Medical Nonwovens

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Medical Nonwovens

This study covers the United States medical nonwovens industry, defined here to include materials made from fibers, filaments, and films, which are arranged into webs, batts, or sheets, then bonded together using mechanical, thermal, or chemical means.

Nonwovens are categorized by the web formation process used to produce the material:

  • spunmelt (spunbonded and meltblown)
  • carded
  • wetlaid
  • airlaid

Historical data for 2009, 2014, and 2019 and forecasts to 2024 and 2029 are provided for nonwovens production (total) and demand (by web formation process and by application) in current dollars (which are not adjusted to account for inflation). Total demand is also shown in square meters and metric tons for products.

Totals for nonwovens presented in this study include nonwovens sold on the merchant market. Nonwoven goods used in captive production are not included in this data. In addition, the study discusses impacts for COVID-19, pricing trends, and competitive products, as well as the global outlook for medical nonwovens.

Key application breakouts include:

  • medical gowns (surgical and patient)
  • surgical drapes
  • healthcare wipes (e.g., patient care, hard surface disinfectant, skin disinfectant, medical lab, nondisinfectant cleaning)
  • face masks
  • other medical products (e.g., staff apparel, bedding, headwear, shoe covers)

Excluded from the scope are adult incontinence products.

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