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Furfural Market

Furfural Market Size, Share, Competitive Landscape and Trend Analysis Report by Raw material, Application and End User : Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2020-2027

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Author's: Yamini Parihar| and Eswara Prasad | Eswara Prasad
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Furfural Market Outlook - 2027

The global furfural market size was valued at $1.2 billion in 2019 and is anticipated to generate $2.0 billion by 2027. The market is projected to experience growth at a CAGR of 6.9% from 2020 to 2027.  

Furfural is an organic, renewable, nonpetroleum-based chemical feedstock derived from agricultural by-products. Agricultural residue such as corn cobs, rice husk, sugarcane bagasse, cotton husk, oat husk, almond husk, olive press cake, and others are widely used for furfural production. Furfural is colorless or a little yellowish chemical compound, which quickly darkens when exposed to air. Furfural production activity is based on pentosan-containing residues which is obtained from processing various agricultural or forest products. Furfural is processed in a digester under high-pressure steam, and is recovered by steam distillation, followed by water–furfural separation and purification. 

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Furfural exhibits various properties such as corrosion resistance, thermosetting properties, and physical resistance making it ideal material for the production of resins. Moreover, it can be used in decoloring, refining, purification, and manufacturing processes which drives the demand.

Furfural provides superior and remarkable properties such as corrosion resistance, thermosetting properties, and physical resistance, which makes it suitable for the production of resins. Furfural as a solvent is used for refining lubricating oils and decolorizing agents. It is also used in purification of C4 and C5 hydrocarbons; as a reactive solvent and good wetting agent; and as a unique chemical feedstock for other furan derivatives. Moreover, furfural is used as herbicides & pesticides; in the production of synthetic materials and plastics; as additive fuel for rockets; in the production of an inert polymer concrete; as a solvent for cellulose esters; in the production of perfumes and to accelerate the production of rubber tires.

There is an increase in the consumption of furfural in India, China, Indonesia, and Malaysia, owing to the increase in demand for green chemical, environmental awareness to renewable alternatives, and availability of agro products & wastes in these countries. Supportive environmental regulations from agencies such as Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the U.S. and Registration Evaluation Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) of Europe, concerning the development of bio-based products is also expected to have a positive impact on the global furfural market during the forecast period

The furfural market is segmented into raw material, application, end user, and region. By raw material, the market is divided corn cobs, rice husk, sugarcane bagasse, and others. The application segment is categorized into furfuryl alcohol, solvent, and others. By end user, the market is classified into petroleum refineries, agricultural formulations, paints & coatings, pharmaceuticals, and others. By region, the market is analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA (Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa). In 2019, China accounted for $1,328.0 million of the global furfural market. In addition, it has emerged as the key contributor to the consumption of furfural in Asia-Pacific region, and is expected to maintain its dominance during the forecast period. Raw materials such as corn cobs, rice husk, sugarcane bagasse, cotton husk, almond husk, and other agro-based products & wastes are widely available in the developing countries such as India, China, Indonesia, and Malaysia. This is expected to boost the growth of the furfural market in Asia-Pacific during the forecast period.

The key players operating in the furfural market are Arcoy Industries Pvt. Ltd., Central Romana Corporation, Ltd., Hongye Holding Group Corporation, Illovo Group, KRBL Ltd., Lenzing AG, Penn A Kem LLC, Silvateam, Tanin Sevnica d.d and Tieling North Furfural (Group) Co. Ltd. The key players adopted various strategies such as agreement, joint ventures, new product launch, and business expansion to sustain the market competition.

Furfural Market, by Raw material 

Corn cobs furfural is the leading raw material segment, as it is highly versatile and is a key feedstock used during the manufacturing of various biofuels and chemical products. However, the sugarcane bagasse is the fastest growing during the forecast period, owing to its use in improving the viscosity index, oxidation stability, ignition characteristics, color, flash point, and to lower the carbon-forming tendency of fuel.

Furfural Market
By Raw Material
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Rice Husk is projected as the most lucrative segment.

Furfural Market, by Application

By application, furfuryl alcohol is the dominating segment and is expected to continue to do so during the forecast period. Furfuryl alcohol is used in containers, tanks, lines, and valves to avoid potential leakage. Furthermore, it is used in corrosion resistant fiber-reinforced plastics and corrosion resistant cements & mortars as a reactive solvent.

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By Application
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Furfuryl Alcohol is projected as the most lucrative segment.

Furfural Market, by End User

By end user, agricultural formulations dominated the market share owing to their use in revolutionized pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, and other synthetic chemical compounds. However, agricultural formulations will continue to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period owing to support from government organizations to promote the adoption of bio-based pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, and other chemical compounds.

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By End User
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Agricultural Formulations is projected as the most lucrative segment.

Furfural Market, by Region

Region wise, Asia-Pacific dominated the global market for furfural. It is anticipated to grow with fastest CAGR during the forecast period, owing to economies such as China and India and growing pharmaceuticals, petroleum refineries, and agriculture sectors in the region, which fosters the demand for furfural.

Furfural Market
By Region
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Asia-Pacific is projected as the most lucrative market.

Key Benefits For Stakeholders

  • The report provides an in-depth analysis and furfural market forecast along with the current and future market trends.
  • This report highlights the key drivers, opportunities, and restraints of the market along with the impact analyses during the forecast period.
  • Porter’s five forces analysis helps analyze the potential of the buyers & suppliers and the competitive scenario of the furfural industry for strategy building.
  • A comprehensive analysis of the factors that drive and restrain the furfural market growth is provided.
  • The qualitative data in this report aims on furfural market trends, dynamics, and developments. 
  • The furfural market size is provided in terms of revenue.
  • The report provides extensive qualitative insights on the significant segments and regions exhibiting favorable furfural market share.

Furfural Market Report Highlights

Aspects Details
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By Row Material
  • Corn Cobs
  • Rice Husk
  • Sugarcane Bagasse
  • Others
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By Application
  • Furfuryl Alcohol
  • Solvent
  • Others
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By End User
  • Petroleum Refineries
  • Agricultural Formulations
  • Paints & Coatings
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Others
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By Region
  • North America  (U.S., Canada, Mexico)
  • Europe  (Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, Rest of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific  (China, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • LAMEA  (Brazil, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Rest of LAMEA)
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Key Market Players

Central Romana Corporation, Ltd., Penn A Kem LLC, Arcoy Industries Pvt. Ltd., Lenzing AG, KRBL Ltd., Silvateam, Tieling North Furfural (Group) Co., Tanin Sevnica d.d., ILLOVO SUGAR AFRICA (PTY) LTD, Hongye Holdings Group Co., Ltd.

Analyst Review

Furfural provides superior and remarkable properties such as corrosion resistance, thermosetting properties, and physical resistance, which makes it suitable for the production of resins. Furfural as a solvent is used for refining lubricating oils and decolorizing agents. Supportive environmental regulations from agencies such as Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the U.S. and Registration Evaluation Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) of Europe, concerning the development of bio-based products is also expected to have a positive impact on the growth of the furfural market during the forecast period. Increased environmental awareness regarding renewable alternatives and ease of availability of agricultural residue in the developing countries with a low production cost drive the market growth. Moreover, economic development in these emerging economies is expected to boost the demand for furfural during the forecast period. 

Author Name(s) : Yamini Parihar| and Eswara Prasad | Eswara Prasad
Frequently Asked Questions?

The market size for global furfural market was $1.2 billion in 2019.

The emerging players in the furfural industry are Arcoy Industries Pvt. Ltd., Central Romana Corporation, Ltd., Tanin Sevnica d.d and Tieling North Furfural (Group) Co. Ltd.

The major areas for development for furfural market are petroleum refineries, agricultural formulations and paints & coatings.

Agricultural formulations industry is projected to increase the demand for Furfural Market.

The emerging trends are increase in the consumption of furfural in Asia-Pacific, owing to the increase in demand for green chemical, environmental awareness to renewable alternatives, and availability of agro-products & wastes in these countries.

The most influencing segment of the market is corn cobs.

Asia-Pacific holds the maximum market share of the Furfural market.

Furfuryl alcohol is expected to drive the adoption of Furfural.

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Furfural Market

Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2020-2027