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Global bioplastics production capacity will double in next five years

May 13/2011

(Ceepackaging) -- Global bioplastics production capacity will more than double from 2010 to 2015. Capacity is predicted to pass the one million tonne mark already in 2011, according to a current study presented yesterday by the industry association European Bioplastics in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Hanover at the interpack trade fair in Dusseldorf.

From a figure of around 700 KT in 2010, the production capacity for bioplastics will increase to a predicted 1.7 million tonnes by 2015. The current year will see capacity pass an important threshold: the first half of 2011 already shows production capacity exceeding 900 KT. The million tonne mark is close, and will likely be passed by the bioplastics industry within this year. The encouraging trend in production capacity allows us to assume, that the figures presented today will even be exceeded in the coming years, explains Hasso von Pogrell, Managing Director of European Bioplastics.

A further change is evident in the composition of global production volume. In 2010, the bio-plastics branch primarily produced biodegradable materials, totalling around 400 KT(compared to 300 KT of biobased commodity plastics). This ratio will be reversed in the coming years despite overall growth.

Europe is the worlds largest and most interesting market for bioplastics and is the leader in research and development. The number of production facilities, in contrast, is growing most markedly in Asia and South America. The competitiveness of European industrial sites must therefore be improved through better frameworks and regulations.

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