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Biopolymer Market Forecasts and Growth Trends to 2015 – Starch – based Polymers Driving the Growth
February 3, 2012

GBI Research’s report, “Biopolymer Market Forecasts and Growth Trends to 2015 – Starch – based Polymers Driving the Growth” provides an in-depth analysis of the global biopolymer industry. The research presents detailed analysis and forecasts of the major economic and market trends affecting the biopolymer markets in major regions of the world. The report contains detailed analysis of four major biopolymer types, namely, starch-based, PLA, PHA and soy-based polymers. The report contains demand analysis and forecasts, drivers and restraints, end use analysis by markets and forecasts, end use analysis by applications and market share analysis of the major producers for biopolymers. Overall, the report presents a comprehensive analysis of the global biopolymers market covering all the major parameters.

The demand for biopolymer is highest in North America. The US is driving majority of the demand for biopolymers in the world. The North American demand by volume for biopolymers in 2009 was nearly 45% of the global biopolymer demand.

The packaging market is the oldest market for biopolymers. The biodegradability and the bio-based raw materials make it a perfect choice for packaging. It is estimated to hold a revenue share of 53.2% in 2009. However the other markets such as automotive, medical and electrical & electronics applications are also growing at a higher rate.

Report Highlights

GBI Research’s new report, “Global Biopolymer Market Forecasts and Growth Trends to 2015-Starch-based Polymers Driving the Growth”, provides an in-depth analysis of the global biopolymer industry. The research presents detailed analysis and forecasts of the major economic and market trends affecting the biopolymer markets in major regions of the world. The report contains detailed analysis of the four major polymer types, namely, starch-based, PLA, PHA and soy-based polymers. The report contains demand analysis and forecasts, drivers and restraints, end use analysis by markets and forecasts, end use analysis by applications and market share analysis of the major producers for biopolymers. Overall, the report presents a comprehensive analysis of the global polycarbonate market covering all the major parameters.

The Global Biopolymers Market is Poised for a High Growth in the Forecast Period

The global biopolymers market is set to witness a robust growth due to the increasing concern about environment. The biopolymers market is on a growth track because of the awareness of people towards greener products and significant decline in the prices. This has led to the growth of several underdeveloped polymers such as Poly (Hydroxy Alkanoates) (PHA) and soy-based polymers. Even the, considerably developed market segments such as starch-based and Poly(Lactic Acid) (PLA) are poised for higher growth due to the increasing demand and the technological advancement made in terms of its production and enhancing properties. The total global biopolymers market by volumes is set to grow at a CAGR of 27.3% from 2009 to 2015 to reach 2,680,590 tons.

Biopolymers Demand, Global, Forecasts (Tons), 2005-2015

Source: GBI Research

Packaging Market is the Largest Market for Biopolymers

The packaging market is the oldest market for biopolymers. The biodegradability and the bio-based raw materials make it a perfect choice for packaging. It is estimated to hold a revenue share of 53.2% in 2009. However, with the other markets such as automotive, medical and electrical & electronics applications are also growing at a higher rate. This will lead to the packaging market losing its volume share in the forecast period between 2009 and 2015.

Biopolymers Market, Global, Share Analysis by End Use Markets, %, 2009

Source: GBI Research

Starch-based Polymer is the Leading Polymer Type of Biopolymers Market

Starch-based polymers are comparatively old and were developed for many of the packaging applications. This market has developed considerably and has gone beyond the introduction phase, it is about to attain maturity in the product life cycle. It held a volume share of 39.6% in global biopolymers demand in 2009.

North America Leads the Biopolymers Market in Terms of Volume Consumption

The North American region is a well developed market for the biopolymers with the largest commercial producer from that region. Even the soy-based polymer which is relatively new is considerably developed in this region accounting for its leading position in the market. However, in the forecast period this region is set to lag behind the other regions in terms of growth.

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