According to the study “Asia Biopolymer Coatings Materials Industry Situation and Prospects Research report”, majority of the consumers in Asia are increasingly demanding for sustainable and eco-friendly products in all sectors due to the rising awareness about the negative effect on health and environment of various products available in the markets. It was observed that there is an increasing demand for bio-based and eco-friendly polymers which will drive the growth in Asia’s biopolymer coatings materials market. Therefore, adoption of bio-PU, bio-polyamide, polylactic acid, bio-PBS, and cellulose esters has increased over the past few years. Biopolymer manufacturers are focusing on the development of more modified biopolymers with nanocomposites that can be utilized in various biomedical applications, food packaging, beverage packaging, interiors, automotive industry, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Various size in nanocomposites help in differentiating from one biopolymer product to another. Bio-nanocomposites in coating materials enhances biopolymer features in many applications such as barrier properties, moisture resistivity, mechanical properties, and thermal stability of paper packaging or food packaging materials.
Biopolymer coatings materials industry is segmented based on products such as nitrocellulose, cellulose esters, starch, natural wax, polylactic acid (pla) and bio PA. Nitrocellulose segment contributes to the maximum share of Asia’s biopolymer coatings market. Biopolymer coatings materials industry is fragmented due to the presence of a number of competitors. The leading companies in the biopolymer coatings market are Algae Biopolymers, Cargill, FMC, Solanyl Biopolymers, Nature Works LLC, Dow Chemical Company, BASF, Momentive Performance Materials Holdings LLC, The Lubrizol Corporation, and DIC Corporation. The commonly used materials in the manufacture of biopolymer coatings are lipids, protein, and polysaccharide. To improve their performance properties, antioxidants, plasticizers, antimicrobial agents, and regular paper pigments are added to the biopolymer coatings.
Asia biopolymer coatings materials industry will witness a drastic growth over the next few years due to the increasing demand in various sectors. Packing sector in Asia accounts for a major share in the biopolymer coating materials industry. Biopolymer coating materials manufacture is considered as a sustainable substitute in waste managing which helps in decreasing carbon dioxide production. Increase in these benefits helps in biopolymer coatings materials production which will subsequently propel the expansion of Asia’s biopolymers market in the next few years.
Biopolymer coatings materials are utilized in both industrial and commercial sectors. Manufacturers are increasing research and development activities that motivated the use of biopolymer coating and materials in various segments and commercialization of novel coating materials is expected. The increasing environmental concerns, demand for longer shelf life and better quality in food products has driven the expansion of Asian biopolymer coatings market. Biopolymers are also biodegradable polymers and are considered safe for the environment. Biopolymers are manufactured using either renewable products such as agricultural or animal products or other synthetic products. Majority of the biopolymer coatings are composed of natural ingredients that are more environment friendly compared to throw-away synthetic alternative products.
Biopolymer coatings are used as barrier coatings on many packaging materials to avoid unwanted moisture transfer in food products. These are excellent oil and oxygen barrier materials that can be replace paperboard and synthetic paper coatings. Biopolymer coatings are integrated with antimicrobial agents to provide efficient packing materials for protecting food from microorganism infiltration. Changing ecological regulations on carbon emissions, political conditions, and restrictions on the usage of plastic are few factors driving the growth of biopolymer coatings materials industry in the next few years. Advanced technology has encouraged the use of agricultural wastes as raw materials in the production of biopolymers coating materials.
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