Microcrystalline cellulose is a purified partially hydrolyzed cellulose widely used food production, beverage, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, and various other industries. In 2016, pharmaceutical filed was the major downstream with the consumption market share of 45.31%.
First, the microcrystalline cellulose industry concentration is high; there are some large manufacturers in the world, and high-end products mainly from America and western European. According to the statistics, the top five manufacturers, FMC, JRS, Mingtai, Asahi Kasei and Tembec, were estimated to hold for population market share 62.56 % in 2016.
Geographically, the production of microcrystalline cellulose is mainly focus on USA, Europe, South America, China, Japan and India. USA, Europe dominated the market with the share 24.18% and 22.86% respectively. In addition, American has a long history and unshakable status in this industry, FMC is the largest manufacturer in the world and its plant in USA located in Newark, DE. As to Europe, the JRS has become a global leader. In Taiwan, it is Mingtai that leads the technology development. In China, the manufactures focus in Anhui, Shandong and Zhejiang province.