Global Lignin Market Insights -

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  • 28-September-2015

DD Insights – Global Lignin Market

Lignin is the fiber that satisfies veggies with the crunch and the trees with the woody feature. Lignin with its stiffness and rigidityin the cell wall keeps the plants safe from insects and fungi.This organic polymer is being tested and researched in the labs worldwide for various uses among which its role as a biofuel is the most looked up on application. The global lignin market in its initial growth phase is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 2.5% for the next six years.

Applications of Lignin

Market drivers and restraints anticipate a growth in the global market for lignin due to its increasing demand in applications like animal feed, dust control, concrete admixtures, dispersants and binders as well as adhesives. Over a period of time, manufacturers have realized the key role of lignin in manufacturing a range of products including vanillin, carbon fiber, phenols and BTX which can further be processed to be used as binders,adhesives and dispersants.

Increase in application of the polymer in various fields such as building and construction, agrochemicals, and paints and coatings, is contributing to the growth of the market for lignin globally. Moreover, functional properties offered by lignin is one of the major factors leading to its high demand in the market. Another major factor that is promoting the growth of lignin is its sustainable plant basedorigin and its ubiquitous presence. Additionally, the demand for the lignin has been propelling throughout, due to industrial expansion in developing economies of Asia Pacific.

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Lignin and Its derivatives

Although lignin is used to manufacture synthetic vanillin, the mono lignol has the potential to completely substitute crude-oil based lignin over the period of time owing to its stable price. Moreover, commercial production of BTX along with carbon fibers is anticipated to start in near future due to technological advancement and viability of the economy. Recording this increase in use of lignin in diverse applications is anticipated to open new market opportunities.

Lignosulfonates (soluble in water) account for a large share of the lignin market across the globe. Demand for this lignin is vast in the construction industry due its high absorbency rate and zeta potential to cement particles.Due to the quality of reducing the viscosity of slurry by decreasing the amount of water used for production of cement, lignosulfonates are used in the production of cement, on a large scale. It provides high-performance concrete strength, thus, reducing the damage caused by moisture and acid rains. Hence, the demand for lignin in the building & construction industry is estimated to boost further demand for lignosulfonates globally.

Lignin produced through the kraft pulping process is known as kraft lignin. It finds its application in dyes and pesticides. Though the market share of kraft lignin is low the segment is supposed to increase manifolds in the near future. The other segments (including organosolv) are also likely to drive demand for lignin at a high rate

Major Players and their products

Some major players present in the lignin marketacross the globe include:

Borregaard LignoTech.– provides lignin based products for agrochemical industry, animal feed additives, constructions, industrial cleaners and water treatment, dyestuff dispersants, emulsions, oil field chemicals, industrial binders, carbon black, battery additives, road and soil dust control among others. Recently the company has joined hands with an Egyptian distributer Nutrivet Misr.This move is planned to increase the company’s distribution of its pelleting aids(animal feed additives)-LignoBond DD and PellTech in the Egyptian market.

Tembec Incorporation –is a well-known name in manufacturing lumber, paper pulp, paper and specialty cellulose pulp.Company’sspecialty cellulose manufacturing process gives out lignosulfonates as residuals. This chemical is then processed in its two facilities located in France and Canada with annual capacity 60,000 metric tons. It supplies calcium-, sodium, - and ammonium-based lignosulfonates to various industries in agriculture, animal feed, cabon black, concrete admixtures and dust suppressants.

Ingevity - is the new name for Mead-Westvaco (MWV) specialty chemical division of the newly formed WestRockCompany.The merger of Rock-Tenn Company and MeadWestvaco Corporation (MWV) was held in January 2015. It is a major supplier of sulfonated and unsulfonatedkraft lignin products among its other chemical portfolio.Polyfon®, Kraftsperse® and Reax® are its main sulfonated dispersant series.

Domtar Corporation – is headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, supplies its trademark product BioChoice lignin which is a USDA certified product. It is extracted from southern pine and is very low on sulfur and ash. BioChoise lignin has its potential application in adhesives, agriculturalchemicals, carbonproducts (e.g. carbon fiber, graphite, activated carbon, etc.), coatings and resins among others.

Globally the production of lignin is anticipated to cross 1,323.1 kilo tons by the year 2021.The increase in construction expenditure and rising demand for automobiles, electronics and equipment manufacturing is supposed to augment the demand for lignin over the next few years. In addition to this, advancement in technology for improving extraction quantities of lignin, as a commercially viable product; is likely to assist in the market’s growth over the coming years. Focusing on R&D for exploring potential applications for lignin manufacturers anticipates opening opportunities for market growth.
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