World Bioplastics

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Gains will be fueled by consumer preferences for environmentally sustainable materials, improved performance of bioplastic resins, and the introduction of bio-based commodity plastics.

World demand to more than triple by 2015

Global demand for biodegradable and bio-based plastics will more than triple to over one million metric tons in 2015, valued at $2.9 billion. Gains will be fueled by a number of factors, including consumer preferences for environmentally sustainable materials, improved performance of bioplastic resins relative to traditional plastics, and the introduction of commodity plastics produced from bio-based sources. Ultimately, however, price considerations will be the primary determinant of bioplastic market success, and it is expected that rising petroleum costs will allow some bioplastic resins to match conventional plastics in price by the end of the decade.

Starch-based resins, PLA to pace biodegradables

Biodegradable plastics accounted for 90 percent of the world bioplastics market in 2010. Excellent growth is forecast for the two leading biodegradable plastics, starch-based resins and polylactic acid (PLA), both of which will more than double in demand through 2015. More rapid growth is expected for PLA, which will benefit from advancements in compounding polymerization technology, as well as its relatively low cost compared to other bioplastics. The fastest gains for biodegradable plastics, however, will be seen for polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) resins, which are just entering the commercial market.

Non-biodegradable biobased resins to lead gains

Despite the strong advances for biodegradables, non-biodegradable bio-based resins will be the primary driver of bioplastics demand through 2015 and beyond. Gains will be fueled by the availability of commercial quantities of bio-based polyethylene from Braskem’s 200,000-metric-ton-per-year plant in Brazil, which opened in late 2010. Two other bio-based polyethylene plants -- as well as a bio-based polypropylene facility -- are also in the planning stages and are expected to open around 2015. Additionally, industrial production of fully biobased polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is forecast to become a reality by the end of the decade. As a result, demand for non-biodegradable bioplastics will rise from 30,000 metric tons in 2010 to 1.3 million metric tons in 2020.

Asia/Pacific region to see fastest growth in demand

Western Europe was the leading consumer of bioplastics in 2010. However, more rapid advances through 2015 will be seen for the Asia/Pacific region, driven by robust growth in Japan and China. Bioplastics demand in other world regions will rise at a tremendous pace from a relatively small 2010 base, led by Central and South America, which is expected to be a major consumer of biobased polyethylene.

Study Scope

This study analyzes the 300,000 metric ton world bioplastic industry. It presents historical demand data for the years 2000, 2005 and 2010, and forecasts for 2015 and 2020 by product (e.g., starch-based resins, polylactic acid, polyester bioplastics, PHAs, bio-based polyethylene, bio-based polyamides), market (e.g., containers, packaging film, loose-fill, nonpackaging bags, foodservice disposables, agriculture, automotive and electronics), world region and for 16 major countries.

The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles 37 industry players, including NatureWorks, Novamont and Innovia Films.

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  1. World Bioplastics

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    1. 1 INTRODUCTION

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    2. 2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

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      1. Table | WORLD BIOPLASTICS DEMAND (thousand metric tons)

    3. 3 MARKET ENVIRONMENT

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      1. 3.1 General

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      2. 3.2 World Economic Overview

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        1. 3.2.1 Recent Historical Trends

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        2. 3.2.2 World Economic Outlook

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          1. Table | WORLD GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT BY REGION (billion 2009 dollars)

      3. 3.3 World Population Outlook

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        1. Table | WORLD POPULATION BY REGION (million persons)

      4. 3.4 World Manufacturing Outlook

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        1. Table | WORLD MANUFACTURING VALUE ADDED BY REGION (billion 2009 dollars)

      5. 3.5 World Agricultural Outlook

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        1. Table | WORLD AGRICULTURAL VALUE ADDED BY REGION (billion 2009 dollars)

        2. 3.5.1 Maize

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        3. 3.5.2 Sugar Crops

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      6. 3.6 World Plastics Overview

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        1. 3.6.1 Plastic Resin Demand

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          1. Table | WORLD PLASTIC RESIN DEMAND BY REGION (thousand metric tons)

        2. 3.6.2 Plastic Resin Production

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          1. Table | WORLD PLASTIC RESIN PRODUCTION BY REGION (thousand metric tons)

        3. 3.6.3 Pricing Trends

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          1. Table | PLASTIC RESIN PRICING (dollars per kilogram)

      7. 3.7 World Packaging Overview

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        1. Table | WORLD PACKAGING DEMAND BY REGION (billion dollars)

      8. 3.8 Regulatory & Environmental Considerations

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        1. 3.8.1 Standards & Certification

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        2. 3.8.2 Composting & Recycling

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        3. 3.8.3 Legislation

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        4. 3.8.4 Food versus Industrial Crop Use

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    4. 4 OVERVIEW

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      1. 4.1 General

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      2. 4.2 Product Overview

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        1. Table | WORLD BIOPLASTICS DEMAND BY TYPE

        2. 4.2.1 Biodegradable

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          1. Table | WORLD BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS DEMAND BY PRODUCT (thousand metric tons)

          2. Table | WORLD STARCH-BASED RESIN DEMAND BY REGION & MARKET (thousand metric tons)

          3. Table | WORLD POLYLACTIC ACID DEMAND BY REGION & MARKET (thousand metric tons)

          4. Table | WORLD POLYESTER BIOPLASTIC DEMAND BY REGION & MARKET (thousand metric tons)

          5. Table | WORLD PHA RESIN DEMAND BY REGION & MARKET (thousand metric tons)

          6. Table | WORLD OTHER BIODEGRADABLE RESIN DEMAND BY REGION & MARKET (thousand metric tons)

        3. 4.2.2 Non-Biodegradable

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          1. Table | WORLD NON-BIODEGRADABLE BIOPLASTICS DEMAND BY PRODUCT (thousand metric tons)

          2. Table | WORLD BIO-BASED POLYETHYLENE DEMAND BY REGION & MARKET (thousand metric tons)

          3. Table | WORLD BIO-BASED POLYAMIDE DEMAND BY REGION & MARKET (thousand metric tons)

          4. Table | WORLD OTHER NON-BIODEGRADABLE BIOPLASTIC DEMAND BY REGION & MARKET (thousand metric tons)

      3. 4.3 Market Overview

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        1. Table | WORLD BIOPLASTICS DEMAND BY MARKET

        2. 4.3.1 Packaging

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          1. Table | WORLD PACKAGING DEMAND FOR BIOPLASTICS BY APPLICATION & REGION (thousand metric tons)

        3. 4.3.2 Nonpackaging

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          1. Table | WORLD NONPACKAGING DEMAND FOR BIOPLASTICS BY APPLICATION & REGION (thousand metric tons)

      4. 4.4 Regional Overview

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        1. 4.4.1 Demand

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          1. Table | WORLD BIOPLASTICS DEMAND BY REGION (thousand metric tons)

        2. 4.4.2 Production

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          1. Table | WORLD BIOPLASTICS PRODUCTION BY REGION (thousand metric tons)

        3. 4.4.3 Trade Flows

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          1. Table | WORLD BIOPLASTICS NET EXPORTS BY REGION (thousand metric tons)

    5. 5 NORTH AMERICA

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      1. 5.1 North America: Economic Overview

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        1. Table | NORTH AMERICA -- BIOPLASTICS SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)

      2. 5.2 North America: Bioplastics Demand

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        1. Table | NORTH AMERICA -- BIOPLASTICS DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET (thousand metric tons)

      3. 5.3 United States

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        1. 5.3.1 United States: Overview

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          1. Table | UNITED STATES -- BIOPLASTICS SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)

        2. 5.3.2 United States: Products

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          1. Table | UNITED STATES -- BIOPLASTICS DEMAND BY PRODUCT (thousand metric tons)

        3. 5.3.3 United States: Markets & Producers

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          1. Table | UNITED STATES -- BIOPLASTICS DEMAND BY MARKET (thousand metric tons)

      4. 5.4 Canada

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        1. 5.4.1 Canada: Overview

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          1. Table | CANADA -- BIOPLASTICS SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)

        2. 5.4.2 Canada: Products

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          1. Table | CANADA -- BIOPLASTICS DEMAND BY PRODUCT (thousand metric tons)

        3. 5.4.3 Canada: Markets & Producers

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          1. Table | CANADA -- BIOPLASTICS DEMAND BY MARKET (thousand metric tons)

      5. 5.5 Mexico

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        1. 5.5.1 Mexico: Overview

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          1. Table | MEXICO -- BIOPLASTICS SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)

        2. 5.5.2 Mexico: Products

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          1. Table | MEXICO -- BIOPLASTICS DEMAND BY PRODUCT (thousand metric tons)

        3. 5.5.3 Mexico: Markets & Producers

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          1. Table | MEXICO -- BIOPLASTICS DEMAND BY MARKET (thousand metric tons)

    6. 6 WESTERN EUROPE

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      1. 6.1 Western Europe: Economic Overview

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        1. Table | WESTERN EUROPE -- BIOPLASTICS SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)

      2. 6.2 Western Europe: Bioplastics Demand

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        1. Table | WESTERN EUROPE -- BIOPLASTICS DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET (thousand metric tons)

      3. 6.3 Germany

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        1. 6.3.1 Germany: Overview

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          1. Table | GERMANY -- BIOPLASTICS SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)

        2. 6.3.2 Germany: Products

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          1. Table | GERMANY -- BIOPLASTICS DEMAND BY PRODUCT (thousand metric tons)

        3. 6.3.3 Germany: Markets & Producers

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          1. Table | GERMANY -- BIOPLASTICS DEMAND BY MARKET (thousand metric tons)

      4. 6.4 Italy

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        1. 6.4.1 Italy: Overview

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          1. Table | ITALY -- BIOPLASTICS SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)

        2. 6.4.2 Italy: Products

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          1. Table | ITALY -- BIOPLASTICS DEMAND BY PRODUCT (thousand metric tons)

        3. 6.4.3 Italy: Markets & Producers

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          1. Table | ITALY -- BIOPLASTICS DEMAND BY MARKET (thousand metric tons)

      5. 6.5 United Kingdom

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        1. 6.5.1 United Kingdom: Overview

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          1. Table | UNITED KINGDOM -- BIOPLASTICS SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)

        2. 6.5.2 United Kingdom: Products

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          1. Table | UNITED KINGDOM -- BIOPLASTICS DEMAND BY PRODUCT (thousand metric tons)

        3. 6.5.3 United Kingdom: Markets & Producers

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          1. Table | UNITED KINGDOM -- BIOPLASTICS DEMAND BY MARKET (thousand metric tons)

      6. 6.6 France

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        1. 6.6.1 France: Overview

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          1. Table | FRANCE -- BIOPLASTICS SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)

        2. 6.6.2 France: Products

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          1. Table | FRANCE -- BIOPLASTICS DEMAND BY PRODUCT (thousand metric tons)

        3. 6.6.3 France: Markets & Producers

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          1. Table | FRANCE -- BIOPLASTICS DEMAND BY MARKET (thousand metric tons)

      7. 6.7 Netherlands

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        1. 6.7.1 Netherlands: Overview

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          1. Table | NETHERLANDS -- BIOPLASTICS SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)

        2. 6.7.2 Netherlands: Products

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          1. Table | NETHERLANDS -- BIOPLASTICS DEMAND BY PRODUCT (thousand metric tons)

        3. 6.7.3 Netherlands: Markets & Producers

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          1. Table | NETHERLANDS -- BIOPLASTICS DEMAND BY MARKET (thousand metric tons)

      8. 6.8 Other Western Europe

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        1. 6.8.1 Other Western Europe: Overview

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          1. Table | OTHER WESTERN EUROPE -- BIOPLASTICS SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)

        2. 6.8.2 Other Western Europe: Products

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          1. Table | OTHER WESTERN EUROPE -- BIOPLASTICS DEMAND BY COUNTRY & PRODUCT (thousand metric tons)

        3. 6.8.3 Other Western Europe: Countries

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        4. 6.8.4 Other Western Europe: Markets & Producers

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          1. Table | OTHER WESTERN EUROPE -- BIOPLASTICS DEMAND BY MARKET (thousand metric tons)

    7. 7 ASIA/PACIFIC

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      1. 7.1 Asia/Pacific: Economic Overview

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        1. Table | ASIA/PACIFIC -- BIOPLASTICS SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)

      2. 7.2 Asia/Pacific: Bioplastics Demand

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        1. Table | ASIA/PACIFIC -- BIOPLASTICS DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET (thousand metric tons)

      3. 7.3 Japan

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        1. 7.3.1 Japan: Overview

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          1. Table | JAPAN -- BIOPLASTICS SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)

        2. 7.3.2 Japan: Products

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          1. Table | JAPAN -- BIOPLASTICS DEMAND BY PRODUCT (thousand metric tons)

        3. 7.3.3 Japan: Markets & Producers

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          1. Table | JAPAN -- BIOPLASTICS DEMAND BY MARKET (thousand metric tons)

      4. 7.4 China

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        1. 7.4.1 China: Overview

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          1. Table | CHINA -- BIOPLASTICS SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)

        2. 7.4.2 China: Products

          $98.00

          1. Table | CHINA -- BIOPLASTICS DEMAND BY PRODUCT (thousand metric tons)

        3. 7.4.3 China: Markets & Producers

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          1. Table | CHINA -- BIOPLASTICS DEMAND BY MARKET (thousand metric tons)

      5. 7.5 Taiwan

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        1. 7.5.1 Taiwan: Overview

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          1. Table | TAIWAN -- BIOPLASTICS SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)

        2. 7.5.2 Taiwan: Products

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          1. Table | TAIWAN -- BIOPLASTICS DEMAND BY PRODUCT (thousand metric tons)

        3. 7.5.3 Taiwan: Markets & Producers

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          1. Table | TAIWAN -- BIOPLASTICS DEMAND BY MARKET (thousand metric tons)

      6. 7.6 South Korea

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        1. 7.6.1 South Korea: Overview

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          1. Table | SOUTH KOREA -- BIOPLASTICS SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)

        2. 7.6.2 South Korea: Products

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          1. Table | SOUTH KOREA -- BIOPLASTICS DEMAND BY PRODUCT (thousand metric tons)

        3. 7.6.3 South Korea: Markets & Producers

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          1. Table | SOUTH KOREA -- BIOPLASTICS DEMAND BY MARKET (thousand metric tons)

      7. 7.7 Other Asia/Pacific

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        1. 7.7.1 Other Asia/Pacific: Overview

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          1. Table | OTHER ASIA/PACIFIC -- BIOPLASTICS SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)

        2. 7.7.2 Other Asia/Pacific: Products

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          1. Table | OTHER ASIA/PACIFIC -- BIOPLASTICS DEMAND BY COUNTRY & PRODUCT (thousand metric tons)

        3. 7.7.3 Other Asia/Pacific: Countries

          $82.00

        4. 7.7.4 Other Asia/Pacific: Markets & Producers

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          1. Table | OTHER ASIA/PACIFIC -- BIOPLASTICS DEMAND BY MARKET (thousand metric tons)

    8. 8 OTHER REGIONS

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      1. 8.1 Central & South America

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        1. 8.1.1 Central & South America: Economic Overview

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          1. Table | CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA -- BIOPLASTICS SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)

        2. 8.1.2 Central & South America: Bioplastics Demand

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          1. Table | CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA -- BIOPLASTICS DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET (thousand metric tons)

        3. 8.1.3 Brazil

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          1. Table | BRAZIL -- BIOPLASTICS SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)

          2. Table | BRAZIL -- BIOPLASTICS DEMAND BY PRODUCT (thousand metric tons)

          3. Table | BRAZIL -- BIOPLASTICS DEMAND BY MARKET (thousand metric tons)

        4. 8.1.4 Other Central & South America

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          1. Table | OTHER CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA -- BIOPLASTICS SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)

          2. Table | OTHER CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA -- BIOPLASTICS DEMAND BY PRODUCT (thousand metric tons)

          3. Table | OTHER CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA -- BIOPLASTICS DEMAND BY MARKET (thousand metric tons)

      2. 8.2 Eastern Europe

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        1. 8.2.1 Eastern Europe: Overview

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          1. Table | EASTERN EUROPE -- BIOPLASTICS SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)

        2. 8.2.2 Eastern Europe: Products & Countries

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          1. Table | EASTERN EUROPE -- BIOPLASTICS DEMAND BY COUNTRY & PRODUCT (thousand metric tons)

        3. 8.2.3 Eastern Europe: Markets & Producers

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          1. Table | EASTERN EUROPE -- BIOPLASTICS DEMAND BY MARKET (thousand metric tons)

      3. 8.3 Africa/Mideast

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        1. 8.3.1 Africa/Mideast: Overview

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          1. Table | AFRICA/MIDEAST -- BIOPLASTICS SUPPLY & DEMAND (thousand metric tons)

        2. 8.3.2 Africa/Mideast: Products & Countries

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          1. Table | AFRICA/MIDEAST -- BIOPLASTICS DEMAND BY PRODUCT (thousand metric tons)

        3. 8.3.3 Africa/Mideast: Markets & Producers

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          1. Table | AFRICA/MIDEAST -- BIOPLASTICS DEMAND BY MARKET (thousand metric tons)

    9. 9 INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

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      1. 9.1 General

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        1. Table | WORLD BIOPLASTICS SALES BY COMPANY, 2010 (million dollars)

      2. 9.2 Market Share

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      3. 9.3 Mergers & Acquisitions

        $82.00

      4. 9.4 Manufacturing Requirements

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      5. 9.5 Research & Development

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      6. 9.6 Marketing Strategies

        $159.00

      7. 9.7 Channels of Distribution

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      8. 9.8 Cooperative Agreements

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        1. Table | SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS

      9. 9.9 Company Profiles

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        1. 9.9.1 Archer-Daniels-Midland Company

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        2. 9.9.2 Arkema SA

          $118.00

        3. 9.9.3 BASF SE

          $103.00

        4. 9.9.4 Biome Technologies plc

          $113.00

        5. 9.9.5 BIOP Biopolymer Technologies AG

          $82.00

        6. 9.9.6 Braskem SA

          $175.00

        7. 9.9.7 Cardia Bioplastics Limited

          $198.00

        8. 9.9.8 Cargill Incorporated

          $218.00

        9. 9.9.9 Cereplast Incorporated

          $251.00

        10. 9.9.10 Daesang Company Limited

          $85.00

        11. 9.9.11 Dow Chemical Company

          $82.00

        12. 9.9.12 DuPont (EI) de Nemours

          $143.00

        13. 9.9.13 Eastman Chemical Company

          $82.00

        14. 9.9.14 FKuR Kunststoff GmbH

          $115.00

        15. 9.9.15 Galactic SA

          $82.00

        16. 9.9.16 Grace Biotech Corporation

          $82.00

        17. 9.9.17 Innovia Films Limited

          $106.00

        18. 9.9.18 IRe Chemical Limited

          $82.00

        19. 9.9.19 Merquinsa Mercados Quimicos SL

          $82.00

        20. 9.9.20 Metabolix Incorporated

          $151.00

        21. 9.9.21 Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation

          $100.00

        22. 9.9.22 Nantong Jiuding Biological Engineering Company Limited

          $82.00

        23. 9.9.23 Ningbo Tianan Biologic Material Company Limited

          $82.00

        24. 9.9.24 Novamont SpA

          $128.00

        25. 9.9.25 Perstorp AB

          $82.00

        26. 9.9.26 Plantic Technologies Limited

          $117.00

        27. 9.9.27 PTT Chemical Public Company Limited

          $109.00

        28. 9.9.28 Rodenburg Biopolymers BV

          $82.00

        29. 9.9.29 Showa Denko KK

          $84.00

        30. 9.9.30 Solvay SA

          $82.00

        31. 9.9.31 Sphere SA

          $82.00

        32. 9.9.32 Synbra Holding BV

          $82.00

        33. 9.9.33 Teijin Limited

          $82.00

        34. 9.9.34 Tianjin GreenBio Materials Company Limited

          $82.00

        35. 9.9.35 Total SA

          $82.00

        36. 9.9.36 Zhejiang Hangzhou Xinfu Pharmaceutical Company Limited

          $82.00

        37. 9.9.37 Zhejiang Hisun Biomaterials Company Limited

          $82.00

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