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Nonwovens Market

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

Nonwovens Market by Technology (Spunlaid, Drylaid, Wetlaid) | By Material (Polypropylene (PP), Polyethylene (PE), Polyester, Nylon, Polyurethane, Rayon)

Global Nonwovens Market Snapshot

Detailed assessment on the global nonwovens market conducted by Persistence Market Research (PMR) points towards expansion at around 6.1% CAGR from 2023 to 2033. The market is anticipated to attain a valuation of US$ 86.2 Billion by the end of the forecast period.

Market Valuation (2022A)

US$ 45.2 Billion

Market Estimation (2023E)

US$ 47.7 Billion

Market Projections (2033F)

US$ 86.2 Billion

Value CAGR (2023 to 2033)


Collective Value Share: Top 3 Countries (2023E)


Nonwoven fabrics are textiles made by bonding fibers together, either through chemical adhesion, mechanical or heat treatment, or a combination of these methods. It is can be manufactured using different standard technologies, such as spunlaid, drylaid, and wetlaid. Meltblown and spunbond are the prominent spunlaid technologies used in the manufacturing of nonwoven fabrics.

Nonwoven fabric materials have diverse set of applications that can be classified as hygiene and industrial applications. Hygiene applications of nonwoven fabrics include personal care products, such as disposable diapers, adult incontinence, and feminine care products. Industrial nonwoven fabric applications include geotextiles, wallwraps, ground covers, furniture fabrics, and medical protective apparel.

These fabrics are primarily used in the textile and automotive industries because it is lightweight and comfortable to use. Materials made up of nonwoven are 15 to 20% lighter than competing materials and can reduce vehicle weight by up to 2 kilograms. The growing demand for lightweight, high-strength interior materials in the automotive industry is one of the key factors bolstering the industry's growth.

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Historical (2018 to 2022) v/s Forecast (2023 to 2033) Market Outlook

The historical study shows that from 2018 to 2022, the market grew at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.6%. It is projected that the industry will expand more swiftly than in the past, with the growing demand for products related to personal care across the globe. The market is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 6.1% over the anticipated period.

The demand for disposable diapers among various emerging economies is expected to increase due to the rising child population with a GDP per capita above US$ 1,000. Emerging economies such as Indonesia, the Philippines, Brazil, Mexico, and Vietnam with comparatively low penetration of disposable diapers and high birth rates, are estimated to be the key markets across the globe.

Nonwovens are also broadly used in healthcare and medical applications to provide decent protection against biological agents. These are gradually gaining traction over traditional materials in the healthcare and medical sector, which is also bolstering product consumption in the healthcare sector. Increasing penetration of nonwoven fabrics in the automotive industry in the manufacturing of interior door panels, automotive floor carpets, and others is also anticipated to bolster the growth of the nonwoven market.

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Market Dynamics

Significant market traction of spunbonded polyester nonwoven across different application creates ample space for industry

Increasing consumption of spunbonded polyester across numerous end-use industries, such as construction, automotive, filtration, landscape system, agriculture, leather goods, and others is the primary factory driving the product market growth. It is also considered as best printing media and is widely utilized by producers to manufacture garbage bags, shopping bags, product packaging bags, storage bags, and others. Outdoor billboards, street banners, calendar printing, various kinds of tents, table-cover, curtains, envelop, gift bags, book covers, and wall covering are other products that utilize spunbonded polyester during their manufacturing.

Thriving demand for geotextiles in construction applications to augment the industry growth

The growing popularity of nonwoven geotextiles over geogrids and geocells for constructing pavements, roads, buildings, and dams due to their high absorption capacity is bolstering the sales of the product market in the construction industry. Geotextiles are also gaining traction in numerous other applications, such as oil drilling sites, shale gas, mining, and others. Rising installations of geotextile tubes on the marine coast to prevent coastal erosion caused by the rise in the level of the oceans and seas due to rising temperatures is also one of the prominent factors boosting industry growth.

The ability of geotextiles to prevent adjacent soil layers of fill materials from intermixing makes it a key component in infiltration applications. These are used to preserve soil particles while allowing the passage of liquids through the filter media. The demand for nonwoven geotextiles for numerous applications is estimated to increase at a substantial rate in the coming years, which is expected to create growth opportunities for manufacturers across the globe.

High-cost of the finished product to constrain the industry growth in the coming years.

Nonwoven fabric products are generally highly expensive products owing to the high raw material cost and operational costs involved in the production of nonwoven fabric. The raw material cost includes the basic polymer cost and filler cost, which contribute to almost 80% of the total production cost of the finished products. The operational costs include the cost of advanced technological processes involved in the production of nonwoven fabrics, such as web formation and bonding processes. The processes involved in the production of these fabrics are more capital intensive as they require highly technical instruments for different technologies, such as spunbond, spunlace, needlepunched and meltblown. All these factors are estimated to be a significant restraint for the growth of the product market.

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Country-wise Insights

What is the market growth outlook in the U.S.?

The U.S. nonwoven market is estimated to hold a significant market share of the global market in 2023. The growing aging population and increasing prevalence of chronic diseases have resulted in a rise in demand for medical and adult incontinence products in the country, which, in turn, is likely to benefit market growth.

The country has a well-established medical infrastructure along with the most advanced technologies. Increasing medical tourism and healthcare activities along with the increasing number of patients in the country are expected to drive demand for disposables such as gowns, gloves, masks, surgical caps, and bed liners, in the country, which is likely to propel the product demand over the forecast period.

What is the market scenario of nonwovens in the Chinese market?

China is anticipated to account for a sizeable portion of the global market in terms of volume and value due to the increasing demand from end-use industries such as medical and pharmaceuticals, food and agriculture, manufacturing, mining, power, and energy. The growing population, rising investments in the medical and healthcare sector, increasing per capita income, and rapidly growing construction sector are also bolstering product market growth.

The robust growth of the Chinese textile industry, with increasing public and private investments, is also expected to augment the industry growth during the forecast period. Various manufacturers in the country are planning to commission additional capacities and increase the production capacity of nonwoven, owing to the rapid growth of end-user industries. These are a few factors projected to drive the market at high rates during the forecasted period.

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Category-wise Insights

How does the spunbond segment fairing in the market?

Based on technology, the spunbond segment is estimated to dominate the global nonwovens market in 2023, in terms of value. The increased use of spunbond nonwovens for geotextiles is expected to boost its demand. Geotextiles are being used as a durable material for railways, highways, roads, and foundations by a number of builders, transportation infrastructure planners, and engineers. Geotextiles are becoming more popular in new applications such as shale gas, oil drilling sites, and mining, and which opens up new opportunities for product manufacturers. Surging demand for spunbond nonwoven from the hygiene and medical sectors is also one of the key factors bolstering the growth of the spunbond segment in the market.

What is the demand outlook of the polypropylene segment in the market?

The polypropylene segment is estimated to lead the nonwoven market in 2023 and is projected to grow at a significant CAGR during the forecasted period. Polypropylene is the most widely used as raw material for the production of nonwoven fabrics, owing to its numerous advantages and chemical properties. Polypropylene is inexpensive and has moderate strength and stability.

Increasing product demand for sanitary products for babies, women, and adults is expected to drive industry growth. Polypropylene has a wide range of industrial applications and is used to manufacture, tapes, coated fabrics, conveyor belts, display felts cable air conditioner filters, insulation, noise absorber felt, semiconductor polishing pads, and so on. Increased investment in the industrial sector in developing economies is expected to boost the market growth. Road and railroad beds, asphalt overlay, golf and tennis courts, artificial turf, sedimentation and erosion control, soil stabilization, drainage systems, and dam and stream embankments are also made from these fabrics.

Competitive Landscape

Global players are focusing on entering regional markets to leverage their technological strength and capitalize on existing and upcoming market revenue opportunities. Key players are also focusing on increasing their market share in an emerging market by entering into strategic partnerships and joint ventures with regional players as well as investment groups. On the other hand, regional market players are focusing on entering into long-term contracts with direct end-users to sustain continuous revenue flow.

For instance,

  • In August 2022, Willacoochee Industrial Fabrics, Inc. (WINFAB), one of the leading manufacturers of geosynthetic and erosion control products in the U.S., announced a new state-of-the-art nonwoven geotextile manufacturing production line in Nashville, GA. The production line is expected to start up in the second quarter of 2023.
  • In February 2022, Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. announced the expansion of its meltblown nonwovens production facilities at wholly owned subsidiary Sunrex Industry Co., Ltd. The company intends to invest US$ 1.8 million in the project, with production expected to begin in April 2023.

Scope of Report



Forecast Period

2023 to 2033

Historical Data Available for

2017 to 2022

Market Analysis

  • US$ Billion for Value
  • Tons for Volume

Key Countries Covered

  • U.S.
  • Canada
  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • France
  • U.K.
  • Spain
  • Russia
  • China
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • India
  • Australia and New Zealand
  • Gulf Co-operation Council Countries
  • Türkiye
  • Northern Africa
  • South Africa

Key Segments Covered

  • Technology
  • Material
  • Application
  • Region

Key Companies Profiled

  • Glatfelter Company
  • DuPont de Nemours, Inc.
  • Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  • Asahi Kasei Corporation
  • Toray Industries
  • Lydall Inc.
  • Ahlstrom-Munksjö Oyj
  • Berry Global Inc.
  • Suominen Corporation
  • TWE group
  • The Freudenberg Group
  • PFNonwovens Group
  • Johns Manville Corporation
  • Fitesa
  • Kinsei Seishi Co., Ltd.
  • Willacoochee Industrial Fabrics, Inc.
  • Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.
  • Others

Report Coverage

  • Market Forecast
  • Company Share Analysis
  • Competition Intelligence
  • Drivers
  • Restraints
  • Opportunity Analysis
  • Challenges
  • Strategic Growth Initiatives

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Nonwovens Market Segmentation

By Technology:

  • 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

By Material:

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

By Application:

  • 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 and Others

By Region:

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

- Companies Covered in This Report -

  • Glatfelter Company
  • DuPont de Nemours Inc.
  • Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  • Asahi Kasei Corporation
  • Toray Industries
  • Lydall Inc.
  • Ahlstrom-Munksjö Oyj
  • Berry Global Inc.
  • Suominen Corporation
  • TWE group
  • The Freudenberg Group
  • PFNonwovens Group
  • Johns Manville Corporation
  • Fitesa
  • Kinsei Seishi Co., Ltd.
  • Others

- Frequently Asked Questions -

In 2022, the value of the global market reached over US$ 45.2 billion.

In 2023, the value of the global market reached over US$ 47.7 billion.

The global market is projected to reach US$ 86.2 billion by the end of 2033.

The global market exhibited a CAGR of 5.6% over the last 4 years.

The global market is estimated to grow with a CAGR of 6.1% during the assessment period.

The spunbond technology segment is estimated to lead the global market in 2023.

The polypropylene materials segment is projected to lead the global market in the forecast period.

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