Global Lignin Market, By Type (Ligno-Sulphonates, Kraft Lignin, Low Purity Lignin, Others), By Sourc

Published Date: | Report Code : CH1958374


Growing construction industry worldwide is expected to drive the growth of lignin market during the forecast period. This has resulted some of the key developments by companies operating in the market to consolidate their market positions and look for further niche opportunities.

Lignin is a class of complex organic polymers that form key structural materials in the cell walls of almost all dry land plants. It is the world's second most abundant natural polymer, exceeded by cellulose alone. Lignin is the only one of the polymers found in plant cell walls that is not made up of monomers of carbohydrate (sugar).

Major factors driving the market are the increased consumption of ligno-sulfonates in concrete admixtures and rising demand for animal feed. However, the existing gap between R&D activities and consumer products is likely to hinder the growth of the market studied. Increasing popularity for substituting fossil-based raw materials is anticipated to provide numerous opportunities over the forecast period.

Segment Analysis:

Based on application, the concrete additives segment is expected to account for the largest market share during the forecast period. Concrete admixtures enhance workability, compressive strength, durability, and resistance to chemicals, while reducing water from the concrete. They provide benefits, such as effective placement of concrete in extreme weather conditions, reduced permeability, corrosion resistance, improved underwater placement of concrete, etc. Thus, the consumption of admixtures is increasing in the construction industries, worldwide. These concrete admixtures are of different types, of which, ligno-sulfonates are lignin-based, and offer benefits, such as improved performance and concrete strength, reduced concrete shrinkage, reduced damages caused by acid rains and moisture, and increased final strength, among others.

Europe is expected to be the largest market for lignin during the forecast period. The region is projected to maintain its leading position over the forecast years on account of strict regulations regarding GHG emissions coupled with robust manufacturing base of bio-polymers in Germany, France, Netherlands and Belgium. However, Asia-Pacific is projected to register the fastest growth rate during the forecast period. With the surge in demand for concrete admixtures due to the growing construction activities in major countries, such as China, India, Japan, South Korea, and ASEAN countries, the consumption of ligno-sulfonates (used in concrete admixtures) is likely to increase during the forecast period. Furthermore, increasing usage of lignin products in various applications is anticipated to propel Asia-Pacific with the highest CAGR during the forecast period.

Key Factors Impacting Market Growth:

  • Increasing consumption of ligno-sulphonate in concrete admixtures

  • Growing construction industry worldwide

  • Rising demand for animal feed

  • Gap between R&D activities and consumer products

Regional Analysis:

On the basis of the region, the lignin market has been segmented by North America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, & Rest of the World. North America and Western Europe being some of major markets are also traditional suppliers of chemicals such as specialty chemicals, bulk chemicals, and so on. Major companies in this market are headquartered in North America and Western Europe. This region has been witnessing number of transitions in terms of productions of chemicals and respective applications by end-use industries. The preference towards bio-based feedstock has been instrumental in the development of the green alternatives in these regions. Moreover, regulatory authorities have imposed strict guidelines with regards environmental concerns and potential health hazards due to exposures. This has been more instrumental in the Western Europe region competitively. Some of the major economies in these regions include US, Germany, UK, France, Canada, Italy, Spain, and so on.

Asia Pacific and Middle East are expected to register substantial growth in lignin market during the forecast period. This demand is with regards to the growth of major end-use industries/Applications such as activated carbon, animal feed, carbon fibers, concrete additives, dispersants, phenol & derivatives, plastics/polymers, resins, vanillin, and others. Major countries in Asia Pacific region include China, South Korea, Japan, India, Australia, and So on. Middle East includes UAE, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Israel, Egypt, and so on. Eastern Europe has been largely dominated by Russia and Turkey with operations of major chemical giants in the region. Rest the World that includes South America and Africa has a strong potential for lignin market. There has been increasing number of investments by global companies in these regions to strengthen their presence and tap the potential market. Major economies in these regions for lignin market include Brazil, South Africa, Nigeria, Argentina, Colombia, and others.

Key Developments:

  • In June 2018, Borregaard LignoTech (Norway) opened a new lignin plant in Fernandina Beach, Florida. They invested 110 million USD to achieve a production capacity of 100,000 metric tonnes lignin measured as dry substance. The plant has been in test operation for some time, and the facility is now producing saleable lignin.

Companies Covered: Borregaard LignoTech, Tembec, Domtar Corporation, Asian Lignin Manufacturing Pvt. Ltd., Northway Lignin Chemical, Green Value, Aditya Birla Group, Changzhou Shanfeng Chemical Industry Company , The Dallas Group of America Inc., Liquid Lignin Company LLC, Nippon Paper Industries Co. Ltd., Metsa Group, Fibria, Lenzing AG, and Ingevity Corporation...

Market Segmentation:

By Type:

  • Ligno-Sulphonates

  • Kraft Lignin

  • Low Purity Lignin

  • Others

By Source:

  • Cellulosic Ethanol

  • Kraft Pulping

  • Sulphite Pulping

By Application:

  • Activated Carbon

  • Animal Feed

  • Carbon Fibers

  • Concrete Additives

  • Dispersants

  • Phenol & Derivatives

  • Plastics/Polymers

  • Resins

  • Vanillin

  • Others

By Region:

  • North America

    • By Country (US, Canada, Mexico)

    • By Type

    • By Source

    • By Application

  • Western Europe:

    • By Country (Germany, UK, France, Spain, Rest of Western Europe)

    • By Type

    • By Source

    • By Application

  • Eastern Europe:

    • By Country (Russia, Turkey, Rest of Eastern Europe)

    • By Type

    • By Source

    • By Application

  • Asia Pacific

    • By Country (China, Japan, India, Rest of Asia Pacific)

    • By Type

    • By Source

    • By Application

  • Middle East:

    • By Country (UAE, Qatar, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Rest of Middle East)

    • By Type

    • By Source

    • By Application

  • Rest of the World

    • By Region (Latin America, Brazil, Rest of the World)

    • By Type

    • By Source

    • By Application

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