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Melt Blown Nonwovens Market Size, Share and Industry Analysis Report by Material (Polypropylene, Polyester, Polystyrene, Polyurethane, Polyamides, Polycarbonate) and Product (Fine Fibers, Dual Texture), Regional Outlook, Application Growth Potential, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2021 – 2027

  • Report ID: GMI4152
  • Published Date: Aug 2021
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry Overview

Melt blown nonwovens market size was over USD 8 billion in 2020 and will grow at a CAGR of 5.5% from 2021 to 2027 driven by rising demand for filtration products, absorbent products, and medical fabrics. Increasing adoption of melt blown nonwoven fabrics in various filtration applications will augment market growth.

Melt blowing is a production procedure of microfiber nonwoven fabrics, which use high-velocity air to blow thermoplastic resin to form fine fibrous and self-bonding webs. Melt blown materials are widely used in filtration applications as they exhibit superior properties such as fine fiber diameter (0.5 to 10 microns), random & fine fiber orientation, low to moderate web strength, low weight, and high surface area.

Melt Blown Nonwovens Market Outlook

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A melt blown nonwoven is used in a variety of industries including hygiene, medical, filtration, electrical & electronics, automotive, and insulation equipment. Rising demand for consumer electronics, medical devices, household appliances, hygiene products, textile goods, and insulating products will drive the melt-blown nonwovens market share in the coming years. Increasing demand for hygiene products in developing nations will be another contributing factor, boosting product demand in the coming years.

In the foreseeable future, the melt blown nonwovens industry growth is largely dependent on mask and PPE kit demand. Governments across the world have mandated the use of masks in public spaces. A melt blown nonwoven fabric is a primary filter material used in surgical masks and N95 respirators, among others. The introduction of vaccines and mass vaccination programs in low populated countries will lower mask demand in those regions.

The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic has tremendously influenced product demand in 2020 and is likely to have a significant impact on product consumption in 2021 and 2022. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced billions of people around the world to wear masks outdoors. The demand for melt blown nonwoven fabrics shot up multiple times in 2020 due to the sudden rise in mask demand. Before the pandemic, global production capacity was limited and was nowhere enough to sustain the sudden rise in demand. This led to an increase in product prices, which was more than 25 times in Europe and North America within few days.

Many product manufacturers and other companies witnessed tremendous market potential in melt blown nonwovens, thus, increased their production capacity or installed new production lines. To meet the risen global demand, market participants including Kuraray Co., Berry, Mitsui Chemicals, SABIC, Sinopec, and Lydall increased their production capacities. The increased product supply due to growing global production capacity helped in lowering the product prices by late 2020 and in 2021.

Melt blown nonwovens witnessed a sharp hike in demand in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic; however, it impacted the raw material supply and production, thus affecting the value chain. Fluctuation in raw material prices also impacted the final product prices in 2020.

The production of melt blown nonwovens is capital-intensive and technology-oriented, thus there are significant barriers to enter the market. However, due to sudden hike in product demand caused by Covid-19 pandemic marketplace has become more lucrative than ever before. Many organizations have invested heavily in production capacity expansion. The difference between the global supply and demand will keep influencing the final product prices in every major geographical market.

Fine fibers will dominate the global market

  Melt Blown Nonwovens Market by Product

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Fine fibers product segment will hold around 85% demand share by 2027. Fine fibers are used in liquid filtration, medical, and hygiene products. Growing demand for masks, PPE kits, and filters in the medical & other industries will drive market growth. The number of COVID-19-infected cases is increasing, resulting in many governments enforcing guidelines on the use of masks in public spaces. Moreover, increased demand for personal protective equipment kits after the emergence of the pandemic will also fuel the melt-blown nonwovens market growth.

Polypropylene will remain a desired raw material for the production

  Melt Blown Nonwovens Market by Material

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The polypropylene melt blown nonwovens will reach over USD 2,270 million by 2027. Polypropylene, a main raw material, has a fiber diameter of only 1 - 5 microns, making it a preferable material in filtration applications. Melt blown polypropylene is used as an absorbable dressing material in medical textiles. Additionally, due to the high filtration efficiency of melt blown polypropylene nonwoven webs, they are widely used in air filtration applications. Furthermore, a rapid surge in demand for polypropylene melt blown masks due to the COVID-19 pandemic has further propelled segment growth.

Rising filtration industry will drive the Asia Pacific market growth

  Melt Blown Nonwovens Market by Region

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Asia Pacific will register over 6.5% CAGR in the global melt blown nonwovens market through 2027. The rising filtration industry in Asia Pacific is pushing the market growth. The demand for air filters skyrocketed in the region due to deteriorating air quality in major metropolitan cities. Furthermore, the rising demand for liquid filters due to increasing requirements for clean potable water will fuel product demand in the region.

Adding new production lines are a crucial strategy

Manufacturers around the world raised and installed new production lines to meet the increased global demand. The largest increment in production lines was witnessed in China as more than 100 production lines have been added in China. Europe also added new production lines to meet the regional demand. The key players competing in the melt blown nonwovens industry are Mogul, Kimberly-Clark, Dow Chemical, Irema Ireland, and AUTEX.

The melt-blown nonwoven 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 2017 to 2027, for the following segments:

By Product

  • Fine Fibers
  • Dual Texture

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
Authors: Kiran Pulidindi, Saurabh Bhalerao

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Fine fibers will account for 85% demand share through 2027 owing to their usage in liquid filtration, hygiene, and medical products.

The polypropylene melt blown nonwovens industry size will exceed USD 2,270 million by 2027 due to their extensive deployment in air filtration applications.

The melt blown nonwovens market share was valued at more than USD 8 billion in 2020 and will expand at a CAGR of 5.5% through 2027.

Major players in the melt blown nonwovens industry comprise Dow Chemical, Kimberly-Clark, Mogul, AUTEX, and Irema Ireland.

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  • Base Year: 2020
  • Companies covered: 14
  • Tables & Figures: 196
  • Countries covered: 19
  • Pages: 180

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