The global non-woven fabrics market size US$ 76 bn by 2027 and CAGR around 7.3% over forecast period 2020 to 2027.
Increasing demand for personal hygiene products coupled with growing population is expected to be a key driving factor for the growth of nonwoven fabrics over the forecast period.
Increasing birth rate and ageing population has contributed to the growing demand for hygiene products such as baby diapers, sanitary napkins and adult incontinence products, which in turn projected to fuel the demand for nonwoven fabrics. Moreover, superior stretchability and flame resistance offered by the product is expected to positively impact the market growth.
Non-woven fabrics are defined as sheet or web structures which are connected mechanically, thermally, or chemically by interweaving fibers of filaments. These sheets are flat and porous those are made of molten plastic or plastic film. Non-woven fabrics are not made by converting fibers into yarn or weaving or knitting. Non-woven fabrics have basic functions including absorbency, resilience, bacterial barriers, softness, stretch, strength, washability, cushioning, flame retardancy, filtering, liquid repellency, and sterility.
The rapidly growing textile industry is the major factor that drives the global non-woven fabrics market. The significant growth of textiles market is due to major shifts in changing lifestyles and convenience across the globe. Furthermore, the increase in disposable income of developing countries is the key driver to boom the non-woven fabric market. Due to mass production of non-woven fabrics it has lower initial cost compared to knit fabrics and woven. Rapid industrialization and advanced technology in textile industry are other factors which fuel the unwoven fabrics demand globally. Increased raw materials costs marginally hinder the growth of the global non-woven fabric market. Increasing raw material prices is the main challenge for the non-woven fabric market. As raw material prices increase, the global non-wovens industry faces challenges. The demand for non-woven fabrics also faced issues associated with stringent rules and regulations for textile industry.
Nonwoven fabric used in road construction in the form of geotextiles to increase the durability of roads. Low maintenance costs associated with nonwovens is expected to fuel its demand in construction applications. Positive outlook on global automobile and transportation industry is further expected to propel growth for non-woven fabrics market over the next six years.
Automobile industry manufactures a large number of exterior and interior parts using nonwoven fabrics owing to its durability, moldability and being lightweight. In addition, positive outlook on automotive industry is expected to have a positive impact on the growth of nonwoven fabric over the forecast period.
The shift in trend towards adoption of safety measures while following practices in the medical industry is also expected to have a positive influence on global non-woven fabrics market growth. Volatile raw material prices coupled with stringent regulation norms imposed on manufacturers on account of growing environmental concerns is anticipated to remain a key challenge for the nonwoven fabric market.
To overcome aforementioned challenges, market participants have shifted their focus on towards development of bio-based nonwoven fabrics to reduce dependence on petrochemicals as raw materials along with minimizing the environmental impact associated with conventional non-wovens. This in turn is expected to further propel the market growth over the forecast period.
Advance fibers such as polylactic acid (PLA) derived from vegetable starch or corn and viscose derived from wood take environmental regulations into consideration and enable innovative products for customers. Successful entry of these products into the global market is expected to provide future opportunities to market participants.
Spunlaid technology is projected to witness notable growth on account of characteristics offered such as random fibrous structure, low drapeability and high liquid retention. Moreover, rising consumption of spunlaid nonwoven in applications such as industrial insulation and metal core packaging owing to high tear strength offered by the product is further expected to boost the market growth.
During forecast period, drylaid technology is likely to create opportunity for major vendors in the market. Nonwoven fabrics are manufactured continuously with the support of drylaid technology. This technology therefore leads to faster belt speed and low cost. In fact, the device is used to manufacture both disposable and reusable products at a wide scale. The drylaid nonwovens are primarily used in the surgical, hygienic, automotive and packaging industries. Owing to its high yield, i.e. fiber per kilogram, producers use polypropylene to produce drylaid non-woven. The high degree of process efficiency and excellent properties of drylaid non-woven have seen fast improvement in recent years. There is a growing market in various industries for non-woven fabrics manufactured using drylaid technology.
Asia Pacific is the largest consumer
The factors such as increasing production and capacities of the manufacturers for non-woven fabric are likely to flourish the market in Asia Pacific. China holds the largest share in the Asia Pacific, owing to increasing demand of non-woven fabric among consumers and also production of non-woven fabric. Also, textile industry is booming in China due to government supports and increasing investment for non-woven fabric. The country remains the biggest garment exporter in the world with immense manufacturing potential, its domestic over-supply, and rising global free trade have hampered the growth of market. The Chinese government has spent US$ 8 Bn for Xinjiang as the hotbed for the manufacture of textiles and clothes. The northwest of China is anticipated be the largest garment manufacturing base in the world by 2030.
Major players include in this report are P.H. Glatfelter Co, E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co, Suominen Corporation, Albarrie, Ahlstrom Corporation, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Johns Manvile (JM), Avintiv Inc., Freudenberg SE, Toray Industries Inc., Asahi Kasei Corporation, and others.
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