The term “polymer” is derived from the Greek words polu, meaning “many, much” and meros meaning “parts” which refer to a molecule’s structure that is composed of multiple repeating units. Biodegradable polymers are compromised of monomers that are linked to another functional group and have unstable links behind the functional group. Biodegradable polymers break down into carbon dioxide, nitrogen, water, biomass and inorganic salts. Biodegradable polymers are decomposed under both aerobic and anaerobic conditions by enzymes and the presence of microorganisms.
The global market for biodegradable polymers is expected to grow because of its high demand in a broad range of end-user industries across globe. Although biodegradable polymers have been commercially available for 20 years, they are still considered very early in their product life cycle. This market faces several major problems; most importantly are relatively high prices and the lack of an infrastructure for effective composting, an extremely critical aspect for biodegradable polymers market success.
The biodegradable polymers market is expected to continue its high growth over the next five years dominated by packaging and followed by fibers/fabrics. The packaging segment accounted 78.5% of the total value in 2017. Most of the remaining applications of biodegradable polymers will experience considerable growth rates partly because of the low market numbers.
The fibers/fabrics market will experience a substantial growth, especially from the hygiene and agricultural end-uses that includes mulching films. The medical application segment of biodegradable polymers is anticipated to experience the highest growth rate among all the biodegradable polymers applications in coming years.Report Scope
Although the term biodegradable polymers is well known, the controversy within the industry as to which materials should be considered biodegradable continues unabated. These resins currently include polyolefin-based compositions containing starch and polymers containing aromatic groups that microorganisms have difficulty utilizing in their metabolism.
Furthermore, there are additives said to convert petroleum-based resins to biodegradable versions. These resultant resins are said to be oxo-biodegradable.
Part of the current debate revolves around defining an acceptable period for biodegradation to be completed. Almost all carbon-based materials are biodegradable, if given an acceptable period.
This report includes polymers that producers market as fully biodegradable. Most define a fully biodegradable polymer as a polymer that is completely converted by microorganisms to carbon dioxide, water and humus.
In the case of anaerobic biodegradation, carbon dioxide, methane and humus are the degradation products. However, many within the industry insist on a period for degradation such that the terms biodegradable and compostable are not synonymous.
The issue concerning biodegradable versus compostable resins is a very important issue that is discussed in detail. Polymers derived from renewable resources (non-petroleum-based) are not covered unless they are considered biodegradable since many polymers derived from renewable resources are not biodegradable. These materials are often termed as bio-based. Some polymers are both bio-based and biodegradable.
The scope of the report covers the overview and clear understanding of the global market scenario of biodegradable polymers and analysis of global market trends, with market data from 2016, considering 2016 as the base year and estimates for 2017 to 2022 with projection of the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in the forecast period.
This report covers the chemical types of biodegradable polymers along with their properties, production, producers and applications. Definitions and standards, market drivers, biodegradation testing, environmental issues, composting and relevant technologies will also be discussed.
The different chemical type of biodegradable polymers is considered in the report which include: polylactic acid (PLA), starch based and polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA). Qualitative analysis of protein based products, biodegradable polymers from soybeans, genetically modified (GM) biodegradable polymers and oxo-biodegradable polymers are also covered in the report. The report further includes a discussion of the application of biodegradable polymers such as packaging, fibers/fabrics, agriculture, medical, food service, electrical and electronics and automotive, among others.
The report concludes with a special focus on the competitive landscape which includes the key strategies adopted by the manufacturers and detailed profiles of the major manufacturers, their product offerings, strategies, including trade names and their impact on the market.
– 47 data tables and 50 additional tables
– An overview of the global markets for biodegradable polymers
– Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2016 and 2017, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2022
– Discussion of chemical types of biodegradable polymers along with their properties and production processes
– Evaluation of current and potential applications
– Comprehensive company profiles of major Players in the Market including Basf, Biomer, Cereplast, Danimer Scientific, Earthshell Container Corp., Mitsui Chemicals, Toray Industries, Inc., and Toyobo Co., Ltd.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction
Study Goals and Objectives
Reasons for doing the Study
Scope of Report
Methodology and Information Sources
Related BCC Research Reports
Chapter 2 Summary and Highlights
Chapter 3 Terminology
Degradable and Biodegradable
Compostable Vs. Biodegradable
Chapter 4 Background/Historical
Chapter 5 Definitions and Standards
Chapter 6 Technical Aspects of the Degradability of Resins
Chapter 7 Patents Related to Biodegradable Polymers
Chapter 8 Market Overview
Chapter 9 Market Breakdown by Chemical Type
Chapter 10 Market Breakdown by Application
Chapter 11 Market Breakdown by Region
Chapter 12 Competitive Landscape
Chapter 13 Company Profiles
Chapter 14 Appendix: List of Abbreviations
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