According to the new market research report, “Bioplastics & Biopolymers Market by Type (Non-Biodegradable/Bio-Based, Biodegradable), End-Use Industry (Packaging, Consumer Goods, Automotive & Transportation, Textiles, Agriculture & Horticulture), Region – Global Forecast to 2026″, global bioplastics & biopolymers market size is projected to grow from USD 10.7 billion in 2021 to USD 29.7 billion by 2026, at a CAGR of 22.7% between 2021 and 2026. Bioplastics are plastics derived from renewable sources such as corn, potatoes, rice, soy, sugarcane, wheat, and vegetable oil, while biopolymers are naturally occurring polymers. A bioplastic may or may not be biodegradable. Bioplastics are mainly segmented into biodegradable and non-biodegradable plastics for various applications in the packaging, consumer goods, automotive & transportation, agriculture & horticulture, medical, and other end-use industries.
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Biodegradable bioplastics & biopolymers type will account for the major share of the market in terms of value
Biodegradable are the largest type segment in terms of value during the forecast period. Biodegradable polymers are high molecular weight compounds that decompose naturally in the environment through bacteria and other microorganisms during a span of time. The process produces natural byproducts, such as biomass, water, gases, and inorganic salts. Biodegradable polymers are made from renewable sources such as corn oil, starch, orange peels, and plant materials and deteriorate into natural by-products. The growing concerns related to environmental pollution and non-renewable finite petroleum resources are leading to the increasing use of biodegradable bioplastics & biopolymers.
In terms of value, the packaging segment is projected to account for the largest share of the bioplastics & biopolymers market, by end-use industry, during the forecast period.
Packaging is one of the end-use industries that dominates the bioplastics & biopolymers market. Bioplastics, and especially biodegradable bioplastics, have increasing demand to replace conventional plastics to address environmental concerns. The use of bioplastics is increasing in applications such as bottles, films, clamshell cartons, waste collection bags, carrier bags, mulch films, and food service ware.
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The global bioplastics & biopolymers market size is projected to reach USD 29.7 billion by 2026 growing at a CAGR of 22.7% from 2021 to 2026. The increasing demand for bioplastics & biopolymers material in various end-use segments coupled with stringent regulatory and sustainability mandates concerning healthcare safety is driving the market for bioplastics & biopolymers.
The increase in demand for bioplastics & biopolymers and the growing industrial development in the emerging economies, such as APAC and South America, are driving the market. The key players in this market are NatureWorks (US), Braskem (Brazil), BASF (Germany), Total Corbion (Netherlands), Novamont (Italy), Biome Bioplastics (UK), Mitsubishi Chemical Holding Corporation (Japan), Biotec (Germany), Toray Industries (Japan), and Plantic Technologies (Australia). These players have adopted various strategies such as investment & expansion, merger & acquisition, partnership & agreement, and new product launch in order to strengthen their market position. For instance, in April 2021, NatureWorks announced a new strategic partnership with IMA Coffee, which is a market leader in coffee handling processing and packaging. This partnership aims at increasing the market reach for high-performing compostable K-cup in North America.
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NatureWorks is jointly owned by PTT Global Chemical (Thailand) and Cargill (US). It manufactures biopolymers derived from renewable resources, such as corn, starch, and vegetable oils. It is among the leading advanced material companies and offers a broad portfolio of renewably sourced polymers and chemicals for the packaging and chemical industries. The company offers Ingeo Biopolymer, which is used in 3D printing, beauty and household, building & construction, food & beverage packaging, medical & hygiene, and other applications. It also offers PLA-based biopolymer performance material designed for use in fresh food packaging and food service ware applications. NatureWorks operates in North America, Europe, and APAC, with manufacturing facilities in the US.
Braskem was founded in 2002, with the consolidation of six companies, namely, Copene, OPP, Trikem, Proppet, Nitrocarbono, and Polialden. The company operates in the chemical and petrochemical industry and thus, plays an important role in other production chains that are essential to economic development. The company produces polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP) and polyvinylchloride (PVC) resins, in addition to basic chemical inputs such as ethylene, propylene, butadiene, benzene, toluene, chlorine, soda, and solvents, among others. The company offers bioplastics through its biopolymers segment. Braskem is the first company that started to produce on a world scale unit BIO- PE which is made out of sugarcane. The company produces 16 million metric tons per year of thermoplastic resins and other chemical products. It exports the products to clients in approximately 100 countries and operates 41 industrial units, which are located in Brazil, the US, Germany, and Mexico as well as 16 regional offices in other countries to provide integrated solutions for clients. the latter in partnership with the Mexican company, Idesa.
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