GVR Report cover Polypropylene Nonwoven Fabric Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Polypropylene Nonwoven Fabric Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Spunbonded, Staples), By Application (Hygiene, Industrial), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2021 - 2028

  • Report ID: 978-1-68038-105-4
  • Number of Pages: 176
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)

Report Overview

The global polypropylene nonwoven fabric market size was estimated at USD 29.59 billion in 2020 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.7% from 2021 to 2028. High product demand in the manufacturing of sanitary products for babies, women, and adults is likely to drive industry growth. The global COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 had a significant impact on the market and the trend is expected to continue over the coming years. The product is witnessing an exponential demand due to an increase in the manufacturing of face masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE), which can be attributed to strict mandates by governments for wearing face masks in public places.

U.S. Polypropylene  nonwoven fabric market size, by product, 2017 - 2028 (USD Billion)

The COVID-19 pandemic has moderately impacted the global operations as major economies faced lockdowns and suspension of industrial activities; however, the demand for nonwoven products in the medical and healthcare field has supported the market for nonwoven textiles in 2020.

The market in the U.S. is expected to exhibit growth owing to the rising concerns about sanitation and safety among the female population in the country. The changing trends in the U.S. sanitary industry to replace disposable protection products is likely to compel nonwoven fiber manufacturers to shift their focus towards manufacturing durable products.

Growing population and increasing awareness have led to a rise in the demand for both durable and disposable hygiene and medical products across the globe. In addition, increasing penetration of PP non-woven fabrics in the automotive industry in the manufacturing of automotive floor carpets, interior door panels, and others is expected to drive market growth.

Geotextiles manufactured using PP nonwoven fabrics offer several performance advantages, such as better longevity and cost savings over traditional building materials, such as layers of soil, rock aggregates, and concrete. In addition to this, geotextiles are easier to install and cost-effective as compared to traditional materials, which is likely to fuel the market growth.

Product Insights

The spunbonded product segment led the market and accounted for more than 45% share of the global revenue in 2020. Excellent properties offered by spunbonded nonwoven fabrics coupled with high process efficiency associated with this technology are likely to drive the product demand in various applications. The eco-friendliness associated with the technology and recyclability of the spunbonded woven fabrics is likely to propel their demand over the projected period. These fabric products are versatile and can be colored or cut to exact requirements. Low cost associated with the spunbonded technology reflects in the final product prices, which offers them a competitive edge.

Staples PP nonwoven fabrics are gaining importance in medical application over other PP nonwoven fabrics on account of their finer filtration and low-pressure drop properties. Increasing staple PP nonwoven penetration in medical applications, such as gloves, medical packaging, surgical gowns, masks, drapes, and covers, is expected to augment the market growth. Nonwoven composite fibers are a sandwich of meltblown and spunbonded fabrics with various patterns. These products exhibit high strength owing to spunbonded fabric parts along with superior barrier properties incorporated by meltblown fabrics. As a result, the products are gaining high demand in hygiene and medical applications.

Application Insights

The hygiene application segment led the market and accounted for more than 44% of the global revenue share in 2020, owing to the improved consumer lifestyle and increasing awareness about skin health. The demand for PP nonwoven fabrics is primarily derived through three major segments, namely diapers, feminine hygiene, and adult incontinence. These materials offer excellent smoothness, softness, comfort, stretchability, fluid barring capacity, and absorption as compared to traditional textiles, thus are gaining high demand in the production of hygiene products. Rising population, increasing consumer disposable income coupled with changing consumer living standards have led to high product demand.

Global Polypropylene (PP) nonwoven fabric market share, by application, 2020 (%)

PP nonwoven fabrics are used for manufacturing coated fabrics, display felts, tapes, conveyor belts, cable insulation, air conditioner filters, semiconductor polishing pads, noise absorber felt, etc. in industrial applications. Increasing investment in the industrial sector across developing economies is expected to have a positive impact on market growth. These fabrics are also used in the production of asphalt overlay, golf and tennis courts, road and railroad beds, artificial turf, soil stabilization, sedimentation and erosion control, drainage system, and dam and stream embankments. They offer superior hydraulic and mechanical properties, which make them an ideal choice for filtration and separation, thereby propelling the market growth.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific dominated the market and accounted for over 41% share of global revenue in 2020 owing to increasing demand for these materials in emerging economies, which are the major consumers in the region. The growing product demand in industries, such as construction, agriculture, and automobile, is anticipated to drive its growth. Many global players are shifting their production bases to countries in the Asia Pacific. These companies also offer advanced products with reduced weight and customize the products in accordance with the consumer requirements, which is also expected to be a major trend in the Asia Pacific market.

The demand for PP nonwoven products in the region is dominated by hygiene applications and this trend is expected to remain the same over the forecast period. The increasing aging population and rising occurrence of chronic diseases have resulted in the rise in demand for medical and adult incontinence products in the region, which, in turn, is likely to benefit the market growth. Europe has a well-established medical sector along with the most recent technologies. Increasing healthcare activities and medical tourism in the European countries are expected to drive demand for disposables such as gloves, gowns, masks, bed liners, and surgical caps in the region, which is likely to propel the product demand over the forecast period.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The innovation, development, and production of PP nonwovens are influenced by major companies in the market, which contribute a large share to the market. In addition, many companies based in emerging economies in Asia Pacific continue to invest and increase their share in the market. Prominent companies are focusing on offerings related to application-specific products. For instance, major companies have started face mask production in light of the growing need to tackle the COVID-19 infection. Several manufacturers have enhanced their facilities for the production of masks and other essentials. Some prominent players in the global Polypropylene nonwoven fabric market include:

  • Kimberly-Clark Corp.

  • Berry Global Group, Inc.

  • Lydall, Inc.

  • First Quality Nonwovens, Inc.

  • Pegas Nonwovens A.S.

  • Schouw & Co.

  • Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.


  • Toray Industries, Inc.

  • Freudenberg Group

  • Ahlstrom-MunksjoOyj

  • Johns Manville Corp.

  • Suominen Corp.

  • Asahi Kasei Corp.

Polypropylene Nonwoven Fabric Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2021

USD 28.43 billion

Revenue forecast in 2028

USD 39.23 billion

Growth rate

CAGR of 6.7% from 2021 to 2028

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2017 - 2019

Forecast period

2021 - 2028

Quantitative units

Volume in kilotons, revenue in USD million/billion, and CAGR from 2021 to 2028

Report coverage

Volume forecast, revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Product, application, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Central & South America; Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; Mexico; Germany; U.K.; France; Russia; Italy; Spain; China; India; Japan; South Korea; Oceania; Taiwan; Thailand; Malaysia; Brazil; Argentina; Saudi Arabia; Turkey; South Africa; Egypt; UAE

Key companies profiled

Kimberly-Clark Corp.; Berry Global Group, Inc.; Lydall, Inc.; First Quality Nonwovens, Inc.; Pegas Nonwovens A.S.; Schouw& Co.; Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.; FITESA; Toray Industries, Inc.; Freudenberg Group; Ahlstrom-MunksjoOyj; Johns Manville Corp.; Suominen Corp.; Asahi Kasei Corp.

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue and volume growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2017 to 2028. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global Polypropylene nonwoven fabric market report on the basis of product, application, and region:

  • Product Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2028)

    • Spunbonded

    • Staples

    • Meltblown

    • Composites

  • Application Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2028)

    • Hygiene

    • Industrial

    • Medical

    • Geotextiles

    • Furnishings

    • Carpet

    • Agriculture

    • Automotive

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2028)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • U.K.

      • France

      • Russia

      • Italy

      • Spain

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

      • South Korea

      • Oceania

      • Taiwan

      • Thailand

      • Malaysia

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

      • Argentina

    • Middle East & Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

      • Turkey

      • South Africa

      • Egypt

      • UAE

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