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World Nonwovens

World Nonwovens

The global nonwovens market will advance 5.4% annually through 2019, reaching 11.1 million metric tons. Strong economic growth and higher consumer spending will promote increases in manufacturing activity of goods for which nonwovens are commonly consumed in their production.
This report provides data on the global nonwovens industry for six regions and 19 countries. The nonwovens industry is segmented by Web Formation Process, Application, and Market. Data are provided in metric tons.

Regions covered include:
North America
Western Europe
Asia/Pacific
Central & South America
Eastern Europe
Africa/Mideast

The Asia/Pacific region will maintain its position as the largest regional market in 2019, representing over half of the world total. This region will also post the most rapid gains through 2019, primarily due to economic growth in China that exceeds the world average. China will continue to expand its production capabilities for consumer goods, such as footwear, wipes, and other products that typically consume nonwovens in their manufacture.

Web formation processes include:
Spunmelt
Carded
Wetlaid
Airlaid

Spunmelt was the web formation process used most often in nonwovens production in 2014, accounting for 47% of demand. The use of spunmelt nonwovens in the large and growing disposable personal hygiene market will provide above-average gains through 2019.

Applications include:
Disposables
Non-disposables

Disposables were the larger application in 2014, accounting for 57% of demand. These applications will achieve the most growth through 2019, boosted by the greater use of disposable products in developing areas of the world as personal income levels and standards of living increase.

Major markets for nonwovens are:
Personal Hygiene
Wipes
Construction
Filtration
Medical/Surgical
Motor Vehicles
Other (e.g., agriculture, battery separators, clothing, and packaging)

Personal hygiene was the largest market for nonwovens in 2014, with 17% of the total. While personal hygiene will remain the largest market through 2019, the motor vehicle market is expected to post the most rapid gains. Increases in vehicle production and greater use of nonwovens on a per vehicle basis will promote growth.

The global nonwovens industry experienced significant acquisition and divestiture activity in recent years. Participants include Ahlstrom, Asahi Kasei, AVINTIV, DuPont, Évora, Freudenberg, Jacob Holm, Japan Vilene, Johns Manville, Kimberly-Clark, Low & Bonar, Owns Corning, Pegas Nonwovens, Sandler, Suominen, and Toray Industries.


  • INTRODUCTION
  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • Table WORLD NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND
  • MARKET ENVIRONMENT
    • General
    • World Economic Overview
      • Recent Historical Trends
      • World Economic Outlook
        • Table WORLD GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT BY REGION
    • World Demographic Trends
      • Population
        • Table WORLD POPULATION BY REGION
      • Female Population
        • Table WORLD FEMALE POPULATION BY REGION
      • Population Under Five Years Old
        • Table WORLD POPULATION UNDER FIVE YEARS OLD BY REGION
      • Population Sixty-Five Years & Older
        • Table WORLD POPULATION SIXTY-FIVE YEARS & OLDER BY REGION
      • Households
        • Table WORLD HOUSEHOLDS BY REGION
    • World Manufacturing Outlook
      • Table WORLD MANUFACTURING VALUE ADDED BY REGION
    • World Motor Vehicle Production Outlook
      • Table WORLD MOTOR VEHICLE PRODUCTION
    • World Health Expenditures Trends
      • Table WORLD HEALTH EXPENDITURES BY REGION
    • World Construction Trends
      • Table WORLD CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES BY REGION
    • Pricing Patterns
    • Competitive Materials
    • Legal & Regulatory Environment
      • Regulations & Standards
      • Sustainability
  • OVERVIEW
    • General
    • Regional Overview
      • Table WORLD NONWOVEN FABRIC MARKET ENVIRONMENT
      • Demand
        • Table WORLD NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND BY REGION
        • Table CHART III-1 WORLD NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND BY REGION, 2014
      • Production
        • Table WORLD NONWOVEN FABRIC PRODUCTION BY REGION
        • Table CHART III-2 WORLD NONWOVEN FABRIC PRODUCTION BY REGION, 2014
        • Table SELECTED RECENT & PROPOSED PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COMPANY, 2014
      • International Trade
        • Table WORLD NONWOVEN FABRIC NET EXPORTS BY REGION
    • Demand by Web Formation Process
      • Table WORLD NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND BY WEB FORMATION PROCESS
      • Table CHART III-3 WORLD NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND BY WEB FORMATION PROCESS, 2014
      • Spunmelt
        • Table WORLD SPUNMELT NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND BY REGION
      • Carded
        • Table WORLD CARDED NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND BY REGION
      • Wetlaid
        • Table WORLD WETLAID NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND BY REGION
      • Airlaid
        • Table WORLD AIRLAID NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND BY REGION
    • Demand by Application
      • Table WORLD NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND BY APPLICATION
      • Disposables
        • Table WORLD NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND IN DISPOSABLES APPLICATIONS BY REGION
      • Nondisposables
        • Table WORLD NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND IN NONDISPOSABLES APPLICATIONS BY REGION
    • Demand by Market
      • Table WORLD NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Table CHART III-4 WORLD NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND BY MARKET, 2014
      • Personal Hygiene
        • Table WORLD PERSONAL HYGIENE MARKET FOR NONWOVEN FABRICS BY REGION & APPLICATION
      • Wipes
        • Table WORLD WIPES MARKET FOR NONWOVEN FABRICS BY REGION
      • Construction
        • Table WORLD CONSTRUCTION MARKET FOR NONWOVEN FABRICS BY REGION
      • Filtration
        • Table WORLD FILTRATION MARKET FOR NONWOVEN FABRICS BY REGION
      • Medical/Surgical
        • Table WORLD MEDICAL/SURGICAL MARKET FOR NONWOVEN FABRICS BY REGION
      • Motor Vehicles
        • Table WORLD MOTOR VEHICLE MARKET FOR NONWOVEN FABRICS BY REGION
      • Other
        • Table WORLD DEMAND FOR NONWOVEN FABRICS IN OTHER MARKETS BY REGION
  • NORTH AMERICA
    • North America: General
    • North America: Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand
      • Table NORTH AMERICA: NONWOVEN FABRIC SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Table CHART IV-1 NORTH AMERICA: NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND BY COUNTRY, 2014
    • North America: Nonwoven Fabric Demand Outlook
      • Table NORTH AMERICA: NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND BY WEB FORMATION PROCESS, APPLICATION, & MARKET
    • United States
      • United States: General
      • United States: Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand
        • Table UNITED STATES: NONWOVEN FABRIC SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table UNITED STATES: SELECTED RECENT & PROPOSED NONWOVENS PRODUCTION ADDITIONS BY COMPANY
        • Table UNITED STATES: SELECTED LOCAL PRODUCTION LOCATIONS BY COMPANY, 2014
      • United States: Nonwoven Fabric Demand Outlook
        • Table UNITED STATES: NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND BY WEB FORMATION PROCESS, APPLICATION, & MARKET
    • Canada
      • Canada: General
      • Canada: Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand
        • Table CANADA: NONWOVEN FABRIC SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Canada: Nonwoven Fabric Demand Outlook
        • Table CANADA: NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND BY WEB FORMATION PROCESS, APPLICATION, & MARKET
    • Mexico
      • Mexico: General
      • Mexico: Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand
        • Table MEXICO: NONWOVEN FABRIC SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Mexico: Nonwoven Fabric Demand Outlook
        • Table MEXICO: NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND BY WEB FORMATION PROCESS, APPLICATION, & MARKET
  • WESTERN EUROPE
    • Western Europe: General
    • Western Europe: Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand
      • Table WESTERN EUROPE: NONWOVEN FABRIC SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Table CHART V-1 WESTERN EUROPE: NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND BY COUNTRY, 2014
    • Western Europe: Nonwoven Fabric Demand Outlook
      • Table WESTERN EUROPE: NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND BY WEB FORMATION PROCESS, APPLICATION, & MARKET
    • Germany
      • Germany: General
      • Germany: Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand
        • Table GERMANY: NONWOVEN FABRIC SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table GERMANY: SELECTED LOCAL PRODUCTION LOCATIONS BY COMPANY, 2014
      • Germany: Nonwoven Fabric Demand Outlook
        • Table GERMANY: NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND BY WEB FORMATION PROCESS, APPLICATION, & MARKET
    • United Kingdom
      • United Kingdom: General
      • United Kingdom: Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand
        • Table UNITED KINGDOM: NONWOVEN FABRIC SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • United Kingdom: Nonwoven Fabric Demand Outlook
        • Table UNITED KINGDOM: NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND BY WEB FORMATION PROCESS, APPLICATION, & MARKET
    • France
      • France: General
      • France: Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand
        • Table FRANCE: NONWOVEN FABRIC SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • France: Nonwoven Fabric Demand Outlook
        • Table FRANCE: NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND BY WEB FORMATION PROCESS, APPLICATION, & MARKET
    • Italy
      • Italy: General
      • Italy: Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand
        • Table ITALY: NONWOVEN FABRIC SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Italy: Nonwoven Fabric Demand Outlook
        • Table ITALY: NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND BY WEB FORMATION PROCESS, APPLICATION, & MARKET
    • Spain
      • Spain: General
      • Spain: Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand
        • Table SPAIN: NONWOVEN FABRIC SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Spain: Nonwoven Fabric Demand Outlook
        • Table SPAIN: NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND BY WEB FORMATION PROCESS, APPLICATION, & MARKET
    • Netherlands
      • Netherlands: General
      • Netherlands: Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand
        • Table NETHERLANDS: NONWOVEN FABRIC SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Netherlands: Nonwoven Fabric Demand Outlook
        • Table NETHERLANDS: NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND BY WEB FORMATION PROCESS, APPLICATION, & MARKET
    • Belgium
      • Belgium: General
      • Belgium: Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand
        • Table BELGIUM: NONWOVEN FABRIC SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Belgium: Nonwoven Fabric Demand Outlook
        • Table BELGIUM: NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND BY WEB FORMATION PROCESS, APPLICATION, & MARKET
    • Other Western Europe
      • Other Western Europe: General
      • Other Western Europe: Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand
        • Table OTHER WESTERN EUROPE: NONWOVEN FABRIC SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Other Western Europe: Nonwoven Fabric Demand Outlook
        • Table OTHER WESTERN EUROPE: NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND BY WEB FORMATION PROCESS, APPLICATION, & MARKET
  • ASIA/PACIFIC
    • Asia/Pacific: General
    • Asia/Pacific: Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand
      • Table ASIA/PACIFIC: NONWOVEN FABRIC SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Table CHART VI-1 ASIA/PACIFIC: NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND BY COUNTRY, 2014
    • Asia/Pacific: Nonwoven Fabric Demand Outlook
      • Table ASIA/PACIFIC: SELECTED RECENT & PROPOSED HYGIENE PRODUCT MANUFACTURING CAPACITY EXPANSIONS BY COMPANY
      • Table ASIA/PACIFIC: NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND BY WEB FORMATION PROCESS, APPLICATION, & MARKET
    • China
      • China: General
      • China: Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand
        • Table CHINA: NONWOVEN FABRIC SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table CHINA: SELECTED LOCAL PRODUCTION LOCATIONS BY COMPANY, 2014
      • China: Nonwoven Fabric Demand Outlook
        • Table CHINA: NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND BY WEB FORMATION PROCESS, APPLICATION, & MARKET
    • Japan
      • Japan: General
      • Japan: Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand
        • Table JAPAN: NONWOVEN FABRIC SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Japan: Nonwoven Fabric Demand Outlook
        • Table JAPAN: NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND BY WEB FORMATION PROCESS, APPLICATION, & MARKET
    • India
      • India: General
      • India: Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand
        • Table INDIA: NONWOVEN FABRIC SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • India: Nonwoven Fabric Demand Outlook
        • Table INDIA: NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND BY WEB FORMATION PROCESS, APPLICATION, & MARKET
    • South Korea
      • South Korea: General
      • South Korea: Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand
        • Table SOUTH KOREA: NONWOVEN FABRIC SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • South Korea: Nonwoven Fabric Demand Outlook
        • Table SOUTH KOREA: NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND BY WEB FORMATION PROCESS, APPLICATION, & MARKET
    • Taiwan
      • Taiwan: General
      • Taiwan: Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand
        • Table TAIWAN: NONWOVEN FABRIC SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Taiwan: Nonwoven Fabric Demand Outlook
        • Table TAIWAN: NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND BY WEB FORMATION PROCESS, APPLICATION, & MARKET
    • Other Asia/Pacific
      • Other Asia/Pacific: General
      • Other Asia/Pacific: Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand
        • Table OTHER ASIA/PACIFIC: NONWOVEN FABRIC SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Other Asia/Pacific: Nonwoven Fabric Demand Outlook
        • Table OTHER ASIA/PACIFIC: NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND BY WEB FORMATION PROCESS, APPLICATION, & MARKET
  • OTHER REGIONS
    • Central & South America
      • Central & South America: General
      • Central & South America: Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand
        • Table CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA: NONWOVEN FABRIC SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Central & South America: Nonwoven Fabric Demand Outlook
        • Table CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA: NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND BY WEB FORMATION PROCESS, APPLICATION, & MARKET
      • Brazil
        • Table BRAZIL: NONWOVEN FABRIC SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table BRAZIL: NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND BY WEB FORMATION PROCESS, APPLICATION, & MARKET
      • Other Central & South America
        • Table OTHER CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA: NONWOVEN FABRIC SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table OTHER CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA: NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND BY WEB FORMATION PROCESS, APPLICATION, & MARKET
    • Eastern Europe
      • Eastern Europe: General
      • Eastern Europe: Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand
        • Table EASTERN EUROPE: NONWOVEN FABRIC SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Eastern Europe: Nonwoven Fabric Demand Outlook
        • Table EASTERN EUROPE: NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND BY WEB FORMATION PROCESS, APPLICATION, & MARKET
      • Russia
        • Table RUSSIA: NONWOVEN FABRIC SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table RUSSIA: NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND BY WEB FORMATION PROCESS, APPLICATION, & MARKET
      • Poland
        • Table POLAND: NONWOVEN FABRIC SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table POLAND: NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND BY WEB FORMATION PROCESS, APPLICATION, & MARKET
      • Other Eastern Europe
        • Table OTHER EASTERN EUROPE: NONWOVEN FABRIC SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table OTHER EASTERN EUROPE: NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND BY WEB FORMATION PROCESS, APPLICATION, & MARKET
    • Africa/Mideast
      • Africa/Mideast: General
      • Africa/Mideast: Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand
        • Table AFRICA/MIDEAST: NONWOVEN FABRIC SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Africa/Mideast: Nonwoven Fabric Demand Outlook
        • Table AFRICA/MIDEAST: NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND BY WEB FORMATION PROCESS, APPLICATION, & MARKET
      • Turkey
        • Table TURKEY: NONWOVEN FABRIC SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table TURKEY: NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND BY WEB FORMATION PROCESS, APPLICATION, & MARKET
      • Other Africa/Mideast
        • Table OTHER AFRICA/MIDEAST: NONWOVEN FABRIC SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table OTHER AFRICA/MIDEAST: NONWOVEN FABRIC DEMAND BY WEB FORMATION PROCESS, APPLICATION, & MARKET
  • INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
    • General
    • Industry Composition
      • Table WORLD NONWOVEN FABRIC SALES BY COMPANY, 2014
      • Table CHART VIII-1 NONWOVENS SALES BY COMPANY, 2004-2014
    • Market Share
      • Table CHART VIII-2 WORLD NONWOVEN FABRIC MARKET SHARE BY COMPANY, 2014
    • Competitive Strategies
    • Research & New Product Development
    • Manufacturing
    • Marketing & Distribution
    • Cooperative Agreements
      • Table SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS
    • Acquisitions & Divestitures
      • Table SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES
    • Company Profiles
      • Ahlstrom Corporation
      • Albis International Srl
      • Andrew Industries Limited
      • Asahi Kasei Corporation
      • Avgol Limited
      • Berkshire Hathaway Incorporated
      • Berry Plastics Corporation
      • CECEP Costin New Materials Group Limited
      • DuPont (EI) de Nemours
      • Évora SA
      • First Quality Enterprises Incorporated
      • Foss Manufacturing Company LLC
      • Freudenberg SE
      • Glatfelter (PH) Company
      • Guangdong Jofo Enterprises Company Limited
      • Hassan Group
      • Hollingsworth & Vose Company
      • Holm (Jacob) & Sons AG
      • Japan Vilene Company Limited
      • Kimberly-Clark Corporation
      • Koch Industries Incorporated
      • Low & Bonar plc
      • Lydall Incorporated
      • Milliken & Company
      • Mitsui Chemicals Incorporated
      • Nan Liu Enterprise Company Limited
      • Owens Corning
      • Pegas Nonwovens SA
      • Propex Operating Company LLC
      • Royal Ten Cate NV
      • Sandler AG
      • Schouw & Company A/S
      • Suominen Corporation
      • Takween Advanced Industries JSC
      • Toray Industries Incorporated
      • Toyobo Company Limited
      • TWE Group GmbH
    • Additional Companies in the World Nonwovens Industry

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