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During the next 5 years, overall world growth of the demand for nonwovens should increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.6%. Global consumption of nonwovens will reach 15.6 billion pounds in 2015, an increase from 11.9 billion pounds in 2010.

The total North American demand for nonwoven materials was 2.2 billion pounds in 2010 and is expected to reach 2.6 billion pounds in 2015, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.4%.

The use of nonwovens, especially in filtration, wipes, home furnishings, building and construction, agricultural fabrics, floor covering, and miscellaneous disposables will be the growth markets in North America. Disposables were valued at 1.5 billion pounds in 2010 and are expected to reach nearly 1.8 billion pounds in 2015, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.2%.



The goal of this report is to provide a detailed and comprehensive study of the global market for nonwoven materials and products used in durable and disposable applications as well as potential business opportunities in the future. The report's objectives include a thorough coverage of the underlying economic issues driving the nonwoven materials and products business, as well as assessments of new and potential products that companies are developing. Social, political, and regulatory issues are also covered, as are international markets. Another important objective is to provide realistic and consistent market data (including time series) and forecasts for global nonwoven materials and products. The emphasis, however, is from a North American (i.e., the U.S. and Canada) viewpoint.

This technical market report starts with an overview of the chemistry of fibers and other materials, and the processes to manufacture nonwoven fabrics and materials, and then moves on to specific applications for nonwoven products. It describes the market growth, the developing technology trends, industry leaders, and applications for these nonwoven products. World markets are covered next, followed by a comprehensive analysis of the industry structure and then profiles of leading companies.


It has been several years since BCC Research's last technical market study on nonwovens. The main reason for doing this study is that textiles and chemical supply in general and nonwoven products in particular in North America are undergoing significant change. A global recession affected many nonwoven end-use markets and led to greatly diminished demand.

At the same time, new entrants and expansions by East Asian producers resulted in additional capacity. In turn, this led to lower operating rates for many producers, and a more competitive market, and pricing pressures. These drivers will continue. The loss of customer industries to overseas locations (especially China), market maturation, and cost pressures from rising raw material and energy costs are other challenges. All of these are combining giving rise to structural change.

In the long term, the North American nonwoven market will recover and expand, as a result of technological advancements, both in the area of new processes and methods for producing nonwoven materials, as well as in evaluating nonwoven products for various applications. With the changes in the industry structure and associated challenges in the marketplace, a technology/marketing report with a unified view of materials and applications is needed.

In addition, realistic market data (including time series) for nonwoven materials and products have proven elusive, especially on a global basis. Because product innovation is important, the industry is relatively secretive, with no central reporting organization as is found in the plastic resins and textile fibers industries. A paucity of company information also exist as most companies are either small privately held organizations, or if part of a larger company, nonwovens are a relatively small part of the operations and are usually integrated into the final product organization. For example, Kimberly-Clark is a leading producer of nonwovens, but its output is sold to the consumer as baby diapers and related final products.


This study provides the most complete accounting of developments in nonwoven materials and products currently available in a multi-client format. It provides the most thorough and up-to-date assessment that can be found anywhere on the subject. The study also provides extensive quantification of the many important facets of market developments in nonwoven materials and products. This, in turn, contributes to the determination of what kind of strategic response suppliers may adopt in order to compete in this market.

Audiences for this study include marketing executives, business unit managers and other decision-makers in the nonwoven products and materials companies. Technology suppliers, suppliers of plastic resins and fibers, adhesives suppliers, and other materials companies, and other companies peripheral to this business also represent a key audience.


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