Non-woven Fabrics Market (By Product: Polyester, Polypropylene, Nylon, and Others; By Technology: Carded, Spunlaid, Wet Laid, and Air Laid; By Application: Disposables and Durables) - Global Market Size, Trends Analysis, Segment Forecasts, Regional Outlook 2020 - 2027

The global non-woven fabrics market was valued at US$ 37.06 billion in 2019 and expected to reach US$ 58.63 billion by 2027, with at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.9% during the forecast period 2020 to 2027.

Growth Factors

Rising awareness related to personal hygiene products that include sanitary napkins, baby diapers, and adult incontinence products along with the increasing population with age group above 60 years across the globe expected to be the key factor that drives the market growth for nonwoven fabrics over the analysis period. Moreover, flame resistance coupled with superior strechability offered by the product estimated to positively influence the market growth.

Nonwoven fabrics are prominently used in the road construction projects as geotextiles this enhances the durability of roads. Their increasing demand in the construction sector is mainly because of their low maintenance cost. Further, increasing construction activities across the predominantly across the developing countries expected to propel the demand for non-woven fabrics over the upcoming years.

Apart from the construction sector, positive growth outlook on automotive and transportation industry estimated to further influence the market growth for non-woven fabrics over the forecast timeframe. Non-woven fabrics are significantly used in the manufacturing of several interior as well as exterior parts of the automobile because of their moldability, durability, and light weight properties. In addition, the automotive industry predicted to grow notably with the increasing demand for electric and battery-powered passenger cars that again triggers the growth for non-woven fabric products in the industry.

Product Insights

Polypropylene emerged as the leading product segment across the global market and accounted for a volume share of more than 60% in 2019. Polypropylene products are extensively used by the industry participants because of their availability in different grades and properties that can be modified by using auxiliary chemicals and treatment processes.

Polyester expected to be the second largest product segment across the market and anticipated to register a steady growth rate during the upcoming years owing to their increasing penetration in applications such as agriculture, automotive, and medical & surgical equipment.

Carded Polyester fabric also estimated to register notable growth in the coming years because it offers higher stability along with superior internal bond strength due to uniformity in the fiber alignment. The aforementioned properties offered by the product projected to propel its demand particularly in the production of feminine hygiene pads, adult incontinence, infant diapers, and toddler training pants.

Application Insights

Durable application accounted for the major volume share in the global non-woven fabrics market with more than 50% of the market share in 2019 and expected to maintain the same trend during the upcoming years. Rising spending in the construction activities majorly in the developing countries such as China, India, and Brazil that has significantly triggered the demand for non-woven fabrics as geotextiles estimated to drive the demand for non-woven fabrics in durable application segment.

Apart from durable, disposable segment anticipated to witness substantial growth over the forthcoming years. The growth of the segment is mainly because of constant replacement of reusable medical non-woven fabrics with disposable fabrics in order to prevent contamination among patients. Further, rising population with age group more than 60 years along with high birth rate across various nations such as Japan, the U.S., Germany, Monaco, UK, China, and India expected to further thrive the market growth for disposable non-woven fabrics.

Regional Insights

The Asia Pacific led the global nonwoven fabrics market with more than 40% volume share in the year 2019. The prominent growth of the region is mainly due to increasing birth rate along with ageing population in the region that requires extra attention towards their hygiene. In addition to this, by providing good education to youth along with stringent laws regarding birth detection in hospitals, the government in the region has targeted to stop the female infanticide that expected to improve the female to male ratio. This approach is further anticipated to propel the demand for female hygiene products in the region.

Moreover, increased spending towards construction activity in order to develop internal infrastructure in emerging economies such as China and India further projected to boost the demand for non-woven fabric in the region.

North America projected to register notable growth for the global nonwoven fabrics market on account of rising reconstruction activities for upgrading the infrastructure along with significant growth of the transportation sector. Besides this, maturity in the disposable nonwoven application in the region anticipated to hinder the market growth over upcoming years.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The global non-woven fabrics market is a highly fragmented market with major industry players accounted for even less than 20% of overall market share in 2019. Leading industry participants are significantly focusing towards the acquisition of smaller players to gain competitive advantage in the global market.

Some of the prominent players in the non-woven fabrics market include:

  • Du Pont Chevron Corporation
  • Ahlstrom Incorporation
  • Polymer Group Incorporation
  • Fiberweb
  • Asahi Kasei Corporation
  • Providencia
  • First Quality
  • Mitsui
  • Fibertex
  • Fitesa
  • Toray

Segments Covered in the Report

This research study comprises complete assessment of the market by means of far-reaching qualitative and quantitative perceptions, and predictions regarding the market. This report delivers classification of marketplace into impending and niche sectors. Further, this research study calculates market size and its development drift at global, regional, and country from 2016 to 2027. This report contains market breakdown and its revenue estimation by classifying it on the basis of product, technology, application, and region:

By Product

  • Polyester
  • Polypropylene
  • Nylon
  • Others

By Technology

  • Carded
  • Spunlaid
  • Wet Laid
  • Air Laid

By Application

  • Disposables
  • Durables

By Regional Outlook

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • U.K.
    • Germany
    • France
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
  • Rest of the World

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