The Global Market for Natural Fibres 2020-2030

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Published January 11 2021, 160 pages, 22 tables, 9 figures

There are global concerns regarding the use of non-renewable materials in manufacturing, and increasing environmental legislation. There is pressure, both consumer and regulatory, for products that are more environmentally friendly and reduce dependence on fossil fuels. As a result, the use of natural fibers in products and composites will continue to grow as major contributors towards a biobased economy. 

Natural fibers are either plant-based (ligno) cellulosics, animal-based protein fibers or inorganic polymers. They possess advantages over synthetic fibres including widespread availability, low cost, low density, acceptable modulus-weight ratio, high acoustic damping, low manufacturing energy consumption, low carbon footprint and biodegradability. 

Report contents include: 

  • Market drivers for natural fibers.
  • Market trends.
  • Global revenues for natural fibers 2020-2030, by fiber types, market and region.
  • Technology challenges.
  • Covid-19 market impact. 
  • Analysis of types of natural fibers.
  • Markets for natural fibers, including composites, aerospace, automotive, construction & building, sports & leisure, textiles, consumer products and packaging.
  • Profiles of 67 natural fiber companies. Companies profiled include Ananas Anam, BASF, Bast Fiber Technologies Inc., BComp, Circular Systems, Evrnu, Natural Fiber Welding, Icytos and many more. 

 

Table of contents (PDF)

 

1              AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY     12

 

2              RESEARCH METHODOLOGY         13

 

3              EXECUTIVE SUMMARY   14

  • 3.1          Market drivers for natural fibers                14
  • 3.2          Global revenues for natural fibers 2020-2030        16
    • 3.2.1      By fiber type      16
    • 3.2.2      By market           18
    • 3.2.3      By region             19
  • 3.3          Technology challenges   21
  • 3.4          Future trends    22
  • 3.5          Covid-19 impact                24

 

4              NATURAL FIBER TYPES    26

  • 4.1          Application, manufacturing method, and matrix materials of natural fibers            31
  • 4.2          Advantages of natural fibers       32
  • 4.3          Disadvantages   33
  • 4.4          Plants (cellulose, lignocellulose) 34
    • 4.4.1      Seed fibers         34
      • 4.4.1.1   Cotton  34
      • 4.4.1.2   Luffa      34
    • 4.4.2      Bast fibers           35
      • 4.4.2.1   Jute       35
      • 4.4.2.2   Hemp    36
      • 4.4.2.3   Flax        36
      • 4.4.2.4   Ramie   37
      • 4.4.2.5   Kenaf    38
    • 4.4.3      Leaf fibers           39
      • 4.4.3.1   Sisal       39
      • 4.4.3.2   Abaca    39
    • 4.4.4      Fruit fibers          40
      • 4.4.4.1   Banana 40
      • 4.4.4.2   Pineapple            41
    • 4.4.5      Stalk fibers from agricultural residues     42
      • 4.4.5.1   Wheat and rice  42
      • 4.4.5.2   Corn      42
    • 4.4.6      Soft and hardwoods       43
    • 4.4.7      Cane, grasses and reed  44
      • 4.4.7.1   Switch grass       44
      • 4.4.7.2   Sugarcane (agricultural residues)              44
      • 4.4.7.3   Bamboo               45
      • 4.4.7.4   Fresh grass (green biorefinery)  45
    • 4.4.8      Modified natural polymers          46
      • 4.4.8.1   Chitosan              46
      • 4.4.8.2   Alginate               46
  • 4.5          Animal (fibrous protein) 48
    • 4.5.1      Wool     48
    • 4.5.2      Silk         49
    • 4.5.3      Leather 50
      • 4.5.3.1   Alternative leather materials       50
  • 4.6          Other natural fibers        51

 

5              MARKETS FOR NATURAL FIBERS 53

  • 5.1          Composites        55
    • 5.1.1      Natural fiber injection moulding compounds       56
    • 5.1.2      Non-woven natural fiber mat composites              57
    • 5.1.3      Aligned natural fiber-reinforced composites        58
    • 5.1.4      Natural fiber biobased polymer compounds         58
    • 5.1.5      Natural fiber biobased polymer non-woven mats              59
    • 5.1.6      Natural fiber biobased polymer composites         60
    • 5.1.7      Natural fiber thermoset bioresin composites       61
  • 5.2          Aerospace          63
  • 5.3          Automotive        65
  • 5.4          Construction and building             69
    • 5.4.1      Wood plastic composites and building materials 69
    • 5.4.2      Insulation            70
  • 5.5          Sports and leisure            71
    • 5.5.1      Composites        71
    • 5.5.2      Sportswear         72
  • 5.6          Textiles 73
    • 5.6.1      Consumer apparel           73
    • 5.6.2      Geotextiles        74
  • 5.7          Consumer products        77
  • 5.8          Packaging            79
    • 5.8.1      Food packaging 79
    • 5.8.2      Beverage packaging        80

 

6              GLOBAL NATURAL FIBERS MARKET           83

  • 6.1          Overall global fibers market        83
  • 6.2          Plant-based fiber production      85
  • 6.3          Animal-based natural fiber production   86

 

7              NATURAL FIBER PRODUCERS AND PRODUCT DEVELOPER PROFILES            88

 

8              REFERENCES       161

 

TABLES

  • Table 1. Market drivers for natural fibers.             14
  • Table 2. Global revenues for natural fibers, 2020-2030, by fiber type.       17
  • Table 3. Global revenues for natural fibers, 2020-2030, by market.            19
  • Table 4. Global revenues for natural fibers, 2020-2030, by region.              20
  • Table 5. Properties of natural fibers.        27
  • Table 6. Characteristics and composition of natural fibers.             28
  • Table 7. Types of natural fibers. 29
  • Table 8. Application, manufacturing method, and matrix materials of natural fibers.          31
  • Table 9. Typical properties of natural fibers.         32
  • Table 10. Alternative leather materials.  50
  • Table 11. Commercial applications of natural fibers.         53
  • Table 12. Application of natural fibers in composites.       55
  • Table 13. Typical properties of short natural fiber-thermoplastic composites.       56
  • Table 14. Properties of non-woven natural fiber mat composites.               57
  • Table 15. Properties of aligned natural fiber composites. 58
  • Table 16. Properties of natural fiber-bio-based polymer compounds.       58
  • Table 17. Properties of natural fiber-bio-based   59
  • Table 18. Applications of natural fibers in automotive industry.   66
  • Table 19. Natural fiber-based parts in different models of automotive manufacturers.      67
  • Table 20. Companies producing natural fiber sporting composites.            71
  • Table 21. Natural fiber sportswear products.       72
  • Table 22. Roof frame made of natural fiber.         97

 

FIGURES

  • Figure 1. Global revenues for natural fibers, 2020-2030, by fiber type.      18
  • Figure 2. Global revenues for natural fibers, 2020-2030, by market.           19
  • Figure 3. Global revenues for natural fibers, 2020-2030, by region.            20
  • Figure 4. Types of natural fibers.               26
  • Figure 5. TESLA-basedElectric GT car.       66
  • Figure 6. Door produced from Hemp fiber.            66
  • Figure 7. Footwear from Indianes.            76
  • Figure 8. Global fiber production in 2019, by fiber type, million tonnes.   83
  • Figure 9. Plant-based fiber production 2010-2030, by fiber type, million tons.       85
  • Figure 9. Animal based fiber production 2010-2030, by fiber type, million tons.    86

 

 

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