Nonwoven packaging market will foresee considerable expansion between the years 2022 and 2028 on account of rising adoption in transportation and protection applications, like sacks & bags, sterilization wrapping, as well as other areas, including vacuum cleaner bags and metal wraps. The rapid rate of industrialization and improved medical care across emerging markets have made way for significant strides in machine-made packaging. The emergence of nonwoven flexible packaging will also play an ideal role in the market expansion.
Nonwovens are ideally used for packaging purposes across a variety of end-uses, like pharmaceuticals and cosmetics as they are exceptionally lightweight and facilitate energy-efficient manufacturing, shipping, and storage. They also offer long life, robustness, volume reduction, and reusability.
Based on application, the Nonwoven packaging market revenue from food & beverage sector is set to proliferate through 2028 due to the growing preference for nonwoven solutions, like oxygen-scavenging packaging for foodstuffs owing to the flexibility of these materials. Lightweight nonwovens are increasingly utilized in modern food packaging for a variety of protection and wrapping applications. Moreover, vegetables, fruits, and meats are frequently packed with nonwovens to absorb liquids. The rising popularity of wetlaid, a primary nonwovens technology for the packaging of tea bags and coffee filters allows the liquids to pass while showing water-resistance and its ease of bonding the materials to form sachets, bags, and filters will spur the segment growth.
The healthcare sector will witness significant consumption of nonwoven packaging materials in the protective packaging for sensitive drugs on account of their long life and robustness. Given their light and soft structure, nonwovens have turned extremely popular mainly in disposable applications, like absorbent hygiene products. These materials are considered dermatologically safe and adhere to the German industry requirements on sterilized packaging.
Regionally, the demand for nonwoven packaging products in North America is expected to grow with rising utility across the food and textile sector. The growing rate of food pad production is a major factor influencing market growth. The robust presence of some of the key manufacturers has resulted in surging instances of innovations and investments. In addition, nonwovens producers and converters for food packaging applications are coming up with new products that are centered on sustainability. The growing awareness pertaining to food hygiene will also drive the regional market growth.
Leading nonwoven packaging market players include Berry Global Group (Berry Global Group), Glatfelter, Ahlstrom-Munksjö, Kimberly-Clarke, Suominen Corporation, Johns Manville (Johns Manville, Berkshire Hathaway), Fitesa (Petropar SA), DuPont, Freudenberg (Freudenberg & Co. KG), and TWE Group (TWE VLIESSTOFFWERKE GmbH & Co. KG).
Strategic marketing and growth initiatives, like acquisitions, partnerships, and investments, as well as new product launches, are increasingly emphasized by these companies to sustain competition and reinforce their global presence.
For instance, in January 2021, Glatfelter Corporation signed a definitive agreement with Georgia-Pacific to purchase its U.S. nonwovens business for USD 175 million to reinforce its commitment to invest in growth and expand its operating footprint across the U.S.
The business for nonwoven packaging considerably advanced, amid the pandemic, with the growing intergovernmental support, like U.N. environmental programs, towards sustainable lifestyles for packaging waste management.
The increasing efforts essayed by the leading industry players to cater to rising product requirements across the food and healthcare sectors also added an edge to the market growth. For instance, Berry Global manufactured materials and provided packaging for in-demand items, like disinfectants, hand sanitizers, and soaps in its fight against the spread of the virus.