The nonwoven fabric, also known as a nonwoven fabric, is composed of directional or random fibers. Because of its appearance and specific properties, it is called cloth. Nonwoven fabrics are moisture-proof, breathable, flexible, lightweight, non-combustible, easy to decompose, non-toxic, and non-irritating, rich in color, inexpensive, and reusable. Nonwoven fabrics do not have warp and weft threads. They are very convenient for cutting and sewing, and they are lightweight and easy to set. Because it does not require spinning and weaving to form a fabric, textile staple fibers or just filaments oriented or random arrangement to develop a web structure, and then using mechanical, chemical, or thermal bonding methods made by solidifying.
The global nonwoven fabric market size was value at USD 28.44 billion in 2019 and expected to generate USD 44.88 billion by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 5.25% during the forecast period, 2020-2027. The growth of the market is driven by the growth of modern healthcare in developing markets and increasing awareness of environmentally friendly fabrics. Further, the swelling demand for personal hygiene products coupled with the growing population will propel the nonwoven fabric demand globally. Additionally, the proliferation of new technologies, upsurge in disposable income levels, and rapid urbanization are anticipated to enhance the nonwoven fabric demand. The growing application base in the healthcare and personal care industry and the swelling demand from the automotive industry will trigger the growth of the global nonwoven fabric market industry in the future periods.
The shifting consumer preferences in favor of hygiene products against the backdrop of rising health awareness, changing lifestyles, and better living standards will boost the global nonwoven fabric industry growth. Moreover, the cost-effectiveness of the raw materials used in their manufacturing and growing demand from its application in manufacturing filters such as filtering gasoline, oil, and air will positively impact the nonwoven fabric market. Furthermore, the swelling birth rate, aging population, and increasing demand for hygiene products such as baby diapers, sanitary napkins, and adult incontinence products are anticipated to foster the global market growth. Additionally, the surge in application of nonwoven fabric in road construction in the form of geotextiles to raise the durability of roads will positively impact the nonwoven fabric market. The increase in the importance of nonwoven fabric in geotextiles for providing high tear and puncture resistance, temperature fluctuation tolerance, and durability propels the growth of the market across the globe.
The child population in developing countries is projected to surge soon. According to the United Nations, population of China in 2019 is 1.43 billion. This increase is due to higher total fertility rates following the availability of new estimates from the 2017 National Fertility Survey and registers data up to 2017. These factors will propel the demand for disposable diapers in the region. United Nations also stated that there were 703 million persons aged 65 or over in the world in 2019. The number of older persons is projected to double to 1.5 billion in 2050.
Geotextile is a new type of construction materials used in civil engineering. Nonwoven geotextile is mainly used in highway, railway, water conservancy, electric power, soil and water conservation, and infrastructure construction. It has excellent filtering, isolation, reinforcement and protection, high tensile strength, good permeability, high-temperature resistance, and resistance freezing, aging resistance, corrosion resistance, and other advantages. In many constructions, the nonwoven geotextile was not used, which caused significant problems such as dam collapse, rupture, and piping.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is having a positive impact on the nonwoven fabric market. The global pandemic COVID-19 pandemic has led to lockdown in major world cities, which led to manufacturing activities across the globe, which affected the demand for plastics and production & processing. However, the sudden increase in the need for medical and industrial protective apparel across the world will trigger the nonwoven fabric market’s growth.
Based on the technology, the global nonwoven fabric market segregated into dry-laid, spunmelt, wet-laid, and others. The dry-laid segment is expected to dominate the global nonwoven fabrics market over the forecast period. It is due to the growing application of dry-laid in wipes, personal care, and packaging markets. The upsurge in disposable income levels and rapid urbanization will fuel the dry-laid nonwoven fabrics market.
The spunmelt segment will grow at a significant CAGR in the forecast period. It is due to the growing usage of spunmelt in the hygiene industry to make disposable diapers, feminine care products, gowns, coveralls, masks, hospital disposables, etc.
Based on the material type, the global nonwoven fabric market classified into polypropylene (PP), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polyethylene (PE), rayon, wood pulp, bi-component (BICO) and others. The polypropylene segment is estimated to witness the highest growth over the analysis timeframe due to the surge in demand for polypropylene nonwoven fabrics because of its availability in various types of grades and properties, which can be modified by treatments and auxiliary chemicals.
The polyethylene terephthalate will grow at a significant rate during the forecast period due to the surge in applications in civil engineering applications such as insulation, roofing, and floor separation fulfilling the acceptable quality level values.
Based on the function, the global nonwoven fabric market classified into disposable and non-disposable. The disposable segment is expected to be the highest revenue share for nonwoven fabric during the forecast period. The segment’s growth is primarily attributed to the upsurge in demand for healthcare assistance and incontinence products coupled with the growing availability of modern healthcare to an emerging market.
The non-disposable segment will witness a lucrative growth rate in the estimated period due to the growing construction spending in emerging markets and the surge in application of nonwoven fabric in the automotive industry for automobile interiors, cabin filters, floor mats, and seat trims.
Based on the application, the global nonwoven fabric market segregated into hygiene, construction, wipes, upholstery, filtration, automotive, and others. The hygiene segment held for a significant market share in 2019 and will witness to gain maximum market revenue by 2027. It is attributable to the increasing usages of nonwoven fabric in the manufacturing of baby diapers, sanitary napkins, adult incontinence products, training pants, and lens tissues.
The construction segment is poised to witness significant growth over the forecast period. It is due to the number of infrastructure development projects that are swelling in both developing and developed economies.
Based on geography, the global Nonwoven Fabric market segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, and Middle East & Africa. The Asia Pacific projected to grow at the highest CAGR over 2020-2027. It is owing to the swelling birthrate in China and India, which led to the rising baby diaper production, increasing income levels, and growing construction spending in emerging economies such as India and China.
North America will capture a prominent share of the nonwoven fabric market by 2027. Due to the presence of established transportation industry and the reconstruction of infrastructure in the country.
Companies such as DuPont, Kimberly-Clarke, Berry Global Group, Ahlstrom-Munksjö, Freudenberg, Suominen, Johns Manville, Fitesa, TWE Group, Toray Industries, Avgol Industries, Asahi Kasei, Fiberweb, Umzamo Nonwovens, Sunshine Nonwoven Fabric, Autotech Nonwovens, Hollingsworth & Vose, Milliken & Company, Pegas Nonwovens, Fibertex Nonwovens, Cygnus Group, HydroWEB, US Felt Company, and Bayteks Tekstil are the key players in the global nonwoven fabric market.