Study #: 3911 | Published: 11/2020 | Pages: 73 | Individual User License: US$ 2,900

Medical nonwovens demand rose swiftly in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and further growth will be driven by strong demand for end-use products – such as medical gowns, drapes, healthcare wipes, and face masks:

  • An increasing volume of healthcare activity and surgical procedures, due in part to an increasingly large elderly population, will boost general need for these products.
  • Consumers and providers are likely to use more of these products per procedure due to increasing concern for healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), particularly in the wake of the pandemic and as the number of antibiotic-resistant germs continues to rise.

Spike in 2020 Demand for Medical Nonwovens Due to COVID-19

Demand for nonwovens used in medical applications spiked in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although it was already widely used in medical facilities, personal protective equipment (PPE) made from nonwovens – like masks and gowns – quickly became scarce as hospitals were inundated with patients and employees began adhering to stricter protocols for using these items to decrease their risk of exposure.

Furthermore, consumer demand for products like masks caused stockpiles to be depleted and suppliers to seek ways to ramp up demand. Looking forward, it is expected that demand for these products will remain elevated until the pandemic lessens and emergency stocks are refilled.

Concern for Healthcare-Associated Infections Will Support Gains Through 2024

In addition to efforts to prevent transmission of the coronavirus, healthcare facilities continue to take steps to prevent potential HAIs in their facilities. Nonwovens are able to provide medical products with crucial characteristics – like barriers against fluid and aerosols as well as absorbency – that limit the transmission of pathogens and/or contain bodily fluids.

While annual growth rates are likely to slow between 2020 and 2024, heightened use of PPE and greater adherence to strict hygiene standards is expected to continue for some time, keeping the market for products made from nonwovens elevated. Additionally, innovation of nonwovens to increase the number of available materials that can act as a barrier for healthcare workers and patients will increase value gains.

Opportunities for Well-Established Product Applications Will Arise from Aging US Population

Spurred by the aging baby boomer generation, the population above the age of 65 has grown substantially in the past decade. As such, the number of elderly adults – who are more often in need of healthcare for both acute and long-term problems than younger people – has expanded. Demand for nonwovens used in medical products is expected to increase as this age group grows in size.


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Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

2. About This Report

Report Details

Study Scope & Product Description

Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Nonwovens Demand

3. Overview

Historical Market Trends

Long Term Forecast

Demand by Application

Medical Gowns

Surgical Drapes

Healthcare Wipes

Face Masks & Other Medical Products

Pricing Trends

Competitive Materials

Global Outlook

4. Web Formation Process

Demand by Web Formation Process

Spunmelt Nonwovens

Demand by Type

Spunbonded Nonwovens

Meltblown Nonwovens

Carded Nonwovens

Wetlaid Nonwovens

Airlaid Nonwovens

5. Suppliers

Key Findings & Industry Composition

Key Suppliers & COVID-19-Related Expansions

6. Appendix

Scope

Definitions

Freedonia Methodology

Study-Specific Methodology

Sources

Associations & Agencies

Related Studies & Reports

Macroeconomic Assumptions

Economic Environment

Demographic Trends

Manufacturers' Shipments


List of Tables

3. Overview

Table 3-1 | Medical Nonwovens Demand, 2009 - 2019 (million dollars & thousand metric tons)

Table 3-2 | Medical Nonwovens Demand, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars & thousand metric tons)

Table 3-3 | Nonwovens Demand in Medical Gowns, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 3-4 | Nonwovens Demand in Surgical Drapes, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 3-5 | Nonwovens Demand in Healthcare Wipes, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 3-6 | Nonwovens Demand in Face Masks & Other Medical Products, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 3-7 | Nonwovens: Comparisons with Competitive Materials

4. Web Formation Process

Table 4-1 | Medical Nonwovens Demand by Web Formation Process, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 4-2 | Spunmelt Nonwovens in Medical Applications, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars & thousand metric tons)

Table 4-3 | Spunbond Nonwovens in Medical Applications, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars & thousand metric tons)

Table 4-4 | Meltblown Nonwovens in Medical Applications, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars & thousand metric tons)

Table 4-5 | Carded Nonwovens in Medical Applications, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars & thousand metric tons)

Table 4-6 | Wetlaid Nonwovens in Medical Applications, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars & thousand metric tons)

Table 4-7 | Airlaid Nonwovens in Medical Applications, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars & thousand metric tons)

5. Suppliers

Table 5-1 | COVID-19-Related Expansions in the US

6. Appendix

Table 6-1 | Relevant NAICS & SIC Codes

Table 6-2 | Relevant HS Codes

Table 6-3 | Macroeconomic Indicators, 2009 - 2029 (billion 2012 dollars)

Table 6-4 | Population & Households, 2009 - 2029 (million persons)

Table 6-5 | Manufacturers' Shipments, 2009 - 2029 (billion 2012 dollars & billion dollars)


List of Figures

1. Executive Summary

Figure 1-1 | US Medical Nonwovens Market

2. About This Report

Figure 2-1 | Medical Nonwovens: Product Examples

3. Overview

Figure 3-1 | Medical Nonwovens Demand, 2009 - 2019 (million dollars)

Figure 3-2 | Medical Nonwovens Demand, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Figure 3-3 | Medical Nonwovens Pricing, 2009 - 2029 (cents per square meter)

Figure 3-4 | Global Medical Nonwovens Demand, 2019 - 2024 (thousand metric tons)

4. Web Formation Process

Figure 4-1 | Medical Nonwovens Demand by Web Formation Process, 2019 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 4-2 | Spunmelt Nonwovens in Medical Applications, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 4-3 | Carded Nonwovens in Medical Applications, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 4-4 | Wetlaid Nonwovens in Medical Applications, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 4-5 | Airlaid Nonwovens in Medical Applications, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

6. Appendix

Figure 6-1 | Annual Growth in Real GDP, 2000 - 2019, Compared to 1980 - 2005 Average (percent)

Figure 6-2 | Annual Population Growth, 2004 - 2019 (percent)


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