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The Global Market for Cellulose Nanofibers to 2030

The Global Market for Cellulose Nanofibers to 2030

Cellulose nanofibers (CNF) are bio-based materials with high mechanical strength (stronger than steel), high aspect ratios, high transparency, and high chemical resistance. They are also lightweight. As a result, they are very attractive for application in composites and thermoplastics.

Research has been active for a number of years and products are now on the market, mainly in Japan. Products include adult diapers, automotive biocomposites, thermoplastic additives. Japanese sports shoe manufacturer Asics has utilized CNF in running shoes, incorporating CNF from Seiko PMC.

Most major paper manufacturers, faced with reduced market demand for paper are seeking to exploit the remarkable properties of CNFs. The market is exploding in Japan with large paper manufacturers such as Nippon Paper and Oji Holdings establishing multi-ton cellulose nanofiber production facilities. Nippon Paper recently opened a new 450 ton cellulose nanofiber production facility. Japanese chemicals manufacturers are also developing cellulose nanofiber production. Facilities have also been established in Europe (mainly Scandanavia), Canada and the United States.

The latest edition of The Global Market for Cellulose Nanofibers features a raft of new information including:
Expanded producer profiles including CNF production history, new products, production process from raw materials to products.
Expanded patent analysis.
Tables of nanocellulose capacities and production process by producer (CNF, CNC and MFC)
Competitive landscape analysis for competing materials.
Market tonnage estimations by application, based on % wt. of CNF, competing materials, usage (e.g. additive, polymer, coating) and penetration.
Analysis of market entry prices per application.

Report contents include:
Global production capacities, by producer, current and planned.
Production volumes by region.
Current products.
Stage of commercialization for cellulose nanofiber applications by company.
CNF applications by industry.
Market drivers, trends and challenges, by end user markets.
Competitive landscape of CNF by market, volumes, key trends and growth. Potential for CNF to gain market share by market volume across all end user markets.
In-depth market assessment of opportunities for CNF including potential revenues, growth rates, pricing, most likely applications and market challenges.
In-depth key player profiles, include products, current capacities and plans for new capacities, production processes, prices per kg and commercial activities. Companies profiled in the report include American Process, Inc., Imerys, Innventia AB, Asahi Kasei, Chuetsu Pulp & Paper Daicel, Daiichi Kogyo, Daio Paper, Nippon Paper, Oji Holdings, Sugino Machine, Seiko PMC, StoraEnso and Borregaard.


  • Executive summary
    • Applications
      • Table Market summary for nanocellulose-Selling grade particle diameter, usage, advantages, average price/ton, market estimates, global consumption, main current applications, future applications
      • Table Markets and applications for nanocellulose.
    • Nanocellulose production capacities
      • Cellulose nanofibers (CNF)
        • Table CNF producer capacities 2018.
      • Microfibrillated cellulose (MFC)
        • Table MFC producer capacities 2018.
      • Cellulose nanocrystals(CNC)
        • Table Cellulose nanocrystal producer capacities 2018.
    • Main opportunities in cellulose nanofibers
      • Table Market opportunity assessment for cellulose nanofibers, by application.
    • Global production
      • Production plants and production status
        • Table Nanocellulose (CNF, MFC, NCC) production plants worldwide and production status.
    • Market trends
      • Table Market trends in cellulose nanofibers.
    • Market and technical challenges
      • Table Market and technical challenges in cellulose nanofibers.
    • Global cellulose nanofibers market size
      • The market for cellulose nanofibers in 2017
      • The market for cellulose nanofibers in 2018
      • CNF/MFC demand in tons, 2015–2030
      • Cellulose nanofiber market by region
  • Research scope and methodology
    • Report scope
    • Research methodology
    • Market opportunity analysis
      • Stage of commercialization
      • Economic impact by 2030
      • Current market size for equivalent
      • Ease of commercialization
      • Competitive landscape
      • Cost
      • Competition from other materials
      • Regulatory/Government policy push
      • Market pull
    • Market challenges rating system
  • Introduction
    • Cellulose
    • Nanocellulose
    • Properties of nanocellulose
      • Table Properties and applications of nanocellulose
    • Advantages of nanocellulose
    • Manufacture of CNF
      • Table Properties of cellulose nanofibrils relative to metallic and polymeric materials.
    • Production methods
    • Types of nanocellulose
      • Table Types of nanocellulose.
      • Microfibrillated cellulose (MFC)
      • Cellulose nanofibers (CNF)
        • Table Applications of cellulose nanofibers (CNF).
        • Table Production methods of main CNF producers.
      • Cellulose nanocrystals (CNC)
        • Table CNC sources and scale.
        • Table CNC properties.
        • Table Applications of nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC).
      • Bacterial Cellulose (BC)
        • Table Applications of bacterial cellulose (BC).
    • Synthesis
      • Microcrystalline cellulose (MC)
        • 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 (CNF)
        • Table Nanofibrillated cellulose (CNF) 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.
  • Market structure
    • Volume of industry demand for cellulose nanofibers
    • Current end users for cellulose nanofibers, by market and company
      • Table Current and potential end users for cellulose nanofibers, by market and company.
  • SWOT analysis
    • Table SWOT analysis of cellulose nanofibers.
  • Regulations and standards
    • Standards
      • International Standards Organization (ISO)
      • American National Standards
      • CSA Group
    • Toxicity
      • Table Safety of Micro/Nanofibrillated cellulose.
    • Regulation
  • Government funding
  • Applications
    • High volume, medium volume and low volume cellulose nanofiber applications
      • Table Identified applications of CNFs and their categorization.
  • Technology readiness level (TRL)
  • Supply chain
    • Table Global cellulose nanofiber market supply chain analysis.
  • CNF pricing/kg
    • Table Product/price/application matrix of cellulose nanofiber producers.
  • Patents and publications
    • Table Published patent publications for nanocellulose, 1997-2017.
    • Table Nanocellulose patents by organisation.
    • Table Nanocellulose patents by organisation.
    • Table Main patent assignees for NCC.
    • Table Main patent assignees for NFC.
    • Table Main patent assignees for BCC.
  • Competing materials
    • Table Price comparison of CNF applications versus entry price of other materials in composites.
    • Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT)
      • Brief description
      • Volumes, values and growth
      • Key Trends
    • Graphene
      • Brief description
      • Volumes, values and growth
      • Key Trends
    • Carbon fibers
      • Brief description
      • Volumes, values and growth
      • Key Trends
      • Growth
        • Table Main applications for carbon fibers, volumes, potential for CNF to gain market share.
  • Markets for Cellulose Nanofibers
    • Composites market
      • Trends in the composites market and CNF solutions
        • Table Market drivers, trends and CNF solutions in composites market.
      • Comparison of CNF to other composite materials
        • Table Comparative properties of polymer composites reinforcing materials.
      • Applications
        • Table Applications of nanocellulose in polymer composites by cellulose type.
        • Table Nanocellulose applications timeline in the polymer composites market.
    • Packaging
      • Market trends and CNF solution
        • Table Examples of antimicrobial immobilization into cellulose nanofibers.
      • Applications
        • Table Oxygen permeability of nanocellulose films compared to those made form commercially available petroleum based materials and other polymers.
      • CNF market in packaging
        • Table Market assessment for cellulose nanofibers in packaging.
        • Table Application markets, competing materials, CNF advantages and current market size in packaging.
        • Table Market opportunity assessment for cellulose nanofibers in biopackaging.
        • Table Demand for cellulose nanofibers in the packaging market, 2015-2030 (tons).
      • Market challenges
        • Table Market challenges rating for cellulose nanofibers in the biopackaging market.
      • Product developer profiles
        • Table Companies developing nanocellulose products in bio packaging, applications targeted and stage of commercialization.
    • Aircraft and aerospace
      • Market trends and CNF solution
        • Table Market drivers, trends and CNF solutions in aircraft and aerospace market.
      • Applications
        • Table Application of CNF in aircraft and aerospace composites-usage, motivating, competing materials, overall market size, potential market for CNF.
      • CNF market in aircraft and aerospace
        • Table Market opportunity assessment for cellulose nanofibers in aircraft and aerospace.
        • Table Demand for cellulose nanofibers in the aerospace and aviaton market, 2015-2030 (tons).
      • Market challenges
        • Table Market challenges rating for cellulose nanofibers in the aircraft and aerospace market.
      • Product developer profiles
        • Table Companies developing CNF products aircraft and aerospace, applications targeted and stage of commercialization.
    • Automotive
      • Market trends and CNF solution
        • Table Applications of natural fiber composites in vehicles by manufacturers.
      • Applications
        • Table Application of CNFs in polymer composites in automotive.
        • Table Application of CNFs in tires in automotive tyres.
        • Table Market opportunity assessment for cellulose nanofibers in the automotive industry.
        • Table Demand for cellulose nanofibers in the automotive market, 2015-2030 (tons).
      • Market challenges
        • Table Applications and commercialization challenges for cellulose nanofibers in the automotive market.
        • Table Market challenges rating for cellulose nanofibers in the automotive market.
      • Product developer profiles
        • Table Companies developing cellulose nanofibers products in the automotive industry, applications targeted and stage of commercialization.
    • Construction and buildings
      • Market drivers and trends
        • Table Market drivers, trends and CNF solutions in construction market.
      • Applications
        • Table Comparison of nanocellulose with steel and other materials.
      • CNF market in construction
        • Table Market opportunity assessment for cellulose nanofibers in the construction industry.
        • Table Application of CNFs in cement.
        • Table Application of CNFs in ultra-high performance concrete.
        • Table Demand for cellulose nanofibers in the construction and building market, 2015-2030 (tons).
      • Market challenges
        • Table Market challenges rating for cellulose nanofibers in the construction, building protection and architectural exterior coatings market.
      • Product developer profiles
        • Table Cellulose nanofibers in construction-Companies and products.
    • Paper and board
      • Market drivers and trends
        • Table Market drivers, trends and CNF solutions in the paper and board market.
      • Applications
        • Table Cellulose nanofibers applications timeline in the paper and board markets.
      • Properties
      • CNF market in paper & board
        • Table Market opportunity assessment for cellulose nanofibers in paper and board.
        • Table Demand for cellulose nanofibers in the paper and board market, 2015-2030 (tons).
    • Market challenges
      • Table Market challenges rating for cellulose nanofibers in the paper and board market.
    • Product developer profiles
      • Table Companies developing cellulose nanofibers products in paper and board, applications targeted and stage of commercialization.
    • Textiles and apparel
      • Market drivers and trends
        • Table Market drivers, trends and CNF solutions in the textiles market.
      • Applications
      • CNF market in textiles
        • Table Market opportunity assessment for cellulose nanofibers in textiles.
        • Table Demand for cellulose nanofibers in the paper and board market, 2015-2030 (tons).
      • Market challenges
        • Table Market challenges rating for cellulose nanofibers in the textiles market.
      • Product developer profiles
        • Table Companies developing cellulose nanofibers products in textiles, applications targeted and stage of commercialization.
    • Medicine & healthcare
      • Market drivers and trends
        • Table Market drivers, trends and CNF solutions in the medicine and healthcare market.
      • Applications
        • Table Cellulose nanofiber applications timeline in the medicine and healthcare markets.
      • CNF market in medical & healthcare
        • Table Market opportunity assessment for cellulose nanofibers in medicine and healthcare.
        • Table Demand for cellulose nanofibers in the medical and healthcare market, 2015-2030 (tons).
      • Product developer profiles
        • Table Cellulose nanofibers product developers in medical and healthcare applications.
    • Coatings
      • Market drivers and trends
        • Table Market drivers, trends and CNF solutions in the coatings market.
      • Applications
        • Table Nanocellulose applications timeline in the coatings and paints markets.
      • CNF market in coatings
        • Table Market assessment for cellulose nanofibers in coatings.
        • Table Application markets, competing materials, cellulose nanofibers advantages and current market size in coatings and films.
        • Table Market opportunity assessment for cellulose nanofibers in coatings.
        • Table Demand for cellulose nanofibers in the paint and coatings market, 2015-2030 (tons).
      • Market challenges
        • Table Market challenges for CNF in coatings.
        • Table Market challenges rating for cellulose nanofibers in the coatings and films market.
      • Product developer profiles
        • Table Companies developing cellulose nanofibers products in paper coatings and non-packaging coating products, applications targeted and stage of commercialization.
    • Aerogels
      • Market drivers and trends
        • Table Market drivers, trends and CNF solutions in the aerogels market.
      • Applications
        • Table Cellulose nanofibers applications timeline in the aerogels market.
      • CNF market in aerogels
      • Global demand in tons in aerogels
        • Table Demand for cellulose nanofibers in the aerogels market, 2015-2030 (tons).
      • Product developer profiles
        • Table Cellulose nanofibers product developers in aerogels.
    • Oil and gas
      • Market drivers and trends
        • Table Market drivers, trends and CNF solutions in the filtration market.
      • Applications
        • Table Cellulose nanofibers applications timeline in the oil market.
      • CNF market in oil and gas
        • Table Application markets, competing materials, cellulose nanofibers advantages and current market size in oil and gas.
        • Table Market assessment for cellulose nanofibers in oil and gas.
        • Table Cellulose nanofibers in the oil and gas market-applications, stage of commercialization and estimated economic impact.
        • Table Demand for cellulose nanofibers in the oil and gas exploration market, 2015-2030 (tons).
      • Market challenges
        • Table Market challenges rating for cellulose nanofibers in the oil and gas exploration market.
      • Product developer profiles
        • Table Cellulose nanofibers product developers in oil and gas exploration.
    • Filtration
      • Market drivers and trends
        • Table Market drivers, trends and CNF solutions in the filtration market.
      • Applications
        • Table Nanocellulose applications timeline in the filtration market.
        • Table Types of filtration.
        • Table CNF membranes.
      • CNF market in filtration and separation
        • Table Application markets, competing materials, cellulose nanofibers advantages and current market size in filtration.
        • Table Market assessment for cellulose nanofibers in filtration.
        • Table Market opportunity assessment for cellulose nanofibers in the filtration industry.
        • Table Demand for cellulose nanofibers in the filtration market, 2015-2030 (tons).
      • Market challenges
        • Table Market challenges rating for cellulose nanofibers in the filtration market.
      • Product developer profiles
        • Table Companies developing cellulose nanofiber products in filtration, applications targeted and stage of commercialization.
    • Rheology modifiers
      • Applications
        • Table Cellulose nanofibers applications timeline in the rheology modifiers market.
      • Product developer profiles
        • Table Commercial activity in cellulose nanofiber rheology modifiers.
    • Printed, stretchable and flexible electronics
      • Market drivers and trends
        • Table Market drivers, trends and CNF solutions in the printed and flexible electronics market.
      • Applications
        • Table Cellulose nanofiber applications timeline in flexible electronics.
        • Table Properties of flexible electronics-cellulose nanofiber film (nanopaper).
        • Table Properties of flexible electronics cellulose nanofiber films.
      • Global market size and opportunity
        • Table Global market for wearables, 2014-2021, units and US$.
      • Market assessment for cellulose nanofibers in printed and flexible electronics
        • Table Application markets, competing materials, Cellulose nanofibers advantages and current market size in electronics.
        • Table Market assessment for cellulose nanofibers in the flexible and printed electronics sector.
        • Table Market opportunity assessment for cellulose nanofibers in flexible electronics.
      • Market challenges
        • Table Market challenges for use of CNF in printed and flexible electronics.
        • Table Market challenges rating for cellulose nanofibers in the printed and flexible electronics market.
      • Product developer profiles
        • Table Companies developing cellulose nanofiber products in paper electronics, applications targeted and stage of commercialization.
    • 3D printing
      • Market drivers and trends
        • Table Market drivers, trends and CNF solutions in the 3D printing market.
      • Applications
        • Table Applications of CNF in 3D printing.
      • Global market size and opportunity
        • Table Application of CNFs in 3D printing.
        • Table Market opportunity assessment for cellulose nanofibers in 3D printing.
      • Market challenges
        • Table Market challenges rating for cellulose nanofibers in the 3D printing market.
      • Product developer profiles
        • Table Companies developing cellulose nanofibers 3D printing products.
  • Cellulose nanofiber company profiles
    • Producers and types of nanocellulose produced (CNF, CNC, BCC)
      • Table Nanocellulose producers and types of nanocellulose produced.
    • Target markets for producers
      • Table Target market, by nanocellulose producer.
    • AMERICAN PROCESS, INC.
      • Company description
      • CNF production history
      • Products
      • Production capacity
      • Production process
      • Commercial applications and target markets
      • Contact details
    • ANOMERA, INC.
    • ASAHI KASEI CHEMICALS CORPORATION
      • Company description
      • CNF production history
      • Products
      • Production capacity
      • Production process
      • Commercial applications and target markets
      • Contact details
    • BETULIUM OY
    • BIO-LUTIONS INTERNATIONAL AG
    • BORREGAARD CHEMCELL
      • Company description
      • CNF production history
      • Products
      • Production capacity
      • Production process
      • Commercial applications and target markets
      • Contact details
    • CELLUCOMP LTD.
      • Company description
      • CNF production history
      • Products
      • Production capacity
      • Production process
      • Commercial applications and target markets
      • Contact details
    • CELLULOSE LAB
    • CELLUTECH AB
    • CENTRE TECHNIQUE DU PAPIER/INSTITUT TECHNOLOGIQUE
    • CHUETSU PULP & PAPER CO., LTD.
      • Company description
      • CNF production history
      • Products
      • Production capacity
      • Production process
      • Commercial applications and target markets
      • Contact details
    • DAICEL FINECHEM LTD.
      • Company description
      • CNF production history
      • Products
      • Commercial applications and target markets
      • Contact details
    • DAIKYONISHIKAWA CORPORATION
    • DAIO PAPER CORPORATION
      • Company description
      • CNF production history
      • Products
      • Production capacity
      • Production process
      • Contact details
    • DENSO CORPORATION
    • DIC PRODUCTS, INC.
      • Company description
      • CNF production history
      • Products
      • Production capacity
      • Production process
      • Commercial applications and target markets, applications targeted and stage of commercialization
      • Contact details
    • DKS CO. LTD.
      • Company description
      • CNF production history
      • Products
      • Production capacity
      • Production process
      • Commercial applications and target markets, applications targeted and stage of commercialization
      • Contact details
    • ELLEMOI
    • FIBERLEAN TECHNOLOGIES
      • Company description
      • CNF production history
      • Products
      • Scale of facility
      • Production process
      • Commercial applications and target markets
      • Contact details
    • FUJI PIGMENT CO., LTD.
    • FURUKAWA ELECTRIC
    • GS ALLIANCE CO., LTD.
    • HATTORI SHOTEN K.K.
    • HOKUETSU KISHU PAPER CO., LTD.
    • INNVENTIA AB
      • Company description
      • CNF production history
      • Products
      • Production capacity
      • Production process
      • Commercial applications and target markets
      • Contact details
    • INNOVATECH ENGINEERING LLC
    • INNOTECH MATERIALS LLC
    • J.RETTENMAIER & SOHNE GMBH
    • THE JAPAN STEEL WORKS, LTD.
    • JENACELL GMBH
    • KAO CORPORATION
    • KRI, INC.
    • KRUGER BIOMATERIALS, INC.
      • Company description
      • CNF production history
      • Products
      • Production capacity
      • Production process
      • Commercial applications and target markets
      • Contact details
    • KUSANO SAKKO, INC.
    • KYOTO UNIVERSITY RESEARCH INSTITURE FOR SUSTAINABLE HUMANOSPHERE (RISH)
    • MANIWA BIOCHEMICAL
    • MARUSUMI PAPER
    • MITSUBISHI CHEMICAL CORPORATION
    • MORI MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    • NATURAL FRIEND
    • NIPPON PAPER GROUP, INC.
      • Type of company
      • CNF production history
      • Products
      • Production capacity
      • Production process
      • Target markets
      • Contact details
    • NORKSE SKOG ASA
    • ONKYO CORPORATION
    • OJI PAPER COMPANY, LTD.
      • Company description
      • CNF production history
      • Products
      • Production capacity
      • Production process
      • Commercial applications and target markets
        • Table Oji Holdings CNF products.
      • Contact details
    • OSAKA GAS CORPORATION
    • PERFORMANCE BIOFILAMENTS, INC.
      • Company description
      • CNF production history
      • Products
      • Production capacity
      • Production process
      • Commercial applications and target markets
      • Contact details
    • POLY-INK
    • RENGO CO., LTD.
    • REVOLUTION RESEARCH, INC.
    • RIPRO CORPORATION
    • RISHO KOGYO CO., LTD.
    • SANWA KAKO CO., LTD.
    • SAPPI LIMITED
    • SEIKO PMC CORPORATION
      • Company description
      • CNF production history
      • Products
      • Production capacity
      • Production process
      • Commercial applications and target markets
      • Contact details
    • SHARP CHEMICAL IND. CO., LTD.
    • SHINWA KAKO CO., LTD.
    • STARLIGHT INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    • STORA ENSO OYJ
      • Company description
      • Products
      • Production capacity
      • Production process
      • Commercial applications and target markets
      • Contact details
    • SUGINO MACHINE LIMITED
      • Company description
      • CNF production history
      • Products
      • Production capacity
      • Production process
      • Commercial appliations and target markets
      • Contact details
    • SVILOSA AD
      • Products
      • Contact details
    • TAIYO HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
    • TIANJIN HAOJIA CELLULOSE CO., LTD.
    • TENTOK PAPER CO.,LTD.
    • TOKUSHU-TOKAI PAPER CO., LTD.
    • TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC.
    • TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD.
    • TOYOTA BOSHOKU COPORATION
    • UBE INDUSTRIES LTD.
    • UNITIKA CO., LTD.
    • UNIVERISTY OF MAINE
      • Company description
      • CNF production history
      • Products
      • Production capacity
      • Production process
      • Commercial applications and target markets
      • Contact details
    • UPM-KYMMENE
      • Company description
      • CNF production history
      • Products
      • Production capacity
      • Production process
      • Commercial applications and target markets
      • Contact details
    • US FOREST SERVICE PRODUCTS LABORATORY (FPL)
      • CNF production history
      • Products
      • Production capacity
      • Production process
      • Commercial applications and target markets
      • Contact details
    • VALENTIS NANOTECH
    • VERSO CORPORATION
    • VTT
      • Company description
      • CNF production history
      • Products
      • Production capacity
      • Production process
      • Commercial applications and target markets
      • Contact details
    • YOSHIKAWAKUNI PLASTICS INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    • ZELFO TECHNOLOGY GMBH
      • Company description
      • CNF production history
      • Products
      • Production capacity
      • Production process
      • Commercial applications and target markets
      • Contact details
  • CELLULOSE NANOFIBER RESEARCH GROUPS AND CENTRES
    • Aalto University
    • AIST
    • Clark-Atlanta University
    • Colorado School of Mines
    • EMPA
    • Georgia Institute of Technology
    • Grenoble INP-Pagora
    • ICAR-Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology
    • Kyoto University
    • McMaster University
    • North Carolina State University
    • Oregon State University
    • Paper and Fiber Research Institute (PFI)
    • Pennsylvania State University
    • Purdue University
    • SUNY-ESF
    • Technical University of Lodz
    • University of Exeter
    • University of Fribourg
    • Uppsala University
    • Universidade do Minho
    • University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (Boku University)
    • University of Toronto
    • Other research centres/groups
  • References

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