Biopolymers Market By Type (Bio-based Polyesters [Polylactic Acid (PLA), Polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB), Polybutylene Succinate (PBS), Polybutylene Succinate Adipate (PBSA), Polytrimethylene Terephthalate (PTT) & Others], Bio-based Polyolefins, Bio-based Polyamides (Bio-PA) (Homopolyamides, Bio-PA 6, Bio-PA 11, Copolyamides & Others), Polyurethanes, Polysaccharide Polymers (Cellulose-based Polymers & Starch-based Polymers) & Others), By Molding Process (Extrusion, Injection, Melt compounding & Others), By Application (Packaging (Rigid Packaging & Flexible Packaging), Fibers, Paper & Cardboard Coatings, Agricultural Seed Coatings, Automotive Interiors & Exteriors, Medical Implants, Circuit Boards, Insulators, Laminates & Others), By End-use Industry, By Geography - Global Opportunity Analysis & Industry Forecast, 2022-2027

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Biopolymers Market Overview

The Biopolymers Market size is projected to reach US$26.3 billion by 2027, after growing at a CAGR of 11.1% during the forecast period 2022-2027. The various benefits associated with the biopolymers such as polyesters, polylactic acid, polyhydroxybutyrate, polybutylene succinate and more include biocompatibility, biodegradability, renewability and more. These benefits make biopolymers a sustainable replacement for petroleum-derived materials. The bolstering food & beverage industry, including poultry products, dried food and more is the primary factor driving the biopolymers market growth. For instance, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in 2020, global poultry meat production was 133.9 million tons and in 2021, it was 135.2 million tons, an increase of about 1%. However, in 2020, Covid-19 led to restrictions associated with supply chain, logistics and more, impacting production activities. This, in turn, negatively impacted the growth of the biopolymers industry. In 2021, the governmental measures to resurge the production activities fueled the growth of the biopolymers industry. Moreover, the growth of the medical and healthcare industry is fueling the demand for biopolymers. As a result, the biopolymers market size will grow throughout the forecast period.

Report Coverage 

The "Biopolymers Market Report – Forecast (2022-2027)” by IndustryARC, covers an in-depth analysis of the following segments in the Biopolymers Market. 

By Type: Bio-based Polyesters [Polylactic Acid (PLA), Polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB), Polybutylene Succinate (PBS), Polybutylene Succinate Adipate (PBSA), Polytrimethylene Terephthalate (PTT) and Others], Bio-based Polyolefins, Bio-based Polyamides (Bio-PA) (Homopolyamides, Bio-PA 6, Bio-PA 11, Copolyamides and Others), Polyurethanes, Polysaccharide Polymers (Cellulose-based Polymers and Starch-based Polymers) and Others.
By Molding Process: Extrusion, Injection, Melt compounding and Others.
By Application: Packaging (Rigid Packaging and Flexible Packaging), Fibers, Paper & Cardboard Coatings, Agricultural Seed Coatings, Automotive Interiors & Exteriors, Medical Implants, Circuit Boards, Insulators, Laminates and Others. 
By End-use Industry: Food & Beverage (Fresh Food, Bakery, Frozen Food, Dried Food, Poultry Products, Dairy Products, Confectionery, Alcoholic Beverages, Non-alcoholic Beverages and Others), Medical & Healthcare (Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices and Others), Agriculture, Consumer Electronics (Computers, Smartphones, Refrigerators and Others), Automotive [Passenger Vehicles (PV), Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV) and Heavy Commercial Vehicles (HCV)], Textile, Aerospace (Commercial, Military and Others), Building & Construction (Residential, Commercial, Industrial and Others) and Others 
By Geography: North America (the USA, Canada and Mexico), Europe (UK, Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Russia, Belgium and the Rest of Europe), Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand, Indonesia, Taiwan, Malaysia and Rest of APAC), South America (Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Chile and Rest of South America), Rest of the World [Middle East (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Israel and Rest of Middle East) and Africa (South Africa, Nigeria and Rest of Africa)]

Key Takeaways

  • Europe dominated the Biopolymers Market, owing to the growth of the fresh food industry in the region. For instance, according to the Federal Statistical Office of Germany, in 2021, Germany's vegetable production increased by 10% over 2020. 
  • The government initiatives for green initiatives are fueling the demand for Biopolymers such as polyesters, polyethylene and more are driving the market growth.
  • Moreover, the increasing adoption of Biopolymers in packaging applications is also accelerating market growth. 
  • However, the high cost of the Biopolymers is expected to create a retrain for the market growth during the projected forecast period.

Figure: Biopolymers Market Revenue Share, by Geography, 2021 (%)

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Biopolymers Market Segment Analysis – by Application 

The packaging segment held the largest Biopolymers Market share in 2021 and is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 11.4% during the forecast period 2022-2027. Biopolymers such as polyesters, polylactic acid, polyhydroxybutyrate and more are frequently deployed in packaging because they enhance the shelf-life of the product and also it reduces the overall carbon footprint related to food packaging. The films composed of biopolymers such as polysaccharides and protein-composed increase mechanical and optical properties. As a result, biopolymers packaging is employed across various end-use industries, including food & beverages, medical & healthcare and more. Thus, owing to the above-mentioned benefits, the adoption of biopolymers is surging in packaging applications, which is accelerating market growth. 

Biopolymers Market Segment Analysis – by End-use Industry 

The food & beverage segment held a significant Biopolymers Market share of more than 25% in 2021. The key properties of biopolymers are high strength, lightweight and heat resistance. As a result, biopolymers are frequently used in the food and beverage industry. Moreover, due to their superior quality, functionality, affordability and composability, they are an ideal replacement for single-use plastic food & beverage packaging. The surging development of food & beverage facilities, governmental initiatives and others are the crucial variables propelling the food & beverage industry's growth. For instance, according to Invest India, the food processing sector in India is one of the world’s largest, with output anticipated to reach US$535 billion by 2025-2026. Hence, the growth of the food & beverage industry is expected to fuel the demand for biopolymers. As a result, the market growth will accelerate during the upcoming years. 

Biopolymers Market Segment Analysis – by Geography 

Europe is the dominating region as it held the largest Biopolymers Market share in 2021 up to 43.5%. The economic growth of Europe is driven by the growth of the various industries, including food and beverage, medical & healthcare and other similar industries. The food and beverages industry growth is vital for food security in the European region. For instance, according to Food Drink Europe, the food and beverage industry in Europe produced a 96.7 production index in the second quarter of 2020 and a 104.6 production index in the third quarter of 2020, an increase of 8.2 percent. Also, according to the European Union, in 2020, the production of fruits in the European Union countries was about 36.8 million metric tons and out of this, apples and pears production were the highest at 14.3 million metric tons, which was 38.9% of the total fruit production. Therefore, the booming food & beverage industry in Europe is boosting the demand for biopolymers. This, in turn, is proliferating the biopolymers market size growth.

Biopolymers Market Drivers 

Government Initiatives for Biopolymers 

The transformation of the current linear material system into a circular economy necessitates national and international legislation. This is due to the globalized industry's complex worldwide supply chains. Governments at the global level are taking initiatives for biopolymers. For instance, a circular economy action plan was approved by the European Commission (EC) in March 2020. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is currently working on a two-year study to investigate food and feed safety vulnerabilities in a circular economy as part of this larger European strategy. The strategy also encouraged biodegradable food packaging research and development. Thus, the growing government initiatives for biodegradable packaging are driving the demand for biopolymers, which is aiding market growth. 

Growth of the Medical Devices Industry 

In the production of medical devices such as replacement joints, heart valves, arteries, teeth, tendons, ligaments and eye lenses, biopolymers are used to replace or repair some diseased, damaged, or non-functional pieces of tissue or bone. Factors such as technological improvements in medical equipment and an aging population are accelerating the medical device industry's growth. For instance, according to the International Trade Administration (ITA), Canada is the world's eighth-largest medical device market, valued at around USD$8.6 billion in 2020. Thus, the growth of the medical device industry is boosting the demand for biopolymers, which, in turn, is driving market growth. 

Biopolymers Market Challenge

Higher Cost Associated with Biopolymers 

Biopolymers such as polyesters, polylactic acid, polyhydroxybutyrate and more have the advantage of easy disposable and regeneration. However, one disadvantage of biopolymers is that they necessitate the use of expensive industrial processors and composters, particularly for those that must be broken down at high industrial temperatures. For instance, according to Plastmart, the major drawback of biopolymers is their higher price tag when compared to traditional polymers. While the typical, conventional polymers cost between US$1000 and US$1500 per metric tonne (MT), biopolymers can cost anywhere from US$4000 to US$15,000 per MT for materials like polyhydroxybutyrate. Therefore, the high price associated with biopolymers may restrict the growth of the biopolymers industry in the coming years. 

Biopolymers Industry Outlook 

Technology launches, acquisitions and increased R&D activities are key strategies adopted by players in the Biopolymers Market. The top 10 companies in the Biopolymers market are:
  1. NatureWorks 
  2. Braskem 
  3. BASF 
  4. Total Corbion 
  5. Novamont 
  6. Biome Bioplastics 
  7. Mitsubishi Chemical Holding Corporation 
  8. Biotec 
  9. Toray Industries 
  10. Plantic Technologies 

Recent Developments: 

  • In August 2022, DSM Engineering Materials launched StanylB-MB (Bio-based Mass Balanced), a more environmentally friendly version of its mainstay polyamide (PA) product that contains up to 100% bio-based material. It enables DSM Engineering Materials to halve the carbon footprint of this product line. 
  • In June 2022, a global polymer manufacturer based in Germany launched VerdessenceTM RiceTouch, a new biopolymer used for various personal care products. 
  • In October 2021, Emballator, a leading manufacturer of packaging solutions, collaborated with Borealis, a leading supplier of cutting-edge polyolefins solutions. Borealis supplied Emballator with bio-based polypropylene for pails and containers as part of this partnership. 

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1. Biopolymers Market - Overview
    1.1 Definitions and Scope
2. Biopolymers Market - Executive Summary
    2.1 Key Trends by Type
    2.2 Key Trends by Molding Process
    2.3 Key Trends by Application
    2.4 Key Trends by End-use Industry
    2.5 Key Trends by Geography
3. Biopolymers Market – Comparative analysis
    3.1 Market Share Analysis - Major Companies
    3.2 Product Benchmarking - Major Companies
    3.3 Top 5 Financials Analysis
    3.4 Patent Analysis - Major Companies
    3.5 Pricing Analysis (ASPs will be provided)
4. Biopolymers Market - Startup companies Scenario Premium Premium
    4.1 Major startup company analysis:
        4.1.1 Investment
        4.1.2 Revenue
        4.1.3 Product portfolio
        4.1.4 Venture Capital and Funding Scenario
5. Biopolymers Market – Industry Market Entry Scenario Premium Premium
    5.1 Regulatory Framework Overview
    5.2 New Business and Ease of Doing Business Index
    5.3 Successful Venture Profiles
    5.4 Customer Analysis – Major companies
6. Biopolymers Market - Market Forces
    6.1 Market Drivers
    6.2 Market Constraints
    6.3 Porter's Five Force Model
        6.3.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
        6.3.2 Bargaining Powers of Buyers
        6.3.3 Threat of New Entrants
        6.3.4 Competitive Rivalry
        6.3.5 Threat of Substitutes
7. Biopolymers Market – Strategic Analysis
    7.1 Value/Supply Chain Analysis
    7.2 Opportunity Analysis
    7.3 Product/Market Life Cycle
    7.4 Distributor Analysis – Major Companies
8. Biopolymers Market - by Type (Market Size – US$ Million/Billion)
    8.1 Bio-based Polyesters
        8.1.1 Polylactic Acid (PLA)
        8.1.2 Polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB)
        8.1.3 Polybutylene Succinate (PBS)
        8.1.4 Polybutylene Succinate Adipate (PBSA)
        8.1.5 Polytrimethylene Terephthalate (PTT)
        8.1.6 Others
    8.2 Bio-based Polyolefins
    8.3 Bio-based Polyamides (Bio-PA)
        8.3.1 Homopolyamides
        8.3.2 Bio-PA 6
        8.3.3 Bio-PA 11
        8.3.4 Copolyamides
        8.3.5 Others
    8.4 Polyurethanes
    8.5 Polysaccharide Polymers
        8.5.1 Cellulose-based Polymers
        8.5.2 Starch-based Polymers
    8.6 Others
9. Biopolymers Market - by Molding Process (Market Size – US$ Million/Billion)
    9.1 Extrusion
    9.2 Injection
    9.3 Melt compounding
    9.4 Others
10. Biopolymers Market - by Application (Market Size – US$ Million/Billion)
    10.1 Packaging
        10.1.1 Rigid Packaging
        10.1.2 Flexible Packaging
    10.2 Fibers
    10.3 Paper & Cardboard Coatings
    10.4 Agricultural Seed Coatings
    10.5 Automotive Interiors & Exteriors
    10.6 Medical Implants
    10.7 Circuit Boards
    10.8 Insulators
    10.9 Laminates
    10.10 Others
11. Biopolymers Market - by End-use Industry (Market Size – US$ Million/Billion)
    11.1 Food & Beverage
        11.1.1 Fresh Food
        11.1.2 Bakery
        11.1.3 Frozen Food
        11.1.4 Dried Food
        11.1.5 Poultry Products
        11.1.6 Dairy Products
        11.1.7 Confectionery
        11.1.8 Alcoholic Beverages
        11.1.9 Non-alcoholic Beverages
        11.1.10 Others
    11.2 Medical & Healthcare
        11.2.1 Pharmaceuticals
        11.2.2 Medical Devices
        11.2.3 Others
    11.3 Agriculture
    11.4 Consumer Electronics
        11.4.1 Computers
        11.4.2 Smartphones
        11.4.3 Refrigerators
        11.4.4 Others
    11.5 Automotive
        11.5.1 Passenger Vehicles (PV)
        11.5.2 Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV)
        11.5.3 Heavy Commercial Vehicles (HCV)
    11.6 Textile
    11.7 Aerospace
        11.7.1 Commercial
        11.7.2 Military
        11.7.3 Others
    11.8 Building & Construction
        11.8.1 Residential
        11.8.2 Commercial
        11.8.3 Industrial
        11.8.4 Others
    11.9 Others
12. Biopolymers Market - by Geography (Market Size - US$ Million/Billion)
    12.1 North America
        12.1.1 the USA
        12.1.2 Canada
        12.1.3 Mexico
    12.2 Europe
        12.2.1 the UK
        12.2.2 Germany
        12.2.3 France
        12.2.4 Italy
        12.2.5 the Netherlands
        12.2.6 Spain
        12.2.7 Russia
        12.2.8 Belgium
        12.2.9 Rest of Europe
    12.3 Asia-Pacific
        12.3.1 China
        12.3.2 Japan
        12.3.3 India
        12.3.4 South Korea
        12.3.5 Australia and New Zealand
        12.3.6 Indonesia
        12.3.7 Taiwan
        12.3.8 Malaysia
        12.3.9 Rest of APAC
    12.4 South America
        12.4.1 Brazil
        12.4.2 Argentina
        12.4.3 Colombia
        12.4.4 Chile
        12.4.5 Rest of South America
    12.5 Rest of the World
        12.5.1 the Middle East
            12.5.1.1 Saudi Arabia
            12.5.1.2 UAE
            12.5.1.3 Israel
            12.5.1.4 Rest of Middle East
        12.5.2 Africa
        12.5.2.1 South Africa
        12.5.2.2 Nigeria
        12.5.2.3 Rest of Africa
13. Biopolymers Market – Entropy
    13.1 New Product Launches
    13.2 M&As, Collaborations, JVs and Partnerships
14. Biopolymers Market – Industry / Segment Competition landscape Premium Premium
    14.1 Company Benchmarking Matrix – Major Companies
    14.2 Market Share at Global Level - Major companies
    14.3 Market Share by Key Region - Major companies
    14.4 Market Share by Key Country - Major companies
    14.5 Market Share by Key End-use Industry Industry - Major companies
    14.6 Market Share by Key Product Type/Product category - Major companies
15. Biopolymers Market – Key Company List by Country Premium Premium
16. Biopolymers Market Company Analysis - Business Overview, Product Portfolio, Financials and Developments
    16.1 Company 1
    16.2 Company 2
    16.3 Company 3
    16.4 Company 4
    16.5 Company 5
    16.6 Company 6
    16.7 Company 7
    16.8 Company 8
    16.9 Company 9
    16.10 Company 10
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List of Tables:

Table 1. Global Biopolymers Market Revenue, By Region, 2015-2021 ($ Billion)
Table 2. Global Biopolymers Market Volume, By Region, 2015-2021 (Tons)
Table 3. Global Agricultural Area, By Sub-segment, 2015 (ha)
Table 4. Global Biopolymers Classification, By Type & Production Method
Table 5. Global Biopolymers Market - Product Benchmarking
Table 6. Global Biopolymers Market Top 5 Financial Analysis, 2015 ($Million)
Table 7. Biopolymers Market : Regulation Analysis
Table 8. Biopolymers Market Production Capacity, By Type, 2015 (Metric Tonnes)
Table 9. Global Biopolymers Market Revenue, By Type, 2015-2021 ($Billion)
Table 10. Global Biopolymers Market Volume, By Type, 2015-2021 (KT)
Table 11. Global PLA Market Revenue, By Application, 2015-2021 ($Million)
Table 12. Global PLA Market Volume, By Application, 2015-2021 (KT)
Table 13. Global Starch Blends Market Revenue, By Application, 2015-2021 ($Million)
Table 14. Global Starch Blends Market Volume, By Application, 2015-2021 (KT)
Table 15. Global Biodegradable Polyesters Market Revenue, By Application, 2015-2021 ($Million)
Table 16. Global Biodegradable Polyesters Market Volume, By Application, 2015-2021 (KT)
Table 17. Global PHA Market Revenue, By Application, 2015-2021 ($Million)
Table 18. Global PHA Market Volume, By Application, 2015-2021 (KT)
Table 19. Global BIO-PE Market Revenue, By Application, 2015-2021 ($Million)
Table 20. Global BIO-PET Market Revenue, By Application, 2015-2021 ($Million)
Table 21. Global BIO-PET Market Volume, By Application, 2015-2021 (KT)
Table 22. Global Other Biopolymers Market Revenue, By Application, 2015-2021 ($Million)
Table 23. Global Biopolymers Market Value, By Application, 2015-2021 ($Billion)
Table 24. Global Biopolymers Market Volume, By Application, 2015-2021 (KT)
Table 25. Global Biopolymers Market Revenue, By Region, 2015-2021 ($ Billion)
Table 26. Americas Biopolymers Market Revenue, By Type, 2015-2021 ($Million)
Table 27. Americas Biopolymers Market Revenue, By Application, 2015-2021 ($Million)
Table 28. Europe Biopolymers Market Revenue, By Type , 2015-2021 ($Million)
Table 29. Europe Biopolymers Market Revenue, By Application, 2015-2021 ($Million)
Table 30. APAC Biopolymers Market Revenue, By Type, 2015-2021 ($Million)
Table 31. APAC Biopolymers Market Revenue, By Application, 2015-2021 ($Million)
Table 32. RoW Biopolymers Market Revenue, By Type, 2015-2021 ($Million)
Table 33. RoW Biopolymers Market Revenue, By Application, 2015-2021 ($Million)


List of Figures:

Figure 1. Biopolymers Market – Industry Breakdown Analysis
Figure 2. Global Biopolymers Market Revenue, By Type, 2015-2021 ($Billion)
Figure 3. Global Biopolymers Market Revenue, By Application, 2015 ($Billion)
Figure 4. Material Type For Bioplastics, Segmentation
Figure 5. Plastic Pollution in the World’s Oceans, 2014 (Tons)
Figure 6. Polymers Timeline
Figure 7. Global Agricultural Area, 2015 (%)
Figure 8. Life Cycle of Bio-plastics Products
Figure 9. Tectonic Shift In Biopolymers Manufacturing
Figure 10. Global Biopolymers Market Share, 2015 (%)
Figure 11. End-User Application Profiling
Figure 12. Market Impact Analysis, By Company & Products
Figure 13. Biopolymers Market – Competitive Mapping
Figure 14. Biopolymers Market Drivers
Figure 15. Biopolymers Market Challenges & Constraints
Figure 16. Market Impact Of Drivers
Figure 17. Global Biopolymers Market Porter’s Five Forces – Bargaining Power of Suppliers
Figure 18. Global Biopolymers Market Porter’s Five Forces – Bargaining Power of Buyers
Figure 19. Porter’s Five Forces – Threat of Substitutes
Figure 20. Porter’s Five Forces – Threat of New Entrants
Figure 21. Porter’s Five Forces – Competitive Rivalry
Figure 22. Biopolymers Market – Porter’s Five Forces
Figure 23. Biopolymers Market: Porter’s Analysis
Figure 24. Biopolymers Market – Value Chain Analysis
Figure 25. Biopolymers Market : Opportunity Analysis
Figure 26. Biopolymers Market Prices, By Type, 2015-2021 ($/KT)
Figure 27. BIOPOLYMERS MARKET: MARKET LIFE CYCLE ANALYSIS
Figure 28. Global Biopolymers Market Revenue Share, By Type, 2015 (%)
Figure 29. Production Process for PLA Products
Figure 30. Production Process for PHA Products
Figure 31. Production Process for BIO-PE Products
Figure 32. Process Route for the Production of Bio-PET30
Figure 33. Impact Performance of PLA versus PET
Figure 34. PLA, By Feedstocks
Figure 35. PHB, By Feedstocks
Figure 36. Bio-PET, By Feedstocks
Figure 37. Bio-PE, By Feedstocks
Figure 38. Global Biopolymers Market Revenue Share, By Application, 2015 (%)
Figure 39. Global Packaging Materials, By Segment, 2015 (%)
Figure 40. Application Suitability For Bioplastics In Packaging (Rigid)
Figure 41. Application Suitability For Bioplastics In Packaging (Flexible)
Figure 42. Process Suitability For Bioplastics In Packaging
Figure 43. Global Textile Exports, By Country, 2015 (%)
Figure 44. Global Automobile Sales, 2010 – 2014 (Units)
Figure 45. Major Exporters of Agricultural products, 2014 ($ Bn)
Figure 46. Global Biopolymers Market Revenue, By Region, 2015 (%)
Figure 47. Bioplastic Feedstock – Food based Sugars
Figure 48. Americas Biopolymers Market Revenue, By Country, 2015 (%)
Figure 49. Land Use in Brazil
Figure 50. EU Biopolymers Revenue, By Country, 2015 (%)
Figure 51. Europe Bioplastic by Packaging demand, By Segment, 2014 (%)
Figure 52. Bioplastic Capacity in Thailand, By Type 2015
Figure 53. Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Generation in India, 1997-2047E (Million Tons/Day)
Figure 54. Littering in India, By City, 2014 (Tonnes/Day)
Figure 55. Regulatory Landscape Related to Biopolymers in India