Bio-Polylactic Acid (PLA) Films Market

Bio-Polylactic Acid (PLA) Films Market Size by Technology (Sol-Gel, Multilayer, and Atomic Layer Deposition), End Use (Food and Beverages, Pharmaceuticals, Home and Personal Care, Agriculture, and Others), Regions, Global Industry Analysis, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2023 to 2032

Base Year: 2022 Historical Data: 2019-21
  • Report ID: TBI-13846
  • Published Date: Dec, 2023
  • Pages: 238
  • Category: Chemicals & Materials
  • Format: PDF
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The global bio-polylactic acid (PLA) films market was valued at USD 500 million in 2022 and grew at a CAGR of 12% from 2023 to 2032. The market is expected to reach USD 1552.92 million by 2032. The increasing demand for bio-polylactic acid (PLA) films from the packaging industry will drive the growth of the global bio-polylactic acid (PLA) films market.

Market Introduction:

Polylactic acid is a thermoplastic polyester generated by condensation of lactic acid CHCOOH. PLA comes from organic, renewable sources like sugar cane or maize starch. Production of PLA differs from conventional plastics, which are made by distilling and polymerizing petroleum using fossil fuels. Instead, PLA is made using biomass resources. PLA polymers have a melting temperature of 130–180 °C. It is an amorphous, glassy, semi-crystalline polymer. It also maintains its stability at low temperatures. PLA has significant potential for industrial applications. PLA's material qualities allow it to be used to build biodegradable medical equipment, plastic film, and bottles. It can be used as a shrink-wrap material as well. A rise in the need for food packaging for long-term preservation in the food and beverage industry will drive the demand for bio-polylactic acid (PLA) films. Additionally, the industry has grown due to the quick adoption of these films as synthetic plastic in agricultural applications. The development of PLA offers a potentially beneficial path for the packaging film and agricultural industries. PLA films conserve resources and contribute to an eco-friendly, sustainable economy.

Bio-Polylactic Acid (PLA) Films Market Size

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Recent Development
  • Chinese speciality film-maker Xiamen Changsu Industrial and PLA specialist TotalEnergies Corbion announced an agreement for a strategic partnership. The objective of the relationship is to create, research, and market sustainable PLA solutions that utilize biaxially orientated polylactic acid (BOPLA). Changsu Industrial says that their BiONLY range of products is biodegradable and may reduce the carbon footprint of packaging materials since BOPLA is created using biobased PLA using biaxial stretching technology. The biobased and biodegradable polymers in TotalEnergies Corbion's Luminy PLA line are produced using "renewable resources," the company claims. The partnership supports China's Made in China 2025 plan, which was launched in 2015 to lower the nation's reliance on imported technology.

Market Dynamics:


The increasing demand for bio-polylactic acid films from the packaging industry – the increasing population with the rising disposable income has increased the demand for packaged goods from home and personal care to foods and beverages. The pharmaceutical industry has also grown exponentially over the past few years. Online delivery or E-commerce platforms have witnessed a significant rise given the two-year pandemic period. All these market developments have increased packaging demands and will drive the global bio-polylactic market's growth.


The high cost of bio-polylactic acid films bio-polylactic acid films are sustainable, biodegradable and environmentally friendly packaging solutions. However, the cost of producing these films is significantly higher than synthetic or fossil fuel-based packaging options, limiting the market's growth.


Stringent government regulations The rising concerns about climate change and environmental degradation have led to policy changes promoting sustainable and environmentally friendly products, practices, and processes. Bio-polylactic acid films are ideal and in line with such policies; therefore, they are being promoted to be used across industries by government authorities. Therefore, the stringent regulations encouraging the adoption of bio-polylactic acid films will drive the market's growth during the forecast period.

  • To increase the biodegradability of petroleum-based plastics, researchers at Michigan State University's School of Packaging have created a sustainable and potentially effective substitute. Rafael Auras's group has created a bio-based polymer blend that can be composted in residential and commercial environments. The article can be found in the ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering journal. The group employed polylactic acid, or PLA, which seems like a no-brainer in many respects. It is made from plant sugars rather than petroleum and has been used in packaging for over ten years. Water, carbon dioxide, and lactic acid are the waste byproducts of PLA that are natural when appropriately controlled. Furthermore, PLA can biodegrade in industrial composters, according to studies.
Regional segmentation analysis:

The regions analyzed for the market include North America, Europe, South America, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa. Asia Pacific emerged as the most significant global bio-polylactic acid (PLA) films market, with a 38% market revenue share in 2022.

The increasing population is driving the demand from the food and beverage industry. The massive pharmaceutical industries of China and India are also augmenting the market's growth. Furthermore, rapid urbanization drives the home and personal care market, which will bode well for the market's growth. These industries will continue to grow in the region, given the developing economies situated in the region. Therefore, Asia Pacific will continue dominating the market during the forecast period.

Asia Pacific Region Bio-Polylactic Acid (PLA) Films Market Share in 2022 - 38%

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  • The Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay (IIT-B) has created plastic-like sheets for the packaging sector that can be broken down into innocuous elements to combat plastic pollution. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has authorized the institute's product, a blend of edible, non-toxic biopolymers derived from sugar or fat that breaks down in weeks or months. According to researchers, most packaging firms in India and abroad currently utilize high-density polyethylene (HDPE) as the standard non-biodegradable plastic barrier film for consumer goods and food. Many choose starch or sugarcane bagasse containers or import biodegradable polylactic acid (PLA) barrier sheets when switching to more environmentally friendly options.
Technology Segment Analysis

The technology segment is divided into sol-gel, multilayer, and atomic layer deposition. The multilayer segment dominated the market, with a market share of around 39% in 2022. Continuous lamination is used to create multilayer films, using adhesive layers or heat to fuse the individual layers together. By pressing layers of separate films together at a high temperature and pressure, press lamination can also be used to create multilayer films. Laminates are among the most fundamental polymeric substrates and have a wide variety of applications across industries.

End-use Segment Analysis

The end-use segment is divided into food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, home and personal care, agriculture, and others. The food and beverages segment dominated the market, with a market share of around 34% in 2022. polylactic acid (PLA) is a biobased material with excellent mechanical strength and plasticity. It is non-toxic and compostable, making it ideal for application in the food and beverage industry, especially for packaging purposes. Since it is derived from sustainable biomass, such as polysaccharides from sugarcane and corn, it is ideal for industry use to drive sustainable practices.

Some of the Key Market Players:
  • Xiamen Changsu Industries Co., Ltd.
  • TotalEnergiesCorbion
  • Tejin Limited
  • Taghleef Industries Inc.
  • Shandong Top Leader Plastic Packing Co., Ltd.
  • Natureworks LLC
  • Mondi Group
  • Hubei HYF Packaging Co., Ltd
  • Futerro
  • Amcor plc

Report Description:

Attribute Description
Market Size Revenue (USD Billion)
Market size value in 2022 USD 500 Million
Market size value in 2032 USD 1552.92 Million
CAGR (2023 to 2032) 12%
Historical data 2019-2021
Base Year 2022
Forecast 2023-2032
Region The regions analyzed for the market are Asia Pacific, Europe, South America, North America, and Middle East and Africa. Furthermore, the regions are further analyzed at the country level.
Segments Technology and End Use

Frequesntly Asked Questions

As per The Brainy Insights, the size of the global bio-polylactic acid (PLA) films market was valued at USD 500 million in 2022 to USD 1552.92 million by 2032.

Global bio-polylactic acid (PLA) films market is growing at a CAGR of 12% during the forecast period 2023-2032.

The market's growth will be influenced by the increasing demand for bio-polylactic acid films from the packaging industry.

The high cost of bio-polylactic acid (PLA) films could hamper the market growth.

The high cost of bio-polylactic acid (PLA) films could hamper the market growth.

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This study forecasts revenue at global, regional, and country levels from 2019 to 2032. The Brainy Insights has segmented the global bio-polylactic acid (PLA) films market based on below mentioned segments:

Global Bio-Polylactic Acid (PLA) Films Market by Technology:

  • Sol-Gel
  • Multilayer
  • Atomic Layer Deposition

Global Bio-Polylactic Acid (PLA) Films Market by End Use:

  • Food and Beverages
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Home and Personal Care
  • Agriculture
  • Others

Global Bio-Polylactic Acid (PLA) Films Market by Region:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • France
    • U.K.
    • Italy
    • Spain
  • Asia-Pacific
    • Japan
    • China
    • India
  • South America
    • Brazil
  • Middle East and Africa  
    • UAE
    • South Africa


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