Nonwoven materials and products are the fabrics made of parallel laid,cross laid or randomly laid webs bonded with application of adhesives or thermoplastics fibers under the application of pressure and heat. Nonwoven fabrics possess properties such as liquid repellence, absorbency, resilience, softness, stretch, strength, flame retardancy, thermal insulation, cushioning, filtration and acoustic insulation among others. Owing to all these properties, nonwoven materials and products are widely used in several industries across the globe. The major product segments of nonwoven materials and products consist ofpolypropylene, polyester and nylon. Nonwoven materials and products are utilized in variety of applications in industries such as medical, healthcare, textiles, construction, agriculture, automobile, paper and packaging among others.The revenue generated by the global nonwoven materials and products market was USD 28,783.8 million in 2012which is expected to reach USD 45,363.7 million by 2019, growing at a CAGR of 6.7% from 2013 to 2019.
Polypropylenenonwoven fabric accounted for the largest share of the global nonwoven materials and products market in 2012, followed by polyester and nylon nonwoven fabrics. The polypropylenesegment of nonwoven materials and products market generated revenue of USD 16,438.7 million in 2012 and is anticipated to reach USD 25,808.2 million in 2019, growing at a CAGR of 6.7% from 2013 to 2019.Though polypropylene market is the largest product segment of nonwoven materials and products, the other segment that includes cellulosics, bio-component fibers and nano-fibers, is the most attractive market.
Durable applications segment was the largest market segment of nonwoven materials and productsin 2012. The durableapplications segment of the nonwoven materials and productsmarket generated revenue of USD 17,716.0 million in 2012 and is anticipated to reach USD 28,335.6 million in 2019, growing at a CAGR of 7.0% from 2013 to 2019.Disposable applications segmentis theother major application segment ofnonwoven materials and products.Durable applications segmentdominated the global nonwoven materials and productsconsumption in 2012 and the consistent growth in automobile, construction and agriculture industry across the globe is driving the nonwoven materials and productsmarket.Moreover, the robust demand from medical disposables market is the key factor that is acting as a growth driver for the nonwoven materials and productsmarket.
The global nonwoven materials and productsmarket is segmented based on geography.Asia Pacific represents the largest and the most crucialmarket for the nonwoven materials and productsindustry.In the recent past, nonwoven materials and productsmarket in Asia Pacificwas driven by strong demand from the medical, construction and agriculture market in emerging economies such as China and India.Europewas the second largest market for nonwoven materials and products followed by North America and RoW. Due to the saturation in the European and North Americanmarket, Asia Pacific is expected to be the most attractive market for nonwoven materials and productsin the future.
The continuously increasing medical and healthcare industry across the globe is propelling the demand for nonwoven materials and products. Polypropylene nonwoven fabric wasthe largest consumed nonwoven material across the worldin 2012 which is used in applications such asautomobile, construction, air and liquid filtration, industrial, medical, hygiene, textiles and protective clothing among others. The growing demand for nonwoven fabrics from medical disposables and durable applications segment is expected to drive the demand for nonwoven materials and products in the future. However, the issues regarding volatility of raw material prices and saturation in developed markets may curtail the market growth in future. Freudenberg SE, Ahlstrom Incorporation, Du Pont, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Polymer Group Incorporation, and Asahi Kasei Corporation are some of the major manufacturers of nonwoven materials and products.
The report covers forecast and analysis for the nonwoven materials and products market on a global and regional level. The demand forecast is done based on volumes (kilo tons) and revenue (USD million) for the period ranging from 2013 to 2019. The study includes the drivers and restraints for the nonwoven materials and products market along with the impact they have on the demand over the forecast period. Moreover, the report includes the study of the opportunities available in the nonwoven materials and products market on a global and regional level.
To give the users of this report a comprehensive view on the nonwoven materials and products market, we have included a detailed value chain analysis. To understand the competitive landscape in the market, an analysis of the Porters five forces model for the nonwoven materials and products market has also been included. The study encompasses a market attractiveness analysis, wherein the applications are benchmarked based on their market size, growth rate and general attractiveness.
The study provides a decisive view on the nonwoven materials and products market by segmenting the market based on its product segments and applications. All the product and application segments have been analyzed based on present and future trends and the market is estimated from 2013 to 2019. The regional segmentation includes the current and forecast demand for North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Rest of the world (RoW). This segment includes the demand for individual applications and product segments in all the regions.
The report covers detailed competitive outlook including the market share and company profiles of the key participants operating in the global market. Key players profiled in the report include Freudenberg SE, Ahlstrom Incorporation, Du Pont, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Polymer Group Incorporation, and Asahi Kasei Corporation among others. The company profiles include attributes like company overview, financial overview, business strategy, SWOT analysis and recent developments.
Inflation is not a part of pricing in this report. Prices of nonwoven materials and products and its derivatives vary in each region. Hence, a similar volume-to-revenue ratio does not follow for each individual region. The same price for each application has been taken into account while estimating and forecasting market revenue on the global basis. Regional average price has been considered while breaking down this market by end application in each region.
This report provides the market size of nonwoven materials and products for 2011 and 2012, and forecast for the next six years. The global nonwoven materials and products market size is given in terms of both volume as well as revenue. Market volumes are defined in kilo tons and market revenue is in USD million. Market numbers are estimated based on various nonwoven materials and products and key end application markets. Market size and forecast for each major application is provided in the context of the global as well as regional market.
For the research report, we conducted in-depth interviews and discussions with a wide range of key industry participants and opinion leaders. Primary research represents the bulk of research efforts, supplemented by an extensive secondary research. We reviewed key players’ product literature, annual reports, press releases and relevant documents for competitive analysis and market understanding. Secondary research also includes a search of recent trade, technical writing, internet sources, and statistical data from government websites, trade associations and agencies. This has proven to be the most reliable, effective and successful approach for obtaining precise market data, capturing industry participants’ insights and recognizing business opportunities.
Where no hard data is available, we use modeling and estimates in order to produce comprehensive data sets. A rigorous methodology is adopted, wherein the available hard data is cross-referenced with the typical data types to produce estimates. These data type include demographic data such as population split by segments, macroeconomic indicators such as GDP, inflation rate, etc. and industry indicators such as expenditure, technology stage and infrastructure, sector growth and facilities. This data is then cross-checked by an expert panel.
Nonwoven Materials & Products Market: Product Segment Analysis
- Others (Cellulosics, Bio-component fibers, Nano-fibers, etc.)
Nonwoven Materials & Products Market: Application Analysis
- Disposables (Medical Products, Disposable Wipes, Filters, etc.)
- Durables (Wall Coverings, Home Furnishings, Geotextiles, etc.)
Nonwoven Materials & Products Market: Regional Analysis
- North America
- Asia Pacific
- RoW (South America, Africa and Middle East)