The Future of Wetlaid Nonwovens to 2025

The global consumption of nonwovens in 2020 is 606,200 tonnes or 15.0 billion square metres (m2), valued at $1.8 billion. Growth rates for 2015–20 were 6.5% (tonnes), 6.5% (m2) and 6.8% ($). These increased growth rates reflect the rapid growth of the now included hydroentangled wetlaid segment used primarily in the flushable personal care wipes market.

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Our exclusive content:

  • Authoritative market forecasts for current and future demand for wetlaid nonwovens for 2015–25
  • Detailed market segmentations by value and volume across all essential metrics – process, material, end use, geographic region and major national markets
  • Critical insight into how retailer and consumer demands will define this market across the next 5 years.

What methodology is used?

This Smithers study is founded on an extensive programme of expert primary and secondary research.
Primary research included targeted interviews with key market and technical staff.
Secondary research included information acquired from technical literature, reports, papers, conference proceedings and company information.
This was cross referenced with Smithers’ expert database.

What will you discover?

  • How potential single-use plastics bans will affect the market
  • The impact regulatory changes will have on the flushable wipes
  • The growing importance of the hydroentangled wetlaid process variant, as well as the growth of both the flushable wipes and single serve beverage market segments.

Who should buy the report?

  • Wetlaid nonwoven manufacturers and converters
  • Raw material suppliers
  • Wetlaid nonwoven equipment manufacturers
  • Brand owners and retailers in the wipe and personal care sectors
  • Industry consultants and analysts.
When purchasing a copy of this report you will also recieve a free copy of our brand new report THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON THE NONWOVENS INDUSTRY.

COVID-19 will create permanent changes in nonwovens demand. This new report builds upon solid socio-economic data and expert technical/market insight to assess the magnitude of these changes.

The report presents three scenarios, and models how the markets are likely to evolve in the immediate short-term and over the next five years, based on an in-depth assessment for each end-use application in both disposable and durables nonwovens product.
The three scenarios – mild impact, probable impact and pessimistic – each show how the global nonwovens industry is one of the more fortunate (or at least some segments are). Most of the nonwovens industry has been designated as essential and remained open. Much of this can be attributed to the critical need for nonwovens based personal protective equipment (PPE), face masks, other medical fabrics, and disinfectant wipes. These products have seen significant increases in demand. Baby diapers, baby wipes, feminine hygiene and adult incontinence products, water and air filters, and agricultural fabrics are unaffected and deemed necessities. Other segments, like construction, automotive/transportation, and related end uses, have been hard hit and will experience negative effects for several years.
As part of the methodology, Smithers experts – led by nonwovens expert Phil Mango - interviewed nonwoven suppliers and end-users across the global value chain to ensure the market data and analysis is grounded in reality. The economic foundation of the model is the April forecast from the IMF.
Most nonwoven companies have actually seen increases in demand, some dramatic (e.g. meltblown for face mask), although this is not the case in all applications. Investments in some high demand nonwovens have seen rapid and significant investment. Fortunately, most nonwoven producers are diversified into both disposable and durable nonwovens.
This report is a critical tool to help navigate this disruption, identify potential threats as well as opportunities, and aid strategic planning as the entire nonwovens industry faces a truly disruptive event that will accelerate many longer-term trends.
Smithers is providing this report immediately to existing customers of this report.
The Future of Wetlaid Nonwovens to 2025

Name The Future of Wetlaid Nonwovens to 2025

Date 2/12/2020

Price $6500.00

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