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.
Fibers derived from bio-based sources such as plant-based (ligno) cellulosics and animal-based protein are termed natural fibers. This includes natural cellulosic fibers such as cotton, jute, sisal, coir, flax, hemp, abaca, ramie, etc.) and protein-based fibers such as wool and silk.
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.
Global revenues for natural fibers 2020-2030, by fiber types, market and region.
Covid-19 market impact.
Analysis of types of natural fibers including plant fibers, animal fibers including alternative leather, wool, silk fiber and down and polysaccharides.
Markets for natural fibers, including composites, aerospace, automotive, construction & building, sports & leisure, textiles, consumer products and packaging.
Profiles of 143 natural fiber companies. Companies profiled include Ananas Anam, BASF, Bast Fiber Technologies Inc., Kelheim Fibres GmbH, BComp, Circular Systems, Evrnu, Natural Fiber Welding, Icytos and many more.
1 AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY 20
2 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY 21
3 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 22
3.1 What are natural fibers? 22
3.2 Benefits of natural fibers over synthetic 25
3.3 Markets and applications for natural fibers 26
3.4 Market drivers for natural fibers 28
3.5 Challenges 29
3.6 Covid-19 impact 30
4 NATURAL FIBER TYPES 31
4.1 Manufacturing method, matrix materials and applications of natural fibers 32