Global Meltblown Nonwovens: COVID-19 Impact Analysis

This report analyzes the merchant market for meltblown nonwovens. Demand is broken out by region and application, which include:

  • filters, including air and fluid filters as well as internal combustion engine (ICE) and related filters (which encompass air and fluid filters used in applications related to engines)
  • medical/surgical products, which encompass bandages and dressings, bedding, patient gowns, surgical drapes, and medical masks, among others
  • other applications, including wipes, personal hygiene products (such as infant diapers, feminine hygiene products, and adult incontinence products), construction, and motor vehicles


For the purposes of this study, demand includes both meltblowns used as alone as well as those that are combined with one or more other nonwovens to produce composite nonwovens such as spunbond-meltblown-spunbond (SMS). Sales of composite nonwovens are broken down according to their constituent web types and the portion of the product that is made of meltblown is included. Excluded are nonwovens made by other formation processes.

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In addition to the breakouts described above, this report analyzes demand for meltblown nonwovens – both those produced capitively and those from the merchant market – used to make both medical and nonmedical masks. Masks include both respirators – which are tight-fitting face masks such as N95, FFP2, and KN95 – and loose-fitting face masks often called surgical or medical masks. The latter are called masks for the purpose of this study to differentiate them from respirators.

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