Polypropylene (PP) Nonwoven Fabric Market Report

Polypropylene (PP) Nonwoven Fabric Market Analysis By Product (Spunbounded, Staple, Meltblown, Composite), By Application (Hygiene, Industrial, Medical, Geotextiles, Furnishings, Carpet, Agriculture), And Segment Forecasts, 2018 - 2025

  • Published Date: Jan, 2017
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2015
  • Report ID: 978-1-68038-105-4
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2014 - 2015
  • Number of Pages: 135

Industry Insights

The global polypropylene (PP) nonwoven fabric market size was valued at USD 26.3 billion in 2015 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 8.5% from 2016 to 2025. Nonwoven polypropylene fabric has been gaining importance and wide acceptance in the recent past on account of its superior quality over other non-knitted textiles mainly in the field of hygiene products.

Polypropylene polymer as well as fibers are key raw materials used for textile manufacturing. Higher birth rates, mostly in Asia Pacific region has triggered the demand for disposable consumer products such as baby diapers in the area. The outpouring demand for disposable consumer products is expected to remain a key driving factor for the global market.

U.S. PP nonwoven fabric market revenue by product, 2014-2025 (USD Million)

U.S. PP nonwoven fabric market

Nonwoven PP fabrics have observed surge in demand for durable applications in construction, geotextile, and automotive industries mainly in India and China. Also, increasing geriatric population particularly in the Europe, U.S., and Japan will probably spur adult incontinence product demand, which is in turn expected to trigger the PP nonwoven fabric market over the forecast period.

However, volatile raw material prices in addition to stringent regulation imposed on downstream petrochemical processing is expected to remain a key challenge for the PP nonwoven textile industry. Various regulations have come up as a result of growing environmental concerns regarding the production and usage of polypropylene, as it is a petrochemical derivative. Market revenue in 2014 and 2015 has been affected by the lower polypropylene prices, and will probably gain momentum by mid-2017.

Polypropylene is a key petrochemical derivative used in various applications across different end-use industries and is obtained from crude oil. Competitors have shifted their focus to bio-based polypropylene development which is expected to create significant opportunities for market participants over the forecast period.

Product Insights

Spunbonded PP fabric observes highest market penetration and is the leading product segment in 2015. The segment is also expected to be the fastest growing product segment at an estimated CAGR of just over 9% from 2016 to 2025.

Spunbonded PP fabrics are used widely for manufacturing baby and adult diapers, feminine care and medical products including protective apparel. Various durable applications including agriculture, construction, coating substrates and battery separators can also be manufactured using these materials.

Application Insights

A key application of PP Nonwoven Fabric can be broadly classified as disposables and durables. Hygiene was as the leading application for PP nonwoven textile and held over 45% of total demand in 2015.

PP Nonwoven Fabric Market Volume Share, By Application, 2015

PP Nonwoven Fabric Market

Hygiene applications mainly include baby/adult diapers, feminine disposable products, wipes, etc. The segment is expected to lose out some of its share over the forecast period to other durable applications.

Furnishings application segment will probably witness the fastest growth over the forecast period. Segment growth can be attributed to increasing demand for high-quality cushions owing to growing disposable income level in emerging economies of Asia Pacific and Latin America.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific continued its dominance in the global PP non-knitted fabric industry and accounted for over 40% of total demand in 2015. The Asia Pacific has observed surge in demand on account of increasing disposable income, mainly in China and India which has impelled the demand for various hygiene products such as sanitary wipes and baby/diapers. North America and Western Europe are mature markets hence are expected to witness relatively weaker growth rates over the forecast period.

The Middle East, on the other hand, observes relatively lower penetration and is projected to be the most attractive market for PP non-knitted textile over the forecast period. Increasing propylene capacity in the region is supposed to provide feedstock advantage to the Middle East-based producers against other areas. Most of the expansions in the area are driven by government and industry incentives to install downstream, converting capacity for polypropylene.

Competitive Insights

The global PP nonwoven fabric market is highly fragmented with top eight participants accounting for below 60% of total production in 2015. Acquisition of smaller companies by some of the Prominent companies in the hunt to diminish the competition and increase their market share.

Some of the key companies operating in the industry include Kimberly-Clark, Fibertex, AVGOL, PGI, Fiberweb, Mitsui, Toray and First Quality along with some other companies.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2014 & 2015

Forecast period

2016 - 2025

Market representation

Volume in Kilo Tons , Revenue in USD Million & CAGR from 2016 to 2025

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America & MEA

Country scope

U.S., Germany, UK, France, Japan, China, India, Japan, Korea, Oceania, South East Asia, Saudi Arabia

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Revenue forecast, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

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Segments covered in the report

This report forecasts volume & revenue growth and provides an analysis on the latest trends in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025.  For the purpose of this report, Grand View Research has segmented the global PP nonwoven fabric market on the basis of product, application and region:

  • Product Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2014-2025)

    • Spunbonded

    • Staples

    • Meltblown

    • Composite

  • Application Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2014-2025)

    • Hygiene

    • Industrial

    • Medical

    • Geotextiles

    • Furnishings

    • Carpet

    • Agriculture

    • Others  

  • Regional Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2014-2025)

    • North America

      • U.S

    • Europe

      • Germany

      •  UK

      • France

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      •  India

      • Japan

      • Korea

      • Oceania

      • South East Asia

    • Middle East and Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

    • Central & South America

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