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07-25-2013

Nova: Status Quo and Trends towards 2020

The European market data presents the latest findings of production capacities of bio-based polymers in Europe based on the market study published by the nova-Institute, Hürth, Germany, in spring this year and its continuously updated database.

Europe’s current position in producing bio-based polymers is limited to a few polymers. However, new developments and investments are foreseen: the first European industrial-scale PLA plant by 2014, the introduction of future PET production facilities by 2015, recent developments in the commercialization of bio-based PBT and further advancements in the field of high-value fine chemicals for PA, PUR and thermosets production.

Although Europe shows a strong demand for bio-based polymers, production tends to take place elsewhere, namely in Asia and America. The European Union’s relatively weak position in the production of bio-based polymers is largely the consequence of an unfavourable political framework for the industrial material use of biomass.

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