Polylactic Acid Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Polylactic Acid Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By End-use (Packaging, Agriculture, Automotive & Transport, Electronics, Textile), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2020 - 2027

  • Published Date: Oct, 2020
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2019
  • Report ID: GVR-2-68038-669-1
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2016 - 2018
  • Number of Pages: 110

Report Overview

The global polylactic acid market size was valued at USD 535.6 million in 2019 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.9% from 2020 to 2027. Emerging bioplastics application, coupled with favorable regulations related to the use of bio-based materials, is expected to give an impetus to the market growth over the forecast period. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the industry is witnessing reduced demand, especially in the fashion apparel segment, due to a decline in demand from the end-use customers. However, rising demand for personal protective apparel owing to the increasing COVID-19 positive cases is fueling the growth of the textile industry. This, in turn, is further anticipated to propel the demand for polylactic acid (PLA) in the textile industry.

U.S. PLA market size

Government initiatives on the ban on single-use plastics in several countries, coupled with increasing environmental concerns, are projected to assist the product demand across the globe. Countries such as the U.K., Taiwan, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, and several states of the U.S., such as New York, California, and Hawaii, have banned the use of single-use plastics.

Polylactic acid is majorly utilized to produce microwaveable containers, including food containers and disposable cutlery. Multiple beneficial properties, including resistance to grease and oil, improved aesthetic appeal, and better printability, are positively impacting the demand for PLA in the formulation of food packaging products across the globe.

End-use Insights

The packaging end-use segment led the market and accounted for more than 35.0% share of the global revenue in 2019. This is attributed to the rising demand for packaging in the end-use segments, such as food and beverage packaging, personal care packaging, and household care products.

The inclination of consumers towards sustainable packaging and rising landfill issues across the globe are compelling manufacturers to use polylactic acid in packaging. In addition, a strict ban on single-use plastics in many countries, such as the U.K., Taiwan, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, and several states of the U.S., including New York, California, and Hawaii, is significantly driving the demand for PLA in the packaging end-use segment.

Polylactic acid is widely utilized in the textile industry, including stable fiber and flat continuous filament or textured yarns. PLA can be easily spun into filaments and fibers for textiles and nonwovens. It can be spun with lyocell, cotton, or wool to produce yarn. Textiles comprising polylactic acid offer excellent drapability, breathability, and durability.

Global PLA market share

The U.S. is one of the major demand contributors for PLA in textiles. According to The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), the U.S. textile industry invested USD 18.7 billion in the construction of new manufacturing plants and new equipment from 2009 to 2018. Textile mills in the country have increased labor productivity by 69% since 2000. According to The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), in 2019, shipments of textiles and apparel totaled USD 75.8 billion. Thus, the growing textile market is anticipated to create significant demand for polylactic acid over the forecast period.

In the automotive industry, polylactic acid is used in applications, such as under the hood components and interior parts. PLA is very effective when it comes to reducing the carbon footprint owing to its bio-based source. It offers impact resistance, UV resistance, high gloss, excellent colorability, and dimensional stability. These factors make it an alternative to most of the traditional plastics, such as polycarbonate, polyethylene terephthalate, polyamide, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, and polybutylene terephthalate, which are preferred for automotive interiors and engine compartments. The use of PLA also helps to reduce the overall weight of the vehicle, which is expected to reduce the overall transportation costs.

Regional Insights

North America dominated the market and accounted for more than 40.0% share of the global revenue in 2019. The North American market is expected to be driven by the growing demand for bioplastics. Additionally, the regional market is characterized by the demand for sustainable products, which has moved towards a strong demand for sustainability in packaging as well. The overall demand for bioplastics in North America is also expected to increase on account of the initiatives for promoting environmentally- friendly products by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

As of 2019, the U.S. was one of the major countries exporting large amounts of polylactic acid to other countries while other countries are exporting very small amounts of polylactic acid as compared to the U.S. The country witnesses high growth on account of the availability of raw materials and the presence of major manufacturers of PLA. The growing food processing market is anticipated to fuel the demand for packaging products, thereby creating demand for PLA in the country. Increasing demand for packaged food and ready-to-eat meals is significantly boosting the growth of the U.S. food processing market.

The market in the Asia Pacific is expected to grow at a rapid pace in the upcoming years on account of major driving factors, including lack of fossil fuel resources, increasing demand for the product from developing countries, such as Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia, and fluctuating petroleum prices. However, the recent outbreak of COVID-19 in countries, such as India, China, Japan, Australia, Indonesia, and Singapore, is hampering the product demand in various end-use segments, such as electronics, appliances, and fashion apparel.

Europe emerged as the third-largest regional market both in terms of volume and revenue in 2019. However, increasing COVID-19 cases in European countries, such as Russia, Spain, the U.K., and Italy, are hampering the demand for PLA in various end-use sectors, such as electronics, appliances, and automotive and transport, owing to the stalled industrial output and declining demand from end-use consumers.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The majority of players engaged in the manufacturing of PLA compete on the basis of raw materials and technology, along with the product quality offered. For instance, NatureWorks LLC is one of the leading manufacturers of PLA, which is focusing on technological advancement to gain a competitive edge in the production of PLA. The company is engaged in new technological avenues to avoid plant-based feedstock and directly use microorganisms to convert greenhouse gases into lactic acid for PLA production.

Companies involved in the manufacturing of polylactic acid are taking up new product development and strategic partnership to meet the dynamically changing consumer demand and cater to a wide geographical area. For instance, in March 2019, NatureWorks LLC introduced Ingeo 3D450, which is specifically designed for professional printing and use in dual extrusion 3D printers. It is designed to work with 3D850 and 3D870 grades of Ingeo 3D series. Some prominent players in the global polylactic acid (PLA) market include:

  • Total Corbion PLA

  • NatureWorks LLC

  • COFCO

Polylactic Acid Market Report Scope

Report Attribute

Details

Market size value in 2020

USD 542.4 million

Revenue forecast in 2027

USD 1,526.0 million

Growth Rate

CAGR of 15.9% from 2020 to 2027

Base year for estimation

2019

Historical data

2016 - 2018

Forecast period

2020 - 2027

Quantitative units

Volume in tons, revenue in USD thousand, and CAGR from 2020 to 2027

Report coverage      

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

Segments covered

End-use, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Central & South America; Middle East & Africa

Country Scope

U.S.; Canada; Mexico; Germany; U.K.; France; Italy; Netherlands; China; India; Japan; Indonesia; Malaysia; Philippines; Brazil

Key companies profiled

Total Corbion PLA; NatureWorks LLC; COFCO

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue and volume growth at the global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends and opportunities in each of the sub-segments from 2016 to 2027. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global polylactic acid market report on the basis of end-use and region:

  • End-use Outlook (Volume, Tons; Revenue, USD Thousand, 2016 - 2027)

    • Packaging

    • Agriculture

    • Automotive & Transport

    • Electronics

    • Textiles

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Volume, Tons; Revenue, USD Thousand, 2016 - 2027)

    • North America

      • The U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • The U.K.

      • France

      • Italy

      • Netherlands

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

      • Indonesia

      • Malaysia

      • Philippines

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa

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