Nonwovens have become indispensable in today's world, and as applications of nonwovens seep into all corners of everyday life, especially with the uncontrollable outbreak of the Covid 19 pandemic. It is much more than the layman wearing masks or the medical professionals in suffocating protective gears. Globally, non-woven has been at the frontline in the invisible war against deadly diseases. The research report titled Global Non-Woven Fabric Market Outlook, 2026 by Bonafide Research categorizes the market to forecast the revenues and analyze the trends in each of the following segments: based on polymer type, by layer type, by technology, by application, based on region, countries & major companies.
Already known for its varied uses, the global nonwoven fabric market was valued at USD 32.76 Billion in the year 2015. With the novel coronavirus driving a surging demand for disposable medical supplies, the market is further expected to incline through the forecasted period. The nonwovens-based item is seeing near-universal use throughout the world. The pervasive spread of the Covid-19 virus has sent the public scrambling for face masks, to the extent that there is an acute shortage of the items, and companies are working overtime to meet demand. Through the forecasted period, the market is expected to show a value difference of USD 17.72 Billion, while a volume difference of 8.34 Million Tonnes. Many countries had called on suppliers from a range of industries including the auto and energy sectors-to focus on meeting the sudden demand spike for face masks, during the peak of the virus outbreak. During the initial days of the virus outbreak, the world faced a severe market disruption for personal protective equipment. The demand rose to 100 times, while the prices shot up to 20 times.
The 1 or single-ply mask involves only a single layer of microfibers without any further folding. Since 2015, the single-layer non-woven was leading the market which reached a value of USD 34.63 Billion in 2020. A multi-layer nonwoven fabric can be produced cost-effectively with improved filtration performance, similar to a double-ply mask, which consists of two layers of spun-bonded thermal polypropylene microfibers which provide better filtration and absorption. With time, the segment of multi-layer nonwoven fabric has been exhibiting a steep incline in the share with an anticipated growth rate of 8.85%.
Nonwovens are engineered materials that deliver solutions to various needs, and there will always be new or changing needs, or the desire to improve the performance of an existing solution. So, it is natural to have a high level of development activity in this market space. The Polypropylene polymer type accounted for more than half of the market share, dominating the market. Staying abreast of these developments is a challenge as there are so many sectors of the nonwoven industry. The market can be divided into durables and disposable. Disposable personal hygiene applications will continue to have the largest market share. Baby diapers, feminine care products, and adult incontinence products all have strong growth. However, it can be anticipated that a greater expansion rate in automotive applications with an overall slightly higher growth rate of 8.50%. Geotextiles, building, filtration, and durable packaging are important in the market.
While birth rates increasing in many affluent areas of the world, the growing aging population is using more incontinence products. Attributing to this, the Asia-Pacific region dominates the market both in terms of value & volume, declining in value and inclining in volume. The nonwoven sector has been characterized by non-stop innovation. This trend is well established and is expected functionality enhancements and genuine new techniques and technology breakthroughs. US-based Berry Global Group, a global supplier of a broad range of innovative rigid, flexible, and nonwoven products announced that it was prioritizing the production of nonwoven healthcare products at its Nanhai and Suzhou facilities in China, which are used to manufacture products that can help protect against airborne particles like the coronavirus.