The Future of Bioplastics for Packaging to 2024

Packaging presents a compelling opportunity for commercialisation of biopolymer R&D.

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Product type: Market report
Date of publication: 11 Jun 2019
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The Future of Bioplastics for Packaging to 2024

The new emphasis on sustainability from leading packaging converters and food and beverage brands is acting to accelerate this trend. Total demand for bioplastics in packaging applications is projected to reach 1.50 million tonnes in 2019. Consumption will grow at a rate of 16.2%, to more than double in 2024, reaching 3.18 million tonnes. Value in this market will also see attractive growth rising from $4.40 billion to $8.83 billion across the same period – presenting new markets and diversification opportunities for biotech and traditional polymer businesses. Demand for these new materials in packaging is global, with all regions forecast to see double digit growth across the five years to 2024. 

Description

Our exclusive content

  • Data forecasts by volume and value for all major bioplastic types in packaging
  • Critical analysis of production capacities and performance properties of biopolymers as a direct replacement for oil-based polymers
  • Expert insight into the leading applications for bioplastics in packaging for food, beverages, food-service, and other goods.

What methodology is used? 

The Future of Bioplastics for Packaging to 2024 is based on a new and in-depth market survey. This combined primary research via in-depth interviews with key participants in the polymer, biopolymer, production and packaging industries. This was supported by intensive secondary research into trade publications, company and industry websites and literature, trade association statistics, academic publications, independent, patents, etc. Market sizings and five-year forecasts were developed from these two sources. This was combined with Smithers Pira’s existing insight and database of market information on the packaging and polymer industries to produce an unparalleled level of detail.

What will you discover?

  • The market outlook and growth potential for nine major bioplastic types in food, drink, food-service and other packaging sectors
  • How bioplastics compare to conventional polymers in different packaging formats and production technologies, and the leading technical developments that will drive wider adoption
  • How evolution in business models and regulations will drive demand for bioplastics in packaging in key global markets
  • How the competing attributes of biodegradable and non-biodegradable will shape the future for this sector.

Who should buy this report?

Bioploymer producers
Conventional plastics suppliers
Bio-feedstock and precursor suppliers
Rigid and flexible packaging converters
Private and public-sector industry consultants, investors, and analysts. 

Table of Contents

Executive summary

Introduction and methodology

  • Scope
  • Report objectives
    • Segmentation
      • Bioplastic type
      • End-use application
      • Geographic region
  • Methodology
  • Definitions

Market dynamics for bioplastics in packaging 2015–24

  • The global synthetic polymers industry
    • Value chain structure
    • Value chain dynamics
      • Raw materials
      • Monomers and polymers
      • Polymer formulation, converting and applications
      • Success factors
  • Polymers used in packaging application
    • Conventional polymer materials used in packaging
      • Polyolefins: Polypropylene and polyethylene
      • PET and other polyester polymers
      • Other conventional polymers
    • Renewable and bio-based polymers for packaging application
      • Natural biopolymers extracted from biomass
      • Biodegradable polymers made from conventional monomers
      • Biopolymers from biologically derived monomers
  • Biopolymers in packaging: Issues and opportunities
    • Exogenous factors
      • Is plastics recycling sustainable?
      • The limits of biodegradability and composting
      • Drowning in discarded plastics?
    • The regulatory environment
      • US
      • Western Europe
    • Opportunities and threats
      • Economics of recycling
      • Composting and biodegradable plastics

Biopolymers technology trends 2015–24

  • Plastics recycling
    • Recycling outlook – US
    • Recycling outlook – Western Europe
    • Chemical recycling
  • Polymers from natural raw materials
    • Cellulosic polymers
    • Starch derivatives
  • Biodegradable aromatic – Aliphatic polyester polymers
  • Polymers synthesized by microorganisms – Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs)
  • Polymers from bio-derived monomers
  • Polylactic Acid (PLA)
  • Biopolyolefins
  • BioPET
  • Bio monomers
  • Bio-derived raw materials
  • Ethylene, ethylene glycol, butanediol, other diols
    • Bio-ethylene
    • Bio-ethylene glycol
    • Succinic acid and butanediol
  • Paraxylene and furan-based terephthalic acid analogues
    • Bioterephthalic acid
    • Furan-based analogues of terephthalic acid
  • Fragmentation/physical degradation
    • Proponents of physical degradation
    • Opponents of physical degradation additives
    • Official responses
    • Conclusion
  • Biotechnology companies

Bioplastics for packaging by biopolymer type, 2015–24

  • Biopolymers for packaging
    • Natural biopolymers extracted from biomass
      • Cellulosic polymers
      • Thermoplastic starch
    • Biodegradable polymers made from conventional monomers
    • Biopolymers from biologically derived monomers
    • Biologically derived monomers
    • Biopolymers produced by microorganisms
  • Biopolymer consumption patterns
    • Non-biodegradable biopolymers
      • Bio polyethylene
      • BioPET polyester
      • PEF polyesters
    • Biodegradable polymers
      • Polylactic acid (PLA)
      • Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHAs)
    • Aliphatic-aromatic polyesters
    • Cellulosic polymers
    • Starch polymers

Bioplastics for packaging by packaging end-use application, 2015–24

  • Beverage packaging applications
    • Bio-PET
    • Bio-polyolefins
  • Food packaging applications
  • Foodservice packaging applications
  • Non-food packaging applications
  • Global bioplastic consumption

Bioplastics for packaging by geographic market, 2015–24

  • Europe
  • North America
  • China
  • Other Asia
  • South & Central America
  • Rest of World 

Tables and Figures

  • The global volume of polymers for plastics (million tonnes)
  • Plastics environmental mitigation strategies
  • Bioplastics for packaging by bioplastic material type, 2015–24 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Bioplastics for packaging by bioplastic material type, 2015–24 ($ million)
  • Global bioplastics packaging by end-use application, 2015–24 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Global bioplastic packaging by end-use application, 2015–24 ($ million)
  • Global bioplastic packaging by geographic market, 2015–24 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Global bioplastic packaging by geographic market, 2015–24 ($ million)
  • Global bioplastic packaging by bioplastic material type and end-use application, 2015–24 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Some conventional packaging plastics
  • Some conventional raw materials and monomers
  • Some important biopolymers
  • Some important monomers from sustainable sources
  • The global synthetic polymers industry, 2015–25 (million tonnes)
  • Synthetic polymers global value chain
  • Synthetic and biopolymer production, 2015–25 (million tonnes)
  • Success factor and hurdles
  • The global synthetic polymers production, 2015–25 (million tonnes)
  • The global volume of polymers for plastics (millions of tonnes)
  • Monomers and polymers from fossil sources
  • Monomers and polymers from natural sources
  • Global biopolymers ‘000 tonnes)
  • Global biopolymers ($ million)
  • Global biopolymers (‘000 tonnes)
  • Bioplastic packaging materials ($ million)
  • Plastics recycling in the US, 2015/2018 (% total/million tonnes)
  • Plastics environmental impact mitigation strategies
  • Key issues in plastics recycling
  • Global cellulosics and starch-derived biopolymers consumption for all applications, 2015–24 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Global cellulosics and starch-derived biopolymers consumption for packaging applications, 2015–24 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Global starch-derived biopolymers consumption for packaging applications, 2015– 24 ($ million/‘000 tonnes)
  • Global aliphatic-aromatic polyester biopolymers consumption for packaging applications, 2015–24 ($ million/‘000 tonnes)
  • Global PHA biopolymers consumption for packaging applications, 2015–24 ($ million/‘000 tonnes)
  • Global biomonomers consumption for packaging applications by bioplastic type, 2015–24 (000 tonnes) 
  • Global PLA consumption for packaging applications, 2015–24 ($ million/‘000 tonnes)
  • Global biopolyolefin consumption for packaging applications, 2015–24 ($ million/‘000 tonnes)
  • Global bioPET consumption for packaging applications, 2015–24 ($ million/‘000 tonnes)
  • Leading bio-derived monomers
  • Searching for more economical raw materials
  • Physical degradation, fragmentation, oxo-degradation – Performance and regulatory requirements
  • Representative multinational firms active in biopolymers
  • Representative major biotechnology firms active in biopolymers
  • Representative biotechnology specialty companies
  • The global synthetic polymers industry, 2015–25 (million tonnes)
  • Plastics waste minimisation strategies
  • Global production of synthetic polymers by plastic type, 2015–25 (million tonnes)
  • Global production of polyolefins polymers by plastic type, 2015–25 (million tonnes)
  • Global production of polyester polymers, 2015–25 (million tonnes)
  • Global production of other polymers, 2015–25 (million tonnes)
  • Global bioplastics packaging by bioplastic material type, 2015- 2024 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Global bioplastics packaging by bioplastic material type, 2015- 2024 ($ million)
  • Global polymer consumption synthetic and bioploymers , 2015–25 (millions tonnes)
  • Global biopolymers consumption by biopolymer class, 2015–24 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Global biopolymers consumption by biopolymer class, 2015–24 ($ million)
  • Global non-degrading biopolymers consumption, 2015–24 (‘000 tonnes/$ million)
  • Global non-degrading biopolymers consumption by biopolymer type, 2015–24 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Global non-degrading biopolymers consumption by biopolymer type, 2015–24 ($ million)
  • Global biopolyethylene consumption, 2015–24 (‘000 tonnes/$ million)
  • Global bioPET consumption, 2015–24 (‘000 tonnes/$ million)
  • Global PEF consumption, 2015– 24 (‘000 tonnes/$ million)
  • Global biodegradable biopolymers consumption, 2015–24 (‘000 tonnes/$ million)
  • Global biodegradable biopolymers consumption by biopolymer type, 2015–24 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Global biodegradable biopolymers consumption by biopolymer type, 2015–24 ($ million)
  • Global PLA consumption, 2015– 24 (‘000 tonnes/$ million)
  • Global PHA consumption, 2015– 24 (‘000 tonnes/$ million)
  • Global aliphatic-aromatic polyesters consumption, 2015– 24 (‘000 tonnes/$ million)
  • Global cellulosic polymers consumption, 2015–24 (‘000 tonnes/$ million)
  • Global starch polymers consumption, 2015–24 (‘000 tonnes/$ million)
  • Global packaging for biopolymers by end-use applications,2015–24 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Global packaging for biopolymers by end-use applications,2015–24 ($ million)
  • Global bioploymer packaging market by end-use applications (% shares)
  • Global bioplastic packaging demand drivers
  • Global beverage bioplastic packaging demand by bioplastic material type, 2015–24 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Bioplastics for beverage packaging key characteristics
  • Global BioPET beverage bioplastic packaging, 2015–24 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Global polyolefins beverage bioplastic packaging, 2015–24 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Global food bioplastic packaging by bioplastic material type, 2015–24 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Global BioPET food bioplastic packaging, 2015–24 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Global BioPE/BioPP food bioplastic packaging, 2015–24 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Global PLA food bioplastic packaging, 2015–24 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Global PHA/aliphatic-aromatic polyesters food bioplastic packaging, 2015–24 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Global cellulosic bioplastic food packaging, 2015–24 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Global foodservice bioplastic packaging demand by bioplastic material type, 2015–24 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Global non-food bioplastic packaging demand by bioplastic material type, 2015–24 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Global bioplastics packaging by end-use application and by bioplastic material type, 2015–24 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Global bioplastics packaging by end-use application, 2015–24 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Global bioplastics packaging by end-use application, 2015–24 ($ million)
  • Global packaging applications for biopolymers by geographic region, 2015–24 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Global packaging applications for biopolymers by geographic region, 2015–24 ($ million)
  • Europe: bioplastics packaging by end-use application, 2015–24 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Europe: bioplastics packaging by end-use application, 2015–24 ($ million)
  • Europe: bioplastics packaging by bioplastic material type, 2015–24 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Europe bioplastics packaging by bioplastic material type, 2015–24 ($ million)
  • Europe: bioplastic packaging by bioplastic material type and enduse application, 2015–24 (‘000 tonnes)
  • North America: bioplastics packaging by end-use application, 2015–24 (‘000 tonnes)
  • North America: bioplastics packaging by end-use application, 2015–24 ($ million)
  • North America: bioplastics packaging by bioplastic material type, 2015–24 (‘000 tonnes)
  • North America: bioplastics packaging by bioplastic material type, 2015–24 ($ million)
  • North America: bioplastic packaging by bioplastic material type and end-use application, 2015–24 (‘000 tonnes)
  • China: bioplastics packaging by end-use application, 2015–24 (‘000 tonnes)
  • China: bioplastics packaging by end-use application, 2015–24 ($ million)
  • China: bioplastics packaging by bioplastic material type, 2015–24
  • Bioplastics packaging by bioplastic material type, 2015–24 ($ million)
  • China: bioplastic packaging by bioplastic material type and end-use application, 2015–24 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Other Asia: bioplastics packaging by end-use application, 2015–24 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Other Asia: bioplastics packaging by end-use application, 2015–24 ($ million)
  • Other Asia: bioplastics packaging by bioplastic material type, 2015–24 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Other Asia: bioplastics packaging by bioplastic material type, 2015–24 ($ million)
  • Other Asia: bioplastic packaging by bioplastic material type and end-use application, 2015–24 (‘000 tonnes)
  • South & Central America: bioplastics packaging by enduse application, 2015–24 (‘000 tonnes and $ million)
  • South & Central America: bioplastics packaging by bioplastic material type, 2015–24 (‘000 tonnes)
  • South & Central America: bioplastics packaging by bioplastic material type, 2015–24 ($ million)
  • South & Central America: bioplastic packaging by bioplastic material type and end-use application, 2015–24 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Rest of the World: bioplastics packaging by end-use application, 2015–24 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Rest of the World: bioplastics packaging by end-use application, 2015–24 ($ million)
  • Rest of the World: bioplastics packaging by bioplastic material type, 2015–24 (‘000 tonnes)
  • Rest of the World: bioplastics packaging by bioplastic material type, 2015–24 ($ million)
  • Rest of the World: bioplastic packaging by bioplastic material type and end-use application, 2015–24 (‘000 tonnes)