The Future of Global Bioplastics to 2021

By 2021, global biopolymer demand is forecast to rise to about six million tonnes, growing at an annual rate of around 19%. Bioplastics will, however, face several key challenges during the five-year period to 2021.

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Product type: Market report
Date of publication: 10 Jun 2016
Product format: Digital Copy, Hard Copy
Number of tables: 54
Number of figures: 18

Globally, biopolymers represent a small subsector of the much larger polymer industry. Estimated biopolymer consumption is expected to be over two million tonnes in 2016, including the many polymer compounds which contain starch. The sector represents close to 1% of the overall global polymer industry demand. By 2021, global biopolymer demand is forecast to rise to about six million tonnes, growing at an annual rate of around 19%. Bioplastics will, however, face several key challenges during the five-year period to 2021.

The Future of Global Bioplastics to 2021 presents volume forecasts by end-use sector and geographic region. Following several stages of primary and secondary research, it examines key drivers and trends which include fossil fuel cost, changing global economies, supply chain linkage, environmental regulations and new technological developments.

Description

Our exclusive content:

  • Key industry drivers and trends and what they mean for the future of the industry.
  • Markets by region and end use, along with supplier opportunities.
  • Technological developments and how they will shape the industry.

What methodology is used?

Smithers Rapra’s in-house primary research – supported by extensive industry data –underpins both our appraisal of existing market conditions and our forecasting. Primary research involved interviews with industry key players. Secondary research is based on an extensive literature review of market and company reports from the public and private sectors, magazine and journal abstracts, packaging trends, market information and Smithers Rapra’s conference papers augments our findings.

What will you discover?

  • The latest industry figures and analysis to make sure your business is ahead of the competition.
  • Specific growth sectors and key opportunities for your business.
  • Technology forecasts to position your business for change.

Who should buy this report?

  • Raw materials suppliers
  • Feedstock and equipment suppliers
  • Processors/producers of bio-based plastics
  • Users of bio-based plastics
  • Industry consultants

Table of Contents

Executive summary

  • Market overview
  • Bioplastics end uses
  • Market drivers & trends
  • Future outlook

Introduction and Methodology

  • Introduction
  • Objective
  • Scope
  • Methodology
  • Definitions

Industry overview, drivers and trends

  • Introduction
  • Regional energy consequences
  • Bioplastic development
  • Polymer industry today
  • Bioplastics market dynamics & consumer drivers
  • Market drivers, opportunities and challenges
    • Fossil fuel cost
    • Global economies
    • Global supply chain linkage
    • Environmental regulations and the ‘carbon footprint’
    • New generation biorenewable technologies
  • Emerging bioplastic sources & opportunities
  • Supply chain opportunities
  • Bioplastics industry players
  • Outlook

Cutting-edge technology developments

  • Biomass conversion and the carbon cycle
  • Biomass conversion technologies
    • Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA)
    • Polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB)
    • Poly (3-Hydroxybutyrate-co-3-Hydroxyvalerate) (PHBV)
    • Polylactic acid (PLA)
    • Aromatic Polyester (PET)
    • Bio-Petropolymer Analogs (Polyethylene, Polypropylene, PET, etc)
  • Advances in biorenewable technologies
  • Blends & compounds
  • Other aspects of biopolymer performance

Market by material

  • Early bio-based polymers
  • Biopolymer market size by material

Market by end use

  • Introduction
  • Biopolymer applications
  • Durability and the end-of-life dilemma
  • Packaging and implications for recycling
    • Recycling approaches
  • Bioplastic conversion processes
    • Thermoplastic process issues
    • Key conversion processes
      • Extrusion
        • Biopolymer inferences on extrusion
      • Injection Moulding
        • Biopolymer inferences on injection moulding
      • Thermoforming
        • Biopolymer inferences on thermoforming
    • Examples of other conversion processes
      • Blowing moulding
      • Casting, hand lay-up and compression moulding
  • Impact of legislation and regulation

Market by region

  • Global polymer industry
  • Bioplastics consumption by region
    • North America
    • Europe
    • Asia-Pacific
    • Rest of World & Brazil
    • Regional legislation
    • Other legislation & regulations
    • US food packaging regulations
      • US FDA Food Notification (FCN) system
    • European food packaging regulations
      • Plastics Implementing Measure

Outlook and supplier opportunities

  • Introduction
  • Emerging biopolymer sources & opportunities
  • Opportunities for strategic partnering
    • PLA
    • PHA
    • Bio-Succinic acid & PBS biopolymers
    • Bio-PE
    • Bio-PET
    • Bio-PVC
    • Bio-Polycarbonate engineering plastics
    • Bio-polyamide
    • Compounding
    • New generation technology
  • China
  • Brazil
  • Trends and events
  • End-of-life composting & waste streams
  • Supply chain opportunities

Tables and Figures

List of figures:

  • FIGURE 0.1 Market forecast for durable and non-durable bioplastics, 2016 and 2021 (‘000 tonnes)
  • FIGURE 0.2 Global bioplastics demand, 2016 and 2021 (‘000 tonnes)
  • FIGURE 2.1 Bioplastics development timeline
  • FIGURE 2.2 Global consumption of bioplastics, 2016
  • FIGURE 2.3 Economic viability of bioplastics relative to crude oil pricing
  • FIGURE 2.4 Examples of biorenewability vs. biodegradability
  • FIGURE 3.1 Bio-based polymer – carbon cycle
  • FIGURE 3.2 Routes to bio-based polymeric building blocks
  • FIGURE 3.3 Conversion of biomass to building block intermediates and monomers
  • FIGURE 3.4 Examples of bioplastic process technologies
  • FIGURE 4.1 Global consumption of bioplastics, commercial vs. developing products 2016 (%)
  • FIGURE 5.1 Market forecast for durable and non-durable bioplastics, 2016 and 2021 (‘000 tonnes)
  • FIGURE 5.2 Semi and non-durable bioplastics forecast by application, 2016 and 2021 (‘000 tonnes)
  • FIGURE 5.3 Durable bioplastics forecast by application, 2016 and 2021 (‘000 tonnes)
  • FIGURE 5.4 PET recycle code
  • FIGURE 6.1 Forecast for bioplastics consumption by region, 2016 and 2021 ('000 tonnes)
  • FIGURE 6.2 US FDA Food Contact Notification System
  • FIGURE 7.1 Cellulosic biorefinery vision

List of tables:

  • TABLE 0.1 Share of polymer volume demand by region, 2016 (%)
  • TABLE 0.2 Global consumption of bioplastics, 2016
  • TABLE 0.3 Global bioplastic volume forecast, 2016-2021 (‘000 tonnes)
  • TABLE 0.4 Bioplastic types: biodegradable vs. non-biodegradable, 2016-2021 (‘000 tonnes)
  • TABLE 0.5 Non/semi-durable bioplastics demand, 2016-2021 (‘000 tonnes)
  • TABLE 0.6 Durable bioplastics demand, 2016-2021 (‘000 tonnes)
  • TABLE 2.1 Share of polymer volume demand by region, 2016 (%)
  • TABLE 2.2 Average GDP growth during the next three years
  • TABLE 2.3 Bioplastics growth opportunities
  • TABLE 2.4 Bioplastics growth challenges
  • TABLE 2.5 Bioplastics producers in Asia
  • TABLE 2.6 Bioplastics producers in Europe
  • TABLE 2.7 Bioplastics producers in North America
  • TABLE 2.8 Bioplastics producers in other regions
  • TABLE 2.9 Non-biodegradable bioplastics consumption forecast, 2016-2021 (‘000 tonnes)
  • TABLE 2.10 Biodegradable bioplastic consumption forecast, 2016-2021 (‘000 tonnes)
  • TABLE 3.1 Examples of bio-based polymer process pathways
  • TABLE 3.2 Biodegradation comparison among bio-based and petro-based polymers
  • TABLE 3.3 PHBV properties
  • TABLE 3.4 Properties required for plastics used in the housewares market
  • TABLE 4.1 Consumption of bioplastics and biopolymer thermosets by material
  • TABLE 4.2 Forecast of bioplastics and biopolymer thermosets by material, 2016 and 2021 (‘000 tonnes)
  • TABLE 4.3 Consumption of of biodegradable and non-biodegradable bioplastics, 2011 and 2016 (‘000 tonnes)
  • TABLE 4.4 Forecast of biodegradable and non-biodegradable bioplastics, 2016 and 2021 (‘000 tonnes)
  • TABLE 4.5 Properties and applications polylactic acid (PLA) used in the biodegradable market
  • TABLE 4.6 Properties and applications polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) used in the biodegradable market
  • TABLE 4.7 Properties and applications polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) used in the biodegradable market
  • TABLE 4.8 Properties and applications poly (3-Hydroxybutyrate-co-3-Hydroxyvalerate) (PHBV) used in the biodegradable market
  • TABLE 4.9 Properties and applications polybutylene-succinate (PBS) used in the biodegradable market
  • TABLE 4.10 Properties and applications other bio-polyesters used in the biodegradable market
  • TABLE 4.11 Properties and applications of bio-petropolymer analogs (bio-petroequivalent) used in the non-biodegradable market
  • TABLE 4.12 Properties and applications of bio-polyethylene (bio-petropolymer analog) used in the non-biodegradable market
  • TABLE 4.13 Properties and applications of bio-pet (polyethylene-terephthalate) used in the non-biodegradable market
  • TABLE 4.14 Properties and applications of other biopolyesters & biopolymers used in the non-biodegradable market
  • TABLE 4.15 Properties and applications of thermosets used in the non-biodegradable market
  • TABLE 4.16 Properties and applications of other biopolymer types (advanced technology driven) used in the non-biodegradable market
  • TABLE 5.1 Consumption of bioplastics by semi-durable applications, 2011 and 2016 (‘000 tonnes)
  • TABLE 5.2 Forecast of bioplastics demand by semi-durable applications, 2016 and 2021 (‘000 tonnes)
  • TABLE 5.3 Consumption of bioplastics by durable applications, 2011 and 2016 (‘000 tonnes)
  • TABLE 5.4 Forecast of bioplastics demand by durable applications, 2016 and 2021 (‘000 tonnes)
  • TABLE 5.5 Conversion processes, applications and bio-based polymers used
  • TABLE 5.6 Value vs. energy content
  • TABLE 5.7 Recycling codes
  • TABLE 6.1 Polymer consumption by region, 2016 (million tonnes and %)
  • TABLE 6.2 Consumption of bioplastics by region, 2011 and 2016 ('000 tonnes)
  • TABLE 6.3 Forecast for bioplastics consumption by region, 2016 and 2021 ('000 tonnes)
  • TABLE 6.4 North American bioplastic production capacity forecast by select producer, 2016 and 2021 (‘000 tonnes)
  • TABLE 6.5 European bioplastics production capacity forecast by producer, 2016 and 2021 (‘000 tonnes)
  • TABLE 6.6 Asia-Pacific bioplastics production capacity forecast by producer, 2016 and 2021 (‘000 tonnes)
  • TABLE 6.7 Rest of world bioplastics production capacity forecast by producer, 2016 and 2021 (‘000 tonnes)
  • TABLE 6.8 Regulatory approaches by region
  • TABLE 6.9 Food contact materials legislation and regulation
  • TABLE 7.1 Opportunities and challenges for bioplastics
  • TABLE 7.2 Forecast of bioplastic production capacity by region, 2016 and 2021 ('000 tonnes)