(SPI; Washington, DC), has published what it claims to be the first-ever Bioplastics Industry Overview Guide. “Filling the void for a comprehensive encapsulation of this relatively new but fast-growing market of the plastics industry,” according to SPI, the new guide provides information concerning trends and challenges, similarities and differences amongst different bioplastics, applications, companies in the industry, production estimates, and projected market growth. The 26-page guide is available in digital download format at www.plasticsindustry.org/goto/e-store and is free for members of the Bioplastics Council ($895 for non-Bioplastics Council companies).
According to BCC Research (Wellesley, MA), the current global market for bioplastics is estimated to be approximately 570 million lb and is forecast to increase to 1.2 billion lb in 2012, which represents an almost 18% annual growth rate. —[email protected]