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Global Biodegradable Polymers Market: By Type: Starch-based Plastics, Polylactic Acid (PLA), Polyhydroxy Alkanoates (PHA), Polyesters (PBS, PBAT, and PCL), Others; By Distribution Channel; Regional Analysis; Historical Market and Forecast (2017-2027); Market Dynamics; Competitive Landscape; Industry Events and Developments

Global Biodegradable Polymers Market Outlook

The global biodegradable polymers market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 21.1% during the period 2022-2027. The market is likely to be driven by increased interest in biodegradable materials for use in sectors such as packaging, agriculture, and medicine. Organizations are engaged in modifying conventional materials to make them more user-friendly, and designing new polymer composites out of naturally occurring materials. While several biological materials may be used to form biodegradable polymer material, starch and fibre extracted from different types of plants are more commonly used. North America, Europe and Asia are expected to be key markets.

 

Global Market Likely to be Driven by Applications Across Sectors and the Potential to Contribute Towards a Sustainable Industry

Biodegradable polymers are commonly known as biopolymers, and are generally derived from different natural sources. Plastics such as PLA, PHA, and starch are generally used biopolymers with less damage to the environment. Biodegradability is a feature of polymers independent of their origin, and may be changed by making alterations at the molecular level. For example, some polymers are produced from petroleum feedstock, but are biodegradable. Biopolymers from renewable feedstock are the most plentiful and commonly available biopolymers.

Synthetic biopolymers are polymers modified from natural polymers or chemically synthesized from synthetic monomers such that they may undergo natural degradation, without leaving remains harmful to the environment. Through the use of technology, synthetic biopolymers may be formed, such as polycaprolactone (PCL), polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH), polylactic acid (PLA), polyglycolic acid (PGA), and polybutylene succinate (PBS). Advantages of synthetic biopolymers include the potential to set up a sustainable industry and improvement in properties like high gloss, durability, clarity, flexibility, and tensile strength. These advantages are expected to contribute to growth of global biodegradable polymers market.

Biopolymers may be classified under categories explained below:

Sugar-based biopolymers – These are the most common and widely studied biopolymers with significant potential in multiple applications. It is also known as polylactic acid (PLA). PLA is extracted from any fermentable sugar; however, corn forms the major source as it is among cheaper and easily available sugars across the globe. Sugarcane, cassava, tapioca root sugar beet pulp are other alternatives.

Starch-based biopolymers – Starch, a biopolymer and form of carbohydrate, is widely available in plant tissue. It is may be extracted from a variety of sources, including tapioca, potatoes, corn, and wheat.

Cellulose-based biopolymers – Cellulose is abundantly found in the plant cell walls. Glucose is the key constituent of cellulose.   Cellulose may be employed either as filler or plasticizer in other biopolymers to enhance properties.

Applications of biodegradable polymers include collection bags for green waste, agricultural films, disposable items, flower containers, wrapping plastics, razors, bottles, sanitary products, sport clothes, conditioning and packaging, agricultural films, etc.

 

Applications of Biodegradable Polymers in Sectors Including Medical, Automotive, Electronics, and Construction are Expected to Contribute to Growth of Global Biodegradable Polymers Market

Biodegradable polymers are used in surgical implants employed in vascular or orthopaedic surgery and plain membranes. Biodegradable polyesters are extensively employed as porous structure in tissue engineering owing to their good strength and an adjustable degradation speed. Further, biodegradable polymers are employed as implantable matrices for controlled release of drugs within the body or as absorbable sutures.

In the automotive sector, PLA is mixed with fibres of kenaf to replace panels of car doors and dashboards. Starch-based polymers are employed as additive in tyre manufacturing; it decreases resistance to movement, fuel consumption and fine greenhouse gas emissions.

PLA and kenaf are also employed as composite in electronics applications.

In construction, PLA fibre is used for padding and carpet stone paving.

Certain items such as fishing hooks and biodegradable golf tees (Vegeplast, France) are starch based. PLA fibre is used to manufacture sports clothing.

Due to its function as an absorbent for heavy and radioactive metals, Chitin is used in wastewater treatment.

Aliphatic polyesters such as PLA, PBS, PCL and their copolymers are employed as biodegradable plastics to manufacture disposable consumer products, including disposable food service items (disposable cutlery and plates), diapers, cotton stalk, sanitary products, etc.

 

Market Segmentation

By type, the market is segmented into:

  • Starch-based Plastics
  • Polylactic Acid (PLA)
  • Polyhydroxy Alkanoates (PHA)
  • Polyesters (PBS, PBAT, and PCL)
  • Cellulose Derivatives

By distribution channel, the market is divided into:

  • Agriculture
  • Healthcare
  • Textile
  • Packaging
  • Consumer Electronics
  • Others

By region, the market is classified into:

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
  • Middle East and Africa

 

Key Industry Players in the Global Biodegradable Polymers Market

The report presents a detailed analysis of the following key players in the market, looking into their capacity, and latest developments like capacity expansions, plant turnarounds, and mergers and acquisitions:

  • BASF SE
  • NatureWorks LLC
  • Novamont SpA
  • Total Corbion PLA
  • Rodenburg Biopolymers
  • Biome Bioplastics Limited
  • Others

The EMR report gives an in-depth insight into the industry by providing a SWOT analysis as well as an analysis of Porter’s Five Forces model.

 

Key Highlights of the Report

REPORT FEATURES DETAILS
Base Year 2021
Historical Period 2017-2021
Forecast Period 2022-2027
Scope of the Report

Historical and Forecast Trends, Industry Drivers and Constraints, Historical and Forecast Market Analysis by Segment:

  • Type
  • Distribution Channel
Breakup by Type
  • Starch-based Plastics
  • Polylactic Acid (PLA)
  • Polyhydroxy Alkanoates (PHA)
  • Polyesters (PBS, PBAT, and PCL)
  • Cellulose Derivatives
Breakup by Distribution Channel
  • Agriculture
  • Healthcare
  • Textile
  • Packaging
  • Consumer Electronics
  • Others
Breakup by Region
  • North America
    • United States of America 
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • United Kingdom
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • Others
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • ASEAN
    • Australia
    • Others
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Argentina
    • Mexico
    • Others
  • Middle East and Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Nigeria
    • South Africa
    • Others
Market Dynamics
  • SWOT
  • Porter's Five Forces
  • Key Indicators for Demand
  • Key Indicators for Price
Competitive Landscape
  • Market Structure
  • Company Profiles
    • Company Overview
    • Product Portfolio
    • Demographic Reach and Achievements
    • Certifications
Companies Covered
  • BASF SE
  • NatureWorks LLC
  • Novamont SpA
  • Total Corbion PLA
  • Rodenburg Biopolymers
  • Biome Bioplastics Limited
  • Others
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1    Preface
2    Report Coverage – Key Segmentation and Scope
3    Report Description

    3.1    Market Definition and Outlook
    3.2    Properties and Application
    3.3    Market Analysis
    3.4    Key Players
4    Key Assumptions
5    Executive Summary

    5.1    Overview
    5.2    Key Drivers
    5.3    Key Developments
    5.4    Competitive Structure
    5.5    Key Industrial Trends
6    Market Snapshot
    6.1    Global
    6.2    Regional
7    Industry Opportunities and Challenges
8    Global Biodegradable Polymers Market Analysis

    8.1    Key Industry Highlights
    8.2    Global Biodegradable Polymers Historical Market (2017-2021) 
    8.3    Global Biodegradable Polymers Market Forecast (2022-2027)
    8.4    Global Biodegradable Polymers Market by Type
        8.4.1    Starch-based Plastics
            8.4.1.1    Market Share
            8.4.1.2    Historical Trend (2017-2021)
            8.4.1.3    Forecast Trend (2022-2027)
        8.4.2    Polylactic Acid (PLA)
            8.4.2.1    Market Share
            8.4.2.2    Historical Trend (2017-2021)
            8.4.2.3    Forecast Trend (2022-2027)
        8.4.3    Polyhydroxy Alkanoates (PHA)
            8.4.3.1    Market Share
            8.4.3.2    Historical Trend (2017-2021)
            8.4.3.3    Forecast Trend (2022-2027)
        8.4.4    Polyesters (PBS, PBAT, and PCL)
            8.4.4.1    Market Share
            8.4.4.2    Historical Trend (2017-2021)
            8.4.4.3    Forecast Trend (2022-2027)
        8.4.5    Cellulose Derivatives
            8.4.5.1    Market Share
            8.4.5.2    Historical Trend (2017-2021)
            8.4.5.3    Forecast Trend (2022-2027)
    8.5    Global Biodegradable Polymers Market by Distribution Channel
        8.5.1    Agriculture
            8.5.1.1    Market Share
            8.5.1.2    Historical Trend (2017-2021)
            8.5.1.3    Forecast Trend (2022-2027)
        8.5.2    Healthcare
            8.5.2.1    Market Share
            8.5.2.2    Historical Trend (2017-2021)
            8.5.2.3    Forecast Trend (2022-2027)
        8.5.3    Textile
            8.5.3.1    Market Share
            8.5.3.2    Historical Trend (2017-2021)
            8.5.3.3    Forecast Trend (2022-2027)
        8.5.4    Packaging
            8.5.4.1    Market Share
            8.5.4.2    Historical Trend (2017-2021)
            8.5.4.3    Forecast Trend (2022-2027)
        8.5.5    Consumer Electronics
            8.5.5.1    Market Share
            8.5.5.2    Historical Trend (2017-2021)
            8.5.5.3    Forecast Trend (2022-2027)
        8.5.6    Others
    8.6    Global Biodegradable Polymers Market by Region
        8.6.1    Market Share
            8.6.1.1    North America
            8.6.1.2    Europe
            8.6.1.3    Asia Pacific
            8.6.1.4    Latin America
            8.6.1.5    Middle East and Africa
9    Regional Analysis
    9.1    North America
        9.1.1    Historical Trend (2017-2021)
        9.1.2    Forecast Trend (2022-2027)
        9.1.3    Breakup by Country
            9.1.3.1    United States of America 
            9.1.3.2    Canada
    9.2    Europe
        9.2.1    Historical Trend (2017-2021)
        9.2.2    Forecast Trend (2022-2027)
        9.2.3    Breakup by Country 
            9.2.3.1    United Kingdom
            9.2.3.2    Germany
            9.2.3.3    France
            9.2.3.4    Italy
            9.2.3.5    Others
    9.3    Asia Pacific
        9.3.1    Historical Trend (2017-2021)
        9.3.2    Forecast Trend (2022-2027)
        9.3.3    Breakup by Country
            9.3.3.1    China
            9.3.3.2    Japan
            9.3.3.3    India
            9.3.3.4    ASEAN
            9.3.3.5    Australia
            9.3.3.6    Others
    9.4    Latin America
        9.4.1    Historical Trend (2017-2021)
        9.4.2    Forecast Trend (2022-2027)
        9.4.3    Breakup by Country
            9.4.3.1    Brazil
            9.4.3.2    Argentina
            9.4.3.3    Mexico
            9.4.3.4    Others
    9.5    Middle East and Africa
        9.5.1    Historical Trend (2017-2021)
        9.5.2    Forecast Trend (2022-2027)
        9.5.3    Breakup by Country
            9.5.3.1    Saudi Arabia
            9.5.3.2    United Arab Emirates
            9.5.3.3    Nigeria
            9.5.3.4    South Africa
            9.5.3.5    Others
10    Market Dynamics
    10.1    SWOT Analysis
        10.1.1    Strengths
        10.1.2    Weaknesses
        10.1.3    Opportunities
        10.1.4    Threats
    10.2    Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
        10.2.1    Supplier’s Power
        10.2.2    Buyer’s Power
        10.2.3    Threat of New Entrants
        10.2.4    Degree of Rivalry
        10.2.5    Threat of Substitutes
    10.3    Key Indicators for Demand
    10.4    Key Indicators for Price
11    Value Chain Analysis
12    Competitive Landscape

    12.1    Market Structure
    12.2    Company Profiles
        12.2.1    BASF SE
            12.2.1.1    Company Overview
            12.2.1.2    Product Portfolio
            12.2.1.3    Demographic Reach and Achievements
            12.2.1.4    Certifications
        12.2.2    NatureWorks LLC
            12.2.2.1    Company Overview
            12.2.2.2    Product Portfolio
            12.2.2.3    Demographic Reach and Achievements
            12.2.2.4    Certifications
        12.2.3    Novamont SpA
            12.2.3.1    Company Overview
            12.2.3.2    Product Portfolio
            12.2.3.3    Demographic Reach and Achievements
            12.2.3.4    Certifications
        12.2.4    Total Corbion PLA
            12.2.4.1    Company Overview
            12.2.4.2    Product Portfolio
            12.2.4.3    Demographic Reach and Achievements
            12.2.4.4    Certifications
        12.2.5    Rodenburg Biopolymers
            12.2.5.1    Company Overview
            12.2.5.2    Product Portfolio
            12.2.5.3    Demographic Reach and Achievements
            12.2.5.4    Certifications
        12.2.6    Biome Bioplastics Limited
            12.2.6.1    Company Overview
            12.2.6.2    Product Portfolio
            12.2.6.3    Demographic Reach and Achievements
            12.2.6.4    Certifications
        12.2.7    Others
13    Industry Events and Developments

 

List of Figures and Tables

1.    Global Biodegradable Polymers Market: Key Industry Highlights, 2017 and 2027
2.    Global Biodegradable Polymers Historical Market: Breakup by Type (USD Million), 2017-2021
3.    Global Biodegradable Polymers Market Forecast: Breakup by Type (USD Million), 2022-2027
4.    Global Biodegradable Polymers Historical Market: Breakup by Distribution Channels (USD Million), 2017-2021
5.    Global Biodegradable Polymers Market Forecast: Breakup by Distribution Channels (USD Million), 2022-2027
6.    Global Biodegradable Polymers Historical Market: Breakup by Region (USD Million), 2017-2021
7.    Global Biodegradable Polymers Market Forecast: Breakup by Region (USD Million), 2022-2027
8.    North America Biodegradable Polymers Historical Market: Breakup by Country (USD Million), 2017-2021
9.    North America Biodegradable Polymers Market Forecast: Breakup by Country (USD Million), 2022-2027
10.    Europe Biodegradable Polymers Historical Market: Breakup by Country (USD Million), 2017-2021
11.    Europe Biodegradable Polymers Market Forecast: Breakup by Country (USD Million), 2022-2027
12.    Asia Pacific Biodegradable Polymers Historical Market: Breakup by Country (USD Million), 2017-2021
13.    Asia Pacific Biodegradable Polymers Market Forecast: Breakup by Country (USD Million), 2022-2027
14.    Latin America Biodegradable Polymers Historical Market: Breakup by Country (USD Million), 2017-2021
15.    Latin America Biodegradable Polymers Market Forecast: Breakup by Country (USD Million), 2022-2027
16.    Middle East and Africa Biodegradable Polymers Historical Market: Breakup by Country (USD Million), 2017-2021
17.    Middle East and Africa Biodegradable Polymers Market Forecast: Breakup by Country (USD Million), 2022-2027
18.    Global Biodegradable Polymers Market Structure

Key Questions Answered in the Report

The global biodegradable polymers market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 21.1% between 2022 and 2027.

The major drivers of the market include the increasing demand in the packaging industry, industrialisation and urbanisation, favourable government policies, and rise in awareness regarding the benefits of using biodegradable polymers.

The increased interest in biodegradable materials for use in various sectors and growing concerns regarding environmental degradation are the key industry trends propelling the market's growth.

The major regions in the industry are North America, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, Europe, and the Asia Pacific.

Based on type, the market is divided into starch-based plastics, polylactic acid (PLA), polyhydroxy alkanoates (PHA), polyesters (PBS, PBAT, and PCL), and cellulose derivatives.

The several distribution channels are agriculture, healthcare, textile, packaging, and consumer electronics, among others.

The major players in the industry are BASF SE, NatureWorks LLC, Novamont SpA, Total Corbion PLA, Rodenburg Biopolymers, and Biome Bioplastics Limited, among others.

Analyst Review

The global biodegradable polymers market was driven by the increased interest in biodegradable materials for use in various sectors in the historical period. Aided by the favourable government policies and rise in awareness regarding the benefits of using biodegradable polymers, the market is expected to grow at the CAGR of 21.1% in the forecast period of 2022-2027.

EMR's meticulous research methodology delves deep into the market, covering the macro and micro aspects of the industry. Based on type, the market is divided into starch-based plastics, polylactic acid (PLA), polyhydroxy alkanoates (PHA), polyesters (PBS, PBAT, and PCL), and cellulose derivatives. The several distribution channels are agriculture, healthcare, textile, packaging, and consumer electronics, among others. The major regional markets for biodegradable polymers are North America, Europe, the Asia Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. The major players in the industry are BASF SE, NatureWorks LLC, Novamont SpA, Total Corbion PLA, Rodenburg Biopolymers, and Biome Bioplastics Limited, among others.

EMR's research methodology uses a combination of cutting-edge analytical tools and the expertise of their highly accomplished team, thus, providing their customers with market insights that are accurate, actionable and help them remain ahead of their competition.

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