Bioplastics: Technologies and Global Markets
Bioplastics will grow at a significant pace over the next 5 years. The total worldwide use of bioplastics is valued at 571,712 metric tons in 2010. This usage is expected to grow at a 41.4% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2010 through 2015, to reach 3,230,660 metric tons in 2015.
By 2010, ready access to crops such as soybeans, corn, and sugarcane moved the United States strongly into bioplastics. North American usage is estimated at 258,180 metric tons in 2010 and is expected to increase at a 41.4% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) to reach 1,459,040 metric tons in 2015.
Use of bioplastics got off to a faster start in Europe than in the United States. European usage is now reported at 175,320 metric tons in 2010 and is expected to increase at a 33.9% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) to reach 753,760 metric tons in 2015.
- Identifying trends that will affect use of bioplastics and their major end-use application markets
- Reviewing, analyzing, and forecasting specific end markets for bioplastics by material types, with sections devoted to each type of renewable-sourced plastic
- Analyzing and forecasting market developments from the viewpoint of major applications for bioplastics, that is, packaging, automotive, electrical/electronic, medical, building, and construction and others
- Profiling many of the most important suppliers of bioplastics, including resin roducers and compounders
- Personnel in end-user companies in a wide range of industries from retail bags to solar cell manufacturing
- Marketing and management personnel in companies that produce, market, and sell any type of plastics
- Companies involved in the design and construction of process plants that manufacture resins and products made from the resins
- Companies that supply, or want to supply, equipment and services to plastics companies
- Financial institutions that supply money for such facilities and systems, including banks, merchant bankers, venture capitalists, and others
- Investors in both equity and fixed-income markets; the fate of the plastics very much weighs on the values of the publicly traded stocks of companies such as Eastman, Bayer, DSM, and DuPont
- Personnel in government at many levels, ranging from federal to state and local authorities, many of whom are involved in trying to ensure public health and safety; the report also will be of interest to military scientists studying new packaging and equipment.
- Polylactic acid
- Thermoplastic starch
- Bio-polyamides (nylons)
- Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA)
- Bio- polytrimethylene terephthalate (PTT)
- Bio-bottle-grade polyethylene terephthalate (PET)
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