Oil collected from cashews expected to hit $450 million market value by 2026.

Cashew nut shell liquid (CNSL) – A byproduct of the edible cashew market, the shell encapsulates the nut, and both sit under the inedible cashew apple on the plant. Once extracted, the shell’s oil (CNSL) is a viscous, dark reddish-brown liquid that has several industrial uses.

Extraction process – After removing the edible cashew nut, shells are placed between layers of permeable materials and mechanically pressed with a hydraulic or screw press.

7.3% projected compound annual growth rate (CAGR)

Motor vehicle CNSL applications

• Laminating, epoxy resins
• Rubber compounding, rubber cement

• Dark-colored anti-corrosion primers, coatings 

Material advantages

• Anti-microbial
• Acid-resistant 

• Rust-proof 

$171.2 million projected North American CNSL demand by 2026, 38% of global industry

Source: Reports and Data “Cashew Nut Shell Liquid (CNSL) Market Type (Raw Cashew Nut Shell Liquid and Technical Cashew Nut Shell Liquid), Applications (Friction Linings, Paints and Varnishes, Laminating Resins, Rubber Compounding, Cashew Cements, and Others), End User - Forecast to 2026.”