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. Growing population in Asia Pacific region has boosted the sale of consumer disposable products such as baby diapers and feminine hygiene products. This trend is expected to complement global staples PP nonwoven fabric market growth. Staples PP nonwoven fabrics have been gaining popularity in automotive, construction and geotextiles industries owing its tensile strength and durability. Growth of these industries in emerging markets of Asia Pacific and Latin America are expected to have a positive impact on staples PP nonwoven market over the forecast period. Ageing population mainly in Japan, Western Europe and 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. Stringent environmental regulations on account of increasing concerns regarding PP degradability and recyclability are expected to pose challenges to market participants.
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 market 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.
Key applications of staples PP nonwoven fabric can be classified as disposable and durable applications. This report segments staples PP nonwoven fabrics application market into industrial, hygiene, furniture, medical, agriculture, carpet and geotextiles among other applications that include apparel, automotive and construction. Hygiene emerged as the leading application for staples PP nonwoven fabric and accounted for over one-third of total market volume in 2013. Hygiene applications include baby diapers, feminine hygiene products, adult incontinence, wipes etc. Ageing population in Japan, U.S., Canada, UK, 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 and Middle East are expected to further drive staples PP nonwoven fabric demand in baby diapers.
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 next six years. Middle East on the other hand is a relatively small market and is expected to be the most attractive region for staples PP nonwoven fabric market 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.
The global staples PP nonwoven fabric market is highly fragmented within 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 market share. 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 in the global market include, Fibertex, AVGOL, Kimberly-Clark, Fiberweb, First Quality, Toray, Mitsui and PGI among some other companies.
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