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Polylactic Acid (PLA) Market - By Application (Packaging, Agriculture, Transport, Electronics, Textiles, and others) and By Region - Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis, and Forecast, 2020 - 2026

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  • 110 Pages
  • June 2020
  • Region: Global
  • Zion Market Research
  • ID: 5144143
The global Polylactic Acid (PLA) market is slated to accrue revenue worth nearly 1.31 (USD Billion) by 2026 and record the CAGR of about 19.7% over the period from 2020 to 2026. The report offers assessment and analysis of the Polylactic Acid (PLA) market on a global and regional level. The study offers a comprehensive assessment of the market competition, constraints, sales estimates, opportunities, evolving trends, and industry-validated data. The report offers historical data from 2017 to 2019 along with a forecast from 2020 to 2026 based on revenue (USD Billion).


Polylactic acid (PLA) also sometimes referred to as Polylactide is a biodegradable polymer, biocompatible thermoplastic, and aliphatic polyester. Recently, it is the most popular material having huge growth potential. PLA is also considered as the ecofriendly polymer due to its compostable nature and ability to be recycled. The product exhibits a high elastic modulus and a high level of transparency. As per NCBI, Polylactic acid is one of the most traded polymers globally.

As per authentic reports, Polylactic acid was first synthesized in 1845 by France-based chemist known as Theophile-Jules Pelouze by poly-condensation of naturally occurring lactic acid. However, the average molecular weight of PLA produced due to poly-condensation was very low.

However, in 1989, Dr. Patrick R. Gruber devised a lowly-priced commercial method for manufacturing PLA with high molecular weight. This helped the product find lucrative applications in diversified areas including agricultural sheets and recyclable & disposable bags.

Market Growth Dynamics

With massive use of Polylactic acid in rigid containers for storing water, yogurt, and juice, the market for Polylactic acid (PLA) is projected to gain traction in the years to come. Apart from this, developed countries in Europe and North America & Japan make use of PLA-based packaging. According to NIH researchers, the polymer is one of the cost-effective bio-based product as well as bio-degradable substitute for petrochemical plastics.

Furthermore, Polylactic acid is most widely used biodegradable polymer across myriad sectors in the recent times. For instance, it finds plethora of applications in tissue engineering, drug delivery systems, temporary & long-term implantable devices, and other new rapidly emerging domains. It can be easily synthesized and can be customized for its use for varied therapeutic requirements.

In addition to this, the ability to customize to mechanical properties of a polymer as well as bio-degradation kinetics has made Polylactic acid products extremely useful in biomedical applications. Apart from this, PLA is widely utilized clinically as a biomedical scaffold for theranostics, implants, and drug delivery systems. This, in turn, will create lucrative growth avenues for the Polylactic acid industry over the years to come.

Apparently, PLA has gained massive popularity in packaging activities and is immensely used in fibers as well as chemical products. In addition to this, the product also finds use in manufacturing of films, bottles, coated paper, rigid containers, and myriad packaging applications. The thermoplastic polyester is also utilized in various products such as carpet, apparel, and nonwoven fiberfill owing to its exceptional features such as resilience & ultra-violet resistance. All these aforementioned factors will help the Polylactic acid (PLA) market gain traction in the years to come.

North America Market To Continue Dominance Over Forecast Timeline

The regional market growth over the forecast timeframe is credited to humungous presence of key players in the sub-continent including Danimer Scientific LLC, BASF SE, Nature Works LLC, and Hitachi, Ltd. In addition to this, increase in use of these recyclable polymers in the region along with its massive preference over petroleum-based products in the sub-continent will open new horizons of growth for the industry in North America over the years ahead.

Key players influencing the market growth and profiled in the report include Synbra Technology BV, NatureWorks LLC, Sulzer Ltd., Danimer Scientific, BASF SE, Futerro, Hitachi Ltd., Zhejiang Hisun Biomaterials Co., Ltd., and ThyssenKrupp AG.

The global Polylactic acid (PLA) market is segmented as follows:

By Application
  • Packaging
  • Agriculture
  • Transport
  • Electronics
  • Textiles
  • Others

By Region
  • North America
  • The U.S.
  • Canada
  • Europe
  • France
  • The UK
  • Spain
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • China
  • Japan
  • India
  • South Korea
  • Southeast Asia
  • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa
  • GCC
  • South Africa
  • Rest of Middle East & Africa

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1. Preface
    • 1.1. Report Description and Scope
    • 1.2. Research Scope
    • 1.3. Research Methodology
      • 1.3.1. Market Research Process
      • 1.3.2. Market Research Methodology
  • Chapter 2. Executive Summary
    • 2.1. Pulylactic Acid (PLA) Market, 2016–2026(USD Billion)
    • 2.2. Pulylactic Acid (PLA) Market: Snapshot
  • Chapter 3. Global Pulylactic Acid (PLA) Market– Industry Analysis
    • 3.1. Pulylactic Acid (PLA) Market: Market Dynamics
    • 3.2. Market Drivers
      • 3.2.1. Wide application of product in tissue engineering, drug delivery systems, and temporary & long-term implantable devices
      • 3.2.2. Huge Product scope across myriad sectors along with its massive presence over petroleum-based products in the countries like the U.S.
    • 3.3. Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
    • 3.4. Market Attractiveness Analysis
      • 3.4.1. Market attractiveness analysis By Application
  • Chapter 4. Global Pulylactic Acid (PLA) Market– Competitive Landscape
    • 4.1. Company market share analysis
      • 4.1.1. Global Pulylactic Acid (PLA) Market: company market share, 2019
    • 4.2. Strategic development
      • 4.2.1. Acquisitions & mergers
      • 4.2.2. New Product launches
      • 4.2.3. Agreements, partnerships, collaborations, and joint ventures
      • 4.2.4. Research and development and Regional expansion
    • 4.3. Price trend analysis
  • Chapter 5. Global Pulylactic Acid (PLA) Market– Application Analysis
    • 5.1. Global Pulylactic Acid (PLA) Market overview: By Application
      • 5.1.1. Global Pulylactic Acid (PLA) Market share, By Application, 2019 and 2026
    • 5.2. Packaging
      • 5.2.1. Global Pulylactic Acid (PLA) Market By Packaging, 2016–2026(USD Billion)
    • 5.3. Agriculture
      • 5.3.1. Global Pulylactic Acid (PLA) Market By Agriculture, 2016–2026(USD Billion)
    • 5.4. Transport
      • 5.4.1. Global Pulylactic Acid (PLA) Market By Transport, 2016–2026(USD Billion)
    • 5.5. Electronics
      • 5.5.1. Global Pulylactic Acid (PLA) Market By Electronics, 2016–2026(USD Billion)
    • 5.6. Textiles
      • 5.6.1. Global Pulylactic Acid (PLA) Market By Textiles, 2016–2026(USD Billion)
    • 5.7. Others
      • 5.7.1. Global Pulylactic Acid (PLA) Market By Others, 2016–2026(USD Billion)
  • Chapter 6. Company Profiles
    • 6.1. Danimer Scientific
      • 6.1.1. Overview
      • 6.1.2. Financials
      • 6.1.3. Product Portfolio
      • 6.1.4. Business Strategy
      • 6.1.5. Recent Developments
    • 6.2. BASF SE
      • 6.2.1. Overview
      • 6.2.2. Financials
      • 6.2.3. Product Portfolio
      • 6.2.4. Business Strategy
      • 6.2.5. Recent Developments
    • 6.3. NatureWorks LLC
      • 6.3.1. Overview
      • 6.3.2. Financials
      • 6.3.3. Product Portfolio
      • 6.3.4. Business Strategy
      • 6.3.5. Recent Developments
    • 6.4. Futerro
      • 6.4.1. Overview
      • 6.4.2. Financials
      • 6.4.3. Product Portfolio
      • 6.4.4. Business Strategy
      • 6.4.5. Recent Developments
    • 6.5. Hitachi Ltd.
      • 6.5.1. Overview
      • 6.5.2. Financials
      • 6.5.3. Product Portfolio
      • 6.5.4. Business Strategy
      • 6.5.5. Recent Development
    • 6.6. Synbra technology BV
      • 6.6.1. Overview
      • 6.6.2. Financials
      • 6.6.3. Product Portfolio
      • 6.6.4. Business Strategy
      • 6.6.5. Recent Development
    • 6.7. Zhejiang Hisun Biomaterials Co., Ltd.
      • 6.7.1. Overview
      • 6.7.2. Financials
      • 6.7.3. Product Portfolio
      • 6.7.4. Business Strategy
      • 6.7.5. Recent Development
    • 6.8. Sulzer Ltd.
      • 6.8.1. Overview
      • 6.8.2. Financials
      • 6.8.3. Product Portfolio
      • 6.8.4. Business Strategy
      • 6.8.5. Recent Development
    • 6.9. ThyssenKrupp AG
      • 6.9.1. Overview
      • 6.9.2. Financials
      • 6.9.3. Product Portfolio
      • 6.9.4. Business Strategy
      • 6.9.5. Recent Development