Nonwoven Fabrics Market Research Report – Global Forecast till 2030

Nonwoven Fabrics Market Research Report: By Technology (Dry-laid, Wet-laid, Spun Melt), By Material (Rayon, Polyethylene, Polypropylene, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Wood Pulp, Bi-component, Others), By Function (Disposable, Durable), By Application (Hygiene, Filtration, Upholstery, Construction, Automotive, Others) - Global Forecast till 2030

ID: MRFR/CnM/5990-CR | February 2019 | Region: Global | 259 pages         

Nonwoven Fabrics Market

Global Nonwoven Fabrics Market is estimated to touch a size of USD 69.18 Billion by 2030, registering a 7% CAGR over the forecast period.


By Technology Dry-laid Wet-laid Spun Melt
By Material Rayon Polyethylene Polypropylene Polyethylene Terephthalate Wood Pulp Bi-component Others
By Function Disposable Durable
By Application Hygiene Filtration Upholstery Construction Automotive Others

Key Players

  • TWE GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)
  • Ahlstrom-Munksjo (Finland)
  • Johns Manville (U.S.)
  • Suominen Corporation (U.S.)
  • Freudenberg & Co. KG (Germany)
  • Fiberwebindia Ltd. (India)
  • Asahi Kasei Corporation (Japan)
  • Avgol Ltd. (Israel)
  • Umazomo Nonwovens (Pty) Ltd.
  • Fitesa (Brazil)


  • the use of nonwoven materials for products in medical applications is growing.
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Market Overview

According to MRFR, the Global Nonwoven Fabrics Market is estimated to touch a size of USD 69.18 Billion by 2030, registering a 7% CAGR over the forecast period. The increasing use of these fabrics in the building, geotextile, and hygiene industries is primarily driving the demand. Until the end of the projected era, awareness of recyclable goods combined with legislation stressing environmental sustainability would be able to advance the market.

COVID-19 Analysis

The demand for nonwoven fabrics is predicted to see substantial growth during COVID-19. In reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic, nonwoven producers across the globe are expanding their manufacturing potential and investing in machinery to produce critical health care goods. Over the projected era, the rise in the amount of cases worldwide and the rising need for health care staff are projected to raise the demand for disposable hospital equipment and nonwoven products.

Market Dynamics


Growing Applications in the Healthcare Sector to Drive Market Growth

The development of the new healthcare industry in developing economies, an increase in the birth rate and an increase in the geriatric population in western countries are main growth factors of the nonwoven fabrics industry. Owing to the launch of products with lower prices for use in cost-sensitive hospitals, the use of nonwoven materials for products in medical applications is growing. Several government programmes to monitor HAIs (Hospital Acquired Infections) are commonly used in hospitals to facilitate the usage of nonwoven medical items, such as disposable & reusable surgical gowns, pads, gloves, and instrument wraps. In addition, the rising birth rate and the ageing population have led to an increasing market for hygiene products such as infant diapers, sanitary napkins and incontinence products for adults, which in turn is expected to fuel the demand for nonwoven fabrics. In addition, the product's superior stretchability and burn tolerance are anticipated to have a beneficial effect on consumer development.


Growing Adoption from the Automotive Sector to Create Growth Avenues for the Market

In most of its product segments, particularly for nonwoven fabrics, technological improvements have led the textile industry to witness high growth. It is expected that emerging technology will reduce manufacturing costs, thereby making the production of nonwoven textiles economically viable. As alternatives to conventional membranes, the inclusion of nanofiber and high-performance material technologies is emerging, providing new possibilities for nonwoven producers. In addition, due to its reliability, moldability and light weight, the automotive industry produces a significant variety of exterior and interior components using nonwoven fabrics. In addition, a favourable outlook for the automobile sector over the projected period is projected to have a significant effect on the growth of nonwoven fabrics.


Fluctuating Raw Material Prices Impedes Market Growth

One of the most important factors having a significant effect on the end-product industry is the supply of raw materials, such as polyester and cotton. In addition, the growth of the global nonwoven fabric industry is moderately hindered by higher prices for raw materials. The sector is impacted by developments in the demands of consumers, high energy prices and foreign trading trends. In addition, the strict regulatory requirements placed on producers due to increasing environmental issues are expected to remain a key challenge for the nonwoven fabric industry.

Segmental Analysis

By Technology

The worldwide nonwoven fabrics industry is segmented by technology into dry-laid, wet-laid, and spun melt. Thanks to its superior tensile strength and various uses in textiles, grooming, and medical applications, the dry-laid segment accounted for the largest market share. Thanks to its demand in the manufacture of bedding, roofing, surgical gowns, and geotextile fabrics, spun melt technology will regulate high market demand.

By Material

By material, rayon, polyethylene, polyethylene terephthalate, polypropylene, wood pulp, bi-component, and others are segmented into the nonwoven fabrics industry. The highest market share of polypropylene was due to its predominant use in the healthcare industry. In addition, its inherent decomposable existence can be attributed to its superiority in the industry, causing a marginal impact on the climate. In the other hand, polyethylene terephthalate is used in fillings, geotextiles, and needle-punched materials.

By Function

The market is segmented, by function, into disposable and durable. Owing to demand in the personal care, grooming, and medical industries, disposable fabrics will expand at an accelerated speed. This can be due to fitness and sanitation issues. Due to use in vehicles and geotextiles, durable fabrics can maintain a decent share of the nonwoven fabrics industry. Other variables that can push segment growth are its long shelf life and longevity.

By Application

By application, the market is segmented into automotive, construction, upholstery, filtration, hygiene & medical, and others. Due to the use of nonwoven materials in making infant diapers, napkins, and towels, Hygiene & Medical accounted for a significant market share. The affordability of these goods, coupled with high customer disposable income levels, will drive the growth of the market.

Regional Analysis

Four main areas, including the Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, and the rest of the world, have been given a geographical description of the global economy.

North America led by Growth in established end-use Sectors

Significant demand growth in nonwoven fabrics is also anticipated in North America due to increasing production performance, combined with the expected turnaround in construction activities over the forecast period. However, it is expected that the maturity of some disposable products, such as diapers, will limit the growth of the market to some extent.

APAC to account as Fastest Growing Region

Due to high demand in the automobile, manufacturing, and healthcare industries, the APAC nonwoven fabric market is projected to expand at a rapid pace. Business development can be driven by urbanisation and industrialization in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and India and the increase in infrastructural projects. Factors such as strengthening the world economy, growing the working population, and increasing domestic demand for hygiene goods are projected to fuel the nonwoven cloth market. Factors that are supposed to drive the demand are an inclination towards personal grooming and improved disposable income levels of customers.

Germany to Lead Europe Market

Because of legislation detailing the need for components to reduce carbon emissions levels, the European Region is expected to expand significant consumer demand. Market development can be propelled by the increased production of automobiles in the region, coupled with the need for biodegradable goods. Due to the production of automotive parts in Spain, Italy, the U.K. and Germany, the European region is also projected to demonstrate a stellar growth rate.

Competitive Landscape

  • TWE GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)

  • Ahlstrom-Munksjo (Finland)

  • Johns Manville (U.S.)

  • Suominen Corporation (U.S.)

  • Freudenberg & Co. KG (Germany)

  • Fiberwebindia Ltd. (India)

  • Asahi Kasei Corporation (Japan)

  • Avgol Ltd. (Israel)

  • Umazomo Nonwovens (Pty) Ltd. (South Africa)

  • Fitesa (Brazil)

  • Toray Industries, Inc. (Japan)

  • KCWW (U.S.)

  • DowDuPont (U.S.)

  • Glatfelter (U.S.)

  • Berry Global Inc. (U.S.) 

Recent Development

June 2020: In order to satisfy the growing global demand for face masks, Lydall invested in a new fine fibre melt-blown manufacturing line. This new production line would enable Lydall to manufacture and substantially increase their supply of high-quality fine fibre melt blown filtration media for N95, surgical, and medical face masks and help mitigate the scarcity of melt-blown materials, both in the US and internationally.

May 2020: Berry Global announced an extension of its Meltex melt-blown capabilities, with the inclusion of an asset during COVID-19 to meet the rising demand for face masks. The manufacture of nonwoven safety materials and filter materials for premium filter media grades FFP2 (N95) and FFP3 (N99) will be the priority of the new line.

March 2019: Karl Mayer, a German renowned textile machine manufacturer, has launched Racop-NW machine series to set the standard within the nonwoven sector. These machines will bond fibrous webs for forming nonwovens utilizing 2-3 guide bars, thereby providing the general perks of knitting technology compared to other processes.

Report Overview

By Technology

  • dry-laid

  • wet-laid

  • spun melt

By Material

  • rayon, polyethylene

  • polyethylene terephthalate

  • polypropylene

  • wood pulp

  • bi-component

  • others

By Function

  • Disposable

  • Durable

By Application

  • Automotive

  • Construction

  • Upholstery

  • Filtration

  • hygiene & medical

  • others

Report Scope:
Report Attribute/Metric Details
  Market Size   2030: USD 69.18 Billion
  CAGR   7% (2022–2030)
  Base Year   2021
  Forecast Period   2022-2030
  Historical Data   2019 & 2020
  Forecast Units   Value (USD Billion)
  Report Coverage   Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends
  Segments Covered   By Technology, Material, Function, Application and Region
  Geographies Covered   North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World (RoW)
  Key Vendors   WE GmbH & Co. KG (Germany),Ahlstrom-Munksjo (Finland),Johns Manville (U.S.),Suominen Corporation (U.S.),Freudenberg & Co. KG (Germany),Fiberwebindia Ltd. (India),Asahi Kasei Corporation (Japan),Avgol Ltd. (Israel),Umazomo Nonwovens (Pty) Ltd. (South Africa),Fitesa (Brazil),Toray Industries, Inc. (Japan), KCWW (U.S.),DowDuPont (U.S.),Glatfelter (U.S.),Berry Global Inc. (U.S.)
  Key Market Opportunities   Growing Adoption from the Automotive Sector to Create Growth Avenues for the Market
  Key Market Drivers   Growing Applications in the Healthcare Sector to Drive Market Growth

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The non-woven fabrics market is projected to grow at a 7.92% CAGR between 2018-2030.

The non-woven fabrics market is predicted to touch USD 69, 186.9 million by 2030.

Asia Pacific will dominate the non-woven fabrics market.

Some of the major applications of non-woven fabrics include construction, automotive, filtration, hygiene, and upholstery.

Volatile raw material prices may limit market growth.