Study #: 3858 | Published: 11/2020 | Pages: 240 | Individual User License: US$ 5,500

Nonwovens demand is driven by the outlook for the products that are made using these materials, which themselves are influenced by macroeconomic factors, consumer preferences, and business trends. Looking forward, additional sales will be realized from:

  • heightened demand for crucial products as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • continued innovation in nonwoven composition to create better performance
  • efforts to produce more sustainable products

COVID-19 Boosts Healthcare & Wipes Nonwovens, Hurts Those Used for Durable Goods

The COVID -19 pandemic has pushed the nonwovens industry to rapidly adapt to both the high demand for crucial end-use products and the limitations of stay-at-home orders and a recession economy:

  • Face masks, other PPE, and disinfecting wipes have seen unprecedented spikes in demand, pushing suppliers of nonwovens to invest in new capacity and shift production lines to meet end user needs.
  • Stay-at-home orders in the second quarter of 2020 shuttered “nonessential” businesses around the country, effectively stopping demand for nonwovens in industries like automobile and furniture manufacturing. Even as the economy reopened, consumers remained wary and limited spending.

As such, nonwovens used to manufacture products primarily used in commercial settings like offices and retail stores are expected to see prolonged reductions in demand.

Product Development Continues, Increasing Performance & Market Penetration

The nonwovens industry separates itself from competitive products, like woven materials and plastics, by continual efforts by suppliers to improve their products. Innovations in the machinery used to manufacture nonwovens and the composition of the nonwovens themselves are producing higher value nonwoven materials and improving the quality of products made using these materials. Nonwovens today have increased filtering ability, greater softness, and improved absorbency. These innovations are designed to improve the functionality and utility of the products made using nonwovens.

Sustainable Products Will Find Opportunities in Consumer Markets

Consumers increasingly look for products that are produced sustainably and that are made of natural materials. Suppliers of nonwovens continue to seek ways – such as by reducing or eliminating potentially harmful chemicals or by using more natural fibers – to incorporate these preferences into nonwovens employed in the production of consumer-facing products, particularly those used in close contact with their bodies.

Manufacturers are also developing nonwovens made from sustainable materials, though they must ensure these products are able to compete with the performance of synthetic alternatives. Looking forward, web bonding processes that are able to use natural fibers will continue to find opportunities for growth.


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Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

2. Overview

Study Scope

Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic

Nonwovens Demand Forecast

Demand by Type

Disposables

Durable Nonwovens

Demand by Web Formation Process

Demand by Market

Historical Market Trends

Pricing Trends

Foreign Trade

Trends in Foreign Trade

Imports

Exports

Competitive Materials

Sustainability Initiatives

Regulatory Considerations

3. Web Bonding Processes

Trends in Web Bonding

Thermal Bonding

Chemical Bonding

Mechanical Bonding

Scope

Needlepunching

Spunlacing

Stitchbonding

4. Materials Consumption

Scope & Description

Fibers & Filaments

Consumption by Material

Polypropylene

Polyester

Polyethylene

Wood Pulp

Rayon

Cotton

Other Fibers & Filaments

Binders & Additives

5. Spunmelt Nonwovens

Scope & Product Description

Demand Forecast

Demand by Type

Spunbonded

Meltblown

Demand by Market

Materials Consumption

Suppliers

6. Carded Nonwovens

Scope & Product Description

Demand Forecast

Demand by Market

Materials Consumption

Suppliers

7. Wetlaid Nonwovens

Scope & Definition

Demand Forecast

Demand by Market

Materials Consumption

Suppliers

8. Airlaid Nonwovens

Scope & Definition

Demand Forecast

Demand by Market

Materials Consumption

Suppliers

9. Industrial Nonwovens

Market Scope

Demand by Segment & Type

Electrical & Electronics

Motor Vehicles

Furnishings

Carpets & Rugs

Other Industrial Markets

Demand by Segment

Industrial & Commercial Wipes

Protective Apparel

Other Applications

10. Consumer Nonwovens

Market Scope

Demand by Segment & Type

Consumer Wipes

Demand Forecast

Baby Wipes

Household Care Wipes

Personal Care & Other Wipes

Personal Hygiene Products

Demand Forecast

Infant Diapers & Training Pants

Adult Incontinence Products

Feminine Hygiene Products

Other Consumer Nonwoven Products

11. Medical Nonwovens

Market Scope

Demand by Segment & Type

Medical Gowns

Surgical Drapes

Healthcare Wipes

Face Masks

Other Disposable Medical Garments & Textiles

12. Filtration Products

Market Scope

Demand by Segment & Type

Air Filters

Fluid Filters

13. Construction Nonwovens

Market Scope

Demand by Segment & Type

Building Construction

Demand Forecast

Roofing

House Wrap & Other Materials

Geotextiles

14. Industry Structure

Key Findings & Industry Composition

Market Share

Competitive Strategies

Research & Development

Manufacturing

Marketing

Mergers & Acquisitions

List of Industry Participants

15. Appendix

Scope

Definitions

Abbreviations

Freedonia Methodology

Study-Specific Methodology

Sources

Associations & Agencies

Related Studies & Reports

Macroeconomic Assumptions

Economic Environment

Demographic Trends

Consumer Spending

Building Construction

Manufacturers' Shipments


List of Tables

2. Overview

Table 2-1 | Nonwovens Demand by Type, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 2-2 | Disposable Nonwovens Demand, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 2-3 | Durable Nonwovens Demand, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 2-4 | Nonwovens Demand by Web Formation Process, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars, million square meters, & thousand metric tons)

Table 2-5 | Nonwovens Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 2-6 | Nonwovens Market, 2009 - 2019 (million dollars)

Table 2-7 | Nonwovens Prices, 2009 - 2029 (cents per square meter)

Table 2-8 | Foreign Trade in Nonwovens, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 2-9 | Nonwovens: Comparisons with Competitive Materials

3. Web Bonding Processes

Table 3-1 | Key Applications for Thermally Bonded Nonwovens

Table 3-2 | Key Applications for Chemically Bonded Nonwovens

Table 3-3 | Key Applications for Needlepunched Nonwovens

Table 3-4 | Key Applications for Spunlaced Nonwovens

Table 3-5 | Key Applications for Stitchbonded Nonwovens

4. Materials Consumption

Table 4-1 | Fiber & Filament Consumption in Nonwovens by Material, 2009 - 2029 (thousand metric tons & million dollars)

Table 4-2 | Polypropylene Consumption in Nonwovens, 2009 - 2029 (thousand metric tons & million dollars)

Table 4-3 | Polypropylene Fibers & Filaments: Advantages & Disadvantages

Table 4-4 | Polyester Consumption in Nonwovens, 2009 - 2029 (thousand metric tons & million dollars)

Table 4-5 | Polyester Fibers & Filaments: Advantages & Disadvantages

Table 4-6 | Polyethylene Consumption in Nonwovens, 2009 - 2029 (thousand metric tons & million dollars)

Table 4-7 | Polyethylene Fibers & Filaments: Advantages & Disadvantages

Table 4-8 | Wood Pulp Consumption in Nonwovens, 2009 - 2029 (thousand metric tons & million dollars)

Table 4-9 | Wood Pulp Fibers & Filaments: Advantages & Disadvantages

Table 4-10 | Rayon Consumption in Nonwovens, 2009 - 2029 (thousand metric tons & million dollars)

Table 4-11 | Rayon Fibers & Filaments: Advantages & Disadvantages

Table 4-12 | Cotton Consumption in Nonwovens, 2009 - 2029 (thousand metric tons & million dollars)

Table 4-13 | Cotton Fibers & Filaments: Advantages & Disadvantages

Table 4-14 | Other Natural & Synthetic Fibers & Filaments

Table 4-15 | Other Fibers & Filaments Consumption in Nonwovens, 2009 - 2029 (thousand metric tons & million dollars)

Table 4-16 | Glass Fibers & Filaments: Advantages & Disadvantages

Table 4-17 | Nylon Fibers & Filaments: Advantages & Disadvantages

Table 4-18 | Other Materials Consumption in Nonwovens, 2009 - 2029 (thousand metric tons)

5. Spunmelt Nonwovens

Table 5-1 | Spunmelt Nonwovens Demand by Type, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars, million square meters, & thousand metric tons)

Table 5-2 | Spunbonded Nonwovens Demand, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars, million square meters, & thousand metric tons)

Table 5-3 | Meltblown Nonwovens Demand, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars, million square meters, & thousand metric tons)

Table 5-4 | Spunmelt Nonwovens Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 5-5 | Spunmelt Nonwovens Fiber Consumption, 2009 - 2029 (thousand metric tons)

6. Carded Nonwovens

Table 6-1 | Carded Nonwovens Demand, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars, million square meters, & thousand metric tons)

Table 6-2 | Carded Nonwovens Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 6-3 | Carded Nonwovens Fiber Consumption, 2009 - 2029 (thousand metric tons)

7. Wetlaid Nonwovens

Table 7-1 | Wetlaid Nonwovens Demand, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars, million square meters, & thousand metric tons)

Table 7-2 | Wetlaid Nonwovens Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 7-3 | Wetlaid Nonwovens Fibers Consumption, 2009 - 2029 (thousand metric tons & million dollars)

8. Airlaid Nonwovens

Table 8-1 | Airlaid Nonwovens Demand, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars, million square meters, & thousand metric tons)

Table 8-2 | Airlaid Nonwovens Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 8-3 | Airlaid Nonwovens Fibers Consumption, 2009 - 2029 (thousand metric tons)

9. Industrial Nonwovens

Table 9-1 | Industrial Markets for Nonwovens by Segment & Type, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars & million square meters)

Table 9-2 | Electrical & Electronics Nonwovens Demand by Segment & Type, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars & million square meters)

Table 9-3 | Motor Vehicle Nonwovens Demand by Type, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars & million square meters)

Table 9-4 | Furnishings Nonwovens Demand by Segment & Type, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars & million square meters)

Table 9-5 | Carpet & Rug Nonwovens Demand by Segment & Type, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars & million square meters)

Table 9-6 | Other Industrial Markets Nonwovens Demand by Segment & Type, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars & million square meters)

10. Consumer Nonwovens

Table 10-1 | Consumer Nonwovens Demand by Segment & Type, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars & million square meters)

Table 10-2 | Consumer Wipes Nonwovens Demand by Application & Type, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars & million square meters)

Table 10-3 | Baby Wipes Nonwovens Demand, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars & million square meters)

Table 10-4 | Household Care Wipes Nonwovens Demand, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars & million square meters)

Table 10-5 | Personal Care & Other Wipes Nonwovens Demand, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars & million square meters)

Table 10-6 | Personal Hygiene Nonwovens Demand by Application & Type, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars & million square meters)

Table 10-7 | Infant Diapers & Training Pants Nonwovens Demand, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars & million square meters)

Table 10-8 | Adult Incontinence Products Nonwovens Demand, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars & million square meters)

Table 10-9 | Feminine Hygiene Products Nonwovens Demand, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars & million square meters)

Table 10-10 | Other Consumer Nonwovens Demand by Type, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars & million square meters)

11. Medical Nonwovens

Table 11-1 | Medical Nonwovens Demand by Segment & Type, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars & million square meters)

12. Filtration Products

Table 12-1 | Filtration Nonwovens Demand by Segment & Type, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars & million square meters)

Table 12-2 | Air Filter Nonwovens Demand by Type, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars & million square meters)

Table 12-3 | Fluid Filter Nonwovens Demand by Type, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars & million square meters)

13. Construction Nonwovens

Table 13-1 | Construction Nonwovens Demand by Segment & Type, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars & million square meters)

Table 13-2 | Building Construction Nonwovens Demand by Segment & Type, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars & million square meters)

Table 13-3 | Roofing Nonwovens Demand, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars & million square meters)

Table 13-4 | House Wrap & Other Construction Nonwovens Demand, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars & million square meters)

Table 13-5 | Geotextile Nonwovens Demand by Type, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars & million square meters)

14. Industry Structure

Table 14-1 | Nonwovens Sales by Company, 2019 (million dollars)

Table 14-2 | Selected Mergers & Acquisitions

Table 14-3 | Selected Industry Participants

15. Appendix

Table 15-1 | Relevant NAICS & SIC Codes

Table 15-2 | Relevant HS Codes

Table 15-3 | Abbreviations & Acronyms Used in Study

Table 15-4 | Macroeconomic Indicators, 2009 - 2029 (billion 2012 dollars)

Table 15-5 | Population & Households, 2009 - 2029 (million persons)

Table 15-6 | Personal Consumption Expenditures, 2009 - 2029 (billion 2012 dollars)

Table 15-7 | Building Construction Expenditures, 2009 - 2029 (billion 2012 dollars & billion dollars)

Table 15-8 | Manufacturers' Shipments, 2009 - 2029 (billion 2012 dollars & billion dollars)


List of Figures

1. Executive Summary

Figure 1-1 | Key Findings in the US Market for Nonwovens

2. Overview

Figure 2-1 | Nonwovens Demand by Type, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 2-2 | Nonwovens Demand Growth by Web Formulation Process, 2019 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 2-3 | Nonwovens Demand Growth by Market, 2019 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 2-4 | Nonwovens Demand & GDP: Annual Change, 2009 - 2019 (percent)

Figure 2-5 | Nonwovens Imports by Source, 2019 (billion dollars)

Figure 2-6 | Nonwovens Exports by Destination, 2019 (billion dollars)

4. Materials Consumption

Figure 4-1 | Fiber & Filament Consumption Growth by Fiber Material, 2019 - 2024 (thousand metric tons)

5. Spunmelt Nonwovens

Figure 5-1 | Spunmelt Nonwovens Demand Growth by Selected Markets, 2019 - 2024 (million dollars)

6. Carded Nonwovens

Figure 6-1 | Carded Nonwovens Demand Growth by Selected Markets, 2019 - 2024 (million dollars)

7. Wetlaid Nonwovens

Figure 7-1 | Wetlaid Nonwovens Demand Growth by Market, 2019 - 2024 (million dollars)

8. Airlaid Nonwovens

Figure 8-1 | Airlaid Nonwovens Demand Growth by Market, 2019 - 2024 (million dollars)

9. Industrial Nonwovens

Figure 9-1 | Industrial Nonwovens: Product Examples

Figure 9-2 | Industrial Nonwovens Demand Growth by Segment, 2019 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 9-3 | Electrical & Electronics Nonwovens Demand by Type & Battery Shipments, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & billion dollars)

Figure 9-4 | Motor Vehicle Nonwovens Demand & Motor Vehicle Production, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & million vehicles)

Figure 9-5 | Furnishings Nonwovens Demand & Furniture Shipments, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & billion dollars)

Figure 9-6 | Carpet & Rug Nonwovens Demand & Residential Building Construction Expenditures, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & billion dollars)

Figure 9-7 | Other Manufacturing Markets Nonwovens Demand & Manufacturers' Shipments, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & trillion dollars)

Figure 9-8 | Industrial & Commercial Wipes Demand, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 9-9 | Protective Apparel Demand, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 9-10 | Other Manufacturing Nonwovens Demand, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

10. Consumer Nonwovens

Figure 10-1 | Consumer Nonwovens: Product Examples

Figure 10-2 | Consumer Nonwovens Demand Growth by Segment, 2019 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 10-3 | Consumer Wipes Nonwovens Demand Growth by Application, 2019 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 10-4 | Baby Wipes Nonwovens Demand & Infant Population, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & million persons)

Figure 10-5 | Household Care Wipes Nonwovens Demand, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 10-6 | Personal Care Wipes Nonwovens Demand, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 10-7 | Personal Hygiene Nonwovens Demand Growth by Application, 2019 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 10-8 | Infant Diapers & Training Pants Nonwovens Demand & Infant/Toddler Population, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & million persons)

Figure 10-9 | Adult Incontinence Products Nonwovens Demand & Senior Population, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & million persons)

Figure 10-10 | Feminine Hygiene Products Nonwovens Demand & Female Population Aged 15 - 44, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & million persons)

11. Medical Nonwovens

Figure 11-1 | Medical Nonwovens: Product Examples

Figure 11-2 | Medical Nonwovens Demand Growth by Application, 2019 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 11-3 | Medical Gowns Nonwovens Demand, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 11-4 | Surgical Drapes Nonwovens Demand, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 11-5 | Healthcare Wipes Nonwovens Demand, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 11-6 | Medical Face Mask Nonwovens Demand, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 11-7 | Other Disposable Medical Garments & Textiles Nonwovens Demand, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

12. Filtration Products

Figure 12-1 | Filtration Products: Product Examples

Figure 12-2 | Filtration Nonwovens Demand Growth by Segment, 2019 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 12-3 | Air Filter Nonwovens Demand Growth by Type, 2019 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 12-4 | Fluid Filter Nonwovens Demand Growth by Type, 2019 - 2024 (million dollars)

13. Construction Nonwovens

Figure 13-1 | Construction Nonwovens: Product Examples

Figure 13-2 | Construction Nonwovens Demand Growth by Segment, 2019 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 13-3 | Building Construction Nonwovens Demand & Building Construction Expenditures, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & billion dollars)

Figure 13-4 | Roofing Nonwovens Demand & Selected Roofing Materials Demand, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & million squares)

Figure 13-5 | House Wrap & Other Construction Nonwovens Demand & Residential Building Construction Expenditures, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & billion dollars)

Figure 13-6 | Geotextile Nonwovens Demand & Nonbuilding Construction Expenditures, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & billion dollars)

14. Industry Structure

Figure 14-1 | US Nonwovens Market Share by Company, 2019 (billion dollars)

Figure 14-2 | US Nonwovens Market, 2019: Leading Supplier

Figure 14-3 | US Nonwovens Market, 2019: Second Leading Supplier

Figure 14-4 | US Nonwovens Market, 2019: Third Leading Supplier

Figure 14-5 | US Nonwovens Market, 2019: Fourth Leading Supplier

Figure 14-6 | US Nonwovens Market, 2019: Fifth Leading Supplier

15. Appendix

Figure 15-1 | Annual Growth in Real GDP, 2000 - 2019, Compared to 1980 - 2005 Average (percent)

Figure 15-2 | Annual Population Growth, 2004 - 2019 (percent)


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