Cellulose Esters & Ethers Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Cellulose Esters & Ethers Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Cellulose Acetate, Cellulose Nitrate, Carboxymethyl, Cellulose), By Process, By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2019 - 2025

  • Published Date: Jul, 2019
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2018
  • Report ID: GVR-3-68038-216-7
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2014 - 2017
  • Number of Pages: 222

Industry Insights

The global cellulose esters and ethers market size was estimated at USD 5.06 billion in 2018 and is expected to expand at a CAGR of 5.0 % over the forecast period. High demand for methyl cellulose in building materials for the construction sector is expected to boost the products sales.

Rising demand from end-user industries such as printing inks and food and beverages industries is expected to drive growth in Asia Pacific. Additionally, growing demand in the cigarette filters, textiles and apparels, photographic films, and food and beverages, specifically in emerging economies of Asia Pacific is projected to further fuel the market growth in the forthcoming years.

Global cellulose esters & ethers market

Among the derivatives obtained during the Kraft pulping process, carboxymethyl cellulose is produced in a large quantity. The product is projected to witness a high demand from food and beverage sector owing to increasing consumption of baked goods, dairy products, and frozen foods.

Cellulose ethers and esters are extensively utilized as film formers, additives, and modifying resins in construction sector. Increasing population, lower unemployment rate in developed economies, and increased per capita income in developing countries such as India and China are the key factors boosting growth of construction industry. This growth, in turn, is projected to foster the product demand in the forthcoming years.

Major cosmetics manufacturers are investing in R&D activities for product differentiation and in promotional activities to accelerate their sales across the globe. Furthermore, rising demand for the product derivatives as a stabilizer and suspending agent in hair care products and dental impression materials is anticipated to drive the market over the next seven years.

Product Insights

Cellulose acetate is extremely suitable for textile applications as it is absorbent and can be easily dyed in various colors. Textile and apparel industry is a prominent application area owing to the soft nature and heat resistance properties of the product. The upsurge in its usage as a silk substitute owing to its low-cost is anticipated to fuel the growth.

Cellulose nitrate, also known as nitrocellulose, is an extremely inflammable composite manufactured with other nitrating agents. Nitrocellulose is widely used in civilian and military industries for manufacturing nitrocellulose films, explosives, lacquers, and propellants. Nitrocellulose, when produced from cotton, is a fluffy white solid and is majorly used in wood and paint industries.

Carboxymethyl cellulose is widely used as a stabilizer in pharmaceutical industry for tablet coatings. Growing consumption of this product in toothpaste on account of its excellent acid resistance, smooth texture, salt tolerance, and even substitution ability is anticipated to propel the market growth over the forecast period.

Process Insights

The kraft process is widely utilized manufacturing process and it produces the strongest fiber-based paper and paperboard products. The major goal of these pulping processes is to produce easily bleachable pulps with low lignin content and high strength properties.

Sulfite process is an acidic process whereas the kraft process is an alkaline one. The principle of these two processes is to separate the cellulose from impurities present in the wood. The pulp obtained requires more bleaching in the kraft process as compared to the pulp obtained in the sulfite process.

Global cellulose esters & ethers market

The paper produced using the kraft process has better strength than that obtained from other pulping processes. Various wastes are obtained throughout this process and are considered as by-products depending on their further utilization. The vital by-products obtained during the kraft process include tall oil, turpentine, soap, and rosin.

Kraft is anticipated to emerge as the dominant process over the forecast period since it is characterized by efficient waste recovery and reduced cooking time. The growth of the process can also be attributed to the high demand for the product.

Regional Insights

Growing pharmaceutical sector in U.S. due to increasing expenditure on medicines by local customers is anticipated to have a positive impact on the cellulose esters and ethers market. U.S. has a well-established cosmetic sector coupled with the presence of leading cosmetic manufacturers such as Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, and Unilever, which, in turn, is projected to fuel the consumption over the forecast period.

Food and beverage, cosmetics, pharmaceutical, and oil and gas industries are the major market drivers in Europe. Increasing use of personal care products in major countries such as U.K., Germany, France, and Italy is projected to have a positive impact on the growth over the forecast period. Increasing use of natural and synthetic personal care products is also expected to boost the regional expansion.

Cosmetics is predicted to be the fastest growing application segment in U.K. on account of high product consumption for improving the viscosity of cosmetic formulations such as skin care products, makeup products, and shampoos. In addition, rise in pharmaceutical expenditure, especially in R&D, is anticipated to fuel the demand for naturally derived ingredients in the country.

Asia Pacific is predicted to be one of the promising markets on account of favorable government regulations for promoting investments in manufacturing sectors. This is expected to fuel the demand in paints, coatings, and adhesives applications over the forecast period.

Cellulose Esters & Ethers Market Share Insights

The market has grown significantly in the recent years owing to the increasing consumption in numerous end-use applications, such as cigarette filters, food and beverages, cosmetics, printing inks, and construction, among others. Majority of the market participants have focused their R&D efforts on developing products for versatile applications.

Significant players operating in the market are Borregaard, Georgia-Pacific, Rayonier Advanced Materials, Celanese Corporation, Eastman Chemical Company, Rhodia Acetow International GmbH, AkzoNobel N.V., Ashland, Daicel Corporation, The Dow Chemical Company, J.M. Huber Corporation, and Lamberti S.p.A.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2014 - 2017

Forecast period

2019 - 2025

Market representation

Volume in Kilotons, Revenue in USD Million and CAGR from 2019 to 2025

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America, Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S., Canada, Mexico, Germany, U.K., France, China, India, Japan, Brazil

Report coverage

Volume forecast, revenue forecast, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2018 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global cellulose esters and ethers market report on the basis of product, process, and region:

  • Product Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2025)

    • Cellulose Acetate

      • Cigarette Filters 

      • Textiles & Apparel 

      • Photographic Films 

      • Tapes & Labels

    • Cellulose Nitrate

      • Printing Inks

      • Automotive Paints

      • Wood Coatings

      • Leather Finishes

      • Nail Varnishes

      • Others

    • Carboxymethyl Cellulose

      • Cosmetics & Pharmaceuticals

      • Food & Beverages

      • Oil & Gas

      • Paper & Board

      • Paints & Adhesives

      • Detergents

      • Others

    • Methyl Cellulose

      • Building Industry

      • Dispersion Paints

      • Wallpaper Paints

      • Cosmetics

      • Polymerization

      • Detergents

      • Others

    • Ethyl Cellulose

      • Personal Care

      • Inks

      • Specialty Coatings

      • Others

    • Hydroxyethyl Cellulose

      • Building Materials

      • Oil Production

      • Inks

      • Cosmetics & Detergent

      • Special Agent

      • Others

    • Hydroxypropyl Cellulose

      • Adhesives

      • Cosmetics

      • Pharmaceuticals

      • Foods

      • Others

  • Process Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2025)

    • Kraft Process

    • Sulfite Process

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2025)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • U.K.

      • France

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • Japan

      • India

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa

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