According to a new research report by Global Market Insights Inc., the Melt Blown Nonwovens Market size will exceed USD 2.9 billion by 2027. Rapidly growing demand for medical fabrics along with respiratory protective masks around the world will augment product demand.
High demand for face masks will fuel market growth
The use of face masks in public has become a new normal since the inception of the COVID-19 pandemic. Almost all governments or governing authorities have imposed strict or mandatory regulations on mask usage. Health and medical professionals also encourage the use of face masks due to their ability to reduce the chances of getting infected. Furthermore, almost all businesses and recreational facilities have a mandatory mask policy.
For medical professionals, medical masks have become must-have equipment. It becomes difficult to maintain physical distancing in confined or crowded places, wearing masks may reduce the chances of infections. Guidelines pertaining to the use of masks will likely stay even after the introduction of vaccines, thus maintaining the demand for masks from 2021 to 2027. Furthermore, people have become accustomed to wearing masks in public spaces, thus a social & cultural shift may likely impact the global melt blown nonwovens market share.
The market size of face masks exploded in 2020 as demand for face masks increased multifold. A mask usually has three layers of nonwoven fabric for protection against dirt, bacteria, and foreign particles. The outer layer is a waterproof layer, which stops exhaled droplets by a user. The middle layer is a core filtering layer, which provides maximum protection against foreign particles. Polypropylene is a primary and preferred raw material used in the production of surgical masks. Rapidly risen product demand has made the melt blown nonwovens market very lucrative, thus driving the market competition amongst major players along with attracting new players.
The filtration industry has witnessed significant growth since the start of the pandemic due to increased awareness of better air quality. The growing geriatric population in the U.S. is one of the major factors influencing the demand for nonwoven fabrics in adult diapers. The increasing need for personal hygiene products including wipes and other feminine products is likely to propel the consumption of melt blown fabrics. Additionally, the rising awareness of feminine products, such as sanitary pads, in the emerging economies is likely to enhance the consumption of melt blown nonwovens in feminine products.
Browse key industry insights spread across 180 pages with 164 market data tables & 32 figures & charts from the report, “Melt Blown Nonwovens Market By Product (Fine Fibers, Dual Texture), By Material (Polypropylene, Polyester, Polystyrene, Polyurethane, Polyamides, Polycarbonate), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Application Growth Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2021 – 2027” in detail along with the table of contents:
Rising awareness of hygiene will augment dual texture demand growth
Dual texture products will experience modest growth, reaching around USD 400 million in 2027. Dual texture products find widespread applications in hygiene products such as personal hygiene and cleaning wipes. Dual texture nonwovens are designed to be heavy-duty for tough cleaning jobs, thus are sized appropriately. A dual textured fabric has two sides; one is scrubby and the second is smooth. Dual texture products are engineered to provide high absorbency, thus very useful in cleaning applications. Rising awareness of hygiene will fuel the growth of melt blown nonwovens market in coming years.
Increasing demand for hygiene products will drive polyurethane melt blown nonwovens demand
Polyurethane exhibits elasticity, good compression set, high resilience to mechanical impact, transparency, and resistance to weather, oils & greases. Owing to its advantages polyurethane is widely used in various industries like medical, personal hygiene, sportswear, food packaging, filtration, and many others. All these will support the polyurethane segment growth over the study timeframe. Additionally, laminated thermoplastic polyurethane and thermoplastic elastomers non-woven fabrics are also used in PPE kits. The polyurethane segment held more than 1.5% volume share in melt blown nonwovens market in 2020.
Personal hygiene products along with face masks will augment the North American market
North America accounted for more than 20% revenue share in the global market in 2020. The governments have released guidelines on the use of face masks in crowded places. High awareness of personal hygiene and face masks among people will drive product demand. Strong demand for masks and PPE kits has increased product demand from the medical & healthcare industry.
Production capacity expansion is a key strategy
In May 2020, Mondi plc added new production lines to produce melt blown nonwovens and surgical face masks in Germany. The new lines were installed to meet the product demand and face masks in Europe. Major manufacturers involved in the melt blown nonwovens industry are Kimberly-Clark, ATEX, Don & Low, Mogul, Dow Chemical, etc.