World Nonwovens Market

  • October 2013
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  • Freedonia
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  • 468 pages

World demand to rise 5.3% annually through 2017

Global demand for nonwovens is forecast to rise 5.3 percent annually to 9.0 million metric tons in 2017. However, there is a great deal of variation among different regions and countries. Countries with well developed manufacturing sectors and a population with relatively high personal incomes -- such as the US, Japan, and West European countries -- have well established nonwovens markets. In these areas, nonwovens are prevalent in the production of a variety of goods, and individuals have the financial capability to purchase nonwoven-based consumer items. Demand for nonwovens in developed countries is expected to accelerate from the pace set from 2007 to 2012, when recessionary conditions for most of the period brought outright declines in manufacturing and construction activity. Despite the acceleration, growth in nonwovens demand in developed areas will remain well below the global average as continued industrialization and increasing personal incomes in developing countries promote nonwovens demand.

Developing countries to spur market gains

Ongoing economic advances in China and other developing countries will promote the development of manufacturing sectors, providing opportunities for nonwovens in a variety of goods, such as filters. With respect to consumer goods, rising incomes and standards of living will propel individuals to purchase convenience items, promoting the production of disposable infant diapers among other items that are made with significant amounts of nonwoven fabrics.

Asia/Pacific region to remain key market

The largest regional market for nonwovens in 2012 was the Asia/Pacific region, with 39 percent of the global total. Two of the top three nonwovens consuming countries -- China and Japan -- are located in the region. Advances will be driven by China, which will account for 60 percent of the regional sales in 2017 and nearly 40 percent of additional global volume demand through 2017.

In 2012, North America and Western Europe each accounted for roughly 20 percent of the market. Gains will benefit from economic improvements, and a rebound in the manufacturing and construction sectors through 2017.

The Central and South America, Eastern Europe, and Africa/Mideast regions each accounted for less than 10 percent of the global nonwovens market in 2012.

Arising from a small base, nonwovens demand is projected to post above average growth. The nonwovens industry in key export-related countries -- Brazil, Russia, and Egypt -- continues to rapidly develop with investment from both domestic and foreign multinational companies.

Spunmelt nonwovens to be fastest growing by process

Spunmelt nonwovens accounted for 46 percent of global sales in 2012, and are projected to post the most rapid gains through 2017. Growth will benefit from increased production in key markets such as personal hygiene products, particularly disposable infant diapers in developing countries, and adult incontinence products in developed areas.

Study coverage

Details on these and other findings are contained in World Nonwovens, the upcoming Freedonia industry study priced at $6100. It presents historical demand data (2002, 2007, 2012) plus forecasts for 2017 and 2022 by web formation process, application, market, world region, and for 19 countries. The study also considers key market environment factors, evaluates company market share and profiles global industry players such as Ahlstrom, DuPont, Freudenberg, Johns Manville, Kimberly-Clark and Polymer Group.

Table Of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION xi

I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1

II. MARKET ENVIRONMENT 4

General 4
World Economic Overview 5
Recent Historical Trends 5
World Economic Outlook 7
World Demographic Trends 10
Population 11
Female Population 13
Population 65 Years and Older 16
Households 18
World Manufacturing Outlook 19
World Health Expenditures 21
World Construction Trends 25
Pricing Patterns 26
Competitive Materials 28
Legal and Regulatory Environment 30
Regulations and Standards 31
Sustainability 32

III. OVERVIEW 34

General 34
Regional Overview 35
Demand 38
Production 41
International Trade 43
Demand by Web Formation Process 45
Spunmelt 47
Carded 52
Airlaid 56
Wetlaid 59
Demand by Application 62
Disposables 64
Nondisposables 67
Demand by Market 69
Personal Hygiene 71
Wipes 75
Construction 76
Filtration 79
Medical/Surgical 82
Other 83

IV. NORTH AMERICA 87

General 87
Nonwoven Fabric Supply and Demand 88
Nonwoven Fabric Demand Outlook 92
United States 95
Canada 103
Mexico 109

V. WESTERN EUROPE 116

General 116
Nonwoven Fabric Supply and Demand 117
Nonwoven Fabric Demand Outlook 121
Germany 124
United Kingdom 132
France 138
Italy 145
Spain 152
Netherlands 159
Belgium 164
Other Western Europe 170

VI. ASIA/PACIFIC 177

General 177
Nonwoven Fabric Supply and Demand 178
Nonwoven Fabric Demand Outlook 182
China 185
Japan 193
India 199
South Korea 205
Taiwan 210
Other Asia/Pacific 216

VII. OTHER REGIONS 223

Central and South America 223
Nonwoven Fabric Supply and Demand 224
Nonwoven Fabric Demand Outlook 228
Brazil 230
Other Central and South America 237
Eastern Europe 242
Nonwoven Fabric Supply and Demand 244
Nonwoven Fabric Demand Outlook 247
Russia 249
Poland 256
Other Eastern Europe 262
Africa/Mideast 268
Nonwoven Fabric Supply and Demand 270
Nonwoven Fabric Demand Outlook 274
Turkey 276
Other Africa/Mideast 281

VIII. INDUSTRY STRUCTURE 289

General 289
Industry Composition 290
Market Share 293
Competitive Strategies 299
Research and New Product Development 302
Manufacturing 304
Marketing and Distribution 305
Cooperative Agreements 307
Acquisitions and Divestitures 311
Company Profiles 314
Ahlstrom Corporation 315
Albis International Srl 321
Andrew Industries Limited 323
Asahi Kasei Corporation 326
Avgol Limited 329
Berkshire Hathaway Incorporated 331
Bonar Geosynthetics, see Low and Bonar
Bonar Technical Fabrics, see Low and Bonar
Bonar Yarns and Fabrics, see Low and Bonar
British Vita (Lux III), see Vita (Lux III)
Buckeye Technologies, see Koch Industries
Chicopee, see Polymer Group
Colbond, see Low and Bonar
Companhia Providencia Industria e Comercio 335
Dresden Papier, see Glatfelter (PH)
DuPont (EI) de Nemours 336
Évora SA 342
Fibertex Nonwovens A/S 345
Fibertex Personal Care A/S 347
Fiberweb plc 348
First Quality Enterprises Incorporated 352
Fitesa, see Évora
Foss Manufacturing Company LLC 354
Freudenberg and Company KG 357
Georgia-Pacific, see Koch Industries
Glatfelter (PH) Company 364
Guangdong Jofo Group Company Limited 366
Hassan Tekstil Sanayi ve Ticaret AS 368
Hollingsworth and Vose Company 370
Holm (Jacob) and Sons AG 373
Japan Vilene Company Limited 374
Johns Manville, see Berkshire Hathaway
Kimberly-Clark Corporation 379
Koch Industries Incorporated 384
Libeltex, see TWE Group
Low and Bonar plc 388
Lydall Incorporated 391
Milliken and Company 395
Mitsui Chemicals Incorporated 396
Munktell Filter, see Ahlstrom
Nanliu Enterprise Company Limited 398
Owens Corning 400
Pegas Nonwovens SA 402
Petropar, see Évora
Polymer Group Incorporated 405
Porous Power Technologies, see Ahlstrom
Propex Operating Company LLC 409
Pyramid Filters Private, see Freudenberg
Royal Ten Cate NV 411
Sandler AG 414
Shaw Industries Group, see Berkshire Hathaway
Southern Felt, see Andrew Industries
Suominen Corporation 416
Toray Industries Incorporated 418
Toyobo Company Limited 421
TWE Group GmbH 424
Vita (Lux III) Sarl 427
Vita Nonwovens LLC 428
Other Companies Mentioned in Study 430



LIST OF TABLES

SECTION I -- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Summary Table 3

SECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT

1 World Gross Domestic Product by Region 10
2 World Population by Region 13
3 World Female Population by Region 15
4 World Population 65 Years and Older by Region 17
5 World Households by Region 19
6 World Manufacturing Value Added by Region 21
7 World Health Expenditures by Region 24
8 World Construction Expenditures by Region 26

SECTION III -- OVERVIEW

1 World Nonwoven Fabric Market Environment 37
2 World Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Region 40
3 World Nonwoven Fabric Production by Region 42
4 World Nonwoven Fabric Net Exports by Region 44
5 World Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation Process 46
6 World Spunmelt Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Region 49
7 World Carded Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Region 53
8 World Airlaid Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Region 59
9 World Wetlaid Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Region 62
10 World Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Application 63
11 World Demand for Nonwoven Fabrics Used in Disposable
Applications by Region 66
12 World Demand for Nonwoven Fabrics Used in Nondisposable
Applications by Region 68
13 World Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Market 70
14 World Personal Hygiene Market for Nonwoven Fabrics
by Region and Application 74
15 World Wipes Market for Nonwoven Fabrics by Region 76
16 World Construction Market for Nonwoven Fabrics by Region 79
17 World Filtration Market for Nonwoven Fabrics by Region 81
18 World Medical/Surgical Market for Nonwoven Fabrics
by Region 83
19 World Demand for Nonwoven Fabrics in Other Markets
by Region 86

SECTION IV -- NORTH AMERICA

1 North America: Nonwoven Fabric Supply and Demand 91
2 North America: Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation
Process, Application, and Market 94
3 United States: Nonwoven Fabric Supply and Demand 99
4 United States: Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation
Process, Application, and Market 102
5 Canada: Nonwoven Fabric Supply and Demand 107
6 Canada: Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation
Process, Application, and Market 109
7 Mexico: Nonwoven Fabric Supply and Demand 113
8 Mexico: Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation
Process, Application, and Market 115

SECTION V -- WESTERN EUROPE

1 Western Europe: Nonwoven Fabric Supply and Demand 120
2 Western Europe: Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web
Formation Process, Application, and Market 123
3 Germany: Nonwoven Fabric Supply and Demand 128
4 Germany: Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation
Process, Application, and Market 131
5 United Kingdom: Nonwoven Fabric Supply and Demand 135
6 United Kingdom: Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web
Formation Process, Application, and Market 138
7 France: Nonwoven Fabric Supply and Demand 142
8 France: Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation
Process, Application, and Market 145
9 Italy: Nonwoven Fabric Supply and Demand 150
10 Italy: Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation Process,
Application, and Market 152
11 Spain: Nonwoven Fabric Supply and Demand 156
12 Spain: Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation Process,
Application, and Market 158
13 Netherlands: Nonwoven Fabric Supply and Demand 162
14 Netherlands: Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation
Process, Application, and Market 164
15 Belgium: Nonwoven Fabric Supply and Demand 168
16 Belgium: Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation
Process, Application, and Market 170
17 Other Western Europe: Nonwoven Fabric Supply and Demand 174
18 Other Western Europe: Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web
Formation Process, Application, and Market 176

SECTION VI -- ASIA/PACIFIC

1 Asia/Pacific: Nonwoven Fabric Supply and Demand 181
2 Asia/Pacific: Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation
Process, Application, and Market 184
3 China: Nonwoven Fabric Supply and Demand 189
4 China: Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation Process,
Application, and Market 192
5 Japan: Nonwoven Fabric Supply and Demand 196
6 Japan: Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation Process,
Application, and Market 198
7 India: Nonwoven Fabric Supply and Demand 202
8 India: Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation Process,
Application, and Market 204
9 South Korea: Nonwoven Fabric Supply and Demand 208
10 South Korea: Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation
Process, Application, and Market 210
11 Taiwan: Nonwoven Fabric Supply and Demand 214
12 Taiwan: Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation
Process, Application, and Market 216
13 Other Asia/Pacific: Nonwoven Fabric Supply and Demand 220
14 Other Asia/Pacific: Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web
Formation Process, Application, and Market 222

SECTION VII -- OTHER REGIONS

1 Central and South America: Nonwoven Fabric Supply and Demand 227
2 Central and South America : Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web
Formation Process, Application, and Market 229
3 Brazil: Nonwoven Fabric Supply and Demand 234
4 Brazil: Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation Process,
Application, and Market 236
5 Other Central and South America: Nonwoven Fabric
Supply and Demand 240
6 Other Central and South America: Nonwoven Fabric Demand
by Web Formation Process, Application, and Market 242
7 Eastern Europe: Nonwoven Fabric Supply and Demand 246
8 Eastern Europe: Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation
Process, Application, and Market 248
9 Russia: Nonwoven Fabric Supply and Demand 253
10 Russia: Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation Process,
Application, and Market 256
11 Poland: Nonwoven Fabric Supply and Demand 260
12 Poland: Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation Process,
Application, and Market 262
13 Other Eastern Europe: Nonwoven Fabric Supply and Demand 266
14 Other Eastern Europe: Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web
Formation Process, Application, and Market 268
15 Africa/Mideast: Nonwoven Fabric Supply and Demand 273
16 Africa/Mideast: Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation
Process, Application, and Market 275
17 Turkey: Nonwoven Fabric Supply and Demand 279
18 Turkey: Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation
Process, Application, and Market 281
19 Other Africa/Mideast: Nonwoven Fabric Supply and Demand 286
20 Other Africa/Mideast: Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web
Formation Process, Application, and Market 288

SECTION VIII -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

1 World Nonwoven Fabric Sales by Company, 2012 292
2 Selected Cooperative Agreements 308
3 Selected Acquisitions and Divestitures 312



LIST OF CHARTS

SECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT

1 World Nonwovens Pricing, 2002-2022 28

SECTION III -- OVERVIEW

1 World Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Region, 2012 41
2 World Nonwoven Fabric Production by Region, 2012 43
3 World Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation
Process, 2012 47
4 World Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Market, 2012 71

SECTION IV -- NORTH AMERICA

1 North America: Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Country, 2012 92

SECTION V -- WESTERN EUROPE

1 Western Europe: Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Country, 2012 121

SECTION VI -- ASIA/PACIFIC

1 Asia/Pacific: Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Country, 2012 182

SECTION VIII -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

1 World Nonwoven Fabric Market Share by Company, 2012 294

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