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Financial crisis hinders the development of bioplastics technology and market in Europe January 7 news from frost Sullivan, an American consulting firm, recently released a research report on the European bioplastics market, which believes that the European bioplastics market is in an emerging development period. Although the oil price fell sharply at the outbreak of the global financial crisis, the government and enterprises still pay attention to the use of renewable biological plastics to replace oil to produce plastics. Terminal penetration is increasing

according to the analysis of product life cycle, bioplastics products are still in the embryonic and development stage, and the market has great growth potential. At present, the penetration is being strengthened in some terminal application fields

polylactic acid (PLA), starch based polymers and polyhydroxyfatty acid esters (PHAs) are three main types of bioplastics. In 2006, the total output of PLA, starch based polymers and PHAs in the European market was 65000 tons, with a total sales volume of about 134million euros. Since 2003, the output of bioplastics has increased, but the price of PLA and starch based polymers has decreased, resulting in no significant change in market sales. Frost Sullivan estimates that the European bioplastics market will produce 301000 tons in 2013, with sales of 703million euros. The compound growth rate of sales between 2006 and 2013 was 26.7%, and the growth rate of production was about 24.6%

bioplastics in Europe will be more and more widely used in terminals. At present, bioplastics are mainly used in plastic bags, fresh product packaging and agricultural films. Bioplastics are gradually replacing low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) in plastic bags. Compared with the terminal market penetration of other traditional plastics such as polyethylene (PE) and polystyrene (PS), with the improvement of environmental awareness, the demand for bioplastics is increasing, and the potential market is huge. Market advantages are becoming more and more obvious

bioplastics can be biodegradable to varying degrees, which points out a way for the world to no longer rely on oil to produce plastics. Moreover, bioplastics have market advantages such as price advantage, good environmental protection performance and renewable raw materials

from 2005 to the first half of 2008, the rise in oil prices led to the rise in the prices of traditional plastics. Compared with these traditional oil-based packaging materials, some bioplastics products have achieved comprehensive price advantages

in today's popular green products, bioplastics are very popular with end users because of their environmental and resource protection characteristics. The investigation in Europe shows that each ton of starch based polymer can reduce 0.8 ~ 3.2 tons of carbon dioxide emissions compared with one ton of polyethylene from mineral sources. Therefore, consumers are more willing to accept supermarket shopping bags made of potatoes and car seats processed with soybean oil. With the increase of consumers' awareness of environmental protection, they are more willing to pay higher prices to buy products processed with natural raw materials

at present, the development of bioplastics market is in the embryonic stage, and the output is very small and has no scale. Because the concrete prepared with it has the strength and durability required by the project, most manufacturers are still in the investment stage and have no profit. With the future R & D investment and the improvement of market strategy, the bioplastics market will enter a rapid development stage. Manufacturers' attention to technology patents and the development of downstream applications will promote the development of the market

a problem that cannot be ignored is that bioplastics are facing competition from other green products, the most important of which is renewable plastics. Renewable plastics, which have been widely used in the past few years, have almost the same properties as primary plastics. The newly issued environmental protection law in Europe requires to increase the recycling proportion of plastics, which also promotes the development of recycled plastics market, thus increasing the threat of renewable plastics to bioplastics. Price constraints are breaking through

even after the rise of oil price, the price of traditional petroleum based plastics is still lower than that of bioplastics, not to mention the sharp decline of oil price, so reducing the price is the primary problem facing the popularization and application of bioplastics industry

at present, the situation that high prices restrict the development of the bioplastics market is slowly changing

high priced products will limit downstream demand for bioplastics. Although some users are willing to pay high prices for bioplastic packaging, for packaging enterprises, the investment in finding these new users is much higher than that in developing traditional plastic customers. Therefore, not all enterprises are willing to invest. Moreover, in order to maintain the existing profits, most PHAs manufacturers do not want to realize large-scale production and reduce the price level

price constraints need sufficient market competition to break. The development of the European bioplastics market is not mature, and the production capacity of plastic raw materials is insufficient. Due to the lack of raw materials, the production scale of plastic products is small, and the market lacks competition. Taking the PLA market as an example, its production capacity is insufficient and there is no market competition. As the first company in the world to realize the large-scale industrialization of PLA, 11.7% of naturewo has structural defects. Rks has become the largest PLA manufacturer in the world. It has successfully developed the PLA markets in the United States, Europe and Asia, and maintained a 100% market share

with the entry of some new market participants, the competition among European bioplastics manufacturers will be fierce, and the price constraints will be broken. From the price comparison in recent years, with the expansion of the production scale of PLA and starch based polymers, the price has shown a downward trend. In the next few years, the output of PLA and starch based polymers in Europe will continue to increase, so their prices will still decline. More enterprises participate in the market, which can expand the range of products selected by end users, improve product quality, and "introduce the deposit return system to build the confidence of the whole industry

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