Biopolymers Packaging Market

Biopolymers Packaging Market - Global Analysis by Material Type (Polylactides (PLA), Bio-Polyethylene (PE), Bio-Polyethylene Terephthalate(PET), Starch, Cellulose, PBAT, Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA), Polybutylene succinate (PBS), Others) and Opportunity Assessment 2019-2028

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Report ID: 2573 | Published On: Feb 03, 2023

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Inflation and Looming Recession to Haunt Businesses:

In 2022 & 2023, market players expected to sail in rough waters; might incur losses due to huge gap in currency translation followed by contracting revenues, shrinking profit margins & cost pressure on logistics and supply chain. Further, U.S. economy is expected to grow merely by 3% in 2022. Purchasing power in the country is expected to fell nearly by 2.5%.
On the other hand, European countries to see the worst coming in the form of energy crisis especially in upcoming winters!! Right after COVID-19, inflation has started gripping the economies across the globe. Higher than anticipated inflation, especially in western world had raised concerns for national banks and financial institutions to control the economic loss and safeguard the interest of the businesses. Increased interest rates, strong USD inflated oil prices, looming prices for gas and energy resources due to Ukraine-Russia conflict, China economic slowdown (~4% in 2022) disrupting the production and global supply chain and other factors would impact each industry negatively.

In The News

  • May 2020: BASF SE announced that it has signed a joint agreement with Red Avenue New Materials Group that grants Red Avenue New Materials Group the license to produce and sell certified compostable aliphatic aromatic co-polyester (PBAT) according to high BASF SE quality standards. Further, Red Avenue New Materials Group will build a 60,000 metric tons PBAT plant in China, using BASF SE’s process technology, in exchange for the access to raw materials from this plant. Production will start in 2022 and supply the market of biopolymers.

  • February 2020: BASF SE announced that it has developed a sustainable solution for cling film used in fresh-food packaging, along with Fabbri Group. Based on BASF SE’s certified compostable ecovio, Fabbri Group produces the highly transparent stretch film Nature Fresh. Meat, sea food, fruits, and vegetables can be wrapped manually or with automatic packaging equipment.

Biopolymers Packaging Market Overview

Biopolymers packaging is defined as the packaging process which deals with bio degradable polymer materials. Packaging materials built with biopolymers are known to have less shelf life over conventional packaging materials, which further helps to enhance the recycling characteristics of the plastic. The major types of biopolymers that are used for packaging include polysaccharides, proteins, lipids, and polyesters. These biopolymers are believed to have a major demand amongst manufacturers of packaging materials. Biopolymers or bioplastics have witnessed a prominent growth in the global packaging market on account of the environmental concerns over the conventional polymer packaging. Currently, biopolymers represent about 1% of the total polymer produced and 0.33% of the polymer consumed for the packaging. The demand for biopolymers packaging is rising continuously with the growing demand for the bio-degradable and recyclable packaging materials.

The global biopolymers packaging market reached USD 4560.0 million in the year 2019 and is expected to garner USD 17309.0 million by the end of 2028 by registering a CAGR of 21.0% across the globe over the forecast period, i.e. 2021-2028. Additionally, the market is anticipated to achieve a value of USD 3575.0 million in the year 2020, and is further expected to gain an absolute $ opportunity of USD 12754.4 million during the forecast period.

Growth Highlights based on Region during 2019-2028

The global biopolymers packaging market is segmented by regions into North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Middle East and Africa. Among these regions, the market of Asia Pacific biopolymers packaging market registered the largest market share of 55% in the year 2019 on the back of increasing exports of biopolymers to regions such as North America and Europe, where the consumption of biopolymers is severely high. Additionally, growing demand for biopolymers in nations such as China, Japan and South Korea are also anticipated to drive the growth of the market in Asia Pacific region. On the other hand, the market in Europe is primarily driven by the mounting environmental concerns and the legislative incentives, which has stimulated interest amongst packaging manufacturers to use biopolymers in packaging. 

Biopolymers Market Share Graph

The study further incorporates Y-O-Y Growth, demand & supply and forecast future opportunity in North America (United States, Canada), Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Rest of LATAM), Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Hungary, BENELUX [Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg], NORDIC [Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland], Poland, Russia, Rest of Europe), Asia-Pacific (China, India, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Rest of Asia-Pacific), Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC [Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman], North Africa, South Africa, Rest of Middle East and Africa).

Market Drivers and Challenges

Growth Indicators

Increasing Consumption of Reusable and Recyclable Plastics for Packaging

The largest end-user for the plastics industry is the packaging sector. In Europe alone, 40% of the plastics consumed by packaging material manufacturers. However, this significant consumption of conventional plastics packaging showcases a significant impact on the global environmental condition with lot of plastic waste. In order to overcome this environmental disadvantage of conventional plastics, several governments coupled with the research and development (R&D) organizations produced biopolymers packaging, which can be bio-degradable or reusable or recyclable. Biopolymers use resources as efficiently as current conventional polymers, and have advantages including recyclable, reusable, bio-degradable, and releases less greenhouse gas emissions at the time of processing. According to European Bioplastics fact sheet 2019, global biopolymers packaging accounted for the 53% volume consumption in the total production of biopolymers. The major demand for this packaging comes from organic food wrapping and packaging of premium and branded products. Governments are anticipated to further contribute growing demand by promoting biopolymers packaging in the context of their policies for innovation, resource-efficiency, and climate change. The transition from a fossil-based economy to a bio-based economy is a major factor for the current and prospective future growth of the global biopolymers packaging market.

Biopolymers Market Share Graph
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High Cost of Biopolymers Over Conventional Packaging Raw Materials

Biopolymers are the major raw materials to produce biopolymers packaging pouches, containers, films, and many other. These biopolymers have a huge pricing limitation over conventional fossil based raw materials including oil, natural gas, and coal, which in turn decreases the profitability of manufacturers. Such a factor is anticipated to hinder the growth of the global biopolymers packaging market during the forecast period.

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Top Featured Companies & Competitive Landscape

    Some of the affluent industry leaders in the global biopolymers packaging market are BASF SE, NatureWorks LLC and Arkema SA. Besides, several players operating in the global biopolymers packaging market are increasingly focusing on research and developmental activities for the development of advanced biopolymers that can contribute significantly towards the growth of the global biopolymers packaging market. Moreover, several other players in the packaging industry are increasingly expanding their processes by investing on the deployment of biopolymer packaging plants.

Key Questions Answered in the Report

1) What are the major factors driving the growth of the biopolymers packaging market?

Ans: Increasing consumption of reusable and recyclable plastics for packaging in the packaging industry around the globe is one of the major factors that is driving the growth of the market.

2) What would be the CAGR of biopolymers packaging market over the forecast period?

Ans: The market is anticipated to attain a CAGR of 21.0% over the forecast period, i.e. 2021-2028.

4) Which region will provide more business opportunities for growth of biopolymers packaging market in future?

Ans: The market in Europe is anticipated to provide more business opportunities in the future.

5) Who are the major players dominating the biopolymers packaging market?

Ans: The major players in the global biopolymers packaging market are BASF SE, NatureWorks LLC and Arkema SA.

6) How are the company profiles selected?

Ans: The company profiles are selected based on the revenues generated from the product segment, geographical presence of the company which determines the revenue generating capacity as well as the new products being launched into the market by the company.

7) What are the restraining factors for the market?

Ans: Concerns for the high cost of biopolymers over conventional packaging raw materials is one of the major factors anticipated to act as a barrier towards the growth of the market.

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