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US Nonwovens Market

Spunmelt nonwovens to remain dominant segment

Spunmelt nonwovens (spunbonded and meltblown) will remain the largest product segment, accounting for nearly 60 percent of total value in 2016. Spunmelt owes its position to spunbonded's widespread use in large markets such as baby diapers. Gains in spunbonded nonwovens will benefit from increased penetration of markets now served by competing nonwovens or other classes of materials. Meltblown nonwovens will benefit from greater use in the filtration market. However, further growth will be limited by meltblown's relatively high cost, as well as performance disadvantages such as lower web strength when used as a single web structure. Carded nonwovens are the second largest product segment, accounting for roughly a quarter of total value in 2016. Spunlaced carded nonwovens will experience the best opportunities in markets such as personal care wipes and medical products, where consumer comfort is key.

Study coverage

This upcoming Freedonia industry study, Nonwovens, is available for $5200. It presents historical demand data (2001, 2006, 2011) plus forecasts for 2016 and 2021 by material, process and market. The study also considers market environment factors, evaluates company market share and profiles industry players.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION xi I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1

II. MARKET ENVIRONMENT 4

General 4Macroeconomic Environment 4Manufacturing Outlook 7Demographic Trends 11Retail Sales 14Textiles Outlook 17Competitive Materials 19Environmental & Regulatory Considerations 21Historical Market Trends 23Pricing Trends 26World Nonwovens Market 28Nonwovens Production 31Foreign Trade 34Exports 35Imports 37

III. MATERIALS 40

General 40Fibers & Filaments 40Polypropylene 44Polyester 48Wood Pulp 51Polyethylene 53Rayon 55Cotton 58Other 61Glass 62Nylon 64All Other 65Other Materials 68Binder Resins 69Additives 71

IV. PRODUCTS 74

General 74Demand by Web Formation Process 76Spunmelt 79Spunbonded 82Characteristics 84Markets & Suppliers 85Meltblown 87Characteristics 88Markets & Suppliers 90Carded 92Characteristics 94Markets & Suppliers 96Wetlaid 97Characteristics 99Markets & Suppliers 100Airlaid 102Characteristics 103Markets & Suppliers 105Web Bonding Processes 106Thermal 107Heating Processes 107Suppliers 109Chemical 109Mechanical 112Needlepunching 112Spunlacing 114Stitchbonding 115

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