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World Bioplastics Market

  • November 2013
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  • Freedonia
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  • 367 pages

World demand to skyrocket 19% annually through 2017

Global demand for biobased and biodegradable plastics will rise 19 percent per year to 950,000 metric tons in 2017. The bioplastics industry, while still in the emerging growth phase, has established itself as a fixture in a number of commercial markets and applications. Robust growth in demand is expected in virtually all geographic markets, stimulated by consumer preferences for sustainable materials, the increased adoption of bioplastics by plastic processors and compounders, and new product development that expands the range of uses for bioplastics.

Despite the rapid increase in demand, bioplastics are still expected to account for less than one percent of the overall plastic resin market in 2022. The success of the bioplastics industry will ultimately depend on price and performance considerations, and large scale conversion to bioplastics will not occur until price parity with conventional plastic resins is achieved.

Biobased commodity resins to post fastest growth

Starch-based resins and polylactic acid (PLA) will remain the leading bioplastic products through 2017, combining to account for over 60 percent of demand. For starch-based resins, advances will be bolstered by increased regulation of conventional plastic products, particularly plastic bags, as governments around the world continue to promote sustainability. PLA demand will benefit from the development of resins and compounds with enhanced performance for more durable applications such as fibers, automotive parts, and electronic parts.

The most rapid gains in demand, however, are expected for biobased commodity resins such as polyethylene and polypropylene, which are just beginning to enter the commercial market. The rapid adoption of these bioplastics will be fueled by their ability to be used as a “drop-in” for existing applications, as well as an increased focus on biobased content rather than biodegradability as a desired attribute. By 2022, biobased polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is also expected to become available in commercial quantities and begin to penetrate the beverage container market.

Brazil to become leading global producer

Western Europe was the largest regional consumer of bioplastics in 2012, accounting for over half of global demand. The region will see strong gains through 2017 as well, bolstered by added regulations and incentives that favor bioplastics over conventional resins. North American demand is expected to more than double, driven by rising consumption of PLA and biobased commodity resins. Advances in the Asia/Pacific region will be fueled by robust growth in China, which has become a major consumer of bioplastic resins used to produce manufactured goods for export.

World bioplastics production used to be concentrated in the US and Western Europe. This began to change in 2012 as production of biobased polyethylene came online in Brazil, and the addition of future capacity will likely make the country the world’s leading producer of bioplastics by 2022. Furthermore, China and Thailand are expected to become some of the top world bioplastics producers.

Study coverage

This upcoming Freedonia industry study, World Bioplastics, is priced at $6300. It presents historical demand data for 2002, 2007 and 2012, plus forecasts for 2017 and 2022 by product, market, world region, and for 17 countries. The study also considers key market environment factors, evaluates company market share and profiles 34 global industry players.

Table Of Contents

World Bioplastics Market
TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION xi

I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1

II. MARKET ENVIRONMENT 4

General 4
World Economic Overview 5
Recent Historical Trends 5
World Economic Outlook 7
World Population Outlook 10
World Manufacturing Outlook 12
World Agricultural Outlook 15
Maize 17
Sugar Crops 18
Cassava 20
World Plastics Overview 21
Plastic Resin Demand 22
Plastic Resin Production 25
Pricing Trends 27
World Packaging Overview 31
Regulatory and Environmental Considerations 34
Standards and Certification 35
Composting and Recycling 38
Legislation 41

III. OVERVIEW 44

General 44
Product Overview 45
Starch-Based Resins 48
Polylactic Acid 53
Biobased Polyethylene 58
Polyester Bioplastics 61
Biobased Polyamides 65
Other Bioplastics 68
Cellulose-Based Resins 70
PHAs 71
All Other 75
Market Overview 78
Packaging 79
Containers 82
Packaging Film 84
Loose-Fill and Other 85
Nonpackaging 86
Bags 88
Foodservice Disposables 90
Automotive and Electronics 91
Agriculture 92
Other Nonpackaging 93
Regional Overview 95
Demand 95
Production 97
Trade Flows 100

IV. NORTH AMERICA 103

Economic Overview 103
Bioplastics Demand 105
United States 108
Canada 117
Mexico 122

V. WESTERN EUROPE 130

Economic Overview 130
Bioplastics Demand 132
Germany 136
Italy 142
United Kingdom 150
France 156
Netherlands 162
Other Western Europe 168
Belgium 173
Norway 173
All Other 173

VI. ASIA/PACIFIC 176

Economic Overview 176
Bioplastics Demand 178
Japan 181
China 188
Taiwan 196
South Korea 202
Other Asia/Pacific 208
Thailand 214
Australia 214
All Other 215

VII. OTHER REGIONS 218

Central and South America 218
Brazil 222
Other Central and South America 229
Eastern Europe 234
Africa/Mideast 240

VIII. INDUSTRY STRUCTURE 247

General 247
Market Share 249
Mergers and Acquisitions 252
Manufacturing Requirements 255
Research and Development 256
Marketing Strategies 258
Channels of Distribution 260
Cooperative Agreements 262
Joint Ventures and Manufacturing Agreements 262
Supply Agreements 264
Distribution and Marketing Agreements 266
Product Development and Licensing Agreements 270
Company Profiles 275
Algaeplast, see Cereplast
Altuglas International, see Arkema
AmberWorks, see NatureWorks
Arkema SA 277
BASF SE 282
Bionolle Group, see Showa Denko
Biotec, see Sphere
Braskem SA 284
Cardia Bioplastics Limited 288
Cargill Incorporated 294
Cereplast Incorporated 295
Corbion nv 299
CSM, see Corbion
Daesang Corporation 304
DuPont (EI) de Nemours 306
Evonik Industries AG 310
FKuR Kunststoff GmbH 312
Grabio Greentech Corporation 315
Grace Biotech, see Grabio Greentech
Green Dot Holdings LLC 316
Groupe Limagrain Holding SA 318
Hebei Casda Biomaterials, see Arkema
Innovia Films Limited 320
Metabolix Incorporated 322
Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation 325
Myriant, see PTT Global Chemical Public
NatureWorks LLC 328
Newlight Technologies LLC 333
Novamont SpA 335
Plantic Technologies Limited 338
PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited 340
Purac biochem, see Corbion
Rodenburg Biopolymers BV 343
Roquette Freres SA 344
Showa Denko KK 346
Solae, see DuPont
Sphere SA 348
StarchTech Incorporated 350
Suzhou HiPro Polymers, see Arkema
Synbra Holding BV 351
Teijin Limited 352
Tianjin GreenBio Materials Company Limited 353
Toray Industries Incorporated 355
Wuhan Huali Environmental Technology
Company Limited 357
Zhejiang Hangzhou Xinfu Pharmaceutical
Company Limited 358
Zhejiang Hisun Biomaterials Company Limited 359
Other Companies Mentioned in Study 361



LIST OF TABLES

SECTION I -- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Summary Table 3

SECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT

1 World Gross Domestic Product by Region 10
2 World Population by Region 12
3 World Manufacturing Value Added by Region 14
4 World Agricultural Value Added by Region 16
5 World Plastic Resin Demand by Region 24
6 World Plastic Resin Production by Region 27
7 Plastic Resin Pricing 30
8 World Packaging Demand by Region 34

SECTION III -- OVERVIEW

1 World Bioplastics Demand by Product 47
2 World Starch-Based Resin Demand by Region and Market 52
3 World Polylactic Acid Demand by Region and Market 57
4 World Biobased Polyethylene Demand by Region and Market 61
5 World Polyester Bioplastics Demand by Region and Market 65
6 World Biobased Polyamide Demand by Region and Market 68
7 World Other Bioplastic Resin Demand by Type, Region,
and Market 69
8 World Bioplastics Demand by Market 79
9 World Packaging Demand for Bioplastics by Application
and Region 81
10 World Nonpackaging Demand for Bioplastics by Application
and Region 87
11 World Bioplastics Demand by Region 96
12 World Bioplastics Production by Region 99
13 World Bioplastics Net Exports by Region 102

SECTION IV -- NORTH AMERICA

1 North America: Bioplastics Supply and Demand 105
2 North America: Bioplastics Demand by Product and Market 107
3 United States: Bioplastics Supply and Demand 111
4 United States: Bioplastics Demand by Product 114
5 United States: Bioplastics Demand by Market 116
6 Canada: Bioplastics Supply and Demand 119
7 Canada: Bioplastics Demand by Product 120
8 Canada: Bioplastics Demand by Market 122
9 Mexico: Bioplastics Supply and Demand 125
10 Mexico: Bioplastics Demand by Product 127
11 Mexico: Bioplastics Demand by Market 129

SECTION V -- WESTERN EUROPE

1 Western Europe: Bioplastics Supply and Demand 132
2 Western Europe: Bioplastics Demand by Product and Market 135
3 Germany: Bioplastics Supply and Demand 138
4 Germany: Bioplastics Demand by Product 140
5 Germany: Bioplastics Demand by Market 142
6 Italy: Bioplastics Supply and Demand 145
7 Italy: Bioplastics Demand by Product 147
8 Italy: Bioplastics Demand by Market 149
9 United Kingdom: Bioplastics Supply and Demand 152
10 United Kingdom: Bioplastics Demand by Product 153
11 United Kingdom: Bioplastics Demand by Market 155
12 France: Bioplastics Supply and Demand 158
13 France: Bioplastics Demand by Product 160
14 France: Bioplastics Demand by Market 162
15 Netherlands: Bioplastics Supply and Demand 164
16 Netherlands: Bioplastics Demand by Product 166
17 Netherlands: Bioplastics Demand by Market 168
18 Other Western Europe: Bioplastics Supply and Demand 170
19 Other Western Europe: Bioplastics Demand by Country
and Product 172
20 Other Western Europe: Bioplastics Demand by Market 175

SECTION VI -- ASIA/PACIFIC

1 Asia/Pacific: Bioplastics Supply and Demand 178
2 Asia/Pacific: Bioplastics Demand by Product and Market 180
3 Japan: Bioplastics Supply and Demand 183
4 Japan: Bioplastics Demand by Product 185
5 Japan: Bioplastics Demand by Market 188
6 China: Bioplastics Supply and Demand 191
7 China: Bioplastics Demand by Product 193
8 China: Bioplastics Demand by Market 195
9 Taiwan: Bioplastics Supply and Demand 198
10 Taiwan: Bioplastics Demand by Product 200
11 Taiwan: Bioplastics Demand by Market 202
12 South Korea: Bioplastics Supply and Demand 204
13 South Korea: Bioplastics Demand by Product 206
14 South Korea: Bioplastics Demand by Market 208
15 Other Asia/Pacific: Bioplastics Supply and Demand 211
16 Other Asia/Pacific: Bioplastics Demand by Country
and Product 213
17 Other Asia/Pacific: Bioplastics Demand by Market 217

SECTION VII -- OTHER REGIONS

1 Central and South America: Bioplastics Supply and Demand 220
2 Central and South America: Bioplastics Demand by Product
and Market 222
3 Brazil: Bioplastics Supply and Demand 225
4 Brazil: Bioplastics Demand by Product 227
5 Brazil: Bioplastics Demand by Market 229
6 Other Central and South America: Bioplastics Supply
and Demand 231
7 Other Central and South America: Bioplastics Demand
by Product 232
8 Other Central and South America: Bioplastics Demand
by Market 233
9 Eastern Europe: Bioplastics Supply and Demand 236
10 Eastern Europe: Bioplastics Demand by Country and Product 238
11 Eastern Europe: Bioplastics Demand by Market 240
12 Africa/Mideast: Bioplastics Supply and Demand 243
13 Africa/Mideast: Bioplastics Demand by Product 245
14 Africa/Mideast: Bioplastics Demand by Market 246

SECTION VIII -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

1 World Bioplastics Sales by Company, 2012 248
2 Selected Acquisitions and Divestitures 254
3 Selected Joint Ventures and Manufacturing Agreements 263
4 Selected Supply Agreements 265
5 Selected Distribution and Marketing Agreements 267
6 Selected Product Development and Licensing Agreements 271



LIST OF CHARTS

SECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT

1 World Maize Production by Region, 2012 18
2 World Sugar Crop Production by Region, 2012 20
3 World Plastic Resin Demand by Region, 2012 25
4 Plastic Resin Pricing Patterns, 2002-2022 31

SECTION III -- OVERVIEW

1 World Bioplastics Demand by Product, 2002-2022 48
2 World Packaging Demand for Bioplastics by Application,
2012 82
3 World Nonpackaging Demand for Bioplastics by Application,
2012 88
4 World Bioplastics Demand by Region, 2002-2022 97
5 World Bioplastics Production by Region, 2002-2022 100

SECTION IV -- NORTH AMERICA

1 North America: Bioplastics Demand by Country, 2012 108

SECTION V -- WESTERN EUROPE

1 Western Europe: Bioplastics Demand by Country, 2012 136

SECTION VI -- ASIA/PACIFIC

1 Asia/Pacific: Bioplastics Demand by Country, 2012 181

SECTION VIII -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

1 World Bioplastics Market Share by Company, 2012 249

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