Nonwoven Packaging Market size is expected to undergo considerable expansion between 2023 and 2032. The growth can be attributed to the rising adoption of nonwoven packaging materials in a variety of 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.
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.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine and the subsequent war crisis have resulted in the shutdown of major packaging and production facilities in both countries. Ukraine, one of the emerging forces in the packaging supply chain, witnessed suspended industrial operations and a severe economic slowdown in recent months. This apart, the unprecedented sanctions on Russia and the restricted trade flows globally due to the unavailability of raw materials and heightened commodity prices may significantly impact industry growth through 2032.
Based on application, the nonwoven packaging market from the food & beverage segment is set to garner appreciable valuation by 2032 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 range 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 nonwoven technology for packaging tea bags and coffee filters, which allows 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 is projected to emerge as a prominent consumer of nonwoven packaging materials during 2023-2032, mainly because of the burgeoning demand for protective packaging for sensitive drugs due to their long life and robustness. Given their light and soft structure, nonwovens have turned extremely popular largely in disposable applications such as absorbent hygiene products. These materials are considered dermatologically safe and adhere to the German industry requirements on sterilized packaging.
Regionally, North America nonwoven packaging market is expected to witness remarkable growth driven by increasing product usage across the food and textile sector. The accelerating 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 centered on sustainability. The growing awareness pertaining to food hygiene will also drive 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).