Melt-Blown Nonwovens Market Size By Material (Polypropylene, Polyester, Polystyrene, Polyurethane, Polyamides, Polycarbonate), By Product (Fine Fibers, Dual Texture), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Application Growth Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2020 – 2026

Published Date: Oct 2020  |  Report ID: GMI4152  |  Authors: Kiran Pulidindi, Hemant Pandey

Report Format: PDF   |   Pages: 181   |   Base Year: 2019

Summary Table of Contents Industry Coverage Methodology

Industry Trends

Melt-blown nonwovens market size was USD 1.01 billion in 2019 and will grow at a CAGR of -16.3% from 2020 to 2026. Rising applications of nonwoven fabrics in personal hygiene products and growing product demand from the medical & healthcare industry will drive the industry growth.

The melt-blown nonwovens market is anticipated to witness notable growth from 2020 - 2026, driven by rising demand for filtration material, masks, and medical fabrics. Melt blown fabrics have witnessed a very strong demand since the start of 2020 owing to rising mask demand around the world.

The Covid-19 pandemic increased the demand for masks such as surgical masks, N95 or professional-grade medical masks, and personal protective equipment (PPE) kits. As most of these products use melt blown nonwovens fabric as a filtering layer, the demand for melt blown fabrics has increased exponentially.

Melt blown nonwovens market Outlook

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Melt blown nonwoven is used in multiple end-use industries such as filtration, medical, electrical & electronics, insulation equipment, automotive, and hygiene, among others. Increasing demand for household appliances, medical fabrics, hygiene products, consumer electronics, insulating products, and textile goods will propel the melt-blown nonwovens market share. Hygiene products in particular will witness rising demand in Asia Pacific and Africa owing to rising female workforce and increasing disposable income in the region.

Melt blown nonwovens are largely used in liquid filtration applications and are expected to witness a moderate demand growth in that application area. Also, hygiene industry is a major product consumer. Growth in the hygiene industry will be driven by changing perspectives of people on personal hygiene. The Covid-19 pandemic has created new opportunities for melt blown nonwovens.

The rapid growth in the healthcare industry in 2020 is due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases, which is one of the major factors driving the melt blown nonwovens market demand. Additionally, the rise in the demand for face masks across the globe has further propelled the adoption of melt blown nonwovens in filtration applications. However, market participants have to face significant raw material price fluctuations.

Fluctuating prices of polymers, such as polypropylene, polyethylene, polycarbonate, polyamide, and polyester, will hamper the global melt-blown nonwovens market growth. Furthermore, prices may also vary substantially, depending on the current supply & demand. Shutdown of factories that produce raw materials can lead to raw material price hikes, posing major challenges to product manufacturers as polymer prices are at the mercy of market forces.

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a positive impact on the overall industry growth. Face masks have become a symbol of the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the growing risks of the coronavirus disease across the globe, governments have imposed mandatory regulations on wearing masks. Until the vaccine comes, demand for masks is expected to remain high. However, sudden growth in melt blown nonwovens market sales will not sustain for a longer period. After the introduction of the vaccine, product demand from mask manufacturers will decrease notably.

The melt blown nonwovens market manufacturing process is capital-intensive and technology oriented. However, many players are entering the market owing to a sudden surge in the demand for melt blown fabrics from mask manufacturers. Many major companies are investing in the expansion of production capacity. Companies, such as Kuraray Co., Mitsui Chemicals, Berry, Sinopec, SABIC, and Lydall, increased their melt blown nonwovens production capacity. The expansion will lead to excess product supply and once the pandemic is eradicated product prices will become lower.

Melt-Blown Nonwovens Market Report Coverage
Report Coverage Details
Base Year:2019
Market Size in 2019:USD 1.01 Billion
Forecast Period:2020 to 2026
Forecast Period 2020 to 2026 CAGR:-16.3%
2026 Value Projection:USD 2.8 Billion
Historical Data for:2016 to 2019
No. of Pages:181
Tables, Charts & Figures:198
Segments covered:Product, Material and Region
Growth Drivers:
  • Increasing product demand in medical industry
  • Regulations regarding compulsion of face mask
  • Rising application of nonwoven fabrics in personal hygiene
  • products
Pitfalls & Challenges:
  • Volatility in polymer prices

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Increasing demand for face masks will drive fine fibers product demand

Melt blown nonwovens market by Product

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Fine fibers melt blown nonwovens held the largest share in the overall product market. The segment held around 85% demand share in 2019 owing to a large number of applications in the end-use industries. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and very high demand for medical apparels, mask & PPE kit manufacturers around the world are expanding their production capacity.

The increasing number of Covid-19 cases around the world and a growing need for healthcare workers’ safety are pushing the melt blown nonwovens market demand for disposable hospital supplies. Companies, such as Lydall, Berry Global, and Ahlstrom-Munksjo, have either commissioned new melt blown production lines or expanded their production capacity.

Polypropylene will continue to dominate the market

Melt blown nonwovens market by Material

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Polypropylene material will hold a dominant share of close to 65% by revenue in 2026. Polypropylene dominates the global melt blown nonwovens market and is widely used in various end-use industries. Polypropylene is one of the most versatile polymers available with a wide range of applications including personal hygiene, air filtration, and medical. Melt blown polypropylene nonwovens offer improved barrier performance, excellent uniformity, and soft-touch characteristics. Therefore, increasing demand for personal hygiene products along with increasing mask demand will propel industry growth.

Growing female workforce will drive product demand in Asia Pacific

Melt blown nonwovens market by Region

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Asia Pacific is expected to register the highest CAGR of 7.3% by volume. The increasing working-class female population in the region is driving the demand for feminine care products. Rising demand for personal and feminine hygiene products will drive the melt blown nonwovens market trends. Currently, a large number of Covid-19 cases are surfacing in the region and driving the growth of facial masks and PPED kits.

Furthermore, the region is also a manufacturing hub and a major supplier of melt blown nonwovens. During the pandemic, countries including China, Indonesia, and India witnessed significant addition in production capacity. Large population, strongly growing end-user industries, and economic growth will propel the melt blown nonwovens market growth.

Expansion of production capacity has become a key strategy

Dun & Low, a major player involved in the melt blown nonwovens industry, increased its production capacity in 2020. With the help of the Scottish Government, Don & Low announced the addition of a new melt blown line in Forfar. The government agreed to cover around 80% cost of the supply and installation of the new line. The new production facility will manufacture filter fabrics used in FFP3 masks. The other major players involved in the market are Kimberly-Clark, Mogul, Irema Ireland, Dow Chemical, and AUTEX.

The melt blown nonwovens market report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of volume in kilo tons and revenue in USD million from 2016 to 2026, for the following segments:

By Product

  • Electroplating
  • Electroless plating

By Material

  • Polypropylene
  • Polyester
  • Polystyrene
  • Polyurethane
  • Polyamides
  • Polycarbonate
  • Others

The above information is provided on a regional and country basis for the following:

By Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Spain
    • Italy
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • Australia
    • Indonesia
    • Malaysia
    • South Korea
  • Latin America
    • Mexico
    • Brazil
  • Middle East & Africa
    • UAE
    • Saudi Arabia
    • South Africa

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

In 2019, the global melt-blown nonwovens industry revenue was USD 1.01 billion and is projected to grow at -16.3% CAGR through 2026.
The fine fibers in the global melt-blown nonwovens market held around 85% in 2019. The rising number of Covid-19 and the need for healthcare workers’ safety across the world will drive the segment growth.
The polypropylene melt-blown nonwoven is expected to hold a 65% share through 2026.
The Asia Pacific is expected to grow at 7.3% CAGR owing to the rising female population in the region further driving the demand for feminine care products.

Premium Report Details

  • Published Date: Oct 2020
  • Pages: 181
  • Tables: 164
  • Charts / Figures: 34
  • Companies covered: 14
  • Countries covered: 19

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