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MARKET OVERVIEW

1.1 Definition and scope of study

Bioplastics are a very broad category of plastics with special characteristics. A plastic is either biosourced, that is to say using manufacturing materials from biomass (sweet potato, sugar cane, etc.), or biodegradable, i.e., its decomposition reaches 90% after being in contact for six months with micro-organisms (bacteria, algae, fungi), oxygen moisture or heat. Bioplastics may be both biosourced and biodegradable. The market under analysis can be segmented by product outlook (biodegradable or non-biodegradable), application (packaging, consumer goods, textile, and so on), and geographical area.

The global bioplastic market size was valued at $9.17 billion in 2020, and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 17.1% from 2021 to 2028.

In Italy, around 275 companies operate in the bioplastic industry, employing a total number of 2,645 workers. The total number of companies can be split into four categories: basic chemical and intermediate producers, granule producers and distributors, first transformation operators, and second transformation operators. In 2019, the whole production volume reached for the first time an amount of over 100,000 tons, registering an increase of 14% compared to the previous fiscal year.

In terms of products, packaging remains the largest application area for bioplastics, accounting for nearly 47% of the total market in 2020. The strong focus on environmental sustainability has also driven the demand for recyclable solutions with the organic fraction of waste as an alternative to disposable ones made of traditional plastic.  The sector of bags for wet waste is also positive, thanks to the strengthening of exports and the further increase in the separate collection of wet waste at European level.

In Italy, the main manufacturers of bioplastics are BetaLife, specialized in biodegradable and biocompostable products, Agromateriae, which produces new plastic materials from agro-industrial waste, and Novamont, which supplies a variety of products used in everyday life made up of bio materials.

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PhD Industrial transformations

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