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08-10-2012

Nova Institute: Growth in PLA Bioplastics

Nova Institute GmbH, Hürth, Germany, published the first results of a multi-client market survey of the international bioplastics market. 25 companies have developed production capacity at 30 sites worldwide of over 180,000 tonnes of polylactic acid (PLA), one of the leading bio-based plastics. PLA is used mainly in packaging, but it also has a large number of other durable applications. The largest producer is NatureWorks, a company that is active in the USA and Thailand, and has a capacity of 140,000 t/year. The other producers have a current capacity of between 1,500 and 10,000 t/year.

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