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Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) Market - By Product (Short Chain Length, Medium Chain Length, Long Chain Length), By PHA Type (P3H4B +PHB, PHBH, PHBV), By Production Methods, By Application, & Forecast, 2023 – 2032

  • Report ID: GMI5355
  • Published Date: Oct 2023
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Polyhydroxyalkanoate Market Size

Polyhydroxyalkanoate Market was valued at around USD 98.2 million in 2022 and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of over 10.7% between 2023 and 2032. Emerging trends in the PHA market include a growing emphasis on sustainable and biodegradable plastics, driven by environmental concerns and regulatory changes. PHA, as a biopolymer, is gaining traction as an eco-friendly alternative to conventional plastics, finding applications in packaging, agriculture, and medical industries. Additionally, advancements in PHA production technologies, such as microbial fermentation and genetic engineering, are making PHA production more cost-effective and scalable.

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Collaborations between industry players and research institutions to expand the range of PHA applications, along with increasing investment in PHA-based research and development, signify a promising future for this bio-based polymer industry.


The growth of the polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) market faces hindrances primarily due to several factors. One significant challenge is the relatively higher production cost of PHA compared to traditional petroleum-based plastics, making it less competitive in price-sensitive markets.

COVID-19 Impact

The COVID-19 pandemic had a mixed impact on the polyhydroxyalkanoate market. While the increased awareness of sustainability and eco-friendly materials during the pandemic was favorable for PHA, the market faced disruptions in its supply chain and production due to lockdowns and restrictions. The reduced industrial activity temporarily affected PHA production and demand, especially in sectors like packaging and automotive, which are key application areas. However, the pandemic also highlighted the importance of resilient and sustainable supply chains, leading to a renewed interest in PHA as a biodegradable and environmentally friendly alternative to conventional plastics.

Polyhydroxyalkanoate Market Trends

Current trends in the polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) industry include a heightened focus on sustainability and circular economy principles, driving the demand for biodegradable plastics like PHA in packaging, agriculture, and single-use products. Research and development efforts are also expanding to enhance PHA's properties, making it more versatile and suitable for various applications. Collaborations and partnerships among industry players and research institutions are fostering innovation in PHA production methods, aiming to reduce costs and increase scalability.

Polyhydroxyalkanoate Market Analysis:

Polyhydroxyalkanoate Market Size, By Product, 2021 - 2032 (USD Million)

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Based on product, the market is segmented as short chain length, medium chain length and long chain length. Short chain length held a majority market value of USD 58.5 million in 2022. The medium chain length (MCL) and long chain length (LCL) segments are experiencing growth due to the increasing demand for tailored and versatile biopolymer solutions. MCL-PHA's shorter carbon chains, typically ranging from 6 to 12 carbon atoms, are gaining traction because of their unique characteristics, including enhanced solubility, biodegradability, and lower melting points. These properties make MCL-PHA ideal for a wide range of applications such as biofuels and emulsifiers.

Polyhydroxyalkanoate Market Revenue Share, By PHA Type, (2022)

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Based on PHA type, the market is segmented as P3H4B +PHB, PHBH and PHBV. P3H4B +PHB held a dominant market share of around 70% in 2022 and is expected to grow at a lucrative pace till 2032. The P3H4B, PHB, and PHBV segments are experiencing growth due to their relevance in the bioplastics market driven by sustainability and environmental concerns. P3H4B, a type of polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA), is gaining traction due to its potential as a bio-based and biodegradable material, addressing the need for eco-friendly alternatives to conventional plastics. PHB (polyhydroxybutyrate) and PHBV (polyhydroxybutyrate-co-valerate) are also witnessing increased demand as they exhibit biodegradability and compatibility with various applications, including packaging and biomedical devices.

U.S. Polyhydroxyalkanoate Market Size, 2020- 2032 (USD Million)

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U.S. dominated the North American region with majority market share and a revenue of USD 26.3 million in 2022 and is anticipated to expand at a significant pace from 2023-2032. The United States holds a dominant share in the polyhydroxyalkanoate market, primarily due to a combination of robust research and development efforts, supportive government policies, and a strong focus on sustainability. The U.S. government's initiatives to promote bio-based and biodegradable materials have propelled the adoption of PHA across various industries.

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Major players operating in the polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) industry include:

  • Danimer Scientific
  • Newlight Technologies
  • RWDC
  • Tianan Enmat
  • Kaneka Corporation
  • Paques Biomaterials
  • CjBio
  • Bluepha
  • Full Cycle Bioplastics
  • Tianjin GreenBio Materials Co. Ltd.
  • Yield10 Bioscience, Inc.
  • Bio-on SpA

Danimer Scientific and Newlight Technologies are dominant players in the polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) market due to their due to their pioneering approaches to sustainable bioplastics production, unwavering commitment to environmental responsibility, and the successful commercialization of PHA-based products. Their innovative and proprietary production methods, such as microbial fermentation and carbon capture technology, enable cost-effective and scalable PHA production. Focusing on sustainability, their PHA offerings are biodegradable, compostable, and sourced from renewable materials, aligning with the global shift toward eco-friendly alternatives to traditional plastics.

Polyhydroxyalkanoate Industry News

  • In July 2021, the company unveiled an expansion plan with a focus on advancing technology in four key industries: raw materials, equipment manufacturing, consumer goods, and information technology. This initiative is aimed at driving industrial transformation and upgrading.
  • In June 2021, the company launched the Renewable Carbon Textiles Project, bringing together key players in the PHA polymer field to research, test, and validate innovative solutions. Industry leaders such as BESTSELLER, Norrna, PVH Corp., and W. L. Gore & Associates' Fabrics Division are providing industry expertise and financial support, with additional funding from the Laudes Foundation.

Polyhydroxyalkanoate market research report includes an in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD Million & Tons from 2018 to 2032, for the following segments:

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Market, By Product

  • Short chain length
  • Medium Chain Lenth
  • Long Chain Lenth

Market, By PHA Type

  • P3H4B +PHB
  • PHBH
  • PHBV

Market, By Production Methods

  • Sugar Fermentation
  • Vegetable Oil Fermentation
  • Heterogeneous waste streams
  • Others (Methane Fermentation, Hydrocarbons

Market, By Application

  • Packaging & Food Services
  • Biomedical
  • Agriculture
  • Others (Biofuels, Paints, Fiber Materials, Paper Waterproof Coatings, Animal feed)

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Spain
    • Italy
    • Netherlands
    • Poland
    • Russia
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • Australia
    • South Korea
    • Indonesia
    • Thailand 
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
  • Middle East & Africa
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE


Authors: Kiran Pulidindi, Kunal Ahuja

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) market size was worth USD 98.2 million in 2022 and is estimated to reach USD 275.8 million by 2032 driven by growing emphasis on sustainable and biodegradable plastics

Short-chain-length (SCL) PHA market size was valued at USD 58.5 million in 2022 owing to the increasing demand for tailored and versatile biopolymer solutions.

Polyhydroxyalkanoate market size in the U.S. was USD 26.3 million in 2022 and is set to exhibit robust growth rate over 2023-2032 attributed to the increasing R&D efforts and supportive government policies in the nation.

Some of the top PHA market players are Danimer Scientific, CjBio, Tianan Enmat, Kaneka Corporation, Paques Biomaterials, RWDC, Bluepha, Full Cycle Bioplastics, Newlight Technologies, Tianjin GreenBio Materials Co. Ltd., Yield10 Bioscience, Inc., and Bio-on SpA among others.

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  • Base Year: 2022
  • Companies covered: 12
  • Tables & Figures: 262
  • Countries covered: 23
  • Pages: 180
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