Polyhydroxy Butyrate Market Size & Share by Application (Packaging, Mulch Films, Medical Devices); End-User (Automotive, Pharmaceutical, Agricultural, Food & Beverage) - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2024-2036

  • Report ID: 1127
  • Published Date: Nov 17, 2023
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Global Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2024-2036

Polyhydroxy Butyrate Market size is expected to cross USD 766 Million by the end of 2036, growing at a CAGR of 15% during the forecast period, i.e., 2024-2036. In the year 2023, the industry size of polyhydroxy butyrate was over USD 146 Million. The growth of the market is owing to the growing customer demand for eco-friendly items, governments and manufacturers worldwide that are concentrating their efforts on adopting these products. It has increased the need for polyhydroxy butyrate in the production of various goods as mulch films, medical equipment, and packaging materials. Sustainable products saw a 2.7x greater rate of growth than non-sustainable ones. With a 32% growth share, sustainable products currently hold a 17% market share overall.

In addition to these, considerable resources are being allocated to research and development endeavors aimed at improving the characteristics and yield of polyhydroxy butyrate. This has increased the potential applications of polyhydroxy butyrate by resulting in the synthesis of variations with enhanced mechanical strength, thermal stability, and processability.

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Polyhydroxy Butyrate Sector: Growth Drivers and Challenges

Growth Drivers

  • Increased Usage of Food Industry- Polyhydroxy butyrate is being used more often in packaging materials like cling films and garbage bags. Moreover, a busy lifestyle and easy access to packaged food have led to an increase in consumption, which is expected to fuel the growth of the polyhydroxy butyrate market throughout the projected period. Approximately 304.36 million Americans ate packaged food in 2020. With a 45.1% market share in the ready-to-eat food sector, the United States leads the world. Polyhydroxy butyrate is a desirable option for several applications since it is non-toxic and biodegradable. Its safe and environmentally beneficial nature allows it to break down into natural elements without leaving any harmful residues when used in food packaging.
  • Government Initiatives- Together with environmental organizations, the government is constantly acting and developing legislation to lessen the negative effects of non-biodegradable materials on products that are meant to be environmentally beneficial. Increased consumer knowledge of environmental protection and health issues is another factor that is anticipated to propel market expansion. The market for biodegradable plastics is driven by rising environmental restrictions and growing concern over the accumulation of plastic waste. Currently, over 350 million metric tonnes of plastic trash are produced annually by humans. Global plastic garbage creation is expected to quadruple to a startling one billion metric tonnes by 2060 if current practices remain unchanged.
  • Biodegradability and Non-Toxicity- Because polyhydroxy butyrate is non-toxic and biodegradable, it is a desirable option for a variety of applications. It is safe for use in food packaging and medical equipment and environmentally benign due to its capacity to break down into natural elements without leaving behind toxic residues. In 2017, over 45% of the biodegradable plastics available on the global market were biodegradable. This percentage is predicted to significantly rise by 2022, when 48% of biodegradable plastics will exist globally.


  • High cost associated with polyhydroxy butyrate- The primary obstacle for manufacturers in the industry is the elevated cost of the product. Nevertheless, the cost may decrease soon if more market participants participate in the industry. Petrochemical prices are rising as a result of the depletion of petroleum reserves, which raises the cost of petrochemicals and, in turn, petrochemical-based polymers. This is anticipated to increase demand for alternative, less expensive biodegradable polymers. The cost of polyhydroxy butyrate-based polymers is high in comparison to conventional polymers.
  • Polyhydroxy butyrate is brittle and stiff. When PHB is stored at room temperature, it becomes stiff, brittle, and thermally unstable during the processing.
  • Poor thermal properties have weakened the growth of the polyhydroxy butyrate market.

Polyhydroxy Butyrate Market: Key Insights

Base Year


Forecast Year



~ 15%

Base Year Market Size (2023)

 ~ USD 146 Million

Forecast Year Market Size (2036)

 ~ USD 766 Million

Regional Scope

  • North America (U.S., and Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
  • Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, NORDIC, Rest of Europe)
  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC North Africa, South Africa, Rest of the Middle East and Africa)
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Polyhydroxy Butyrate Segmentation

Application (Packaging, Mulch Films, Medical Devices)

The packaging segment in the polyhydroxy butyrate market is predicted to hold largest share of about 45% during the forecast period. The growth of the market is due to the negative impacts of non-biodegradable packaging and the growing customer desire for biodegradable packaging. Because traditional plastics can take up to 1,000 years to degrade, biodegradable polymers are a sought-after environmentally benign substitute. Every year, 141 million tonnes of plastic packaging are produced worldwide. Approximately one-third of all plastic packaging sold worldwide leaks from collecting systems, contaminating the surrounding area. Moreover, every year, the usage, production, and disposal of plastics add around 1.8 billion tonnes of carbon emissions.  

End-User (Automotive, Pharmaceutical, Agricultural, Food & Beverage)

The pharmaceutical segment is anticipated to account for 42% share of the global polyhydroxy butyrate market by the end of 2036. The growth of the segment is due to the demand for polyhydroxy butyrate-based medical products. In the recent past, there has been a considerable rise in the development of microcapsules based on biodegradable polymer which makes polyhydroxy butyrate important for medical application. Polyhydroxy butyrate-based materials are mostly recommended for use in biomedical devices.  With over 7000 generic device categories, there are an estimated 2 million distinct types of medical devices available on the global market today.

Our in-depth analysis of the global polyhydroxy butyrate market includes the following segments:


  • Packaging
  • Mulch Films
  • Medical Devices

      End - User

  • Automotive
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Agricultural
  • Food & Beverage

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Polyhydroxy Butyrate Industry - Regional Synopsis

APAC Market Forecast

Polyhydroxy butyrate market in the Asia Pacific region is expected to hold largest share of about 28% during the forecast period.  The growth of the market is due to the increasing demand for polyhydroxy butyrate from various end-use industries such as agriculture, pharmaceutical, automotive, and food. The total number of passenger vehicles sold rose from 30,69,523 to 38,90,114. In comparison to the prior year, sales of passenger cars grew from 14,67,039 to 17,47,376, utility vehicles from 14,89,219 to 20,03,718, and vans from 1,13,265 to 1,39,020 units in FY-2022–2023.Moreover, the demand for biodegradable products is expected to increase in developing countries such as China, India, and Japan on account of the rise in food and pharmaceutical industries in these countries.

Europe Market Statistics

The polyhydroxy butyrate market in Europe is attributed to hold 25% of the revenue share by the end 2036. The growth of the region is due to the growing biodegradable packaging and paper industry. Countries in this region such as Germany, the UK, Italy, and Sweden are anticipated to be leading consumers of polyhydroxy butyrate markets that are expected to witness significant growth in the region and have appeared as leading markets and are projected to observe remarkable growth in the near future.

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Companies Dominating the Polyhydroxy Butyrate Market

    • TianAn Biologic Materials Co., Ltd
      • Company Overview
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      • Key Product Offerings
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Performance Indicators
      • Risk Analysis
      • Recent Development
      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • PHB Industrial S.A.
    • Biomer
    • BASF SE
    • Biome Technologies PLC
    • Tepha Inc.
    • Wacker Chemie AG
    • Triveni Interchem Pvt Ltd
    • Green Dot Bioplastics
    • Telles, LLC


In The News


  • Green Dot Bioplastics’ Compostable Film Resin Terratek BD3003 Receives TÜV OK compost HOME Certification. Green Dot Bioplastics, a leading developer and supplier of biobased and compostable plastics is proud to announce that our compostable film resin, Terratek BD3003 has received certification from TÜV AUSTRIA for OK compost HOME. Green Dot’s new compostable film resin offers a more sustainable alternative to traditional resins.
  • A new addition hits the Verdessence product family: BASF’s Care Creations is launching the new biopolymer Verdessence RiceTouch on the global market. This plant based sensory powder with small particle size provides powdery light and smooth skin feel and is ideal for matte type cosmetics. It is perfectly suited for various fields of natural and organic cosmetics including face and body care, hair care and body cleansing, color cosmetics and sun care while reducing greasiness of formulations.

Author Credits:  Smruti Ranjan, Rajrani Baghel

  • Report ID: 1127
  • Published Date: Nov 17, 2023
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Increasing adoption of eco-friendly items, research & development and government initiatives are the major factors driving the growth of the polyhydroxy butyrate market.

The market size of polyhydroxy butyrate is anticipated to attain a CAGR of 15% over the forecast period, i.e., 2024-2036.

The major players in the market are PHB Industrial S.A., Biomer, BASF SE, Biome Technologies PLC, Tepha Inc., Wacker Chemie AG, Triveni Interchem Pvt Ltd, Green Dot Bioplastics, Telles, LLC, and others.

The packaging segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2036 and display significant growth opportunities.

The market in the Asia Pacific region is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2036 and provide more business opportunities in the future.
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