- May 28, 2006, pffc-online.com
DUBLIN, IRELAND—Biodegradable polymers have experienced strong growth over the last three years and will make further progress into markets traditionally dominated by conventional thermoplastics, according to the "Biodegradable Polymers Report" from Research and Markets. The cost of biodegradable polymers has come down considerably over the last three years while standard thermoplastic prices have increased. Some classes of biodegradable polymers now are price competitive with polymers such as PET.
Four main classes of biodegradable polymers are analyzed in this report: polylactic acid (PLA); starch-based polymers; synthetic biodegradable polymers such as aromatic aliphatic co-polyesters; and polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA). The report analyzes key performance properties, applications development, market drivers and future prospects. Each product section also contains an estimate of market size by world region and end use market, plus forecasts to 2010. There also is an analysis of key suppliers and their products.
Additional features of the report include:
- Market opportunity analysis by end use sector, such as packaging, bags and sacks, foodservice, agriculture, medical, consumer products, and fibers.
- Illustrations of product and applications development over the last three years.
- Supply chain analysis, including details of 30 leading biodegradable polymer suppliers and profiles of around 50 of the world’s leading biodegradable polymer processors.