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Report predicts growth of biodegradable polymers

Biodegradable polymers will make further inroads into markets that are traditionally dominated by conventional thermoplastics says a report by Research and Markets Ltd.

According to the report the demand for biodegradable polymers is being driven by a number of factors, such as the competitive costs and the growing political pressure in developed countries to reduce packaging waste. “The cost of biodegradable polymers has come down considerably over the last three years while at the same time standard thermoplastic prices have increased,” the report highlights.

The report analyzes the key performance properties, applications development, market drivers and future prospects of biodegradable polymers. It contains an estimate of market size by world regions, polymer type and end user market; forecasts to 2010; supply chain analysis including details of thirty leading biodegradable polymer suppliers and profiles of around fifty biodegradable polymer processors; and illustrations of product and applications development over the last three years.

The four main classes of biodegradable polymers analyzed in the report are: polylactic acid (PLA), starch-based polymers, synthetic biodegradable polymers, such as aromatic aliphatic co-polyesters, and polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA).


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