Nanocrystalline Cellulose Market - Snapshot

Nanocrystalline cellulose is the elementary building block of natural cellulose available in the dimension of 10-9 meter (nanometer). It is a naturally occurring material isolated from cellulose of wood and various plants. Demand for nanocrystalline cellulose materials from various end-user industries such as paper processing, composites manufacturing and biomedical are on the rise due to the superior properties such as high tensile strength, low density, and high degree of thermal stability. High surface area is a key property of nanocrystalline cellulose which helps it to have powerful interaction with the surrounding species such as water, organic compounds, and polymeric compounds. Paper processing is the major end-user segment of the nanocrystalline cellulose market. When nanocrystalline cellulose is used in the paper products, it helps improving fiber to fiber bond strength and can be used as a barrier in grease-proof type papers.

nanocrystalline cellulose market

Nanocrystalline cellulose can be prepared from inexpensive renewable biomass. Nanocrystalline cellulose has low toxicity and poses no serious environmental concerns; therefore, it can be used as a reinforcing agent for industrial biocomposites. It can be utilized in several end-user industries such as composites manufacturing, paper processing, food & beverage, personal care, paints & coatings, and pharmaceuticals. Emerging end-user industries include oil & gas, construction, and textiles. In terms of consumption, North America and Europe dominate the global nanocrystalline cellulose market. Asia Pacific is anticipated to create lucrative opportunities in the nanocrystalline cellulose market due to increase in demand for biodegradable products from developed economies. Continuous technological innovations, advancements made in the personal care and pharmaceutical sectors, and rise in focus on biodegradable products are propelling the demand for nanocrystalline cellulose.

Governments across the globe are increasingly investing in the nanomaterial research and developmental activities. Governments of countries such as the U.S, Canada, Sweden, Australia, and Japan have initiated research and development activities for promoting the production of nanocrystalline cellulose on pilot and commercial scales in the last decades. The mission P3 Nano, initiated by the U.S and Canada governments encourage manufacturers to strategize their business through public-private partnerships, is anticipated to boost the nanocrystalline cellulose market in North America. Superior structural properties of nanocrystalline cellulose are likely to increase their use in various end-use industries. This, in turn, is projected fuel the demand for nanocrystalline cellulose across the globe. Nanocrystalline cellulose is used in several industrial applications such as composites, viscosifiers, and rheology modifier. This, in turn, is expected to create lucrative opportunities in the nanocrystalline cellulose market. Key applications of nanocrystalline cellulose include oil & gas, textiles, and construction.

Demand for nanocrystalline cellulose is high in various end-user industries; however, high capital cost inhibits manufacturers from capacity expansion. Commercial nanocrystalline cellulose is produced by the acid hydrolysis or enzymatic hydrolysis of cellulose fibrils and the method requires high manufacturing cost. The resulting product, nanocrystalline cellulose, does not contain amorphous part in its structure. Commercial production of nanocrystalline cellulose is still in the nascent phase. Large scale commercial production of nanocrystalline cellulose requires cost effective production and processing methods. Generally, capacity expansion of manufacturing plants require installation of advanced equipment, technology, and quality management systems. Unavailability of appropriate instrumental infrastructure is likely to hinder the mass production of nanocrystalline cellulose production. Availability of low cost substitute products is a major restraint of the nanocrystalline cellulose market. However, performance of nanocrystalline considered superior to other cellulose derived products such as cellulose ether and cellulose acetate 

Manufacturers are striving to gain a competitive advantage in the market by acquiring advanced technologies. The nanocrystalline cellulose market is anticipated to expand considerably due to the introduction of sophisticated equipment. However, optimization of the manufacturing process of nanocrystalline cellulose requires in-depth research. Projects initiated by various governments are meant for devising methods for large scale production of nanocrystalline cellulose. Similarly, manufacturers are involved in the production of cellulose nanocrystals owing to their unique properties. In 2017, Borregaard, a key player in the nanocrystalline cellulose market invested a significantly to improve the production of nanocrystalline cellulose. CelluForce partnered with Fibria to manufacture nanocrystalline cellulose in 2016. The biodegradable nanocrystalline cellulose developed by Stora Enso is used for packaging dairy products. Manufacturers strive to expand their business into emerging economies in Asia Pacific.

Research on nanocrystalline cellulose has increased substantially in the last few years.  Advancements in nanotechnology is a key factor driving the market. Key players operating in the global nanocrystalline cellulose market include Borregaard, UPM, CelluForce, American Process Inc, NIPPON PAPER INDUSTRIES CO.,LTD , RISE Innventia AB, Melodea Ltd, Oji Holdings Corporation, and Stora Enso.   The nanocrystalline cellulose market is estimated to expand due to technological advancements. Rise in use of nanocrystalline cellulose biomedical, packaging, construction, and oil & gas industries is anticipated to drive the market.

Nanocrystalline Cellulose Market - Overview

Nanocrystalline cellulose are extracted from woody biomass and processed into solid flake, liquid, or gel forms. It is extensively employed in various end-user industries such as composites manufacturing, paper processing, food & beverage, paints & coatings, medical & pharmaceutical, personal care, and others which include oil & gas, textiles, and cement due to its superior properties such as high strength, electro-magnetic response, and  biodegradability. The global nanocrystalline cellulose market is projected to expand at a substantial pace due to rise in demand for renewable and biodegradable natural materials. Manufacturers are increasingly utilizing nanocrystalline cellulose due to its high strength-to-weight ratio.

Continuous technological innovation in material science and nanotechnology, advancements in the personal care industry, and focus on biodegradable food packaging are fuelling the demand for nanocrystalline cellulose. Nanocrystalline cellulose can alter characteristics of a material by changing its permeability, strength, flexibility, and optical properties. Use of nanocrystalline cellulose improves tensile strength, stiffness, and surface smoothness. Optical films incorporated with nanocrystalline cellulose are well suited for the use in specialty packaging, biosensors, and security devices. Nanocrystalline cellulose is derived from cellulose, which is found in plants and trees. Nanocrystalline cellulose offers several advantages such as reduced weight, high surface area, high strength, stiffness, chemical reactivity, non-toxicity, and biodegradability. Nanocrystalline cellulose act as reinforcement agents and exhibit superior tensile strength in polymer composite materials. Unique optical, electrical, and magnetic properties of nanocrystalline cellulose make it suitable for a wide range of applications. Nanocrystalline cellulose is utilized in several applications such as biomedical, bioimaging, nanocomposite, gas barrier films, and optically transparent functional materials. Manufacturers are increasingly producing nanocrystalline cellulose-based products, as nanocrystalline cellulose provides high stiffness and strength. Furthermore, advancements in the ultra-thin technology is anticipated to create lucrative opportunities in the nanocrystalline cellulose market.

Rise in demand for green materials in developed regions is driving the nanocrystalline cellulose market. Implementation of stringent environmental regulations propel the nanocrystalline cellulose market in developed regions. Manufacturers strive to produce green nanocrystalline products by collaborating with companies that produce forest products. Countries such as the U.S., Canada, Sweden, Australia, and Japan have been investing considerably in research and development activities to promote the production of nanocrystalline cellulose on pilot and commercial scales in the last few years. Support and funding from governments are projected to boost the nanocrystalline cellulose market.

The report analyzes and forecasts the nanocrystalline cellulose market at a global and regional level. The market has been forecast based on volume (kilograms) and value (US$ thousand) from 2018 to 2026. The study includes drivers and restraints of the global nanocrystalline cellulose market. It also covers the impact of these drivers and restraints have on the demand for nanocrystalline cellulose during the forecast period. The report also highlights opportunities in the nanocrystalline cellulose market at a global and regional level.

The report comprises a detailed value chain analysis, which provides a comprehensive view of the global nanocrystalline cellulose market. Porter’s Five Forces model for the nanocrystaliine cellulose market has also been included to help understand the competitive landscape in the market. The study encompasses market attractiveness analysis, wherein end-users are benchmarked based on their market size, growth rate, and general attractiveness.

The study provides a decisive view of the global nanocrystalline market by segmenting it in terms of end-user and region. These segments have been analyzed based on the present and future trends. Regional segmentation includes the current and forecasted demand for nanocrystalline cellulose in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. The report also includes the demand for individual end-user segments in all regions.

The study includes profiles of major companies operating in the global nanocrystalline cellulose market. Key players profiled in the global nanocrystalline cellulose market include CelluForce, UPM, American Process Inc, Borregaard, NIPPON PAPER INDUSTRIES CO.LTD, RISE Innventia AB, Melodea Ltd, Stora Enso, and Sappi. Market players have been profiled in terms of attributes such as company overview, business strategies, recent developments, and SWOT analysis.

The report provides the estimated market size of nanocrystalline cellulose for 2017 and forecast for the next nine years. The global market size of nanocrystalline cellulose market has been provided in terms of volume and revenue. Market numbers have been estimated based on end-user and region segments. Market size and forecast for each major product and end-user have been provided in terms of global and regional markets.

Nanocrystalline Cellulose Market, by End-user Analysis

  • Composites Manufacturing
  • Paper Processing
  • Food & Beverage
  • Paints & Coatings
  • Medical & Pharmaceutical
  • Personal Care
  • Others (including Oil & Gas, Textiles, and Cement)

Nanocrystalline Cellulose Market, by Regional Analysis

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • U.K
    • Sweden
    • Norway
    • Russia & CIS
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • ASEAN
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa
    • GCC
    • South Africa
    • Rest of Middle East & Africa

 

Key Takeaways

  • The report provides an extensive analysis of nanocrystalline cellulose market trends and shares from 2017 to 2026 to identify market opportunities and industry development
  • The report provides production output by region and a list of manufacturers and their production capacities
  • The report includes a list of investments for nanocrystalline cellulose projects made by governments and government-supported organizations
  • Identify key factors responsible to build the upcoming opportunistic roadmap for nanocrystalline cellulose market at a global, regional, and country level
  • Comprehensive analysis of investments, regulatory scenario, and price trends that impact the outlook and forecast of the global nanocrystalline cellulose market between 2018 and 2026
  • The report provides insights on opportunities for various stakeholders in the value chain and detailed competition landscape for key players in the market to understand the competition level
  • Porters’ Five Forces and SWOT analysis highlights the potential of buyers and suppliers to enable stakeholders to make profit-oriented business decisions and analyze the strength and weakness to gain a larger share of the market
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