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Non-Woven Fibers in Hygiene Products Market: Demand for Non-Woven Fibers in Hygiene Products Worth US$ 6.5 Billion in 2018

July 18, 2019 by Steve Blade  

A recent study released by Fact.MR suggests the demand for non-wovens fibersin hygiene product manufacturing will witness a steady growth with an expected production of over 3.5 billion tons in 2019. The study opines that adoption of non-wovens is fuelled by superior absorption, smoothness, softness, stretchability, comfort, high-strength, low run-off and wetback, affordability, and high breathability. The study projects surging demand for non-woven fibers in the manufacture of baby diapers, adult incontinence, and feminine hygiene.

The Fact.MR report tracks the non-woven fibers in hygiene product market for the period 2018-2028. According to the report, the non-woven fiber for hygiene product market is projected to grow at 3.3% CAGR through 2028.

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Non-woven fibers can be broadly divided into super absorbent materials (SAP), fluff pulp, stretch non-woven, polyester, and filaments. Among these materials, demand for fluff pulp continues to remain robust in the manufacturing of baby diapers, feminine hygiene, and adult incontinence. In addition to its superior absorbent properties, fluff pulp is increasingly being used in the development of composite non-woven fibers with increased loft and improved three-dimensional relief structure.

Non-woven Fibers in Hygiene Products: Key Insights

  •  The relatively lower cost of production, versatile mechanical properties and effective cross-infection prevention properties are some of the key factors which have been driving the demand for non-woven fibers in hygiene applications owing to which the non-woven fiber in hygiene product market registered growth at a CAGR of 2.6% during the 2013-2017 period.
  • Demand for non-woven fibers in hygiene products was worth US$ 6.5 billion in 2018. Revenues are likely to grow at 3.3% CAGR during 2019-2028.
  • East Asia will continue to be the largest market throughout the forecast period. Expansion and acquisition of manufacturing facilities in the region by leading market players are inducing momentum in this market. East Asia will also remain the fastest-growing market during the assessment period.

What are the Challenges Deterring the Adoption of Non-woven Fibers in Hygiene Product Manufacturing?

  • Substantial fluctuations in the prices of raw materials used for manufacturing non-woven fibers is one of the significant challenges for stakeholders.
  • In spite of being medically approved, certain feminine hygiene products were recently found containing contaminants linked to infections and allergies in women. These revelation can dent consumer confidence in non-wovens.

Manufacturers Using Advanced Machinery to Enable Large-scale Production of Non-woven Fiber Hygiene Products

Development of sophisticated machinery is aiding in the large-scale production of non-woven fiber hygiene products such as baby diapers, adult incontinence, and feminine hygiene products. Numerous companies are offering state-of-the-art machines to enable speedy production of non-woven hygiene products using an assortment of raw materials. For instance, Fameccania launched its new baby diaper production model FA-X P12 which allows manufacturers to speed up production to almost 1200 ppm without compromising with the quality of the finished products. The mass production of hygiene products is estimated to spur the demand for non-woven fibers for hygiene products.

The leading players operating in the market include Freudenberg Performance Materials, DuPont, Berry Global Inc., and Ahlstorm-Munksjö. Other players operating in this market are Johns Manville, Suominen Corporation, Low & Bona, Lydall, TWE Group, Jacob Holm, and Zhejiang Kingsafe.

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