PP (Polypropylene) Nonwoven Fabrics Market Size By Product (Spunbonded, Staples, Meltblown, Composite), By Application (Hygiene {Baby Diapers, Feminine Hygiene, Adult Incontinence, Wipes}, Industrial, Medical, Geotextiles, Furniture, Carpet, Agriculture, Others), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook (U.S., Canada, Mexico, Germany, UK, France, Italy, Russia, Spain, Poland, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Thailand, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, South Africa, UAE), Application Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2017 - 2024

Published Date: Feb 2018  |  Report ID: GMI838  |  Authors: Kunal Ahuja, Shreya Deb

Report Format: PDF   |   Pages: 345   |   Base Year: 2016

Summary Table of Contents Industry Coverage Methodology

Industry Trends

PP Nonwoven Fabrics Market size was over USD 20 billion in 2016 and industry expects consumption at over 13 million tons by 2024.

Germany PP Nonwoven Fabrics Market Share, By Application, 2017 & 2024, (Kilo Tons)

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Growing consumer awareness towards hygiene along with increasing penetration in medical sector owing to its superior benefits such as high flexibility and moisture management is likely to accelerate the market growth. Nonwoven fabric mills revenue in the U.S. amounted over USD 6.10 billion in 2017 which shows huge opportunities for the industry growth. PP designed nonwoven fabrics can be fabricated at a faster rate with higher flexibility, offer temperature fluctuation tolerance and can be molded & reshaped in a variety of ways which makes them useful for automotive, geotextiles and hygiene applications, thereby driving the product demand.

These high performance fabrics offer lightweight, softness and are wet & dry free from chemical reagents which has increased their penetration in the healthcare industry. They are widely used in the manufacture of surgical face mask & gown pertaining to their strength, breathability, high comfort and cost effectiveness. In addition, increasing awareness among women towards the use of hygiene products to enhance quality of life has augmented the product demand which is the key driving factor of the market. Global feminine hygiene market was valued at over USD 35 billion in 2016. Increasing prevalance of diseases such as crohn’s diseases has improved the adoption of hygiene products, thereby driving the PP nonwoven fabrics market size. 

Various chemicals used in the textile industry has increased the enviornmental concerns among consumers which is likely to hamper the market growth. Polypropylene is a major derivative of petrochemical which is retrieved from crude oil and is not biodegradable. Growing stringent regulations towards the use of hazardous chemicals in textile industry has urged manufacturers to substitute these chemicals with safer alternatives. However, increasing penetration of PP nonwoven fabric in various sectors owing to its economic feasibility and easy availability shall fuel product demand.

PP (Polypropylene) Nonwoven Fabrics Market Report Coverage
Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2016
Historical Data for: 2013 to 2016 Forecast Period: 2017 to 2024
Pages: 345 Tables, Charts & Figures: 542
Geographies covered (24): U.S., Canada, Mexico, Germany, UK, France, Italy, Russia, Spain, Poland, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Thailand, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, South Africa, UAE
Segments covered: Product, Application and Region
Companies covered (13): Exxon Mobil Corporation, SABIC, Toray Industries, Inc., Fiberweb (India) Ltd., Fitesa, Mitsui Chemicals, Inc., Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Berry Global, Inc., Avgol Ltd., First Quality Nonwovens, Inc., Companhia Providência, PEGAS NONWOVENS s.r.o, Fibertex Nonwovens S/A

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PP Nonwoven Fabrics Market, By Product

Global spunbonded market growth is likely to witness gains close to 8.5% over the forecast timeframe. Growing demand for hydrophilic, UV resistant and flame retardant fabric in medical, home furnishing and automotive application industries is likely to have a positive impact on the market share. These products are capable of providing superior air permeability with high tensile strength and antibacterial properties which has enhanced their usage in various medical & hygiene products. Growing disposable income has enhanced consumer’s willingness to spend on lightweight, functional fabric which shall foster the PP nonwoven fabrics market share.

Global meltblown market size shall surpass USD 7.5 billion up to 2024. These materials form a valuable component in a variety of composite applications as they offer a smooth surface texture, filtration characteristics and provide a high surface area for better insulation. These nonwovens offer a combination of meltblown and spunbond technology which strengthens the barrier function of the fabric and are used for making breathing masks and filtration materials. Meltblown nonwovens are also suited to clean up oil spills from rivers & oceans owing to their ability to adsorb oil without absorbing water which will stimulate the industry demand.

Key Application Insights

PP nonwoven fabrics market demand from medical application is likely to surpass USD 8.5 billion during the forecast timeperiod pertaining to the exceptional benefits of polypropylene manufactured nonwoven fabric having superior efficiency, high performance and easily modifiable properties. The fabric reduces the possibility of cross contamination, does not lead to skin irritation and improves the wearer protection which has increased their usage in disposable caps, gowns, bed linen and sterilisation wraps. Rising geriatric population and growing investments in construction of new medical facilities is expected to boost market demand from industry. 

Furniture application may witness gains at over 9.5% up to 2024. Mattresses require fabric which offer soft touch and protect the furniture from any damage and dust particles. Bedsheets quilted with nonwoven fabric offer maximum comfort, flexibility and durability. These products prevent the formation of mould and mildew owing to their high air permeability which prevents the spread of fungus. Changing standard of living and rising consumer expenditure on luxury interiors & furniture are key attributes driving the market growth.

Regional Analysis

North America polypropylene nonwoven fabric market demand, driven by the U.S., Canada and Mexico should surpass USD 10 billion by 2024 owing to the escalating demand for hygiene products in the region. Rising consumer awareness towards health & sanitation, emergence of economically feasible hygiene products and significant increase in birth rates has further boosted the demand for baby diapers which is the key driving factor of the market. Growing spending on healthcare facilities along with increasing product penetration through a variety of sales channels such as supermarkets and retail shops shall further drive the regional growth.

Europe PP nonwoven fabrics market demand, led by Germany, UK, France, Italy and Spain shall register gains of about 7.5% in the predicted timespan pertaining to the increasing consumer demand for lightweight, and decorative fabrics in automobile. Growing preference towards the use of comfortable fabric to offer passengers with maximum safety during the drive has augmented the launch of long-lasting sustainable solutions. Increasing consumer demand for automotive with enhanced interior ambience to maintain the aesthetic appearance is likely to drive regional product demand.

Asia Pacific driven by China, India, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia and Australia PP nonwoven fabrics demand may register gains of about 9.0% upto 2024. Growing expenditure on infrastructure development has boosted the demand for geotextiles in the region which shall further create major opportunities for market growth. Increasing demand for lightweight high-performance fabric which offer superior clogging resistance and prevent mildew & rot when geotextiles are in use shall further stimulate industry demand over the projected timeframe.

Competitive Market Share

Global PP nonwoven fabrics market share is consolidated. Major players include Mitsui Chemicals, Kimberly-Clark, Toray Industries and Berry Group. Manufacturers are primarily engaged in strategic mergers & collaborations and are focused on developing unique innovations to improve the product portfolio, attract new customers, and expand regional presence.

Industry Background

PP nonwoven fabrics is majorly utilized in the textile manufacturing industry owing to their high durability. They provide functions such as water repellence, softness, flame retardancy, absorbency, thermal insulation and bacterial barrier capabilities. Polypropylene is the key raw material used in the production of nonwoven fabrics pertaining to its low cost, flexibility, lightweight, high moisture resistance and insulation properties.

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