Ongoing growth bio-based polymers worldwide

31 March 2017

The worldwide production capacity for bio-based polymers grew by 4% to 6.6 Million tonnes from 2015 to 2016. This represents a share of 2% of the global polymer market. The bio-based polymer turnover was about €13 billion worldwide in 2016 compared to €11 billion in 2014. Production capacity is forecasted to increase from 6.6 million tonnes in 2016 to 8.5 million tonnes by 2021.
Most bio-based polymers are consumed by the packaging industry. The major part of this is rigid packaging. The packaging industry has a considerable interest in biodegradability since packaging is only needed for short time use but in big quantities (Press Release nova-Institute, 21 February 2017).
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