Nonwovens

As Quoted In WTIN Intelligence

Gains will benefit from an acceleration in area demand and an increase in prices that stems in part from a shift toward higher value nonwovens, especially in the nondisposables markets.

US demand to rise 5.7% annually through 2016

Demand for nonwovens is forecast to rise 5.7 percent per year to $7.1 billion in 2016, benefiting from an acceleration in area demand and an increase in the average price that stems in part from a shift in the product mix toward higher value nonwovens. The market mix will further fuel pricing gains as heavier, more expensive nonwovens are more prevalent in the nondisposables markets, many of which are expected to achieve more rapid gains through 2016 compared to the disposables markets. In area terms, demand for nonwovens is expected to climb 2.2 percent per year to 32 billion square yards. Renewed economic growth, along with rising manufacturing output and rebounding construction activity, will provide opportunities for nonwovens. Further gains will be limited by the maturity of a number of disposable goods markets for nonwovens, including baby diapers.

Nondisposable markets to be fastest growing

Through 2016, the fastest growth for nonwovens will be in the nondisposables markets where demand will accelerate from a reduced 2011 base. Nonwovens demand in most nondisposables markets was sharply impacted by the 2007 to 2009 recession, marked by declines in construction activity and motor vehicle production, and reductions in manufacturing levels of many durable goods.

Construction -- the largest nondisposables market for nonwovens -- will post double-digit gains, fueled by a recovery in building construction, providing opportunities for nonwovens in house wraps, roofing products, and geotextiles. Improved construction spending will also promote nonwovens growth in carpets and rugs, the market which is projected to post the fastest gains, nearly doubling by 2016. Additional gains in nonwovens demand will be provided as the performance/ cost benefits of using these materials will continue to be realized. In motor vehicles, for example, nonwovens are finding greater use due to their ability to be made in lower basis weights without losing performance characteristics as automakers fight to reduce vehicle weight to obtain better fuel efficiency.

Disposables markets to remain largest segment

Disposables markets will continue to account for the largest share of sales, representing 68 percent of nonwovens demand in 2016. Sales will benefit from nonwovens’ high market penetration in disposable consumer products (e.g., diapers and other personal hygiene products, and wipes), which accounted for one-third of the total disposables market in 2011. The consumer products market is highly influenced by demographic trends; for example, baby diaper sales are closely tied to the infant population, but the intensity of use has not changed much over the years.

Study Scope

This study analyzes the $5.4 billion US nonwoven fabric industry. It presents historical demand data for the years 2001, 2006 and 2011, and forecasts for 2016 and 2021 by material (e.g., fibers and filaments, binder resins, additives), product (e.g., spunmelt, carded, wetlaid, airlaid, thermal, chemical, mechanical) and market (e.g., personal hygiene, consumer wipes, filtration, medical, industrial wipes, protective apparel).

The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles 43 industry players, including Kimberly-Clark, DuPont, and Johns Manville.

Back to Top

Purchase Nonwovens by the Section

  1. Nonwovens

    $5,200.00

    1. 1 INTRODUCTION

      $118.00

    2. 2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

      $130.00

      1. Table | NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND (million dollars)

    3. 3 MARKET ENVIRONMENT

      $1,469.00

      1. 3.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 3.2 Macroeconomic Environment

        $143.00

        1. Table | MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS (billion 2005 dollars)

      3. 3.3 Manufacturing Outlook

        $153.00

        1. Table | MANUFACTURERS' SHIPMENTS

      4. 3.4 Demographic Trends

        $161.00

        1. Table | POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS (million persons)

      5. 3.5 Retail Sales

        $152.00

        1. Table | RETAIL SALES (billion dollars)

      6. 3.6 Textiles Outlook

        $88.00

        1. Table | TEXTILE MILL PRODUCT SHIPMENTS

      7. 3.7 Competitive Materials

        $82.00

      8. 3.8 Environmental & Regulatory Considerations

        $99.00

      9. 3.9 Historical Market Trends

        $88.00

        1. Table | NONWOVENS MARKET, 2001-2011

      10. 3.10 Pricing Trends

        $82.00

        1. Table | NONWOVENS PRICING (cents per square yard)

      11. 3.11 World Nonwovens Market

        $108.00

      12. 3.12 Nonwovens Production

        $128.00

      13. 3.13 Foreign Trade

        $179.00

        1. Table | FOREIGN TRADE IN NONWOVENS (million dollars)

        2. 3.13.1 Exports

          $82.00

        3. 3.13.2 Imports

          $82.00

    4. 4 MATERIALS

      $1,440.00

      1. 4.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 4.2 Fibers & Filaments

        $1,176.00

        1. Table | FIBER CONSUMPTION IN NONWOVEN FABRICS*

        2. 4.2.1 Polypropylene

          $168.00

          1. Table | POLYPROPYLENE CONSUMPTION IN NONWOVEN FABRICS*

        3. 4.2.2 Polyester

          $146.00

          1. Table | POLYESTER CONSUMPTION IN NONWOVEN FABRICS*

        4. 4.2.3 Wood Pulp

          $82.00

          1. Table | WOOD PULP CONSUMPTION IN NONWOVEN FABRICS*

        5. 4.2.4 Polyethylene

          $82.00

          1. Table | POLYETHYLENE CONSUMPTION IN NONWOVEN FABRICS*

        6. 4.2.5 Rayon

          $124.00

          1. Table | RAYON CONSUMPTION IN NONWOVEN FABRICS*

        7. 4.2.6 Cotton

          $121.00

          1. Table | COTTON CONSUMPTION IN NONWOVEN FABRICS*

        8. 4.2.7 Other

          $331.00

          1. Table | OTHER FIBER CONSUMPTION IN NONWOVEN FABRICS*

      3. 4.3 Other Materials

        $239.00

        1. Table | OTHER MATERIALS CONSUMPTION IN NONWOVEN FABRICS (million pounds)

        2. 4.3.1 Binder Resins

          $92.00

        3. 4.3.2 Additives

          $122.00

    5. 5 PRODUCTS

      $1,897.00

      1. 5.1 General

        $106.00

      2. 5.2 Demand by Web Formation Process

        $1,308.00

        1. Table | NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND BY WEB FORMATION PROCESS (million dollars)

        2. 5.2.1 Spunmelt

          $579.00

          1. Table | SPUNMELT NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND

          2. Table | SPUNBONDED NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND

          3. Table | MELTBLOWN NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND

        3. 5.2.2 Carded

          $248.00

          1. Table | CARDED NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND

        4. 5.2.3 Wetlaid

          $199.00

          1. Table | WETLAID NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND

        5. 5.2.4 Airlaid

          $194.00

          1. Table | AIRLAID NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND

      3. 5.3 Web Bonding Processes

        $484.00

        1. 5.3.1 Thermal

          $144.00

        2. 5.3.2 Chemical

          $108.00

        3. 5.3.3 Mechanical

          $218.00

    6. 6 MARKET OVERVIEW

      $128.00

      1. Table | NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars)

      2. Table | GROWTH RATES FOR SELECTED NONWOVENS MARKETS, 2011-2016

    7. 7 DISPOSABLES MARKETS

      $2,430.00

      1. 7.1 General

        $82.00

        1. Table | DISPOSABLES MARKETS FOR NONWOVEN FABRICS (million dollars)

      2. 7.2 Consumer

        $1,213.00

        1. Table | CONSUMER MARKET FOR NONWOVEN FABRICS (million dollars)

        2. 7.2.1 Personal Hygiene Products

          $457.00

          1. Table | PERSONAL HYGIENE PRODUCT DEMAND (billion units)

          2. Table | PERSONAL HYGIENE PRODUCT DEMAND FOR NONWOVEN FABRICS (million dollars)

          3. Table | INFANT DIAPERS & TRAINING PANTS DEMAND FOR NONWOVEN FABRICS (million dollars)

          4. Table | ADULT INCONTINENCE PRODUCT DEMAND FOR NONWOVEN FABRICS

          5. Table | FEMININE HYGIENE PRODUCT DEMAND FOR NONWOVEN FABRICS

        3. 7.2.2 Consumer Wipes

          $618.00

          1. Table | CONSUMER WIPES DEMAND (billion units)

          2. Table | CONSUMER WIPES DEMAND FOR NONWOVEN FABRICS (million dollars)

        4. 7.2.3 Other Consumer Nonwovens

          $82.00

          1. Table | OTHER CONSUMER DISPOSABLES DEMAND FOR NONWOVEN FABRICS (million dollars)

      3. 7.3 Filtration

        $449.00

        1. 7.3.1 Filters Outlook

          $104.00

          1. Table | FILTER SUPPLY & DEMAND (million dollars)

        2. 7.3.2 Nonwoven Fabric Demand

          $308.00

          1. Table | FILTRATION MARKET FOR NONWOVEN FABRICS (million dollars)

          2. Table | AIR FILTER DEMAND FOR NONWOVEN FABRICS (million dollars)

          3. Table | FLUID FILTER DEMAND FOR NONWOVEN FABRICS (million dollars)

      4. 7.4 Medical

        $476.00

        1. 7.4.1 Nonwoven Medical Garments & Textiles Outlook

          $92.00

          1. Table | NONWOVEN DISPOSABLE MEDICAL GARMENTS & TEXTILES DEMAND (million dollars)

        2. 7.4.2 Nonwoven Fabric Demand

          $363.00

          1. Table | MEDICAL MARKET FOR NONWOVEN FABRICS (million dollars)

      5. 7.5 Other Disposables

        $237.00

        1. Table | OTHER DISPOSABLES MARKETS FOR NONWOVEN FABRICS (million dollars)

        2. 7.5.1 Industrial Wipes

          $82.00

        3. 7.5.2 Protective Apparel

          $99.00

        4. 7.5.3 All Other Disposables

          $82.00

    8. 8 NONDISPOSABLES MARKETS

      $2,093.00

      1. 8.1 General

        $91.00

        1. Table | NONDISPOSABLES MARKETS FOR NONWOVEN FABRICS (million dollars)

      2. 8.2 Electrical & Electronics

        $248.00

        1. 8.2.1 Batteries Outlook

          $82.00

          1. Table | BATTERY SUPPLY & DEMAND (million dollars)

        2. 8.2.2 Nonwoven Fabric Demand

          $159.00

          1. Table | ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONICS MARKET FOR NONWOVEN FABRICS (million dollars)

      3. 8.3 Construction

        $624.00

        1. 8.3.1 Construction Outlook

          $125.00

          1. Table | CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES (billion dollars)

        2. 8.3.2 Nonwoven Fabric Demand

          $475.00

          1. Table | CONSTRUCTION MARKET FOR NONWOVEN FABRICS (million dollars)

          2. Table | GEOTEXTILES DEMAND FOR NONWOVEN FABRICS (million dollars)

          3. Table | BUILDING CONSTRUCTION DEMAND FOR NONWOVEN FABRICS (million dollars)

      4. 8.4 Furnishings

        $300.00

        1. 8.4.1 Furniture Outlook

          $82.00

          1. Table | FURNITURE SHIPMENTS

        2. 8.4.2 Nonwoven Fabric Demand

          $194.00

          1. Table | FURNISHINGS MARKET FOR NONWOVEN FABRICS (million dollars)

      5. 8.5 Motor Vehicles

        $333.00

        1. 8.5.1 Motor Vehicles Outlook

          $153.00

          1. Table | MOTOR VEHICLE INDICATORS

        2. 8.5.2 Nonwoven Fabric Demand

          $143.00

          1. Table | MOTOR VEHICLE MARKET FOR NONWOVEN FABRICS (million dollars)

      6. 8.6 Carpets & Rugs

        $256.00

        1. 8.6.1 Carpet & Rug Outlook

          $96.00

          1. Table | CARPET & RUG SUPPLY & DEMAND (million square feet)

        2. 8.6.2 Nonwoven Fabric Demand

          $122.00

          1. Table | CARPET & RUG MARKET FOR NONWOVEN FABRICS (million dollars)

      7. 8.7 Other Nondisposables

        $240.00

        1. Table | OTHER NONDISPOSABLES MARKETS FOR NONWOVEN FABRICS (million dollars)

        2. 8.7.1 Agriculture

          $82.00

        3. 8.7.2 Coated & Laminated Substrates

          $82.00

        4. 8.7.3 Clothing

          $82.00

        5. 8.7.4 All Other Nondisposables

          $82.00

    9. 9 INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

      $4,871.00

      1. 9.1 General

        $121.00

        1. Table | US NONWOVEN FABRIC SALES BY COMPANY, 2011 (million dollars)

      2. 9.2 Market Share

        $244.00

      3. 9.3 Competitive Strategies

        $127.00

      4. 9.4 Research & Development

        $85.00

      5. 9.5 Manufacturing

        $83.00

      6. 9.6 Marketing & Distribution

        $83.00

      7. 9.7 Acquisitions & Divestitures

        $107.00

        1. Table | SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES

      8. 9.8 Company Profiles

        $4,020.00

        1. 9.8.1 Ahlstrom Corporation

          $203.00

        2. 9.8.2 Albis SpA

          $98.00

        3. 9.8.3 American Felt & Filter Company Incorporated

          $82.00

        4. 9.8.4 Andrew Industries Limited

          $113.00

        5. 9.8.5 Avgol Limited

          $82.00

        6. 9.8.6 Barnhardt Manufacturing Company

          $104.00

        7. 9.8.7 Berkshire Hathaway Incorporated

          $122.00

        8. 9.8.8 Buckeye Technologies Incorporated

          $93.00

        9. 9.8.9 Building Materials Corporation of America

          $82.00

        10. 9.8.10 Carpenter Company

          $91.00

        11. 9.8.11 Companhia Providencia Industria e Comercio

          $82.00

        12. 9.8.12 DuPont (EI) de Nemours

          $180.00

        13. 9.8.13 Emtex Incorporated

          $82.00

        14. 9.8.14 Fiberweb plc

          $189.00

        15. 9.8.15 First Quality Enterprises Incorporated

          $82.00

        16. 9.8.16 Formed Fiber Technologies Incorporated

          $82.00

        17. 9.8.17 Foss Manufacturing Company LLC

          $108.00

        18. 9.8.18 Freudenberg & Company KG

          $206.00

        19. 9.8.19 Glatfelter (PH) Company

          $82.00

        20. 9.8.20 Hollingsworth & Vose Company

          $162.00

        21. 9.8.21 Holm (Jacob) & Sons AG

          $82.00

        22. 9.8.22 Kimberly-Clark Corporation

          $197.00

        23. 9.8.23 Koch Industries Incorporated

          $84.00

        24. 9.8.24 Lantor Advanced Materials Group

          $82.00

        25. 9.8.25 Low & Bonar plc

          $82.00

        26. 9.8.26 Lydall Incorporated

          $191.00

        27. 9.8.27 McAirlaid's Vliestoffe GmbH & Company KG

          $82.00

        28. 9.8.28 Milliken & Company

          $82.00

        29. 9.8.29 National Nonwovens Incorporated

          $145.00

        30. 9.8.30 Owens Corning

          $82.00

        31. 9.8.31 Petropar SA

          $96.00

        32. 9.8.32 Polymer Group Incorporated

          $110.00

        33. 9.8.33 Precision Custom Coatings LLC

          $82.00

        34. 9.8.34 Precision Fabrics Group Incorporated

          $98.00

        35. 9.8.35 Propex Operating Company LLC

          $82.00

        36. 9.8.36 Royal Ten Cate NV

          $82.00

        37. 9.8.37 Sabee (R.) Company LLC

          $82.00

        38. 9.8.38 Suominen Corporation

          $101.00

        39. 9.8.39 Textilgruppe Hof AG

          $82.00

        40. 9.8.40 Toyobo Company Limited

          $88.00

        41. 9.8.41 US Nonwovens Corporation

          $82.00

        42. 9.8.42 Vita Group

          $82.00

        43. 9.8.43 Vita Nonwovens LLC

          $82.00

Back to Top