Non Wovens Market

Global Market Study on Nonwoven Fabric: High Usage in Textile and Automotive Applications Spurring Market Growth

Nonwoven Fabric Market Segmented By Technology such as Spunlaid, Drylaid and Wetlaid having materials such as Polypropylene (PP) Polyethylene (PE) Polyester Nylon Polyurethane Rayon


Textile and automotive industries are the main end users of nonwoven fabric, as this fabric is light in weight and provides the benefit of comfortable use. With the growing demand for products related to personal care across the globe, nonwoven fabric will only be more sough-after.

Furthermore, with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic affecting all countries across the world, the need for industrial and medical protective gear has never been so high, which subsequently surges the demand for nonwoven fabric. As such, the global nonwoven fabric market is projected to experience healthy growth over the forecast period of 2020 to 2030.

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  • DowDuPont Inc
  • Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  • P. H. Glatfelter Company
  • Asahi Kasei Corporation
  • Toray Industries
  • Freudenberg SE
  • Ahlstrom
  • Avintiv, Inc
  • Johns Manvile
  • Suominen Corporation

Favorable Global Demographics Aiding Nonwoven Fabric Market Growth

Although the fertility rate in most regions across the world is declining at a slow pace, the child population in Asia Pacific is projected to increase in the near future, as per data prepared by the United Nations Population Division. This will essentially be due to relaxation in the one-child policy in China and increasing birth rates in South East Asian countries.

Increasing child population in emerging countries with GDP per capita over US$ 1,000 is projected to propel the demand for disposable diapers in the region. Emerging economies such as Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam, with comparatively low penetration of disposable diapers and high birth rates, are estimated to be the fastest-growing markets in the region.

Although the consumption of nonwoven fabrics in China is high, per capita consumption in the country is much lesser as compared developed regions. Growing demand for baby diapers is driving spunbond propylene nonwoven fabric demand in the region.

The demographic trend of ageing population in developed regions is projected to spur the demand for adult incontinence products in those regions. Regions with high GDP per capita, such as North America, Japan, and Europe, are witnessing declining fertility rates as per UN data. Consequently, percentage share of the elderly in the overall population in these regions is increasing.

Increasing old age population in these developed regions is projected to fuel the demand for nonwoven adult incontinence products over the forecast period, thereby catalyzing the growth of the nonwoven fabric market.

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Demand for Lightweight and Fuel-efficient Transportation Vehicles Positively Impacting Market

Automotive manufacturers across the world are trying to reduce the weight of vehicles to produce fuel-efficient and low-CO2-emitting vehicles. Consequently, the need for lightweight and high-strength materials for interior applications is rising. Nonwoven materials are 15%–20% lighter than other competing materials, and can reduce the weight of a car by up to 2 kilograms.

Moreover, they also increase the comfort and safety of vehicles. These benefits have facilitated the use of nonwoven fabrics in over 40 applications, such as filters, carpets, and battery separators, in most vehicles. Nonwoven filtration used in vehicles reduces CO2 emissions and helps make a vehicle more environment-friendly.

Apart from sustainability and environmental demand, the introduction of new technologies in automobiles coolant and reducing model lifecycles are the other significant factors driving the demand for nonwoven fabric materials in the automobile industry.

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Regional Analysis of Nonwoven Fabric Market

The regional nonwoven fabric markets of East Asia and South Asia are projected to grow at significant rates during the forecast period (2020-2030). Increasing population, growing investments in the medical and healthcare sector, rising per capita income, and rapidly growing construction sector are the primary factors driving market growth in these regions.

Growth of the Asia Pacific market is driven by countries such as India and China, owing to the rapidly growing construction, automobile, and healthcare sectors in the region.

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Nonwoven Fabric Market: Structure Analysis

Tier-1 players account for around 25%-30% share in the global nonwoven fabric market, and, as such, the market is estimated to be highly fragmented. Key participants in the global nonwoven fabric market are Avintiv, Inc, DowDupont, Toray Industries, Freudenberg SE, Asahi Kasei Corporation, Johns Manvile, Suominen Corporation, Ahlstrom, Kimberly-Clarke, Technical Textile., and Filmquest Group Inc., among others. To gain a competitive advantage in the landscape, market participants are investing more in R&D activities to launch new, improved products.

Analyst’s Viewpoint

The global nonwoven fabric market is projected to witness substantial growth, owing to increasing investments in the construction, medical, and personal care sectors. East Asia is estimated to account for nearly one-third share of the global nonwoven fabric market in 2020.

The textile and personal care segments, together, are estimated to hold more than half of the market share, and are projected to dominate the market over the forecast period of 2020 to 2030. The COVID-19 pandemic is projected to lead to a sharp rise of the textile segment, owing to increasing demand for medical protective apparel during 2020-2021.

Key Segments of Nonwoven Fabric Market

PMR’s study on the nonwoven fabric market is divided into four significant segments - technology, material, application, and region. This report offers comprehensive data and information about important market dynamics and growth parameters related to these categories.


  • Spunlaid
    • Spunbond
      • Polypropylene
      • Polyester
      • Polyethylene
      • Bicomponent fibre
    • Spun-Melt-Spun (SMS)
    • Meltblown
  • Drylaid
    • Needlepunch
    • Spunlace
    • Thermal Bonded
      • Thru-Air
      • Others
    • Latex or Chemical Bonded
    • Airlaid
    • Carded
  • Wetlaid
  • Others


  • Polypropylene (PP)
  • Polyethylene (PE)
  • Polyester
  • Nylon
  • Polyurethane
  • Rayon


  • Construction
    • Geotextile
    • Wall Wraps
    • Ground Covers
  • Textiles
    • Furniture Fabrics
    • Carpet
    • Medical Protective Apparel
    • Industrial Protective Apparel
  • Personal Care
    • Disposable Diapers
    • Feminine Care Products
    • Adult Incontinence
    • Filtration & Others


  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • South East Asia & Pacific
  • East Asia
  • Middle East & Africa

Key Questions Answered in Report

  • How much is the non wovens market worth?

    The non wovens market is estimated to be worth $ US 93 Bn by the year 2031.

  • What will be the demand outlook?

    The global non wovens market is expected to witness a CAGR of 7.2% between 2021 and 2031.

  • What was the last 5 year market CAGR?

    The global non wovens market witnessed a CAGR of 6.2% between 2015 and 2020.

  • What are the key trends of non wovens?

    The latest trend implies incorporation of high-performance and nanofiber material technologies as substitutes to conventional membranes.

  • What is driving the demand for non wovens?

    The fact that non wovens are increasingly used for making reusable & disposable surgical gowns, instrument wraps, and gloves is driving the demand for non wovens.

  • What is the market share of top 5 players?

    The top 5 players such as Ahlstrom-Munksjo, Glatfelter Company, Berry Global Inc., Lydall Inc., and DuPont account for more than 30% of the market share.

  • What are the top 5 countries driving demand?

    The top 5 countries driving demand include Finland, the US, Brazil, Germany, and Czech Republic.

  • What is North America’s market Outlook?

    North America holds close to 25% of the market share with the US ruling the roost.

  • At what percentage non wovens is going to register growth in Europe?

    Europe is expected to register growth at the rate of 5.5% in the non wovens market between 2021 and 2031.

  • Which are the key exporters of non wovens?

    The key exporters of non wovens include the US, Finland, and Germany.


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