Lignin Products Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The Lignin Products Market is segmented by Source (Kraft Pulping, Sulfite Pulping, and Cellulosic Ethanol), Product Type (Lignosulfonate, Kraft Lignin, High-purity Lignin, and Other Product Types), Application (Activated Carbon, Animal Feed, Carbon Fibers, Concrete Additives, Dispersants, Phenol and Derivatives, Plastics/Polymers, Resins, Vanillin, and Other Applications), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, and Rest of the World). The report offers the market size and forecasts for lignin products in terms of revenue (USD million) for all the above segments.

Lignin Products Industry Overview

Lignin Products Market Summary
Study Period: 2018 - 2028
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Europe
CAGR: > 3.5 %

Major Players

Lignin Products Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Lignin Products Market Analysis

The market for lignin products is expected to witness a CAGR of over 3.5% during the forecast period (2022-2027).

The COVID-19 pandemic had little effect on the market, and it is expected to grow at a steady rate during the forecast period.

The major factors driving the market are the increased consumption of lignosulfonates in concrete admixtures and the 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.

The increasing popularity of substituting fossil-based raw materials is anticipated to provide numerous opportunities over the forecast period.

Europe dominated the market with the largest consumption, but Asia-Pacific is likely to register the highest CAGR through the forecast period.

Lignin Products Industry Segments

Lignin is a biodegradable polymer/polymer blend, and lignin products are being used as replacements for fossil-based products. The lignin market is segmented by source, product type, application, and geography. By source, the market is segmented into kraft pulping, sulfite pulping, and cellulosic ethanol. The product type segmentation includes lignosulfonate, kraft lignin, high-purity lignin, and other product types. The application segmentation includes activated carbon, animal feed, carbon fibers, concrete additives, dispersants, phenol and derivatives, plastics/polymers, resins, vanillin, and other applications. By geography, the market is segmented into Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, and Rest of the World. The report offers the market size and forecasts for lignin products in terms of revenue (USD million) for all the above segments.

Cellulosic Ethanol
Kraft Pulping
Sulfite Pulping
Product Type
Kraft Lignin
High-purity Lignin
Other Product Types
Concrete Additive
Animal Feed
Activated Carbon
Carbon Fibers
Phenol and Derivatives
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
Other Countries

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Lignin Products Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Lignin Products Market according to our research experts:

Concrete Additives are Expected to Dominate the Market

Lignin and its products find significant usage in concrete additives in the form of binders, dust suppressants, and others. They are used as binders for glass wool building insulation. They improve the performance of asphalt binders.

Lignin sulphonate has been historically used on roads for surface stabilization and dust control. Lignin-based products are safer and more economical than petroleum- and salt-based products that are typically applied to road surfaces. This is one of the major factors expected to boost the use of lignin-based products over the forecast period.

Geographically, Europe leads the way in the consumption of lignin as a concrete additive. However, Asia-Pacific is expected to register the fastest CAGR over the forecast period.

The significant infrastructure projects that are underway in Asia-Pacific are expected to boost the regional market.

According to a study by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the global construction industry is expected to reach USD 8 trillion by 2030, primarily driven by China, India, and the United States.

The growing construction industry is expected to increase the demand for various construction chemicals, including concrete additives, which will eventually drive the market for lignin.

Lignin Products Market, Revenue share (%), by Application, Global, 2021

Europe is Expected to Dominate the Market

The European region is expected to dominate the market during the forecast period due to the presence of countries like Germany and the United Kingdom.

The European Union imposed stringent regulations on the use of chemicals in various segments due to various adverse effects. Fertilizers and other agricultural chemicals and water treatment chemicals are some of the major concern areas.

To avoid these consequences, the demand for bio-based products is increasing in the region, which, in turn, is expected to propel the demand for lignin products in Germany.

For instance, more than 20% of the new constructions in Germany are done using natural materials, such as concrete admixtures made from lignin.

Being the major hub for aerospace and automotive industries, Germany witnessed an increased demand for carbon fibers from these segments. This is expected to drive the demand for lignin. Lignin is used in the production of low-cost carbon fibers without compromising performance.

Additionally, in the United Kingdom, to provide better infrastructure to the population across the country, the government has planned to invest 1-2% of the GDP in infrastructure between 2020 and 2050 as part of the National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF). In addition, the United Kingdom is a major producer of concentrated animal feed, feed supplements, and unmixed feeds. 

Based on the aforementioned factors, Europe is expected to dominate the global market during the forecast period.

Lignin Products Market - Growth Rate by Region, 2022-2027

Lignin Products Market Competitor Analysis

The lignin products market is fragmented, with the top three players accounting for more than 70% of the market. The major companies in the market (in no particular order) include Borregaard AS, Domsjo Fabriker, Sappi, Burgo Group SpA, and Nippon Paper Industries Co. Ltd.

Lignin Products Market Top Players

  1. Borregaard LignoTech

  2. Domsjö Fabriker (Aditya Birla Group)

  3. Nippon Paper Industries Co. Ltd

  4. Sappi

  5. Burgo Group S.p.A.

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Lignin Products Market Concentration

Lignin Products Market Recent Developments

  • In December 2021, Nippon Paper and Finland’s Stora Enso signed a partnership agreement to use trees to revolutionize the battery industry. The research concentrates on the replacement of lithium-ion and rare-metal batteries with lignin.

Lignin Products Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Increasing Need for High-quality Concrete Admixtures

      2. 4.1.2 Rising Demand for Animal Feed

      3. 4.1.3 Increasing Use of Lignin in Dispersants

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Gap Between R&D and Consumer Products

      2. 4.2.2 Other Restraints

    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 Price Trends


    1. 5.1 Source

      1. 5.1.1 Cellulosic Ethanol

      2. 5.1.2 Kraft Pulping

      3. 5.1.3 Sulfite Pulping

    2. 5.2 Product Type

      1. 5.2.1 Lignosulfonate

      2. 5.2.2 Kraft Lignin

      3. 5.2.3 High-purity Lignin

      4. 5.2.4 Other Product Types

    3. 5.3 Application

      1. 5.3.1 Concrete Additive

      2. 5.3.2 Animal Feed

      3. 5.3.3 Vanillin

      4. 5.3.4 Dispersant

      5. 5.3.5 Resins

      6. 5.3.6 Activated Carbon

      7. 5.3.7 Carbon Fibers

      8. 5.3.8 Plastics/Polymers

      9. 5.3.9 Phenol and Derivatives

      10. 5.3.10 Other Applications (Blends, Sorbents, etc.)

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.4.2 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Rest of North America

      3. 5.4.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Nordic Countries

        5. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.4.4 Rest of the World

        1. Brazil

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. Other Countries


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

    2. 6.2 Market Share(%)**/Ranking Analysis

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Borregaard

      2. 6.4.2 Domsjo Fabriker

      3. 6.4.3 UPM

      4. 6.4.4 Green Agrochem

      5. 6.4.5 Ingevity Corporation

      6. 6.4.6 Nippon Paper Industries Co. Ltd

      7. 6.4.7 Rayonier Advanced Materials

      8. 6.4.8 Shenyang Xingzhenghe Chemical Co. Ltd

      9. 6.4.9 Stora Enso

      10. 6.4.10 The Dallas Group Of America

      11. 6.4.11 Wuhan East China Chemical Co. Ltd

      12. 6.4.12 SAPPI

      13. 6.4.13 Burgo Group SpA

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Increasing Popularity of Substituting Fossil-based Raw Materials

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Lignin Products Market Research FAQs

The Lignin Products Market is studied from 2018 - 2028.

The Lignin Products Market is growing at a CAGR of >3.5% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2018 - 2028.

Europe holds highest share in 2021.

Borregaard LignoTech, Domsjö Fabriker (Aditya Birla Group), Nippon Paper Industries Co. Ltd, Sappi, Burgo Group S.p.A. are the major companies operating in Lignin Products Market.

Lignin Products Industry Reports

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