Global nonwoven blanket market is slated to gain significant traction over 2022-2028, on account of the rising application scope of nonwoven fabrics in the agriculture industry, as they provide better sun protection for crops, as well as their cost-effective nature. Likewise, the introduction of nonwoven textiles and blankets for patients, which are non-irritant and gentle to the skin, will also proliferate industry expansion over the forecast spell. Nonwoven fabric refers to a sheet of fibers, continuous filaments, made of natural or inorganic sources. This fabric is bonded together by chemical, mechanical, and thermal processes and has formed into a web for use in a variety of applications including blankets. Such nonwoven blankets are widely used as a strengthening fiber, for heat protection, and as insulation against water leakage.
The gradual recovery of the construction sector from the novel coronavirus crisis, is one of the prominent trends amplifying the overall nonwoven blanket market through 2022-2028. As per the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, this sector is likely to witness a 10.7% growth in the fiscal year 2022 in India, which is a rebound from a contraction of over 8.6% in 2021. This factor could encourage nonwoven manufacturers to design more blankets for use as cladding for house roofs, among other construction applications. In addition, the growing usage of the material to filter the air in medical air warming systems to boost patient safety will also contribute to industry outlook in the upcoming years.
With regards to type, the nonwoven blanket industry from the electric blanket segment will register appreciable revenue by 2028. Growth from this segment is due to the ability of the product to benefit users with blood circulation issues as well as those who experience sleep problems. However, high costs associated with the use of electric heated nonwoven blankets may create a hindrance to segmental expansion over the years ahead.
The Middle East and Africa nonwoven blanket market is anticipated to depict a high growth rate through 2028. This is driven by the rising government initiatives to discover ways to increase land for cultivation, alongside the rapid increase in hospital construction to mitigate coronavirus transmission in countries including the UAE. In 2021, the construction of the UAE’s Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Field Hospital with over 48 ICU beds and 160 isolation beds was completed to contain the spread of the virus. Promising factors such as these could impel the need for nonwoven blankets for healthcare and agricultural applications.
Key nonwoven blanket industry players include AutoTech Nonwovens Private Limited, Suominen Corporation, Fibertex Nonwovens A/S (Schouw & Co.), Fiberweb India Limited, Welspun India Limited, Asahi Kasei Corporation, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, DuPont de Nemours, Inc., Freudenberg Group, and others. These companies are focusing on new product launches, acquisitions, and mergers to expand their business footprint across the global market.
The novel coronavirus pandemic and its resultant lockdown have led to the temporary shutdown of various car manufacturing plants worldwide. Apart from facility shutdown, a delay in new car launches has also become apparent across developing economies. These factors may have posed a hindrance to the steady growth of the nonwoven blanket industry in recent months, given the adoption of nonwoven fabrics in automotive headliner floor carpets and other uses. The mounting cases of hospital admissions due to COVID-19 may, however, assert a positive influence on the industry dynamics over the forthcoming years, given the usage of nonwoven blankets for hospitalized patients.