The market for bioplastics (biobased PET) of approximately 1.2 million tonnes in 2011 is expected to increase by 5 in terms of production volumes by 2016 – to reach a volume estimated at nearly 6 million tonnes.

This increase is the result of the current forecast of the market, the industry association European Bioplastics publishes annually in collaboration with the Institute of bioplastics and biocomposites from the University of Hanover.

The global production capacity of bioplastics will increase by about 1.2 million tonnes in 2011 to about 5.8 million tons by 2016. The largest growth is by far the group of biobased bioplastics non-biodegradable.

Solutions called “ready”, that is to say, the original versions of biological bulk plastics such as PE and PET, which differ from their vis-à-vis conventional only in terms of their basis of renewable raw material, accumulate vast capabilities. In this category, PET partially organic origin already represents about 40% of the global production capacity of bioplastics.

PET biological origin partially retain its leadership position with more than 4.6 million tons by 2016. This corresponds to 80% of the total production capacity of bioplastics. The PE of biological origin comes next, with 250,000 tons, totaling more than 4% of the total production capacity. However, “biodegradable plastics also show impressive growth rates. Their production capacity will increase by two-thirds by 2016,” he assured Hasso von Pogrell, Managing Director of European Bioplastics.

The main contributors to this growth will be the PLA (polylactic acid) and PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoates), totaling 298,000 tons, respectively (+50%) and 142,000 tonnes (+ 550%). “The exponential growth reflects increased demand for sustainable solutions plastics market. Finally, bioplastics have reached a position established in many application domains, the packaging market sector of electronic devices, in through the automotive industry, “said Mr. von Pogrell.

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