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Production of biopolymers to expand to 12 million tonnes by 2020 [Registered]

Biobased polymers will triple in capacity from 3.5 mln tons in 2011 to 12 million tons by 2020 according to a recently published report by German Nova Institut. The 3.5 mln tons represent a share of 1.5% of an overall construction polymer production of 235 mln tons in 2011. Biobased polymers producers estimate that production capacity will reach nearly 12 mln tons by 2020. With an expected total polymer production of about 400 mln tons in 2020, the biobased share should increase from 1.5% in 2011 to 3% in 2020. Biobased drop-in PET (polyethylene terephthalate) and PE (polyethylene)/PP (polypropylene) polymers…

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