The nonwovens industry was one of the more fortunate industries during the COVID-19 crisis. Designated by most countries as an essential industry, supplying critical products like face masks and disinfecting wipes. But this pandemic identified critical weaknesses in the nonwoven supply chain. Face masks, disinfecting wipes, other medical products and even most consumer products fell far short of meeting demand in 2020 and early 2021 as the supply chain failed in critical segments.
This report will evaluate all major segments of the nonwoven industry supply chain, including raw materials (and some key precursors), nonwoven producers, nonwoven equipment and process suppliers, nonwoven converters, major retailers and distributors, and consumers. Key weaknesses will be discussed, and solutions identified. Finally, the shape and structure of the nonwoven supply chain in 2026 and beyond will projected.
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What will you discover?
- Regional biases in the nonwovens supply chain
- Supply chain analysis across the entire value chain process
- The impact supply chain disruption has upon each nonwoven end-use
- The impact supply chain disruption has upon each nonwoven production type
- How raw material production is affected by disruption further down the supply chain.
Who should buy the report?
- A detailed look at the supply chain for nonwovens
- An explanation as to how disruption affects each section of the value chain differently
- How key players throughout the value chain can plan and adapt to future disruptors
- Market and supply chain issues and opportunities
- A detailed account of what modifications have been made to the supply chain in the wake of the recent disruption faced.
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- Raw material suppliers
- Nonwoven machinery/equipment suppliers
- Nonwoven production companies
- Nonwoven converters
- Nonwoven retailers and distributors
- Nonwoven consumers
- Consultants and analysts
This report is based on extensive primary and secondary research. Primary research consisted of interviews with targeted interviews with material suppliers, converters and experts drawn from key markets. This was supported by secondary research in the form of extensive literature analysis of published data, official government statistics, domestic and international trade organisation data, company websites, industry reports, trade press articles, presentations, and attendance at trade events.
About the author
has spent almost 40 years in the nonwovens industry. He has had varying positions and areas of expertise within the industry, from applications management for the global leader in nonwoven binders to technology director for the world’s largest airlaid producer, to founder, owner and head of operations for his own nonwovens company. He entered the consulting field in 2003 and has authored more than 35 reports for Smithers.