The global push for bio-plastics, hastened by government policies, and to a lesser extent consumer demand will drive greater consumption of Poly (lactic acid) (PLA).
Poly (lactic acid) (PLA) exists in the form of polymers that are biodegradable polyesters obtained from lactic acid (LA) or 2-hydroxy propionic acid, typically obtained from agricultural crops such as maize, potatoes, and cassava through bacterial fermentation of carbohydrates. It is one of the most commercially successful bio-plastics (at least among the rigid ones) due to its good processability and mechanical properties.
It is also rigid, transparent, glossy and compostable in industrial composting plants. Global production capacities in 2020 was around 335,000 tons with further growth anticipated over the next few years, as this currently is not adequate to meet market demand.
Report contents include:
- Current market conditions, players, end user markets, trends and future outlook.
- Market challenges for wider adoption of PLA.
- Analysis of market growth and expansion plans in China.
- Global production capacities and consumptions, by market.
- Future market prospects (>million tons).
- 41 companies profiled including NatureWorks, Total Corbion PLA JV, Anhui BBCA Biotechnology Co., Ltd, Zhejiang Hisun Biomaterials Co., Ltd, Shandong Tongbang New Material Technology Co., Ltd. and many more.
1 Executive Summary
1.1 Market trends
1.2 Global production to 2030
1.3 Main producers and global production capacities
1.3.1 Bioplastic producers
1.3.2 By biobased and sustainable plastic type
1.3.3 By region
1.4 Global demand for biobased and sustainable plastics 2020, by market
1.5 Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the bioplastics market and future demand
1.6 Challenges for the biobased and sustainable plastics market
2 Research Methodology
3 The Global Plastics Market
3.1 Global production
3.2 The importance of plastic
3.3 Issues with plastics use
3.4 Bio-based or renewable plastics
3.4.1 Drop-in bio-based plastics
3.4.2 Novel bio-based plastics
3.5 Biodegradable and compostable plastics
3.6 Advantages and disadvantages
3.7 Types of Bio-based and/or Biodegradable Plastics
4 Polylactic Acid (Bio-PLA) Raw Materials
4.1 Lactic acid (D-LA)
4.2 Lactic acid - L-lactic acid (L-LA)
4.5 Polylactic acid properties
4.5.1 Mechanical properties
4.5.2 Thermal properties
4.5.3 Other physical properties
5 Polylactic Acid (Bio-PLA) Market
5.1 Polylactic acid (Bio-PLA) market analysis
5.1.1 Production and consumption
22.214.171.124 Producers and production capacities
126.96.36.199 Planned capacity expansions
5.1.2 End user market consumption of PLA to 2031
188.8.131.52 Medical and pharmaceutical
6 Bio-Polylactic Acid (PLA) Company Profiles (41 company profiles)
List of Tables
Table 1. Market drivers and trends in biobased and sustainable plastics.
Table 2. Global production capacities of biobased and sustainable plastics 2018-2030, in 1,000 tons.
Table 3. Global bioplastic production capacities, by producers.
Table 4. Global production capacities of biobased and sustainable plastics 2019-2030, by type, in 1,000 tons.
Table 5. Global production capacities of biobased and sustainable plastics 2019-2025, by region, tons.
Table 6. Issues related to the use of plastics.
Table 7. Type of biodegradation.
Table 8. Advantages and disadvantages of biobased plastics compared to conventional plastics.
Table 9. Types of Bio-based and/or Biodegradable Plastics, applications.
Table 10. Mechanical properties for high molecular weight PLA.
Table 11. Thermal properties of PLA.
Table 12. Polylactic acid (PLA) market analysis.
Table 13. Lactic acid producers and production capacities.
Table 14. PLA producers and production capacities.
Table 15. End users market for PLA.
Table 16. Global production demand for PLA by market, 2019-2031, in 1,000 tons.
List of Figures
Figure 1. Total global production capacities for biobased and sustainable plastics, all types, 000 tons.
Figure 2. Global production capacities of bioplastics 2018-2030, in 1,000 tons by biodegradable/non-biodegradable types.
Figure 3. Global production capacities of biobased and sustainable plastics in 2019-2030, by type, in 1,000 tons.
Figure 4. Global production capacities of bioplastics in 2019-2025, by type.
Figure 5. Global production capacities of bioplastics in 2030, by type.
Figure 6. Global production capacities of biobased and sustainable plastics 2020.
Figure 7. Global production capacities of biobased and sustainable plastics 2025.
Figure 8. Current and future applications of biobased and sustainable plastics.
Figure 9. Global demand for biobased and sustainable plastics by end user market, 2020.
Figure 10. Global production capacities for biobased and sustainable plastics by end user market 2019-2030, tons.
Figure 11. Challenges for the biobased and sustainable plastics market.
Figure 12. Global plastics production 1950-2018, millions of tons.
Figure 13. Coca-Cola PlantBottle®.
Figure 14. Interrelationship between conventional, bio-based and biodegradable plastics.
Figure 15. L-lactic acid (L-LA) production capacities, 2018-2025 (tons).
Figure 16. Lactide production capacities, 2018-2025 (tons).
Figure 17. Poly (lactic acid) prices.
Figure 18. Global production demand for PLA by market, 2019-2031, in 1,000 tons.
Figure 19. Bio-PA rear bumper stay.
Figure 20. Cutlery samples (spoon, knife, fork) made of nano cellulose and biodegradable plastic composite materials.
Figure 21. Nippon Paper Industries’ adult diapers.
Figure 22. Corbion FDCA production process.
A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:
- Anhui BBCA Biotechnology Co., Ltd
- Shandong Tongbang New Material Technology Co., Ltd.
- Total Corbion PLA JV
- Zhejiang Hisun Biomaterials Co., Ltd