• Antimicrobial plastics help reduce deterioration and increase the lifespan of medical products. Growth is this market is spearheaded by demand from USA- the largest market. In USA, growth in the medical devices market is likely to be one of the primary factors driving demand for antimicrobial plastics over the next few years. However, demand from BRIC countries is likely to overtake demand numbers in USA in the near future. Manufacturers are shifting their production and distribution business to Asia-Pacific and South America. Packaging and healthcare segment are the two major applications of antimicrobial plastics, with the automotive application showing an upward trend. However, economic slowdown and absence of stringent regulations could restrict growth of this market. Read more in Driven by APAC demand, antimicrobial plastic market to grow at CAGR of 10% until end of decade
  • Antimicrobial plastics are polymers which are infused with antimicrobial agents or additives to reduce or constrain the growth of microorganisms. Besides healthcare, antimicrobial plastics find increasing application in a variety of applications like construction, packaging, consumer & electronics appliances, business machines and automotive parts. Several new developments have been made by polymer, masterbatch and additive manufacturers. This article features a biocompatible, broad-spectrum, antimicrobial additive for the replacement of triclosan, nanosilver and other currently available antimicrobial agents, an antimicrobial masterbatch designed for inclusion in polyolefin materials, antimicrobial plastics product technologies successful in protecting product surfaces from the uncontrolled growth of stain and odor causing bacteria, a range of antimicrobial plastic grades for medical applications. Read more in Developments in anti microbial additives and polymers
  • Biomaterials industry find application in orthopaedics, cardiology, wound care, plastic surgery, urology, among others. Polymeric Biomaterials dominate the global market for biocompatible materials due to quality, performance and cost advantages in a broad range of applications. Demand for synthetic biocompatible polymers will grow by 4.9% pa uptil 2019. Engineered resins, especially silicone, sulfone, and polyketone materials; will command the fastest revenue growth based on quality and safety advantages in high value-added catheters and implants. By contrast, demand for polyvinyl chloride, the most widely used biocompatible resin, will expand slowly due to recurring safety concerns and competition from improved grades of polypropylene and thermoplastic polyesters. Read more in Driven by polymers, global biocompatible materials market to reach US$87.7 bln by 2017
  • Awareness is increasing among consumers that solutions adding an antibacterial property to touch surfaces use hazardous substances. These substances or additives can be toxic for humans or have a disrupting impact on our environment. Most anti microbial substances are leaching from the product to kill the bacteria, but might end up on food or in the air. The world’s first antimicrobial solution without toxins or chemicals has been launched. To know more about the technology for self-sanitizing products with an antibacterial property of up to 99% within 24 hours, read The world’s first biocompatible and non-toxic technology for antibacterial plastic

  • BioPET market is expected to be the fastest growing segment of the global bioplastics market between 2014 and 2020, mainly due to an increasing demand from the beverage packaging industry and effectiveness of bioplastics in one-time use application. On the basis of application, the global bioplastics market is segmented as bottlers, other packaging, food-services, agriculture/horticulture, consumer products, automotive and others. With increasing focus on sustainability, favorable government regulations for green procurement policies, feedstock polylactic acid market will witness a significant opportunity in packaging applications for consumer goods. Read more Driven by bioPET, global bioplastics market to grow at over 28% until end of decade