Polylactic Acid (PLA) Market is Expected to Reach the Valuation of USD 2,416,823.42 Thousand by 2029, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, Demand and Opportunity Analysis

Published August 17, 2023

Polylactic Acid (PLA) Market

Polylactic Acid (PLA) Market research report delivers widespread analysis of the market structure along with the estimations of the various segments and sub-segments of the market. This industry report also contains detailed profiles of market’s major manufacturers and importers who are dominating the market. Furthermore, the statistical and numerical data such as facts and figures are represented very precisely in the market report by using charts, tables, or graphs. The transformation in market landscape is mainly observed due to the moves of key players or brands which include developments, product launches, joint ventures, mergers, and acquisitions that in turn change the view of the global face of the industry.

The global polylactic acid (PLA) market is expected to grow significantly in the forecast period of 2022 to 2029. Data Bridge Market Research analyses that the market is growing with a CAGR of 11.6% in the forecast period of 2022 to 2029 and is expected to reach USD 2,416,823.42 thousand by 2029. 

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Market Definition

Increasing demand for biodegradable packaging alternatives from the packaging industry is an important driver for the global polylactic acid (PLA) market. PLA can be an alternative to petroleum-based polymers, and the growing demand for bio-based plastics film in agriculture is expected to boost the growth of the global polylactic acid (PLA) market. The multi-functionalities of PLA and growing consumer inclination towards eco-friendly plastic products are accepted to bring opportunity to the global polylactic acid (PLA) market. However, poor performance issues compared to conventional plastic challenge global polylactic acid (PLA) market growth.

Some of the prominent participants operating in the Global Polylactic acid (PLA) market are BASF SE, Futerro, NatureWorks LLC, TotalEnergies Corbion,        Sulzer Ltd, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC., Merck KGaA, Musashino Chemical Laboratory, Ltd., Evonik Industries AG, Polyvel Inc., UNITIKA LTD., Jiangxi Academy of Sciences Biological New Materials Co., Ltd., Shanghai Tong-jie-liang Biomaterials Co., Ltd., Zhejiang Hisun Biomaterials Co., Ltd., and Radici Partecipazioni SpA.

Global Polylactic Acid (PLA) Market Dynamics


  • Increasing demand for biodegradable packaging alternatives from the packaging industry

The pandemic has led to a positive impact on the growth of the packaging industry. It has resulted in high demand for plastic packaging, including eco-friendly substitutes of plastics such as packaging materials made from PLA. Food manufacturers, who initially opted for other types of packaging, had initiated using PLA-based packaging, as products are economical, safe, and enduring. Additionally, due to the increase in sustainability in the packaging industry for maintaining product quality, biopolymer packaging materials such as PLA-based materials are increasing as PLA decomposes into water and carbon dioxide in approximately 47 to 90 days. Four times faster than PET-based bags used in various packaging. Moreover, their low cost, renewable raw materials, and agro-industrial waste usage drive their demand, as polylactic acid is obtained from renewable sources.

  • PLA can be an alternative to petroleum-based polymers

Apart from this, polylactic acid is used in manufacturing various components used in the automotive sector. Polylactic acids are used in applications such as the interior parts and hood under components. These products are known for reducing their carbon footprint owing to their high bio content. PLA offers numerous properties such as UV resistance, impact resistance, high gloss, dimensional stability, and coloring ability. These factors make it an alternative to most traditional plastics made up of petroleum products and raw materials such as polyethylene terephthalate, polycarbonate, polybutylene terephthalate, and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, and polyamide, which are preferred for automotive engine compartments and interiors and other uses as well.

  • Growing demand for bio-based plastics film in agriculture

With growing awareness regarding disposal problems of non-degradable films, applications of polylactic acid-based mulch films are expected to increase in agriculture. Mulch films are extensively used in the cultivation of fruits & vegetables. The mechanical properties of PLA are comparable to the existing mulch film products and have the advantage of being completely biodegradable through a single growing season. This will positively impact the market growth and act as a global polylactic acid (PLA) market driver.

  • Imposition of strict regulations on environmental safety by various governments

Due to environmental concerns and fast climate-changing factors, regulatory authorities, such as EPA, FDA, and many others, are increasingly opting for biodegradable plastics such as polylactic acid (PLA) and focusing on increasing consumer awareness regarding the need for the use of biodegradable products.


  • Multi-functionalities of PLA

Multi-functionalities and extensive use of PLA in different industries and applications will provide lucrative opportunities for growth in the global polylactic acid (PLA) market. Bas Polylactic acid is biodegradable and industrially compostable. Among the first renewable polymers, we can compete with the existing polymers, combining their functional characteristics, such as transparency, gloss, and stiffness. Polylactic acid is currently used in many industries and applications, including packaging, single-use tableware, textiles, oil & gas, electronics, automotive, and 3D printing. Due to the various and versatile uses of polylactic acid across multiple industries and the multi-functionalities of polylactic acids, the market is projected to witness significant growth opportunities in the near future.

  • Growing consumer inclination towards eco-friendly plastic product

Furthermore, the richness of biomass, research-driven resources, strong downstream industry demand, material supply, and supporting government policy has created significant bioplastic business opportunities in these regions. The growth has also been supported by improving consumer awareness regarding sustainable plastic solutions and increasing efforts to eliminate the use of non-biodegradable conventional plastics PLA. Traditionally used petroleum-based plastics take decades to break down or degrade and lay in landfills for a long period. PLA breaks down faster when they are discarded and absorbed back into the natural system. In addition, the decomposition rate of biodegradable plastics such as PLA by the activities of microorganisms is much faster than that of traditional plastics.


  • Concerns over cost and specific industrial composting system

The usage of polylactic acids in small and medium enterprises has been challenging due to the lack of resources or the technology and facilities required for extracting and fermentation high-quality lactic acid and polylactic acid. Moreover, the selection of the right composition of polylactic acid is a key aspect that many companies have not figured out accurately. This increases the production cost of polylactic acid due to a lack of appropriate technology and techniques. The selection of the right composition of lactic acid for the production of polylactic acid is a complex method that requires validation at a laboratory and factory-scale level.

  • Unpredictable raw material prices

The production costs of polylactic acid and related products are witnessing a significant increase due to the higher costs of raw materials along with transportation, energy consumed, and chemicals, which leads to a reduction in margins for manufacturers, distributors, and suppliers. Thus, resulting in high end-user application prices.

  • Poor performance issues as compared to conventional plastic

Low barrier properties to air, water, and oxygen and low resistance to heat are some of the major performance issues related to PLA compared to conventional plastics. This restricts its penetration in various industries, including electronics and automotive. In addition, poor mechanical properties such as low impact & tensile strength and process capabilities restrict the penetration of PLA in various applications. These performance limitations of PLA are a major challenge for the market’s growth. In addition, PLA is a bio-based and biodegradable polymer built from lactic acid molecules. Being a thermoplastic polyester, it softens when heated and hardens when cooled.

Recent Development

In June 2022, The Australian food packaging manufacturer Confoil and BASF partnered to develop a certified compostable and dual ovenable food tray based on paper. The paper tray is coated inside with BASF’s ecovio PS 1606, a partly bio-based and certified compostable biopolymer especially developed for coating food packaging made of paper or board. This partnership will intensify the company’s operations in the global market.

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Global Polylactic acid (PLA) Market Scope

Global polylactic acid (PLA) market is categorized based on type, raw material, form, application, and end user. The growth amongst these segments will help you analyze major growth segments in the industries and provide the users with a valuable market overview and market insights to make strategic decisions to identify core market applications.


  • Racemic PLLA (Poly-l-lactic acid)
  • PDLA (Poly-d-lactic acid)
  • Regular PLLA (Poly-l-lactic acid)
  • PDLLA (Poly-dl-lactic acid)
  • PLA Blends

Based on type, the global polylactic acid (PLA) market is classified into five segments, namely Racemic PLLA (Poly-l-lactic acid), PDLA (Poly-d-lactic acid), Regular PLLA (Poly-l-lactic acid), PDLLA (Poly-dl-lactic acid), and PLA Blends.

Raw Material

  • Sugarcane
  • Corn
  • Cassava
  • Sugar Beet
  • Others

Based on raw material, the global polylactic acid (PLA) market is classified into sugarcane, corn, cassava, sugar beet, and others.


  • Films and Sheets
  • Coatings
  • Fiber
  • Others

Based on the form, the global polylactic acid (PLA) market is classified into films and sheets, coatings, fiber, and others.


  • Packaging
  • Transport
  • Agriculture
  • Medical
  • Electronics
  • Textile
  • Hygiene
  • Others

Based on application, the global polylactic acid (PLA) market is segmented into packaging, transport, agriculture, medical, electronics, textile, hygiene, and others.

End User

  • Plastic Films
  • Bottles
  • Biodegradable Medical Devices

Polylactic Acid (PLA) Market Regional Analysis/Insights

The Polylactic Acid (PLA) market is analyzed and market size insights and trends are provided by country, material type, end user and application as referenced above.

The countries covered in the Polylactic Acid (PLA) market report are U.S., Canada and Mexico in North America, Germany, France, U.K., Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Russia, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Rest of Europe in Europe, China, Japan, India, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Rest of Asia-Pacific (APAC) in the Asia-Pacific (APAC), Saudi Arabia, U.A.E, Israel, Egypt, South Africa, Rest of Middle East and Africa (MEA) as a part of Middle East and Africa (MEA), Brazil, Argentina and Rest of South America as part of South America.

The report answers questions such as:

  1. What is the market size and forecast of the Polylactic Acid (PLA) Market?
  2. What are the inhibiting factors and impact of COVID-19 shaping the Polylactic Acid (PLA) Market during the forecast period?
  3. Which are the products/segments/applications/areas to invest in over the forecast period in the Polylactic Acid (PLA) Market?
  4. What is the competitive strategic window for opportunities in the Polylactic Acid (PLA) Market?
  5. What are the technology trends and regulatory frameworks in the Polylactic Acid (PLA) Market?
  6. What is the market share of the leading vendors in the Polylactic Acid (PLA) Market?
  7. What modes and strategic moves are considered suitable for entering the Polylactic Acid (PLA) Market?

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