Growth market for nonwovens
Car seats, personal hygiene items and air filters: nonwovens have a wide range of applications. From 3 to 5 June 2019 the China International Nonwovens Expo & Forum (CINE) showcased the range of the nonwovens industry and, in hindsight, highlights three growth sectors with great potential: automotive, hygiene and environmental protection
Of China’s population of 1.38 billion, nearly 48 per cent are women.1 Awareness of the hygiene practices of women in developing and emerging countries is increasing and opening up new market potentials. Over the next 4 years the China market for feminine hygiene products is expected to grow from 8.4 to 16.8 billion US dollars, making an annual growth rate of almost 5 per cent . This development is influencing the nonwovens market. The India-based market researcher Mordor Intelligence forecasts a similar growth rate: a wider range of applications in the health industry and growing demand from the automotive industry are driving the researched market in the Asia Pacific region in particular . Also highlighted is a growing awareness of environmental issues among consumers.
Many of the 107 exhibitors at the third edition of the China International Nonwovens Expo & Forum (CINE), which took place from 3 to 5 June 2019, made similar observations: “The automobile industry in China is currently undergoing vigorous development, and I expect the application of nonwovens in this sector to become wider in the near future. Another sector with great potential in China for nonwovens is environmental protection”, said Qian Peng, Deputy Director of Shanghai Shenda, one of the country’s largest producers of automotive textiles. The CINE Forum programme also featured a range of lectures that addressed the automotive, hygiene and environmental protection growth sectors.
Now in its third edition, the trade show is establishing itself as a leading platform for domestic and international scientists, companies and market players to discuss current market trends and new development opportunities on the China nonwovens market. This year the event attracted 3,738 visitors from 19 countries and regions to the Shanghai Convention & Exhibition Center of International Sourcing. CINE is supported by the trade show Techtextil and organised by the Sub-Council of Textile Industry (CCPIT), the China Nonwovens & Industrial Textiles Association (CNITA), the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA) and Messe Frankfurt