As a recent market happening, in August 2019, Hogy Medical Company Limited and Mitsubishi Corporation announced their establishment of the joint venture. The partnership will help the company to increase its sale and market its medical products, where the need for nonwoven in the medical care sector is already inclining. The research report titled Middle East & Africa Non-Woven Fabric Market Outlook, 2026 by Actual Market Research categorizes the market to forecast the revenues and analyze the trends in each of the following segments: based on polymer type, by layer type, by technology, by application, based on countries & major companies.
Activity in the Middle Eastern nonwoven industry is growing. The companies in the Middle East benefit from the local raw material supply and low manufacturing costs. This region has not gone unnoticed, and some high-profile companies have been quick to seize the opportunity to supply the market. Still, the region is full of untapped potentials which allowed the market to USD 2.40 Billion in the year 2015, contributing to less than 10% of the global market. The region is to show a high demand for non-woven material especially for use in absorbent hygiene product manufacture. Even though the market is full of potential, the market still lies beneath the threat of political instability, terrorism, and civil wars. The region is expected to show growth by a difference of 0.33 Million Tonnes between 2021- 2026, and an anticipated value CAGR of over 7%.
In early 2019, Owens & Minor, Inc. signed a medical and surgical supply distribution agreement of USD 3.2 billion with Scripps Health. The agreement will help the company to advance its capabilities of the supply chain. With many marketers joining hands, they bring in technological advancements and developments. This indirectly has been aiding the market awareness in the region. This coupled with the increase in disposable income; the region is showing a great pace in adopting the product. Currently, the market is dominated by single-layer fabric, which held a market share of over 75% in 2020. The regional market is being favored by the increasing hospital-acquired infection, which directly affected the demand. Additionally, due to the Covid outbreak, there has been an astronomical increase in the demand for nonwoven face masks to prevent the spreading of the virus. This has resulted in an increase in demand for nonwoven fabrics across the world at an exponential rate in the region.
A couple of years ago, Freudenberg Group expanded its activities in the Asia region. The expansion will help the company to build strong its global footprints in regions other than its own. The polypropylene type dominated the market, with more than half of the market share. The massive use of spun-bond nonwovens is in the medical textiles fields, especially as spun-bond polypropylene nonwovens fabrics. The spun bond nonwovens consumption accounted for a market of over 35% since 2015. In July 2019, Dallas Zoo established a partnership with Kimberly-Clark Professional for providing safety and quality while feeding animals in the zoo. The partnership will provide a safe, renewable way to dispose of the gloves used.
PLA spunbond fabrics are decomposable and environmentally friendly. Because these fabrics are thermally bonded, they do not have any binder chemicals. The region has been concentrating on marketing environmental products in recent times, which have been promoting non-woven fabrics for daily uses. WPT Nonwovens Corporation expanded its operations at its Kentucky facility. The new production unit also added a product line to the company’s portfolio which will be used to expand capacity and meet increasing demand.
With major global companies trying to bridge the gap in demand & supply in the market, the top 3 players- Berry Global Inc., Freudenberg Group, Ahlstrom- Munksj?, accounted for an approx. of 15% in 2019. Other major players in the market include Kimberly-Clark, DuPont de Nemours, Fitesa, Glatfelter Corporation, Lydall, Toray Industries, Johns Manville, Suominen Corporation, TWE Group, Low & Bonar, Zhejiang Kingsafe, Avgol, etc.