The global consumption of spunlace nonwovens in 2021 is 1.6 million tonnes or 39.6 billion m2, valued at $7.8 billion. Growth rates for 2016–21 were 8.3% (tonnes), 7.9% (m2) and 9.1% ($). Forecasts are for some market corrections in 2022, followed by a ‘new normal’ in market data for 2023–26.
This report documents the growth of spunlace nonwovens from 2016 to 2026 and includes a detailed quantitative breakdown of spunlace nonwoven consumption by specific process variants, including hydroentangled wetlaid and airlaid, carded/wetlaid pulp spunlace and carded/airlaid/carded spunlace. Standard variants like carded/carded spunlace and spunbond/pulp spunlace (SP) will also be discussed in detail; SP spunlace is critical for producing disinfecting wipes, a major tool in fighting COVID-19. The report covers key trends, such as demand for disinfecting wipes and medical products, and the global drive to reduce plastics usage and waste; as well as an overview of the major producers of spunlace nonwovens.
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What will you discover?
- Growth rates for 2021–26 are forecast at 9.1% (tonnes), 8.1% (m2), and 9.1% ($). While there will be a dip in growth rates for 2021–22, the expected higher consumption of spunlace in the ‘new normal’ years of 2023–26 will spur higher growth rates
- Key drivers include elevated consumption of disinfecting wipes, growth in industrial wipes, and ‘plastics free’ demand. Spunlace is ideally suited to producing high strength ‘plastics free’ fabrics and will be in high demand through 2026.
Who should buy this report?
- Detailed quantitative data on spunlace consumption by raw material usage, end-use application and geographic region
- The key drivers pushing the industry forward and driving change within the industry
- The impact of COVID-19 on the spunlace industry
- The size of the market and the growth rates the industry can expect to see over the next five years.
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- Raw materials suppliers
- Spunlace nonwoven machinery and equipment suppliers
- Spunlace nonwoven production companies and converters
- Spunlace nonwoven retailers and distributors
- Spunlace nonwoven consumers
- Consultants and analysts
This report is based on extensive primary and secondary research. Primary research consisted of targeted interviews with nonwovens 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
Phil Mango 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.