Cellulose Nanofibers Market in Japan

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Market, applications, production and producers

Cellulose nanofibers  (Cellulose Nanofibril, Nanofibrillated Cellulose, CNFs) are generated from wood-derived fibrils with length in the micrometer and width in the nanometric range during the biosynthesis of cellulose. Today in Japan, there is widespread scientific and commercial interest in cellulose nanofibers. CNF will greatly impact environmentally friendly and biodegradable solutions in market such as packaging, paper & board, composites, coatings & films, medical & healthcare, textiles, oil & gas, filtration, rheology modifiers, aerogels, 3D printing and printed & flexible electronics. The market for cellulose nanofibers has developed rapidly in Japan over the past few years.

Japan is by far the largest producer and consumer of nanocellulose products. The market mainly comprises cellulose nanofiber production, with a few producers also looking at cellulose nanocrystals.  The main nanocellulose producers in Japan include:

  • Asahi Kasei
  • Chuetsu Pulp & Paper
  • Daicel Corporation
  • Daio Paper Corporation
  • DIC Corporation
  • DKS Co. Ltd.
  • Nippon Paper Industries
  • Oji Holdings
  • Seiko PMC
  • Sugino Machine.

These companies produce CNF on a pre-commercial and commercial scale and produce numerous products or supply to OEMs. Several CNF-based products have come onto the market in Japan including:

  • Ballpoint pen ink gels.
  • Adult deoderizing products.
  • Audio equipment.
  • Hygiene wipes and other products.
  • Footwear.
  • Cosmetics.
  • Food additives.
  • Packaging additives.
  • Concrete additives.
  • Automotive composites.

Report contents include: 

  • Demand for CNF in Japan. Historical, current and forecast to 2030 (tons).
  • In-depth details on CNF production processes, materials development and products.
  • Production capacities for cellulose nanofiber in Japan.
  • End user markets in Japan. Applications and product development in composites, packaging, automotive, concrete, paper and board, textiles, cosmetics, electronics etc.
  • Trends in cellulose nanofiber in Japan.
  • In-depth profiles of 44 CNF producers and product developers.

Published: May 13 2019 | 151 pages, 44 tables, 60 figures | Table of contents

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

1    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY…………………………………………………………. 16

  • 1.1     Market snapshot for cellulose nanofibers…………………………………………………………………………………… 17
  • 1.2     Markets and applications for cellulose nanofibers………………………………………………………………………… 18
  • 1.3     Global market segmentation by type of nanocellulose (MFC, CNF, CNC)…………………………………………. 21
    • 1.3.1       Cellulose nanofibers (CNF) production capacities……………………………………………………………….. 22
    • 1.3.2       Microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) production capacities…………………………………………………………… 23
    • 1.3.3       Cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) production capacities…………………………………………………………….. 24
  • 1.4     Market trends in Japan………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 24
  • 1.5     Cellulose nanofibers market in Japan……………………………………………………………………………………….. 25
    • 1.5.1       The market for cellulose nanofibers in Japan 2017………………………………………………………………. 25
    • 1.5.2       The market for cellulose nanofibers in Japan 2018………………………………………………………………. 26
    • 1.5.3       The market for cellulose nanofibers in Japan 2019 and beyond……………………………………………… 27
    • 1.5.4       CNF products in Japan………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 29
    • 1.5.5       Target markets for cellulose nanofiber producers in Japan……………………………………………………. 32
  • 1.6     CNF demand in tons, 2015–2030…………………………………………………………………………………………….. 35
    • 1.6.1       Global demand……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 35
    • 1.6.2       Demand in Japan…………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 37

2    RESEARCH SCOPE AND METHODOLOGY…………………………….. 38

  • 2.1     Report scope………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 38
  • 2.2     Research methodology………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 38

3    MARKET STRUCTURE FOR CELLULOSE NANOFIBERS IN JAPAN     39

  • 3.1     Commercialization routes………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 39
  • 3.2     Supply chain……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 39

4    REGULATIONS AND STANDARDS IN JAPAN…………………………. 42

5    GOVERNMENT FUNDING IN JAPAN………………………………………. 43

6    CELLULOSE NANOFIBER PRICES/KG…………………………………… 44

7    MARKETS FOR CELLULOSE NANOFIBERS (CNF) IN JAPAN….. 46

  • 7.1     COMPOSITES MARKET SUMMARY……………………………………………………………………………………….. 46
    • 7.1.1       Trends in the composites market and CNF solutions……………………………………………………………. 46
    • 7.1.2       Comparison of CNF to other composite materials……………………………………………………………….. 47
    • 7.1.3       Applications………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 48
    • 7.1.3.1    By cellulose type……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 48
    • 7.1.3.2    Applications roadmap……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 49
  • 7.2     PACKAGING………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 49
    • 7.2.1       Market trends and CNF solution………………………………………………………………………………………. 49
    • 7.2.2       Applications………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 54
      • 7.2.2.1    Anti-bacterial………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 54
      • 7.2.2.2    Gas barrier…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 54
    • 7.2.3       Product developer profiles……………………………………………………………………………………………… 55
  • 7.3     AUTOMOTIVE…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 55
    • 7.3.1       Market trends and CNF solution………………………………………………………………………………………. 55
    • 7.3.2       Applications………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 58
      • 7.3.2.1    Composites……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 59
    • 7.3.3       Product developer profiles……………………………………………………………………………………………… 60
  • 7.4     CONSTRUCTION………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 61
    • 7.4.1       Market drivers and trends………………………………………………………………………………………………. 61
    • 7.4.2       Applications………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 63
    • 7.4.3       Product developer profiles……………………………………………………………………………………………… 63
  • 7.5     PAPER AND BOARD……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 64
    • 7.5.1       Market drivers and trends………………………………………………………………………………………………. 64
    • 7.5.2       Applications………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 64
    • 7.5.3       Properties………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 65
      • 7.5.3.1    Reinforcing agents…………………………………………………………………………………………………… 65
      • 7.5.3.2    Transparency and flexibility………………………………………………………………………………………… 66
      • 7.5.3.3    Paper packaging……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 66
      • 7.5.3.4    Paper coatings………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 66
      • 7.5.3.5    Anti-microbials………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 66
    • 7.5.4       Product developer profiles……………………………………………………………………………………………… 66
  • 7.6     TEXTILES………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 68
    • 7.6.1       Market drivers and trends………………………………………………………………………………………………. 68
    • 7.6.2       Applications………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 69
      • 7.6.2.1    Sanitary products…………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 69
    • 7.6.3       Product developer profiles……………………………………………………………………………………………… 70
  • 7.7     FILTRATION………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 70
    • 7.7.1       Market drivers and trends………………………………………………………………………………………………. 70
    • 7.7.2       Applications………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 71
      • 7.7.2.1    Nanomaterials in filtration………………………………………………………………………………………….. 72
      • 7.7.2.2    CNF membranes and filters……………………………………………………………………………………….. 72
      • 7.7.2.3    Water filtration………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 73
      • 7.7.2.4    Air filtration…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 74
      • 7.7.2.5    Virus filtration………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 75
    • 7.7.3       Product developer profiles……………………………………………………………………………………………… 75
  • 7.8     RHEOLOGY MODIFIERS………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 76
    • 7.8.1       Applications………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 76
      • 7.8.1.1    Food…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 77
      • 7.8.1.2    Pharmaceuticals……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 77
      • 7.8.1.3    Cosmetics……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 77
    • 7.8.2       Product developer profiles……………………………………………………………………………………………… 77
  • 7.9     PRINTED AND FLEXIBLE ELECTRONICS……………………………………………………………………………….. 78
    • 7.9.1       Market drivers and trends………………………………………………………………………………………………. 78
    • 7.9.2       Applications………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 79
      • 7.9.2.1    Wearable electronics………………………………………………………………………………………………… 80
      • 7.9.2.2    Nanopaper…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 82
      • 7.9.2.3    Paper memory………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 84
      • 7.9.2.4    Conductive inks………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 84
    • 7.9.3       Product developer profiles……………………………………………………………………………………………… 84
  • 7.10        3D PRINTING…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 85
    • 7.10.1     Market drivers and trends………………………………………………………………………………………………. 85
    • 7.10.2     Applications………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 86
    • 7.10.3     Product developer profiles……………………………………………………………………………………………… 86
  • 7.11        MEDICINE & HEALTHCARE……………………………………………………………………………………………… 87
    • 7.11.1     Market drivers and trends………………………………………………………………………………………………. 87
    • 7.11.2     Applications………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 88
      • 7.11.2.1       Drug delivery………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 88
      • 7.11.2.2       Medical implants…………………………………………………………………………………………………. 89
      • 7.11.2.3       Tissue engineering………………………………………………………………………………………………. 89
      • 7.11.2.4       Wound dressings………………………………………………………………………………………………… 90
      • 7.11.2.5       Lateral flow immunoassay labels…………………………………………………………………………….. 90
    • 7.12        Product developer profiles…………………………………………………………………………………………………. 90

8    CELLULOSE NANOFIBER PRODUCER AND PRODUCT DEVELOPERS IN JAPAN…………………………………………………………… 91-147 (44 company profiles)

9    REFERENCES…………………………………………………………………….. 148

TABLES

  • Table 1: Market snapshot for cellulose nanofibers-Selling grade particle diameter, usage, advantages, average price/ton, market estimates, global consumption, main current applications, future applications……………………. 17
  • Table 2: Markets and applications for cellulose nanofibers…………………………………………………………………………. 18
  • Table 3: CNF producer capacities 2018…………………………………………………………………………………………………. 22
  • Table 4: MFC producer capacities 2018…………………………………………………………………………………………………. 23
  • Table 5: Cellulose nanocrystal producer capacities 2018…………………………………………………………………………… 24
  • Table 6: Market trends in cellulose nanofibers in Japan…………………………………………………………………………….. 24
  • Table 7: Target markets for cellulose nanofiber producers and product developers in Japan……………………………… 32
  • Table 8: Product/price/application matrix of cellulose nanofiber producers in Japan versus global companies……….. 44
  • Table 9: Market drivers, trends and CNF solutions in composites market………………………………………………………. 46
  • Table 10: Comparative properties of polymer composites reinforcing materials………………………………………………. 47
  • Table 11: Applications of nanocellulose in polymer composites by cellulose type…………………………………………….. 48
  • Table 12: Nanocellulose applications timeline in the polymer composites market…………………………………………….. 49
  • Table 13: Examples of antimicrobial immobilization into cellulose nanofibers………………………………………………….. 53
  • Table 14: Oxygen permeability of nanocellulose films compared to those made form commercially available petroleum based materials and other polymers……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 55
  • Table 15: Japan companies developing nanocellulose products in bio packaging, applications targeted and stage of commercialization……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 55
  • Table 16: Applications of natural fiber composites in vehicles by manufacturers……………………………………………… 57
  • Table 17: Japan companies developing cellulose nanofibers products in the automotive industry, applications targeted and stage of commercialization……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 60
  • Table 18: Market drivers, trends and CNF solutions in construction market……………………………………………………. 62
  • Table 19: Comparison of nanocellulose with steel and other materials………………………………………………………….. 63
  • Table 20: Japan companies developing Cellulose nanofibers in construction-Companies and products……………….. 64
  • Table 21: Market drivers, trends and CNF solutions in the paper and board market…………………………………………. 64
  • Table 22: Cellulose nanofibers applications timeline in the paper and board markets……………………………………….. 64
  • Table 23: Japan companies developing cellulose nanofibers products in paper and board, applications targeted and stage of commercialization……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 66
  • Table 24: Market drivers, trends and CNF solutions in the textiles market……………………………………………………… 68
  • Table 25: Japan companies developing cellulose nanofibers products in textiles, applications targeted and stage of commercialization……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 70
  • Table 26: Market drivers, trends and CNF solutions in the filtration market…………………………………………………….. 70
  • Table 27: Nanocellulose applications timeline in the filtration market…………………………………………………………….. 71
  • Table 28: Types of filtration…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 73
  • Table 29: CNF membranes…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 74
  • Table 30: Japan companies developing cellulose nanofiber products in filtration, applications targeted and stage of commercialization……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 75
  • Table 31: Cellulose nanofibers applications timeline in the rheology modifiers market………………………………………. 76
  • Table 32: Japan companies developing cellulose nanofiber rheology modifiers………………………………………………. 77
  • Table 33: Market drivers, trends and CNF solutions in the printed and flexible electronics market……………………….. 78
  • Table 34: Cellulose nanofiber applications timeline in flexible electronics………………………………………………………. 79
  • Table 35: Properties of flexible electronics‐cellulose nanofiber film (nanopaper)……………………………………………… 80
  • Table 36: Properties of flexible electronics cellulose nanofiber films……………………………………………………………… 83
  • Table 37: Japan companies developing cellulose nanofiber products in paper electronics, applications targeted and stage of commercialization……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 85
  • Table 38: Market drivers, trends and CNF solutions in the 3D printing market………………………………………………… 85
  • Table 39: Applications of CNF in 3D printing…………………………………………………………………………………………… 86
  • Table 40: Companies developing cellulose nanofibers 3D printing products…………………………………………………… 86
  • Table 41: Market drivers, trends and CNF solutions in the medicine and healthcare market………………………………. 87
  • Table 42: Cellulose nanofiber applications timeline in the medicine and healthcare markets………………………………. 88
  • Table 43: Cellulose nanofibers product developers in medical and healthcare applications in Japan……………………. 90
  • Table 44: Oji Holdings CNF products…………………………………………………………………………………………………… 128

FIGURES

  • Figure 1: Market segmentation by type of nanocellulose, capacities 2018……………………………………………………… 21
  • Figure 2: Market segmentation by type of micro and nanocellulose, percentage……………………………………………… 22
  • Figure 3: Cellulose nanofiber transparent sheet………………………………………………………………………………………. 26
  • Figure 4: Cellulose Nanofiber (CNF) composite with polyethylene (PE)…………………………………………………………. 26
  • Figure 5: XCNF………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 27
  • Figure 6: CNF products in Japan………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 29
  • Figure 7: Global CNF market value, by end user market demand, 2015–2030 (Tons)………………………………………. 36
  • Figure 8: Demand for cellulose nanofibers in Japan (tons), 2015-2030…………………………………………………………. 37
  • Figure 9: Schematic of typical commercialization route for cellulose nanofiber producer……………………………………. 39
  • Figure 10: Supply chain for cellulose nanofibers-from raw materials to products……………………………………………… 39
  • Figure 11: Example process for producing NFC packaging film…………………………………………………………………… 53
  • Figure 12: Nanomaterials-based automotive components………………………………………………………………………….. 58
  • Figure 13: CNF car engine cover developed in Japan Ministry of the Environment’s (MOE) Nano Cellulose Vehicle (NCV) Project…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 59
  • Figure 14: CNF composite………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 59
  • Figure 15: Nanowood with hierarchically aligned cellulose nanofibrils for insulation…………………………………………. 63
  • Figure 16: CNF deoderant products………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 69
  • Figure 17: Electronic components using NFC as insulating materials……………………………………………………………. 80
  • Figure 18:  Cellulose nanofiber films……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 81
  • Figure 19: Nanocellulose photoluminescent paper……………………………………………………………………………………. 82
  • Figure 20: LEDs shining on circuitry imprinted on a 5x5cm sheet of CNF………………………………………………………. 82
  • Figure 21: Foldable nanopaper……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 83
  • Figure 22: Foldable nanopaper antenna………………………………………………………………………………………………… 84
  • Figure 23: Paper memory (ReRAM)……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 84
  • Figure 24: 3D printed CNFS in Paper Microfluidics devices………………………………………………………………………… 85
  • Figure 25: Asahi Kasei CNF fabric sheet………………………………………………………………………………………………… 92
  • Figure 26: Properties of Asahi Kasei cellulose nanofiber nonwoven fabric……………………………………………………… 93
  • Figure 27: CNF nonwoven fabric………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 94
  • Figure 28: Ashai Kasei CNF production process………………………………………………………………………………………. 94
  • Figure 29. Chuetsu Pulp & Paper CNF production process………………………………………………………………………… 97
  • Figure 30. Daicel Corporation CNF production process……………………………………………………………………………… 99
  • Figure 31. CNF-reinforced PP compounds……………………………………………………………………………………………. 101
  • Figure 32. Kirekira! toilet wipes…………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 102
  • Figure 33. Daio Paper CNF production process……………………………………………………………………………………… 103
  • Figure 34. DIC Products CNF production process…………………………………………………………………………………… 105
  • Figure 35: Rheocrysta spray……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 107
  • Figure 36. DKS Co. Ltd. CNF production process…………………………………………………………………………………… 108
  • Figure 37: CNF gel………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 112
  • Figure 38: Block nanocellulose material……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 112
  • Figure 39: CNF products developed by Hokuetsu…………………………………………………………………………………… 113
  • Figure 40: Engine cover utilizing Kao CNF composite resins…………………………………………………………………….. 114
  • Figure 41: 0.3% aqueous dispersion of sulfated esterified CNF and dried transparent film (front side)………………… 115
  • Figure 42: Hydrophobization facilities for raw pulp………………………………………………………………………………….. 120
  • Figure 43: Mixing facilities for CNF-reinforced plastic………………………………………………………………………………. 121
  • Figure 44. Nippon Paper CNF production process………………………………………………………………………………….. 123
  • Figure 45: Nippon Paper Industries’ adult diapers…………………………………………………………………………………… 124
  • Figure 46: CNF wet powder………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 125
  • Figure 47: CNF transparent film………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 125
  • Figure 48: Transparent CNF sheets…………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 126
  • Figure 49. Oji Paper CNF production process………………………………………………………………………………………… 128
  • Figure 50: Fluorene cellulose ® powder……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 130
  • Figure 51. Seiko PMC CNF production process……………………………………………………………………………………… 134
  • Figure 52: Rubber soles incorporating CNF…………………………………………………………………………………………… 136
  • Figure 53: Silk nanofiber (right) and cocoon of raw material……………………………………………………………………… 137
  • Figure 54. BiNFi-s Dry Powder…………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 137
  • Figure 55. BiNFi-s Dry Powder and Propylene (PP) Complex Pellet……………………………………………………………. 138
  • Figure 56. Sugino Machine CNF production process……………………………………………………………………………….. 139
  • Figure 57: Silver / CNF composite dispersions………………………………………………………………………………………. 143
  • Figure 58: CNF/nanosilver powder……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 144
  • Figure 59: Comparison of weight reduction effect using CNF…………………………………………………………………….. 145
  • Figure 60: CNF resin products……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 146