Global Nonwovens

As Quoted In Nonwovens Markets

5th Edition

What does this study cover?

Historical data (2007, 2012, 2017) and forecasts for 2022 are provided for nonwovens production, demand (by application, market, web formation process) and net exports in metric tons. Year-by-year historical sales are provided in current US dollars and local currency (when applicable) at the regional level.

This redesigned study has been expanded to provide more detail about how global production and trade of end use products affect nonwovens consumption, including which manufacturers operate where and which countries maintain important trade relationships.


Nonwovens are defined as materials made from fibers, filaments, and films that are arranged into webs, batts, or sheets, and then bonded together using mechanical, thermal, or chemical means.

Nonwovens are categorized by web formation process:

  • spunmelt (including meltblown and spunbonded)
  • carded
  • wetlaid
  • airlaid (paper- and textile-based)

Nonwovens are used in two major applications: disposables (e.g., personal hygiene products, wipes, filter media, medical/surgical supplies) and nondisposables (e.g., construction materials, motor vehicles).

The major markets for nonwoven fabrics include:

  • personal hygiene products (infant diapers, feminine hygiene products, adult incontinence products)
  • wipes (including medical wipes)
  • construction (e.g., geotextiles and roofing)
  • filtration
  • medical/surgical (except medical wipes)
  • motor vehicles
  • other uses such as battery separators, carpets and rugs, and clothing

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