Biodegradable Plastic

As Quoted In Plastics & Rubber Weekly

US demand for biodegradable plastic will grow 15.5 percent annually through 2012. Gains will be driven by escalating costs for petroleum-based resins and growing initiatives that favor renewable resources. Polyester-based and polylactic acid resins will grow the fastest, while starch-based types remain the largest segment.

This study analyzes the 350 million pound US biodegradable plastic industry. It presents historical demand data (1997, 2002 and 2007) and forecasts for 2012 and 2017 by type (e.g., starch-based, polylactic acid, cellophane, polyester-based, photodegradable, polyvinyl alcohol), and market (e.g., packaging, nonpackaging film, fiber, medical).

The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles 32 industry players, including NatureWorks, Innovia Films and ITW Hi-Cone.

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  1. Biodegradable Plastic

    $4,600.00

    1. 1 INTRODUCTION

      $147.00

    2. 2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

      $181.00

      1. Table | BIODEGRADABLE PLASTIC DEMAND (million pounds)

    3. 3 MARKET ENVIRONMENT

      $3,601.00

      1. 3.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 3.2 Macroeconomic Overview

        $318.00

        1. Table | MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS (billion 2000 dollars)

      3. 3.3 Consumer Income & Spending Trends

        $100.00

        1. Table | PERSONAL CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURES (billion 2000 dollars)*

      4. 3.4 Demographic & Household Trends

        $182.00

        1. Table | POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS (million people)

      5. 3.5 Packaging Outlook

        $732.00

        1. Table | PACKAGING SHIPMENTS BY MATERIAL (billion 2000 dollars)

        2. 3.5.1 Plastic Film

          $138.00

          1. Table | PLASTIC FILM DEMAND (million pounds)

        3. 3.5.2 Plastic Beverage Bottles

          $83.00

          1. Table | PLASTIC BEVERAGE BOTTLE DEMAND (billion units)

        4. 3.5.3 Plastic Foodservice Disposables

          $195.00

          1. Table | PLASTIC FOODSERVICE DISPOSABLES: RESIN DEMAND (million pounds)

        5. 3.5.4 Loose-Fill Packaging

          $82.00

          1. Table | LOOSE-FILL PACKAGING DEMAND (million pounds)

      6. 3.6 Manufacturers' Outlook

        $219.00

        1. Table | MANUFACTURERS' SHIPMENTS (billion 2000 dollars)*

      7. 3.7 Agricultural Outlook

        $101.00

        1. Table | AGRICULTURAL INDICATORS

      8. 3.8 Manufactured Fiber Overview

        $85.00

        1. Table | MANUFACTURED FIBER DEMAND (billion 2000 dollars)

      9. 3.9 Nonwoven Disposables Overview

        $107.00

        1. Table | PERSONAL HYGIENE PRODUCTS & CONSUMER WIPES DEMAND (billion units)

      10. 3.10 New Developments

        $82.00

      11. 3.11 Capacity Additions

        $82.00

      12. 3.12 Thermoplastic Resin Outlook

        $119.00

        1. Table | THERMOPLASTIC RESIN DEMAND BY TYPE (million pounds)

      13. 3.13 Historical Trends

        $82.00

        1. Table | BIODEGRADABLE PLASTIC MARKET, 1997-2007

      14. 3.14 Pricing Trends

        $164.00

        1. Table | BIODEGRADABLE PLASTIC PRICES (dollars per pound)

      15. 3.15 Solid Waste Management

        $526.00

        1. Table | MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT BY PROCESS (billion pounds)

        2. 3.15.1 Landfills

          $82.00

        3. 3.15.2 Recycling

          $152.00

        4. 3.15.3 Incineration

          $82.00

        5. 3.15.4 Composting

          $82.00

      16. 3.16 Degradability Standards

        $204.00

      17. 3.17 Regulatory & Legislative Environment

        $134.00

      18. 3.18 Plastic Recycling

        $82.00

      19. 3.19 International Activity

        $293.00

        1. 3.19.1 Europe

          $82.00

        2. 3.19.2 Japan

          $82.00

        3. 3.19.3 Other Countries

          $114.00

    4. 4 TYPES

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      1. 4.1 General

        $121.00

        1. Table | BIODEGRADABLE PLASTIC DEMAND BY TYPE (million pounds)

      2. 4.2 Raw Materials

        $176.00

      3. 4.3 Biodegradable/Compostable Plastic

        $1,705.00

        1. Table | BIODEGRADABLE/COMPOSTABLE PLASTIC DEMAND BY TYPE (million pounds)

        2. 4.3.1 Starch-Based Plastic

          $333.00

          1. Table | STARCH-BASED BIODEGRADABLE PLASTIC DEMAND BY USE (million pounds)

        3. 4.3.2 Polylactic Acid

          $488.00

          1. Table | POLYLACTIC ACID DEMAND BY USE (million pounds)

          2. Table | POLYLACTIC ACID DEMAND IN PACKAGING BY USE (million pounds)

          3. Table | POLYLACTIC ACID DEMAND IN FIBER BY USE (million pounds)

          4. Table | POLYLACTIC ACID DEMAND IN OTHER USES (million pounds)

        4. 4.3.3 Cellophane

          $243.00

          1. Table | CELLOPHANE DEMAND BY USE (million pounds)

        5. 4.3.4 Polyester-Based Plastic

          $497.00

          1. Table | POLYESTER-BASED BIODEGRADABLE PLASTIC DEMAND BY USE (million pounds)

        6. 4.3.5 Other Biodegradable/Compostable Plastics

          $82.00

          1. Table | OTHER BIODEGRADABLE/COMPOSTABLE PLASTIC DEMAND BY USE (million pounds)

      4. 4.4 Photodegradable Plastic

        $239.00

        1. Table | PHOTODEGRADABLE PLASTIC DEMAND BY USE (million pounds)

        2. 4.4.1 Applications

          $82.00

        3. 4.4.2 Producers

          $82.00

      5. 4.5 Other Biodegradable Plastics

        $251.00

        1. Table | OTHER BIODEGRADABLE PLASTIC DEMAND BY USE (million pounds)

        2. 4.5.1 Polyvinyl Alcohol

          $140.00

        3. 4.5.2 Polyethylene Oxide & Other Types

          $82.00

    5. 5 MARKETS

      $1,648.00

      1. 5.1 General

        $90.00

        1. Table | BIODEGRADABLE PLASTIC DEMAND BY MARKET (million pounds)

      2. 5.2 Packaging

        $891.00

        1. Table | PACKAGING MARKETS FOR BIODEGRADABLE PLASTIC BY TYPE (million pounds)

        2. 5.2.1 Film

          $205.00

          1. Table | FILM MARKETS FOR BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS (million pounds)

        3. 5.2.2 Ring Carriers

          $120.00

          1. Table | RING CARRIER MARKET FOR BIODEGRADABLE PLASTIC (million pounds)

        4. 5.2.3 Biodegradable Loose-Fill

          $148.00

          1. Table | BIODEGRADABLE LOOSE-FILL PACKAGING DEMAND (million pounds)

        5. 5.2.4 Foodservice

          $110.00

          1. Table | BIODEGRADABLE FOODSERVICE DISPOSABLES DEMAND BY USE (million pounds)

        6. 5.2.5 Molded & Other

          $177.00

          1. Table | MOLDED & OTHER PACKAGING MARKETS FOR BIODEGRADABLE PLASTIC (million pounds)

      3. 5.3 Nonpackaging Film

        $140.00

        1. Table | NONPACKAGING FILM MARKETS FOR BIODEGRADABLE PLASTIC BY USE (million pounds)

      4. 5.4 Fiber

        $222.00

        1. Table | FIBER MARKETS FOR BIODEGRADABLE PLASTIC BY USE (million pounds)

        2. 5.4.1 Bedding & Apparel

          $82.00

        3. 5.4.2 Other

          $82.00

      5. 5.5 Other Markets

        $305.00

        1. Table | OTHER MARKETS FOR BIODEGRADABLE PLASTIC (million pounds)

        2. 5.5.1 Medical

          $127.00

        3. 5.5.2 All Other

          $146.00

    6. 6 INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

      $4,629.00

      1. 6.1 General

        $92.00

        1. Table | US BIODEGRADABLE PLASTIC SALES BY COMPANY, 2007 (million dollars)

      2. 6.2 Market Share

        $308.00

      3. 6.3 Mergers & Acquisitions

        $95.00

        1. Table | SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES

      4. 6.4 Manufacturing Requirements

        $109.00

      5. 6.5 Research & Development

        $152.00

      6. 6.6 Marketing Strategies

        $171.00

      7. 6.7 Channels of Distribution

        $142.00

      8. 6.8 Competitive Strategies

        $82.00

      9. 6.9 Cooperative Agreements

        $212.00

        1. Table | SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS

      10. 6.10 Company Profiles

        $3,483.00

        1. 6.10.1 American Excelsior Company

          $150.00

        2. 6.10.2 Ampacet Corporation

          $82.00

        3. 6.10.3 AMYLEX Corporation

          $82.00

        4. 6.10.4 Archer-Daniels-Midland Company

          $109.00

        5. 6.10.5 BASF SE

          $171.00

        6. 6.10.6 BioBag International AS

          $135.00

        7. 6.10.7 Cargill Incorporated

          $181.00

        8. 6.10.8 Celanese Corporation

          $84.00

        9. 6.10.9 Cereplast Incorporated

          $168.00

        10. 6.10.10 Cortec Corporation

          $177.00

        11. 6.10.11 DaniMer Scientific LLC

          $140.00

        12. 6.10.12 Dow Chemical Company

          $106.00

        13. 6.10.13 DuPont (EI) de Nemours

          $194.00

        14. 6.10.14 DURECT Corporation

          $156.00

        15. 6.10.15 Eastman Chemical Company

          $104.00

        16. 6.10.16 Free-Flow Packaging International Incorporated

          $82.00

        17. 6.10.17 Illinois Tool Works Incorporated

          $90.00

        18. 6.10.18 Innovia Films Limited

          $168.00

        19. 6.10.19 KTM Industries Incorporated

          $82.00

        20. 6.10.20 Kuraray Company Limited

          $86.00

        21. 6.10.21 Metabolix Incorporated

          $135.00

        22. 6.10.22 Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company Incorporated

          $82.00

        23. 6.10.23 Novamont SpA

          $86.00

        24. 6.10.24 Pak-Lite Incorporated

          $82.00

        25. 6.10.25 Perstorp AB

          $82.00

        26. 6.10.26 Procter & Gamble Company

          $82.00

        27. 6.10.27 ReNewable Products Incorporated

          $83.00

        28. 6.10.28 Solvay SA

          $82.00

        29. 6.10.29 StarchTech Incorporated

          $82.00

        30. 6.10.30 Storopack Hans Reichenecker GmbH

          $116.00

        31. 6.10.31 Teijin Limited

          $157.00

        32. 6.10.32 Wilkinson Industries Incorporated

          $87.00

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