This week, the European industry association for bioplastics, European Bioplastics, released its annual market forecast, which it publishes in cooperation with the Institute for Bioplastics and Biocomposites at the University of Hannover.
According to this forecast, biopolymers have little to worry about.
Worldwide, production capacity for bioplastics will increase more than five-fold, from some 1.2 million tonnes in 2011 to approximately 5.8 million tones, by 2016. Far and away the strongest growth is projected for biobased, non-biodegradable bioplastics. In particular, drop-in solutions, i.e. chemically identical biobased versions of conventional materials, derived from renewable building blocks instead of from petrochemical sources, are enjoying robust growth....