Spunbond Nonwoven Market: Information by Type (Hooked, Straight, Deformed, Crimped, Others) Application (Composite reinforcement, Refractories), and Region-Forecast till 2029

Spunbond nonwovens refer to the porous flat sheets and textures like materials, which is produced by using liquid plastic, plastic films or, long filaments of around 15-35 micrometer diameter limited together by hot-press. This plastic or spun filaments are collected on a conveyor belt in the form o...
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Spunbond nonwovens refer to the porous flat sheets and textures like materials, which is produced by using liquid plastic, plastic films or, long filaments of around 15-35 micrometer diameter limited together by hot-press. This plastic or spun filaments are collected on a conveyor belt in the form of a web and then bonded to make spunbond nonwoven fabric. These are not the same when compared to other fibers, as they are not made by sewing or weaving; and they need no transformation of strands into yarn.

Spunbond nonwovens have excellent burst strengths, porosity, stability to heat and chemicals, tear strength, fibrous structure, planar isotropic properties, good fray, crease-resistance, high opacity, and tensile strength. It can often produce the required property balances needed to meet end-user requirements. Additionally, spunbond nonwovens have various end-uses, such as in hygiene, medical, wipes, surgical fabrics, leather-like-goods,furniture, and bedding, structural engineering, and geosynthetics. Furthermore, they are available in various eco-friendly options, including shopping bags, packing bags, carrier bags, gift bags, etc.

Therefore, the global spunbond nonwovens are expected to grow rapidly during the forecast period owing to the increasing demand from various end-use industries such as personal care & hygiene, medical, construction, etc. However, fluctuating raw material prices and the high cost of finished products are the factors that are restricting the growth of the market.

Rising Demand from the Personal Care & Medical Industry to Propel the Demand for Spunbond Nonwoven

Spunbond nonwovens are majorly used to make various products in the personal care and medical industry, such as surgical gowns, aprons, drapes, face mask components, and wound dressings. These are also used in hygiene products, such as sanitary towels, sanitary napkins, tampons, baby diapers, and napkin liners, therefore a surge in demand for these products is propelling the growth of the spunbond nonwoven market.

Additionally, owing to the COVID-19 outbreak, there has been a surge in demand for nonwoven face masks and protective clothing to prevent the spreading of the virus, which has increased demand for spunbond nonwoven fabrics across the world, at an exponential rate. Furthermore, a growing population and diseases have resulted in the construction of new medical facilities and products, thus increasing the demand for spunbond nonwovens globally.

Growing Demand for Spunbond Nonwovens for Various Applications to Boost the Market Growth

The increase in industrialization has led to a significant rise in the number of manufacturing plants, machinery, and growth of various end-use industries in developing and developed countries, which is anticipated to propel the demand for spunbond nonwovens during the forecast period. The increasing demand for nonwoven fabrics in the geotextile, medical, packaging, electronics, hygiene, and construction industries for greenhouse shading, artificial turf, pavement overlays, fuel cells, sterile packaging, swabs, cable wrap, roadway reinforcements, battery separators, drapes, drainage, and erosion control applications is augmenting the growth of the market.

The geotextiles, which use nonwoven fabric are flexible and textile-like polymer fabrics of controlled permeability, as a result, they are widely used in the construction of roads and for land reclamation. Additionally, these are used for making reusable bags as they are lightweight, sturdy, and cut down on the number of plastic bags. Therefore, the growing usage of spunbond nonwovens in these industries will boost the market growth.

Volatility in Raw Material Prices & High Cost of Spunbond Nonwovens May Restrict the Market Growth

Fluctuation in the prices of crude oil over the last few years have directly impacted the spunbond nonwoven market and prices of crude oil derivatives like polypropylene, polyester, and polyethylene. These fluctuations in the prices of the raw materials also affect the operating margins of manufacturers, making it difficult for them to sustain in the market and retain their positions.

Global Spunbond Nonwoven Market by Geography

Based on geography, the spunbond nonwoven market is categorized into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Central and South America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and Africa. The Asia Pacific is anticipated to hold the largest market share in the global spunbond nonwoven market during the forecast period.

The increasing disposable income has resulted in the increasing demand from various end-use industries, such as personal care, medical, automotive, etc. for products like disposable diapers, feminine hygiene items, facemasks, etc. is impelling the growth of the spunbond nonwoven market in the region. Furthermore, manufacturers shifting their focus in the region because of the availability of cheap labor, low manufacturing costs, growing population resulting in an increased demand is also expected to boost the demand for spunbond nonwovens in the Asia-Pacific.

The robust growth of industries such as automotive, construction, textiles, and others is also positively impacting the growth of the market. As per the statistics shared by the India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF), the production of India's domestic automobiles increased at 2.36% CAGR between 2016 and 2020, with 26.36 million vehicles being manufactured in the country in 2020. Additionally, the automobile export reached 4.77 million vehicles in 2020, growing at a CAGR of 6.94% from 2016 to 2020. Moreover, the Indian textiles industry is expected to reach 250 USD billion in the coming years and contributed around 15% to the export earnings of India, which is projected to rise further.

Europe is anticipated to be the second-largest region in the global spunbond nonwoven market due to the growing automotive industry as these are used for automotive applications, which include air filters. Europe is considered one of the world’s biggest automotive producers and is home to several top automotive brands. Additionally, implementation of various favorable European Union commission policies for the regional automotive sector, such as “GEAR 2030”, or “European Battery Alliance“ aiming to set an internal market, environmental protection and safety, stable level playing field, and strengthen competition is expected to propel the growth of the automotive industry in the region.

Moreover, the region also has several industrialized countries such as Germany, France, and the U.K., where there is a strong demand for spunbond nonwovens from various major end-use industries. and others due to increasing consumer disposable income, flourishing e-commerce, along with, increasing uptake of corrugated packaging, which is positively impacting the growth of the spunbond nonwoven market in the region.

Key Players

  • Berry Global Group, Inc
  • DuPont de Nemours, Inc
  • Mitsui Chemicals, Inc
  • Asahi Kasei Corporation
  • Schouw & Co
  • Toray Industries, Inc
  • Mogul Co Ltd
  • Kuraray Co Ltd
  • Kolon Industries, Inc
  • Johns Manville Corporation
  • RadiciPartecipazioniSpA
  • Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  • Avgol Ltd
  • Fitesa S.A
  • Sunshine Nonwoven Fabric Co., Ltd.

The global spunbond nonwoven market is highly fragmented and consists of a significant number of both global and regional players. These players have been adopting strategies such as new product launches, expansions, agreements, joint ventures, partnerships, mergers and acquisitions, collaborations, etc. to increase their footprints in this market. They are trying to increase their sales through these strategies and expand their capacities to facilitate the respective markets. For instance, In July 2018, Fitesa acquired 51 % of the spunbond nonwoven manufacturer CNC International.

Key Developments

  • Schouw & Co. invested USD 40 million to construct two production lines of nonwovens in Malaysia and the U.S. in September 2020, which will increase the capacity of the company’s Fibertex Nonwovens business by 10%.
  • DuPont collaborated with Under Armour to produce over 3.8 million isolation gowns and other personal protective equipment in August 2020 for healthcare workers in the U.S. It also collaborated with Home Depot Inc. to provide the Tyvek material to Kaiser Permanente, a not-for-profit organization, for producing around 2 million face masks and 500,000 isolation gowns for the frontline medical workers in the U.S. in July 2020.
  • Mitsui Chemicals Asia Pacific Ltd., a subsidiary of Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. operating in Singapore, allowed its nonwoven production lines to remain operational in Singapore for delivering face masks and isolation gowns to medical personnel in June 2020.
  • Berry Global announced the expansion of its Meltex melt-blown capacity, with the addition of an asset to support the growing demand for face masks during COVID-19 in May 2020, which will focus on the manufacturing of nonwoven protection materials and filter materials for premium FFP2 (N95) and FFP3 (N99) grade filter media.
  • Kimberly-Clark donated USD 500,000 to support infectious disease training for cleaning professionals on the front lines of COVID-19. Furthermore, the company announced a new scholarship program to help smaller cleaning organizations provide critical training on infectious disease prevention and control measures for their employees in April 2020 in collaboration with ISSA (International Sanitary Supply Association), and the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC).
  • Asahi Kasei Corporation announced its expansion of the production capacity of spunbond nonwoven materials at its subsidiary, Asahi Kasei Spunbond Co., Ltd by adding a new production line with a capacity of 15,000 tons/year of spunbound nonwovens in March 2019.
  • Avgol Nonwovens launched a range of breathable spunbond nonwovens in line with Avgol’s “Forward Innovative Thinking” strategy for new product innovation in January 2019 to meet the needs of specific markets such as hygiene, medical, and industrial applications.
  • Kimberly-Clark Corporation announced its plans of expansion and improvements of their nonwovens manufacturing plant in North Carolina in May 2018 and approved 30 USD million for expansion of this plant.
  • Toray Industries, Inc. acquired a business plot covering 350,000 m2 area in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh, India for a new production base for polypropylene spunbound, which is utilized for hygiene materials in February 2018.

Global Spunbond Nonwoven Market: Segmentation

By Material

  • Polypropylene Spunbond Nonwovens
  • Polyester Spunbond Nonwovens
  • Polyethylene Spunbond Nonwovens
  • Others

By Function

  • Disposable
  • Durable

By End-Use Industry

  • Personal Care & Hygiene
  • Medical
  • Agriculture
  • Packaging
  • Automotive
  • Geotextiles
  • Filtration
  • Construction

By Region

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Central and South America and the Caribbean
  • The Middle East & Africa

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Rising demand from the personal care & medical industry, growing population, and diseases have resulted in the construction of new medical facilities and products are the key factors expected to drive Spunbond Nonwoven Market during the forecast period.
Berry Global Group, Inc, DuPont de Nemours, Inc, Mitsui Chemicals, Inc, Asahi Kasei Corporation, Schouw & Co, Toray Industries, Inc, Mogul Co Ltd, Kuraray Co Ltd, Kolon Industries, Inc, Johns Manville Corporation are the top players in Spunbond Nonwoven Market.
Asia Pacific is expected to hold the highest market share in Spunbond Nonwoven Market.
Personal Care & Hygiene End User Segment is expected to be the leading segment in Spunbond Nonwoven Market during the forecast period.
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