Melt Blown Nonwovens Market size will exceed $2.8 billion by 2026
Published Date: October 23, 2020 Authors: Kiran Pulidindi, Hemant Pandey
According to a new research report by Global Market Insights, Inc., the Melt Blown Nonwovens Market size will exceed USD 2.8 billion by 2026. The growing filtration industry in Asia Pacific along with rapid demand growth of medical fabrics, such as masks and PPE kits, will drive market growth.
Mandatory use of face masks is driving market growth
Face masks have become a symbol of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Covid-19 pandemic has forced governments around the world to impose strict regulations regarding mask use in public space. However, mask-wearing guidelines vary significantly across countries. The World Health Organization (WHO) has advised medical masks for all people working in the clinical areas of health facilities.
The general public should wear non-medical masks in areas with widespread transmission. Physical distancing is much difficult in confined or crowded environments such as public transport, in shops, and closed offices. Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, mask guidance has varied by country, expert, and organization.
The face mask business reached to around USD 10.59 billion in China in 2020. Masks, such as surgical and N95 respirators, have three layers of nonwoven fabrics. The outer layer is a waterproof layer, which shields out exhaled droplets respirated by a person. The middle layer is a filtering layer that provides maximum protection against bacteria or other foreign particles. The middle layer is the core part, which usually is made from polypropylene melt blown fabric.
Melt blown nonwoven fabric is the key material used in the production of surgical masks and other respiratory masks. Increasing need for medical face masks around the world has forced product manufacturers to increase production capacity. Furthermore, lucrative business opportunities have attracted newcomers in the market, adding significant production capacity to total; therefore, the rising need for face masks across the globe has increased the production of melt blown nonwovens, propelling the growth of the overall market.
Melt blown nonwovens fabric is witnessing a growing demand from the liquid filtration industry owing to its very fine fiber size that filters foreign particles in the liquid. Increasing demand for insulators (thermal or sound) has propelled the melt blown nonwovens market demand. However, industry participants are vulnerable to raw material price fluctuations and will face significant challenges due to ups and downs in raw material prices.
Browse key industry insights spread across 181 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, 2020 – 2026” in detail along with the table of contents:
The Covid-19 has positively impacted the melt blown nonwovens market as demand for face masks, anti-bacterial wipes, and disinfecting hard surface wipes skyrocketed since the pandemic started. The product demand increased by 30% in 2020 owing to increased demand from mask & wipes manufacturers. The surge in product demand is expected to remain the same until the introduction of coronavirus vaccine. Even after the vaccine becomes available, distribution of the vaccine to the general population will take time.
Rising hygiene products demand shall propel dual texture melt blown fabric growth
Dual texture melt blown nonwovens will witness modest growth owing to increasing demand for hygiene products in developing countries. Dual texture is widely used for hygiene applications such as surface cleaning, personal hygiene, and other sanitary purposes. Increasing demand for personal hygiene products will drive the dual texture products market growth. The dual texture product segment revenue will register 5.6% CAGR in terms of revenue. Furthermore, the increasing demand for hard surface cleaners will also augment melt blown nonwovens market share.
Increasing demand for face masks will drive polyester melt blown nonwovens growth
Polyester melt blown nonwovens offer high strength, better uniformity, and durability. Polyester products are used in applications including industrial filter materials, medical, and hygiene products, among others. Polyester has high stiffness and holds temperatures up to 180°C - 260°C.
Additionally, polyester or polyester blend is used as an outer layer of the face mask as it acts as a non-absorbent material. The abovementioned trends of polyester nonwovens are likely to boost the overall melt blown nonwovens market growth. Market revenue from polyester products will reach approximately USD 351.42 million by 2026.
North America market will be driven by personal hygiene products demand
North America is the second-largest consumer of melt blown nonwovens and will account for over 20% of the global market in 2026. The growing geriatric population in the U.S. is one of the major factors influencing the demand for nonwoven fabrics in adult diapers. Additionally, the increasing need for personal hygiene products including wipes and other feminine products is likely to propel the consumption of melt blown fabrics.
With the rapid surge in COVID-19, face masks are playing a critical role, and the demand for antimicrobial wipes is also rising, further spurring the melt blown nonwovens market demand in several applications.
New product introduction will increase competitiveness among players
In January 2016, Mogul launched a new melt blown Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT) nonwoven fabric in the market. The new PBT-based fabric had strengthened the company’s portfolio and increased its offerings in the liquid & gas filtration markets.
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