If we take a closer look around us right now; somewhere near, there is nonwoven material. May be the tea bag in our mug, the lampshade on our table, the interlining in our suit, the diaper worn by a baby, the bag we use to carry our daily goods and so on.
Nonwovens are innovative, versatile, high technology fabrics directly produced from fibers to exhibit specific properties like higher absorbency, breathability, strength, retard flames, biodegradability, light weight, durability, disposability etc. Nonwoven is the fabric of the future and used across a wide range of applications and products.
The nonwoven industry has maintained an almost unbroken period of growth over the past 40 years and has become a key constituent of the man-made fiber market. European Disposables and Nonwovens Association (EDANA), the international association is serving the nonwovens and related industries to identify the trends that will shape this industry’s future.
EDANA’s most recent summary of its annual statistic shows that, the overall production of nonwovens in Greater Europe grew by 3.3% in volume in 2016 to reach 2,395,098 tons despite an uncertain economic climate. EDANA has also previously estimated that the production of nonwovens in Greater Europe represents approximately 25% of the worldwide market in 2014.
Asian nonwoven market
Until the last decade, the nonwoven industry was primarily based in Europe, North America, and Japan. Now, nonwovens are produced on thousands of lines around the world. The nonwoven industry is now truly global and Asia is now the dominant nonwoven producing region, accounting for 42 percent of the world’s production in 2014. China accounts for a significant proportion (66%) of the Asia volume and is now the most important nonwovens producer worldwide with production volume in 2014 estimated at 2.4 million tons and increasing gradually.
Nonwoven Market in India
India’s nonwoven market is growing at a rate of 8-10%. However, in the coming years, the continuous growth of India’s GDP, increasing purchasing power and India’s initiative in the economic development will give a boost to this field, and it is assumed that it would achieve a growth rate of 12-15%. Now, the production of nonwoven in India is touching 190000 tons.
As per the expert report, the per capita nonwoven fabric consumption in India was 155 gm which nearly reached to 350 gm by 2015 and likely to be 600 gm by 2020.
The Future of Global Nonwovens Market to 2020
The global nonwovens market will grow to be worth $50.8 billion in 2020, up from a value of $37.4 billion in 2015 according to the latest exclusive research from Smithers Pira. Data shows that global consumption in 2015 was 9.0 million tons and this will increase at annual rate of 6.2% and 7.2% respectively over the next few years with consumption scheduled to reach 12.1 million tons in 2020.
Opportunities for Bangladesh
Globalization will accelerate over the next decade, and global economic power will likely to shift eastward. Europe, Japan, and the United States will experience a relatively slow growth, while Asian economies grow faster. Besides the global markets, low and middle-income countries are becoming the world’s largest consumer markets, the demand will likely to increase for all nonwoven products. One can expect a boom in construction nonwovens, as well as further growth of low-impact consumer and hygiene products.
Currently, Bangladesh is rising as a significant player in nonwoven industry as it is being considered that the market is offering huge opportunities, which is a welcome sign for the nonwoven industry in Bangladesh. But against this large demand, there are only a few manufacturers who are producing nonwoven products. Hence, this large market is controlled by the few number of countries. In that case, Bangladesh has large opportunity to capture this huge market by establishing a significant number of nonwoven fabric industries in Bangladesh. As we have goodwill in ready-made garments and overall textile sectors, we can easily create a market for nonwoven products.
Nonwoven is the sunrise segment of the global textile industry with higher profit margin than other textile products. So it is necessary to build up nonwoven industry for producing nonwoven products not only for fulfilling the demand in global market but also for our local market. Because in recent years, nonwoven fabric is imported from several countries, this is causing a lot of foreign currency losses.
A statistic shows that, by the year 2011-12, Bangladesh has imported nonwoven which costs US$ 170.60 million and in the year 2012-13 it has increased to US$ 188.98 million. If we able to establish sustainable nonwoven manufacturing industry in Bangladesh, we can save this foreign currency as well as make our country economically strong. This will also open many new possibilities and chances for our country as well as new employment for our people.