Non-woven abrasives market size will witness significant growth during the period 2022 to 2028 due to the escalating global industrial production rate. The growing preference for portable and other electronic devices has made way for rapid strides across the electrical and electronic sectors. The rising environmental concerns along with the influx of regulatory norms to limit the use of conventional fuel-based vehicles have also stirred the higher demand for abrasives in the transportation industry.
Non-woven abrasives are mainly three-dimensional web of fibers, including nylon or another synthetic material, comprising globules of resin and abrasives that are embedded into the network of fibers. Rising utility across building & construction, transportation, textile, and industrial machinery, will also contribute to the prolific industry expansion.
In terms of products, the Non-woven abrasives market is segmented into hand pads, belts, rolls, discs, and wheels. Out of these, the industry revenue from hand pads will grow with increasing penetration in applications that span from heavy-duty cleaning to polishing. These products offer scratch-free cleaning of metals, fiberglass, stainless, stone, as well as wood and can be easily folded into smaller sizes when needed. Surging adoption to provide superior conformability and flexibility while delivering manual finish to the work surface will also add to the segment growth.
Based on end-use, the industrial sector will record significant consumption of non-woven abrasives driven by the fast-growing automotive and construction sectors along with the rapid industrialization. Other than helping metalworking manufacturers in achieving the desired surface finish, these abrasives seek extensive application in cleaning, polishing, scrubbing, scouring, deflashing plastic parts, decorative finishes, deburring, de-fuzzing plywood, blending, dulling laminates, and removing raised wood fibers. Rising requirements for buffing-up, cleaning, and finishing purposes as well as to decrease the roughness of surfaces will aid the market development.
Regionally, Asia Pacific is anticipated to emerge as a lucrative revenue pocket for non-woven abrasives market owing to the thriving infrastructure developments and fast-growing population. Surging demand from the building & construction, electrical, electronic, and automotive sectors in India and China is also expected to add to the regional product demand. The escalating consumer household incomes, mainly in the developing countries have made way for higher spending capabilities on transportation and homes. The rising number of industrial and manufacturing activities is also contributing to the market expansion in the region.
North America non-woven abrasives market will gain impetus through 2028 impelled by the growing activities across the transportation and reconstruction sector. According to the American Transportation Association, the public transportation sector is an $80 billion industry in the U.S. This trend is likely to favor product adoption in the coming years.
A few of the key non-woven abrasives manufacturers and suppliers include Osborn, Steel Shine, Saint-Gobain, Samadhan Group, AE Abrasives Edge Pvt. Ltd, DEWALT, Humac Abrasives Pvt. Ltd, Sia Abrasive (Scintilla AG), Amazon Brush Company, 3M Company, Scrubex Corporation, Wolcut Abrasives Pvt. Ltd, Stacke Abrasives India Pvt. Ltd, and Mirka Ltd. (KWH Group).
These industry players are focusing on marketing collaborative strategies, comprising acquisitions, and partnerships, as well as new product developments to achieve competitive advantages and expand their geographical reach.
For instance, in January 2021, Saint-Gobain Abrasives’ introduced Norton Vortex, its rapid prep heavy-duty non-woven file belts that have a high-performance ceramic grain to produce smoother finishes faster in order to assist users in working with tight, intricate as well as complex parts.
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the market for non-woven abrasives experienced profoundly negative growth due to the imposition of nationwide lockdowns and other stringent policies led by various governments. This paved the path for hampered production activities and disrupted supply chains, plummeting the consumption of the abrasives across various industrial verticals, ranging from automotive, transportation, constructions, and electronics.