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Biopolymer production to treble by 2020 [Registered]

Global production capacity of biobased polymers is forecast to more than treble from 3.5 million tonnes currently to nearly 12 million tonnes in 2020, according to the Germany-based Nova Institute. The figures suggest that the biobased share of total polymer production in 2020 – around 400 million tonnes – should increase from 1.5% in 2011 to 3% in 2020, suggesting that biobased production capacity will grow faster than overall production. According to Nova the most dynamic development is foreseen for drop-in biopolymers, which are chemically identical to their petrochemical counterparts but at least partially derived from biomass. This group is…

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