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Technical innovations that improve bioplastics and lower their price -- along with increased production capacity -- will make bioplastics more cost-competitive with conventional polymers.

US demand to rise 20% annually through 2016

US demand for bioplastics is forecast to climb at a 20 percent annual pace through 2016 to 550 million pounds, valued at $680 million. Although they have achieved a considerable degree of commercial success, bioplastics remain in an early stage of development, representing only a small niche within the overall plastics industry. Going forward, technical innovations that enhance the properties of bioplastics and lower their price will drive growth. Increased production capacity will boost the availability and further reduce the price of bioplastics, thus making these materials more cost-competitive with conventional polymers.

In addition, many bio-based polymers benefit from relative price stability when compared with their petroleum-based counterparts. Moreover, the desire to decrease dependence on foreign oil will further fuel the expansion of bio-based resins, as will efforts by US manufacturers to enhance sustainability and improve the corporate image they project to an increasingly eco-conscious consumer base.

PLA to remain most extensively used bioplastic

Polylactic acid (PLA) is expected to remain the most extensively used resin in the bioplastics market through the forecast period, despite issues regarding the inability of biodegradable products such as PLA to decompose in landfills and their potential to contaminate the recycling stream. Advances will be promoted by a widening composting network and greater processor familiarity, as well as ongoing efforts to diversify PLA feedstocks, as critics cite the food versus fuel debate and the energy- and pesticide-intensive nature of corn production as a key drawback of biopolymers. Furthermore, PLA is being blended with other resins and additives to create new grades that offer improved product performance, allowing for use in an extended range of applications, including durable and semi-durable goods.

Bio-based polyethylene -- which entered the market in 2010 -- is expected to offer the best opportunities for growth through 2016, increasing rapidly from a small base. These exceptionally strong gains are predicated on the expansion of production capacity, which will reduce prices and enable this resin to compete more effectively with its petroleum-based counterpart. Although bio-based polyethylene will continue to command a price premium that will restrict demand in price-sensitive non-consumer markets through 2016, the fact that bio-based polyethylene is chemically identical to, and can serve as a drop-in replacement for, conventional polyethylene will remain a key factor driving its adoption.

Study Scope

This study analyzes the 220 million pound US bioplastic industry. It presents historical demand data for the years 2001, 2006 and 2011, with forecasts for 2016 and 2021 by resin (e.g., polylactic acid, starch-based plastics, cellulose films, bio-based polyethylene, bio-based polyamides, degradable polyesters), product (e.g., film, molded goods) and market (e.g., packaging, nonpackaging).

The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles 44 industry players, including NatureWorks, Innovia Films and Arkema.

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  1. Bioplastics

    $4,900.00

  2. INTRODUCTION - BIOPLASTICS TO 2016

    $0.00

  3. Methodology & Sources of Information

    $0.00

  4. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY - BIOPLASTICS TO 2016

    $95.00

  5. Overview

    $35.00

  6. BIOPLASTICS DEMAND (million pounds) 2006 - 2021

    $60.00

  7. MARKET ENVIRONMENT - BIOPLASTICS TO 2016

    $1,825.00

  8. General

    $35.00

  9. Macroeconomic Overview (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  10. Macroeconomic Overview (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  11. Macroeconomic Overview (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  12. MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS (billion 2005 dollars) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  13. Consumer Spending (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  14. Consumer Spending (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  15. PERSONAL CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURES (billion 2005 dollars) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  16. Demographic Trends (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  17. Demographic Trends (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  18. Demographic Trends (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  19. POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS (million persons) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  20. Manufacturing Outlook (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  21. Manufacturing Outlook (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  22. MANUFACTURERS’ SHIPMENTS 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  23. Packaging Industry Outlook (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  24. Packaging Industry Outlook (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  25. PACKAGING SUPPLY & DEMAND (billion dollars) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  26. Plastic Resin Outlook (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  27. Plastic Resin Outlook (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  28. PLASTIC RESIN SUPPLY & DEMAND (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  29. Historical Market Trends

    $35.00

  30. BIOPLASTICS MARKET, 2001 - 2011

    $60.00

  31. Pricing Trends (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  32. Pricing Trends (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  33. BIOPLASTICS PRICING (dollars per pound) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  34. Solid Waste Management

    $35.00

  35. MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT BY PROCESS (million tons) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  36. Recycling (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  37. Recycling (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  38. Incineration

    $35.00

  39. Composting (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  40. Composting (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  41. Landfills & Other (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  42. Landfills & Other (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  43. Degradability & Bio-Based Standards (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  44. Degradability & Bio-Based Standards (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  45. Degradability & Bio-Based Standards (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  46. Bioplastics - Regulatory & Legislative Environment (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  47. Bioplastics - Regulatory & Legislative Environment (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  48. Bioplastics - Raw Materials

    $35.00

  49. Foreign Trade

    $35.00

  50. BIOPLASTICS SUPPLY & DEMAND (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  51. International Activity

    $35.00

  52. WORLD DEMAND FOR BIOPLASTICS, 2011 (percent)

    $35.00

  53. RESINS - BIOPLASTICS TO 2016

    $2,250.00

  54. General (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  55. General (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  56. BIOPLASTICS DEMAND BY RESIN (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  57. Types of Bioplastics (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  58. Types of Bioplastics (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  59. Types of Bioplastics (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  60. BIOPLASTICS DEMAND BY TYPE (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  61. Bioplastics - Polylactic Acid

    $35.00

  62. Polylactic Acid - Products (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  63. Polylactic Acid - Products (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  64. Polylactic Acid - Products (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  65. POLYLACTIC ACID DEMAND BY PRODUCT (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  66. Polylactic Acid - Markets (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  67. Polylactic Acid - Markets (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  68. Polylactic Acid - Markets (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  69. POLYLACTIC ACID DEMAND BY MARKET (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  70. Polylactic Acid - Producers

    $35.00

  71. Bioplastics - Starch-Based Plastics (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  72. Bioplastics - Starch-Based Plastics (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  73. Starch-Based Plastics - Products

    $35.00

  74. STARCH-BASED PLASTICS DEMAND BY PRODUCT (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  75. Starch-Based Plastics - Markets (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  76. Starch-Based Plastics - Markets (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  77. STARCH-BASED PLASTICS DEMAND BY MARKET (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  78. Starch-Based Plastics - Producers (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  79. Starch-Based Plastics - Producers (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  80. Bioplastics - Cellulose Films (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  81. Bioplastics - Cellulose Films (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  82. Bioplastics - Cellulose Films (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  83. CELLULOSE FILM DEMAND (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  84. Bioplastics - Bio-Based Polyethylene

    $35.00

  85. Bio-Based Polyethylene - Products

    $35.00

  86. BIO-BASED POLYETHYLENE DEMAND BY PRODUCT (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  87. Bio-Based Polyethylene - Markets

    $35.00

  88. BIO-BASED POLYETHYLENE DEMAND BY MARKET (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  89. Bio-Based Polyethylene - Producers

    $35.00

  90. Bioplastics - Bio-Based Polyamides (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  91. Bioplastics - Bio-Based Polyamides (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  92. BIO-BASED POLYAMIDES DEMAND (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  93. Bioplastics - Degradable Polyesters

    $35.00

  94. Degradable Polyesters - Products (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  95. Degradable Polyesters - Products (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  96. DEGRADABLE POLYESTERS DEMAND BY PRODUCT (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  97. Degradable Polyesters - Markets (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  98. Degradable Polyesters - Markets (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  99. DEGRADABLE POLYESTERS DEMAND BY MARKET (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  100. Degradable Polyesters - Producers (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  101. Degradable Polyesters - Producers (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  102. OTHER BIOPLASTICS DEMAND BY RESIN (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  103. Bioplastics - Polyhydroxyalkanoates (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  104. Bioplastics - Polyhydroxyalkanoates (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  105. Bioplastics - Polyhydroxyalkanoates (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  106. Bioplastics - Bio-Based PET (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  107. Bioplastics - Bio-Based PET (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  108. All Other Bioplastics

    $35.00

  109. PRODUCTS & MARKETS - BIOPLASTICS TO 2016

    $2,725.00

  110. Overview

    $35.00

  111. Bioplastics - Products

    $35.00

  112. BIOPLASTICS DEMAND BY PRODUCT (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  113. Film Bioplastics (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  114. Film Bioplastics (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  115. BIOPLASTIC FILM DEMAND BY PRODUCT & RESIN (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  116. Molded Bioplastics

    $35.00

  117. BIOPLASTIC MOLDED GOODS DEMAND BY PRODUCT (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  118. BIOPLASTIC MOLDED GOODS DEMAND BY RESIN (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  119. Other Bioplastic Products

    $35.00

  120. OTHER BIOPLASTIC PRODUCTS DEMAND BY FORMAT (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  121. OTHER BIOPLASTIC PRODUCTS DEMAND BY RESIN (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  122. Bioplastics - Markets

    $35.00

  123. BIOPLASTICS DEMAND BY MARKET (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  124. Packaging Markets for Bioplastics

    $35.00

  125. PACKAGING MARKET FOR BIOPLASTICS BY PRODUCT (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  126. Containers - Plastic Container Outlook (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  127. Containers - Plastic Container Outlook (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  128. PLASTIC CONTAINER DEMAND 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  129. Containers - Bioplastics Demand (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  130. Containers - Bioplastics Demand (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  131. Containers - Bioplastics Demand (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  132. CONTAINER DEMAND FOR BIOPLASTICS BY RESIN (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  133. Packaging Film - Plastic Film Outlook

    $35.00

  134. PLASTIC FILM DEMAND (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  135. Packaging Film - Bioplastics Demand (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  136. Packaging Film - Bioplastics Demand (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  137. PACKAGING FILM DEMAND FOR BIOPLASTICS BY RESIN (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  138. Loose-Fill - Packaging Outlook

    $35.00

  139. LOOSE-FILL PACKAGING DEMAND 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  140. Loose-Fill - Bioplastics Demand (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  141. Loose-Fill - Bioplastics Demand (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  142. BIOPLASTIC LOOSE-FILL PACKAGING DEMAND (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  143. Other Packaging - Bioplastics Demand

    $35.00

  144. OTHER PACKAGING DEMAND FOR BIOPLASTICS BY RESIN (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  145. Nonpackaging Markets for Bioplastics

    $35.00

  146. NONPACKAGING MARKETS FOR BIOPLASTICS BY PRODUCT (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  147. Nonwovens & Textiles - Consumer Outlook

    $35.00

  148. CONSUMER NONWOVENS & TEXTILES INDICATORS 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  149. Nonwovens & Textiles - Bioplastics Demand

    $35.00

  150. NONWOVENS & TEXTILES DEMAND FOR BIOPLASTICS (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  151. Foodservice Disposables - Plastics Outlook (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  152. Foodservice Disposables - Plastics Outlook (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  153. Foodservice Disposables - Plastics Outlook (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  154. PLASTIC DEMAND IN FOODSERVICE DISPOSABLES (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  155. Foodservice Disposables - Bioplastics Demand (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  156. Foodservice Disposables - Bioplastics Demand (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  157. FOODSERVICE DISPOSABLES DEMAND FOR BIOPLASTICS BY RESIN (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  158. FOODSERVICE DISPOSABLES DEMAND FOR BIOPLASTICS BY PRODUCT (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  159. Bags - Bioplastics Demand (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  160. Bags - Bioplastics Demand (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  161. Bags - Bioplastics Demand (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  162. BIOPLASTIC NONPACKAGING BAG DEMAND BY RESIN (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  163. Agriculture - Outlook

    $35.00

  164. AGRICULTURAL INDICATORS 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  165. Agricultural Products - Bioplastics Demand

    $35.00

  166. AGRICULTURE PRODUCTS DEMAND FOR BIOPLASTICS (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  167. Other Nonpackaging - Bioplastics Demand (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  168. Other Nonpackaging - Bioplastics Demand (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  169. OTHER NONPACKAGING MARKETS FOR BIOPLASTICS BY RESIN & USE (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  170. INDUSTRY STRUCTURE - BIOPLASTICS TO 2016

    $740.00

  171. General

    $35.00

  172. BIOPLASTICS SALES BY COMPANY, 2011 (million dollars)

    $60.00

  173. Market Share (1 of 5)

    $35.00

  174. Market Share (2 of 5)

    $35.00

  175. Market Share (3 of 5)

    $35.00

  176. Market Share (4 of 5)

    $35.00

  177. Market Share (5 of 5)

    $35.00

  178. BIOPLASTICS MARKET SHARE BY TOP COMPANIES, 2011 (percent)

    $60.00

  179. Manufacturing Requirements (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  180. Manufacturing Requirements (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  181. Research & Development (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  182. Research & Development (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  183. Marketing Strategies (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  184. Marketing Strategies (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  185. Channels of Distribution

    $35.00

  186. Competitive Strategies

    $35.00

  187. Cooperative Agreements (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  188. Cooperative Agreements (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  189. SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS

    $60.00

  190. COMPANY PROFILES - BIOPLASTICS TO 2016

    $1,645.00

  191. Company Profiles Methodology

    $35.00

  192. Akzo Nobel

    $35.00

  193. ALGIX LLC

    $35.00

  194. American Excelsior Company

    $35.00

  195. AMYLEX Corporation

    $35.00

  196. Archer-Daniels-Midland Company

    $35.00

  197. Arkema SA

    $35.00

  198. BASF SE

    $35.00

  199. BioBag International (BIOgroupUSA)

    $35.00

  200. Braskem SA

    $35.00

  201. Cargill Incorporated (NatureWorks) (AmberWorks) (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  202. Cargill Incorporated (NatureWorks) (AmberWorks) (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  203. Celanese Corporation (Clarifoil)

    $35.00

  204. Cereplast Incorporated

    $35.00

  205. Clondalkin Group Holdings (Fortune Plastics) (Accutech Films)

    $35.00

  206. Cortec Corporation

    $35.00

  207. CSM NV (PURAC)

    $35.00

  208. D&W Fine Pack (Wilkinson) (Dispoz-o)

    $35.00

  209. DaniMer Scientific

    $35.00

  210. Dow Chemical Company

    $35.00

  211. DuPont (EI) de Nemours (Solae)

    $35.00

  212. DURECT Corporation

    $35.00

  213. Eastman Chemical Company

    $35.00

  214. Ecospan LLC

    $35.00

  215. Ingredion Incorporated (Corn Products) (National Starch)

    $35.00

  216. Innovia Films

    $35.00

  217. KTM Industries

    $35.00

  218. Kuraray Company

    $35.00

  219. Metabolix Incorporated

    $35.00

  220. Micromidas Incorporated

    $35.00

  221. Ningbo Tianan Biologic Material Company

    $35.00

  222. Northern Technologies International

    $35.00

  223. Novamont SpA

    $35.00

  224. Novomer Incorporated

    $35.00

  225. PepsiCo Incorporated (Frito-Lay)

    $35.00

  226. Perstorp AB

    $35.00

  227. Plantic Technologies

    $35.00

  228. PolyFerm Canada

    $35.00

  229. PolyOne Corporation

    $35.00

  230. Reynolds Group Holdings (Pactiv)

    $35.00

  231. Rodenburg Biopolymers (Solanyl)

    $35.00

  232. Sealed Air (Cryovac)

    $35.00

  233. Sekisui Chemical Company

    $35.00

  234. StarchTech Incorporated

    $35.00

  235. Storopack Hans Reichenecker

    $35.00

  236. Toyota Motor

    $35.00

  237. Other Companies Mentioned in the Study

    $35.00

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