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Global bioplastic production capacity distribution by material 2016-2021

This statistic shows the distribution of the global production capacity of bioplastics in 2016, with forecasted figures for 2021, by material type. In 2016, polyurethane (PUR) bioplastics accounted for a 41.2 percent share of the worldwide production capacity of bioplastics. By 2021, polyurethane bioplastics are forecasted to account for a 39.3 percent share of the production capacity.

Distribution of the production capacity of bioplastics worldwide in 2016 and 2021, by material type

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Release date

December 2016



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Supplementary notes

* Forecast.
** PEF is currently under development and is expected to be commercially available in 2020.
Distribution figures are based on the total global bioplastic production capacity of 4.16 million metric tons in 2016, and a forecasted 6.11 million metric tons in 2021.

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