According to a recent market study published by Growth Market Reports, titled, “Global Vulcanized Fibre Market by Type, by End Use, and by Region: Size, Share, Trends and Opportunity Analysis, 2016-2031”, the market was valued at US$ 301.2 Million in 2022 and is anticipated to grow at a growth rate of 5.8% by the year 2031.

Vulcanized fibre is one of the oldest plastics. It was first commercialized in 1879. This material is extremely adaptable and are employed in a wide range of mechanical and electrical applications. Vulcanized fibre have high dielectric strength. This fibre can be machined, shaped, bent, sheared, punched, milled, turn, and drilled to make a wide range of products. Cotton and/or cellulose fibre webs are passed through a parchmentizing bath containing zinc-chloride solution or sulphuric acid, which partially dissolves the fibre to create vulcanized fibre. Individual fibres and webs are then joined by pressing the liquid out, without the use of any bonding chemicals. Vulcanized fibre is utilized not only for punched parts, seals, and laminate backings but also is used as backing material for abrasive discs. This is because of its exceptional ductility, mechanical strength, and stability at a low weight. 

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The vulcanized fibre market has been fragmented based on by Type, by End Use. By Type, the Global Vulcanized Fibre Market are categorized as Commercial Grade, Electrical Grade, and Others. In terms of End Use, the market is categorized as Electrical, Textile, and Others. The market is segmented into North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Middle East & Africa.

Key factors that are anticipated to fuel the demand for the vulcanized fibre market during the forecast period are rising demand from the textile industry, increasing demand from the electrical industry, and growing demand for sustainable and eco-friendly materials. Vulcanized fibre is widely used as electrical insulation material in various electrical applications. It provides excellent dielectric strength, electrical insulation properties, and resistance to high temperatures. Vulcanized fibre is used for insulating components such as electrical transformers, motor windings, coil formers, electrical switches, and other electrical apparatus. The growing electrical industry, including power generation, distribution and electrical equipment manufacturing, is driving the demand for vulcanized fibre for insulation purposes in the market.

The Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic affected the vulcanized fibre market. The production facilities have faced operational challenges, due to lockdowns, social distancing, and workforce disruptions. These factors have led to reduced production output. The COVID-19 outbreak is an unsurpassed public health emergency that affected almost every industry. The global economic slowdown caused by the pandemic led to reduced demand for various end-use applications of vulcanized fibre. Production and sales of electrical components declined during this period.

As per growth market reports industry analyst Partha Paul, “Vulcanized fibres are low–pressure laminate plastics. They are made from the treatment of cellulose with zinc chloride. Increasing demand for vulcanized fibres from industries such as electrical, textiles, automotive, and others is driving the market. The vulcanized fibre market in the Asia Pacific is anticipated to register a growth of 5.6% during the forecast period. This growth is attributed to the rapid industrialization and expansion of key industries, such as automotive, electronics, and construction."

A supply chain is a network between a manufacturer and suppliers to produce and distribute a specific product to the final buyers. This network includes different people, regulatory bodies, entities, information, and resources. Raw materials used for manufacturing vulcanized fibre, including cotton linters and various chemicals, such as zinc chloride, acids, and bases, are shipped to manufacturers. Vulcanized fibre is produced by guiding a web of cellulose fibres through a parchmentizing process containing sulphuric acid or zinc-chloride solution. The liquid is further pressed out to produce vulcanized fibre. Distributors store finished products in large inventories and are mediators in the supply chain. They directly obtain the products from the manufacturers and pass them midstream. End-users of vulcanized fibre include the manufacturers of electronic components, textiles, and others.

Key Takeaways from the Study:

  • The players in the Vulcanized Fibre Market include DYNOS GmbH, ESPE Manufacturing Co., Inc., Hokuetsu Corporation, ITEN Industries, New Process Fibre Company, Oliner Fibre Co., Inc., RH Nuttall, Sachsenröder, and weihe electric co., ltd. held a major market share of the Vulcanized Fibre Market in the year 2022.

  • Based on type, the global vulcanized fibre market is categorized into commercial grade, electrical grade, and others. A pure, dense, cellulose material with good electrical insulating qualities and high mechanical strength is vulcanized fibre. The electrical grade of vulcanized fibre is known as fish paper. Fishpaper has a lightweight and is simple to shape & punch. It is more heat and cold resistant than equivalent plastic materials. This grade of vulcanized fibres are used in electric coils, fuse tubes, electrical switches and others. Bone grade, trunk fibre, bobbin grade, railroad grade, abrasive grades, bobbin grade, shuttle grade, and others are different types of vulcanized fibre. Bone grade vulcanized fibre is suitable for mechanical applications, as it is extremely robust and wear resistant. Trunk Fibres are used to surface steamer trunks, drum cases, worn, and skid panels, as they are strong and abrasion-resistant.

  • Based on end use, the global vulcanized fibre market is categorized electrical, textile, and others. The textile industry is focused on the manufacturing and distribution of textiles such as yarn, cloth, and clothing. Vulcanized fibres are used indirectly in the industry. For example, vulcanized fibres are used to manufacture gaskets and washers used in textile machinery. Vulcanized fibres are used to manufacture bobbins as well. Bobbins are used in spinning, weaving, knitting, sewing, and lacemaking. Vulcanized fibres provide high mechanical strength as well as can stand high stress during machining. They are also used to manufacture wood shuttles. These wood shuttles are used in the textile industry, as they withstand repeated pounding received by the textile power looms.

  • In terms of regions, the global vulcanized fibre market is divided into North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. The market in Asia Pacific is projected to boost during the forecast period, owing to the increasing demand for lightweight and cost-effective materials in the automotive, aerospace, and electrical industries in the region. Emphasis on reducing overall weight and operational cost is high in these industries, resulting in the high adoption of durable, versatile, and eco-friendly alternatives, such as vulcanized fibre. Additionally, the market is propelled by the electrical insulation and mechanical properties of vulcanized fibre, which make it suitable for an array of applications, such as circuit-breaking devices, electrical insulation, and sound damping in vehicles. The market in North America is expected to register significant growth, due to the increasing focus on renewable energy and environmentally friendly products. The presence of key market players and technological advancements fuel the demand for vulcanized fibre in this region. Expanding industrial sector in Latin America region, including automotive, electronics, and packaging industries, is driving the demand for vulcanized fibre for use in insulation, electrical components, and packaging materials. Additionally, favourable government policies and investments in infrastructure development are expected to contribute to market growth.

Report Scope:

Report Metric


Market Value in 2022

US$ 301.2 Million

Market Growth Rate (from 2023 to 2031)


Historical Data

2016 - 2021

Base Year


Forecast Period

2023 – 2031

Units Considered

Value (US$ Million)

Market Segments

By Type, By End Use, and By Region

Key Companies Profiled

DYNOS GmbH, ESPE Manufacturing Co., Inc., Hokuetsu Corporation, ITEN Industries, New Process Fibre Company, Oliner Fibre Co., Inc., RH Nuttall, Sachsenröder, and weihe electric co., ltd.

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Target Audience:

  • Supply-side: Manufacturer and distributors.

  • Demand Side: Electrical, Textile, and Others.

  • Regulatory Side: Concerned government authorities, and other approval regulatory bodies.

  • Associations and Industry Bodies:  Gulf Cooperation Council, International Trade Administration