Nonwoven Filter Media (NFM) Market Size, Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Application Development Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2020 - 2026
Report ID: GMI4263
Nonwoven Filter Media Market size will experience a considerable growth in Asia Pacific owing to its application in the transportation and water & wastewater treatment industry over the forecast timeframe. It is a permeable fabric consisting of an arrangement of fibers or filaments in a random fashion. The main function of the nonwoven filters is to filter or separate various phases and components of fluid (both air and liquid) that is being transported through the medium or to support the medium that does the separation. As for any performing filtration process, the nonwoven filters are low cost, have high durability, efficiency, adaptability, and possesses higher airflow, and have the lowest cost vs performance/benefit.
The transportation industry, especially automotive will mainly drive the global demand for the nonwoven filter media market. The automotive industry shall grow substantially in Asia Pacific, over the forecast period. However, increasing pollution from automobiles is a cause of concern. As per WHO’s 2012 report, ambient (outdoor) air pollution caused an estimated 3.7 million premature deaths. Other than automobiles, pollution from industrial and domestic activities has resulted in greater consumer awareness for prevention of pollution and related regulations. These developments have resulted in a greater need for filtration mediums, which will govern the nonwoven filter media market growth in the coming years.
Synthetic polymers as raw materials, unsustainable production process, and recyclability/reusability are some of the concerns regarding nonwoven filter products. As the product aids in controlling air and other pollutions, the inherent raw material used in the production poses a serious threat as a waste enhancer. Natural based media are present; however, they do not provide greater performance as the synthetic media. These factors may cause hindrance to the market growth in the coming years.
Nonwoven filters are innovatively using nanofibers, that display enhanced air quality, reduced energy cost, longer service life and high filtration capacity. According to some experts, the use of nanofibers may lower the difference between the nonwovens and membranes filter media.
The nonwoven filter media market size is divided on the basis of the manufacturing technology employed in the production. It mainly includes spunbond, needlepunch, meltblown, wetlaid, airlaid, electrospun, and others. The other segment includes spunlace, thermobonded, point/ultrasonic bonds, etc. Filter media produced through spunbond technique are likely to witness a larger share over the forecast timeframe. In the spunbond technique, the hot polymer is extruded through a die and the continuous film is cooled and deposited on conveyor to form a uniform web. The spunbond process enhances the nonwoven fabric’s strength, are low weight, display high liquid retention attributes, and are low in cost to produce. It is suitable for many polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) polymers.
Spunbond and meltblown filter media are largely used in automotive, medical and HVAC. Nonwoven Meltblown segment is likely to follow the spunbond as a better performing type of nonwoven filter owing to its low cost and easy ability to process low-density polymers. Additionally, the High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) wetland glass nonwoven filtration media is likely to show promising performance in coming years. All these developments will cumulatively aid the nonwoven filter market growth in the near future.
Application segments of nonwoven filter media market share includes water filtration, wastewater, treatment, transportation, industrial, HVAC, food & beverage, pharmaceutical/medical, petrochemical, and others. The increasing water scarcity coupled with the growing volume of wastewater from expanding urban areas will be the main application, where the product demand is likely to grow in the near future. The transportation application segment is likely to grow at a substantial rate in the coming years. In the transportation medium, nonwoven filters are largely used as cabin air intake filtration media for both particulate filtration and combined gas adsorption.
The nonwoven filters show better performance in term of higher specific dust-holding capacity. Other than cabin air, nonwoven media are also used to filter engine air, oil and fuel too. As the producers are concentrating on high-performance filtration, the share of specific applications in nonwoven filter media market such as HVAC systems, creating clean rooms for surgeries, antimicrobial environments, and biopharmaceutical research is likely to increase at substantial rate over the foretold period.
Asia Pacific will be a prime region in the nonwoven filter media market share. The region is known for its exponential population growth. Currently, the rapid industrialization coupled with steady urbanization has resulted in serious environmental problems, mainly, air, water and dust pollution. China and India, two of the rapidly growing economies are faced with monumental task to control their respective pollution to retain their steady growth. Hence, nonwoven filters are being used in water treatment facilities to control water wastage and reuse it in industry. In North America and Europe, the countries such as the U.S., U.K and Germany are developing plants to process the wastewater and reuse it for drinking purposes. In the U.S., nonwoven filters are used to curb the growing dust pollution, which has resulted in lung related ailments and increased healthcare cost. These developments will cumulatively act to aid the nonwoven filter media demand over the forecast period.
The companies functioning in nonwoven filter media market share are 3M, BASF SE, DuPont, Cerex, Advanced Fabrics Inc., Berry Global Inc., Finetex EnE, MANN+HUMMEL, Hollingsworth & Vose, AHLSTROM-MUNKSJÖ, EDANA and Superior Felt & Filtration, LLC.
Nonwoven Filter Media Market, By Manufacturing Technologies, 2014-2025 (Tons) (USD Million)
Nonwoven Filter Media Market, By Application, 2014-2025 (Tons) (USD Million)
- Water filtration
- Wastewater treatment
- Food & beverage
The above information has been provided for the following regions and countries:
- North America
- Latin America
- South Africa.
- Saudi Arabia
- BASF SE
- Cerex Advanced Fabrics, Inc
- Berry Global Inc.
- Finetex EnE
- Hollingsworth & Vose
- Superior Felt & Filtration, LLC.
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