Bioplastics production to exceed 1 million tonnes in 2011

Bioplastics production capacity is expected to exceed 1 million tonnes in 2011, with levels rising from 700,000 tonnes in 2010 to 1.7 million tonnes by 2015, according to European Bioplastics.
“The encouraging trend in production capacity allows us to assume that the figures presented today will be exceeded in the coming years,” said Hasso von Pogrell, managing director of European Bioplastics.
In 2010, the composition of global bioplastic production primarily consisted of biodegradable materials, totalling approximately 400,000 tonnes. By comparison, 300,000 tonnes of biobased commodity plastics were produced last year. European Bioplastics argues that despite overall growth, this ratio will be reversed in the coming years.
The sector’s overall growth has been attributed to the increased use of bioplastics in a variety of applications, particularly durable biobased variants for the packaging market.
According to European Bioplastics, the competitiveness of European industrial sites must be improved as, although Europe is the world’s largest market for bioplastics, the number of production facilities are growing most markedly in Asia and South America.
Dr Hans-Josef Endres, of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hanover, said: “Our market study shows that biobased commodity plastics, with a total of around one million tonnes, will make up the majority of production capacity in 2015. Biodegradable materials will, however, also grow substantially to reach about 700,000 tonnes.”

Source: WtiN

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