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Article Title: Green Matter: Can bioplastics take the heat? Record U.S. drought revives food vs. fuel debate
By: Karen Laird
Publication: Plastics Today, 8/10/2012
Freedonia Study: Bioplastics (2908)

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In a recent study appropriately entitled 'Bioplastics', Cleveland-based industry market research firm The Freedonia Group explores the trends and developments in biopolymers from 2006 through 2016. The new study forecasts that U.S. demand for bioplastics will "climb at a 20% annual pace through 2016 to 550 million lb, valued at $680 million" and that "going forward, technical innovations that enhance the properties of bioplastics and lower their price will drive growth." The emergence of drop-ins—bioresins that are chemically identical to their conventional counterparts, such as bio-based polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polypropylene, and polyvinyl chloride (PVC)—are predicted to find rapid market acceptance, and will further spur the growth of this market.
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Article Title: US BIOPLASTICS
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Publication: PlastEurope, 7/16/2012
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Demand for bioplastics in the US will climb by 20% annually to around 250,000 t/y, valued at USD 680m in 2016, the market research group Freedonia says in its recent study “Bioplastics”. Currently only a “small niche within the overall plastics industry", technical innovations that enhance the biomaterials’ properties will drive growth, the researchers say.
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Article Title: Biokunststoffe: Freedonia erwartet starken Anstieg in den USA
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Publication: Kunststoff, 7/16/2012
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Ein rasantes Wachstum prognostiziert Freedonia (Cleveland, Ohio) für den US-Markt für Biokunststoffe. Bis 2016 wachse der Bedarf pro Jahr um 20 Prozent auf knapp 250.000 jato, schreiben die Marktforscher in einer aktuellen Studie. Damit erreiche der Markt ein Volumen von 680 Mio USD (umgerechnet etwa 550 Mio EUR). Trotz der guten Wachstumsraten bleibt das Geschäft mit Biokunststoffen jedoch ein Nischenmarkt der US-Kunststoffindustrie, in der Schiefergas (Shale Gas) zunehmend den Ton angibt. Im Bereich Biokunststoffe sind es laut Freedonia vor allem PLA und biobasiertes Polyethylen, die das Wachstum treiben. Der Verbrauch von PLA steigt demnach um mehr als das Doppelte, der Bedarf an biobasiertem Polyethylen vervielfacht sich.
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Article Title: Italian and Thai bioplastics associations sign MoU for knowledge sharing, joint research and develop
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Publication: PlastEurope, 6/19/2012
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Although still comparatively small in volume terms, there is no denying that bioplastics are gaining in importance. According to the latest study by US market researcher Freedonia (Cleveland, Ohio; www.freedonia.com), global demand could reach 1m t by 2015 (see Plasteurope.com of 15.12.2011). To make the most of this anticipated growth, the Italian bioplastic and biodegradable and compostable material association Assobioplastiche (Rome; www.assobioplastiche.org) and the Thai Bioplastics Industry Association (TBIA, Bangkok; www.tbia.or.th) on 13 June signed a memorandum of understanding under the terms of which the two groups undertake to increase their collaboration over the next 5 years.
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Article Title: Bioplastics demand to undergo geographic shift by 2015, predicts Freedonia
By: Joe Whitworth
Publication: Food Production Daily, 7/10/2012
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Bioplastic demand by type Global demand for biodegradable and bio-based plastics will reach more than one million metric tons in 2015, valued at $2.9bn. Starch-based resins and polylactic acid (PLA) are expected to double through 2015 with PLA benefiting from compounding polymerization technology advancements. The fastest gains are predicted for polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) resins, which are just entering the commercial market.
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Article Title: US Demand for Bioplastics to Exceed 550 Million Pounds in 2016
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Publication: Packaging Europe, 7/6/2012
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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.
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Article Title: ADVENTURES IN THE BIO-BASED PLASTICS MARKET
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Publication: Packaging Strategies, 1/9/2013
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While only representing about 1% of global plastic production (according to state-owned VTT), the market is expected to grow considerably. A recent Freedonia Group report predicted that demand for bio-based plastics will triple by 2015 to more than 1mn metric tons annually and that the market will be valued at a loftier $2.9bn.
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