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Microcrystalline Cellulose Market

Microcrystalline Cellulose Market by Material (Wood-based, Non-wood based), Application (Food & Beverages, Pharmaceuticals, Cosmetics & Personal Care, Paints & Coatings), and Region for 2022 – 2028

Microcrystalline Cellulose Market by Material (Wood-based, Non-wood based), Application (Food & Beverages, Pharmaceuticals, Cosmetics & Personal Care, Paints & Coatings), and Region for 2022 – 2028

Microcrystalline Cellulose Market - Analysis, Outlook, Growth, Trends, Forecasts

Microcrystalline Cellulose Market Outlook – 2022-2028

[200 pages Report] Sales in the microcrystalline cellulose market are forecast to total US$ 619.80 Mn in 2022. Burgeoning demand from various industries such as personal care & cosmetics, paints & coatings, and pharmaceuticals is expected to continue steering the growth of the market.



Microcrystalline Cellulose Estimated Market Size 2022

US$ 619.80 Mn 

Microcrystalline Cellulose Market Value-based CAGR (2022-2028)


Projected Microcrystalline Cellulose Market Size in 2028

US$ 818 Mn

Growing demand for processed food, such as ready-to-eat meals and bakery products is driving applications in the food & beverage sector. In addition to this, shifting preference for plant-based ingredients in personal care & cosmetics is encouraging product development in the market.

This has led to the introduction and usage of innovative non-wood-based alternatives made from agricultural waste, thereby augmenting the growth of the market. Backed by the aforementioned factors, the market is projected to expand at a steady 4.7% CAGR, topping US$ 818 Mn in 2028.

2017-2022 Microcrystalline Cellulose Market Outlook in Comparison to 2022-2028 Growth Forecast

As per FMI, the demand for microcrystalline cellulose is expected to increase at a 4.7% CAGR between 2022 and 2028. Growing applications in the food & beverage industry, particularly in meat products, bakery & confectionery, and dairy products will push sales in the market.

Derived from refined wood pulp, for microcrystalline cellulose is used as an anti-caking agent, fat substitute, emulsifier, texturizer, extender, and bulking agent in various food and beverage products. In addition to this, it finds applications in the pharmaceutical sector in the production of chewable tablets and topical ointments.

Amidst COVID-19, pharmaceutical companies are increasing their research & development efforts to aid novel drug development and active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), which is expected to spur demand for microcrystalline cellulose in the forthcoming years.

Besides this, growing demand from the personal care & cosmetics industry is creating opportunities for growth in the market. Manufacturers are investing in technologies to integrate microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) in personal care products as an exfoliating agent in peeling enzyme face washes, foaming powders, and body scrubs.

It has been classified as a biodegradable alternative to plastic polyethylene in personal care and cosmetic products. Players are also developing ultra-fine versions to further increase their applications in cosmetics to offer a silky and mattifying effect. Such developments are expected to create a conducive environment for the growth of the market over the assessment period.

How is the Development of Non-Wood Based Alternatives Creating Growth Opportunities?

Growing awareness regarding carbon emission and rapid deforestation is underpinning the need for environment-friendly production processes and materials. This has led to the development of non-wood-based fibers and raw materials for MCC production.

The most common commercial non-wood-based material for MCC includes cotton linters, which is a high-value crop. Agro-fibre plant waste such as stalk from sorghum caudatum and wheat straw are emerging as potential alternatives to derive MCC.

Production of MCC using wood is a cost-effective process. Non-wood-based alternatives are derived from agricultural waste, are affordable, and have a negligible environmental impact in comparison with wood-based materials.

This also reduced the overall production costs and more affordable end-product, resulting in increased production, consumption, and applications in end-use sectors. These factors are further driving demand for non-wood-based materials, thereby fueling the growth of the microcrystalline cellulose market.

Some examples of non-wood-based raw materials include oil palm fronds, coconut shells, cotton wool, corn cob, soybean husk, cotton fabric waste, rice husk, jute, alfa fiber, Indian bamboo, and orange mesocarp.

Seed flosses obtained from milkweed pods, kapok (Ceiba pentandra) trees, and shrubs are also actively being used in the production of MCC. Further, manufacturers are investing in the development of sustainable solvents as an alternative to conventional mineral acids such as HCL to improve the production plant life and the overall manufacturing process.

Against this backdrop, FMI anticipates the development of non-wood-based alternatives to emerge as a key trend in the microcrystalline cellulose market, creating growth opportunities for players in the forthcoming years.

Country-wise Insights

Why is the U.S. Microcrystalline Cellulose Market Considered Lucrative?

As per the report, sales in the U.S market are forecast to increase at a 4.6% CAGR over the assessment period. Demand in North America is projected to command 24.9% of the total market share in 2022.

Increasing preference for plant-based ingredients in personal care & cosmetics in the U.S. is expected to augment the growth of the market in the forthcoming years. Consumers are getting more aware regarding the harmful effects of harsh chemicals on skin and hair, which is fueling this trend in the U.S.

MCC is used as an exfoliating agent in face washes, scrubs, foaming powders, and shampoos. It is a plant-based alternative to plastic polyethylene, which potentially reduces environmental impact and water pollution caused by residue for personal care and cosmetics generated while cleansing.

Further, it is also being used in cosmetic and makeup products such as foundation, concealer, and blotting powders to offer a shine-free, mattifying effect. The presence of global beauty brands in the country is expected to continue steering the growth of the market over the forecast period.

What is Driving the U.K. Microcrystalline Cellulose Market?

Demand in the U.K. is projected to surge at a 3.1% CAGR, with sales in Eastern Europe commanding 67.4% of the total market share in 2022, as per FMI. Ongoing expansion of the pharmaceutical sectors, coupled with growing demand for the production of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) is expected to continue boosting the market during the assessment period.

Increasing government-backed investments in drug development and improvements in the quality of pharmaceutical products are anticipated to bode well for the market. MCC is being adopted in the development of quick-release tablets, topical formulations, and chewable tablets.

Owing to benefits such as non-toxicity, the presence of dietary fibers, biodegradability, and chemical purity, applications in the pharmaceutical industry in the U.K. will continue gaining traction in the forthcoming years.

What Will be the Demand Outlook in the India Microcrystalline Cellulose Market?

As per FMI, the India market is set to expand at a healthy 7.1% CAGR over the forecast period. Growth is attributable to the increasing production and consumption of processed food products in the country, along with growing demand for personal care and cosmetic products.

MCC is an active ingredient used in both of these sectors, which is expected to continue driving demand in the market. It is used as an anti-caking agent in various food and beverage products such as bakery and confectionery, dairy, and meat products. It is also used as a stabilizing and emulsifying agent in these products, which in turn is fueling sales in the food and beverage sector.

Besides this, increasing applications in the pharmaceutical sectors, backed by favorable government investments and trade policies will continue giving tailwinds to sales in the forthcoming years.

Category-wise Insights

Why is Wood-based Microcrystalline Cellulose More Preferred?

Based on material type, demand in the wood-based segment is projected to account for a dominant share of 92% of the total market in 2022. Growing applications in the pharmaceutical sector are expected to continue pushing sales in this segment over the forecast period.

Pharma-grade MCC is derived from wood pulp, where cellulose chains are arranged in layers held by lignin and string hydrogen bonds. Derived from cellulose hydrolysis, MCC is then used as a diluent, offering superior binding properties and plasticity.

Wood-based MCC also offers self dis-integrating properties, is highly absorbent in the body, resistant to various chemicals such as amylase, effectively binds with lactose, and has low lubrications. Owing to these benefits, demand is expected to gain momentum at a considerable pace over the assessment period.

Why are Applications in the Food & Beverage Sector Surging?

In terms of applications, the food and beverage industry is expected to remain the largest consumer of MCC over the assessment period. Manufacturers are striving to diversify their applications in food and nutrition products by launching innovative and ultra-fine variants, which is expected to augment the growth of the market.

MCC is used in the production of grated cheese, snacks, hamburger patties, and other dietary supplements. The pure form of MCC is used as a compression agent, anti-caking agent, extrusion auxiliary, and insoluble fiber in these products. Improvements in the pure form of MCC are further driving its applications in sugar-free and gluten-free dairy products, thereby creating opportunities for growth for market players.

Competition Landscape

Leading players operating in the market are investing in research and development to improve the overall product quality by using environment-friendly solvents. Besides this, players are aiming at production facility expansions via mergers, acquisitions, and collaborations to meet the growing demand. For instance,

  • In July 2021, DFE Pharma, a global provider of pharmaceutical Excipient solutions, launched Pharmacel sMCC 90, a silicified variant of MCC. The new product is developed as a synergistic solution for challenging oral solid dosage formulations. It offers increases surface area, enhanced powder flow, and superior tablatibility, thereby improving formulation robustness.

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Market Analysis

Units for Volume and US$ Mn for Value

Key Regions Covered

North America, Latin America, Europe, East Asia, South Asia, Oceania, and MEA

Key Countries Covered

United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Nordic, Russia, Poland, China, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand, Japan, GCC countries, North Africa, South Africa, others.

Key Market Segments Covered

Material, Applications, and Region

Key Companies Profiled

  • DowDupont Inc.
  • Asahi Kasei Corporation
  • Roquette Frères S.A.
  • Anhui Sunhere Pharmaceutical Excipients Co., Ltd.
  • Accent Microcell Pvt. Ltd.
  • Sigachi Industries Pvt. Ltd.
  • Pharmatrans Sanaq AG
  • DFE Pharma
  • Libraw Pharma
  • Wei Ming Pharmaceutical Mfg Co. Ltd
  • NB Entrepreneur
  • Ankit Pulps and Boards Pvt. Ltd


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Microcrystalline Cellulose Market by Category


  • Wood-Based
  • Non-Wood Based


  • Food & Beverages
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Cosmetics & Personal Care
  • Paints & Coatings


  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • East Asia
  • South Asia
  • Oceania
  • Middle East & Africa

Key Questions Answered in the Report

What is the global microcrystalline cellulose market size?

The global microcrystalline cellulose market is expected to reach a valuation of US$ 619.80 Mn in 2022.
The global microcrystalline cellulose market grew at a robust 4.7% CAGR between 2017 and 2022.
Rapid adoption of microcrystalline cellulose in the food & beverage and pharmaceutical sectors, coupled with the introduction of plant-based variants for usage in personal care & cosmetic products are key factors driving sales.
DowDupont Inc., Asahi Kasei Corporation, Mingtai Chemical Co., Ltd., J.RETTENMAIER & SÖHNE GmbH + Co KG, Roquette Frères S.A., Anhui Sunhere Pharmaceutical Excipients Co., Ltd., Accent Microcell Pvt. Ltd., Sigachi Industries Pvt. Ltd., Pharmatrans Sanaq AG, DFE Pharma, Libraw Pharma, Wei Ming Pharmaceutical Mfg Co. Ltd, NB Entrepreneur, and Ankit Pulps and Boards Pvt. Ltd are some of the leading players operating in the global microcrystalline cellulose market.
North America is projected to account for 24.9% of the global microcrystalline cellulose market share during the forecast period.
The microcrystalline cellulose market in Europe is anticipated to command 67.4% of the total market share in 2022.

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