Biodegradable Polymers: Global Markets and Technologies Through 2022

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This Report Covers the Chemical Types of Biodegradable Polymers Along with their Properties, Production, Producers and Applications

FEATURED COMPANIES

  • BASF
  • Biomer
  • Danimer Scientific
  • Galactic SA
  • Natureworks Llc
  • Psm North America
  • MORE

Report Scope:

Although the term biodegradable polymers are well known, the controversy within the industry as to which materials should be considered biodegradable continues unabated. These resins currently include polyolefin-based compositions containing starch and polymers containing aromatic groups that microorganisms have difficulty utilizing in their metabolism.

Furthermore, there are additives said to convert petroleum-based resins to biodegradable versions. These resultant resins are said to be oxo-biodegradable.

Part of the current debate revolves around defining an acceptable period for biodegradation to be completed. Almost all carbon-based materials are biodegradable if given an acceptable period.

This report includes polymers that producers market as fully biodegradable. Most define a fully biodegradable polymer as a polymer that is completely converted by microorganisms to carbon dioxide, water and humus.

In the case of anaerobic biodegradation, carbon dioxide, methane and humus are the degradation products. However, many within the industry insist on a period of degradation such that the terms biodegradable and compostable are not synonymous.

The issue concerning biodegradable versus compostable resins is a very important issue that is discussed in detail. Polymers derived from renewable resources (non-petroleum-based) are not covered unless they are considered biodegradable since many polymers derived from renewable resources are not biodegradable. These materials are often termed as bio-based. Some polymers are both bio-based and biodegradable.

The scope of the report covers the overview and clear understanding of the global market scenario of biodegradable polymers and analysis of global market trends, with market data from 2016, considering 2016 as the base year and estimates for 2017 to 2022 with a projection of the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in the forecast period.

This report covers the chemical types of biodegradable polymers along with their properties, production, producers and applications. Definitions and standards, market drivers, biodegradation testing, environmental issues, composting and relevant technologies will also be discussed.

The different chemical type of biodegradable polymers is considered in the report which includes: polylactic acid (PLA), starch based and polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA). Qualitative analysis of protein based products, biodegradable polymers from soybeans, genetically modified (GM) biodegradable polymers and oxo-biodegradable polymers are also covered in the report. The report further includes a discussion of the application of biodegradable polymers such as packaging, fibers/fabrics, agriculture, medical, food service, electrical and electronics and automotive, among others.

The report concludes with a special focus on the competitive landscape which includes the key strategies adopted by the manufacturers and detailed profiles of the major manufacturers, their product offerings, strategies, including trade names and their impact on the market.

Report Includes:

  • 47 data tables and 50 additional tables
  • An overview of the global markets for biodegradable polymers
  • Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2016 and 2017, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2022
  • Discussion of chemical types of biodegradable polymers along with their properties and production processes
  • Evaluation of current and potential applications
  • Comprehensive company profiles of major Players in the Market including Basf, Biomer, Cereplast, Danimer Scientific, Earthshell Container Corp., Mitsui Chemicals, Toray Industries, Inc., and Toyobo Co., Ltd.

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FEATURED COMPANIES

  • BASF
  • Biomer
  • Danimer Scientific
  • Galactic SA
  • Natureworks Llc
  • Psm North America
  • MORE

1 Introduction

  • Market Introduction
  • Study Goals and Objectives
  • Reasons for doing the Study
  • Scope of Report
  • Intended Audience
  • Methodology and Information Sources
  • Geographic Breakdown
  • Analyst's Credentials
  • Related Reports

2 Summary and Highlights

3 Terminology

  • Background
  • Environmental Issues
  • Bio-Based
  • Degradable and Biodegradable
  • Compostable Vs. Biodegradable

4 Background/Historical

  • Overview
  • The Biopolymer-Synthetic Polymer Gap
  • Niche Market
  • A New Emphasis
  • Environmental Problems Persist
  • Integration of Biodegradable Plastics with Disposal Infrastructure
  • Early Starch-Based Materials
  • Continued R&D
  • Early Entrants
  • The Importance of Loose-Fill
  • Other Factors
  • Biopolymers, Conventional Plastics and Plastics
  • Natural or Synthetic
  • The Move to Renewable Sources
  • Extending the Recycling Loop
  • Processing
  • Properties
  • Defining Biodegradable Polymers
  • Public Attitudes
  • Environmental Issues
  • Composting

5 Definitions and Standards

  • Overview
  • Confusion in Biodegradable Definitions
  • Technical Aspects
  • Background
  • The Term ""Bio-Based"" Often is Confusing to Consumers
  • Non Uniform Degradable Tests
  • Overview
  • Oxo-Bio Standards
  • Hydro-Bio Standards
  • ASTM D-6400
  • Conclusions
  • Summary of Standards

6 Technical Aspects of the Degradability of Resins

  • Polyolefins
  • Polystyrene
  • Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
  • Other Thermoplastics and Thermosets
  • Modes of Degradation of Selected Biodegradable Polymers
  • Effect of Polymer Structure on Biodegradation
  • Background
  • Morphology
  • Effects of Environmental/Exposure Conditions on Biodegradation
  • Background
  • Early Regulations
  • Significance of Moisture, Temperature and/or Oxygen
  • Role of Microorganisms
  • Presence of Methane
  • Increasing Decomposition in Landfills
  • Function of Compost Operations
  • Other Factors
  • Conclusions
  • More Details on the Concept of Composting
  • Overview
  • Background
  • Key Properties for Compostable Plastics
  • Materials that Meet Specifications
  • Compost Stream and Infrastructure
  • Compostable Plastics
  • Biodegradability and Compostability
  • Restrictions on Compostable Claims
  • Standards and Specifications
  • What are the Challenges of Using Compostable Plastics?
  • U.S. Activities
  • European Activities
  • Japanese Activities
  • Mutual Interests of the Green Plastics Industry and Composting
  • PLA Problems in Composting Facilities
  • An Interesting/Baffling Set of Definitions
  • A Recent Development
  • Third-Party Certification Program

7 Patents Related to Biodegradable Polymers

  • Using Biodegradable Polymers to Inhibit Scale Formation in Oil Wells
  • Global Green Products Llc (Dover, De) - No. 9,382,466 (July 5, 2016)
  • Manufacturing Method of an Eco-Friendly Foaming Package Material
  • Tri Can Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu Hsien, Taiwan) - No. 9,056,423 (June 16, 2015)
  • Biodegradable Polymers for Use with Implantable Medical Devices
  • Advanced Cardiovascular Systems Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.) - No. 7,875,283 (January 25, 2011)
  • Biaxially Oriented Polylactic Acid Film with High Barrier
  • Toray Plastics (America) (North Kingston, R.I.) - No, 7,951,438 (May 31, 2011)
  • Use of Selection Pressures to Enable Microbial Biosynthesis of Polyhydroxyalkanoates from Anaerobic Degradation Products
  • Leland Stanford Junior University (Palo Alto, Calif.) - No. 8,030,021 (October 4, 2011)
  • Polylactic Acid Composition
  • Teijin Limited (Osaka, Japan) - No. 8,030,382 (October 4, 2011)
  • Cheil Industries Inc. (Gum-Si, Korea) - No. 8,232,343 (July 31, 2012)
  • Medical Articles Containing Biodegradable Polymers and Acid-Neutralizing Cationic Species
  • Boston Scientific Scimed Inc. (Maple Grove, Minn.) - No. 8,263,103 (September 11, 2012)
  • Polylactic Shrink Films and Methods of Casting Same
  • Plastics Suppliers Inc. (Columbus, Ohio) - No. 8,263,197 (September 11, 2012)
  • Polylactic Acid Fiber
  • Kimberly Clark Worldwide Inc. (Neenah, Wis.) - 8,268,738 (September 18, 2012)
  • Method of Manufacture of Polylactic Acid Foams
  • Biopolymer Network Ltd. (Canterbury, New Zealand) - No. 8,283,389 (October 9, 2012)
  • Polylactic Acid Resin Composition
  • Adeka Corp. (Tokyo, Japan) - No. 8,293,824 (October 23, 2012)
  • Polylactic Acid and Manufacturing Process Thereof
  • Teijin Limited (Osaka, Japan) - No. 8,304490 (November 6, 2012)
  • Process for the Modification of Biodegradable Polymers
  • Akzo Nobel N.V. (Arnhem, the Netherlands) - No. 8,334,348 (December 12, 2012)
  • Biodegradable Polymer and Compounds
  • Technofilm STA. (Sant'elpidio A Mare, Italy) - No. 8,349,914 (January 8, 2013)
  • Process for Extracting and Recovering Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAS) From Cellular Biomass
  • PHA Industrial (Serrana-Sp, Brazil) - No. 8,357,508 (January 22, 2013)
  • Compatibilized Polypropylene and PLA Blends and Methods of Making and Using Same
  • Fina Technology Inc. (Houston, Tex.) - No. 8,362,145 (January 29, 2013)
  • Polylactic Acid Composition and Molding Comprising the Composition
  • Tohcello Co., Ltd (Tokyo, Japan) - No. 8,362,157 (January 29, 2013)
  • Hyundai Motor Company (Seoul, Korea) - No. 8,378,027 (February 19, 2013)
  • Toray Industries Inc. (Japan) - No. 8,431,212 (April 30, 2013)

8 Market Overview

  • Overview
  • Market Dynamics
  • Drivers
  • Shift in Consumer Preference from Conventional Packaging to Eco-Friendly Packaging Materials
  • Favorable Government Policies Towards Green, Ecofriendly and Biodegradable Products
  • Technological Emergence along with the Development of New Bio-Based and Renewable Raw Materials
  • Restraints
  • Strong Market Competition from Conventional Petroleum Based Polymers in Different Applications
  • Product Performance and Durability
  • Opportunities
  • Growing End-Use Application Across the Regions
  • Implementation of Government Norms and Policies on Uses of Conventional Packaging Materials

9 Market Breakdown by Chemical Type

  • Overview
  • Background
  • Market Size Estimation and Forecast
  • Polylactic Acid (PLA)
  • The Process
  • Background
  • Technology Overview
  • Grades
  • Properties
  • Producers
  • Modifications
  • Issues with PLA
  • Use of Blends
  • Applications
  • Biodegradability
  • Market Size Estimation and Forecast
  • Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAS)
  • Background
  • Chemistry
  • Technology Details
  • Applications
  • Process
  • Properties
  • Biodegradability
  • Compostability
  • Recycling
  • Certification and Testing
  • Other Important Biodegradable Polyesters
  • Polycarpolactone (PCL)
  • PBS-Type Polyesters
  • Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVOH)
  • Polyvinyl Alcohol-Based Materials
  • Market Size Estimation and Forecast
  • Starch-Based Biodegradable Polymers
  • Agro-Polymers
  • Sustainable/Biodegradable Corn Starch Products
  • Background
  • Technical Details
  • Thermoplastic Starch
  • Mixtures of Starch and Biodegradable Polymers
  • Background
  • Producers
  • Application of Thermoplastic Starch Polymers
  • Environmental Issues
  • Starch-Filled Polymer Composites
  • Market Size Estimation and Forecast
  • Other Type of Biodegradable Polymers
  • Protein-Based Plastics
  • Biodegradable Polymers from Soybeans
  • Genetically Modified (GM) Biodegradable Polymers
  • Oxo-Biodegradable Plastics

10 Market Breakdown by Application

  • Overview
  • Market Size Estimation & Forecast
  • Packaging
  • Background
  • Choice of Resin is the First Step in Sustainable Packaging
  • Issues
  • Targeted Applications
  • Sheet Extrusion Applications
  • Clear Rigid Packaging
  • Stretch Blow Molding Packaging
  • Food Packaging
  • Thermoformed Packaging
  • Cups and Utensils
  • New Bottle Development in Biodegradable Polymer Packaging
  • Impact of Food Service Industry
  • Foam Packaging
  • Loose-Fill Packaging
  • Market Size Estimation and Forecast
  • Fibers/Fabrics
  • Overview
  • Nonwovens
  • Biodegradable Drug-Loaded Fibers
  • Market Size Estimation and Forecast
  • Agriculture
  • Overview
  • Positive Aspects Cited by Proponents of Biodegradable Film Usage in Agriculture
  • A Recent Update on Biodegradable Mulches for Agricultural Applications
  • Production of Biodegradable Plastic Mulches
  • Market Size Estimation and Forecast
  • Medical
  • Overview
  • Background
  • Properties Required
  • Breadth of Applications
  • Criteria for Polymer Selection
  • Orthopedic Fixation Devices
  • Details on the Types of Biodegradable Polymers Used in Medical Field
  • Packaging and Sterilization Implications
  • Degradation of Medical Plastics
  • Commercial Biodegradable Medical Devices
  • Market Size Estimation and Forecast
  • Food Service
  • Overview
  • Examples of Biodegradable Commercial Products for Paper Coating Applications
  • Biodegradable Polymer Coated Paper and Paperboard
  • Paper Cups
  • Market Size Estimation and Forecast
  • Electrical and Electronics
  • Overview
  • Current Status of Electronics Applications
  • Biodegradable Electronics Research
  • Market Size Estimation and Forecast
  • Automotive
  • Overview
  • CAFE Issues
  • Current Status of Auto Applications
  • PLA Properties and Products
  • Market Size Estimation and Forecast
  • Others
  • Overview

11 Market Breakdown by Region

  • Overview
  • Europe
  • Europe Biodegradable Polymers Market Overview
  • Annual GDP Growth, European Union VS. World, 2005-2016
  • Market Size Estimation and Forecast
  • North America
  • North America Biodegradable Polymers Market Overview
  • Annual GDP Growth, North America, 2005-2016
  • Market Size Estimation and Forecast
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Asia-Pacific Biodegradable Polymers Market Overview
  • GDP Growth, China VS. India VS. World, 2005-2016
  • Market Size Estimation and Forecast
  • South America
  • South America Biodegradable Polymers Market Overview
  • GDP Growth, Brazil, VS. Chile VS. World, 2005-2016
  • Market Size Estimation and Forecast
  • Middle East and Africa
  • Middle East and Africa Biodegradable Polymers Market Overview
  • GDP Growth, South Africa VS. Saudi Arabia VS. World, 2005-2016
  • Market Size Estimation and Forecast

12 Competitive Landscape

  • Industry Structure and Overview
  • Key Drivers of the Global Biodegradable Polymers Market:
  • Global Biodegradable Polymer Producers
  • Production Capacity Analysis of PLA
  • Production Capacity Analysis of PHA
  • List of Recent Developments in the Biodegradable Polymers Market
  • Porter's Five Forces Analysis
  • Bargaining Powers of Buyers
  • Bargaining Power of Suppliers
  • Threat of New Entrants
  • Threat from Substitutes
  • Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

13 Company Profiles

  • BASF
  • Business Overview
  • Products Offered
  • Financials
  • Business Segmentation
  • Regional Segmentation
  • Recent Developments
  • BIOLOGISCHE NATURVERPACKUNGEN GMGH & CO. KG (BIOTEC)
  • Business Overview
  • Products Offered
  • Recent Developments
  • BIOMATERA
  • Business Overview
  • BIOME BIOPLASTICS LTD
  • Business Overview
  • Products Offered
  • Recent Developments
  • BIOMER
  • Business Overview
  • Products Offered
  • BIOPOLYMER TECHNOLOGIES AG (BIOP)
  • Business Overview
  • Products Offered
  • CEREPLAST
  • Business Overview
  • Products Offered
  • CORBION
  • Business Overview
  • Products Offered
  • Financials
  • Business Segmentation
  • Regional Segmentation
  • Recent Developments
  • DANIMER SCIENTIFIC
  • Business Overview
  • Products Offered
  • EARTHSHELL CONTAINER CORP.
  • Business Overview
  • FKUR PLASTICS CORP.
  • Business Overview
  • Products Offered
  • Recent Development
  • FUTERRO
  • Business Overview
  • Products Offered
  • GALACTIC SA
  • Business Overview
  • Products Offered
  • Recent Developments
  • HUHTAMAKI GROUP
  • Business Overview
  • Products Offered
  • Financials
  • Business Segmentation
  • Regional Segmentation
  • Recent Developments
  • MITSUI CHEMICALS
  • Business Overview
  • Financials
  • Business Segmentation
  • Regional Segmentation
  • NATUREWORKS LLC
  • Business Overview
  • Products Offered
  • Recent Development
  • NOVAMONT S.P.A.
  • Business Overview
  • Products Offered
  • PLANTIC TECHNOLOGIES LTD
  • Business Overview
  • Products Offered
  • Recent Development
  • PSM NORTH AMERICA
  • Business Overview
  • Products Offered
  • RODENBURG BIOPOLYMERS B.V.
  • Business Overview
  • Products Offered
  • SYNBRA TECHNOLOGY BV
  • Business Overview
  • Products Offered
  • Recent Developments
  • TEIJIN LIMITED
  • Business Overview
  • Financials
  • Business Segmentation
  • Regional Segmentation
  • TEKNOR APEX
  • Business Overview
  • Products Offered
  • Recent Developments
  • TIANAN BIOLOGIC MATERIAL CO. LTD.
  • Business Overview
  • Products Offered
  • TIANJIN GUOYUN BIOLOGICAL MATERIALS CO. LTD.
  • Business Overview
  • Products Offered
  • TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC.
  • Business Overview
  • Products Offered
  • Financials
  • Business Segmentation
  • Regional Segmentation
  • TOYOBO CO., LTD.
  • Business Overview
  • Products Offered
  • Financials
  • Business Segmentation
  • Regional Segmentation
  • Recent Developments
  • ZHEJIANG HISUN BIOMATERIALS CO., LTD.
  • Business Overview
  • Products Offered

14 Appendix: List of Abbreviations

List of Tables
Summary Table: Global Biodegradable Polymer Market, by Application, Through 2022
Table 1: Key ASTM Standards Related to Biodegradable Polymers
Table 2: ASTM Tests and Specifications, by Type of Environment
Table 3: Time Lag for Visual Change During Degradation for Selected Materials
Table 4: Time Lag for Visual Change During Degradation for Selected Materials
Table 5: Estimated Composting Time
Table 6: Degradation Time for Packaging Materials
Table 7: Global Market Volume for Biodegradable Polymers, by Chemical Type, Through 2022
Table 8: Global Market for Biodegradable Polymers, by Chemical Type, Through 2022
Table 9: Global PLA Market Volume for Biodegradable Polymers, by Region, Through 2022
Table 10: Global PLA Market for Biodegradable Polymers, by Region, Through 2022
Table 11: Global PHAs Market Volume for Biodegradable Polymers, by Region, Through 2022
Table 12: Global PHAs Market for Biodegradable Polymers, by Region, Through 2022
Table 13: Types of Product Made with Master-Bi
Table 14: Global Starch-Based Market Volume for Biodegradable Polymers, by Region, Through 2022
Table 15: Global Starch-Based Market for Biodegradable Polymers, by Region, Through 2022
Table 16: Global Biodegradable Polymers Market Volume, by Application, 2016-2022
Table 17: Global Biodegradable Polymers Market, by Application, 2016-2022
Table 18: Global Market Volume for Biodegradable Polymers in Packaging, by Region, Through 2022
Table 19: Global Market Volume for Biodegradable Polymers in Fibers/Fabrics, by Region, Through 2022
Table 20: Global Market Volume for Biodegradable Polymers in Agriculture, by Region, Through 2022
Table 21: Global Market Volume for Biodegradable Polymers in Medical, by Region, Through 2022
Table 22: Global Market Volume for Biodegradable Polymers in Food Service, by Region, Through 2022
Table 23: Global Automotive Sales Volume, 2010-2017
Table 24: Global Market Volume for Biodegradable Polymers, by Region, 2016-2022
Table 25: Global Market for Biodegradable Polymers Market, by Region, 2016-2022
Table 26: Europe Biodegradable Polymers Market, by Country, 2016-2022
Table 27: Europe Biodegradable Polymers Market, by Country, 2016-2022
Table 28: Europe Biodegradable Polymers Market Volume, by Chemical Type, 2016-2022
Table 29: Europe Biodegradable Polymers Market, by Chemical Type, 2016-2022
Table 30: Europe Biodegradable Polymers Market Volume, by Application, 2016-2022
Table 31: Europe Biodegradable Polymers Market, by Application, 2016-2022
Table 32: North America Biodegradable Polymers Market Volume, by Country, Through 2022
Table 33: North America Biodegradable Polymers Market, by Country, Through 2022
Table 34: North America Biodegradable Polymers Market Volume, by Chemical Type, Through 2022
Table 35: North America Biodegradable Polymers Market, by Chemical Type, Through 2022
Table 36: North America Biodegradable Polymers Market Volume, by Application, Through 2022
Table 37: North America Biodegradable Polymers Market, by Application, Through 2022`
Table 38: Asia-Pacific Biodegradable Polymers Market, by Country, Through 2022
Table 39: Asia-Pacific Biodegradable Polymers Market, by Country, Through 2022
Table 40: Asia-Pacific Biodegradable Polymers Market Volume, by Chemical Type, Through 2022
Table 41: Asia-Pacific Biodegradable Polymers Market, by Chemical Type, Through 2022
Table 42: Asia-Pacific Biodegradable Polymers Market Volume, by Application, Through 2022
Table 43: Asia-Pacific Biodegradable Polymers Market Volume, By Application, 2016-2022
Table 44: South America Biodegradable Polymers Market Volume, by Country, Through 2022
Table 45: South America Biodegradable Polymers Market, by Country, Through 2022
Table 46: Middle East & Africa Biodegradable Polymers Market volume, by Country, Through 2022
Table 47: Middle East & Africa Biodegradable Polymers Market, by Country, Through 2022
Table 48: Key Global Biodegradable Polymers Manufacturers
Table 49: Key Global Polylactic Acid Manufacturers
Table 50: Key Global Polyester Biodegradable Polymers Manufacturers
Table 51: Key Global Starch-Based Biodegradable Polymers Manufacturers
Table 52: PLA Production Capacity of Major Manufacturers
Table 53: Pilot and Industrial Scale PHA Manufacturers by Major Companies
Table 54: Recent Developments in the Biodegradable Polymers Market
Table 55: BASF: Products Offered
Table 56: BASF: Company Financials, 2015-2017
Table 57: BASF: Recent Developments
Table 58: Biologische Naturverpackungen GMGH & Co. KG (BIOTEC): Products Offered
Table 59: Biologische Naturverpackungen GMGH & Co. KG (BIOTEC): Recent Developments
Table 60: Biome Bioplastics Ltd.: Products Offered
Table 61: Biome Bioplastics Ltd.: Recent Developments
Table 62: Biomer: Products Offered
Table 63: Biopolymer Technologies AG (BIOP): Products Offered
Table 64: Cereplast: Products Offered
Table 65: Cobion: Products Offered
Table 66: Corbion Company Financials, 2015-2016
Table 67: Corbion: Recent Developments
Table 68: Danimer Scientific: Products Offered
Table 69: FKuR Plastics Corp.: Products Offere
Table 70: FKuR Plastics Corp.: Recent Developments
Table 71: FUTERRO: Products Offered
Table 72: Galactic SA: Products Offered
Table 73: Galactic SA: Recent Developments
Table 74: Huhtamaki Group: Product Offered
Table 75: Huhtamaki Group: Company Financials, 2015-2017
Table 76: Huhtamaki Group: Recent Developments
Table 77: Mitsui Chemicals: Company Financials, 2014-2016
Table 78: NatureWorks: Product Offered
Table 79: NatureWorks: Recent Developments
Table 80: Novamont S.p.A.: Products Offered
Table 81: Plantic Technologies Ltd.: Products Offered
Table 82: Plantic Technologies Ltd.: Recent Developments
Table 83: PSM North America: Products Offered
Table 84: Rodenburg Biopolymers B.V. Products Offered
Table 85: Synbra Technology BV: Products Offered
Table 86: Synbra Technology BV: Recent Developments
Table 87: Teijin Limited: Company Financials, 2015-2017
Table 88: Teknor Apex: Products Offered
Table 89: Teknor Apex: Recent Developments
Table 90: Tianan Biologic Material Co. Ltd.: Products Offered
Table 91: Tianjin Guoyun Bio-Materials Co. Ltd.: Products Offered
Table 92: Toray Industries, Inc.: Products Offered
Table 93: Toray Industries, Inc.: Company Financials, 2015-2016
Table 94: Toyobo Co., Ltd.: Products Offered
Table 95: Toybo Co. Ltd.: Company Financials, 2015-2017
Table 96: Toybo Co. Ltd: Recent Developments
Table 97: Zhejiang Hisun Biomaterials Co., Ltd.: Products Offered

List of Figures
Summary Figure: Global Biodegradable Polymer Market, by Region, 2016-2022
Figure 1: Categories of Biodegradable Polymers
Figure 2: Biomass Segment Types
Figure 3: Global Market for Biodegradable Polymers, by Chemical Type, 2017
Figure 4: Global PLA Market for Biodegradable Polymers, by Region, 2016-2022
Figure 5: Global PHAS Market for Biodegradable Polymers, by Region, 2016-2022
Figure 6: Global Starch-Based Market for Biodegradable Polymers, by Region, 2016-2022
Figure 7: Global Biodegradable Polymers Market, by Application, 2017
Figure 8: Global Market for Biodegradable Polymers in Packaging, by Region, 2016-2022
Figure 9: Global Market for Biodegradable Polymers in Fibers/Fabrics, by Region, 2016-2022
Figure 10: Global Market for Biodegradable Polymers in Agriculture, by Region, 2016-2022
Figure 11: Global Market for Biodegradable Polymers in Medical, by Region, 2016-2022
Figure 12: Global Market for Biodegradable Polymers in Food Service, by Region, 2016-2022
Figure 13: Hybrid Car Sales in U.S., 2008-2015
Figure 14: Global Market Share for Biodegradable Polymers Market, by Region, 2017
Figure 15: Annual GDP Growth, European Union VS. World, 2005-2016
Figure 16: Annual GDP Growth, North America, 2005-2016
Figure 17: GDP Growth, China VS. India VS. World, 2005-2016
Figure 18: GDP Growth, Brazil, VS. Chile VS. World, 2005-2016
Figure 19: GDP Growth, South Arica VS. Saudi Arabia VS. World, 2005-2016
Figure 20: Biodegradable Polymers Market, Bargaining Power of Buyers
Figure 21: Biodegradable Polymers Market, Bargaining Power of Suppliers
Figure 22: Biodegradable Polymers Market, Threat of New Entrants
Figure 23: Biodegradable Polymers Market, Threat of Substitutes
Figure 24: Biodegradable Polymers Market, Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
Figure 25: BASF Market Share, by Business Segment, 2017
Figure 26: BASF Market Share, by Region, 2017
Figure 27: Corbion: Market Share, by Business Segment, 2016
Figure 28: Corbion: Market Share, by Region, 2016
Figure 29: Huhtamaki Group Market Share, by Business Segment, 2017
Figure 30: Huhtamaki Group Market Share, by Country, 2017
Figure 31: Mitsui Chemicals Market Share, by Business Segment, 2016
Figure 32: Mitsui Chemicals Market Share, by Region, 2016
Figure 33: Teijin Ltd. Market Share, by Business Segment, 2017
Figure 34: Teijin Ltd. Market Share, by Region, 2017
Figure 35: Toray Industries, Inc. Market Share, by Business Segment, 2016
Figure 36: Toray Industries, Inc. Market Share, by Region, 2016
Figure 37: Toybo Co. Ltd. Market Share, by Business Segment, 2017
Figure 38: Toybo Co., Ltd. Market Share, by Region, 2017

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The term “polymer” is derived from the Greek words polu, meaning “many, much” and meros meaning “parts” which refer to a molecule’s structure that is composed of multiple repeating units. Biodegradable polymers are compromised of monomers that are linked to another functional group and have unstable links behind the functional group. Biodegradable polymers break down into carbon dioxide, nitrogen, water, biomass and inorganic salts. Biodegradable polymers are decomposed under both aerobic and anaerobic conditions by enzymes and the presence of microorganisms.

The global market for biodegradable polymers is expected to grow because of its high demand in a broad range of end-user industries across the globe. Although biodegradable polymers have been commercially available for 20 years, they are still considered very early in their product life cycle. This market faces several major problems; most importantly are relatively high prices and the lack of an infrastructure for effective composting, an extremely critical aspect of biodegradable polymers market success.

The biodegradable polymers market is expected to continue its high growth over the next five years dominated by packaging and followed by fibres/fabrics. The packaging segment accounted 78.5% of the total value in 2017. Most of the remaining applications of biodegradable polymers will experience considerable growth rates partly because of the low market numbers.

The fibres/fabrics market will experience a substantial growth, especially from the hygiene and agricultural end-uses that includes mulching films. The medical application segment of biodegradable polymers is anticipated to experience the highest growth rate among all the biodegradable polymers applications in coming years.

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  • BASF
  • Biologische Naturverpackungen Gmgh & Co. Kg (Biotec)
  • Biomatera
  • Biome Bioplastics Ltd
  • Biomer
  • Biopolymer Technologies Ag (Biop)
  • Cereplast
  • Corbion
  • Danimer Scientific
  • Earthshell Container Corp.
  • Fkur Plastics Corp.
  • Futerro
  • Galactic SA
  • Huhtamaki Group
  • Mitsui Chemicals
  • Natureworks Llc
  • Novamont S.P.A.
  • Plantic Technologies Ltd
  • Psm North America
  • Rodenburg Biopolymers B.V.
  • Synbra Technology BV
  • Teijin Limited
  • Teknor Apex
  • Tianan Biologic Material Co. Ltd.
  • Tianjin Guoyun Biological Materials Co. Ltd.
  • Toray Industries, Inc.
  • Toyobo Co., Ltd.
  • Zhejiang Hisun Biomaterials Co., Ltd.
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