The Market for Cellulose Nanofibers in Japan

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Revised March 2018 | Price: £500 | 134 pages | Table of contents

Japan is at the forefront of the global cellulose nanofibers market. The Japanese government has actively promoting these environmentally friendly advanced materials since 2014, and The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) estimates that the market will expand to 1 trillion yen ($8 billion) by 2030.

Most major Japanese paper manufacturers have established cellulose nanofiber production capabilities and have started to bring products to the market in the last 18 months. Target markets range from packaging to consumer electronics. Products on the market incorporating cellulose nanofibers include ballpoint pen inks, adult and child diapers, wet wipes, headphone diaphragms and footwear.

The market is exploding in Japan with large paper manufacturers such as Nippon Paper and Oji Holdings establishing multi-ton cellulose nanofiber production facilities. Asahi Kasei, Japan’s leading chemicals manufacturer recently announced plans for cellulose nanofiber production, with trial production starting in 2018.

Product samples are available for commercial trials and will find wider application in packaging and composites over the next few years. Dai Nippon Printing Co. Ltd., Tentok Paper Works, Risho Kogyo Co. Ltd., Daio Paper Corp., KRI Inc. have all recently announced new products and production initiatives. Domestic production capacity is estimated to exceed 800 tons per annum within the next year.

Report contents include:

  • Commercial activity in cellulose nanofibers in Japan. Current and planned.
  • Production facilities and capacities.
  • Target markets for cellulose nanofibers in Japan.
  • Producers and product developers including products, production processes, target markets, future plans.
  • 32 company profiles.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

1    CELLULOSE NANOFIBERS PRODUCTS AND COMMERCIAL ACTIVITY IN JAPAN 2015-2017………………………………………………….. 13

2    CELLULOSE NANOFIBERS……………………………………………………. 19

  • 2.1    What is nanocellulose?…………………………………………………………………………………………………… 19
  • 2.2    Types of nanocellulose…………………………………………………………………………………………………… 21
    • 2.2.1     NanoFibrillar Cellulose (NFC)………………………………………………………………………………… 23
      • 2.2.1.1       Applications……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 23
      • 2.2.1.2       Production methods………………………………………………………………………………………. 25
    • 2.2.2     NanoCrystalline Cellulose (NCC)…………………………………………………………………………… 27
      • 2.2.2.1       Properties………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 28
        • 2.2.2.1.1      High aspect ratio……………………………………………………………………………………………… 28
        • 2.2.2.1.2      High strength………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 28
        • 2.2.2.1.3      Rheological properties………………………………………………………………………………………. 29
        • 2.2.2.1.4      Optical properties…………………………………………………………………………………………….. 29
        • 2.2.2.1.5      Barrier…………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 29
      • 2.2.2.2       Applications……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 30
    • 2.2.3     Bacterial Cellulose (BCC)………………………………………………………………………………………. 31
    • 2.2.3.1       Applications……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 32
  • 2.3    Synthesis of cellulose materials……………………………………………………………………………………… 33
    • 2.3.1     Microcrystalline cellulose (MCC)……………………………………………………………………………. 33
    • 2.3.2     Microfibrillated cellulose (MFC)………………………………………………………………………………. 33
    • 2.3.3     Nanofibrillated cellulose (MFC)………………………………………………………………………………. 34
    • 2.3.4     Cellulose nanocrystals (CNC)………………………………………………………………………………… 35
    • 2.3.5     Bacterial cellulose particles (CNC)…………………………………………………………………………. 35

3    REGULATIONS IN JAPAN……………………………………………………… 37

4    CELLULOSE NANOFIBER MARKET STRUCTURE IN JAPAN…… 38

  • 4.1    Routes to commercialization…………………………………………………………………………………………… 41

5    GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES AND FUNDING FOR CELLULOSE NANOFIBERS IN JAPAN……………………………………………………………. 44

6    CELLULOSE NANOFIBER END USER MARKET SEGMENT ANALYSIS………………………………………………………………………………… 45

  • 6.1    Cellulose nanofiber production in Japan………………………………………………………………………… 45
  • 6.2    Prices……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 46

7    MARKETS FOR CELLULOSE NANOFIBERS IN JAPAN……………. 48

  • 7.1    Automotive……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 48
    • 7.1.1     Commercial activity in Japan………………………………………………………………………………….. 49
  • 7.2    Sanitary products……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 51
    • 7.2.1     Commercial activity in Japan………………………………………………………………………………….. 52
  • 7.3    Packaging………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 53
    • 7.3.1     Bio-based and -active packaging…………………………………………………………………………… 54
    • 7.3.2     Active packaging systems………………………………………………………………………………………. 57
    • 7.3.3     Packaging films………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 57
    • 7.3.4     Gas barrier……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 58
    • 7.3.5     Sustainable packaging solutions……………………………………………………………………………. 59
    • 7.3.6     Commercial activity in Japan………………………………………………………………………………….. 61
  • 7.4    Paper and board…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 63
    • 7.4.1     Paper packaging…………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 65
    • 7.4.2     Paper coatings……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 65
    • 7.4.3     Commercial activity in Japan………………………………………………………………………………….. 65
  • 7.5    Drilling fluids…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 66
    • 7.5.1     Commercial activity in Japan………………………………………………………………………………….. 68
  • 7.6    Filtration and separation…………………………………………………………………………………………………. 68
    • 7.6.1     Commercial activity in Japan………………………………………………………………………………….. 71
  • 7.7    Rheology modifiers…………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 71
    • 7.7.1     Commercial activity in Japan………………………………………………………………………………….. 73
  • 7.8    Printed and flexible electronics……………………………………………………………………………………….. 73
    • 7.8.1     Eco friendly, bio based, biodegradable, transparent and flexible…………………………… 73
    • 7.8.2     Paper electronics……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 74
    • 7.8.3     Electronics packaging…………………………………………………………………………………………….. 75
    • 7.8.4     Wearable electronics……………………………………………………………………………………………… 75
    • 7.8.5     Paper memory……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 78
    • 7.8.6     Conductive inks……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 78
    • 7.8.7     Commercial activity in Japan………………………………………………………………………………….. 79

8    CELLULOSE NANOFIBER PRODUCER AND PRODUCT DEVELOPERS IN JAPAN…………………………………………………………… 80

  • 8.1    Producers and types of cellulose nanofiber……………………………………………………………………. 80
  • 8.2    Target markets for producers…………………………………………………………………………………………. 81
  • 8.3    Company profiles……………………………………………………………………………….. 84-129 (32 company profiles)

9    NANOCELLULOSE RESEARCH CENTRES IN JAPAN……………. 130

10 REFERENCES…………………………………………………………………….. 131

TABLES

  • Table 1: Markets and applications for nanocellulose (cellulose nanofibers, cellulose nanocrystals and bacterial cellulose)…………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 13
  • Table 2: Cellulose nanofiber production plants worldwide and production status……………………….. 17
  • Table 3: Nanocellulose properties………………………………………………………………………………………………. 23
  • Table 4: Applications of nanofibrillar cellulose (NFC)………………………………………………………………….. 23
  • Table 5: Production methods of NFC producers…………………………………………………………………………. 25
  • Table 6: Applications of nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC)……………………………………………………………. 30
  • Table 7: Applications of bacterial cellulose (BC)…………………………………………………………………………. 32
  • Table 8: Microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) preparation methods, resulting materials and applications………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 33
  • Table 9: Microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) preparation methods, resulting materials and applications………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 33
  • Table 10: Nanofibrillated cellulose (MFC) preparation methods, resulting materials and applications………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 34
  • Table 11: Cellulose nanocrystals (MFC) preparation methods, resulting materials and applications………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 35
  • Table 12: Cellulose nanocrystals (MFC) preparation methods, resulting materials and applications………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 35
  • Table 13: Cellulose nanofiber products in Japan………………………………………………………………………… 39
  • Table 14: Cellulose nanofiber market structure in Japan……………………………………………………………. 42
  • Table 15: Production capacities of Cellulose nanofiber producers per annum in tons, current and planned…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 45
  • Table 16: Product/price/application matrix of Cellulose nanofiber producers in Japan……………….. 46
  • Table 17: Application markets, competing materials, Cellulose nanofiber advantages and current market size in the automotive sector…………………………………………………………………………………….. 48
  • Table 18: Market assessment for Cellulose nanofiber in the automotive sector…………………………. 49
  • Table 19: Market size for Cellulose nanofiber in the automotive industry…………………………………… 49
  • Table 20: Companies developing Cellulose nanofiber products in the automotive industry in Japan, applications targeted and stage of commercialization…………………………………………………………… 51
  • Table 21: Companies developing Cellulose nanofiber products in sanitary products in Japan…… 52
  • Table 22: Equivalent cost of Cellulose nanofiber and competitive materials in polymer composites………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 53
  • Table 23: Applications of nanocellulose in polymer composites by cellulose type……………………… 53
  • Table 24: Examples of antimicrobial immobilization into cellulose nanofibers…………………………….. 58
  • Table 25: Oxygen permeability of nanocellulose films compared to those made form commercially available petroleum based materials and other polymers…………………………………………………….. 59
  • Table 26: Application markets, competing materials, Cellulose nanofiber advantages and current market size in polymer composites……………………………………………………………………………………….. 61
  • Table 27: Application markets, competing materials, Cellulose nanofiber advantages and current market size in packaging………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 61
  • Table 28: Companies developing Cellulose nanofiber products in packaging In Japan……………… 63
  • Table 29: Companies developing Cellulose nanofiber products in paper and board in Japan……. 66
  • Table 30: Cellulose nanofiber product developers in drilling fluids in Japan……………………………….. 68
  • Table 31: Types of filtration………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 68
  • Table 32: CNF membranes………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 70
  • Table 33: Companies developing Cellulose nanofiber products in filtration in Japan………………….. 71
  • Table 34: Commercial activity in nanocellulose rheology modifiers in Japan……………………………… 73
  • Table 35: Properties of flexible electronics‐cellulose nanofiber film (nanopaper)……………………….. 75
  • Table 36: Companies developing Cellulose nanofiber products in paper electronics in Japan…… 79
  • Table 37: Nanocellulose producers and types of nanocellulose produced…………………………………. 80
  • Table 38: Target market, by Cellulose nanofiber producer in Japan…………………………………………… 81

FIGURES

  • Figure 1: CNF wet powder………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 17
  • Figure 2: Schematic diagram of partial molecular structure of cellulose chain with numbering for carbon atoms and n= number of cellobiose repeating unit……………………………………………………. 19
  • Figure 3: Scale of cellulose materials…………………………………………………………………………………………. 20
  • Figure 4: Types of nanocellulose………………………………………………………………………………………………… 21
  • Figure 5: Relationship between different kinds of nanocelluloses………………………………………………. 22
  • Figure 6: CNF gel……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 25
  • Figure 7: TEM image of cellulose nanocrystals…………………………………………………………………………… 27
  • Figure 8: Extracting CNC from trees…………………………………………………………………………………………… 28
  • Figure 9: An iridescent biomimetic cellulose multilayer film remains after water that contains cellulose nanocrystals evaporates………………………………………………………………………………………… 29
  • Figure 10: CNC slurry…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 30
  • Figure 11: CNF transparent sheet………………………………………………………………………………………………. 38
  • Figure 12: Running shoes incorporating cellulose nanofibers…………………………………………………….. 39
  • Figure 13: Ballpoint pen incorporating cellulose nanofibers………………………………………………………… 39
  • Figure 14: Onkyo speakers, incorporating CNF………………………………………………………………………….. 40
  • Figure 15: Daio Paper toilet wipes………………………………………………………………………………………………. 41
  • Figure 16: Schematic of typical commercialization route for cellulose nanofiber producers……….. 41
  • Figure 17: Cellulose Nanofiber (CNF) composite with polyethylene (PE)…………………………………… 50
  • Figure 18: CNF deoderant products……………………………………………………………………………………………. 52
  • Figure 19: Cellulose nanofiber transparent sheet……………………………………………………………………….. 56
  • Figure 20: Example process for producing NFC packaging film…………………………………………………. 60
  • Figure 21: Paper and board global demand……………………………………………………………………………….. 66
  • Figure 22:  Cellulose nanofiber films…………………………………………………………………………………………… 76
  • Figure 23: Nanocellulose photoluminescent paper…………………………………………………………………….. 77
  • Figure 24: LEDs shining on circuitry imprinted on a 5x5cm sheet of CNF………………………………….. 78
  • Figure 25: Paper memory (ReRAM)……………………………………………………………………………………………. 78
  • Figure 26: Asahi Kasei CNF fabric sheet……………………………………………………………………………………. 84
  • Figure 27: Properties of Asahi Kasei cellulose nanofiber nonwoven fabric…………………………………. 85
  • Figure 28: Rheocrysta spray…………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 100
  • Figure 29: Hydrophobization facilities for raw pulp……………………………………………………………………. 110
  • Figure 30: Mixing facilities for CNF-reinforced plastic……………………………………………………………….. 110
  • Figure 31: Nippon Paper Industries’ adult diapers……………………………………………………………………. 111
  • Figure 32: CNF transparent film……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 114
  • Figure 33: CNF wet powder……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 115
  • Figure 34: Silk nanofiber (right) and cocoon of raw material…………………………………………………….. 124