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Bioplastics (US Market & Forecast)

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Bioplastics (US Market & Forecast)
Published: June 28, 2012 Content info: 240 Pages


US demand to reach 550 million pounds in 2016

US demand for bioplastics will expand strongly through 2016, when it is expected to reach 550 million pounds, valued at nearly $700 million. Although bioplastics have begun to achieve a considerable degree of commercial success, the industry remains in an early stage of development, representing only a small niche within the overall plastics industry. Going forward, technical innovations and increased production capacity will combine to enhance the properties of bioplastics, boost their availability, and lower their price, thus making them more competitive with conventional polymers. In addition, many bio-based polymers benefit from relative price stability when compared with their petroleum-based counterparts. Moreover, the desire to decrease dependence on foreign oil will further fuel the expansion of bio-based resins, as will efforts by US manufacturers to enhance sustainability and improve the corporate image they project to an increasingly eco-conscious consumer base.

Non-biodegradable bioresins to gain market share

Although biodegradable materials accounted for the vast majority of bioplastics volume in 2011, the emergence of non-biodegradable bioresins will dramatically alter the market landscape. By 2021, these materials will represent more than two-fifths of volume demand. Growth will be fueled by large-volume production of bio-based polyethylene, as well as the eventual commercialization of bio-based polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polypropylene, and polyvinyl chloride, as well as polyethylene furanoate. Since such resins are chemically identical to their conventional counterparts, market acceptance is forecast to occur at a rapid rate. PET is projected to offer significant growth potential over the longer term, particularly as large corporations -- especially those in the soft drink industry -- are investing heavily in the development of this material.

PLA to remain most commonly used bioplastic

Although demand for biodegradable products will continue to be impacted by issues such as their inability to decompose in landfills and their potential to contaminate the recycling stream, polylactic acid (PLA) is expected to remain the most extensively used resin in the bioplastics market through the forecast period. Advances will be promoted by a widening composting network and greater processor familiarity. Furthermore, PLA is being blended with other resins and additives to create new grades that offer improved product performance, allowing for expanded use in an extended range of applications.

Bio-based polyethylene to offer best opportunities

Bio-based polyethylene -- which entered the market in 2010 -- is expected to offer the best opportunities for growth through 2016, increasing rapidly from a small base. The exceptionally strong gains are predicated on the expansion of production capacity, which will reduce prices and enable bio-based polyethylene to compete more effectively with its petroleum-based counterpart. Although bio-based polyethylene will continue to command a price premium that will restrict demand in price-sensitive nonconsumer markets through 2016, the fact that bio-based polyethylene is chemically identical to, and can serve as a drop-in replacement for, conventional polyethylene will remain a key factor driving its adoption.

Study coverage

This Freedonia industry study, “Bioplastics”, presents historical demand data (2001, 2006, 2011) and forecasts for 2016 and 2021 by resin, product, and market. The study also assesses key market environment factors, evaluates company market share, and profiles 44 industry competitors.

This study can help you:

  • Determine your market & sales potential
  • Learn more about industry competitors
  • Assess new products & technologies
  • Identify firms to merge with or acquire
  • Complement your research & planning
  • Gather data for presentations
  • Confirm your own internal data
  • Make better business decisions

Freedonia's methods involve:

  • Establishing consistent economic and market forecasts
  • Using input/output ratios, flow charts and other economic methods to quantify data
  • Employing in-house analysts who meet stringent quality standards
  • Interviewing key industry participants, experts and end users
  • Researching a proprietary database that includes trade publications, government reports and corporate literature
Table of Contents
Product Code: 2908

Table of Contents




  • General
  • Macroeconomic Overview
  • Consumer Spending
  • Demographic Trends
  • Manufacturing Outlook
  • Packaging Industry Outlook
  • Plastic Resin Outlook
  • Historical Market Trends
  • Pricing Trends
  • Solid Waste Management
    • Recycling
    • Incineration
    • Composting
    • Landfills & Other
  • Degradability & Bio-Based Standards
  • Regulatory & Legislative Environment
  • Raw Materials
  • Foreign Trade
  • International Activity


  • General
  • Types
  • Polylactic Acid
    • Products
    • Markets
    • Producers
  • Starch-Based Plastics
    • Products
    • Markets
    • Producers
  • Cellulose Films
  • Bio-Based Polyethylene
    • Products
    • Markets
    • Producers
  • Bio-Based Polyamides
  • Degradable Polyesters
    • Products
    • Markets
    • Producers
  • Other Bioplastics
    • Polyhydroxyalkanoates
    • Bio-Based PET
    • All Other


  • General
  • Products
    • Film
    • Molded Goods
    • Other
  • Markets
    • Packaging
      • Containers
        • Plastic Container Outlook
        • Bioplastics Demand
      • Packaging Film
        • Plastic Film Outlook
        • Bioplastics Demand
      • Loose-Fill
        • Loose-Fill Packaging Outlook
        • Bioplastics Demand
      • Other Packaging
  • Nonpackaging
    • Nonwovens & Textiles
      • Consumer Nonwovens & Textiles Outlook
      • Bioplastics Demand
    • Foodservice Disposables
      • Plastic Foodservice Disposables Outlook
      • Bioplastics Demand
    • Bags
    • Agriculture Products
      • Agricultural Outlook
      • Bioplastics Demand
    • Other Nonpackaging


  • General
  • Market Share
  • Manufacturing Requirements
  • Research & Development
  • Marketing Strategies
  • Channels of Distribution
  • Competitive Strategies
  • Cooperative Agreements


  • Accutech Films, see Clondalkin Group Holdings
  • Akzo Nobel NV
  • AmberWorks, see Cargill
  • American Excelsior Company
  • AMYLEX Corporation
  • Archer-Daniels-Midland Company
  • Arkema SA
  • BioBag International AS
  • Braskem SA
  • Cargill Incorporated
  • Celanese Corporation
  • Cereplast Incorporated
  • Clarifoil, see Celanese
  • Clondalkin Group Holdings BV
  • Corn Products International, see Ingredion
  • Cortec Corporation
  • Cryovac, see Sealed Air
  • CSM NV
  • D&W Fine Pack LLC
  • DaniMer Scientific LLC
  • Dispoz-o Products, see D&W Fine Pack
  • Dow Chemical Company
  • DuPont (EI) de Nemours
  • DURECT Corporation
  • Eastman Chemical Company
  • Ecospan LLC
  • Fortune Plastics, see Clondalkin Group Holdings
  • Frito-Lay North America, see PepsiCo
  • Ingredion Incorporated
  • Innovia Films Limited
  • KTM Industries Incorporated
  • Kuraray Company Limited
  • Metabolix Incorporated
  • Micromidas Incorporated
  • National Starch, see Ingredion
  • NatureWorks, see Cargill
  • Ningbo Tianan Biologic Material Company Limited
  • Northern Technologies International Corporation
  • Novamont SpA
  • Novomer Incorporated
  • Pactiv, see Reynolds Group Holdings
  • PepsiCo Incorporated
  • Perstorp AB
  • Plantic Technologies Limited
  • PolyFerm Canada Incorporated
  • PolyOne Corporation
  • Reynolds Group Holdings Limited
  • Rodenburg Biopolymers BV
  • Sealed Air Corporation
  • Sekisui Chemical Company Limited
  • Solae, see DuPont (EI) de Nemours
  • Solanyl Biopolymers, see Rodenburg Biopolymers
  • StarchTech Incorporated
  • Storopack Hans Reichenecker GmbH
  • Toyota Motor Corporation
  • Wilkinson Industries, see D&W Fine Pack
  • Other Companies Mentioned in the Study



  • Summary Table


  • Macroeconomic Indicators
  • Personal Consumption Expenditures
  • Population & Households
  • Manufacturers' Shipments
  • Packaging Supply & Demand
  • Plastic Resin Supply & Demand
  • Bioplastics Market, 2001-2011
  • Bioplastics Pricing
  • Municipal Solid Waste Management by Process
  • Bioplastics Supply & Demand


  • Bioplastics Demand by Resin
  • Bioplastics Demand by Type
  • Polylactic Acid Demand by Product
  • Polylactic Acid Demand by Market
  • Starch-Based Plastics Demand by Product
  • Starch-Based Plastics Demand by Market
  • Cellulose Film Demand
  • Bio-Based Polyethylene Demand by Product
  • Bio-Based Polyethylene Demand by Market
  • Bio-Based Polyamides Demand
  • Degradable Polyesters Demand by Product
  • Degradable Polyesters Demand by Market
  • Other Bioplastics Demand by Resin


  • Bioplastics Demand by Product
  • Bioplastic Film Demand by Product & Resin
  • Bioplastic Molded Goods Demand by Product & Resin
  • Other Bioplastic Products Demand by Format & Resin
  • Bioplastics Demand by Market
  • Packaging Market for Bioplastics by Product
  • Plastic Container Demand
  • Container Demand for Bioplastics
  • Plastic Film Demand
  • Packaging Film Demand for Bioplastics by Resin
  • Loose-Fill Packaging Demand
  • Bioplastic Loose-Fill Packaging Demand
  • Other Packaging Demand for Bioplastics
  • Nonpackaging Markets for Bioplastics by Product
  • Consumer Nonwovens & Textiles Indicators
  • Nonwovens & Textiles Demand for Bioplastics
  • Plastic Demand in Foodservice Disposables
  • Foodservice Disposables Demand for Bioplastics by Resin & Product
  • Bioplastic Nonpackaging Bag Demand by Resin
  • Agricultural Indicators
  • Agriculture Products Demand for Bioplastics
  • Other Nonpackaging Markets for Bioplastics by Resin & Use


  • Bioplastics Sales by Company, 2011
  • Selected Cooperative Agreements



  • Bioplastics Market, 2001-2011
  • World Demand for Bioplastics, 2011


  • Bioplastics Demand by Resin, 2011
  • Polylactic Acid Demand by Market, 2011
  • Starch-Based Plastics Demand by Market, 2011


  • Bioplastics Demand by Product, 2011
  • Packaging Market for Bioplastics by Product, 2011
  • Nonpackaging Markets for Bioplastics by Product, 2011


  • Bioplastics Market Share, 2011
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