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ResearchAndMarkets Releases its Latest Report on the Global Nanocellulose Market 2017

Published on 2013-05-03. Author : SpecialChem

Despite being the most available natural polymer on earth, it is only recently that cellulose has gained prominence as a nanostructured material, in the form of nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC), micro/nanofibrillar cellulose (MFC/NFC) and bacterial cellulose (BC). Today there is a substantial amount of research on these materials, and commercial development is now underway with some very promising applications. Nanocellulose is being developed for use in applications ranging from scaffolds in tissue engineering, artificial skin and cartilage, wound healing and vessel substitutes to biodegradable food packaging. Applications in polymer reinforcement and anti-microbial films will be hitting the market soon. FP Innovations estimates the market to be worth $250 million in North America by 2020.

Despite the major advantages of nanocellulose such as its non-toxicity, broad availability and great mechanical properties, its use to now has been in niche applications. Its moisture sensitivity, its incompatibility with oleophilic polymers and the high energy consumption needed to produce, for example, NFC have so far prevented it from competing with other mass products such as ordinary paper or plastic. However, NFC has been already developed for several purposes such as polymer reinforcement and antimicrobial films, and its intrinsic properties and biodegradability are making it an attractive prospect in numerous applications. Commercial Microfibrillated Cellulose products exist such as Celish from Daicel Chem and Ceolus from Asahi Kasei.

Production of nanocellulose has to now been on the lab scale, in kilogram batches. However a number of manufacturing facilities have or are being built that will increase production to upwards of multiple tons per day. NCC and NFC cellulose are the most widely produced types. Production has increased by 1000% in two years and will likely increase by a further 500% at least by 2017.

This fully updated and revised report includes:

  • Technology description and production methods
  • Market structure, supply chain, patenting and publications
  • Production volumes, total, forecasted and by producer
  • Markets for nanocellulose, including composites, electronics, construction, paper and pulp, filtration, medicine and life sciences, paints, films, coatings, rheological modifiers, aerogels and oil industry
  • Commercialization timelines to 2020, by market
  • Producer, research center and application developer profiles

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