World Nonwovens Industry

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World Nonwovens Industry

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World demand to rise 6.9% annually through 2015

Global sales of nonwoven fabrics are forecast to increase 6.9 percent annually through 2015 to 9.2 million metric tons. This rate is an acceleration from the 2005-2010 period, reflecting a low base as global recessionary conditions restrained nonwovens fabric demand in 2008 and 2009 before improving somewhat in 2010. Continued growth in global manufacturing and construction activity, as well as gains in personal income will promote demand. Product sales will grow faster in area terms, rising 7.3 percent per year to 198 billion square meters, reflecting a modest decrease in average nonwovens weight. This will be due primarily to increased demand in developing areas for a variety of lighter weight disposable nonwoven products, supported by manufacturers’ efforts to make them more affordable and technological advances that are making new generations of nonwoven fabrics lighter. In value terms, sales of nonwovens will expand slower because of a decline in average prices.

Developing areas to be fastest growing markets

Market gains in developing parts of Asia/ Pacific, Eastern Europe, Africa/Mideast and Latin America will outpace demand in the US, Western Europe and Japan. Product sales in developing areas will be fueled by above-average economic growth, ongoing industrialization efforts and rising living standards. China alone will account for just over half of additional global volume demand through 2015. Advances are also expected to be healthy in lower-volume markets such as India and Brazil.

Sales of roll goods in developed parts of the world will expand as well. Nonwovens demand in Western Europe will recover from a reduced 2010 base, stimulated by improved economic climates, manufacturing output and consumer spending.

Spunmelt nonwovens to offer best growth prospects

Spunmelt nonwoven fabrics, which passed carded fabrics to account for the single largest share of total demand in 2010, will also post above-average gains through 2015, driven by growth in the use of disposable medical garments and textiles, rising consumption of composite spunbonded/meltblown nonwoven fabrics that combine the performance advantages of each, and greater penetration of markets now served by competitive products. However, demand for airlaid nonwovens is projected to achieve the most rapid growth through the forecast period. Airlaid products are generally less expensive than competitive materials, and suppliers will benefit from increased use in a variety of disposable products..

Personal hygiene to remain largest market

The personal hygiene market — which includes adult incontinence products, feminine hygiene products, and infant diapers and training pants — will continue to account for the single largest share of nonwovens demand in 2015. Use of these goods will expand the fastest in developing areas, fueled by growth in the number of women working outside the home and higher standards of living. The construction and filtration product markets for nonwoven fabrics will record the most rapid gains through 2015, promoted by accelerating construction expenditures and an increase in manufacturing activity. The medical/surgical product market for nonwoven fabrics (excluding medical wipes) will also record above-average advances, spurred by an aging world population, continued growth in health care spending, and improved infection prevention safeguards.

Study coverage

World Nonwovens, a new Freedonia industry study, presents historical demand data (2000, 2005, 2010) plus forecasts for 2015 and 2020 by web formation process, market, application, world region and for 19 countries. The study also assesses market environment factors, evaluates company market share and profiles global players.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION xi

I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1

II. MARKET ENVIRONMENT 4

General 4

World Economic Overview 5

Recent Historical Trends 5

World Economic Outlook 7

World Demographic Trends 11

Population 11

Female Population 13

Population 65 Years & Older 16

Households 17

World Manufacturing Outlook 19

World Health Expenditures 21

World Construction Trends 24

World Textile Fibers Outlook 29

Pricing Patterns 31

Competitive Materials 33

Legal & Regulatory Environment 34

III. OVERVIEW 38

General 38

Regional Overview 39

Demand 41

Production 44

International Trade 47

Demand by Web Formation Process 49

Spunmelt 51

Carded 54

Airlaid 58

Wetlaid 60

Demand by Application 62

Disposables 63

Nondisposables 65

Demand by Market 67

Personal Hygiene 70

Wipes 74

Construction 76

Filtration 79

Medical/Surgical 82

Other 85

IV. NORTH AMERICA 88

General 88

Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand 89

Nonwoven Fabric Outlook & Suppliers 92

United States 96

Canada 104

Mexico 109

V. WESTERN EUROPE 117

General 117

Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand 118

Nonwoven Fabric Outlook & Suppliers 121

Germany 125

United Kingdom 131

France 137

Italy 142

Spain 149

Netherlands 155

Belgium 160

Other Western Europe 164

VI. ASIA/PACIFIC 170

General 170

Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand 171

Nonwoven Fabric Outlook & Suppliers 174

China 178

Japan 187

India 194

South Korea 200

Taiwan 206

Other Asia/Pacific 210

VII. OTHER REGIONS 217

Central & South America 217

Brazil 224

Other Central & South America 229

Eastern Europe 235

Russia 242

Poland 248

Other Eastern Europe 254

Africa/Mideast 258

Turkey 266

Other Africa/Mideast 270

VIII. INDUSTRY STRUCTURE 277

General 277

Industry Composition 278

Market Share 281

Competitive Strategies 286

Research & New Product Development 289

Manufacturing 290

Marketing & Distribution 292

Cooperative Agreements 293

Acquisitions & Divestitures 297

Company Profiles 300

Ahlstrom Corporation 301

Albis SpA 306

Andrew Industries Limited 308

Asahi Kasei Corporation 311

Avgol Limited 313

Berkshire Hathaway Incorporated 315

Bonar Technical Fabrics, see Low & Bonar

Bonar Yarns & Fabrics, see Low & Bonar

British Vita (Lux III) Sàrl 318

Buckeye Technologies Incorporated 321

Chicopee, see Polymer Group

Colbond, see Low & Bonar

Companhia Providencia Industria e Comercio 323

Concert Industries, see Glatfelter (PH)

Coronor Composites, see Fiberweb

DuPont (EI) de Nemours 324

Fibertex Nonwovens A/S 329

Fibertex Personal Care A/S 331

Fiberweb plc 332

First Quality Nonwovens Enterprises Incorporated 338

FitesaFiberweb, see Fiberweb and Petropar

Foss Manufacturing Company LLC 339

Freudenberg & Company KG 341

Georgia-Pacific, see Koch Industries

Geo-Tipptex Ipari es Kereskedelmi Kft, see Low & Bonar

Glatfelter (PH) Company 348

Guangdong Jofo Group Company Limited 349

Hollingsworth & Vose Company 351

Holm (Jacob) & Sons AG 354

Japan Vilene Company Limited 355

Johns Manville, see Berkshire Hathaway

Kimberly-Clark Corporation 358

Koch Industries Incorporated 363

Kureha, see Toyobo

LibeltexBA, see British Vita (Lux III)

Low & Bonar plc 366

Lydall Incorporated 369

Milliken & Company 373

Mitsui Chemicals Incorporated 375

OCV Non-Woven Technologies, see Owens Corning

Owens Corning 377

Pegas Nonwovens SA 379

Petropar SA 382

Polymer Group Incorporated 384

Propex Operating Company LLC 388

Royal Ten Cate NV 390

Sandler AG 393

Shaw Industries Group, see Berkshire Hathaway

Sunrex Industry, see Mitsui Chemicals

Suominen Corporation 395

Tesalca-Texnovo, see Polymer Group

Tharreau Industries, see Fibertex Nonwovens

Toray Industries Incorporated 398

Toyobo Company Limited 400

TWE Group 402

Yuho, see Toyobo

Other Companies Mentioned in Study 404

LIST OF TABLES

SECTION I — EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Summary Table 3

SECTION II — MARKET ENVIRONMENT

1 World Gross Domestic Product by Region 10

2 World Population by Region 13

3 World Female Population by Region 15

4 World Population 65 Years & Older by Region 17

5 World Households by Region 19

6 World Manufacturing Value Added by Region 21

7 World Health Expenditures by Region 24

8 World Construction Expenditures by Type & Region 28

9 World Textile Fiber Demand by Region 30

SECTION III — OVERVIEW

1 World Nonwoven Fabric Market Environment 40

2 World Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Region 43

3 World Nonwoven Fabric Production by Region 46

4 World Nonwoven Fabric Net Exports by Region 48

5 World Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation Process 50

6 World Spunmelt Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Region 54

7 World Carded Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Region 58

8 World Airlaid Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Region 60

9 World Wetlaid Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Region 62

10 World Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Application 63

11 World Demand for Nonwoven Fabrics Used in Disposable Applications by Region 65

12 World Demand for Nonwoven Fabrics Used in Nondisposable Applications by Region 67

13 World Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Market 69

14 World Personal Hygiene Market for Nonwoven Fabrics by Region 73

15 World Wipes Market for Nonwoven Fabrics by Region 76

16 World Construction Market for Nonwoven Fabrics by Region 79

17 World Filtration Market for Nonwoven Fabrics by Region 82

18 World Medical/Surgical Market for Nonwoven Fabrics by Region 84

19 World Demand for Nonwoven Fabrics in Other Markets by Region 87

SECTION IV — NORTH AMERICA

1 North America — Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand 91

2 North America — Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation Process, Application & Market 95

3 United States — Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand 99

4 United States — Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation Process, Application & Market 103

5 Canada — Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand 106

6 Canada — Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation Process & Market 109

7 Mexico — Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand 113

8 Mexico — Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation Process & Market 116

SECTION V — WESTERN EUROPE

1 Western Europe — Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand 120

2 Western Europe — Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation Process, Application & Market 124

3 Germany — Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand 128

4 Germany — Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation Process & Market 131

5 United Kingdom — Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand 134

6 United Kingdom — Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation Process & Market 136

7 France — Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand 139

8 France — Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation Process & Market 142

9 Italy — Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand 146

10 Italy — Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation Process & Market 149

11 Spain — Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand 152

12 Spain — Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation Process & Market 154

13 Netherlands — Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand 157

14 Netherlands — Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation Process & Market 159

15 Belgium — Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand 162

16 Belgium — Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation Process & Market 164

17 Other Western Europe — Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand 167

18 Other Western Europe — Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation Process & Market 169

SECTION VI — ASIA/PACIFIC

1 Asia/Pacific — Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand 173

2 Asia/Pacific — Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation Process, Application & Market 177

3 China — Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand 182

4 China — Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation Process, Application & Market 186

5 Japan — Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand 190

6 Japan — Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation Process, Application & Market 193

7 India — Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand 197

8 India — Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation Process & Market 200

9 South Korea — Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand 203

10 South Korea — Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation Process & Market 205

11 Taiwan — Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand 208

12 Taiwan — Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation Process & Market 210

13 Other Asia/Pacific — Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand 213

14 Other Asia/Pacific — Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web

Formation Process & Market 216

SECTION VII — OTHER REGIONS

1 Central & South America — Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand 220

2 Central & South America — Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation Process, Application & Market 223

3 Brazil — Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand 226

4 Brazil — Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation Process & Market 229

5 Other Central & South America — Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand 232

6 Other Central & South America — Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation Process & Market 235

7 Eastern Europe — Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand 238

8 Eastern Europe — Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation Process, Application & Market 241

9 Russia — Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand 245

10 Russia — Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation Process & Market 248

11 Poland — Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand 251

12 Poland — Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation Process & Market 253

13 Other Eastern Europe — Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand 256

14 Other Eastern Europe — Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation Process & Market 258

15 Africa/Mideast — Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand 262

16 Africa/Mideast — Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web

Formation Process, Application & Market 265

17 Turkey — Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand 268

18 Turkey — Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation Process & Market 270

19 Other Africa/Mideast — Nonwoven Fabric Supply & Demand 273

20 Other Africa/Mideast — Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation Process & Market 276

SECTION VIII — INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

1 Nonwoven Fabric Sales for Selected Manufacturers, 2010 280

2 Selected Cooperative Agreements 295

3 Selected Acquisitions & Divestitures 298

LIST OF CHARTS

SECTION II — MARKET ENVIRONMENT

1 World Textile Fiber Demand by Region, 2010 31

SECTION III — OVERVIEW

1 World Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Region, 2010 44

2 World Nonwoven Fabric Production by Region, 2010 47

3 World Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Web Formation Process, 2010 50

4 World Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Market, 2010 69

SECTION IV — NORTH AMERICA

1 North America — Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Country, 2010 92

SECTION V — WESTERN EUROPE

1 Western Europe — Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Country,

2010 121

SECTION VI — ASIA/PACIFIC

1 Asia/Pacific — Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Country, 2010 174

SECTION VII — OTHER REGIONS

1 Eastern Europe — Nonwoven Fabric Demand by Country, 2010 239

SECTION VIII — INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

1 World Nonwoven Fabric Market Share by Company, 2010 282

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