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The Market for Cellulose Nanofibers in Japan

The Market for Cellulose Nanofibers in Japan

Japan is at the forefront of the global cellulose nanofibers market. The Japanese government has actively promoting these environmentally friendly advanced materials since 2014, and The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) estimates that the market will expand to 1 trillion yen ($8 billion) by 2030.

Most major Japanese paper manufacturers have established cellulose nanofiber production capabilities and have started to bring products to the market in the last 18 months. Target markets range from packaging to consumer electronics. Products on the market incorporating cellulose nanofibers include ballpoint pen inks, adult and child diapers, wet wipes, headphone diaphragms and footwear.

The market is exploding in Japan with large paper manufacturers such as Nippon Paper and Oji Holdings establishing multi-ton cellulose nanofiber production facilities. Asahi Kasei, Japan’s leading chemicals manufacturer recently announced plans for cellulose nanofiber production, with trial production starting in 2018.

Product samples are available for commercial trials and will find wider application in packaging and composites over the next few years. Dai Nippon Printing Co. Ltd., Tentok Paper Works, Risho Kogyo Co. Ltd., Daio Paper Corp., KRI Inc. have all recently announced new products and production initiatives. Domestic production capacity is estimated to exceed 800 tons per annum within the next year.

Report contents include:
Commercial activity in cellulose nanofibers in Japan. Current and planned.
Production facilities and capacities.
Target markets for cellulose nanofibers in Japan.
Producers and product developers including products, production processes, target markets, future plans.
30 company profiles.


  • CELLULOSE NANOFIBERS PRODUCTS AND COMMERCIAL ACTIVITY IN JAPAN 2015-2017
    • Table Markets and applications for nanocellulose (cellulose nanofibers, cellulose nanocrystals and bacterial cellulose).
    • Table Cellulose nanofiber production plants worldwide and production status.
  • CELLULOSE NANOFIBERS
    • WHAT IS NANOCELLULOSE?
    • TYPES OF NANOCELLULOSE
      • Table Nanocellulose properties.
      • NanoFibrillar Cellulose (NFC)
        • Table Applications of nanofibrillar cellulose (NFC).
        • Table Production methods of NFC producers.
      • NanoCrystalline Cellulose (NCC)
        • Table Applications of nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC).
      • Bacterial Cellulose (BCC)
        • Table Applications of bacterial cellulose (BC).
    • SYNTHESIS OF CELLULOSE MATERIALS
      • Microcrystalline cellulose (MCC)
        • Table Microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) preparation methods, resulting materials and applications.
      • Microfibrillated cellulose (MFC)
        • Table Microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) preparation methods, resulting materials and applications.
      • Nanofibrillated cellulose (MFC)
        • Table Nanofibrillated cellulose (MFC) preparation methods, resulting materials and applications.
      • Cellulose nanocrystals (CNC)
        • Table Cellulose nanocrystals (MFC) preparation methods, resulting materials and applications.
      • Bacterial cellulose particles (CNC)
        • Table Cellulose nanocrystals (MFC) preparation methods, resulting materials and applications.
  • REGULATIONS IN JAPAN
  • CELLULOSE NANOFIBER MARKET STRUCTURE IN JAPAN
    • ROUTES TO COMMERCIALIZATION
      • Table Cellulose nanofiber market structure in Japan.
    • VOLUME OF INDUSTRY DEMAND FOR CELLULOSE NANOFIBERS BY CELLULOSE NANOFIBERS PRODUCER SALES
  • GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES AND FUNDING FOR CELLULOSE NANOFIBERS IN JAPAN
  • CELLULOSE NANOFIBER END USER MARKET SEGMENT ANALYSIS
    • CELLULOSE NANOFIBER PRODUCTION IN JAPAN
      • Table Production capacities of Cellulose nanofiber producers per annum in tons, current and planned.
    • PRICES
      • Table Product/price/application matrix of Cellulose nanofiber producers in Japan.
  • MARKETS FOR CELLULOSE NANOFIBERS IN JAPAN
    • AUTOMOTIVE
      • Table Application markets, competing materials, Cellulose nanofiber advantages and current market size in the automotive sector.
      • Table Market assessment for Cellulose nanofiber in the automotive sector.
      • Commercial activity in Japan
        • Table Market size for Cellulose nanofiber in the automotive industry.
        • Table Companies developing Cellulose nanofiber products in the automotive industry in Japan, applications targeted and stage of commercialization.
    • SANITARY PRODUCTS
      • Commercial activity in Japan
        • Table Companies developing Cellulose nanofiber products in sanitary products in Japan.
    • PACKAGING
      • Table Equivalent cost of Cellulose nanofiber and competitive materials in polymer composites.
      • Table Applications of nanocellulose in polymer composites by cellulose type.
      • Bio-based and -active packaging
      • Active packaging systems
      • Packaging films
        • Table Examples of antimicrobial immobilization into cellulose nanofibers.
      • Gas barrier
        • Table Oxygen permeability of nanocellulose films compared to those made form commercially available petroleum based materials and other polymers.
      • Sustainable packaging solutions
      • Commercial activity in Japan
        • Table Application markets, competing materials, Cellulose nanofiber advantages and current market size in polymer composites.
        • Table Application markets, competing materials, Cellulose nanofiber advantages and current market size in packaging.
        • Table Companies developing Cellulose nanofiber products in packaging In Japan.
    • PAPER AND BOARD
      • Paper packaging
      • Paper coatings
      • Commercial activity in Japan
        • Table Companies developing Cellulose nanofiber products in paper and board in Japan.
    • DRILLING FLUIDS
      • Commercial activity in Japan
        • Table Cellulose nanofiber product developers in drilling fluids in Japan.
    • FILTRATION AND SEPARATION
      • Table Types of filtration.
      • Table CNF membranes.
      • Commercial activity in Japan
        • Table Companies developing Cellulose nanofiber products in filtration in Japan.
    • RHEOLOGY MODIFIERS
      • Commercial activity in Japan
        • Table Commercial activity in nanocellulose rheology modifiers in Japan
    • PRINTED AND FLEXIBLE ELECTRONICS
      • Eco friendly, bio based, biodegradable, transparent and flexible
      • Paper electronics
        • Table Properties of flexible electronics-cellulose nanofiber film (nanopaper).
      • Electronics packaging
      • Wearable electronics
      • Paper memory
      • Conductive inks
      • Commercial activity in Japan
        • Table Companies developing Cellulose nanofiber products in paper electronics in Japan.
  • CELLULOSE NANOFIBER PRODUCER AND PRODUCT DEVELOPERS IN JAPAN
    • PRODUCERS AND TYPES OF CELLULOSE NANOFIBER PRODUCED
    • TARGET MARKETS FOR PRODUCERS
      • Table Target market, by Cellulose nanofiber producer in Japan.
    • ASHAI KASEI CHEMICALS CORPORATION
    • CHUETSU PULP & PAPER CO., LTD.
    • DAICEL CORPORATION
    • DAIO PAPER CORPORATION
    • DENSO CORPORATION
    • DIC PRODUCTS, INC.
    • DKS CO. LTD.
    • FUJI PIGMENT CO., LTD.
    • HATTORI SHOTEN CO., LTD.
    • THE JAPAN STEEL WORKS, LTD.
    • KRI, INC.
    • KUSANO KIKO CO., LTD.
    • MANIWA BIOCHEMICAL
    • MITSUBISHI CHEMICAL CORPORATION
    • MORI MACHINERY
    • NIPPON PAPER GROUP, INC.
    • OJI PAPER COMPANY LTD.
    • ONKYO CORPORATION
    • OSAKA GAS CORPORATION
    • RISHO KOGYO CO. LTD.
    • SANWA KAKO CO., LTD.
    • SEIKO PMC CORPORATION
    • STARLIGHT INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    • SUGINO MACHINE LIMITED
    • TAIYO HOLDINGS CO. LTD.
    • TENTOK PAPER
    • TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD.
    • UNITIKA CO., LTD.
  • NANOCELLULOSE RESEARCH CENTRES IN JAPAN
  • REFERENCES

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