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(Publishing-NewsWire.com, September 01, 2021 ) Bio Plasticizers Market size is forecast to reach US$2.8 billion by 2026, after growing at a CAGR of 9.2% during 2021-2026, owing to the increasing usage of bio plasticizers in various end-use industries for applications such as flooring and wall coverings, roofing membranes, electrical cable & wire insulation, automotive applications, medical devices, synthetic leather goods, and so forth. Recently, awareness of the use of bio-based plasticizers in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) manufacturing instead of phthalate-based plasticizers has increased because they are eco-friendly, which may offer a significant opportunity for market growth. The rapid growth of the packaging industry has increased the demand for bio plasticizer glass; thereby, fueling the market growth. Globally, the flourishing construction and healthcare industry is anticipated to be the major driving factor for the bio plasticizers industry during the forecast period.
Bio Plasticizers Market COVID-19 Impact
COVID-19's global crisis is leading to demands for action from a wide variety of stakeholders, including producers, suppliers, distributors, and customers. Decline in business for at least five months during 2020 coupled with lower demand from a few major markets has put pressure on the profitability of bio plasticizer manufacturers and vendors. However, the negative impact of COVID-19 on bio plasticizers to be compensated over the medium to long term future. The bio plasticizer importers are trying to keep a condensed output, shrink product inventory, and keep their feedstock consumption at low levels. Some businesses have deferred their shipments of feedstock, although many others are also decreasing their spot purchases. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, reducing demand has led to decreasing global bio plasticizer prices, a process that began with the outbreak in China, which is the world’s largest importer of bio plasticizers. Thus the Covid-19 outbreak is limiting the bio plasticizers' market growth.
Bio Plasticizers Market Segment Analysis – By Type
The epoxidized soybean oil (ESBO) segment held the largest share in the bio plasticizers market in 2020. It is a light yellow-colored vegetable oil extracted from soybean seeds. It is commonly used in plasticizers as a stabilizer and an additive. Because of the epoxidation process of carbon-carbon double bonds found in vegetable oil, the reactivity of plasticizers increases after the addition of ESBO. Furthermore, other types such as glycerol esters, and castor oil-based plasticizers are expected to be costlier feedstocks as compared to soybean oil (price: ~USD 750/Ton). Soybean oil thus finds cost-effective advantages over other bio-cased oils, which in turn allows producers of bio-plasticizers to boost profit margins by low production costs. All these extensive characteristics of epoxidized soybean oil (ESBO) are driving the demand for epoxidized soybean oil (ESBO) based bio plasticizers during the forecast period.
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Bio Plasticizers Market Segment Analysis – By Application
The packaging materials segment held the largest share in the bio plasticizers market in 2020 and is growing at a CAGR of 11.6% during 2021-2026. The growth of this segment of the market can be attributed to the increased demand for bio plasticizers for the manufacturing of packaging materials such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Bio plasticizer compounds are incorporated in a packaging polymer matrix to increase its flexibility and improve the chemical properties of the plastic product. In addition, the bio plasticizer can lower the glass transition temperature; melt viscosity, and elastic modulus of the polymer, which enhances the plastic packaging durability. All these extensive characteristics of bio plasticizers are driving its demand in various packaging material applications during the forecast period.
Bio Plasticizers Market Segment Analysis – By End-Use Industry
The packaging industry held a significant share in the bio plasticizers market in 2020 and is growing at a CAGR of 12.8% during 2021-2026, owing to the increasing usage of bio plasticizers in the packaging industry. In protective packaging (convoluting), flexible & rigid food touch packaging (boxes, cartons, others), and many other packaging solutions for different industries, these specialty additives play an integral role. Sophisticated manufacturing and easily adaptable processes have been introduced by global packaging companies to stratify customers' unique application needs, especially in food packaging. By rising barrier properties such as antimicrobial, oxygen, and moisture resistance, these bio-based materials aid in protecting food and extending its shelf life. Owing to all these reasons bio plasticizers are extensively utilized in the packaging industry.
Bio Plasticizers Market Segment Analysis – By Geography
Asia-Pacific region held the largest share in the bio plasticizers market in 2020 up to 42%, owing to the increased demand for bio plasticizers from the flourishing packaging industry in the region. According to the Momentum In India: Swiss SMEs Programme (MISSP), the Indian packaging industry is estimated to grow from existing CHF 75 billion (US$80 Billion) in 2020 to CHF 205 billion (US$218.6 Billion) by 2025. The packaging industry in China is expected to register a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 13.5 percent during the forecast period, according to the Sea-Circular Organization (2020-2025). The increasing population and rapid urbanization in these countries are enhancing the demand for the packaging industry thereby, accelerating the growth of the bio plasticizers market in the Asia Pacific during the forecast period.
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Bio Plasticizers Market – Drivers
Increasing Automotive Production
By minimizing vehicle weight, bio plasticizers assist in reducing fuel consumption and emissions. Plant-based polymers are also used to make automotive interior fabrics, which have similar mechanical properties to their synthetic counterparts. Higher stiffness, excellent dimensional stability and electrical properties, improved surface gloss, and higher thermal shock resistance are only a few of the additional benefits. According to the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles (OICA), the total motor vehicle production in Brazil increased from 2,881,018 in 2018 to 2,944,988 in 2019, an increase of 2.2%. In January 2018, South Africa's total motor sales were estimated at 54,620, which increased to 55,156 in January 2019, according to Stats Sa. According to the International Clean Transport Council (icct), new car registrations in the EU have risen marginally to a level of 15.5 million in 2019. In 2019, the sport utility vehicle (SUV) category accounted for nearly 5.7 million new vehicles, 10 times as many as in 2001. Thus, increasing automation production will require more bio plasticizers for manufacturing various automotive components, which will act as a driver for the bio plasticizers market.
Increasing Agricultural Initiatives by the Government
In agriculture, eco-friendly tarpaulins, irrigation tubing, soil fumigation film, drip tape, nursery pots, and silage bags are manufactured with bio plasticizers. Increasing environmental constraints associated with increasing carbon footprints are expected to have an advantage over conventional plastics in combination with improved durability and improved finished product properties. And governments spend heavily on agricultural projects and investments since it is one of the most productive ways of improving environmental sustainability. For example, the "Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI)" initiative was taken by the United States Department of Agriculture to ensure food safety and security and train the next generation of agricultural workers. A total of $560,000 was spent by the Canadian Government in 2020 by the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) to establish the Canadian Agri-Food Sustainability Initiative. Initiatives such as the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and Young Farmers have been taken up by the European government. The government's numerous agricultural policies are thus booming the agricultural sector in different regions. And with the increasing agricultural sector, the demand for bio plasticizers will also increase, which acts as a driver for the market.
Bio Plasticizers Market – Challenges
Elevated Cost when Compared with Typical Plasticizers
In addition to the growing worldwide trend towards the use of biopolymers, the use of natural and/or biodegradable plasticizers with low toxicity and good compatibility with many plastics, resins, rubber, and elastomers as replacements for traditional plasticizers such as phthalates and other conventional synthetic plasticizers has attracted the industry. Bio-based plasticizers are produced from raw materials made from vegetables and are used as an alternative to plasticizers based on petroleum. Castor oil, soybean oil, palm oil, and starch are the raw materials used for making bio-plasticizers. The increasing uses of natural sources eventually increase the cost of bio-plasticizers. Thus it is anticipated that the higher cost of bio plasticizer may restrain the bio plasticizer market growth during the forecast period.
Bio Plasticizers Market Landscape
Technology launches, acquisitions, and R&D activities are key strategies adopted by players in the bio plasticizers market. Major players in the bio plasticizers market are Emery Oleochemicals, Bioamber Inc., DuPont, Dow Chemical Company, PolyOne Corporation, Evonik Industries, Lanxess AG, Matrìca S.p.A., Myriant Corporation, and Vertellus Holdings LLC.
In July 2019, Perstorp has introduced PevalenTM Pro, a new recycled polyol ester (non-phthalate) plasticizer. It will make flexible PVC an even more appealing plastic option, thanks to its lower carbon footprint compared to competing materials and technologies. Pevalen Pro not only helps the environment by being a renewable, non-phthalate plasticizer, but it also improves the efficiency of PVC.
Asia-Pacific dominates the bio plasticizers market, owing to the increasing healthcare investments by the government in the region. For instance, in 2018, the Australian Government invested around $1.3 billion in the Health and Medical Industry Growth Plan.
The ban on phthalate-based plasticizers has fueled the growth of environmentally-friendly bio plasticizers such as epoxidized soybean oil, glycerol esters, and castor oil-based plasticizers due to stringent regulatory policies in the major packaging segments of the food and pharmaceutical industries.
In emerging economies, the availability of toxic phthalates including dibutyl phthalate (DBP), benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP), dioctyl phthalate (DOP), and diethyl phthalate (DEP) has led to rising consumer awareness of bio counterparts, which is expected to boost the bio-based plasticizer market.
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