Bio-plastics Market: Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment 2014 to 2020

  • Published: Dec, 2014
  • Report Code: REP-GB--69

An Incisive, In-depth Analysis on the Global Bio Plastics Market

This study offers a comprehensive, 360 degree analysis on the Global Bio Plastics market, bringing to fore insights that can help stakeholders identify the opportunities as well as challenges. It tracks the global Global Bio Plastics market across key regions, and offers in-depth commentary and accurate quantitative insights. The study also includes incisive competitive landscape analysis, and provides key recommendations to market players on winning imperatives and successful strategies.

Bioplastics are those plastic materials that are manufactured by using natural resources. There are two categories of these plastics available in the market — biodegrable bioplastics and non-biodegradable bioplastics. The report covers both the categories for market study.

On the basis of material type, the report covers market analysis of bio-based polyethylene terephthalate (Bio-PET), bio-based polyethylene (Bio-PE), bio-based polyamides (Bio-PA), bio-based poly lactic acid and its blends, starch blends and polyhydroxyalkanoate. Applications of bioplastics covered in the report includes bottle manufacturing, other packaging, food service disposables, agriculture/horticulture, consumer products and automotive applications.

The global bioplastics market is projected to grow approximately six times its value from US$ 7.5 billion in 2013 to US$ 43.8 billion in 2020 at an estimated CAGR of 28.8% between 2014 and 2020.

Global Bioplastics Market: Drivers and Trends

Demand for bioplastics is increasing since past decade due to growing awareness concerning environmental conservation, use of bio-based or natural resources for manufacturing materials and formulation of various regulations across countries for effective use of natural resources and waste management.

Analysis on Bioplastics Market

In the year 2012, the global bioplastics production capacity was approximately 1.3 million tonnes of which Asia Pacific region accounted for largest share. By 2020, Asia Pacific region is projected to be the largest consumer of bioplastics globally followed by North America and Europe.  Eco-friendly initiatives by corporates and abundant availability of raw materials for manufacturing bioplastics are prominent factors driving growth in Asia Pacific bioplastics market.

In terms of value, bioplastics markets in matured economies are collectively projected to expand at a CAGR of 26.0% during the forecast period while emerging economies are collectively projected to increase at a CAGR of 31.7% by 2020, which is 1.2 times more than that of matured economies. 

Bioplastics Market Segmentation

By material type, bio-PET accounted for largest share by value in 2013 followed by biodegradable polyester, starch blends, bio-PE and other materials. Bio-PET market size is projected to grow by approximately seven times from 2013 to 2020, thus representing a CAGR of 31.4% during the forecast period. Bio-PET is projected to represent high value and high growth market segment during the forecast period whereas starch blends and bio-based PLA are projected to be low value and low growth bioplastic market segments during the forecast period. Bio-PET and other bioplastics are collectively projected to exhibit a value CAGR of 33.6% over the forecast period while all other bioplastic materials including bio-PA, starch blends, PHA, PLA and bio-PE are collectively projected to grow at CAGR of 14.3% during the forecast period.

By application type, bottles manufacturing accounted for largest share in 2013 followed by packaging, automotive applications, food service disposables and consumer products. Bottles manufacturing application segment is projected to increase its market share by approximately 1.3 times from 2014 to 2020. Packaging and bottle manufacturing segment are projected to hold dominant share during the forecast period while bottle manufacturing segment is projected to grow above average growth rate over the forecast period. Both these high value application segments are collectively projected to grow at CAGR of 29.8% while all other application segments are collectively projected to grow at CAGR of 26.5% over the forecast period.

Global Bioplastics Market Value, By Material Type, 2013–2020 (US$ Mn.)


 Source: FMI, 2014

Some of the market participants active in the global bioplastics market featured in the report include BASF SE, NatureWorks LLC, Toray Industries Inc., Evonik Industries, E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, DSM N.V., Arkema, Techno Polymer Co. Ltd. and RTP Company.

The global bio-plastics market is expected to witness a significant contribution to the overall plastic market, by registering a robust growth rate of nearly 29% by 2020. Growing beverage packaging industry, government push to adopt bio-based materials, rising consumer acceptance for bio-plastics are among the prominent factors driving the demand for bio-plastics products across the globe. Also, an influx of new bio-based plastic products specifically for automotive and packaging applications by key players such as E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company and Toray Industries, Inc. is expected to bolster the market growth thereby increasing competitiveness in the market. Geographically, Asia Pacific represents a huge market potential followed by Europe and North America wherein packaging, bottle and automotive application hold a significant share.


In this study, we analyze the Global Bio-plastics Market during 2014-2020. We focus on:

  • Market size and forecast, 2013-2020

  • Key drivers and developments in bio-plastics 

  • Key Trends and Developments of bio-plastics products in applications such as bottle, other packaging, food-services, agriculture/horticulture, nsumer products, automotive and others

  • Key Drivers and developments in particular regions such as North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and RoW

  • Government policies and initiatives for bio-plastics market in all four regions

Key Segments Covered

  • Material Type:

  • Bio-PET, Bio-PE, Bio-PA, Bio-degradable Polyesters, PLA & PLA Blends, Starch Blends, PHA and  others (Durable Starch Blend, Bio-TPE, Bio-PUR, Bio-PC, Cellulose Derivatives and PCL)

  • Applications

  • Bottle, other packaging, food-services, agriculture/horticulture, consumer products, automotive and others

Key Geographies Covered

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and RoW


Other Key Topics

  • Bio-plastics life cycle, government initiative and policies, recent market happenings in global bio-plastics market

Examples of key Companies Covered

BASF SE, NatureWorks LLC, Toray Industries Inc., Evonik Industries, E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, DSM NV, Arkema, Techno polymer Co. Ltd., RTP Company and NaturePlast

Global Bio Plastics Market Reports - Table of Contents

Global Bio Plastics Market Reports - List of Tables

Table 1 Table 1 North America Bio-plastics Market Volume & Revenue by Application, 2013 & 2020 ('000 Tonnes) (US$ Mn)

Table 2 Impact of Economic Drivers, Supply Side Drivers, Demand Side Drivers and Restraint in North America

Table 3 Europe Bio-plastics Market Volume & Revenue by Application, 2013 & 2020 ('000 Tonnes) (US$ Mn)

Table 4 Impact of Economic Drivers, Supply Side Drivers, Demand Side Drivers and Restraint in Europe

Table 5 Asia Pacific Bio-plastics Market Volume & Revenue by Application, 2013 & 2020 ('000 Tonnes) (US$ Mn)

Table 6 Impact of Economic Drivers, Supply Side Drivers, Demand Side Drivers and Restraint in Asia Pacific

Table 7 RoW Bio-plastics Market Volume & Revenue by Application, 2013 & 2020 ('000 Tonnes) (US$ Mn)

Table 8 Impact of Economic Drivers, Supply Side Drivers, Demand Side Drivers and Restraint in RoW

Table 9 Global Bio-plastics Market by Material Type

Table 10 Global Bio-plastics Market by Application

Table 11 Global Bio-plastics Market Volume & Revenue by Application, 2013 – 2020 ('000 Tonnes) (US$ Mn)

Table 12 Global Bio-plastics Market Competitive Landscape 

Global Bio Plastics Market Reports - List of Figures

Figure 1 Bio-plastics - Lifecycle

Figure 2 Global Plastics Market Volume Forecast, 2013 – 2020 (MnTonnes)

Figure 3 Bio-plastics Market Penetration in Global Plastic Market, 2013

Figure 4 Global Plastic Volume Share, By End-use, 2013 (%)

Figure 5 Global Bio-plastics Production Capacity Forecast, 2012 ('000 Tonnes)

Figure 6 Global Bio-plastics Market Volume Forecast and Y-o-Y Growth, 2013 – 2020 (MnTonnes)

Figure 7 Global Bio-plastics Market Absolute $ Opportunity, 2013-2020 (US$ Mn)

Figure 8 Global Average Prices of Bio-plastics Materials, 2013 & 2020 (US$/Kg)

Figure 9 Global Bio-plastics Market Value Chain

Figure 10 Global Bio-plastics Market Volume Share, by Region, 2013 & 2020 (%)

Figure 11 Global Bio-plastics Market Value, Y-o-Y Growth, by Region, 2014 – 2020 (%)

Figure 12 Global Bio-plastics Market Value Share, by Region, 2013 & 2020 (%)

Figure 13 North America Bio-plastics Market Volume Forecast, 2013-2020 ('000 Tonnes)

Figure 14 North America Bio-plastics Market Absolute $ Opportunity, 2013-2020 (US$ Mn)

Figure 15 Europe Bio-plastics Market Volume Forecast, 2013-2020 ('000 Tonnes)

Figure 16 Europe Bio-plastics Market Absolute $ Opportunity, 2013 -2020 (US$ Mn)

Figure 17 Asia Pacific Bio-plastics Market Volume Forecast, 2013-2020 ('000 Tonnes)

Figure 18 Asia Pacific Bio-plastics Market Absolute $ Opportunity, 2013 -2020 (US$ Mn)

Figure 19 RoW Bio-plastics Market Volume Forecast, 2013-2020 ('000 Tonnes)

Figure 20 RoW Bio-plastics Market Absolute $ Opportunity, 2013-2020 (US$ Mn)

Figure 21 Global Bio-plastics Market Attractiveness Assessment, by Application Type, 2013 - 2020

Figure 22 Global Bio-plastics Market Value Share, by Region, 2013 & 2020 (%)

Figure 23 Global Bio-PET Market by Volume Forecast and Y-o-Y Growth, 2013 – 2020 ('000 Tonnes)

Figure 24 Global Bio-PET Market Absolute $ Opportunity, 2013 - 2020 (US$ Mn)

Figure 25 Global PLA & PLA Blends Market by Volume Forecast and Y-o-Y Growth, 2013 – 2020 ('000 Tonnes)

Figure 26 Global PLA & PLA Blends Market Absolute $ Opportunity, 2013 -2020 (US$ Mn)

Figure 27 Global Bio-degradable Polyesters Blends Market by Volume Forecast and Y-o-Y Growth, 2013 – 2020 ('000 Tonnes)

Figure 28 Global Bio-degradable Polyesters Market Absolute $ Opportunity, 2013 - 2020 (US$ Mn)

Figure 29 Global Starch Blends Blends Market by Volume Forecast and Y-o-Y Growth, 2013 – 2020 ('000 Tonnes)

Figure 30 Global Starch Blends Market Absolute $ Opportunity, 2013 - 2020 (US$ Mn)

Figure 31 Global Bio-PE Market by Volume Forecast and Y-o-Y Growth, 2013 – 2020 ('000 Tonnes)

Figure 32 Global Bio-PE Market Absolute $ Opportunity, 2013 - 2020 (US$ Mn)

Figure 33 Global Bio-PA Market by Volume Forecast and Y-o-Y Growth, 2013 – 2020 ('000 Tonnes)

Figure 34 Global Bio-PA Market Absolute $ Opportunity, 2013 -2020 (US$ Mn)

Figure 35 Global PHA Market by Volume ('000 Tonnes), 2013 - 2020Market by Volume Forecast and Y-o-Y Growth, 2013 – 2020 ('000 Tonnes)

Figure 36 Global PHA Market Absolute $ Opportunity, 2013 -2020 (US$ Mn)

Figure 37 Global Other Bio-plastics Market by Volume Forecast and Y-o-Y Growth, 2013 – 2020 ('000 Tonnes)

Figure 38 Global Other Bio-plastics Market Absolute $ Opportunity, 2013 -2020 (US$ Mn)

Figure 39 Global Bio-plastics Market Attractiveness Assessment, by Product Type, 2013 -2020

Figure 40 Global Bio-plastics Market Value Share, by Application, 2013 & 2020 (%)

Figure 41 Global Bio-plastics Market Value, Y-o-Y Growth, 2013 – 2020 (%)

Figure 42 Global Bio-plastics Market Attractiveness Assessment, by Application Type, 2013 – 2020

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