Microbial cellulose is produced by the fermentation of culture media rich in glucose and fructose as the main carbon sources. Microbial cellulose has higher tensile strength, water holding capacity and is biodegradable unlike plant cellulose which is hard to biodegrade. Microbial cellulose is gaining immense traction as a biomaterial as it is an eco-friendly alternative to various conventional plastics such as polyethylene and polypropylene. It is also being used in the biomedical industry for wound dressing and medical implants. Thus, various applications scope driving the microbial cellulose market growth across the globe.
Over the past few years, climate change, greenhouse gas emissions, and overexploitation of non-renewable resources have adversely impacted the environment, significantly raising sustainability concerns worldwide. Therefore, governments of the US, China, Japan, European Union member states, and various countries are promoting the development of eco-friendly products to reduce the environmental footprints and support the growth of a circular economy. In September 2022, the US government signed an executive order (EO) that sets bold goals for the US bioeconomy aiming to decarbonize the chemicals & materials industry and leverage biomanufacturing to scale-up novel technologies and develop new bio-based carbon-neutral chemicals and materials. Therefore, manufacturers are also investing in bio-based products, including microbial cellulose, to meet sustainability goals and increase market competitiveness. For instance, in February 2023, Bioweg, a German startup engaged in the production of microbial cellulose, and Ginkgo Bioworks, a company that develops cell programming and biosecurity platforms, signed a partnership agreement to optimize the production of microbial cellulose and develop novel cellulose variants that can substitute conventional plastics. Thus, increasing demand for sustainable, bio-based materials coupled with strategic initiatives taken by key market players are expected to open lucrative growth opportunities in the microbial cellulose market over the forecast period.
A few players operating in the microbial cellulose market are ScobyTec GmbH, BOWIL Biotech SP Zoo, Polybion SL, Bacpolyzyme Biyomuhendislik Ltd, Axcelon Biopolymers Corp, Bioweg UG, Cellulose Lab Inc, Bacterial Cellulose Solutions Inc, Ashland Inc, and BIOINSPIRED MATERIALS SL. among few others.
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