The global polypropylene nonwoven fabric market size was estimated at USD 21.39 billion in 2018 and is expected to register a CAGR of 6.5% over the forecast period. Increasing product penetration in geotextiles owing to its properties, such as high tear and puncture resistance, temperature fluctuation tolerance, and durability, is expected to boost the market growth. Moreover, rising product demand in end-use industries including hygiene, medical, automotive, agriculture, and furnishing will boost the PP nonwoven fabric market growth in the coming years.
High product demand from the personal care and hygiene industry for the manufacturing of sanitary products for babies, women, and adults is projected to propel industry growth. Rising consumer awareness about personal hygiene has resulted in an increased demand for sanitary napkins, diapers, incontinence products, and dry and wet wipes, thereby driving the market. Increasing demand for protective clothing is also expected to have a positive impact on market development. These products offer high standards of protection, barrier qualities, and prevent penetration of dust particles and microorganisms.
Increased focus of manufacturers on the production of specialty products using the most economical, efficient, and simple technology called spunbond is likely to spur the market growth. Key companies are also investing in R&D for the development of new technologies leading to high-speed production with improved nonwoven textile formation along with print technology to provide direct print on nonwoven fabrics. This factor is also projected to augment market growth over the years to come.
Such fabrics have high demand from medical applications for the manufacturing of disposable medical products including gowns, masks, drapes, sponges, dressing, wipes, incubator mattresses, etc. Polypropylene, being one of the largest petrochemicals traded globally, directly impacts the prices of its immediate products, including nonwoven fabrics. However, rising demand for bio-based polypropylene due to the progressive regulations implemented by authorities, such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), provides cost-effective production of nonwoven fabrics. Moreover, the demand for disposable products in North America will help boost the market.
Spunbonded is expected to witness the fastest growth at a CAGR of 6.9% from 2019 to 2025 on account of its attributes, such as excellent tensile strength and filtration properties. High demand for these products in hygiene products manufacturing including baby diapers and nappies, disposable pants, feminine sanitary products, and adult care products, is projected to drive the segment further.
Staple PP nonwoven fabric accounted for 30.3% in 2018 and is gaining acceptance over other fabrics in industrial filtration applications, such as mineral processing, oil and gas filtration, liquid cartridge and bag filters, and water filtration. In addition, rising demand for staple fabrics in the production of pillows, mattresses, and upholstery padding is anticipated to fuel the segment growth. The fibers derived through meltblown technology are microscopic, thereby offering a larger surface area.
Excellent wicking properties and enhanced filtration efficiency offered by polypropylene meltblown nonwoven fabrics are expected to propel their demand in liquid absorption, insulation, and filtration applications. Composite products are a sandwich of meltblown and spunbonded fabrics hence are also called as SMS. They are excellent as spunbonded fibers in the products, which offer high strength and meltblown products providing superior barrier properties. Growing demand for these products as a filtration material and oil absorbents is expected to drive the segment growth.
Hygiene emerged as the leading application segment for PP nonwoven fabrics in 2017 and accounted for 53.4% of the global share. Improved standards of living and growing attention towards skin health are the key factors driving the product demand in hygiene applications. The product properties, such as high fluid barring capacity, stretchability, and absorption, as compared to traditional textiles is expected to augment its demand in hygiene products.
Increasing product penetration in the automotive industry for manufacturing side liners, seats, airbags, cabin air filters, interior trim, wheel housing, hood insulation, and dashboard insulation, coupled with rising consumer demand for superior vehicle aesthetics, is expected to propel the automotive segment growth.
The product is used for optimizing crop productivity without the use of pesticides and additional labors, thereby reducing the overall cost associated with farming. Thus, rising consumer awareness regarding the product benefits in terms of cost and environmental friendliness is expected to have a positive impact on the industry growth over the projected period.
Growing product demand in erosion control and geomembrane protection is likely to drive the geotextiles application segment. Rising demand in artificial turfs, soil stabilizers, pavement overlays, and greenhouse shading is estimated to impel the industry growth in the coming years.
The demand in North America is likely to exhibit a moderate CAGR of 4.5% over the forecast period owing to escalating demand from the hygiene, medical, and automotive industries. Higher consumer awareness regarding health, safety, and sanitation are expected to boost the product demand in these industries in the region.
Europe market is witnessing healthy growth, in terms of production, on account of the presence of major manufacturing companies. In addition, growing geriatric population and rising occurrence of chronic diseases have resulted in the product demand from medical and adult incontinence products sectors; which, in turn, is likely to complement market growth.
The market in Middle East and Africa exhibits a vast growth potential due to the increasing demand for Absorbent Hygiene Products (AHPs). In addition, the region is characterized by the presence of a number of major producers, such as Saudi German Company for Nonwoven Products (SGN), Advanced Fabrics (SAAF), and Avgol Nonwovens, which boosts the region’s growth.
Asia Pacific is the largest and fastest-growing market. China, in particular, accounted for the majority of the demand share in the APAC market in 2018. Rising infrastructure development activities by the Chinese government is expected to facilitate the need for geotextiles, waterproof materials, and filtration materials, thereby driving the market.
The global market is expected to witness the trend of organic and inorganic growth through expansion and M&As. Companies in the market invest more in R&D for improved quality and reduced weight of products. High manufacturing capacities, extensive distribution network, and goodwill in the market are the key factors offering a competitive advantage for the companies.
Innovation, development, and production of PP nonwoven fabrics are influenced by major companies in the market, which contribute a significant share to the market. While many of the leading companies are based in developed regions such as North America and Europe, many companies based emerging economies of Asia continue to invest and grow, increasing their share in the global industry. Some of the prominent companies in the market are Berry Global, Inc.; Kimberly-Clark Corp.; First Quality Nonwovens, Inc.; Akitieselskabet Schouw & Co. Group; and Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.
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