Bio-based Polypropylene (PP) Market Report

Bio-based Polypropylene (PP) Market Analysis By Application (Injection, Textile, Films), By Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Rest of the World), And Segment Forecasts, 2018 - 2025

  • Published Date: Dec, 2017
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2016
  • Report ID: 978-1-68038-317-1
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2014-2016
  • Number of Pages: 63

Industry Insights

The global bio-based polypropylene market size was estimated at USD 32.3 million in 2016 and is projected to register a CAGR of 5.1% over the forecast period. Increase in demand for lightweight automotive materials, particularly polymers, is expected to boost market growth over the coming years. With automobile manufacturers preferring eco-friendly polymers of late, the market is anticipated to receive a significant boost.

North America Bio-based Polypropylene (PP) market

Factors such as need to reduce GHG emissions and growth of the bioplastics industry are expected to have a positive impact on market growth. There have been numerous regulatory initiatives envisioned to reduce carbon emissions and promote bioplastics. This is likely to attract new investments in the industry. Rising adoption of sustainable packaging solutions is also expected to drive the market through 2025.

North America is one of the prominent markets for bio-based polypropylene and this is largely owing to progressive regulations for bio-based polymers implemented by the U.S. EPA. Growth of automotive, construction, packaging, and electronics sectors in North America is likely to further drive the regional market over the forecast period.

Positive regulatory frameworks by countries such as Sweden and Netherlands to promote domestic bioplastic industries are also likely to have a positive impact on the market. Companies such as Solvay, Global Biologics, and Solvert have been making rigorous efforts to develop key raw materials such as n-butanol, which is expected to benefit the market.

However, presence of substitutes such as polylactic acid (PLA) and bio-based PET will pose a challenge for the growth of the bio-based polypropylene market.Increase in demand for sugarcane, soy, and corn from the food and beverage industry is anticipated to affect raw material availability, further hampering market growth.

Bio-based polypropylene can be manufactured using a variety of raw materials and production processes. However, there is no technology that can compete with the cost-effective production of synthetic polypropylene. This is a primary reason why many companies are hesitant to enter the market. This threatens to result in limited commercial production of bio-based polypropylene.

Availability of raw material and its continuous supply are crucial to uninterrupted production. Uniform quality of this raw material is just as vital. The profitability of the market for bio-based polypropylene is primarily based on availability of low-priced and renewable raw materials. Any rise in prices could result in production losses.

Fluctuation in crude oil prices has resulted in manufacturers looking at alternative renewable ways of developing polymers. Over the past few years, several manufacturers have derived polymers using bio-based sources such as sugarcane, corn, and soybean, a factor that is likely to provide the market immense opportunities for growth.

Application Insights

Bio-based polypropylene is primarily used in injections and this segment accounted for 54.5% of the market in 2016. Increase in usage of lightweight materials in the automobile industry, coupled with growth in sales of automobiles in developing economies such as India and China, is anticipated to fuel the demand for bio-based plastics. This will further increase the demand for bio-based polypropylene in the manufacture of injection molded parts for construction, electronics packaging, automotive, and industrial applications.

Bio-based polypropylene finds application in films to be used in the packaging industry. Growth of the packaging industry and rise in focus on sustainable packaging has augmented the demand for polymers, thereby boosting this segment over the forecast period.

Bio-based polypropylene is generally extruded and stretched to form biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP), which has higher strength and better clarity. It can also render the process of coating, printing, and laminating much easier. BOPP is extensively used in packaging of food products such as vegetables, meats, and confectionery products. High demand for advanced materials used in packaging food products is also envisaged to benefit this application segment.

Regional Insights

North America accounted for 36.0% of the global market revenue in 2016. Rise in usage of biodegradable polymers by the construction industry in the region is anticipated to propel growth over the forecast period. Increase in consumption of bio-plastics in the packaging industry is also likely to boost the market.

Global Bio-based Polypropylene market

Europe held the dominant share in the global market in 2016. The European Commission has brought into effect several regulations that support the use of bio-based polymers owing to high biomass content and low GHG emissions during manufacturing. These factors have resulted in a rise in demand for such polymers. In addition, high consumer adoption of bio-based polymers is likely to benefit the market in Europe.

The Asia Pacific market for bio-based polypropylene is expected to be driven by high demand for automobiles, presence of improved infrastructure, and rise in disposable income of consumers. Change in outlook of consumers towards eco-friendly materials is a key parameter that is expected to positively impact the growth of the market in the region.

Competitive Insights

Companies are pursuing efforts to develop new raw materials such as isopropanol and n-butene. For instance, Mitsui Chemicals launched several patents in 2012 to produce bio-isopropyl alcohol through bacterium. Efforts such as these are expected to facilitate other market players to pursue their own R&D activities in bioplastics. 

Growth in biodiesel production is expected to increase availability of bio-based propane, which can be used to manufacture bio-based polypropylene. Vegetable oil intended for bio-diesel production is likely to emerge as a raw material to produce bio-based polypropylene over the forecast period.

Key players in the industry are involved in the production of advanced products and have invested extensively in introducing new and improved manufacturing processes. Growing interest of major companies such as SABIC and DOW in product manufacturing is likely to open new avenues for industry growth over the coming years. For instance, in December 2014, France-based Global Bioenergies initiated the production of bio-based propylene through an advanced process called direct fermentation.

Companies such as Braskem, Global Bioenergies, and Dow Chemicals are likely to emerge as key players over the forecast period. A major concern during the production process is availability of raw material, which might deter notable market entries.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2014 - 2016

Forecast period

2017 - 2025

Market representation

Volume in Kilotons, Revenue in USD Million and CAGR from 2017 to 2025

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Rest of the World

Report coverage

Volume forecast, Revenue forecast, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

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Segments covered in the report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global and regional levels and provides an analysis on industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global bio-based polypropylene market on the basis of application and region:

  • Application Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Injection

    • Textile

    • Films

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue; USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • North America

    • Europe

    • Asia Pacific

    • Rest of the World

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