Bridging the Divide between Demands and Bio-Based Materials

September 29, 2012 | State of the Market Report

Materials that fail to connect with end-user demands never make it across the perilous commercialization divide. To make that connection, developers must aim for large, addressable markets, among which the biggest are composites and coatings, industrial manufactured intermediates, and packaging. But to reach that aim, developers must offer bio-based alternatives at cost parity, offer more bio-based drop-in monomers, and continue to close performance gaps on temperature distortion and brittleness, as well as advance bio-based polymers beyond their reputation as merely “disposable.”

Coverage Area

  • Accelerating Materials Innovation

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Landscape
    The properties and commercial attractiveness of 38 applications and 21 conventional and bio-based polymers were assessed on 13 criteria, with three demand areas promising opportunity.
  • Analysis
    Gaps still exist for bio-based materials to thrive at the best market opportunities. Developers must meet or exceed expectations on cost and performance and be smart during roll-out.
  • Outlook
  • Appendix