published Date NOV 2015

Global Lignin Products Market - Niche Applications to Drive the Market to Next Level - Borregaard LignoTech, Aditya Birla Chemicals and Tembec Inc. Among the Major Market Players

Mordor Intelligence releases their report on the Global Lignin Products Market. The report elucidates the situation of Lignin products around the world and studies its markets by application which include Animal Feed Additives, Agriculture, Construction, Dyestuff, Dispersants, Industrial Cleaners & Water Treatment, Oil Field Chemicals, Industrial Binders, Emulsions, Carbon Black Dispersions, Battery Additives, Road & Soil Dust Control and Others; by source - Kraft pulping, Sulfite pulping and cellulosic Ethanol; and by Product Type - Ligno-sulphonates, Low-purity lignin, Kraft lignin and others.

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The report is also divided by geography - North America, Europe, the Asia-Pacific (APAC), Rest of the world (ROW); where-in the market share of each region is analyzed and estimates are provided for the next 5 years.

Lignin is an attractive raw material for value-added product development. It is a polyaromatic macromolecule thought to be a petroleum progenitor with a reported worldwide production of approximately 100 million tons/year. A byproduct of "wood free" papermaking, lignin is predominately burnt in a chemical recovery process where it is an integral part of the paper and board manufacturing industries. As a result, less than 2% of the available lignin is isolated and sold, primarily in the formulation of dispersants, adhesives and surfactants. However, lignin-based product development is essential under the bio refinery concept; i) aging pulp and paper mills need to diversify their products portfolio to maintain existence; and ii) emerging biofuel/bioenergy technologies need to develop value-added co-products from lignin and bio-oil as a means of making the processes more cost effective.

There is an estimated 50 million tonnes of lignin available from pulping processes worldwide, but much of this is not isolated but burned onsite to provide steam for heat and power production. The global production of isolated lignin for lignosulphonate production is currently around 1.1 million tonnes. The market is mature and growing slowly. 1 million tonnes is derived from the acid sulphite pulping process. The remaining 100,000 tonnes is derived from the kraft pulping process.

Demand for lignosulphonate has been growing at around 1.4% per year, and generally varies in line with overall economic growth. The largest markets for lignosulphonate worldwide are USA, Western Europe, China and Central and Eastern Europe. The latter is expected to become the largest market for lignosulphonate in 2013, accounting for 20% of world consumption.

Isolated lignin is currently used in a wide range of low volume, niche applications where the form but not the quality is important. Solubility of the lignin in water is an important requirement for these applications and when chemically modified to become water soluble, the lignin product is known as a lignosulphonate. Around 67.5% of world consumption of lignosulphonate in 2008 was for dispersant applications followed by binder and adhesive applications at 32.5%. Major end-use markets include construction, mining, animal feeds and agriculture.

Companies profiled in the Lignin products market report include Borregaard LignoTech, Tembec Inc., among others.

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