Face mask and disinfecting wipes which are key barriers against Covid-19 are made of nonwoven materials. In addition, general-purpose medical nonwovens like underpads, gauze, and medical garments may all be useful in treating any increase in patients. Most effective face masks based on nonwovens use melt-blown nonwovens as the primary component. The research report titled Global Non-Woven Fabric Market Overview, 2020-26 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 region, countries & major companies.
The global nonwoven fabric market was valued at USD 32.76 Billion in the year 2015. Furthermore, with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic affecting all countries, the need for medical protective gear has never been so high, which subsequently surges the demand for nonwoven fabric. As such, the global nonwoven fabric market is projected to experience healthy growth over the forecast period. The market is expected to show a value difference of USD 17.72 Billion, while a volume difference of 8.34 Million Tonnes. The global nonwoven fabric market is projected to witness substantial growth, owing to increasing investments in the construction, medical, and personal care sectors. The increasing population, growing investments in the medical and hygiene sector, rising per capita income, and rapidly growing construction sector are the primary factors driving the market growth. The growth of the Asia Pacific market is driven by countries such as India and China, owing to the rapidly growing construction, automobile, and healthcare sectors in the region.
By application, the hygiene segment is the largest in the nonwoven fabrics market. Nonwovens are used as an alternative to traditional textiles in hygiene products due to their softness, smoothness, comfort, and cost-effectiveness. Owing to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for nonwoven fabrics for hygiene applications is also accelerating, bringing more opportunities for the manufacturers operating in nonwoven hygiene products. Apart from sustainability and environmental demand, the introduction of new technologies in automobiles and reducing model lifecycles are the other significant factors driving the demand for nonwoven fabric materials in the automobile industry. The automotive segment is to witness a high usage growth of the product in the coming period, which is to record a CAGR of 8.50%.
Most nonwovens are engineered to be single-use products, and function adequately for the applications for which they’re designed. Products such as automotive nonwovens and geo-synthetic nonwovens are intended to last for a long time and are often called durable. Covid-19 pandemic increased the demand for single layer nonwoven fabrics. The leading segment was valued at USD 34.63 Billion in the year 2020. The nonwoven industry prefers to refer to these long-lasting products as long-life nonwovens, rather than durable products.
The increasing child population in Asia-Pacific is projected to propel the demand for disposable diapers in the region. Emerging economies such as Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam, with comparatively low penetration of disposable diapers and high birth rates, are estimated to be the fastest-growing markets in the region. The demographic trend of the aging population in developed regions is projected to spur the demand for adult incontinence products in those regions. The increasing old age population in these developed regions is projected to fuel the demand for nonwoven adult incontinence products over the forecast period, thereby catalyzing the growth of the nonwoven fabric market.
The nonwoven fabric market is fragmented, comprising several large and small players, Berry Global Inc., Freudenberg Group & Ahlstrom- Munksj?, being the top 3. 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.