According to the research report, the global Polylactic Acid (PLA) market is expected to reach $5.2 billion by 2020 growing at a CAGR of 19.5% from 2013 to 2020. Asia Pacific will be the fastest growing market at a CAGR of 21.6% during this period whereas Europe will maintain its lead in terms of revenue till 2020, despite having a comparatively slower growth.
Polylactic Acid (PLA) is thermoplastic polyester derived from renewable feedstock such as corn starch, sugarcane, wheat, tapioca roots. PLA has wide application such as in Packaging, Textile, Agriculture, Transportation, Bio-Medical and Electronics industry. Due to environmental concerns and scarcity & volatility of prices of fossil fuels, many companies and government regulatory bodies are focusing to find substitute to oil-based products. Moreover, bio based plastics has huge potential to reduce the consumption and dependency on petroleum based feedstock and lessen negative impact on environment by reducing carbon footprints. Thus, PLA has emerged mainly as source of biodegradable plastics available in the market in recent years. Furthermore, ongoing research and technical development in the field of bio-based plastics have enhanced their properties such as high temperature resistance, thus increasing scope of its application market. The global Polylactic Acid market is presently facing supply crunch as few international manufacturers trying hard to meet rapidly rising demand for bio-based plastics. Thus, it is anticipated that the global Polylactic Acid market will grow at a double digit growth rate.
Low-cost and easy availability of raw materials are important factors that are contributing to the cost-effectiveness of PLA. The production costs are however, expected to further reduce with research focused on identifying alternative sources of raw materials. On the contrary, certain restraining factors too exist which will restrain the growth of PLA market. "Need for industrial composting to completely degrade PLA, will act as an important restraint" said Clark and Singh.
Table Of Content: Introduction Executive Summary Key Findings: PLA Market Study Case Studies Global PLA Market By Application PLA Production and Raw Materials PLA and Geographic Markets Company Profiles
Report Details: "Polylactic Acid (PLA) Market in Packaging, Textile, Agriculture, Transportation, Bio-Medical, Electronics and Others - Global Industry Size, Company Share, Growth, Trends, Strategic Analysis and Forecast, 2012 – 2020." Published: 25-Dec-2013 Pages: 101
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