Kraft Lignin Products Market – Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2019 – 2024)

The market is segmented by Application (Fertilizers & Pesticides, Polymers/Plastics, Binders & Resins, Phenol & Derivatives, Activated Carbon, Carbon Fibers, and Other Applications), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, and Rest of the World)

Market Snapshot

kraft lignin products market
Study Period:


Base Year:


Fastest Growing Market:

North America

Largest Market:

North America


Greater Than 7%

Key Players:

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Kraft Lignin Products Market

The market for kraft lignin products is expected to register a CAGR of over 7% during the forecast period. Major factor driving the market studied is the increasing demand for carbon fibers. The higher processing cost and lack of awareness about the usage of kraft lignin products are expected to hinder the growth of the market studied.

  • Fertilizers & pesticides application segment is expected to dominate the market.
  • The rising demand for activated carbon is in turn estimated to boost the demand for kraft lignin, during the forecast period.
  • North America is expected to dominate the market studied, holding a share of approximately 40% and is also estimated to expand in the forecast period.

Scope of the Report

The kraft lignin products report includes:

By Application
Fertilizers & Pesticides
Binders & Resins
Phenol & Derivatives
Activated carbon
Carbon fibers
Other Applications (Blends, Sorbents, etc.)
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
Rest of North America
United Kingdom
Nordic Countries
Rest of Europe
Rest of the World
Saudi Arabia
Rest of World

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Key Market Trends

Increasing demand for Fertilizers and Pesticides

  • Kraft lignin is used in the manufacturing process of fertilizers and pesticides. For instance, Urea is made up of 90‐99% urea 1‐10 lignin by wt%.

  • Lignin is consumed either directly or chemically modified, as a binder, dispersant agent for pesticides or herbicides, emulsifier, and as a heavy metal sequestrate. Black liquors from Kraft pulping and Sulfite process have been used as a source of sulfate and sulfite lignin, respectively.

  • Kraft lignin products has been applied as an additive for restoring vegetation on road slope and mountain ranges. Pulverized and oxidized lignin, when mixed with other chemicals, is also utilized as a soil water retention agent in acidic dry land or desert soil conditions, or as a binder for fertilizer.

  • Kraft lignin is abundantly used as a controlled-release fertilizer coating, since this by-product exhibits properties that make it an ideal substance for application in soil together with conventional mineral fertilizers.

  • Geographically, North America leads the way in the consumption of kraft lignin as urea additive. The significant agricultural boom that is underway in the region, are expected to boost the regional market.

Kraft Lignin Products Market Segmentation Trends

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North America Region to Dominate the Market

  • North American region dominated the market share. North America is the largest producer of the kraft lignin products, majorly dominated by Canada and the United States.
  • A shift in industry preference to biobased products, due to the need of reducing dependence on fossil sources, is expected to continue as a key driver for kraft lignin products market growth in the region, during the forecast period.
  • In Canada, there is a kraft lignin surplus of approximately 1.06 million metric ton per year (after ensuring pulp mills’ recovery boiler demand) from the 23 pulp mills, which may be used for the production of value-added biobased products.
  • This kraft lignin supply can create a USD 1.5 billion lignin-based bioproducts industry, which is one of the major opportunities in the future. The growing residential market in the United States is expected to drive the demand for kraft lignin products from the construction sector of the region.
  • Moreover, the steady recovery of oil prices is expected to increase the drilling processes in the region, in turn, increasing the demand for lignosulphonates in the oil and gas industry.
  • The aforementioned factors are contributing to the increasing demand for kraft lignin product consumption in the region during the forecast period.
Kraft Lignin Products Market Regional Trends

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Competitive Landscape

The kraft lignin products market is consolidated, with the top five players accounting 90% of the market share. Key players in the market include Stora Enso, WestRock Company, LTD., Domtar Corporation, West Fraser, and RISE.

Major Players

  1. Stora Enso
  2. WestRock Company
  3. Domtar Corporation
  4. West Fraser
  5. RISE

* Complete list of players covered available in the table of contents below

kraft lignin products market

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Rising Demand for Carbon Fibers

    2. 4.2 Restraints

    3. 4.3 Industry Value-Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Porters Five Force 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 Raw Material Analysis


    1. 5.1 By Application

      1. 5.1.1 Fertilizers & Pesticides

      2. 5.1.2 Polymers/Plastics

      3. 5.1.3 Binders & Resins

      4. 5.1.4 Phenol & Derivatives

      5. 5.1.5 Activated carbon

      6. 5.1.6 Carbon fibers

      7. 5.1.7 Other Applications (Blends, Sorbents, etc.)

    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. France

        4. Nordic Countries

        5. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.2.4 Rest of the World

        1. Brazil

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. Rest of World


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

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis**

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Borregaard Lignotech

      2. 6.4.2 Domtar Corporation

      3. 6.4.3 Innventia Group


      5. 6.4.5 Rayonier Advanced Materials

      6. 6.4.6 Resolute forest products

      7. 6.4.7 Stora Enso

      8. 6.4.8 Suzano

      9. 6.4.9 UPM Biochemicals

      10. 6.4.10 West Fraser

      11. 6.4.11 WestRock Company

      12. 6.4.12 Weyerhaeuser Company

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Increasing Consumption of Activated Carbon

    2. 7.2 Other Opportunities

**Subject to Availability

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