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The Global Market for Next-Gen Natural Fibers 2023-2033

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  • 325 Pages
  • August 2022
  • Region: Global
  • Future Markets, Inc
  • ID: 5640025

Synthetic fibers are relatively expensive and require many harmful chemicals during production, which impact humans and the environment. Conversely, bio-based materials such as natural fibers have lower production costs and offer similar or better mechanical properties compared to traditional materials.

Next-gen natural fibers offer an environmentally friendly alternative to fossil based plastic, as they originate from renewable sources, and support industrial composting at the end of life. Demand for sustainability in, for example, the fashion industry is at an all-time high, and many brands are seeking to deliver more environmentally-friendly fibers and fabrics. Fibers derived from bio-based sources such as plant-based (ligno) cellulosics and animal-based protein are termed natural fibers (NF). 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. Man-made cellulose fibers (e.g., viscose rayon, cellulose acetate and nanocellulose) that are produced with chemical procedures from pulped wood or other sources (cotton, bamboo, biomass) are also covered in this report under the natural fibers definition.

The market for next-gen natural fibers has grown significantly over the last two years, with investments of nearly $1 billion in 2021. Bolt Threads raised a $253 million USD Series E at a $1.15 billion USD valuation, Ecovative raised a $60 million USD Series D, and Natural Fiber Welding received backing from BMWi Ventures and Allbirds, raising $15 million USD. Japan-based Spiber raised $313 million USD in funding.

Report contents include: 

  • Market drivers for next-gen natural fibers.
  • Market trends in next-gen natural fibers.
  • Global revenues for next-gen natural fibers 2023-2033, by fiber types, market and region.
  • Technology challenges.
  • Analysis of types of next-gen natural fibers including plant-derived fibers, cultivated animal fibers cell fibers, microbe-derived fibers etc.
  • Markets for next-gen natural fibers, including composites, aerospace, automotive, construction & building, sports & leisure, textiles, consumer products and packaging.
  • Profiles of 185 next-gen natural fiber companies. Companies profiled include Algaeing, Ananas Anam, BASF, Bast Fiber Technologies Inc., Blue Ocean Closures, Coastgrass ApS, Kelheim Fibres GmbH, BComp, Circular Systems, Evrnu, Natural Fiber Welding, Icytos and many more.


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Table of Contents

1 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
1.1 What are next-gen natural fibers?
1.2 Benefits of natural fibers over synthetic
1.3 Markets and applications for next-gen natural fibers
1.4 Recent commercial activity in next-gen natural fibers
1.5 Commercially available next-gen natural fiber products
1.6 Market drivers for next-gen natural fibers
1.7 Challenges

2 NATURAL FIBER TYPES
2.1 Manufacturing method, matrix materials and applications of natural fibers
2.2 Advantages of natural fibers
2.3 Plants (cellulose, lignocellulose)
2.3.1 Seed fibers
2.3.1.1 Cotton
2.3.1.2 Kapok
2.3.1.3 Luffa
2.3.2 Bast fibers
2.3.2.1 Jute
2.3.2.2 Hemp
2.3.2.3 Flax
2.3.2.4 Ramie
2.3.2.5 Kenaf
2.3.3 Leaf fibers
2.3.3.1 Sisal
2.3.3.2 Abaca
2.3.4 Fruit fibers
2.3.4.1 Coir
2.3.4.2 Banana
2.3.4.3 Pineapple
2.3.5 Stalk fibers from agricultural residues
2.3.5.1 Rice fiber
2.3.5.2 Corn
2.3.6 Cane, grasses and reed
2.3.6.1 Switch grass
2.3.6.2 Sugarcane (agricultural residues)
2.3.6.3 Bamboo
2.3.6.4 Fresh grass (green biorefinery)
2.3.7 Modified natural polymers
2.3.7.1 Mycelium
2.3.7.2 Chitosan
2.3.7.3 Alginate
2.4 Animal (fibrous protein)
2.4.1 Wool
2.4.1.1 Plant-derived wool
2.4.1.2 Microbe-derived wool
2.4.1.3 Cultivated animal cell wool
2.4.1.4 Producers
2.4.2 Silk fiber
2.4.2.1 Plant-derived silk
2.4.2.2 Microbe-derived silk
2.4.2.3 Producers
2.4.3 Leather
2.4.3.1 Plant-derived leather
2.4.3.2 Mycelium leather
2.4.3.3 Microbe-derived leather
2.4.3.4 Cultivated animal cell leather
2.4.3.5 Producers
2.4.4 Fur
2.4.4.1 Plant-derived fur
2.4.4.2 Cultivated animal cell fur
2.4.4.3 Producers
2.4.5 Down
2.4.5.1 Plant-derived down
2.4.5.2 Microbe-derived down
2.4.5.3 Producers
2.5 Polysaccharides
2.5.1 Microfibrillated cellulose (MFC)
2.5.1.1 Market analysis
2.5.1.2 Producers
2.5.2 Cellulose nanocrystals
2.5.2.1 Market analysis
2.5.2.2 Producers
2.5.3 Cellulose nanofibers
2.5.3.1 Market analysis
2.5.3.2 Producers

3 MARKETS FOR NEXT-GEN NATURAL FIBERS
3.1 Composites
3.1.1 Applications
3.1.2 Natural fiber injection moulding compounds
3.1.2.1 Properties
3.1.2.2 Applications
3.1.3 Non-woven natural fiber mat composites
3.1.3.1 Automotive
3.1.3.2 Applications
3.1.4 Aligned natural fiber-reinforced composites
3.1.5 Natural fiber biobased polymer compounds
3.1.6 Natural fiber biobased polymer non-woven mats
3.1.6.1 Flax
3.1.6.2 Kenaf
3.1.7 Natural fiber thermoset bioresin composites
3.2 Aerospace
3.2.1 Market overview
3.3 Automotive
3.3.1 Market overview
3.3.2 Applications of natural fibers
3.4 Building/construction
3.4.1 Market overview
3.4.2 Applications of natural fibers
3.5 Sports and leisure
3.5.1 Market overview
3.6 Textiles
3.6.1 Market overview
3.6.2 Consumer apparel
3.6.3 Geotextiles
3.7 Packaging
3.7.1 Market overview

4 GLOBAL NATURAL FIBERS MARKET
4.1 Overall global fibers market
4.2 Plant-based fiber production
4.3 Animal-based natural fiber production

5 NATURAL FIBER PRODUCERS AND PRODUCT DEVELOPER PROFILES (185 company profiles)6 AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY7 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY8 REFERENCES
LIST OF TABLES
Table 1. Types of next-gen natural fibers
Table 2. Markets and applications for natural fibers
Table 3. Recent commercial activity in natural fibers
Table 4. Commercially available next-gen natural fiber products
Table 5. Market drivers for natural fibers
Table 6. Application, manufacturing method, and matrix materials of natural fibers
Table 7. Typical properties of natural fibers
Table 8. Overview of cotton fibers-description, properties, drawbacks and applications
Table 9. Overview of kapok fibers-description, properties, drawbacks and applications
Table 10. Overview of luffa fibers-description, properties, drawbacks and applications
Table 11. Overview of jute fibers-description, properties, drawbacks and applications
Table 12. Overview of hemp fibers-description, properties, drawbacks and applications
Table 13. Overview of flax fibers-description, properties, drawbacks and applications
Table 14. Overview of ramie fibers-description, properties, drawbacks and applications
Table 15. Overview of kenaf fibers-description, properties, drawbacks and applications
Table 16. Overview of sisal fibers-description, properties, drawbacks and applications
Table 17. Overview of abaca fibers-description, properties, drawbacks and applications
Table 18. Overview of coir fibers-description, properties, drawbacks and applications
Table 19. Overview of banana fibers-description, properties, drawbacks and applications
Table 20. Overview of pineapple fibers-description, properties, drawbacks and applications
Table 21. Overview of rice fibers-description, properties, drawbacks and applications
Table 22. Overview of corn fibers-description, properties, drawbacks and applications
Table 23. Overview of switch grass fibers-description, properties and applications
Table 24. Overview of sugarcane fibers-description, properties, drawbacks and application and market size
Table 25. Overview of bamboo fibers-description, properties, drawbacks and applications
Table 26. Overview of mycelium fibers-description, properties, drawbacks and applications
Table 27. Overview of chitosan fibers-description, properties, drawbacks and applications
Table 28. Overview of alginate-description, properties, application and market size
Table 29. Overview of wool fibers-description, properties, drawbacks and applications
Table 30. Alternative wool materials producers
Table 31. Overview of silk fibers-description, properties, application and market size
Table 32. Alternative silk materials producers
Table 33. Alternative leather materials producers
Table 34. Alternative fur materials producers
Table 35. Alternative down materials producers
Table 36. Microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) market analysis
Table 37. Leading MFC producers and capacities
Table 38. Cellulose nanocrystals analysis
Table 39. Cellulose nanocrystal production capacities and production process, by producer
Table 40. Cellulose nanofibers market analysis
Table 41. CNF production capacities and production process, by producer, in metric tons
Table 42. Applications of natural fiber composites
Table 43. Typical properties of short natural fiber-thermoplastic composites
Table 44. Properties of non-woven natural fiber mat composites
Table 45. Properties of aligned natural fiber composites
Table 46. Properties of natural fiber-bio-based polymer compounds
Table 47. Properties of natural fiber-bio-based polymer non-woven mats
Table 48. Natural fibers in the aerospace sector-market drivers, applications and challenges for NF use
Table 49. Natural fiber-reinforced polymer composite in the automotive market
Table 50. Natural fibers in the aerospace sector- market drivers, applications and challenges for NF use
Table 51. Applications of natural fibers in the automotive industry
Table 52. Natural fibers in the building/construction sector- market drivers, applications and challenges for NF use
Table 53. Applications of natural fibers in the building/construction sector
Table 54. Natural fibers in the sports and leisure sector-market drivers, applications and challenges for NF use
Table 55. Natural fibers in the textiles sector-market drivers, applications and challenges for NF use
Table 56. Natural fibers in the packaging sector-market drivers, applications and challenges for NF use
Table 57. Granbio Nanocellulose Processes
Table 58. Oji Holdings CNF products

LIST OF FIGURES
Figure 1. Adidas Made with Nature Ultraboost
Figure 2. Absolut natural based fiber bottle cap
Figure 3. Carlsberg natural fiber beer bottle
Figure 4. Types of natural fibers
Figure 5. Cotton production volume 2018-2033 (Million MT)
Figure 6. Kapok production volume 2018-2033 (MT)
Figure 7. Luffa cylindrica fiber
Figure 8. Jute production volume 2018-2033 (Million MT)
Figure 9. Hemp fiber production volume 2018-2033 (Million MT)
Figure 10. Flax fiber production volume 2018-2033 (MT)
Figure 11. Ramie fiber production volume 2018-2033 (MT)
Figure 12. Kenaf fiber production volume 2018-2033 (MT)
Figure 13. Sisal fiber production volume 2018-2033 (MT)
Figure 14. Abaca fiber production volume 2018-2033 (MT)
Figure 15. Coir fiber production volume 2018-2033 (MILLION MT)
Figure 16. Banana fiber production volume 2018-2033 (MT)
Figure 17. Pineapple fiber
Figure 18. A bag made with pineapple biomaterial from the H&M Conscious Collection
Figure 19. Bamboo fiber production volume 2018-2033 (MILLION MT)
Figure 20. Typical structure of mycelium-based foam
Figure 21. Commercial mycelium composite construction materials
Figure 22. Frayme Mylo™?
Figure 23. BLOOM masterbatch from Algix
Figure 24. Conceptual landscape of next-gen leather materials
Figure 25. Hemp fibers combined with PP in car door panel
Figure 26. Car door produced from Hemp fiber
Figure 27. Natural fiber composites in the BMW M4 GT4 racing car
Figure 28. Mercedes-Benz components containing natural fibers
Figure 29. AlgiKicks sneaker, made with the Algiknit biopolymer gel
Figure 30. Coir mats for erosion control
Figure 31. Global fiber production in 2019, by fiber type, million MT and %
Figure 32. Global fiber production (million MT) to 2020-2033
Figure 33. Plant-based fiber production 2018-2033, by fiber type, MT
Figure 34. Animal based fiber production 2018-2033, by fiber type, million MT
Figure 35. Pluumo
Figure 36. Algiknit yarn
Figure 37. Amadou leather shoes
Figure 38. Anpoly cellulose nanofiber hydrogel
Figure 39. MEDICELLU™
Figure 40. Asahi Kasei CNF fabric sheet
Figure 41. Properties of Asahi Kasei cellulose nanofiber nonwoven fabric
Figure 42. CNF nonwoven fabric
Figure 43. Roof frame made of natural fiber
Figure 44. Natural fibres racing seat
Figure 45. Beyond Leather Materials product
Figure 46. Fiber-based screw cap
Figure 47. Cellugy materials
Figure 48. nanoforest-S
Figure 49. nanoforest-PDP
Figure 50. nanoforest-MB
Figure 51. CuanSave film
Figure 52. Celish
Figure 53. Trunk lid incorporating CNF
Figure 54. ELLEX products
Figure 55. CNF-reinforced PP compounds
Figure 56. Kirekira! toilet wipes
Figure 57. Color CNF
Figure 58. Rheocrysta spray
Figure 59. DKS CNF products
Figure 60. Mushroom leather
Figure 61. CNF based on citrus peel
Figure 62. Citrus cellulose nanofiber
Figure 63. Filler Bank CNC products
Figure 64. Fibers on kapok tree and after processing
Figure 65. Cellulose Nanofiber (CNF) composite with polyethylene (PE)
Figure 66. CNF products from Furukawa Electric
Figure 67. Cutlery samples (spoon, knife, fork) made of nano cellulose and biodegradable plastic composite materials
Figure 68. Non-aqueous CNF dispersion "Senaf" (Photo shows 5% of plasticizer)
Figure 69. CNF gel
Figure 70. Block nanocellulose material
Figure 71. CNF products developed by Hokuetsu
Figure 72. Marine leather products
Figure 73. Dual Graft System
Figure 74. Engine cover utilizing Kao CNF composite resins
Figure 75. Acrylic resin blended with modified CNF (fluid) and its molded product (transparent film), and image obtained with AFM (CNF 10wt% blended)
Figure 76. Kami Shoji CNF products
Figure 77. 0.3% aqueous dispersion of sulfated esterified CNF and dried transparent film (front side)
Figure 78. Nike Algae Ink graphic tee
Figure 79. BioFlex process
Figure 80. Chitin nanofiber product
Figure 81. Marusumi Paper cellulose nanofiber products
Figure 82. FibriMa cellulose nanofiber powder
Figure 83. Cellulomix production process
Figure 84. Nanobase versus conventional products
Figure 85. MOGU-Wave panels
Figure 86. CNF slurries
Figure 87. Range of CNF products
Figure 88. Reishi
Figure 89. Natural Fiber Welding, Inc. materials
Figure 90. Nippon Paper Industries’ adult diapers
Figure 91. Leather made from leaves
Figure 92. Nike shoe with beLEAF™
Figure 93. CNF clear sheets
Figure 94. Oji Holdings CNF polycarbonate product
Figure 95. XCNF
Figure 96. CNF insulation flat plates
Figure 97. Manufacturing process for STARCEL
Figure 98. 3D printed cellulose shoe
Figure 99. Lyocell process
Figure 100. North Face Spiber Moon Parka
Figure 101. PANGAIA LAB NXT GEN Hoodie
Figure 102. Spider silk production
Figure 103. 2 wt.% CNF suspension
Figure 104. BiNFi-s Dry Powder
Figure 105. BiNFi-s Dry Powder and Propylene (PP) Complex Pellet
Figure 106. Silk nanofiber (right) and cocoon of raw material
Figure 107. Sulapac cosmetics containers
Figure 108. Comparison of weight reduction effect using CNF
Figure 109. CNF resin products
Figure 110. Vegea production process
Figure 111. HefCel-coated wood (left) and untreated wood (right) after 30 seconds flame test
Figure 112. Bio-based barrier bags prepared from Tempo-CNF coated bio-HDPE film
Figure 113. Worn Again products
Figure 114. Zelfo Technology GmbH CNF production process

Companies Mentioned

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • 3M
  • 9Fiber, Inc. 
  • Adriano di Marti/Desserto 
  • Aeropowder Limited 
  • Ahlstrom-Munksjö Oyj
  • Algaeing 
  • AlgiKnit 
  • Algix LLC 
  • Amadou Mushroom Leather 
  • AMSilk GmbH
  • Ananas Anam Ltd. 
  • ANPOLY, Inc
  • Arekapak GmbH
  • Asahi Kasei Chemicals Corporation 
  • Bambooder Biobased Fibers B.V
  • BASF SE 
  • Bast Fiber Technologies, Inc
  • Bcomp ltd. 
  • Betulium Oy 
  • Beyond Leather Materials ApS
  • Bio Fab NZ
  • Bio2Materials Sp. z o.o. 
  • Bioleather
  • BIO-LUTIONS International AG 
  • Biophilica 
  • BioSolutions
  • Biotecam 
  • Biotrem
  • BlockTexx Pty Ltd. 
  • Blue Ocean Closures 
  • Bolt Threads
  • B-PREG
  • Bucha Bio, INc
  • Carbonwave
  • Cardolite
  • Cellicon B.V
  • Cellucomp Ltd
  • Cellugy
  • Cellutech AB (Stora Enso) 
  • Checkerspot, Inc. 
  • Chuetsu Pulp & Paper Co., Ltd. 
  • Circular Systems 
  • Coastgrass ApS 
  • CreaFill Fibers Corporation
  • Cruz Foam 
  • CuanTec Ltd. 
  • Daicel Corporation 
  • DaikyoNishikawa Corporation
  • Daio Paper Corporation 
  • Daishowa Paper Products Co. Ltd
  • DENSO Corporation
  • DIC Products, inc
  • DKS Co. Ltd. 
  • Ecopel 
  • Ecoshell 
  • Ecovative Design LLC 
  • Ehime Paper Manufacturing Co. Ltd. 
  • Enkev
  • Evolved By Nature 
  • Evrnu 
  • Fairbrics
  • Faircraft 
  • Fillerbank Limited
  • Fiquetex S.A.S
  • Fiscatech 
  • Flocus
  • Flora Fur
  • Freyzein
  • Fruit Leather Rotterdam 
  • Fuji Pigment Co., Ltd
  • Furoid
  • Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd
  • Gelatex Technologies OÜ
  • Geneusbiotech
  • Grado Zero Innovation 
  • Granbio Technologies
  • GS Alliance Co. Ltd 
  • Hattori Shoten K.K
  • Hemp Black 
  • Hexa Chemical Co. Ltd./Nature Gift 
  • Heyday
  • Hokuetsu Toyo Fibre Co., Ltd. 
  • Honext Material SL
  • House of Fluff
  • Icytos 
  • Infinited Fiber Company Oy 
  • Inspidere B.V
  • JeNaCell GmbH 
  • Kami Shoji Company 
  • Kao Corporation
  • Kelheim Fibres GmbH 
  • Kraig Biocraft Laboratories
  • KRI Inc. 
  • Kusano Sakko K.K
  • Le Qara 
  • Lean Orb 
  • Lenzing
  • Lingrove, Inc. 
  • Living Ink 
  • Lixea
  • MakeGrowLab 
  • Malai Biomaterials Design Pvt. Ltd. (Malai)
  • Marine Innovation Co., Ltd 
  • Marine Nanofiber Co., Ltd. 
  • Marusumi Paper Company Limited
  • Masuko Sangyo Co., Ltd
  • Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation 
  • Modern Meadow, Inc
  • Modern Synthesis
  • Mogu S.r.l. 
  • Mori Machinery Co., Ltd
  • MYCL
  • MycoWorks
  • Mylium BV 
  • Nanollose Ltd. 
  • Natural Fiber Welding, Inc
  • Nature Coatings, Inc. 
  • NefFa
  • New Zealand Natural Fibers (NZNF) 
  • Newlight Technologies 
  • Nippon Paper Industries
  • Nova Kaeru 
  • Nuvi Releaf
  • Ohoskin 
  • Oimo
  • Oji Paper COmpany
  • Oleago 
  • Orange Fiber S.r.l. 
  • Organic Disposables 
  • Osom Brand
  • Pabaco
  • Pangaia 
  • Pivot Materials LLC 
  • Plafco Fibertech Oy 
  • Polybion
  • Pond Biomaterials 
  • Provenance Biofabrics, INc
  • Qorium
  • Re:newcell 
  • Rengo Co., Ltd. 
  • Revoltech
  • RiceHouse srl
  • Ripro Corporation
  • Risho Kogyo Co. Ltd. 
  • SaltyCo Textiles 
  • ScobyTec
  • Seawear Ltd. 
  • Seevix Material Sciences Ltd
  • Seiko PMC Corporation 
  • Sharp Chemical Ind. Co., Ltd
  • Simplifyber, Inc. 
  • Slow Factory Labs 
  • Smartfiber AG
  • Soma Bioworks/White Lemur Co
  • Spero Renewables
  • Spiber, Inc
  • Spidey Tek
  • Spinnova Oy
  • Spora Biotech
  • Stora Enso 
  • Sugino Machine Limited
  • Sulapac Oy
  • Tandem Repeat 
  • TECNARO GmbH
  • Tenbro Bamboo Company 
  • Tômtex
  • Toray 
  • Toyota Boshoku Corporation 
  • TS Tech Co., Ltd
  • Unitika Co., Ltd. 
  • Universal Bio Pack Co., Ltd
  • UPM Biocomposites
  • Vegatex Biotech
  • Vegea srl 
  • ViaeX Technologies 
  • Vibers BV
  • VitroLabs Inc 
  • von Holzhausen 
  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd 
  • Werewool
  • Woodly Ltd. 
  • Worn Again Technologies
  • Yoshikawakuni Plastics Industries Co., Ltd. 
  • Zelfo Technology 
  • Zvnder

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