The Future of Bioplastics for Packaging to 2022

Global bioplastics for packaging consumption is projected to reach 1.06 million tonnes in 2017, with a market value of $3.4 billion.

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Product type: Market report
Date of publication: 01 Mar 2017
Product format: Digital Copy, Hard Copy
Number of tables: 150
  • Smithers Pira's new report The Future of Bioplastics for Packaging to 2022 finds that global bioplastics consumption will reach 1.06 million tonnes in 2017, with a market value of $3.4 billion
  • Bioplastics for packaging markets currently represent a less than 1% of global plastic packaging sales, however bioplastic packaging is forecast to grow at a significantly higher rate than petro-based polymers during the five-year period to 2022.
  • Europe is the largest regional market for bioplastic packaging with close to one third of world consumption in 2017
  • North America trails Europe in terms of bioplastic packaging consumption, but government and consumer attitudes are changing. North America and Asia are forecast to show higher growth rates than Europe for bioplastic packaging over the forecast period
  • Non-food is the largest area of application for bioplastic packaging demand in 2017, accounting for almost 50% of global consumption
  • Bioplastic beverage bottle consumption has grown dramatically since 2012, following the introduction of bio-derived PET for soft drinks.

Description

Our exclusive content

  • Five-year global forecasts for bioplastic packaging segmented by process type, end use and geographic region
  • Qualitative analysis of key market drivers and their impact on market evolution to 2022
  • 150 tables quantify the growing  market for bioplastic packaging, providing valuable strategic insight

What methodology is used? 

The Future of Bioplastics for Packaging to 2022 is based on a combination of in-depth primary and secondary research. Primary research included refinement of Smithers Pira’s databases on bioplastic packaging throughout the world and interviews targeting key decision makers.

This exclusive content was contextualized and integrated and integrated with secondary research drawn from third-party databases and historical data – including official statistics, trade associations, trade directories, market reports, journals, websites, and industry contacts – and detailed analyses of economic data.

What will you discover?

  • Comprehensive exploration of the growing demand for bioplastic packaging, across all key world markets, contextualized within the evolution of the global packaging market
  • An exclusive and in-depth data set that quantifies and segments the entire bioplastic packaging market from 2012-2022
  • Expert qualitative analysis of the state of the art technologies that are fueling the explosive growth of bioplastic packaging formats

Who should buy this report?

  • Bioplastics producers
  • Additive suppliers
  • Flexible packaging converters
  • Brand owners and retailers
  • Equipment and machinery suppliers
  • Industry consultants and analysts 

Table of Contents

Executive summary

Introduction and methodology

  • Objectives
  • Report scope
    • Bioplastic product types
    • End-use sectors
    • Geographic markets
  • Definitions
  • Data
  • Methodology
  • List of polymer acronyms
  • Exchange rates

Industry overview

  • Bioplastics market development
  • Bioplastisc for packaging market overview
  • Bioplastics packaging market drivers and trends

Cutting-edge technology developments

  • Bioplastics directly extracted from biomass
    • Current starch-based bioplastic technologies
    • Current cellulose-based bioplastic technologies
    • Future technology developments for bioplastics directly extracted from biomass
  • ​Bioplastics synthesized from bio-derived monomers
    • Currently polylactic acid (PLA) technologies
    • Future PLA technology developments
  • Bioplastics produced directly by natural / GM organisms
    • Current PHA technology
    • Future PHA technology developments
  • Bio-based 'drop in' chemical feedstock
    • Bio-based polyethylene
    • Bio-based PET
    • Bio-succinic acid
    • Bio-dereived butadiene
    • Polyethylene furanoate (PEF)

Bioplastics for packaging market size and forecast by material type

  • Biodegradable plastics directly extracted from biomass
    • Starch
    • Cellulose acetate (CA)
  • Biodegradable plastics produced directly by natural / GM organisms
    • Polyhydroxy-alkanoates (PHA)
  • Biodegradable plastics synthesized from bio-derived monomers
    • Polylactic acid (PLA)
  • Biodegradable polymers synthesized from petrochemical feedstock
    • Aliphatic-aromatic polyesters
  • Non-biodegradable plastics synthesized from bio-derived monomers
    • Bio-derived PE / PP
    • Bio-derived PET
    • Polyethylene furanoate (PEF)

Bioplastics for packaging market size and forecast by end-use sector

  • Beverage packaging
  • Food packaging
  • Food service packaging
  • Non-food packaging

Bioplastics for packaging market size and forecast by geographic region

  • Europe
  • North America
  • China
  • Asia (excluding China)
  • South and Central America
  • Other markets

Bioplastics for food and drink packaging - challenges and opportunities

  • Overview
    • Relative cost versus petro-polymers
    • Management of feedstock availability
    • Performance of bioplastic materials
    • Product quality / consistency
    • Higher density of bioplastics
  • Competing pack types for bioplastics in the food and beverages market
    • Flexible food packaging
    • Rigid food packaging
    • Plastic beverage packaging
  • Challenges and opportunities for bioplastic materials in food and beverage markets
    • Starch / starch blends
    • Polylactic acid (PLA)
    • Cellulose
    • Polyhydroxy-alkanoates (PHA)
    • Aliphatic-aromatic co-polyesters
    • Bio-based polyethylene
    • Bio-based PET
    • Polyethylene furanoate (PEF)

Bioplastics for packaging suppliers

  • Starch
  • Cellulose
  • Polylactic acid (PLA)
  • Aliphatic-aromatic polyesters
  • Polyhydroxy-alkanoates (PHA)
  • Bio-based polyolefins
  • Bio-based PET
  • Polyethylene furanoate (PEF) 

Tables and Figures

List of tables

  • World: forecast flexible packaging consumption by material type, 2012–2022 ($ million)
  • World: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by geographic region, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • World: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by substrate 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • World: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by end-use application 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Global consumer flexible packaging consumption by region, 2012–2017 ($ million)
  • Global consumer flexible packaging consumption by substrate, 2012-2017 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Global flexible packaging consumption by sector and by material, 2012–2017 ($ million)
  • World: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by end-use application, 2012-2017 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Comparative listing of barrier performance and pricing for different flexible formats
  • Technology progress chart 2017-2022 for flexible packaging technologies
  • Cutting-edge technology developments for flexible packaging technologies synopsis table 2017-2022
  • World: forecast flexible packaging consumption by sector and by material, 2012–2022 ($ million)
  • World: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by substrate, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • World: forecast share of consumer flexible packaging consumption by substrate, 2012–2022 (%)
  • World: forecast flexible packaging consumption by sector and material, 2010–20 ($ million)
  • Forecast flexible plastic packaging consumption by region 2012–2022 ($ million)
  • Packaging paper consumption by geographic market, 2012–2022 ($ million)
  • Flexible foil packaging consumption by geographic market, 2012–2022 ($million)
  • World forecast flexible packaging consumption in consumer applications by region, 2012–2022 ($ million)
  • BOPP: flexible packaging consumption by region, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • CPP: flexible packaging consumption by region, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • BOPA: flexible packaging consumption by region, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • BOPET: flexible packaging consumption by region, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • PE: flexible packaging consumption by region, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • PVC: flexible packaging consumption by region, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • EVOH: flexible packaging consumption by region, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • RCF: flexible packaging consumption by region, 2010–20 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Aluminium foil: flexible packaging consumption by region, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Paper: flexible packaging consumption by region, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Comparative analysis table for different flexible materials 2017-2022
  • Global consumer flexible packaging consumption by end-use application, 20010–20 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Food: consumer flexible packaging consumption by region, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Fresh fruit & vegetables: consumer flexible packaging consumption by region, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Fresh meat, fish & poultry: consumer flexible packaging consumption by region, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Frozen food: consumer flexible packaging consumption by region, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Chilled food: consumer flexible packaging consumption by region, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Ready meals: consumer flexible packaging consumption by region, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Dried food: consumer flexible packaging consumption by region, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Savoury snacks: forecast of flexible packaging consumption by region, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Confectionery: forecast of flexible packaging consumption by region, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Baked goods: consumer flexible packaging consumption by region, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Dairy products: consumer flexible packaging consumption by region, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Hot drinks: consumer flexible packaging consumption by region, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Other foods: consumer flexible packaging consumption by region, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Beverages: forecast of flexible packaging consumption by region, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Pet food: forecast of flexible packaging consumption by region, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Cosmetics & personal care: forecast of flexible packaging consumption by region, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Pharmaceutical and medical: forecast of flexible packaging consumption by region, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Tobacco: forecast of flexible packaging consumption by region, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Non-food: forecast of flexible packaging consumption by region, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Comparative analysis table for different end-use application 2017-2022
  • World: forecast flexible packaging consumption by end-use application and by material, 2012–2022 ($ million)
  • Forecast global consumer flexible packaging consumption by region, 2012-2022 ($ million)
  • Forecast global consumer packaging consumption by region, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • World: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by end-use application, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Western Europe: forecast flexible packaging consumption by application and by material, 2012-2022 ($ million)
  • Western Europe: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by country, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Western Europe: consumer flexible packaging consumption by substrate, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Western Europe: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by end-use application, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • France: flexible packaging consumption, 2012-2022 ($ million)
  • France: forecast flexible packaging consumption by sector and by material, 2012-2022 ($ million)
  • France: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by substrate, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • France: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by end-use application, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Germany: flexible packaging consumption, 2012-2022 ($ million)
  • Germany: forecast flexible packaging consumption by sector and by material, 2012-2022 ($ million)
  • Germany: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by substrate, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Germany: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by end-use sector, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Italy: flexible packaging consumption, 2012-2022 ($ million)
  • Italy: forecast flexible packaging consumption by sector and by material, 2012-2022 ($ million)
  • Italy: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by substrate, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Italy: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by end-use application, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Spain: flexible packaging consumption, 2012-2022 ($ million)
  • Spain: forecast flexible packaging consumption by sector and by material, 2012-2022 ($ million)
  • Spain: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by substrate, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Spain: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by end-use application, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • UK: flexible packaging consumption, 2012-2022 ($ million)
  • UK: forecast flexible packaging consumption by sector and by material, 2012-2022 ($ million)
  • UK: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by substrate, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • UK: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by end-use sector, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Other Western Europe: forecast flexible packaging consumption by sector and by material, 2012-2022 ($ million)
  • Other Western Europe: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by substrate, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Other Western Europe: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by end-use application, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Eastern Europe: forecast flexible packaging consumption by application and by material, 2012-2022 ($ million)
  • Eastern Europe: forecast flexible packaging consumption by country, 2012-2022 ($ million)
  • Eastern Europe: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by substrate, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Eastern Europe: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by end-use application, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Russia: flexible packaging consumption, 2012-2022 ($ million)
  • Russia: forecast flexible packaging consumption by sector and by material, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Russia: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by substrate, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Russia: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by end-use application, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Poland: flexible packaging consumption, 2012-2022 ($ million)
  • Poland: forecast flexible packaging consumption by sector and by material, 2012-2022 ($ million)
  • Poland: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by substrate, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Poland: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by end-use application, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Other Eastern Europe: forecast flexible packaging consumption by sector and by material, 2012-2022 ($ million)
  • Other Eastern Europe: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by substrate, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Other Eastern Europe: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by end-use application,
  • 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • North America: forecast flexible packaging consumption by country, 2012-2022 ($ million)
  • North America: forecast flexible packaging consumption by sector and by material, 2012-2022 ($ million)
  • North America: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by substrate, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • North America: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by end-use application, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • US: forecast flexible packaging consumption by sector and by material, 2012-2022 ($ million)
  • US: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by substrate, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • US: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by end-use application, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Canada: forecast flexible packaging consumption by sector and by material, 2012-2022 ($ million)
  • Canada: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by substrate, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Canada: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by end-use sector, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • South and Central America: forecast flexible packaging consumption by country, 2012-2022 ($ million)
  • South and Central America: forecast flexible packaging consumption by sector and by material, 2012-2022 ($ million)
  • South and Central America: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by substrate, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • South and Central America: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by end-use application, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Brazil: flexible packaging consumption, 2012-2022 ($ million)
  • Brazil: forecast flexible packaging consumption by sector and by material, 2012-2022 ($ million)
  • Brazil: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by substrate, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Brazil: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by end-use application, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Other South and Central America: forecast flexible packaging consumption by sector and by material, 2012-2022 ($ million)
  • Other South and Central America: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by substrate, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Other South and Central America: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by end-use application, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Asia: forecast flexible packaging consumption by country, 2012-2022 ($ million)
  • Asia: forecast flexible packaging consumption by sector and by material, 2012-2022 ($ million)
  • Asia: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by substrate, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Asia: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by end-use application, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Japan: flexible packaging consumption, 2012-2022 ($ million)
  • Japan: forecast flexible packaging consumption by sector and by material, 2012-2022 ($ million)
  • Japan: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by substrate, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Japan: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by end-use sector, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • China: flexible packaging consumption, 2012-2022 ($ million)
  • China: forecast flexible packaging consumption by sector and by material, 2012-2022 ($ million)
  • China: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by substrate, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • China: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by end-use application, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • India: flexible packaging consumption, 2012-2022 ($ million)
  • India: forecast flexible packaging consumption by sector and by material, 2012-2022 ($ million)
  • India: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by substrate, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • India: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by end-use application, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Other Asia: forecast flexible packaging consumption by sector and by material, 2012-2022 ($ million)
  • Other Asia: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by substrate, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Other Asia: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by end-use application, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Rest of the world: forecast flexible packaging consumption by country, 2012-2022 ($ million)
  • Rest of the world: forecast flexible packaging consumption by sector and by material, 2012-2022 ($ million)
  • Rest of the world: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by substrate, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Rest of the world: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by end-use sector, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Turkey: flexible packaging consumption, 2012-2022 ($ million)
  • Turkey: forecast flexible packaging consumption by sector and by material, 2012-2022 ($ million)
  • Turkey: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by substrate, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Turkey: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by end-use application, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Other countries: forecast flexible packaging consumption by sector and by material, 2012-2022 ($ million)
  • Other countries: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by substrate, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Other countries: forecast consumer flexible packaging consumption by end-use sector, 2012–2022 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Ranking of top 10 national markets for flexible packaging 2017-2022