Bio-plastics Market - Forecast(2024 - 2030)

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Market Overview

Bio-plastics Market size is forecast to reach $21.7 billion by 2030, after growing at a CAGR of 17.2% during 2024-2030. With a rise in the consumption of eco-friendly products and wide usage of bio-plastics in various industries such as pharmaceutical, transportation, and food industries, the bio-plastics market is witnessing an increase in its demand. Bio-plastics composites reduce landfill wastes, release much lower carbon footprint, and decrease volatile organic compound emissions. In addition, government and environmental governing bodies around the world have imposed various policies to encourage the use of bio-based products which fuels the growth of bio-plastics market.

The bio-plastics industry is experiencing a robust upward trend, fueled by a growing global emphasis on sustainable and eco-friendly materials. With an increasing awareness of environmental issues and a desire to reduce dependence on traditional plastics derived from fossil fuels, bioplastics have emerged as a viable solution. As consumers prioritize eco-conscious choices, the versatility and eco-friendly attributes of bio-plastics position them as a key player in the drive toward a more sustainable and circular economy. Another trend is the ban on the use of single-use plastics. The restrictions on single-use plastics, driven by environmental concerns and the desire to reduce plastic pollution, create a favorable environment for the adoption of alternative materials such as bioplastics. These factors contribute to a positive outlook for the bio-plastics industry. 

Bio-Plastics Market Report Coverage

The report: “Bio-Plastics Market – Forecast (2024-2030)”, by IndustryARC, covers an in-depth analysis of the following segments of the bio-plastics Industry. 

By Type: Biodegradable Plastics (Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA), Polylactide Acid (PLA), Polybutylene Succinate (PBS), Polybutylene Adipate Terephthalate (PBAT), Starch Blends, and Others), and Non-Biodegradable Plastics (Polyethylene (PE), Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET), Polyamide (PA), Polypropylene (PP), Polytrimethylene Terephthalate (PTT), and Others)

By End-Use Industry: Packaging, Textile, Agriculture, Transportation, Building & Construction, Electrical & Electronics, Consumer Goods, and Others.

By Geography - North America (U.S, Canada, Mexico), South America (Brazil, Argentina, Chile and others), Europe (Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Denmark and Others), APAC (China, Japan India, South Korea, Australia and Others), and RoW (Middle east and Africa).

Key Takeaways

Europe dominates the bio-plastics market owing to policies imposed by the government in the region such as Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), which encourages the use of bio-plastics in various end-use industries.

Bio-plastics are an environmentally friendly alternative to petroleum-based plastics such as polypropylene plastic (PP) and polystyrene plastic (PS) and possess comparable better characteristics. 

The bio-plastics are being developed to work in the existing injection molding equipment and are likely to aid in the bio-plastics market growth. Polycaprolactone (PCL), Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs), Polybutylene adipate terephthalate (PBAT), and Polylactic acid (PLA) are the biodegradable polymers broken down into tiny granules suited for injection molding.

Increasing adoption of sustainable and environmentally friendly products and implementation of stringent government regulations will increase consumer consideration which will lead to market demand for bio-plastics in the near future.

Bio-Plastics Market Segment Analysis - By Type

The non-biodegradable plastics segment held the largest share in the bio-plastic market in 2023, owing to the increasing usage of non-biodegradable bio-plastics in food packaging, automotive parts, consumer goods, and more. They are widely used to manufacture products such as carry bags, bottles, electronic equipment, and automotive housings. In addition, they are being used as a substitute for high-performance glass components. Also, the weight of Bio-PET is much less than conventional PET. In August 2023, Mitsubishi Corporation, Suntory Holdings Limited, and ENEOS Corporation partnered on commercial-scale, sustainable PET bottle production using bio-PX derived from bio-naphtha. Non-biodegradable plastics are preferred over biodegradable bio-plastics by the industrial manufacturers due to its superior properties such as high strength and durability, which is the major factor driving the growth of bio-plastics market during the forecast period.

Bio-Plastics Market Segment Analysis - By End-Use Industry

The packaging industry held the largest share in the bio-plastics market in 2023 and is growing at a CAGR of 15.4%, owing to increased demand for biopolymers such as bio-plastics for manufacturing packaging products. Bio-plastics possess characteristics such as gloss, barrier effect, antistatic behavior, and printability, which make them suitable for packaging bottles, cups, cans, corrugated cases, boxes, and others. Thermoset plastics (soy polyurethanes and unsaturated polyester resins) and thermoplastics (PLA, starch blends, PBS, PHA, and cellulose) are the two types of biodegradable plastics mainly used in the packaging industry. Packaging products made from these plastics are mainly used in the packaging of fresh food, dried snacks & candy, bakery goods, water & juice bottles, meat trays, and others. Thus, the growing adoption of bio-plastics by the packaging sector is driving the bio-plastics market during the forecast period.

Bio-Plastics Market Segment Analysis - By Geography

Europe held the largest share in the bio-plastics market in 2023 up to 38%, owing to regulations enforced by the government, rising consumption of bio-based commodities and public awareness in the region. In November 2022, the European Commission released a future policy framework specifically concerning biobased, biodegradable and compostable plastic. In the November 2022 EU proposal on packaging legislation, the EU said it wants to prioritise bio-based plastics made from waste byproducts, whether urban waste or from agricultural processing. Survey results published in Plan For Plastics, a report launched by Veolia and plastics experts, RECOUP in January 2024, reveals that the vast majority of Brits (93%) think plastic bottles should contain recycled content and most are also willing to pay an average of 2.5p more for it. Additionally, with the region’s goals towards Net Zero, brands are also committed to reducing plastic. For instance, PepsiCo’s goal is to achieve 50% recycled plastic (rPET) by 2030 across Europe, and consumer trials of 100% recyclable or renewable snack packaging which began in 2022 in line with the company’s new goal of eliminating virgin fossil-based plastic in crisp and chip bags by 2030. All these initiatives are influencing bio-plastic market growth in the region.

Bio-Plastics Market Drivers

Favorable Government Regulations

Worldwide Governments are trying to find a sustainable way to be environment friendly for which a series of policies are published in accordance with the usage of bio-plastics rather than conventional plastics. India banned the manufacture, distribution, stocking, sale and use of selected 19 single-use plastic items with effect from July 1, 2022. Hong Kong’s lawmakers passed a law to ban single-use plastic items in October 2023. This new plan will come into effect on April 22, 2024. Upon discovering flouting of the Hong Kong plastic ban, the environmental protection department will issue a warning letter with a $2,000 penalty and the fine could reach a maximum of $10,000. In Nigeria, The Federal Ministry of Environment and the Lagos State government both announced bans on single-use plastics in January 2024. Starting 1 March 2024, the single-use plastics ban in Solomon Islands targets the importation, manufacturing, distribution, and sale of certain single-use plastic items. As such almost 127 countries have adopted some legislation to regulate the usage of standard plastics and have unlatched the door for bio-plastics economy.
Flourishing Packaging Industry

The inception of new technologies along with a rise in e-commerce, changing lifestyles, urbanization and increased personal health awareness has boosted the growth of the packaging industries in various regions. Another factor that has provided a substantial stimulus to the packaging machinery industry is the rapid growth of imports and exports, which requires superior packaging standards for the international market. With this, the need for adopting better packaging methods, materials, and machinery to ensure quality has become very important for businesses. According to the All India Food Processors Association, the Indian food and beverage packaging industry is growing by 14.8% annually and is expected to reach $86 billion in 2029, following rapid urbanisation, rising disposable incomes and evolving consumption patterns. According to the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry’s Production Status Survey, the combined production quantity of the four primary packaging materials from January to October 2022 reached 2.5 million tons. Thus, the increasing packaging industry coupled with the favorable government initiatives act as a driver for the bio-plastics market during the forecast period.

Bio-Plastics Market Challenges

High Cost of Bio-Plastics

Bio-plastics are currently more expensive than standard plastics because of the complex process involved in the conversion of corn or sugarcane into the building blocks for PLA (polylactic acid).  In addition, owing to the limited availability and higher raw material cost the biodegradable plastics such as bio-plastics are more expensive than petroleum-based non-biodegradable counterparts such as polypropylene plastic (PP) and polystyrene plastic (PS). According to IfBB Hanover, the price of bioplastics is somewhat higher than the price of conventional plastics. For example, PET or PE based on sugar cane or bio-ethanol, ranges at about 20% above the price of conventional plastics. Therefore, it is anticipated that the higher price of bio-plastics limits market growth during the forecast period.

Bio-Plastics Market Landscape

The major key players in the bio-plastics market are 

1. Versalis
2. Arkema S.A.
3. Toyota Tsusho Corporation
5. Mitsubishi Plastics Inc.
6. Corbion NV
7. Teijin Ltd.
8. Natureworks LLC
9. Toray Industries Inc.
10. Solvay SA.

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1. Bio-Plastics Market- Market Overview
    1.1 Definitions and Scope
2. Bio-Plastics Market- Executive Summary
    2.1 Market Revenue, Market Size and Key Trends by Company
    2.2 Key Trends by Type
    2.3 Key Trends by End-Use Industry
    2.4 Key Trends by Geography
3. Bio-Plastics Market- Landscape
    3.1 Comparative analysis 
        3.1.1 Market Share Analysis- Top Companies
        3.1.2 Product Benchmarking- Top Companies
        3.1.3 Top 5 Financials Analysis
        3.1.4 Patent Analysis- Top Companies
        3.1.5 Pricing Analysis
4. Bio-Plastics Market - Startup companies Scenario Premium Premium 
    4.1 Top startup company Analysis by
        4.1.1 Investment
        4.1.2 Revenue
        4.1.3 Market Shares
        4.1.4 Market Size and Application Analysis
        4.1.5 Venture Capital and Funding Scenario
5. Bio-Plastics Market– Industry Market Entry Scenario Premium Premium 
    5.1 Regulatory Framework Overview
    5.2 New Business and Ease of Doing business index
    5.3 Case studies of successful ventures
    5.4 Customer Analysis - Top companies
6. Bio-Plastics Market- Market Forces
    6.1 Market Drivers
    6.2 Market Constraints
    6.3 Market Opportunities
    6.4 Porters five force model
        6.4.1 Bargaining power of suppliers
        6.4.2 Bargaining powers of customers
        6.4.3 Threat of new entrants
        6.4.4 Rivalry among existing players
        6.4.5 Threat of substitutes 
7. Bio-Plastics Market -Strategic analysis
    7.1 Value chain analysis
    7.2 Opportunities analysis
    7.3 Market life cycle
    7.4 Suppliers and distributors Analysis
8. Bio-Plastics Market– By Type (Market Size -$Million)
    8.1 Biodegradable Plastics
        8.1.1 Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA)
        8.1.2 Polylactide Acid (PLA)
        8.1.3 Polybutylene Succinate (PBS)
        8.1.4 Polybutylene Adipate Terephthalate (PBAT)
        8.1.5 Starch Blends
        8.1.6 Others
    8.2 Non-Biodegradable Plastics
        8.2.1 Polyethylene (PE)
        8.2.2 Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
        8.2.3 Polyamide (PA)
        8.2.4 Polypropylene (PP)
        8.2.5 Polytrimethylene Terephthalate (PTT)
        8.2.6 Others
9. Bio-Plastics Market– By End-Use Industry (Market Size -$Million)
    9.1 Packaging
        9.1.1 Rigid Packaging
        9.1.2 Flexible Packaging
        9.1.3 Others
    9.2 Textiles
    9.3 Agriculture
    9.4 Transportation
        9.4.1 Automotive
   Passenger Vehicles
   Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV)
   Heavy Commercial Vehicles (HCV)
        9.4.2 Aerospace
        9.4.3 Marine
        9.4.4 Locomotive
    9.5 Building & Construction
        9.5.1 Residential Construction
        9.5.2 Commercial Construction
        9.5.3 Infrastructure
        9.5.4 Industrial Construction
    9.6 Electrical & Electronics
    9.7 Consumer Goods
    9.8 Others
10. Bio-Plastics Market - By Geography (Market Size -$Million)
    10.1 North America
        10.1.1 U.S.
        10.1.2 Canada
        10.1.3 Mexico
    10.2 South America
        10.2.1 Brazil
        10.2.2 Argentina
        10.2.3 Colombia
        10.2.4 Chile
        10.2.5 Rest of South America
    10.3 Europe
        10.3.1 U.K
        10.3.2 Germany
        10.3.3 France
        10.3.4 Italy
        10.3.5 Netherland
        10.3.6 Spain
        10.3.7 Russia
        10.3.8 Belgium
        10.3.9 Rest of Europe
    10.4 Asia Pacific
        10.4.1 China
        10.4.2 Japan
        10.4.3 India
        10.4.4 South Korea
        10.4.5 Australia & New Zealand
        10.4.6 Rest of Asia Pacific
    10.5 ROW
        10.5.1 Middle East
   Saudi Arabia
   Rest of Middle East
    10.5.2 Africa
   South Africa
   Rest of Africa
11. Bio-Plastics Market- Entropy
    11.1 New Product Launches
    11.2 M&A’s, Collaborations, JVs and Partnerships
12. Market Share Analysis Premium
    12.1 Market Share by Country- Top companies
    12.2 Market Share by Region- Top companies
    12.3 Market Share by type of Product / Product category- Top companies
    12.4 Market Share at global level- Top companies
    12.5 Best Practices for companies
13. Bio-Plastics Market- List of Key Companies by Country Premium 
14. Bio-Plastics Market Company Analysis
    14.1 Versalis
    14.2 Arkema S.A.
    14.3 Toyota Tsusho Corporation
    14.4 BASF SE
    14.5 Mitsubishi Plastics Inc.
    14.6 Corbion NV
    14.7 Teijin Ltd.
    14.8 Natureworks LLC
    14.9 Toray Industries Inc.
    14.10 Solvay SA.

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