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Natural Polymer Market Trends

ID: MRFR//1101-HCR | 118 Pages | Author: Chitranshi Jaiswal| April 2024

Natural Polymer Market: Segmentation

Natural polymer market Size was valued at USD 8100 Million in 2022. The Natural polymer market industry is projected to grow from USD 8300 Million in 2023 to USD 12950 Million  by 2032, the Natural polymer market is projected to experience a significant compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.00% from 2023 to 2032.

On the basis of the type, the global natural polymer market is segmented into cellulose ether, starch & fermentation polymers, exudate & vegetable gums, and others (protein-based polymers, marine polymers, pectin, silk, and wool). These product types are further sub-segmented. Cellulose Ether is sub-segmented into methyl cellulose (MC),hydroxyethyl cellulose (HEC),carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC), microcrystalline cellulose (MCC)  and others. Starch & Fermentation Polymers are further subsegmented into xanthan gum, starch derivatives,

polylactic acid, hyaluronic Acid and others.Exudate & Vegetable Gums is further sub-segmented into guar gum,gum Arabic and other

On the basis of the application, the global natural polymer market can be segmented into pharmaceutical, oilfield, food & beverages, cosmetic & personal care products, construction, packaging, textiles, and others.

On the basis of the regions, the global natural polymer market is segmented into Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, the Middle East & Africa, and Latin America.

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Market Overview

Polymers are macromolecules composed of repeated units of monomers. Natural polymers are obtained from plants, animals or micro-organisms. Natural polymers are more advantageous than synthetic polymers as they are economical, non-toxic, and abundantly available in nature. Increase in the demand for non-petroleum based and eco-friendly products is preliminary driving the global natural polymer market.

Natural polymers have widespread applications in pharmaceutical, food & beverages, oilfields, cosmetics & personal care products, construction, adhesives, paints & inks, and packaging among others. Natural polymers are widely used in pharmaceutical dosage forms as binders, matrix formers or drug release modifiers, film coating formers, thickeners or viscosity enhancers, stabilizers, solubilizers, emulsifiers, suspending agents, gelling agents, and bio-adhesives. Natural polymers encompass a range of proteins and polysaccharides that are widely used in the food & beverage industry as gelling and thickening agent, stabilizer, emulsions & dispersions, inhibiting ice & sugar crystal formation, and control the release of flavors.  Natural polymers are used in oilfield applications as drilling fluid where it works as corrosion inhibitors, mud thickener, and circulation loss control agents during oil fields drilling. The disposal of non-biodegradable commercially available plastics has caused many environmental related problems. Therefore, the packaging industry is expected to witness a significant growth in the natural polymer market to reducing carbon footprint. Packaging products such as form film, loose-fill, and thermoform contain natural polymers such as starch-blend and polylactic acid. Besides this, cosmetic & personal care industry is also expected to witness high growth in the natural polymer market due to shift in trends towards eco-friendly and chemical free cosmetics.

However, natural polymers significantly lack their synthetic counterparts in terms of cost, availability of raw materials, product inconsistency, and supply uncertainties. Additionally, rising awareness about deforestation and protection of animals are acting as barriers to the growth of the natural polymer industry. Moreover, easy availability of substitute products such as synthetic polymer is also expected to arrest the growth of this market. Furthermore, the natural polymer market is governed by stringent environmental rules and regulations, which is expected to hamper the growth of the market over the forecast period.

Global Natural Polymer Market, by application 2019, (%)

 Natural Polymer Market

Source: MRFR Analysis

Regional Analysis

The global natural polymer market is spanned across five regions namely North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East & Africa, and Latin America. Among this, North America is leading the regional landscape and is expected to dominate the natural polymer market over the forecast period. Natural polymer market in North America is majorly driven by its application in pharmaceutical and cosmetic & personal care products. Moreover, increasing application in oilfield industry and packaging industry is driving the growth of natural polymer market further. Asia Pacific is the second largest market in the natural polymer in terms of market size. Due to rapid industrialization and expanding population, the demand for oil and gas is increasing in Asia Pacific. This has exerted pressure on key market players as well as the new entrants to explore and produce newer reserves in difficult geological conditions sometimes even at great depths. China accounted for the largest market share in the Asia Pacific oilfield services market. Growing construction activities to support growing population mainly in China and India is also expected to drive the natural polymer market. Moreover, food & beverage, packaging, cosmetics & personal care segment is expected to show a significant growth in the demand for natural polymers. Furthermore, the high penetration of silk in textile applications is expected to fuel the natural polymer market, especially in India and China.  Natural polymer application in the packaging industry is expected to witness a significant growth owing to stringent government regulations for disposal of non-biodegradable synthetic plastics.  Growing construction industry in the Middle East particularly in Qatar, the UAE, and Kuwait is expected to drive the natural polymer market. Furthermore, FIFA 2022 world cup in Qatar is expected to propel construction activities further, which thereby is expected to impact natural polymers market positively. Europe natural polymer market is projected to expand at a healthy growth rate primarily owing to increasing demand for non-petroleum and environment-friendly product. Latin American market is expected to grow at relatively slower pace over the forecast period due to low overall development of the region.Recent DevelopmentJuly 2021 - BMW i Ventures has discovered in Natural Fiber Welding, Inc., a manufacturer of all-natural, plastic-free substitutes to animal or petrochemical-based materials such as textiles, foams, and leathers. The funding round will allow the company to measure from the batch handling of materials to commercial roll-to-roll production.NFW has built the latest technologies to substitute current petrochemical-based materials and allow natural inputs to be designed and molded into a durable, fully recyclable, all-natural leather alternative called MIRUM.June 2021- the University of Cambridge researchers have developed a polymer film obtained from 100% plant protein, which needs no chemical additives. The firm claims it has similar functionality to conventional plastics.Obtained completely from plant protein that can be obtained as a by-product of the agriculture industry, the firm that is ready to market the solution, Xampla, states that the final material can be disposed of in nature post its use like any natural waste, leaving no pollutants behind. December 2021- American Regent, Inc., a Daiichi Sankyo Group company, and its partner Vifor Pharma Group announced they are signing settlement agreements with Sandoz, Inc. and Mylan Laboratories Ltd. that solve the patent litigation brought in response to Abbreviated New Drug Applications looking for the US FDA approval to market a generic version of Injectafer®.

Intended Audience

  • Natural polymer manufacturers

  • Traders and distributors of natural polymers

  • Research and development institutes

  • Potential investors

  • Raw material suppliers

  • Nationalized laboratory

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