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Biodegradable Polymers: Global Markets and Technologies

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  • 213 Pages
  • June 2022
  • Region: Global
  • BCC Research
  • ID: 5319361

Report Scope



Controversy within the industry as to which materials should be considered biodegradable continues. Biodegradable currently includes polyolefin-based compositions containing starch and polymers containing aromatic groups that microorganisms have difficulty metabolizing.

Additives convert petroleum-based resins to biodegradable versions. The resultant resins are 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 enough time.

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 into 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 for 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 considered biodegradable; many polymers derived from renewable resources are not biodegradable. These materials are often termed biobased. Some polymers are both bio-based and biodegradable.

The scope of the report covers the overview and clear understanding of the global market scenario for biodegradable polymers and the analysis of global market trends, with market data from 2021, considering 2021 as the base year and estimates for 2021 to 2027 with projection of the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) during the forecast period.

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

Different chemical types of biodegradable polymers considered in this report are 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. This 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.

This report concludes with a special focus on the competitive landscape, key strategies adopted by manufacturers and detailed profiles of major manufacturers, product offerings, strategies (including trade names) and impact on the market

Report Includes

  • 62 data tables and 47 additional tables.
  • An overview of the global markets and technologies for biodegradable polymers
  • Estimation of the market size and analyses of global market trends, with data from 2021, estimates for 2022, with projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2027
  • Highlights of the market potential for biodegradable polymers market both in terms of value and volume, and their corresponding market share analysis by chemical type, application, and region
  • Identification of market drivers, restraints and other forces influencing the progress of this market
  • Detailed description of biopolymer and the synthetic polymer gap; discussion on integration of biodegradable plastics with disposal infrastructure, and information on non-uniform degradable tests such as ASTM D-6400
  • Discussion on modes of degradation of biodegradable polymers and effect of environmental exposure conditions and polymer structure on biodegradation
  • Coverage of recent developments in the biodegradable polymers market and insights into regulations and R&D activities
  • Information about compostable vs. biodegradable polymers, key properties for compostable plastics, restrictions on compostable claims, standards and specifications and PLA problems associated with composting facilities
  • Market share analysis of the key companies of the industry and coverage of events like mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, collaborations or partnerships, and other key market strategies
  • Company profiles descriptions of the market leading participants, including BASF, BIOMER, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Company (MCHC) and Rodenburg Biopolymers B.V.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Global Biodegradable Polymers Market

What is the estimated value of the Global Biodegradable Polymers Market?

The Global Biodegradable Polymers Market was estimated to be valued at $3.7 Billion in 2022.

What is the growth rate of the Global Biodegradable Polymers Market?

The growth rate of the Global Biodegradable Polymers Market is 20.6%, with an estimated value of $9.5 Billion by 2027.

What is the forecasted size of the Global Biodegradable Polymers Market?

The Global Biodegradable Polymers Market is estimated to be worth $9.5 Billion by 2027.

Who are the key companies in the Global Biodegradable Polymers Market?

Key companies in the Global Biodegradable Polymers Market include Basf, Bewisynbra Group, Biologische Naturverpackungen Gmgh & Co. Kg (Biotec), Biome Bioplastics Ltd., Biomer, Cereplast, Danimer Scientific, Fkur Kunststoff GmbH and Galactic Sa.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
  • Market Introduction
  • Study Goals and Objectives
  • Reasons for Doing this Study
  • What's New in this Update?
  • Scope of Report
  • Intended Audience
  • Methodology and Information Sources
  • Geographic Breakdown
  • Analyst's Credentials
  • Custom Research
  • Related Research Reports
Chapter 2 Summary and Highlights
Chapter 3 Terminology
  • Background
  • Environmental Issues
  • Definitions
  • Bio-Based
  • Degradable and Biodegradable
  • Compostable Vs. Biodegradable
Chapter 4 Background/History
  • Overview
  • The Biopolymer/Synthetic Polymer Gap
  • Niche Market
  • A New Emphasis
  • Environmental Problems Persist
  • 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
Chapter 5 Definitions and Standards
  • Overview
  • Confusion in Biodegradable Definitions
  • Technical Aspects
  • Background
  • The Term Bio-Based is Confusing to Consumers
  • Nonuniform Degradable Tests
  • Overview
  • Oxo-Bio Standards
  • Hydro-Bio Standards
  • As D-6400
  • Conclusions
  • Summary of Standards
Chapter 6 Technical Aspects of the Degradability of Resins
  • Polyolefins
  • Polystyrene
  • Polyvinyl Chloride (Pvc)
  • Other Thermoplastics and Thermosets
  • Modes of Degradation: Selected Biodegradable Polymers
  • Effect of Polymer Structure on Biodegradation
  • Background
  • Morphology
  • Background
  • Early Regulations
  • Significance of Moisture, Temperature And/Or Oxygen
  • Role of Microorganisms
  • Presence of Methane
  • Increasing Decomposition in Landfills
  • Compost Operations
  • Other Factors
  • Conclusions
  • Composting Details
  • Overview
  • Background
  • Key Properties of Compostable Plastics
  • Materials That Meet Specifications
  • Compost Stream and Infrastructure
  • Compostable Plastics
  • Biodegradability and Compostability
  • Restrictions on Compostable Claims
  • Standards and Specifications
  • Challenges of Compostable Plastics
  • U.S. Activities
  • European Activities
  • Japanese Activities
  • Green Plastics Industry and Composting
  • Pla Problems in Composting Facilities
  • Baffling Definitions
  • Recent Development
  • Third-Party Certification Program
Chapter 7 Market Overview
  • Overview
  • Challenges With Biodegradable Plastics
  • Environmental Impact
  • Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic
  • Market Dynamics
  • Drivers
  • Restraints
  • Opportunities
Chapter 8 Market Breakdown by Chemical Type
  • Overview
  • Background
  • Comparison of Biodegradable Materials
  • Pla
  • Pbat
  • Pha
  • Pbs
  • Price Estimates of Biodegradable Materials
  • Market Size Estimation and Forecast
  • Pla and Pbat
  • Polylactic Acid (Pla)
  • Polybutylene Adipate Terephthalate (Pbat)
  • Polyhydroxyalkanoates (Phas)
  • Background
  • Chemistry
  • Technology Details
  • Applications
  • Process
  • Properties
  • Biodegradability
  • Compostability
  • Recycling
  • Certification and Testing
  • Review of Recent Advancements: Biodegradability of Pha
  • Other Important Biodegradable Polyesters
  • Polycaprolactone (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
  • Mixtures of Starch and Biodegradable Polymers
  • Application of Thermoplastic Starch Polymers
  • Environmental Issues
  • Starch-Filled Polymer Composites
  • Market Size Estimation and Forecast
  • Other Types of Biodegradable Polymers
  • Protein-Based Plastics
  • Biodegradable Polymers from Soybeans
  • Genetically Modified (Gm) Biodegradable Polymers
  • Oxo-Biodegradable Plastics
Chapter 9 Market Breakdown by Application
  • Overview
  • Market Size Estimation and Forecast
  • Strategies of Key Players
  • Packaging
  • Background
  • Resin in Sustainable Packaging
  • Issues
  • Targeted Applications
  • Market Size Estimation and Forecast
  • Fibers/Fabrics
  • Overview
  • Nonwovens
  • Biodegradable Drug-Loaded Fibers
  • Market Size Estimation and Forecast
  • Agriculture
  • Overview
  • Positive Aspects: Biodegradable Agricultural Film
  • A Recent Update
  • 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
  • Types of Biodegradable Polymers: Medical Field
  • Packaging and Sterilization Implications
  • Degradation of Medical Plastics
  • Commercial Biodegradable Medical Devices
  • Market Size Estimation and Forecast
  • Food Service
  • Overview
  • Biodegradable Paper Coating
  • 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
  • Current Status of Auto Applications
  • Biomaterials in the Automotive Industry
  • Challenges and New Developments
  • Market Size Estimation and Forecast
  • Others
  • Overview
  • Market Size Estimation and Forecast
Chapter 10 Market Breakdown by Region
  • Overview
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Market Size Estimation and Forecast
  • Europe
  • Impact of 2022 Russia/Ukraine War on Plastics Market
  • Market Size Estimation and Forecast
  • North America
  • Market Size Estimation and Forecast
  • South America
  • Market Size Estimation and Forecast
  • Middle East and Africa (Mea)
  • Market Size Estimation and Forecast
Chapter 11 Competitive Landscape
  • Industry Structure and Overview
  • Key Drivers of the Global Market for Biodegradable Polymers
  • Global Biodegradable Polymer Producers
  • Production Capacity of Key Pla Players
  • Production Capacity of Pha
Chapter 12 Company Profiles
  • Basf
  • Bewisynbra Group
  • Biologische Naturverpackungen Gmgh & Co. Kg (Biotec)
  • Biome Bioplastics Ltd.
  • Biomer
  • Cereplast
  • Danimer Scientific
  • Fkur Kunststoff GmbH
  • Futerro
  • Galactic Sa
  • Huhtamaki Group
  • Mitsui Chemicals
  • Mitsubishi Chemical Corp.
  • Natureworks LLC
  • Novamont S.P.A.
  • Plantic Technologies Ltd.
  • Psm North America
  • Rodenburg Biopolymers B.V.
  • Teijin Ltd.
  • Tianan Biologic Material Co. Ltd.
  • Tianjin Greenbio Materials Co. Ltd.
  • Toray Industries Inc.
  • Total Corbion Pla Bv
  • Toyobo Co. Ltd.
  • Zhejiang Hisun Biomaterials Co. Ltd
Chapter 13 Appendix: Acronyms
List of Tables
Summary Table A: Global Market Volumes of Biodegradable Polymers, by Application, Through 2027
Summary Table B: Global Market for Biodegradable Polymers, by Application, Through 2027
Table 1: Key AS Standards Related to Biodegradable Polymers
Table 2: AS 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: Comparison of Biodegradable Materials
Table 8: Price Estimates: Biodegradable Materials, 2021
Table 9: Global Market Volumes of Biodegradable Polymers, by Chemical Type, Through 2027
Table 10: Global Market for Biodegradable Polymers, by Chemical Type, Through 2027
Table 11: Global Market Volumes of PLA and PBAT, by Region, Through 2027
Table 12: Global Market for PLA and PBAT, by Region, Through 2027
Table 13: Global Market Volumes of PHAs, by Region, Through 2027
Table 14: Global Market for PHAs, by Region, Through 2027
Table 15: Types of Products Made with Master-Bi
Table 16: Global Market Volumes of Starch-Based Biodegradable Polymers, by Region, Through 2027
Table 17: Global Starch-Based Market for Biodegradable Polymers, by Region, Through 2027
Table 18: Global Market Volumes of Biodegradable Polymers, by Application, Through 2027
Table 19: Global Market for Biodegradable Polymers, by Application, Through 2027
Table 20: Strategies Adopted by Key Players in Various Application Areas, 2022
Table 21: Global Market Volumes of Biodegradable Polymers in Packaging Applications, by Region, Through 2027
Table 22: Global Market for Biodegradable Polymers in Packaging Applications, by Region, Through 2027
Table 23: Global Market Volumes of Biodegradable Polymers in Fiber/Fabric Applications, by Region, Through 2027
Table 24: Global Market for Biodegradable Polymers in Fiber/Fabric Applications, by Region, Through 2027
Table 25: Global Market Volumes of Biodegradable Polymers in Agriculture Applications, by Region, Through 2027
Table 26: Global Market for Biodegradable Polymers in Agriculture Applications, by Region, Through 2027
Table 27: Global Market Volumes of Biodegradable Polymers in Medical Applications, by Region, Through 2027
Table 28: Global Market for Biodegradable Polymers in Medical Applications, by Region, Through 2027
Table 29: Fast-Moving Consumer Goods Companies and Bioplastics
Table 30: Global Market Volumes of Biodegradable Polymers in Food Service Applications, by Region, Through 2027
Table 31: Global Market for Biodegradable Polymers in Food Service Applications, by Region, Through 2027
Table 32: Global Market Volumes of Biodegradable Polymers in Electrical and Electronics Applications, by Region, Through 2027
Table 33: Global Market for Biodegradable Polymers in Electrical and Electronics Applications, by Region, Through 2027
Table 34: Global Market Volumes of Biodegradable Polymers in Automotive Applications, by Region, Through 2027
Table 35: Global Market Volumes of Biodegradable Polymers in Automotive Applications, by Region, Through 2027
Table 36: Global Market Volumes of Biodegradable Polymers in Other Applications, by Region, Through 2027
Table 37: Global Market for Biodegradable Polymers in Other Types of Applications, by Region, Through 2027
Table 38: Global Market Volumes of Biodegradable Polymers, by Region, Through 2027
Table 39: Global Market for Biodegradable Polymers, by Region, Through 2027
Table 40: Asia-Pacific Market Volumes of Biodegradable Polymers, by Country, Through 2027
Table 41: Asia-Pacific Market for Biodegradable Polymers, by Country, Through 2027
Table 42: Asia-Pacific Market Volumes of Biodegradable Polymers, by Chemical Type, Through 2027
Table 43: Asia-Pacific Market for Biodegradable Polymers, by Chemical Type, Through 2027
Table 44: Asia-Pacific Market Volumes of Biodegradable Polymers, by Application, Through 2027
Table 45: Asia-Pacific Market for Biodegradable Polymers, by Application, Through 2027
Table 46: European Market Volumes of Biodegradable Polymers, by Country, Through 2027
Table 47: European Market for Biodegradable Polymers, by Country, Through 2027
Table 48: European Market Volumes of Biodegradable Polymers, by Chemical Type, Through 2027
Table 49: European Market for Biodegradable Polymers, by Chemical Type, Through 2027
Table 50: European Market Volumes of Biodegradable Polymers, by Application, Through 2027
Table 51: European Market for Biodegradable Polymers, by Application, Through 2027b
Table 52: North American Market Volumes of Biodegradable Polymers, by Country, Through 2027
Table 53: North American Market for Biodegradable Polymers, by Country, Through 2027
Table 54: North American Market Volumes of Biodegradable Polymers, by Chemical Type, Through 2027
Table 55: North American Market for Biodegradable Polymers, by Chemical Type, Through 2027
Table 56: North American Market Volumes of Biodegradable Polymers, by Application, Through 2027
Table 57: North American Market for Biodegradable Polymers, by Application, Through 2027
Table 58: South American Market Volumes of Biodegradable Polymers, by Country, Through 2027
Table 59: South American Market for Biodegradable Polymers, by Country, Through 2027
Table 60: South American Market Volumes of Biodegradable Polymers, by Chemical Type, Through 2027
Table 61: South American Market for Biodegradable Polymers, by Chemical Type, Through 2027
Table 62: South American Market Volumes of Biodegradable Polymers, by Application, Through 2027
Table 63: South American Market for Biodegradable Polymers, by Application, Through 2027
Table 64: Middle East and African Market Volumes of Biodegradable Polymers, by Country, Through 2027
Table 65: Middle East and African Market for Biodegradable Polymers, by Country, Through 2027
Table 66: Middle East and African Market Volumes of Biodegradable Polymers, by Chemical Type, Through 2027
Table 67: Middle East and African Market for Biodegradable Polymers, by Chemical Type, Through 2027
Table 68: Middle East and African Market Volumes of Biodegradable Polymers, by Application, Through 2027
Table 69: Middle East and African Market for Biodegradable Polymers, by Application, Through 2027
Table 70: Key Global Biodegradable Polymers Manufacturers
Table 71: Key Global Polylactic Acid Manufacturers
Table 72: Key Global Polyester Biodegradable Polymer Manufacturers
Table 73: Key Global Starch-Based Biodegradable Polymer Manufacturers
Table 74: PLA Production Capacity of Key Manufacturers
Table 75: PHA Manufacturers by Major Companies
Table 76: Recent Developments in the Market for Biodegradable Polymers, 2020-2022
Table 77: BASF: Products Offered
Table 78: BASF: Recent Developments
Table 79: BEWiSynbra Group: Products Offered
Table 80: Biologische Naturverpackungen GMGH & Co. KG (BIOTEC): Products Offered
Table 81: Biome Bioplastics Ltd.: Products Offered
Table 82: Biomer: Products Offered
Table 83: Cereplast: Products Offered
Table 84: Danimer Scientific: Products Offered
Table 85: Danimer Scientific: Recent Developments
Table 86: FKuR Kunststoff GmbH: Products Offered
Table 87: FKuR Kunststoff GmbH: Recent Developments
Table 88: Futerro: Products Offered
Table 89: Futerro: Recent Developments
Table 90: Galactic SA: Products Offered
Table 91: Huhtamaki Group: Product Offered
Table 92: Mitsui Chemicals: Product Offered
Table 93: Mitsubishi Chemical Corp.: Product Offered
Table 94: NatureWorks: Products Offered
Table 95: NatureWorks: Recent Developments
Table 96: Novamont S.p.A.: Products Offered
Table 97: Novamont S.p.A.: Recent Developments
Table 98: Plantic Technologies Ltd.: Products Offered
Table 99: PSM North America: Products Offered
Table 100: Rodenburg Biopolymers B.V. Products Offered
Table 101: Teijin Ltd.: Products Offered
Table 102: Tianan Biologic Material Co. Ltd.: Products Offered
Table 103: Tianjin Guoyun Bio-Materials Co. Ltd.: Products Offered
Table 104: Toray Industries Inc.: Products Offered
Table 105: Toray Industries Inc.: Recent Developments
Table 106: Total Corbion PLA bv: Products Offered
Table 107: Corbion: Recent Developments
Table 108: Toyobo Co. Ltd.: Products Offered
Table 109: Zhejiang Hisun Biomaterials Co. Ltd.: Products Offered
List of Figures
Summary Figure: Global Market for Biodegradable Polymers, by Application, 2021-2027
Figure 1: Categories of Biodegradable Polymers
Figure 2: Biomass Segments
Figure 3: Global Market Volume Shares of Biodegradable Polymers, by Chemical Type, 2021
Figure 4: Global Market for PLA and PBAT Biodegradable Polymers, by Region, 2021-2027
Figure 5: Global Market for PHAs, by Region, 2021-2027
Figure 6: Global Market for Starch-Based Biodegradable Polymers, by Region, 2021-2027
Figure 7: Global Market Shares of Biodegradable Polymers, by Application, 2021
Figure 8: Global Market for Biodegradable Polymers in Packaging Applications, by Region, 2021-2027
Figure 9: Global Market for Biodegradable Polymers in Fiber/Fabric Applications, by Region, 2021-2027
Figure 10: Global Market for Biodegradable Polymers in Agriculture Applications, by Region, 2021-2027
Figure 11: Global Market for Biodegradable Polymers in Medical Applications, by Region, 2021-2027
Figure 12: Global Market for Biodegradable Polymers in Food Service, by Region, 2021-2027
Figure 13: Global Market for Biodegradable Polymers in Electrical and Electronics Applications, by Region, 2021-2027
Figure 14: Global Market for Biodegradable Polymers in Automotive Applications, by Region, 2021-2027
Figure 15: Global Market for Biodegradable Polymers in Other Types of Applications, by Region, 2021-2027
Figure 16: Global Market Shares of Biodegradable Polymers, by Region, 2021
Figure 17: Asia-Pacific Market Volumes Shares of Biodegradable Polymers, by Country, 2021
Figure 18: Asia-Pacific Market Volumes Shares of Biodegradable Polymers, by Chemical Type, 2021
Figure 19: Asia-Pacific Market Volumes Shares of Biodegradable Polymers, by Application, 2021
Figure 20: European Market Volumes Shares of Biodegradable Polymers, by Country, 2021
Figure 21: European Market Volumes Shares of Biodegradable Polymers, by Chemical Type, 2021
Figure 22: European Market Volume Shares of Biodegradable Polymers, by Application, 2021
Figure 23: North American Market Volume Shares of Biodegradable Polymers, by Country, 2021
Figure 24: North American Market Volume Shares of Biodegradable Polymers, by Chemical Type, 2021
Figure 25: North American Market Volume Shares of Biodegradable Polymers, by Application, 2021
Figure 26: South American Market Volume Shares of Biodegradable Polymers, by Country, 2021
Figure 27: South American Market Volume Shares of Biodegradable Polymers, by Chemical Type, 2021
Figure 28: South American Market Volume Shares of Biodegradable Polymers, by Application, 2021
Figure 29: Middle East and African Market Shares of Biodegradable Polymers, by Country, 2021
Figure 30: Middle East and African Market Shares of Biodegradable Polymers, by Chemical Type, 2021
Figure 31: Middle East and African Market Shares of Biodegradable Polymers, by Application, 2021

Executive Summary

In the last decade, public and government awareness of more sustainable products has grown significantly, directing future research into the next generation of materials and processes. Researchers, investors and policymakers can better evaluate the prospects for biodegradable polymers and grasp the changing characteristics by following the evolving trends of these emerging technologies. Poly(lactic acid) (PLA), poly(hydroxyalkanoates) (PHAs), poly(butylene succinate) (PBS) and poly(butylene adipateco- terephthalate) are the focus of this study to analyze the current research environment and forecast future development trends. The investigation drew the following conclusions:
Both academia and industry pay close attention to PLA.
PLA is currently the most promising technology in terms of technological maturity and strength.

PHAs, PBAT and PBS are all unclear technologies with relatively modest development potential. Biodegradable polymers are possible solutions to some environmental and economic problems. This is the most rapidly expanding bio-based product category. Several countries have taken steps to raise awareness about the use of biodegradable polymers. According to the EU’s Plastics Strategy, all plastic packaging on the market after 2030 will be created from renewable raw materials and recycled using existing recycling infrastructure. China is embracing the trend and will increase production capacity to promote biodegradable polymers in packaging. These changes also foster bio-based alternatives and
bio-economies that are more inventive.

The global market for biodegradable polymers is expected to grow because of its high demand in a broad range of end-use industries across the globe. Biodegradable polymers have been commercially available for several years and it is still considered very early in the product life cycle. This market faces several major problems: relatively high prices and the lack of infrastructure for effective composting. The resolution of these factors is critical to biodegradable polymer market success.

The biodegradable polymer market is expected to continue high growth over the next five years dominated by packaging and followed by fibers/fabrics. Most of the remaining applications for biodegradable polymers will have considerable growth rates, partly because of low market numbers. The fibers/fabrics and agriculture markets will experience substantial growth, especially for hygiene and agricultural end-uses (mulching films, etc.).

The increasing use of biodegradable products, due to strict laws prohibiting the use of conventional plastic and growing awareness among the public of ill effects, boosts market growth. Demand is increasing due increased use of biodegradable materials as a result of stringent government regulations banning the use of synthetic plastics and the public perception of negative effects.

Companies Mentioned

  • Basf
  • Bewisynbra Group
  • Biologische Naturverpackungen Gmgh & Co. Kg (Biotec)
  • Biome Bioplastics Ltd.
  • Biomer
  • Cereplast
  • Danimer Scientific
  • Fkur Kunststoff GmbH
  • Futerro
  • Galactic Sa
  • Huhtamaki Group
  • Mitsui Chemicals
  • Mitsubishi Chemical Corp.
  • Natureworks LLC
  • Novamont S.P.A.
  • Plantic Technologies Ltd.
  • Psm North America
  • Rodenburg Biopolymers B.V.
  • Teijin Ltd.
  • Tianan Biologic Material Co. Ltd.
  • Tianjin Greenbio Materials Co. Ltd.
  • Toray Industries Inc.
  • Total Corbion Pla Bv
  • Toyobo Co. Ltd.
  • Zhejiang Hisun Biomaterials Co. Ltd.