Global Lignin Market Report 2023: Industry Developments 2020-2023 and Market Demand Forecasts to 2033

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Dublin, March 30, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "The Global Market for Lignin 2023-2033" report has been added to's offering.

Lignin is the second most abundant renewable biopolymer on Earth and the largest natural source of aromatic monomers.

The increasing concerns of environmental pollution and shortage of petroleum resources have fuelled substantial research towards valorization of bio-based polymers. Its industrial use has attracted considerable attention because of its advantages of high carbon content, low cost and bio-renewability. Lignin is an important precursor for sustainable synthesis of chemicals, polymers, and materials to replace or augment current petroleum-based counterparts.

Wood pulping and other biorefinery industries extract more than 50 million tonnes of lignin annually, but only ~2% is recovered for utilization in applications. However, it's use as a 'green' feedstock for fuels, chemicals, and materials is growing through the commercialization of extraction technologies coupled with transitioning towards biorefinery processes.

Lignin has mainly been produced as an industrial residue of pulp and paper factories (e.g. a by-product of the Kraft process), and the majority of the several millions tons of lignin produced annually are utilized as a low-cost fuel for power and heat generation. Due to continued greening (i.e. renewable feedstock) of the global economy, new applications are being commercialized.

For example, lignin-based renewable functional fillers are used in different rubber applications as a sustainable alternative to carbon black and silica. Recent developments include use of lignin as a carbon additive in li-ion batteries., due to increased demand for sustainable and environmentally friendly energy storage.

The Global Market for Lignin 2023-2033 includes:

  • Market description and future outlook.

  • Analysis of processes used to extract and refine lignin

  • Production capacities of lignin producers.

  • In depth analysis of biorefinery lignin production.

  • Markets and applications for lignin. Markets covered include aromatic compounds (e.g. Benzene, toluene and xylene; Vanillin; Phenol and Phenolic resins); Plastics and polymers; Hydrogels; Concrete; Rubber; Bitumen and Asphalt; Biofuels; Energy storage; Binders, emulsifiers and dispersants; Chelating agents; Ceramics; Automotive; Fire retardants; Antioxidants; Lubricants; Dust Control.

  • Market demand for lignin in metric tonnes, forecast to 2033.

  • Industry developments 2020-2023.

  • Profiles of 79 lignin producers. Profiles include company description, products, processes and capacities.

Key Topics Covered


2.1 What is lignin?
2.1.1 Lignin structure
2.2 Types of lignin
2.2.1 Sulfur containing lignin
2.2.2 Sulfur-free lignin from biorefinery process
2.3 Properties
2.4 The lignocellulose biorefinery
2.5 Markets and applications
2.6 Challenges for using lignin

3.1 Lignosulphonates
3.2 Kraft Lignin
3.2.1 LignoBoost process
3.2.2 LignoForce method
3.2.3 Sequential Liquid Lignin Recovery and Purification
3.2.4 A-Recovery
3.3 Soda lignin
3.4 Biorefinery lignin
3.4.1 Commercial and pre-commercial biorefinery lignin production facilities and processes
3.5 Organosolv lignins
3.6 Hydrolytic lignin

4.1 Market drivers and trends for lignin
4.2 Lignin industry developments 2020-2023
4.3 Production capacities
4.3.1 Technical lignin availability (dry ton/y)
4.3.2 Biomass conversion (Biorefinery)
4.4 Estimated consumption of lignin
4.5 Prices
4.6 Heat and power energy
4.7 Pyrolysis and syngas
4.8 Aromatic compounds
4.8.1 Benzene, toluene and xylene
4.8.2 Phenol and phenolic resins
4.8.3 Vanillin
4.9 Plastics and polymers
4.10 Hydrogels
4.11 Carbon materials
4.11.1 Carbon black
4.11.2 Activated carbons
4.11.3 Carbon fiber
4.12 Concrete
4.13 Rubber
4.14 Bitumen and Asphalt
4.15 Fuels
4.16 Energy storage
4.16.1 Supercapacitors
4.16.2 Anodes for lithium-ion batteries
4.16.3 Gel electrolytes for lithium-ion batteries
4.16.4 Binders for lithium-ion batteries
4.16.5 Cathodes for lithium-ion batteries
4.16.6 Sodium-ion batteries
4.17 Binders, emulsifiers and dispersants
4.18 Chelating agents
4.19 Ceramics
4.20 Automotive interiors
4.21 Fire retardants
4.22 Antioxidants
4.23 Lubricants
4.24 Dust control

5 COMPANY PROFILES (79 Company Profiles)

  • Aemetis, Inc.

  • Andritz AG

  • Anellotech, Inc.

  • Attis Innovations, llc

  • Avantium NV

  • Bloom Biorenewables SA

  • Blue Biofuels, Inc.

  • Burgo Group S.p.A.

  • Carbon Crusher

  • Cellicon B.V.

  • CH-Bioforce Oy

  • Chempolis Oy

  • CIMV

  • Clariant AG

  • Domsjo Fabriker AB

  • Domtar Paper Company LLC

  • Enerkem, Inc.

  • Enviral

  • Fibenol

  • FP Innovations

  • Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes CBP

  • Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF

  • Futurity Bio-Ventures Ltd.

  • G+E GETEC Holding GmbH

  • Global Bioenergies SA

  • Graanul Biotech OU

  • Granbio Technologies

  • Hexion Inc

  • Ingevity

  • Iogen Corporation

  • Kanteleen Voima

  • Klabin S.A.

  • Leaf Resources Ltd.

  • Lignin Industries

  • Lignoflow Technologies AB

  • Lignolix, Inc.

  • LignoPure GmbH

  • LignOrganic (PTY) Ltd.

  • Lignovations GmbH

  • Lixea

  • LXP Group GmbH

  • Mehler Engineered Products GmbH

  • Metgen Oy

  • Mobius

  • NewEnergyBlue LLC

  • Nippon Paper Industries, Co. Ltd.

  • Novozymes A/S

  • Obayashi Corporation

  • ORLEN Poludnie

  • Praj Industries Ltd.

  • Prisma Renewable Composites

  • Pure Lignin Environmental Technology Ltd.

  • Rayonier Advanced Materials

  • Red Leaf Pulp Ltd.

  • RenFuel

  • Renmatix

  • Resolute Forest Products, Inc.

  • RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB

  • Sainc Energy Limited

  • SAPPI Biotech

  • Sekab E-Technology AB

  • Soma Bioworks/White Lemur Co.

  • Spero Renewables

  • St1 Oy

  • Stora Enso Oyj

  • Sumitomo Bakelite Co. Ltd.

  • SunCoal Industries GmbH

  • Suzano SA

  • Sweetwater Energy


  • The Borregaard Group

  • UPM Biochemicals

  • Valmet Oyj

  • Versalis SpA

  • Vertoro

  • West Fraser Timber Co Ltd

  • Xillix GmbH

  • Xingzhenghe Chemical Co., Ltd.

  • Yokogawa Electric Corporation

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