In the recent time, the demand for bio-based fuels and chemicals have reported a significant rise, thanks to the growing awareness regarding the renewable alternatives of fossil resources. Furfural, being a renewable platform molecule for the production of biofuels and biochemicals, is gaining significant impetus from this rising demand.

The pharmaceutical industry is also presenting lucrative opportunities for the application of this organic compound. As furfural acts as a natural precursor to a varied range of furan-based chemicals and solvents, its application in the production of pharmaceutical intermediaries and mixtures is likely to increase considerably in the years to come.

On the other hand, inefficient production processes and the lack of technical advancement may restrict the market from growing over the forthcoming years. However, the capability of this compound to renew itself is predicted to result in its increased adoption across a number of end-use industries in the near future. The global opportunity in furfural was worth US$450 mn in 2014. Expanding at a steady CAGR of 13.10% between 2015 and 2023, this opportunity is predicted to reach to US$1.35 bn by the end of the forecast period.

Increasing Application of Furfuryl Alcohol to Drive Demand for Furfural

Furfuryl alcohol, pharmaceuticals, solvents, and chemical intermediates are the prime application areas for furfural. Apart from this, this compound also finds widespread application in herbicides, pesticides, and flavors and fragrance.

Currently, furfuryl alcohol is the key contributor to the overall consumption of furfural across the world. In 2014, the opportunity for furfural in furfuryl alcohol was worth US$394 mn. Increasing at a CAGR of 13.20% from 2015 to 2023, it is likely to increase to US$1.2 bn by the end of the forecast period. The increasing application of furfuryl alcohol as binders in resins and as solvents in pharmaceuticals is anticipated to drive the demand for furfural significantly over the next few years.

Consumption of Furfural Projected to Remain High in Asia Pacific

North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East and Africa are the key regional markets for furfural. Among these, Asia Pacific has emerged as the leading consumer of furfural. In 2014, the region accounted for a share of 78% in the overall demand for this compound. By 2023, this demand share is likely to witness a rise of 4.5%, owing to the growing demand for furfural-based agrochemicals as well as herbicides and pesticides. Asia Pacific is likely to present an opportunity of US$1.08 bn in the furfural market by 2023, increasing at a CAGR of 13.80% during the period of 2015-2023.

China has emerged as the key contributor to the consumption of furfural in Asia Pacific. The demand for furfural is expected to rise at a CAGR of 11.50% in China during the forecast period. The leading players in the global furfural market are Xingtai Chunlei Furfuryl Alcohol Co. Ltd., Tieling North Furfural (Group) Co. Ltd., Tanin Sevnica d.d., Silvateam S.p.A., Penn A Kem LLC, Nutrafur S.A., Linzi Organic Chemicals Inc. Ltd., Lenzing AG, KRBL Ltd., Illovo Sugar Ltd., Hongye Holding Group Corp. Ltd., Central Romana Corp. Ltd., and Arcoy Biorefinery Pvt. Ltd.

The report analyzes and forecasts the furfural market on the global and regional level. The study provides historical data of 2014 along with the forecast from 2015 to 2023 based on volume (Tons) and revenue (US$ Thousand). The report provides a decisive view of the furfural market by segmenting it in terms of application and region.

This report provides detailed industry analysis of the furfural market. The industry analysis includes product information right from the invention of furfural to industrial development. We have included a detailed value chain analysis of the furfural market to provide a comprehensive view of the furfural market. The analysis of value chain includes information such as integration in the market, distribution channels, and end-user industries. The study also includes market drivers and restraints for the furfural market and their impact on the demand during the forecast period. The report also analyzes the opportunities in the furfural market on the global and regional level. Drivers, restraints, and opportunities mentioned in the report are justified through qualitative and quantitative information. These factors have been verified through primary and secondary resources.

The report includes Porter’s Five Forces Analysis that describes the competitiveness in the furfural market. The study comprises of market attractiveness analysis benchmarked based on market size, compound annual growth rate (CAGR), general attractiveness, and company market share. We have also incorporated company market share analysis to provide detailed analysis of the market.

The study provides a decisive view of the furfural market by segmenting it on the basis of application. Application segments have been analyzed based on current and future trends, and the market has been estimated from 2015 to 2023 in terms of volume (Tons) and revenue (US$ Thousand). Regional segmentation includes current and forecast demand in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. It also includes demand for individual applications in major countries in the respective regions.

The report provides detailed competitive outlook that includes profiles of Arcoy Biorefinery Pvt. Ltd., Central Romana Corporation, Ltd., Hongye Holding Group Corporation Ltd., Illovo Sugar Ltd., KRBL Ltd., Lenzing AG, Linzi Organic Chemicals Inc. Ltd., Nutrafur S.A., Penn A Kem LLC, Silvateam S.p.A., Tanin Sevnica d.d., Tieling North Furfural (Group) Co., Ltd., and Xingtai Chunlei Furfuryl Alcohol Co., Ltd. Company profiles include attributes such as company overview, brand/product portfolio, financial overview, business strategy, and key/recent developments related to the market.

Constant currency rates have been considered while forecasting the market. Prices of furfural and application segments vary in each region. Hence, a similar volume-to-revenue ratio does not follow for each individual region. Regional average price has been considered while breaking down the market by product segment and application in each region. Models and estimates have been used to produce comprehensive datasets where hard data was not available. We have used the bottom-up approach by considering application segments and integrating them to arrive at the global market. Applications have been further divided using the top-down approach to derive the consumption of products in the regional market.

We conducted in-depth interviews and discussions with a wide range of key industry participants and opinion leaders to compile this research report. Primary research represented the bulk of research efforts, supplemented by an extensive secondary research. We reviewed key players’ product literature, annual reports, press releases, and relevant documents for competitive analysis and market understanding. Secondary research includes a search of recent trade, technical writing, internet sources, and statistical data from government websites, trade associations, and agencies. This has proven to be the most reliable, effective, and successful approach for obtaining precise market data, capturing industry participants’ insights, and recognizing business opportunities.

The furfural market has been segmented into:

Furfural Market - Application Analysis

  • Furfuryl Alcohol
  • Solvents
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Chemical Intermediates
  • Others (flavors & fragrance, herbicides, pesticides, etc.)

Furfural Market - Regional Analysis

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Rest of North America
  • Europe
    • U.K.
    • Germany
    • France
    • Spain
    • Italy
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • ASEAN
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa (MEA)
    • GCC
    • South Africa
    • Rest of Middle East & Africa