Cellulosic Polymers Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The market is segmented by Type (Cellulose Esters, Cellulose Ethers, and Regenerated Cellulose), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, and Rest of the World)

Market Snapshot

Cellulosic Polymers Market Overview
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: <5.5 %
Cellulosic Polymers Market Key Players

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Market Overview

The market for cellulosic polymers is expected to grow at a CAGR of around 5.5% during the forecast period. Major factors driving the market studied are the increasing demand for apparels and clothing, and the use of cellulose ether in the building and construction industry.

  • The competition of regenerated cellulose fibers from synthetic fibers and other protein-based fibers, and reduced demand for cigarette affecting the market for cellulose acetate flakes are expected to hinder the growth of the market studied.
  • Regenerated cellulose segment accounted for the largest share of the total volume of the market studied.

Scope of the Report

The global cellulosic polymers market report includes:

Cellulose Esters
By Type
Cellulose Acetate
Other Types (CAB and CAP)
By Application
Cellulose Ethers
By Type
By Application
Regenerated Cellulose
By Type
Fibers (Viscose, Modal, Lyocell, and Cupro)
Films (Hydrated Cellulose Foils)
By Application
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
Rest of North America
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Rest of the World
South America
Middle East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Demand for Regenerated Cellulosic Fibers

  • Regenerated cellulosic fibers accounted for an estimated share of more than 99% in the regenerated cellulose polymers market. Viscose, modal, lyocell, and cupro are the major regenerated cellulosic fibers considered in the report.
  • Viscose staple fiber (VSF) is a man-made, biodegradable fiber with similar characteristics to cotton. VSF is used in apparel, home textiles, dress material, knitted wear, and non-woven applications. The processing of VSF imparts special characteristics, such as high strength and low moisture retention, and is, hence useful in the textile and apparel industries.
  • Increasing demand for textiles and apparels is expected to drive the demand for VSF in these applications. Asia-Pacific, the largest market for woven fabrics, is witnessing healthy growth due to the increasing demand in countries, like India, China, etc.
  • Grasim (Aditya Birla) is the major provider of viscose staple in the global market.
  • Lyocell is a natural, manmade material made from wood cellulose or pulp. Lyocell material has a very smooth surface and a beautiful appearance. Its elasticity and strength make it perfect for the acquisition of durable items, and, hence is widely used to produce sportswear. Lenzing is the major provider of lyocell fibers globally.
  • Modal is another type of regenerated fiber which is majorly used in intimates, bed sheets, towels, and bathrobe application. Lenzing is the major provider of modal fibers globally.
  • Cupro is a regenerated cellulose fiber, produced by treating cotton cellulose with cuprammonium salts. They are used in apparel, lining, active wear, and home textile applications. Asahi Kasei Corporation is a major provider of Cupro fibers.
Cellulosic Polymers Market Key Trends

Asia-Pacific Region to Dominate the Market

  • Asia-Pacific region dominated the global market. China is one of the fastest-growing economies globally and almost all the end-user industries have been growing, owing to the rising population, living standards, and per capita income.
  • The construction activity in China is growing at a moderate rate (iover the last few years.
  • The total investment in property has been steadily rising in China. Real estate investment, which is mainly focused on the residential sector also includes the construction of commercial and office space, is acting as the key driver for the growth of the construction sector in China.
  • China is the largest manufacturer of automobiles in the world. The country’s automotive sector has been shaping up for product evolution, with the country focusing on manufacturing products, in order to ensure fuel economy and to minimize emissions (owing to growing environmental concerns, due to the mounting pollution problem in the country).
  • India is likely to witness an investment of around USD 1.3 trillion in housing over the next seven years, witnessing the construction of 60 million new homes. The availability of affordable housing is expected to rise around 70% by 2024, in India. The Indian government's ‘Housing for All by 2022’ will also be a major game-changer for the industry.
  • The aforementioned factors, coupled with government support, are contributing to the increasing demand for cellulosic polymers consumption in the region during the forecast period.
Cellulosic Polymers Market Growth by Region

Competitive Landscape

The global cellulosic polymers market is partially fragmented with no clear leader in the market. However, the market is dominated by different players for different types of cellulosic polymers. Major players in the market include Lenzing AG, Ashland, Xinjiang Zhongtai Chemical Co. Ltd, Daicel Corporation, and Eastman Chemical Corporation, among others.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Rising Demand for Apparels and Clothing

      2. 4.1.2 Increasing Use of Cellulose Ether in Building and Construction Industry

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Competition of Regenerated Cellulose Fibers from Synthetic Fibers and Other Protein-based Fibers

      2. 4.2.2 Reduced Demand for Cigarettes Affecting the Market for Cellulose Acetate Flakes

    3. 4.3 Industry Value-Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

      5. 4.4.5 Degree of Competition

    5. 4.5 Technological Snapshot

    6. 4.6 Feedstock Analysis

    7. 4.7 Price Trend Analysis


    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Cellulose Esters

        1. By Type

          1. Cellulose Acetate

          2. Other Types (CAB and CAP)

        2. By Application

      2. 5.1.2 Cellulose Ethers

        1. By Type

        2. By Application

      3. 5.1.3 Regenerated Cellulose

        1. By Type

          1. Fibers (Viscose, Modal, Lyocell, and Cupro)

          2. Films (Hydrated Cellulose Foils)

        2. By Application

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.2.2 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Rest of North America

      3. 5.2.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. Italy

        4. France

        5. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.2.4 Rest of the World

        1. South America

        2. Middle East & Africa


    1. 6.1 Mergers & Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Market Ranking Analysis

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Ashland

      2. 6.4.2 Celanese Corporation

      3. 6.4.3 Cerdia International GmbH

      4. 6.4.4 Daicel Corporation

      5. 6.4.5 Dow

      6. 6.4.6 DuPont

      7. 6.4.7 Eastman Chemical Company

      8. 6.4.8 FKuR

      9. 6.4.9 Futamura Chemical Co. Ltd

      10. 6.4.10 Grasim (Aditya Birla Group)

      11. 6.4.11 Lenzing AG

      12. 6.4.12 Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation

      13. 6.4.13 Nouryon

      14. 6.4.14 Sappi Limited

      15. 6.4.15 Shin-Etsu Chemical Co. Ltd

      16. 6.4.16 Xinjiang Zhongtai Chemical Co. Ltd

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Rapidly Expanding Healthcare Market in Emerging Economies

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Cellulosic Polymers Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Cellulosic Polymers Market is growing at a CAGR of <5.5% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2020.

Lenzing AG, Ashland, Daicel Corporation, Eastman Chemical Corporation are the major companies operating in Cellulosic Polymers Market.

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