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Global Polylactic Market by Type (Poly(L-lactic)acid, Poly(D-lactic)acid, Poly(DL-lactic)acid), By Application (Food & Beverage Packaging, Serviceware, Electronics & Appliances, Medical & Hygiene, Other) and Region (North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Middle East & Africa), Forecast To 2028

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The Global Polylactic Acid Market is forecast to grow from $2.5 billion in 2021 to $3.9 billion by 2028, at a CAGR of 8%. Growing demand for biodegradable plastics as alternatives in the food and beverage packaging industry is anticipated to drive market growth over the forecast period. The increasing use of plasticized PLA containers instead of conventional PET containers for long-term product storage, such as jam or mayonnaise will also boost demand.


Polylactic acid (PLA) is an organic polyester derived from renewable resources like corn starch or sugar cane. It can be produced from lactic acid through the bacterial fermentation process with high efficiency and at low cost - making it a potentially sustainable alternative to petrochemical-based plastics in the food & beverage packaging market.

It offers a number of benefits over its predecessors such as better barrier properties, which are important for shelf-life preservation and safety; higher heat resistance, conferring durability to plastics used in microwaves or refrigerators, and excellent chemical compatibility with many substances while being compostable.


On the basis of Types, the market is segmented as Poly(L-lactic)acid, Poly(D-lactic) Acid, and Poly(DL-lactic) Acid.


Poly(L-lactic) Acid:

Poly(L-lactic) Acid is a thermoplastic polymer that can be molded and shaped into the desired form. It has low melting points, so it can melt once heated up in order to reshape or mold the Poly(L-lactic) acid. This makes it more pliable than plastics such as polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polypropylene (PP), or PVC, for example. The reason why this plastic is preferable to others because of its high stiffness at room temperature and chemical stability.


Poly(D-lactic) Acid:

Poly(D-lactic) acid is a type of polyester. Polyesters are aliphatic organic compounds that can be used in plastics and other materials to produce sustainable, biodegradable alternatives to petroleum-based plastics.

Poly(D-lactic) acid is an important component in the production of PLA (polylactic acid), which has been identified as one of the most promising bioplastics for future use because it does not require fossil fuels as many conventional plastic products do. In addition, its manufacturing process uses only renewable energy resources such as corn or sugar cane rather than oil, coal, or natural gas.


Poly(DL-lactic) Acid:

Poly(DL-lactic) Acid can bed defined as polymers that are synthesized by using poly(L-lactic acid) and D- or DL-lactide as the monomer. Poly(DL-lactic) Acid is usually manufactured from renewable resources such as corn starch, wood pulp, sugarcane molasses, etc. These raw materials can be easily obtained in sufficient quantities to meet the worldwide demand for polyesters on a sustainable basis.

Poly(DL-lactic) Acid is used mainly in food packaging applications due to its biodegradable nature and high barrier properties when compared with conventional plastics. It helps prevent spoilage of ingredients inside packages during storage while maintaining the shelf life of products.


On the basis of Applications, the market is segmented into Food & Beverage Packaging, Serviceware, Electronics & Appliances, Medical & Hygiene, and others. Among these applications, the market for Food & Beverage Packaging is the largest segment in terms of volume and value due to the high consumption of polymers among consumers.


Food & Beverage Packaging:

Polylactic acid is used as a food packaging material to provide oxygen barrier, water vapor permeability, and cold storage. It is also used as a protective packaging material for high-value items in retail. The demand for polylactic acid will be driven by the need to use environmentally friendly materials that do not harm human health and good barrier properties against moisture, oxygen, light, and other gases



Polylactic acid can be used to manufacture disposable tableware and cutlery. Polylactic acid is a biodegradable material that reduces the environmental impact of disposing of these items after use, potentially reducing litter on beaches or in landfill sites when it oxidizes.

It also makes an affordable alternative for people that cannot afford many expensive plastics such as Teflon or polystyrene. The polymerization process does not produce any hazardous byproducts making this type of plastic safe for food contact. In addition, its properties make it useful for packaging materials where thermal resistance is needed (e.g., microwavable foods).


Electronics & Appliances:

The electronic and appliance sector includes mobile phones, laptops, and televisions along with other gadgets that are made from polylactic acid or have a polymer plastic body that has been manufactured by using this biodegradable type of polyester.


Medical & Hygiene:

Polylactic acid is used in the medical and hygiene industry, which includes surgical sponge implants. Surgical sponges are polyester-based products that can be made from a variety of materials for different uses. They’re disposable, easy to clean with soap and water after use, less expensive than some alternatives such as cotton balls or gauze and they come sterile right out of the package.


On the basis of Region, the market is segmented into Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, and the Rest of the World. The Asia Pacific will show significant growth owing to its expanding food & beverage industry coupled with increasing disposable income and population.

In North America, the market is anticipated to witness an exponential growth rate during the forecast period. This can be attributed to minimal regulations in this region for Polylactic Acid products which are likely to drive demand over the coming years.

Middle East & Africa are also exhibiting phenomenal economic development as well as rapid urbanization that leads it among one of the fastest-growing regions globally. It has thus become imperative for polyester manufacturers from across the globe to focus on these markets for expansion plans.


Growth Factors For The Global Polylactic Acid Market:

Increasing demand for biodegradable plastics is expected to drive the global polylactic acid market. The increasing population, coupled with a growing need for sustainable packaging solutions will increase the consumption of plastic in every sector. Biodegradable plastics will be preferred over conventional ones as their disposal process does not harm the environment and they are composted easily by microorganisms which leads to biofuel production or soil amendment.

Polylactic acid (PLA) can also be found in various other sectors such as medical & hygiene products, electrical appliances, and machinery parts. These factors combined with its versatility make it an attractive option when compared to other available materials like petroleum that cannot be recycled without incurring energy cost or has limited availability issues because natural resources are being depleted.


Up Market Research published a new report titled “Polylactic Market research report which is segmented by Types (Poly(L-lactic)acid, Poly(D-lactic)acid, Poly(DL-lactic)acid), By Applications (Food & Beverage Packaging, Serviceware, Electronics & Appliances, Medical & Hygiene, Other), By Players/Companies NatureWorks, Synbra Technology, Teijin, Toray, Futerro, Toyobo, Sulzer, Uhde Inventa-Fischer, Hisun Biomaterials, Shanghai Tongjieliang, Jiuding Biological Engineering, Shenzhen Esun Industrial”. 


Report Scope

Report Attributes Report Details
Report Title Polylactic Market Research Report
By Type Poly(L-lactic)acid, Poly(D-lactic)acid, Poly(DL-lactic)acid
By Application Food & Beverage Packaging, Serviceware, Electronics & Appliances, Medical & Hygiene, Other
By Companies NatureWorks, Synbra Technology, Teijin, Toray, Futerro, Toyobo, Sulzer, Uhde Inventa-Fischer, Hisun Biomaterials, Shanghai Tongjieliang, Jiuding Biological Engineering, Shenzhen Esun Industrial
Regions Covered North America, Europe, APAC, Latin America, MEA
Base Year 2020
Historical Year 2018 to 2019 (Data from 2010 can be provided as per availability)
Forecast Year 2028
Number of Pages 246
Number of Tables & Figures 173
Customization Available Yes, the report can be customized as per your need.

The report covers comprehensive data on emerging trends, market drivers, growth opportunities, and restraints that can change the market dynamics of the industry. It provides an in-depth analysis of the market segments which include products, applications, and competitor analysis.

Global Polylactic Industry Outlook

Global Polylactic Market Report Segments:

The market is segmented by Type Poly(L-lactic)acid, Poly(D-lactic)acid, Poly(DL-lactic)acid and By Application Food & Beverage Packaging, Serviceware, Electronics & Appliances, Medical & Hygiene, Other.


Some of the companies that are profiled in this report are:

  1. NatureWorks
  2. Synbra Technology
  3. Teijin
  4. Toray
  5. Futerro
  6. Toyobo
  7. Sulzer
  8. Uhde Inventa-Fischer
  9. Hisun Biomaterials
  10. Shanghai Tongjieliang
  11. Jiuding Biological Engineering
  12. Shenzhen Esun Industrial

Polylactic Market research report delivers a close watch on leading competitors with strategic analysis, micro and macro market trend and scenarios, pricing analysis and a holistic overview of the market situations in the forecast period. It is a professional and a detailed report focusing on primary and secondary drivers, market share, leading segments and geographical analysis. Further, key players, major collaborations, merger & acquisitions along with trending innovation and business policies are reviewed in the report.


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  • Industry drivers, restraints, and opportunities covered in the study
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  • In-depth analysis of the Polylactic Market

Overview of the regional outlook of the Polylactic Market:

Based on region, the market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Middle East & Africa (MEA). North America region is further bifurcated into countries such as U.S., and Canada. The Europe region is further categorized into U.K., France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia, and Rest of Europe. Asia Pacific is further segmented into China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia, South East Asia, and Rest of Asia Pacific. Latin America region is further segmented into Brazil, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America, and the MEA region is further divided into GCC, Turkey, South Africa, and Rest of MEA.

Polylactic Market Overview

Highlights of The Polylactic Market Report:

  1. The market structure and projections for the coming years.
  2. Drivers, restraints, opportunities, and current trends of Polylactic Market.
  3. Historical data and forecast.
  4. Estimations for the forecast period 2028.
  5. Developments and trends in the market.
  6. By Type:

                1. Poly(L-lactic)acid

                2. Poly(D-lactic)acid

                3. Poly(DL-lactic)acid

       7. By Application:

                1. Food & Beverage Packaging

                2. Serviceware

                3. Electronics & Appliances

                4. Medical & Hygiene

                5. Other

  1. Market scenario by region, sub-region, and country.
  2. Market share of the market players, company profiles, product specifications, SWOT analysis, and competitive landscape.
  3. Analysis regarding upstream raw materials, downstream demand, and current market dynamics.
  4. Government Policies, Macro & Micro economic factors are also included in the report.

We have studied the Polylactic Market in 360 degrees via. both primary & secondary research methodologies. This helped us in building an understanding of the current market dynamics, supply-demand gap, pricing trends, product preferences, consumer patterns & so on. The findings were further validated through primary research with industry experts & opinion leaders across countries. The data is further compiled & validated through various market estimation & data validation methodologies. Further, we also have our in-house data forecasting model to predict market growth up to 2028.


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Chapter 1 Executive Summary
Chapter 2 Assumptions and Acronyms Used
Chapter 3 Research Methodology
Chapter 4 Polylactic Market Overview
   4.1 Introduction 
      4.1.1 Market Taxonomy 
      4.1.2 Market Definition 
      4.1.3 Macro-Economic Factors Impacting the Market Growth 
   4.2 Polylactic Market Dynamics 
      4.2.1 Market Drivers 
      4.2.2 Market Restraints 
      4.2.3 Market Opportunity 
   4.3 Polylactic Market - Supply Chain Analysis 
      4.3.1 List of Key Suppliers 
      4.3.2 List of Key Distributors 
      4.3.3 List of Key Consumers 
   4.4 Key Forces Shaping the Polylactic Market 
      4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers 
      4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers 
      4.4.3 Threat of Substitution 
      4.4.4 Threat of New Entrants 
      4.4.5 Competitive Rivalry 
   4.5 Global Polylactic Market Size & Forecast, 2018-2028 
      4.5.1 Polylactic Market Size and Y-o-Y Growth 
      4.5.2 Polylactic Market Absolute $ Opportunity 

Chapter 5 Global Polylactic Market Analysis and Forecast by Type
   5.1 Introduction
      5.1.1 Key Market Trends & Growth Opportunities by Type
      5.1.2 Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Type
      5.1.3 Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Type
   5.2 Polylactic Market Size Forecast by Type
      5.2.1 Poly(L-lactic)acid
      5.2.2 Poly(D-lactic)acid
      5.2.3 Poly(DL-lactic)acid
   5.3 Market Attractiveness Analysis by Type

Chapter 6 Global Polylactic Market Analysis and Forecast by Applications
   6.1 Introduction
      6.1.1 Key Market Trends & Growth Opportunities by Applications
      6.1.2 Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Applications
      6.1.3 Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Applications
   6.2 Polylactic Market Size Forecast by Applications
      6.2.1 Food & Beverage Packaging
      6.2.2 Serviceware
      6.2.3 Electronics & Appliances
      6.2.4 Medical & Hygiene
      6.2.5 Other
   6.3 Market Attractiveness Analysis by Applications

Chapter 7 Global Polylactic Market Analysis and Forecast by Region
   7.1 Introduction
      7.1.1 Key Market Trends & Growth Opportunities by Region
      7.1.2 Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Region
      7.1.3 Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Region
   7.2 Polylactic Market Size Forecast by Region
      7.2.1 North America
      7.2.2 Europe
      7.2.3 Asia Pacific
      7.2.4 Latin America
      7.2.5 Middle East & Africa (MEA)
   7.3 Market Attractiveness Analysis by Region

Chapter 8 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Impact 
   8.1 Introduction 
   8.2 Current & Future Impact Analysis 
   8.3 Economic Impact Analysis 
   8.4 Government Policies 
   8.5 Investment Scenario

Chapter 9 North America Polylactic Analysis and Forecast
   9.1 Introduction
   9.2 North America Polylactic Market Size Forecast by Country
      9.2.1 U.S.
      9.2.2 Canada
   9.3 Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Country
   9.4 Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Country
   9.5 Market Attractiveness Analysis by Country
   9.6 North America Polylactic Market Size Forecast by Type
      9.6.1 Poly(L-lactic)acid
      9.6.2 Poly(D-lactic)acid
      9.6.3 Poly(DL-lactic)acid
   9.7 Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Type 
   9.8 Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Type 
   9.9 Market Attractiveness Analysis by Type
   9.10 North America Polylactic Market Size Forecast by Applications
      9.10.1 Food & Beverage Packaging
      9.10.2 Serviceware
      9.10.3 Electronics & Appliances
      9.10.4 Medical & Hygiene
      9.10.5 Other
   9.11 Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Applications 
   9.12 Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Applications 
   9.13 Market Attractiveness Analysis by Applications

Chapter 10 Europe Polylactic Analysis and Forecast
   10.1 Introduction
   10.2 Europe Polylactic Market Size Forecast by Country
      10.2.1 Germany
      10.2.2 France
      10.2.3 Italy
      10.2.4 U.K.
      10.2.5 Spain
      10.2.6 Russia
      10.2.7 Rest of Europe
   10.3 Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Country
   10.4 Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Country
   10.5 Market Attractiveness Analysis by Country
   10.6 Europe Polylactic Market Size Forecast by Type
      10.6.1 Poly(L-lactic)acid
      10.6.2 Poly(D-lactic)acid
      10.6.3 Poly(DL-lactic)acid
   10.7 Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Type 
   10.8 Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Type 
   10.9 Market Attractiveness Analysis by Type
   10.10 Europe Polylactic Market Size Forecast by Applications
      10.10.1 Food & Beverage Packaging
      10.10.2 Serviceware
      10.10.3 Electronics & Appliances
      10.10.4 Medical & Hygiene
      10.10.5 Other
   10.11 Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Applications 
   10.12 Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Applications 
   10.13 Market Attractiveness Analysis by Applications

Chapter 11 Asia Pacific Polylactic Analysis and Forecast
   11.1 Introduction
   11.2 Asia Pacific Polylactic Market Size Forecast by Country
      11.2.1 China
      11.2.2 Japan
      11.2.3 South Korea
      11.2.4 India
      11.2.5 Australia
      11.2.6 South East Asia (SEA)
      11.2.7 Rest of Asia Pacific (APAC)
   11.3 Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Country
   11.4 Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Country
   11.5 Market Attractiveness Analysis by Country
   11.6 Asia Pacific Polylactic Market Size Forecast by Type
      11.6.1 Poly(L-lactic)acid
      11.6.2 Poly(D-lactic)acid
      11.6.3 Poly(DL-lactic)acid
   11.7 Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Type 
   11.8 Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Type 
   11.9 Market Attractiveness Analysis by Type
   11.10 Asia Pacific Polylactic Market Size Forecast by Applications
      11.10.1 Food & Beverage Packaging
      11.10.2 Serviceware
      11.10.3 Electronics & Appliances
      11.10.4 Medical & Hygiene
      11.10.5 Other
   11.11 Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Applications 
   11.12 Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Applications 
   11.13 Market Attractiveness Analysis by Applications

Chapter 12 Latin America Polylactic Analysis and Forecast
   12.1 Introduction
   12.2 Latin America Polylactic Market Size Forecast by Country
      12.2.1 Brazil
      12.2.2 Mexico
      12.2.3 Rest of Latin America (LATAM)
   12.3 Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Country
   12.4 Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Country
   12.5 Market Attractiveness Analysis by Country
   12.6 Latin America Polylactic Market Size Forecast by Type
      12.6.1 Poly(L-lactic)acid
      12.6.2 Poly(D-lactic)acid
      12.6.3 Poly(DL-lactic)acid
   12.7 Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Type 
   12.8 Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Type 
   12.9 Market Attractiveness Analysis by Type
   12.10 Latin America Polylactic Market Size Forecast by Applications
      12.10.1 Food & Beverage Packaging
      12.10.2 Serviceware
      12.10.3 Electronics & Appliances
      12.10.4 Medical & Hygiene
      12.10.5 Other
   12.11 Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Applications 
   12.12 Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Applications 
   12.13 Market Attractiveness Analysis by Applications

Chapter 13 Middle East & Africa (MEA) Polylactic Analysis and Forecast
   13.1 Introduction
   13.2 Middle East & Africa (MEA) Polylactic Market Size Forecast by Country
      13.2.1 Saudi Arabia
      13.2.2 South Africa
      13.2.3 UAE
      13.2.4 Rest of Middle East & Africa (MEA)
   13.3 Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Country
   13.4 Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Country
   13.5 Market Attractiveness Analysis by Country
   13.6 Middle East & Africa (MEA) Polylactic Market Size Forecast by Type
      13.6.1 Poly(L-lactic)acid
      13.6.2 Poly(D-lactic)acid
      13.6.3 Poly(DL-lactic)acid
   13.7 Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Type 
   13.8 Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Type 
   13.9 Market Attractiveness Analysis by Type
   13.10 Middle East & Africa (MEA) Polylactic Market Size Forecast by Applications
      13.10.1 Food & Beverage Packaging
      13.10.2 Serviceware
      13.10.3 Electronics & Appliances
      13.10.4 Medical & Hygiene
      13.10.5 Other
   13.11 Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Applications 
   13.12 Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Applications 
   13.13 Market Attractiveness Analysis by Applications

Chapter 14 Competition Landscape 
   14.1 Polylactic Market: Competitive Dashboard
   14.2 Global Polylactic Market: Market Share Analysis, 2019
   14.3 Company Profiles (Details – Overview, Financials, Developments, Strategy) 
      14.3.1 NatureWorks
      14.3.2 Synbra Technology
      14.3.3 Teijin
      14.3.4 Toray
      14.3.5 Futerro
      14.3.6 Toyobo
      14.3.7 Sulzer
      14.3.8 Uhde Inventa-Fischer
      14.3.9 Hisun Biomaterials
      14.3.10 Shanghai Tongjieliang
      14.3.11 Jiuding Biological Engineering
      14.3.12 Shenzhen Esun Industrial
Segments Covered in the Report
The global Polylactic market has been segmented based on

By Types
  • Poly(L-lactic)acid
  • Poly(D-lactic)acid
  • Poly(DL-lactic)acid
By Applications
  • Food & Beverage Packaging
  • Serviceware
  • Electronics & Appliances
  • Medical & Hygiene
  • Other
  • Asia Pacific
  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • Middle East & Africa
Key Players
  • NatureWorks
  • Synbra Technology
  • Teijin
  • Toray
  • Futerro
  • Toyobo
  • Sulzer
  • Uhde Inventa-Fischer
  • Hisun Biomaterials
  • Shanghai Tongjieliang
  • Jiuding Biological Engineering
  • Shenzhen Esun Industrial

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