The global spunbond nonwoven market is projected to have a significant growth over the forecast period. The market is primarily driven by the growing demand from personal hygiene industry due to rising usage of baby diapers, sanitary napkins, adult incontinence products, and several other personal care products. Spunbond nonwovens are extremely soft and smooth. Spunbond process is widely used for the production of nonwoven fabrics to be used in a variety of applications. These products are made of continuous filaments produced by integrated fiber spinning, web formation, and bonding process. This process is the shortest textile route from polymers to fabric as it removes all the intermediate steps. It also offers maximum production at lower cost.
The process is widely preferred due to its high efficiency and excellent properties, such as excellent absorption, uniformity, breathability, high strength and elasticity, and fibrous structure. Nonwovens manufactured by this process are used in the production of nonwoven composites in continuous process. Increasing usage of biodegradable polypropylene spunbond nonwovens for various medical and personal care applications is expected to boost the market growth. In addition, growing demand for polyester felts, filtration, and separators in geotextiles is likely to fuel the industry development. High demand from transportation infrastructure planners, builders, and engineers for use in highways, roads, railways, and foundations is also estimated to support the marker expansion. Geotextiles are gaining demand in new applications, such as mining, oil drilling sites, and shale gas, providing further growth opportunities.
All these factors are expected to boost the demand for geotextiles, consequently driving market growth. Polymers are an important raw material for the production of spunbond nonwovens. Polypropylene is the most widely used polymer and accounted for more than 50 % of the total raw material share. On the other hand, fluctuations in the price of crude oil is expected hinder the market growth as the costs of raw materials are highly dependent on oil prices. Based on product, the global industry can be segmented into disposable and durable spunbond nonwovens. Disposable products are expected to lead the market owing to rise in demand from personal hygiene and medical applications.
The demand for durable products is also expected to register a notable growth on account of rising usage of geotextiles. On the basis of material, the spunbond nonwoven market can be divided into polypropylene, polyester, and polyethylene. Polypropylene segment is expected to witness the maximum demand due low density and cost of these nonwovens. Moreover, polypropylene-based products offer excellent chemical resistance and hydrophobic properties. On the other hand, polyester segment is projected to have rapid growth as these products offers better quality than its counterparts. Thus, these products have huge demand in critical applications, such as automotive and filtration. On the basis of application, the industry can be categorized into personal hygiene, medical & healthcare, geotextiles, and others including automotive, filtration, printing & packaging, and textiles.
Personal hygiene application is expected to account for the largest market share owing to high product consumption in the production of baby diapers, feminine care products, and adult incontinence products. Growing birth rate across the globe and rising awareness about the benefits of using baby diapers is expected to benefit the market growth. Emerging economies in Asia Pacific and Central & South America are expected to register the highest growth. Increased adoption of hygiene related products by the consumers in Middle East & Africa is expected to drive the regional market over the forecast period. However, developed economies like U.S., Europe, and Japan are expected exhibit a stagnating demand owing to the limited growth in birth rates.
The market is highly consolidated owing to the major companies vertically integrated across the value chain. The manufacturers emphasize on innovation through extensive development. The market may witness price fluctuations owing to the limited raw material supply and higher production cost. Some of the key companies in the spunbond nonwoven market are Freudenberg Group; E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company; Ahlstrom-Munksjo Oyj; Kimberly-Clark Corporation; Berry Global Group, Inc.; FITESA S.A.; Johns Manville Corporation; Suominen Corporation; Low & Bonar PLC; Avgol Nonwoven Industries, Toray Industries; Pegas Nonwovens; Akitieselskabet Schouw & Co. Group; AsahiKasei Corporation; and Mitsui Chemicals.
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