Ceresana releases bioplastics films market study

1:50 min Biobased MaterialSheets & Films
Konstanz, Germany

Wafer-thin films, often less than 1 millimeter thick, are one of the first areas of application in which bioplastics are able to establish themselves. Although casings made from petroleum products are still usually sold cheaper and in larger quantities, biobased materials do not only offer a better public image regarding environmental awareness, but often also tangible advantages: Food packaging made from biodegradable plastics does not have to be disposed of at high cost, but can be composted; organic mulch films can simply be left on the field and plowed under. The report forecasts that revenues will increase to USD 14.2 billion by 2032.

Increasing demand for biobased films

If a film is supposed to crackle nicely, be transparent and permeable to water vapor, cellulose hydrate is hard to beat: The original bioplastic has been used since 1908 under names such as cellophane to package chocolates, flowers, spice jars or even cigarettes. For films made of polyethylene or polypropylene, biobased alternatives have long since ceased to be made only from wood or waste paper cellulose. Ceresana expects annual growth of over 14.6% in Asia, around 11% in North America and just over 8% in Europe.

Biobased films mainly package food products

Bags, pouches and sacks currently are the best-known application for bioplastics. Food packaging is the most important market for films made from bioplastics: In 2022, it accounted for around 47% of their market volume. However, shrink and stretch films are by no means only used in the packaging industry. Bioplastic films are also used, for example, for labels, adhesive tapes, technical insulating layers or medical wound dressings. In horticulture, forestry and agriculture, the consumption of films is increasing, as well as in the construction industry, the printing industry and other sectors. Ceresana expects the highest CAGR of 12% for agricultural films, industrial films and construction films. Increasingly, bioplastics are even conquering hightech products: Membranes for water filters are made of polymer films, and plastic films are also used in batteries for electric cars.

The current Ceresana market study:

Chapter 1 analyzes the global market - including forecasts up to 2032: The development of demand (tonnes) and revenues (USD and EUR) is presented for Europe, North America, AsiaPacific and the rest of the world.

In Chapter 2, the 11 countries with the largest revenues generated with films are considered individually. Demand and revenues are presented in each case. In addition, demand is broken down by application:

  • Packaging – Food and beverages
  • Packaging – Consumer products
  • Packaging – Other
  • Agricultural films
  • Other films

The study provides detailed data on the use of the different types of bioplastics in films:

  • Polylactic acid (PLA)
  • Starch-based plastics
  • Other biodegradable plastics
  • Biobased, but non-biodegradable plastics

Chapter 3 provides 47 profiles of the most important producers of films made from bioplastics, e.g. Bio Packaging Films, Cortec, Folietec, Futamura, Hubei HYF, Kuraray, and Stermitz.



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