Growth rates for 2021–26 are forecast at -3.5% (tonnes), -6.1% (m2) , and -6.4% ($); This is the market corrections expected. A review of the total 2016–26 growth rates, which minimize the effects of Covid-19, shows
6.4% (tonnes), 6.8% (m2) , and 6.1% ($); These rates are close to historical growth rates for meltblown nonwovens.
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What does the report cover?
- The global consumption of meltblown nonwovens in 2021 is 361,600 tonnes or 7 billion m2, valued at $1.6 billion
- Growth rates for 2016–21 were 17.2% (tonnes), 21.6% (m2) and 20.3% ($)
- These rates and consumption volumes and values are elevated almost entirely due to the effect of Covid-19, initially in 2020 but continuing as a significant factor in 2021
- Forecasts are for some market corrections in 2022, followed by a ‘new normal’ in market data for 2023–26.
Meltblown nonwovens changed from a small, overlooked segment of the large spunlaid nonwovens market to a globally renowned product in 2020. Meltblown nonwovens are the critical component of medical face masks, especially N95 medical face masks, the face masks capable of excluding the Covid-19 virus. The demand for meltblown in face masks grew by almost 1000% between 2019 and 2020. Dozens of new meltblown lines were commissioned or added and spot prices increased to 5–10 times 2019 prices.
What will you discover?
About the author
- This report will document the growth of meltblown nonwovens from 2016 through 2026 and will include a detailed quantitative breakdown of meltblown nonwoven consumption by raw material usage, end-use applications and geographic regions.
- Key trends like the ‘new normal’ demand for medical face masks and other medical meltblown end uses will be discussed. Major producers of meltblown nonwovens will also be identified and key producers will be briefly profiled.
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.
The Smithers methodology
This report is based on extensive primary and secondary research. Primary research consisted of interviews with targeted interviews with packaging 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.
Who should buy the report?
- Materials suppliers
- Nonwoven equipment suppliers
- Wipe manufacturers
- Users of meltblown nonwovens