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

Staples Polypropylene Nonwoven Fabric Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Application, By Region (North America, Western Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, RoW), And Segment Forecasts, 2015 - 2020

  • Report ID: 978-1-68038-314-0
  • Number of Pages: 101
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)

Industry Insights

Global staples PP nonwoven fabric market demand was 1,835 kilo tons in 2012. Staples PP nonwoven fabric market has witnessed a surge in demand owing to its increasing use for manufacturing hygiene products such as diapers, feminine hygiene products, adult incontinence, and wipes. The growing population in Asia Pacific region has boosted the sale of consumer disposable products such as baby diapers and feminine hygiene products.

Staples PP nonwoven fabrics have been gaining popularity in automotive, construction, and geotextiles industries owing to its tensile strength and durability. Growth of these industries in developing regions including Asia Pacific and Latin America are expected to have a positive impact on staples PP nonwoven market over the forecast period. The aging population mainly in Japan, Western Europe, and the U.S. have been major factors driving the demand for adult incontinence products which in turn is expected to augment the market growth over the next six years. In addition, growing awareness related to feminine hygiene is expected to further promote the production. However, stringent environmental regulations on account of increasing concerns regarding PP degradability and recyclability are expected to pose challenges to industry players.

Global Staples PP Nonwoven Fabric Market

Uncertainties in crude oil reserves and fluctuating petrochemical prices have been major factors for the volatility in propylene prices which in turn are expected to affect the industry in terms of raw material supply. In order to confront these challenges, the industry has shifted its focus towards developing bio-based polypropylene which is expected to serve as a major opportunity for market participants over the next six years.

Application Insights

Key applications of staples PP nonwoven fabric can be classified as disposable and durable applications. The staples PP nonwoven fabrics industry is segmented by application into industrial, hygiene, furniture, medical, agriculture, carpet, and geotextiles among other applications that include apparel, automotive, and construction. The hygiene segment has emerged as the leading application for staples PP nonwoven fabric and accounted for over one-third of total volume in 2013.

Staples PP nonwoven fabric market

Hygiene applications include baby diapers, feminine hygiene products, adult incontinence, wipes, etc. The aging population in Japan, the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Russia, and other Western European countries are expected to drive the demand for adult incontinence products which in turn is expected to drive staples PP nonwoven demand in hygiene applications. High birth rates in North African countries, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East are expected to further drive staples PP nonwoven fabric demand in baby diapers. In addition, growing health concerns coupled with economic development in regions including Asia Pacific is expected to promote the demand for feminine hygiene products. Moreover, growing spending power and improved standard of living in North America and Europe is expected to boost the demand for wipes and tissues over the forecast period.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific region dominated the global staples PP nonwoven fabric market and accounted for over 40% of total market volume in 2013 and is expected to remain the largest consumer for the next six years. Middle East on the other hand is expected to be the most attractive region for staples PP nonwoven fabric industry over the next six years. Middle East is expected to grow at a steady rate over the next six years. Western Europe and North America are relatively mature markets, thus are expected to grow at relatively lower growth rates over the forecast period.

Competitive Insights

The global staples PP nonwoven fabric market is highly fragmented within the top few participants. Companies are involved in widespread R&D in order to achieve product innovation. The market has been witnessing M&A by large companies in order to gain higher shares. In 2014, Polymer Group acquired 71.25% of capital stock in Companhia Providência Indústria e Comércio, a Brazilian manufacturer of nonwovens. Moreover, manufacturers are shifting their focus towards expanding production capacities in Asia Pacific in order to cater to the growing demand in the region. In 2013, Polymer Group Inc. has started expanding its manufacturing facility in Nanhai, China. Large companies have been acquiring smaller companies in the quest to minimize competition and increase market share. Some of the leading companies operating across the globe include Fibertex, AVGOL, Kimberly-Clark, Fiberweb, First Quality, Toray, Mitsui, and PGI among some other companies. 

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Market representation

Volume in Kilo Tons, Revenue in USD Million and CAGR from 2015 to 2020

Regional scope

North America, Western Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and Rest of the World

Country scope

China, Japan, Korea, South East Asia

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

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