Nonwoven Fabrics Market Research Report – Global Forecast till 2027

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 2027

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

Market Overview


According to MRFR, the Global Nonwoven Fabrics Market is estimated to touch a size of USD 69.18 Billion by 2027, 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


Drivers


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.


Opportunities


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.


Restraints


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.


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



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :


The non-woven fabrics market is projected to grow at a 7.92% CAGR between 2018-2023.

The non-woven fabrics market is predicted to touch USD 69, 186.9 million by 2023.

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.

Global Nonwoven Fabrics Market - Summary


Overview


Nonwoven fabrics are textiles manufactured from staple or long fibers. These fabrics are produced by felting the fibers via mechanical, solvent, and heat treatment. They possess superior absorbency, softness, and high tensile strength.


The global nonwoven fabrics market is estimated to touch a size of USD 69,186.9 million by 2027. It can register a 7% CAGR from 2019 to 2027 (forecast period). The market is primarily driven by the increasing use of these fabrics across construction, geotextile, and hygiene sectors. Awareness of recyclable products coupled with regulations emphasizing on environmental protection can further the market till the end of the forecast period.


The growth of the automotive and construction sectors can lend new wings to the market for its growth. Need for lightweight components coupled with emphasis on reduced emission levels can induce the demand in the nonwoven fabrics market.


Industry Opportunity


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Moreover, applications in geotextiles and agriculture provide abundant opportunities of growth to the nonwoven fabrics market. Rapid urbanization has created the need for methods to improve productivity. Nonwoven fabrics can be used in crop covers, weed control fabrics, biodegradable plants, and others. They can play their part in eliminating weeds and pests which can prove to be a threat to plants.


Segmentation Analysis


By technology, the global nonwoven fabrics market is segmented into dry-laid, wet-laid, and spun melt. The dry-laid segment accounted for the largest market share thanks to its superior tensile strength and numerous applications in textile, hygiene, and medical. Spun melt technology can command a high market demand thanks to its demand in manufacturing bedding, roofing, surgical gowns, and geotextile fabrics.


By material, the nonwoven fabrics market is segmented into rayon, polyethylene, polyethylene terephthalate, polypropylene, wood pulp, bi-component, and others. Polypropylene had the largest market share owing to being primarily used in the healthcare sector. Furthermore, its natural decomposable nature which causes negligible effect on the environment can be credited to its dominance in the market. Polyethylene terephthalate, on the other hand, is used in producing fillings, geotextiles, and needle-punched fabrics.


By function, the market is segmented into disposable and durable. Disposable fabrics can grow at an accelerated pace owing to demand in personal care, hygiene, and medical sectors. This can be attributed to concerns for health and hygiene. Durable fabrics can retain a respectable share of the nonwoven fabrics market owing to application in automotive and geotextiles. Its long shelf life and durability are other factors which can drive segment growth.


By application, the market is segmented into automotive, construction, upholstery, filtration, hygiene & medical, and others. Hygiene & medical accounted for a large market share owing to the use of nonwoven fabrics in producing baby diapers, napkins, and tissues. Affordability of these products combined with high disposable income levels of consumers can drive the segment growth.


Regional Analysis


Geographic segmentation of the global nonwoven fabrics market comprises North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific (APAC), and the Middle East & Africa (MEA).


The APAC nonwoven fabrics market is projected to grow at a rapid clip owing to high demand in automotive, construction, and healthcare sectors. Urbanization and industrialization in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, and India and the rise in infrastructural projects can drive market growth. Inclination towards personal hygiene and improved disposable income levels of consumers are factors projected to fuel the market.


The Europe region is projected to accrue massive market demand owing to regulations outlining the need for components to minimize carbon emission levels. The heightened production of vehicles in the region coupled with the need for biodegradable products can drive market growth.


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.), and Berry Global Inc. (U.S.) are some of the biggest players in the nonwoven fabrics market.