The global nonwoven filter media market size was USD 4.29 billion in 2015. They are used as filtration media and are highly preferred in industries like automotive, healthcare, personal care, lighting, agriculture, textiles, and transportation. Rising consumer awareness regarding health and safety as well as increasing environmental concerns regarding water and air pollution is expected to benefit the overall market growth.
Nonwoven filter media are cost-effective, easy to handle, and can be tailored made according to the requirements, and functions. They are preferred over cloths, paper or other filtration mediadue to this customization property. Advantages of these media over other filtrating membrane are their durability, with standing capacity to extreme temperatures, and high efficiency.
One of the major applications includes air and liquid filtration. The demand for air & water filtration products is escalating and is also projected to follow the same over the next eight years. This is expected to result in a surge in demand for nonwoven filter media over the same time frame.
U.S. Nonwoven Filter Media Market Revenue By Technology, 2014 - 2024 (USD Million)
Developed countries such as the U.S., UK, Germany, and Japan are expanding their technology to reuse water, improve its quality and reduce the chance of water contamination. Such efforts will increase the demand for nonwoven media filtration systems over the forecast period.
Companies are investing in R&D to develop new technologies for increased efficiency and performance. Ahlstrom Corporation has developed a new Ahlstrom Disruptor Technology for water filtration. It is electro adsorptive technology which uses ion exchange and electro adhesion for contaminant removal. It uses natural mineral fiber which provides better filtration efficiency for sub-contaminant particle removal.
Emerging countries like India, China, and Brazil are taking major steps to control water, and air pollution problem faced in the region. With the help of government, companies in the region have started investment on research & development activities for developing more efficient filters. China National Material Technology Corporation has developed a new technology which caters to the industry demand for high performance and low operating cost.
Nonwoven filter media is classified into spunbond, meltblown, wetlaid, needlepunch, and other technologies. Spunbond nonwoven filter media accounted for over 40% in 2015. Spunbond technology is mainly used in automotive, healthcare & personal care, and packaging.
Spunbond nonwoven market is expected to grow at an estimated CAGR of 7.4% during forecast period. Spunbond media are light in weight, durable, have high liquid retention properties, and are cost-effective in nature.
Major applications of nonwoven filter media are in healthcare, food & beverages, automotive, and transportation. In 2015, transportation, packaging, and water filtration industry has the highest share in the application market.
Over the next eight years, nonwoven media is expected to show an exponential growth in the healthcare sector. Growing concerns of HAI (hospital acquired infections) and SSI (Surgical site infections) is expected to drive filter sales for healthcare applications. Other applications include lighting & decorative, laminating & coating, residential & commercial furnishing, textile & geotextiles, and electrical insulation.
Asia Pacific dominated nonwoven filter media market demand in 2015. The emerging countries like China and India are focusing more on air & water pollution control, as well as on healthcare sector. Owing to this theuse of filtration mediais expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.7% from 2016 to 2024. Currently, China is the global leader in manufacturing and export of nonwoven medical products.
In the automotive sector, developed countries like the U.S, Germany, South Korea, and Japan is now rivaled by emerging economies like India, China, Brazil, and Russia. These countries show significant development in cost-effective and durable nonwoven filter media technologies.
Nonwoven filter media is characterized by the presence of major international players. The companies are trying to develop new technologies to achieve product differentiation. They are trying to increase their global presence by building efficient channels of distribution.
3M, Dupont Inc, Cummins Filtration, Honeywell Process Solutions, Pegas Nonwovens S.r.o., Kimberly-Clark Corporation are some of the major industry participants. Regional players have started using technologies such as S-TwinMB-S 2600 RF4s Compact Bico for low entry point market entry. This has facilitated the regional players to enter the market with low initial investment.
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