After a dismal performance throughout 2023, Polylactic Acid Prices End year on Firm Ground
After a dismal performance throughout 2023, Polylactic Acid Prices End year on Firm Ground

After a dismal performance throughout 2023, Polylactic Acid Prices End year on Firm Ground

  • 03-Jan-2024 4:24 PM
  • Journalist: Bob Duffler

Rotterdam (The Netherlands): The prices of Polylactic Acid in Europe have consistently followed an upward trend over the last two weeks. Meanwhile, Polylactic Acid prices have shown bearishness for the large part of the year. Recently, this increase is primarily attributed to a heightened emphasis on sustainability and biodegradability. The rising demand for environmentally friendly materials is elevating the appeal of Polylactic Acid as a practical replacement for standard plastics. This rise is driving the utilization of Polylactic Acid because of its strong barrier capabilities, toughness, and rigidity, further propelling the industry.

The packaging sector in Europe is experiencing rapid growth due to consumer preference for convenient and eco-friendly products. People are starting to prefer products that use biodegradable materials, which is making bioplastics more popular in packaging. Bioplastics are made from renewable sources like leftover materials from farming, which is good for the environment. More people are choosing eco-friendly lifestyles, especially when it comes to food and drinks, so they prefer packaging made from materials like Polylactic Acid.

Due to an expanding global population and increased disposable income, there has been a notable surge in the demand for packaged goods across various sectors, including food, beverages, personal care, household items, and pharmaceuticals. Moreover, the advent of the pandemic has significantly boosted online delivery services and e-commerce platforms. As a result of these industry trends, there has been an escalated requirement for packaging materials. This escalating demand is anticipated to propel the growth of the global bio-Polylactic Acid market.

The demand in Italy comes from using flexible packaging for different types of food packaging. Also, Italy gives a chance for big companies in the market to grow. For instance, Bio-On, an Italian company, has built a new facility in Castel San Pietro Terme, Bologna, to make completely natural and biodegradable special plastics.

Governments are also making strict rules about using less plastic because it's causing a lot of pollution. For example, the European Union (EU) is encouraging the use of bio-based plastics by supporting research programs like Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe. People are also using a special kind of Polylactic Acid in advanced printers because it's tough and works well. Since Polylactic Acid is strong and flexible, it's used in making different things like foam and Molds, which is helping the market grow.

ChemAnalyst expects improvement in Polylactic Acid prices in the coming weeks for the European region. However, in the long term, European Polylactic Acid prices may shift balance and stabilize amidst limited recovery expected in first two quarter of 2024 in the packaging industry. Several key producers expect little improvement in packaging industry in the first half of 2024.

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