Employment effects of the European bioplastics industry

First survey on job creation along the value chain

Since the first marketing of biopolymers a good quarter of a century ago, modern bioplastics have come a long way. Starting as niche products with a very limited scope of applications, bioplastics today cover a large variety of polymers with very different properties enabling them to enter all existing market segments.

High annual growth rates – not rarely two-digit – show that market demand for bioplastics is nowhere near being saturated. Given favourable political framework conditions, bioplastics are bound to become a sought-for solution to many problems inherited to conventional plastics – especially in respect to environmental performance – allowing for accelerated growth.

In order to create a favourable political landscape for our industry, we have to make our potential transparent to political stakeholders at EU level. Sound market data is provided by European Bioplastics and its scientific partners nova-Institute and Institut für Biokunststoffe und Bioverbundwerkstoffe (IfBB) on an annual basis. Data on the creation of highly specialized jobs has been lacking up to now.

In order to fill this highly relevant data gap, European Bioplastics and nova-Institute have agreed to conduct the very first survey on employment effects of the European bioplastics industry. It is our aim to collect and process available data concerning job creation along the value chain of the bioplastics industry.

In order to get substantial results we kindly invite you to take part in our online survey.

After evaluation of all received data, the findings will be published and made available to all interested parties.


nova-Institut GmbH, 2014-09-02.


European Bioplastics e.V.
Institut für Biokunststoffe und Bioverbundwerkstoffe (IfBB)
nova-Institut GmbH


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