FIGURE 4 MARKET SIZE ESTIMATION METHODOLOGY: BOTTOM-UP APPROACH 22
FIGURE 5 MARKET SIZE ESTIMATION METHODOLOGY: TOP-DOWN APPROACH 23
FIGURE 6 MARKET SIZE ESTIMATION METHODOLOGY: DATA TRIANGULATION 24
FIGURE 7 BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY TYPE, SNAPSHOT (2015 VS. 2020) 26
FIGURE 8 BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SIZE, BY APPLICATION, SNAPSHOT
(2015 VS. 2020) 27
FIGURE 9 BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET SHARE, BY REGION, 2020 (KILOTONS) 28
FIGURE 10 ATTRACTIVE GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES IN THE BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET DURING THE FORECAST PERIOD (2015-2020) 30
FIGURE 11 PLA IS EXPECTED TO GROW AT THE HIGHEST RATE , DURING THE FORECAST PERIOD (2015-2020) 31
FIGURE 12 RAPID GROWTH EXPECTATION IN ASIA-PACIFIC REGION DURING THE FORECAST PERIOD 32
FIGURE 13 WESTERN EUROPE IS EXPECTED TO DOMINATE THE BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET ACROSS ALL SEGMENTS (2020) 33
FIGURE 14 DEVELOPING MARKETS ARE EXPECTED TO GROW FASTER THAN THE DEVELOPED ONES DURING THE FORECAST PERIOD (2015-2020) 34
FIGURE 15 ASIA-PACIFIC MARKET TO WITNESS RAPID GROWTH BETWEEN 2015 AND 2020 35
FIGURE 16 DIFFERENT TYPES OF BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS 37
FIGURE 17 MARKET EVOLUTION 38
FIGURE 18 GROWING DEMAND FROM THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY IS A MAJOR DRIVING FACTOR OF THE MARKET 40
FIGURE 19 VALUE-CHAIN ANALYSIS: MAJOR VALUE IS ADDED DURING RandD AND MANUFACTURING 46
FIGURE 20 PORTER'S FIVE FORCES ANALYSIS 48
FIGURE 21 STRATEGIC BENCHMARKING: BIO-ON SRL, A MAJOR MARKET PLAYER THAT ADOPTED PARTNERSHIP, AGREEMENT, AND COLLABORATION AS KEY STRATEGIES 51
FIGURE 22 STRATEGIC BENCHMARKING: MITSUBISHI CHEMICAL CORPORATION WITH MAJOR PRODUCT LAUNCHES 52
FIGURE 23 WESTERN EUROPE WAS THE KEY MARKET FOR BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS IN
2014 54
FIGURE 24 PLA TO GROW AT THE HIGHEST CAGR ,BY VOLUME, DURING THE PROJECTED PERIOD 55
FIGURE 25 PHA TO GROW AT THE HIGHEST CAGR, BY VALUE, FROM 2015 TO 2020 56
FIGURE 26 INCREASING USE OF BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS DRIVES THE GROWTH OF THE MARKET 58
FIGURE 27 PHA MARKET TO GROW AT THE HIGHEST CAGR IN WESTERN EUROPE 63
FIGURE 28 DEVELOPMENT OF NEW PRODUCTS IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE DRIVING THE MARKET GROWTH DURING THE PROJECTED PERIOD 67
FIGURE 29 FIBERS APPLICATION TO GROW AT THE HIGHER RATE DURING THE PROJECTED PERIOD 68
FIGURE 30 INJECTION MOLDING IS THE FASTEST-GROWING APPLICATION OF BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS IN TERMS OF VALUE 71
FIGURE 31 INJECTION MOLDING IS PROJECTED TO BE THE FASTEST-GROWING APPLICATION IN THE BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET 73
FIGURE 32 CHINA TO GROW AT THE HIGHEST RATE IN OTHER APPLICATIONS OF BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS DURING THE PERIOD OF STUDY 74
FIGURE 33 EMERGING ECONOMIES TO WITNESS HIGH GROWTH DURING THE PROJECTED PERIOD 77
FIGURE 34 CHINA TO WITNESS THE FASTEST GROWTH IN THE GLOBAL BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET 78
FIGURE 35 PACKAGING: LARGEST APPLICATION OF BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS IN WESTERN EUROPE (2015) 79
FIGURE 36 PACKAGING: LARGEST APPLICATION OF BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS IN GERMANY 81
FIGURE 37 U.S. IS THE MAJOR MARKET OF BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS IN NORTH AMERICA IN
2015 90
FIGURE 38 CHINA IS THE KEY MARKET OF BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS IN ASIA-PACIFIC IN
2015 96
FIGURE 39 CHINA: LARGEST BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS MARKET GLOBALLY 98
FIGURE 40 COMPANIES PRIMARILY ADOPTED PARTNERSHIP, AGREEMENT, AND COLLABORATIONAS THEIR KEY GROWTH STRATEGY (2011-2015) 107
FIGURE 41 PARTNERSHIP, AGREEMENT, AND COLLABORATION: KEY STRATEGY ADOPTED
BY MAJOR PLAYERS FOR EXPANDING THEIR PRODUCT PORTFOLIO 108
FIGURE 42 REGIONAL REVENUE MIX OF MARKET PLAYERS 112
FIGURE 43 METABOLIX INC.: COMPANY SNAPSHOT 113
FIGURE 44 METABOLIX INC.: SWOT ANALYSIS 115
FIGURE 45 BASF SE: COMPANY SNAPSHOT 116
FIGURE 46 BASF SE: SWOT ANALYSIS 118
FIGURE 47 CORBION N.V.: COMPANY SNAPSHOT 119
FIGURE 48 CORBION NV: SWOT ANALYSIS 121
FIGURE 49 NATUREWORKS LLC: SWOT ANALYSIS 123
FIGURE 50 BIOME TECHNOLOGIES PLC: COMPANY SNAPSHOT 124
FIGURE 51 BIOME TECHNOLOGY PLC: SWOT ANALYSIS 126
FIGURE 52 MITSUBISHI CHEMICAL CORP.: COMPANY SNAPSHOT 127

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