Smithers follows the future of global nonwovens – nonwovens industry magazine


Hygiene (diapers and diapers), feminine hygiene, industrial nonwovens and wipes will all contribute to further growth in global demand for nonwovens over the next five years.

The new study by Smithers – The Future of Global Nonwovens to 2027 – predicts that global global consumption in 2021 will reach 12.30 million tonnes, worth $ 51.86 billion. This reflects a market that has performed well over the past two years. An increase in demand for wipes, medical nonwovens and meltblown mask substrates in particular offset slowing demand in many industrial segments due to manufacturing shutdowns during the pandemic peak of 2020 .

The total volume of nonwovens will increase to 13.40 million tonnes worth $ 56.39 billion, at constant prices, in 2022. The experience of the Covid-19 pandemic will support future growth – it There will be additional demand for medical and premium PPE nonwovens in the years to come, as manufacturing capacity is reallocated as a strategic necessity in protecting against repeated outbreaks.

Smithers tracks the overall market expansion at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.7%, in value, over 2022-2027. This will result in a market of $ 77.84 billion in 2027, with 18.65 million tonnes of nonwovens consumed. During Smithers’ forecast period, the total area will decrease from 375.3 billion square meters to 544.1 billion square meters, indicating a faster CAGR than for the overall tonnage, as new substrates of lower basis weight are introduced.

The commercial landscape of nonwovens has been reshaped by the experience of Covid-19. Increases in raw material prices and shipping costs will continue to be an immediate priority. In the medium term, there will be an oversupply of blow-molded iron as the immediate need to manufacture protective masks wears off.

The search for more durable and compostable nonwovens will drive an increased demand for lyocell, rayon and other non-polymer fibers in the next generation of nonwovens. In multiple segments of nonwovens, it is imperative to develop more durable substrates, including those based on cellulose or biopolymers. This aligns with the priorities of brand owners in many consumer segments, as well as the response to legislation, including the implementation of the Single-Use Plastics Directive and new measures on the possibility of rinse the wipes.

Smithers research tracks market outlook for four major nonwoven processes (airlaid, drylaid, spunlaid, wetlaid) in 19 durable and disposable end applications. It shows that spunlaid remains the most widely used nonwoven web forming process – accounting for 49.6% of all nonwovens consumed in 2022. Although it is heavily dependent on polymeric materials – and therefore under pressure from a sustainability perspective – spunlaid will continue to grow market share. It will reach a market share of 55.2% (by volume) in 2027, driven by new demand for hygiene products in developing markets, mainly in Asia.

There will be a strong demand for both wet and aerial nonwoven substrates during this period, although there is a possibility of a shortage of capacity before 2025, unless new laying lines by airway are built.

The growth in dry laying demand, although still healthy, will be below the market average. In the area of ​​wetlaid, there will be specific market opportunities between 2022 and 2027, including increased demand for double re-crepe (DRC) in wipes and specialized wetlaids as battery separators for the growing segment. electric vehicles.

As nonwovens markets continue to evolve, there will be more emphasis on smarter supply chains, with improved visibility, communication and inventory management, all contributing to efficiency.

All of these market trends are analyzed and quantified critically and in unparalleled detail in the new Smithers – The Future of Global Nonwovens to 2027 report. Historical, current and forecast data are presented (by value, area and weight) in more than 130 data. tables and figures. This subdivides the market by type of raw material; process of forming webs of nonwovens; end use application; and geographic region, including 13 major national markets.


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