PP (Polypropylene) Nonwoven Fabrics Market Size By Product (Spunbonded, Staples, Melt blown, Composite), By Application (Hygiene [Baby Diapers, Feminine hygiene products, Adult incontinence products and Wipes], Industrial, Medical, Geotextiles, Furniture, Carpet, Agriculture, and others], Regional Outlook (U.S., Canada, Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, Poland, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE, South Africa and Brazil) , Price Trend, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2017 – 2024

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

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Industry Trends

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

U.S. PP Nonwoven Fabrics Market Size, By Application, 2016 & 2024, (Kilo Tons)
U.S. PP Nonwoven Fabrics Market Size, By Application, 2016 & 2024, (Kilo Tons)

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Increasing baby diapers, adult incontinence, and feminine hygiene products demand may drive PP nonwoven fabrics market demand. Rising birth rates along with rapid urbanization will improve economic conditions and further escalate adoption of disposable baby diaper product demand.

Key indicative factors for rising baby diapers demand with frequent product usage to maintain hygiene and prevent rashes in babies’ skin is likely to drive the PP nonwoven fabrics market size. They are categorized as disposable, cloth, training nappy, biodegradable, and swim pants diapers. North America disposable baby diapers accounted for over 65% of the total market share in 2016. North America disposable diapers market size was valued at over USD 7.5 million in 2016 and may exceed USD 10.5 billion by 2024. Shift in consumer preference and rising environmental concerns accompanied with growing awareness regarding negative impact related to chemicals used in disposable products may stimulate polypropylene nonwoven fabrics market size. Most of the manufacturers are focusing on product thinness and introducing fluff-less diapers to ensure comfort and reduce environmental impacts.

Rise in ageing population with increase in adult diapers demand in Indonesia, Vietnam, China, and Thailand may drive PP nonwoven fabrics market growth. Increasing adult urinary incontinence and unwillingness to go through invasive process are escalating the adult diapers industry growth. China urinary incontinence market accounted for over 20% of the total demand in 2016. As per Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, urinary incontinence affects about 37% of the women and 13% of the men in Australia.

Increasing wide application usage in automotive sector for manufacturing floor covers, side liners, dash insulators, and air filter may boost PP nonwoven fabrics market size. Increasing demand for fuel-efficient and lightweight transportation automobiles is likely to boost the overall industry growth. Germany accounted for total sales of 3,351,607 cars in 2016 on account of major automobile hubs in the region. Car producers uses nonwoven headliners owing to high abrasion resistance and NVH requirements, where these are manufactured as per OEM specifications.

Stringent regulations by REACH accompanied with environmental guidelines owing to carbon emissions may challenge polypropylene nonwoven fabrics market size. Growing environmental concerns associated with usage and production of fossil fuel derived PP has prompted the need for synthetic fiber replacement. PP prices are declining owing to limited supply of propylene monomer, lower feedstock costs, and lower demand as the market is highly dependent on commodity cost.      

PP Nonwoven Fabrics Market, By Product

Spunbonded based polypropylene nonwoven fabrics market demand should exceed USD 20 billion by the end of forecast period. It is preferably used in the manufacturing of baby diapers and adult incontinence products owing to its high performance and superior properties such as bacterial barrier, softness, absorbency, and liquid repellency. Increase in medical, automotive, agriculture, geotextiles, and packaging sectors are expected to stimulate the overall industry growth. Strong R&D spending along with advancement in technology, the production of eco-friendly and light weight fabrics is easy and provides various advantages over other counterparts, thereby boosting the market demand.

Meltblown nonwoven fabrics market size may register gains at over 8% by 2024 owing to excellent absorbent capacity, filtration efficiency, high elasticity and wicking properties. It is ideally used in the manufacturing of various indispensable materials such as masks, wiping cloths, and hair clips. It is used in insulation and filtration applications along with minimal capital requirement may fuel product demand.

Staples based PP nonwoven fabrics market demand may witness significant gains during the forecast timeframe. Rising infant population coupled with increasing disposable diapers demand may drive industry growth. They are used in producing healthcare products such as surgical gowns, ice pads, surgical drapes, face masks, and ostomy bags as it offers efficiency & infection control. Rising medical expenditure in China and India with application usage in surgical, dressing, and wound care may fuel PP nonwoven fabrics market demand.

PP Nonwoven Fabrics Market, By Application

Polypropylene nonwoven fabrics market size from hygiene applications is poised to exceed USD 18.5 billion by 2024. It includes adult incontinence, female hygiene, baby diapers, wound dressings, and wet wipes products. Increasing working population with improving standard of living has led to rise in hygiene products demand. These are used in disposable baby diapers on account of its anti-bacterial, non-toxic, water resistance, flexibility, and breathability properties.

PP nonwoven fabrics market size from adult incontinence hygiene applications may witness significant gains at over 8% during the foreseeable timeframe.  Increasing incontinence problems in adults such as bladder leaks leading to various skin problems and urinary infections, may enhance product demand such as absorbent pads, disposable underwear and protective underpads.


PP nonwoven fabrics market size from medical applications should register significant gains at over 8.5% by 2024. It is widely used in manufacturing of medical fabrics required for healthcare applications including disposable caps & gowns, gloves, shrouds, incubator mattresses, sponges, protective cloth, heat packs, drapes, packs and wraps. Increasing medical expenditure along with rising safety concerns for medical staff and patients should cater the industry growth.

Polypropylene nonwoven fabrics market size from furniture should witness steady gains at over 9.5% by 2024. It is widely used in manufacturing the fabrics for furniture including pillow liners, mattress, and table runners. Increasing consumer expenditure on household products in order to provide aesthetic appeal in the homes along with rise in living standard and introduction of smart solutions & technology is expected to boost industry demand.  

PP Nonwoven Fabrics Market, By Region

Europe, polypropylene nonwoven fabrics market demand, driven by UK, France, and Germany should register growth close to 7% by 2024. Rise in geriatric population accompanied with increase in medical expenditure should stimulate regional industry growth. Increasing application scope in personal care and hygiene product may boost industry growth. Industrial participants are focusing on upgrading technologies in compliance with regulatory norms & directives may support industry growth in the region.


China PP nonwoven fabrics market size should exceed USD 6 billion by 2024 owing to rise in disposable income and consumer preferences towards baby diapers and adult incontinence products. Rapid industrialization along with rise in geotextiles and construction applications due to low cost labor availability may enhance industry growth in the region. Companies such as Toray Industries, PGI and Avgol are expanding their business in China which should stimulate PP nonwoven fabrics market demand.

Brazil polypropylene nonwoven fabrics market demand may witness significant growth at over 8.5% up to 2024. Rising application scope in agriculture sector as they protect plants against weather changes, and pests, should escalate regional growth.

Competitive Market Share

Global polypropylene nonwoven fabrics market share is moderately consolidated with top four players accounted for over 45% of the total demand in 2016. Kimberly-Clark, Berry Group, Mitsui Chemicals, Toray Industries, AVGOL, and Fitesa are the key companies operating in the business.   

Companies are engaged in enhancing their regional presence and expanding their business by launching new products. The industry may witness further consolidation by forming partnerships and joint ventures with local and regional companies to open new market opportunities and further boost PP nonwoven fabrics market demand.


PP Nonwoven Fabrics Industry Background

PP (Polypropylene) Nonwoven Fabrics Market Segmentation

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Nonwoven are mainly engineered fabrics which are produced from short and long staple fibres bonded by chemical, mechanical and heat treatment processes. Polypropylene is widely used in manufacturing process owing to flexibility, low cost, moisture resistance, and insulation properties.

PP nonwoven fabrics are highly used in manufacturing of disposable products across various applications including hygiene, medical, industrial, geotextiles, furniture, carpet, and agriculture. It is used in industrial filtration owing to its environment friendly and cost-effective characteristics. They pose high tensile strength and is highly resistant to moisture and chemical attacks. Increasing beneficial usage and rising consumer awareness regarding the benefits of these products is expected to fuel the industry growth.




What Information does this report contain?

Historical data coverage: 2013 to 2016; Growth Projections: 2017 to 2024.
Expert analysis: industry, governing, innovation and technological trends; factors impacting development; drawbacks, SWOT.
6-7 year performance forecasts: major segments covering applications, top products and geographies.
Competitive landscape reporting: market leaders and important players, competencies and capacities of these companies in terms of production as well as sustainability and prospects.

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Companies covered: 13
Countries covered: 22

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