Spunbond nonwoven refers to porous flat sheets and fabrics like materials, made from molten plastic or plastic films or long fibers bounded together by hot-press. They are different from other fibers, as they are not made by knitting or weaving and they do not require conversion of fibers into yarn. Bonding is applied to raw material, which is thermoplastic in nature, such as polypropylene, polyesters, etc. Spunbond nonwoven have various properties, such as they are resistant to heat and chemical, porous, burst strength, elongation to break, and have gram per square meter (GSM) range from 10 to 150.
One of the major factor influencing the demand for spunbond nonwoven market is increasing awareness about the usefulness and benefits of polypropylene spunbond nonwoven fabrics. Medical and hygiene industry is the key segment with spunbond nonwoven fabrics, which is being used in manufacturing of various products, such as facemask, sanitary napkins, and surgical gowns. Owing to the advances in agricultural and farming techniques, spunbond nonwoven is being widely used to protect the crops from extreme weathers conditions and create a microclimate, which has controlled humidity and heat. Furthermore, increased consumption of spunbond nonwoven fabrics in the household, automotive, and packaging industry is also driving the growth of spunbond nonwoven market.
However, high cost of spunbond nonwoven end products such as baby diapers is the major restraining factor for the growth of the spunbond nonwoven market.
Spunbond Nonwoven Market Taxonomy:
On the basis of material type, the spunbond nonwoven market is segmented into:
- Polyester Spunbond Nonwoven
- Polypropylene Spunbond Nonwoven
- Polyethylene Spunbond Nonwoven
- Polyurethane Spunbond Nonwoven
- Polyamide Spunbond Nonwoven
On the basis of functions, the spunbond nonwoven market is segmented into:
On the basis of application, the spunbond nonwoven market is segmented into:
- Crop Cover
- Fruit Net
- Shade Net
- Anti-Hail Net
- Bale Wrap Net
- Medical & Hygiene
- Face Masks
- Hand warmers
- Sanitary Napkins
- Under Pads
- Bed Linen
- Cosmetic Applicators and Removers
- Air Filters
- Airline Headrests
- Dash Insulators
- Side Liners
- Flood Covers
- Carry bags
- Dust Covers
- Coat Covers
- Table Decorative
- Wall Covering
- Rice Bag
- Shopping Bags
- Agro Bags
- Books Covers
- CD disk liners
- Poster & Banners
On the basis of end user industry, spunbond nonwoven market is segmented into,
- Personal Care & Hygiene
Spunbond Nonwoven Market Outlook:
- Asia Pacific is the fastest growing region in the spunbond nonwoven market with China, India, and Japan being the major economies in this region. One of the primary growth factor in the market is its increasing use in agricultural activities. Since the use of pesticides pose harmful threats, farmers are now using nonwoven fabrics to cover crops, root control bags, biodegradable plants pots, greenhouse shading, and seed blankets leading to the growth of the spunbound nonwoven market in this region.
- North America was the largest region for the spunbond nonwoven market in 2016. One of the major driving factors for spunbond nonwoven products is its increasing use in the healthcare, automotive, and personal care and hygiene industry. For instance, Kimberly-Clark, one of the leading players in the personal care and hygiene market extensively uses spunbond nonwoven for wiping applications.
Key players in the Spunbond Nonwoven Market:
Some of the major players operating global spunbond nonwoven market include Pegas Nonwovens SA (Luxembourg), Avgol Nonwovens (Israel), Johns Manville Corporation (U.S), Mitsui Chemicals Inc. (Japan), RadiciGroup SpA (Italy), Kimberly-Clark Corporation (U.S), Berry Plastics Group, Inc. (U.S), Asahi Kasei Corporation (Japan), Kolon Industries, Inc. (South Korea), E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (U.S), Kuraray Co., Ltd. (Japan), Schouw & Co. (Denmark), Toray Industries, Inc. (Japan), Mogul (Turkey), and Fitesa S.A. (Brazil).
Spunbound Nonwoven Market Key Developments:
- In February 2018, Toray Industries, Inc. acquired a business plot covering 350,000 m2 area, in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh, India for new production base for polypropylene spunbounds utilized for hygiene materials. This new base is for company’s subsidiary Toray Industries (India) Private Limited. Production operation is expected to start in April 2020 with annual production capacity of about 18,000 tons
- In May 2018, Kimberly-Clark Corporation announced their plans of expansion and improvements of their nonwovens manufacturing plant at North Carolina. Kimberly-Clark has approved US$ 30 million for expansion of this plant which is involved in manufacturing of nonwoven materials for company’s adult and feminine care brands in North America. This expansion is expected to increase production capacity of company’s nonwoven materials.
- In March 2019, Asahi Kasei Corporation announced to expand its production capacity of spunbond nonwoven materials at its subsidiary, Asahi Kasei Spunbond (Thailand) Co., Ltd (AKST). This expansion will be done by adding a new production line with capacity of 15,000 tons/year of spunbound nonwovens which in turn is expected to increase total capacity for spunbond nonwovens at AKST to 50,000 tons/year.